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Job Title:Lead Range Technician (Lead Wildland Firefighter - Engine Operator)

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Bureau of Land Management

Job Announcement Number:NV-DEU-2013-0067

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$31,315.00 to $45,376.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, February 08, 2013 to Monday, February 25, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0455-05/06

POSITION INFORMATION:

Work Schedule is Full Time. - This is a career seasonal position (actively employed 6 - 9 months per year).

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

06

DUTY LOCATIONS:

FEW vacancies - Elko, NV, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

All U.S. Citizens – No previous Federal Service is required.

JOB SUMMARY:

BLM is seeking dynamic and energetic Lead Wildland Firefighters (Engine Operators) to join the Nevada State Fire team in various District Office locations throughout the State. The BLM manages more land - approximately 253 million acres - than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estates throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource. For additional information about the BLM, please visit Our website.

Elko District: Positions may be filled within the Elko District at Elko, Carlin, and/or, Wells, Nevada.

For more information about Elko, Nevada visit Elko Chamber of Commerce.  For more information about Carlin, Nevada Carlin, Nevada Official Website  and/or Wells, Nevada visit Wells Chamber of Commerce.

Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid by the Department of the Interior. Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Security Clearance/Background Investigation is required.
  • Be sure to read the "How to Apply" & "Required Documents" Sections.
  • You cannot hold an active real estate license; nor can you
  • have an interest or hold stocks in firms with interest in Federal Land.
  • Direct Deposit Required.

DUTIES:

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Serves as a lead wildland firefighter operating a wildland fire engine, performing wildland fire fighting work and leading crews performing such work, i.e., wildland fire suppression and control activities including preparedness, prevention, monitoring, hazardous fuels reduction, and prescribed burning. Drives and operates a wildland fire engine, positioning the engine for proper use and operation. Ensures the engine is kept in a full state of readiness for emergency fire dispatch. Has specialized duties such as water handling specialist, fully qualified chain operator, and/or responsible for maintenance of specialized equipment used to respond to wildland urban interface/intermix situations. Instructs crew members in specific tasks and techniques, conducts on-the-job training, distributes and controls work assignments and ensures timely accomplishment of assigned tasks, maintains work records, reports on work accomplishments, ensures the work is carried out safely, and reports on performance problems and issues. Responsible for supervision of the crew in absence of supervisor.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Specialized Experience Requirements : In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience requirements; please be sure to include this information in your resume. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade of the position to be filled. To qualify for GS-05, you must have one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to GS-04; OR completion of a full four (4) years of academic study leading to a Bachelor's degree (a) with major study in forestry, range management, agriculture, or a subject-matter field directly related to the position, or (b) that included at least 24.0 semester hours in any combination of courses such as those described for GS-04 (refer to Range Technician Series). No more than 6.0 semester hours in mathematics is creditable. Specialized experience at GS-05 is experience directly related to wildland fire suppression and control activities including suppression, preparedness, prevention, monitoring, hazardous fuels reduction and/or prescribed burning under general supervision. 

To qualify for GS-06, you must have one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to GS-05; OR nine (9) semester credits of graduate level college education DIRECTLY related to the work of the position. Specialized experience at GS-06 is Experience working in wildland fire suppression, preparedness, prevention, monitoring, hazardous fuels reduction and/or prescribed burning and operating and maintaining specialized wildland fire tools/equipment/vehicles.  

You must meet the qualification requirements by the closing of the announcement.

Selective Placement Factors: These positions require special qualifications that have been determined to be essential to perform the duties and will be used as a screen out element. Those who do not provide evidence they possess the following selective factors will be rated not qualified.

You must possess a valid automobile driver's license at time of appointment and at all times during your appointment to this position; and you may be required to obtain a commercial driver's license within 90 days of appointment. 

SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR: PRIOR WILDLAND FIREFIGHTING EXPERIENCE REQUIRED. Applicants must 90-days of prior wildland firefighting experience. This must be evidenced in your application. The Department of the Interior defines wildland firefighting experience as: any non-structure fire that occurs in the wildland. Wildland firefighting experience is gained through work on the fire line in containment, control, suppression or use of wildland fire. This experience can be met by serving in a temporary, seasonal, or equivalent private sector fire position for no less than 90 days. Periods of wildland firefighting experience gained through militia and rural fire departments can also be credited as long as the total amount of this experience equates to at least 90-days. Wildland fires are categorized into two distinct types:

1) Wildfires - Unplanned ignitions or prescribed fires that are declared wildfires, and 2) Prescribed Fires/Planned ignitions. This description includes only fireline experience on a Prescribed Fire; it does not include experience in the planning stages. Prescribed fire experience must be supplemented by fire suppression experience in order to be creditable as previous wildland firefighting experience.

Must meet the following National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) incident management qualifications: Primary Core Requirement - Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1); additional required training as presented in the following course or agency equivalent - S-290 "Intermediate Fire Behavior".


You can review the Group Coverage Qualification Standards for Technical and Medical Support Positions, Range Technician Series, 0455 located on the OPM website. If using education to qualify for this position, you will need to clearly state your undergraduate and graduate degree(s) and submit all your college transcripts that include hours and grades.

Passage of a pre-employment physical is required. You must also pass the work capacity test for arduous position.

THIS IS A DRUG TESTING DESIGNATED POSITION. In accordance with Executive Order 12564 and under the Department’s Drug Free Workplace Program applicant(s) tentatively selected for this position must submit a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use and to pass the test prior to appointment. The position is subject to random testing for illegal drug use.

You must be 18 years of age or older to be assigned to a hazardous position.

If you are a current career seasonal employee, your time spent in non-pay status is not creditable towards meeting the specialized experience requirement of 52 weeks or 1 year (whichever is first). Please include in your resume (on the first line of each job experience section), the dates you were placed in and out of pay status.

This is a primary firefighter position under the special retirement provisions of 5 U.S.C. 8336(c) (CSRS) and 5 U.S.C. 8412(d) (FERS). The position is subject to maximum entry age (MEA) requirements.

The maximum entry-age for this position is 37, unless you have sufficient prior Federal civilian firefighter experience or you are a preference eligible veteran.

If you have left Federal service and are over the age of 37, you must provide copies of SF50s showing beginning and ending dates of covered Federal law enforcement service or your will not be eligible for consideration under this vacancy announcement.

If you are a preference eligible veteran, you may be eligible for this position after your 37th birthday. You must supply a copy of your Defense Department Form 214 (DD-214) along with Standard Form 15 (if applicable) and any associated documentation in accordance with the instructions in this vacancy announcement or your will not be eligible to receive a waiver of the maximum entry age requirement.

 

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Upon receipt of your complete application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements.  Your rating will be based on your responses to the Job Specific Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume. If you meet the qualification requirements, you application will be placed in one of three categories:  Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified.  Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans.   In addition, interviews may be conducted for this position.  The interviews may be conducted on a pass/fail basis or may be scored.  The job specific questions relate to the following knowledge, skills and abilities required to do the work of this position.

KSA 1 : Knowledge of but not limited to, fire engine and pump operations and hose lays.

KSA 2:  Knowledge of chain saw operation and repair, pump operation andwater handling, and use of specialized equipment used in response to urban interface situations. 

KSA 3: Knowledge of fire behavior including causes of wildland fire, inflences of temperature, humidity, wind, topography, slope and fuels. 


To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit the Office of Personnel Management's website at Federal Benefits at USAJOBS.



OTHER INFORMATION:

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP):  CTAP provides eligible surplus and displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at CTAP or ICTAP.  If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration or that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) This vacancy is within your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility; 2) You apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) You are found well-qualified for this vacancy. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, or a copy of your separation personnel action form.  

CTAP and ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if they fall within the Best or Highly Qualified categories on the rating criteria for this position.

May require completion of a one year probationary period.

SELECTIVE SERVICE:  Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.  To register or verify your registration go to the Selective Service System website.

BLM may use certain incentives, currently offered by the Federal government, to attract high quality applicants.

Occasional travel may be required.

This is a seasonal appointment; you will be in a pay status for at least 6 months, but less than 9 months a year. When work or funds are not available you will be placed in non-pay status.

This announcement may be used to fill more than one position at this duty location.

This position requires regular and recurring overtime and shift work.

Firefighter Conditions of Employment fact sheet.

 

                                                     



HOW TO APPLY:

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To receive consideration for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes ALL of the following items: 1. Your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire; 2. Your resume; and 3. Applicable supporting documents specified in the Required Documents section of this job announcement.

Click on the button "Apply Online" and login to MY USAJOBS.

If you haven't already registered with USAJOBS, the system will require you to create a user name and password, complete a questionnaire and upload, paste or type a resume into USAJOBS.

If you have already registered with USAJOBS and forgot your login information, select the "Did you forget your username and/or password" link from the right side menu.

Your application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Time by the closing date of this announcement.

If you need assistance in applying on-line, please contact the HR Office at (775) 861-6431 or email us at nvjobs@blm.gov. If applying on-line poses a hardship for you (i.e. you do not have access to the internet) you must contact us prior to the closing date of the announcement for an alternative method of applying.

 



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

In addition to the online application (resume and responses to the questionnaire), you are required to submit the following forms:

If qualifying based on education, all Copies of Transcripts that include hours and grades from an accredited U.S. college/university. If your degree is from a Foreign Institution see OPM’s policy regarding Foreign Education. All selections and tentative offers of selection are contingent upon submission and verification of ‘official’ transcripts.

Veterans' Preference: If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the level of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be adjudicated (verified) by the employing agency using the documents you provide. For more information on which type of preference is applicable please visit: Vet Guide.

For preference as 5-point veteran (TP), please provide your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.

For preference as a 10-point veteran (CP, CPS, or XP), please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation.

Copy of Incident Qualification and Certification System (IQCS) Master Record or other equivalent documentation which verifies you meet the required NWCG qualifications for this IFPM position. Failure to provide this documentation by the closing date of the announcement will result in you being rated as not qualified.

Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) eligibles: documentation verifying your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility - this includes a copy of the agency notice and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location.

AUTO-REQUESTED FAX: allows you to submit required documentation that will be electronically displayed along with your resume.  The opportunity to do this will be provided during the application process by a pop-up message option to generate an auto-requested fax cover sheet.

UPLOADING DOCUMENTS: instead of faxing your documents you may use the uploading procedures thru Applicant Manager. Do not use both options.

Hard copy paper supplemental documents, submitted without prior Human Resources approval, will be considered as an incomplete application.

Required documentation must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.

 

 

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Human Resources
Phone: 775-861-6431
Fax: 571-258-4052
Email: nvjobs@blm.gov
Agency Information:
Bureau of Land Management
Nevada State Office
NV-953
1340 Financial Blvd
Reno, NV
89520-0006
US
Fax: 571-258-4052

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

You will be notified of the status of your application as the qualification review process is conducted.

You may also check the status of your application by viewing your MY USAJOBs account.

 


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Job Announcement Number:

NV-DEU-2013-0067

Control Number:

337534300