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Job Title:  Lead Range Technician (Fire)
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Bureau of Land Management
Job Announcement Number:  CO Merit-2013-0091

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$31,315.00 to $45,376.00 / Per Year
Friday, April 12, 2013 to Monday, May 06, 2013
Work schedule is full-time. - This is a permanent career-Seasonal position.
1 vacancy in the following location(s):
Montrose, CO, USView Map
81401View Map

All current or former federal employees with competitive/reinstatement eligibility; Persons eligible under Special Hiring Authorities; and Veteran Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) eligibles. ICTAP/CTAP eligibles in the local commuting area may also apply.


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. BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to join our team at the Montrose Interagency Fire Management Unit in Montrose, Colorado to serve as an Assistant Engine Supervisor on an engine crew.  This position has been identified as one of the key fire management positions under the Interagency Fire Program Management (IFPM) Standard. This position requires selectee to meet the minimum qualification standards for IFPM prior to being placed into the position. Detailed information regarding IFPM positions can be found at IFPM website.

For additional information about the BLM, please visit our website.

This position is located in Montrose, Colorado. Information about Montrose can be found at City of Montrose

Before you apply to this position, please read the Firefighters: Conditions of Employment. This vacancy announcement is also being advertised to the general public under vacancy announcement number: CO-DEU-2013-0036


  • 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 Lands.
  • Direct Deposit Required.


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Provides daily leadership and training for crew members. Instructs crew members in specific tasks and techniques; conducts on-the-job training; distributes and controls work assignments among employees.  Assures timely accomplishments of assigned tasks are complete. The crew performs work directly related to wildland fire suppression and control activities including suppression, preparedness, prevention, monitoring, hazardous fuels reduction and prescribed burning. The primary purpose of this rigorous position is to lead the firefighting crews in performing work directly related to wildland fire suppression and control activities.


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In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet one of the requirements below- please be sure to include this information in your resume.

To qualify for the GS-05, you must satisfy one of the requirements described below:  1) SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: You must show that you have one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade level (GS-04).  Example: experience directly related to wildland fire suppression and control activities including suppression, preparedness, prevention, monitoring, hazardous fuels reduction or prescribed burning.  -OR- 2) EDUCATION SUBSTITUTION: Successful completion of a full 4-year course of 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 semester hours in any combination of courses such as forestry, agriculture, crop or plant science, range management or conservation, wildlife management, watershed management, soil science, natural resources (except marine fisheries and oceanography), outdoor recreation management, civil or forest engineering, or wildland fire science. -OR- 3) COMBINING EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:  You may meet the qualifications requirement for this position by combining specialized experience and appropriate education according to the following formula: (a) your total months of full time specialized experience as a percentage of a 12 month total; PLUS (b) your total number of qualifying undergraduate semester or quarter hours as a percentage of four years of undergraduate study leading to a Bachelor’s Degree. The total of the two percentages must equal at least 100 percent.

To qualify for the GS-06, you must satisfy one of the requirements described below: you must satisfy one of the requirements described below: 1) SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: You must show that you have one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade level (GS-05). Example: senior crew member fighting wildland fires -OR- 2) EDUCATION SUBSTITUTION: One-half year of graduate level education with courses directly related to wildland fire fighting. -OR- 3)COMBINING EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: You may meet qualifications requirement for this position by combining specialized experience and appropriate graduate education according to the following formula: (a) your total months of full time specialized experience as a percentage of a 12 month total; PLUS (b) your total number of qualifying graduate semester or quarter hours as a percentage of one-half year of graduate study leading to a Master's Degree. The total of the two percentages must equal at least 100 percent.
Graduate Level Education must be directly related to wildland fire fighting duties, such as courses in the following fields: forestry, range management or conservation, wildlife management, natural resources, wildland fire science.

Selective Placement Factors: This position requires a special qualification that has been determined to be essential to perform the duties and will be used as a screen out element. If you do not provide evidence you possess the following selective factor(s), you will be rated not qualified:

1. Must possess a valid state driver's license.

2. Must have prior on-the-line wildland firefighting experience -AND- National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) Incident Management Qualifications: 

                       (a) Fire Fighter Type 1(FFT1)    

                       (b) Intermediate Fire Behavior (S-290).

Holding a Commercial Driver's License is preferred, though not required.

You must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement. Eligible Federal employees in the competitive service are also subject to the time-in-grade requirement.

Your resume must contain enough information to show that you meet the specialized experience as defined in the announcement or vacancy questions. In addition, your responses to the questions must be adequately reflected in your resume.


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 qualified, your score may range from 70-100 points.   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:

1) Knowledge of strategies, tactic, and suppression methods used in containment and control of wildfires and wild land fires;

2) Knowledge of wild land fire management techniques, methods and conditions;

3) Technical firefighting knowledge such as fire engine and pump operations, hose lays, hand crew operations;

4) Skilled in operating a fire engine;

5) Ability to serve as a working leader, instructing others in specific tasks and techniques controlling work assignments.

To preview questions please click here.


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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.


May require completion of a 1 year probationary period.

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.

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 earn a minimum score of 90 on the rating criteria for this position.

This is a seasonal appointment; you will be in a pay status for at least 6 months, but less than 12 months a year. When work or funds are not available you will be placed in non-pay status.

Passage of a pre-employment physical is required.

Occasional travel may be required.

This position requires regular and recurring overtime and shift work.

This is a primary fire position under the special retirement provisions of 5 U.S.C. 8336(c) (CSRS) and 5 U.S.C. 8412(d) (FERS). The date immediately proceeding an individual's 37th birthday is the maximum age at which an applicant can be initially hired into a primary firefighter position. You must provide evidence that you meet MEA eligibility requirements.

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 will be required to submit a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use and to pass the test prior to appointment. In addition, this position is subject to random testing for illegal drug use.


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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 to this Vacancy" at the bottom of this Screen 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 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.

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 Victoria Pope at 303-239-3837 or

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.


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

1. Current and former federal career and career-conditional employees: submit a copy of your recent (non award) SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, or equivalent document that verifies tenure (block 24, code 1 or 2) and Competitive Status (block 34, code 1).

2. If you are using your education to qualify, submit a copy of your transcripts or a list of college courses that includes hours and grades from an accredited U.S. college/university.  If your degree is from a Foreign Institution, see Foreign Education.

3. 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.

4. Special Hiring Authorities for Veterans: you will need to submit documentation to show your veterans' preference, years of active military service, and character of service (type of discharge).

5. 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, performance appraisal and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location.

6. If you are applying for this position based on eligibility under other noncompetitive special appointing authorities, you MUST submit proof of this eligibility.

You may submit your documents either via Auto-Requested Fax or by uploading your documents from your USAJOBS Profile. Do not use both options.

Auto-Requested Fax: allows you to submit required documentation that will be electronically displayed along with your resume.

UPLOADING DOCUMENTS: instead of faxing your documents you may use the uploading procedures thru Applicant Manager.

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.


Victoria Pope
Phone: 303-239-3837
Fax: 571-258-4052
Agency Information:
Bureau of Land Management
Colorado State Office
Human Resource
2850 Youngfield Street
Lakewood, CO
Fax: 571-258-4052


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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