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Job Title:Forestry Aid/Technician (Fire)

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs

Job Announcement Number:CRPA 140/12

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$24,933.00 to $32,412.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, May 01, 2013 to Tuesday, May 14, 2013




Full Time - Temporary NTE 1039 Hours


1 vacancy in the following location:
Dulce, NM United StatesView Map


AREA OF CONSIDERATION: Area-Wide / Indian Preference Eligible’s / Current Federal Status Employees or Former Federal Employees with Reinstatement Eligibility.


The Bureau of Indian Affairs is the lead agency for the United States in carrying on a government-to-government relationship with the tribal nations. A challenging and dynamic place to work, it enhances the quality of life, promotes economic opportunity, and carries out the responsibility to protect and improve the trust assets of American Indians, Indian tribes and Alaska Natives.

Vacancy ID: 855198



Posn.# 440T369

Southwest Region,

Jicarilla Agency, Branch of Forestry,

Dulce, New Mexico


GS-03: $24,933 - $32,412 Per Annum


AMENDMENT, 05/01/13: Amendment to Required Documents, removing:

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


·        This is a temporary position, not-to-exceed 6 months.

·        Travel and relocation expenses will not be authorized. Any relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty will be the responsibility of the selected employee.

·        This is an arduous position and is subject to drug testing, medical examination, physical fitness testing, and favorable results of a completed background investigation.


INDIAN PREFERENCE: Preference in filling vacancies is given to qualified Indian candidates in accordance with the Indian Preference Act of 1934 (Title 25, USC, Section 472). Verification of Form BIA-4432 must be submitted with the application if claiming Indian Preference. Indian Preference eligible’s that are not currently employed with the Federal service will be appointed under the Excepted Service Appointment Authority Schedule A, 213.3112(A)(7). Consideration will be given to non-Indian applicants (Status or Reinstatement eligible’s) in the absence of a qualified Indian Preference eligible.


VETERANS EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES ACT (VEOA): Preference eligible’s may apply for permanent positions (career or career-conditional appointments) under merit promotion procedures for VEOA appointments; however, Veteran’s Preference is not a factor in these appointments. To be eligible for a VEOA appointment, a veteran must be a preference eligible OR veteran separated after 3 or more years of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions. Applicants must submit a copy of their DD-214 for verification of eligibility. For more information, click here:


  • U.S. Citizenship is Required.
  • Selectee is subject to a background security investigation.
  • Applications will only be accepted online or by Fax to 1-478-757-3144.
  • Pre-employment Drug Testing Required


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·        Serve as a crewmember on an engine, helitack, hand crew, or fuels crew

·        Utilize a variety of specialized tools, equipment and techniques while actively suppressing wildfires, such as a pulaski, shovel, McLeod, ax and chainsaw to control the spread of wildfire.

·        Work as trainee engine operator driving the engine, operating the pump and making hose lays under the direction of the engine foreman.

·        Load helicopters, determine weight calculations, completes crew manifests and construct helispots.

·        Perform basic fireline activities such as line construction, hose layout, operations of pumps and accessories, lopping and scattering of fuels using hand tools and holding, patrolling, monitoring and mop up operations.


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EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: (OPM Operating Manual, Qualification Standards for Technical and Medical Support Positions, GS-0462, and Individual Occupational Requirements for GS-0462: Forestry Technician Series).


For the GS-3 grade level: 6 months of general experience OR 1 year above high school with courses related to the occupation OR 2 seasons of experience.

·        GENERAL EXPERIENCE: experience in providing support in the protection of forest resources by suppressing wildfires, perform basic fire line activities, operation of pumps and accessories, use of hand tools, patrolling, monitoring and mop-up operations.


SEASONAL EXPERIENCE: A season of experience is considered to be a period of no less than 3 months of continuous employment on a seasonal basis. Shorter periods may be combined to make a season, provided a total of at least 3 months' experience is shown.

Education:  Successfully completed post-high school education is qualifying for grades GS-3 through GS-5. One year of full-time undergraduate study is defined as 30 semester hours, 45 quarter hours, or the equivalent in an accredited college or university or at least 20 hours of classroom instruction per week for approximately 36 weeks in an accredited business or technical school.


COMBIning Experience and Education:  Equivalent combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and experience are also qualifying.

SUITABILITY, CLEARANCE & REQUIREMENTS: A background security investigation will be required for all new hires. Appointment will be subject to the applicant’s successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.


TELEWORK INDICATOR: the Bureau of Indian Affairs has determined that duties of this position are not suitable for telework.



·        This is a testing designated position (TDP) under the Department of the Interior Drug-Free Workplace Program.

·        Incumbent is subject to medical examination and must pass the work capacity test for arduous positions.


As part of the application process, you are required to respond to a series of questions designed to assess your possession of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

·        Knowledge of Standard Wildland Fire Management Program Requirements, Suppression, Tactics, Methods and Procedures.

·        Skill in the Use of Wildland Firefighting Handtools, Pumps and Hoses, and chainsaws Sufficient to Perform Routinely Assigned Fire Suppression.

·        Knowledge of Fire Behavior, Hazards and Accepted Fire Safety Practices and Procedures.

·        Knowledge of Reporting Requirements and Procedures.


We will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses on the assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities.


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The Bureau of Indian Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:


CTAP & ICTAP APPLICANTS: Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) participants who are well qualified may apply for this position. To be eligible for consideration under CTAP, an applicant must provide written notification that they will be losing their current federal position. To be eligible for consideration under ICTAP, an applicant must provide proof that they have lost their federal position within the last year. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position. Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible. For more information regarding CTAP & ICTAP, please visit


NOTICE TO MALE APPLICANTS: Section 1622 of the Defense Authorization Act of 1986, prohibits any male born after December 31, 1959, from being appointed to a position in an executive agency if he has knowingly and willfully failed to register with the Selective Service System. Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, will be required to complete a certification document to confirm their Selective Service registration status, if selected for appointment.


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To Apply Online:

·        Click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register

·        Answer the Questionnaire and click on SUBMIT my answers

·        UPLOAD all required documents and other supporting documents

·        To return to a previously saved or incomplete application go to

We strongly encourage you to apply online. However, if you cannot apply online, you may FAX your assessment questionnaire, resume and supporting documents to (478) 757-3144 by following the steps below.


To Apply by Fax:

·        Print a copy of the          OPM Form 1203-FX

·        Answer the assessment questionnaire     View Occupational Questionnaire

·        When faxing a completed OPM Form 1203-FX, this will serve as your fax cover and must be placed on TOP of your application and other supporting documents. No other fax page is required. Simply make sure all six pages of the completed OPM Form 1203-FX are on top of all other documents being faxed


Combination Online/Fax:

·        Log into or create your Application Manager account at 

·        ANSWER the Questionnaire and click on SUBMIT my answers

·        Print the           United States Government Application Cover Page

·        Include the Vacancy Identification Number 855198, SSN, and full name to ensure that your documents are associated with the rest of your application

·        Fax your United States Government Application Cover Page, application, and supporting documents to (478) 757-3144


Please note that it is the applicant's responsibility to verify that all information entered, uploaded, or faxed (i.e., questionnaire responses, resume, and any supporting documents) are complete and accurate.


All electronic submissions and/or faxes must be completed by Tuesday, May 14, 2013.


NOTE: Submission of a resume alone is not a complete application. This position requires the submission of additional forms as described under the REQUIRED DOCUMENTS section. Failure to provide the required information and/or documentation may result in your application not being considered for employment.


·        Resume - Must contain the following:

o   Job Announcement Number

o   Work Experience: Position Title; Dates – from (mm/yy) To (mm/yy); Hours worked per week; Current Supervisor's Name and Telephone number; and Duties

o   Education

o   References

·        Form BIA 4432, Verification of Indian Preference, is required for claiming Indian Preference. No other form will be accepted.

·        Form DD-214, if claiming veteran's preference; and SF-15 with required proof of entitlement if claiming 10 pt. preference.

·        College Transcript is required for verification/documentation of qualifying education.

·        Occupational Questionnaire, listed in announcement.  Failure to respond to the questionnaire will result in loss of consideration.

·        Most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, current or former Federal employees.


NOTE: Persons submitting incomplete applications will be given credit only for the information they provide. The applicant is responsible for submitting all required documentation in support of their application in order to receive full credit for their Indian preference, veteran preference, experience, training, and/or education. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION WILL NOT BE SOLICITED FROM THIS OFFICE.


Pamela S. Roundface
Phone: (505)563-5129
Agency Information:
BIA Center for Recruitment Albuquerque
1011 Indian School Road NW Suite 136
Albuquerque, NM


Once the online questionnaire is received, you will receive an acknowledgement email notifying you that your submission was successful. After a review of your application is made, you will be notified regarding your rating and referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted.

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