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Job Title:  Lead Range Technician (Fire) 5/6
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Bureau of Land Management
Job Announcement Number:  OR-DEU-2013-0072

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
Saturday, May 11, 2013 to Friday, May 17, 2013
Work Schedule is Full Time. - This is a permanent seasonal position.
1 vacancy - Prineville, OR, US  View Map

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


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.

This position is primarily located in Prineville, Oregon.  During the fire season (mid June through mid October) the incumbent will be required and expected to work at the Madras, Oregon, Station.   

For information about the Prineville District visit Prineville District .  For additional information about the area visit  The Prineville Chamber of Commerce at Visit Prineville, Redmond Chamber of Commerce at Visit Redmond Oregon, Madras Chamber of Commerce at Madras Chamber, or Bend Chamber of Commerce at Bend, Oregon.


  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • Be sure to read the "How to Apply" and "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
  • Security Clearance/Background Investigation is required.


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This position serves as a lead wildland firefighter on a wildland fire engine. The incumbent drives and operates wildland fire engines, positioning the engines for proper use and operation; personally performs and directs others in starting the pump engine, priming, adjusting engine speed and pump valves, laying hose, and using appropriate nozzles and nozzle adjustment in effective use of water and additives; ensures the engines are kept in a full state of readiness for emergency fire dispatch; makes initial evaluation of fire situations; determines rate of spread, potential hazards to property and other improvements, suppression method to use, hose lays, deployment of crew, point of initial attack, type of tools to use and application of water; accomplishes emergency repairs as necessary to permit continued use of equipment; participates in wildland fire and safety training in the techniques, practices, and methods of fire suppression and in the safe, efficient operation and use of tools, equipment, and vehicles used in fire suppression activities; serves as a working leader over 3 or fewer crewmembers; instructs crew members in specific tasks and techniques; conduct on-the-job training; and distributes and controls work assignments. The incumbent may perform hazardous fuel reduction projects, which entail thinning, cutting and piling vegetation through use of mechanical means, e.g., chainsaw, etc.; may perform project work such as road and trail maintenance, inventory fuel beds, habitat improvement, burned area rehabilitation, and miscellaneous equipment and facilities maintenance; may assist in the preparation of hazardous fuels treatment plans and burn plans based on predicted fire behavior and risk assessment; and may work with local homeowners, community stakeholders, various local, state, and federal agencies in an effort to educate and mitigate potential threats to these communities by wildland fire.

The incumbent's duty station will be Prineville, Oregon. During fire season (approximately June through October), the incumbent will be expected to work at the Jefferson County fire station located in Madras, Oregon.


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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 requirement - 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.

For GS-05:  One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to a GS-04 in the federal service is qualifying for the GS-05.

For GS-06:  One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to a GS-05 in the federal service is qualifying for the GS-06.  

Examples of specialized experience are those which demonstrated a knowledge of strategies, tactics, and suppression methods used in containment and control of wildfires and wildland fires and ability to drive and operate a wildland fire engine and lead and direct others in performance of wildland fire engine use and operation.

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.  Those who do not provide evidence they possess the following selective factor(s) will be rated not qualified.

1.  Prior wildland fire fighting experience is required.

2.  Qualified as Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1).

3.  Required training course: S-290 Intermediate Fire Behavior1. 

Applicants must submit a copy of their wildland fire experience and training records and a copy of their most current Qualification (Red) Card.

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


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.

--Knowledge of fire management techniques, methods and conditions to analyze fire circumstances.

--Ability to lead others to perform fire suppression and prescribed fire tasks.

--Ability to operate a fire engine and drive 4-wheel drive trucks.

--Ability to communicate technical information.

--Ability to utilize interpersonal communication skills to work with others.

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.


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.

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.

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.

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 Highly or Best Qualified categories on the rating criteria for this position.

May require completion of a 1 year probationary period.

The maximum entry-age for this position shall not exceed age 37, unless you have sufficient prior Federal civilian firefighter experience or you are a preference eligible veteran.  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.  Failure to provide this documentation with your application will result in loss of eligibility to receive a waiver of the maximum entry age requirement.

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.

Passage of a pre-employment physical is required



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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 Marsha Jones at 541-751-4269 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:

A copy of your wildland fire experience and training records and a copy of your Incident Qualification and Certification System (IQCS) Master Record or other equivalent documentation which verifies you meet the required NWCG qualfications for this position.

If you are qualifying based on education, a copy of transcripts or a list of college courses that include hours and grades from an accredited U.S. college/university.  If your degree is from a Foreign Institution, See Foreign Education.

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 5-point veterans' preference, 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 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation.

For more information on which type of preference is applicable please visit VetGuide.

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.

You may submit your documents either via Auto-Requested Fax or by uploading your documents from your USAJOBS Profile.

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.   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.


Marsha Jones
Phone: 541-751-4269
Fax: 541-751-4481
Agency Information:
Bureau of Land Management
Oregon State Office
33 SW 1st Avenue
Portland, OR
Fax: 541-751-4481


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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