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Job Title:Supervisory Range Technician (Engine Captain)

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Bureau of Land Management

Job Announcement Number:NV-DEU-2013-0098

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$34,907.00 to $50,431.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, May 16, 2013 to Wednesday, May 29, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0455-06/07

POSITION INFORMATION:

Work Schedule is Full Time. - This is a permanent career seasonal position (6 - 9 months employment).

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

07

DUTY LOCATIONS:

FEW vacancies - Throughout NVView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

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

JOB SUMMARY:

BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic Supervisory Range Technician (Engine Captain) to join the Nevada State Fire Team.

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.

Carson City District: Positions may be filled at Minden, Stead, Fernely, Reno and/or Fallon, Nevada. For more information about these location please visit: Minden, Nevada visit The Town of Minden, Nevada, Stead and/or Reno, Nevada visit Reno/Sparks Chamber of Commerce, Fernely, NV visit Fernley Chamber of Commerce

and/or Fallon, Nevada visit Fallon 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.

There is an application limit of the first fifty (50) applications received. Once that limit has occurred the vacancy announcement will close on that day at 11:59 PM Eastern Time. If the 50 application limit is not reached, then the vacancy announcement will close on Tuesday, May 21, 2013, at 11:59 PM Eastern Time.

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 supervisory wildland firefighter on a wildland fire engine, performing and supervising crews performing wildland firefighting work, i.e., wildland fire suppression and control activities including suppression, preparedness, prevention, monitoring, hazardous fuels reduction, and prescribed burning. Directs the operation of a wildland fire engine, ensuring the correct positioning, proper use and operation.

Provides technical and administrative supervision to wildland fire engine crews. Plans work to be accomplished, sets and adjusts short term priorities, prepares schedules for completion of work, and assigns work to subordinates. Implements formal and informal training programs to comply with policy and regulations.

Responsible for maintenance of specialized equipment used to respond to wildland urban interface/intermix situations, ensures engine is kept in a full state of readiness for emergency fire dispatch, and accomplishes emergency repairs. May be required to be a fully qualified chain saw operator.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Qualification Requirement Using Specialized Experience or Education:

In order to be rated as qualified using specialized experience, we must be able to determine that you meet the definition(s) below - 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 level of the position to be filled.

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-06, you must have one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to GS-05; Specialized experience is further defined as having leadership experience in the implementation of strategies, tactics, and suppression methods that are used in the containment and control of wildland fires.

OR six months of graduate level college education related to range technician fire work such as a major study in forestry, fire science or closely related field. Graduate education meets the specialized experience requirement only in those instances where it is DIRECTLY related to the work of the position.

To qualify for GS-07, you must have one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to GS-06; Specialized experience is further defined as working as a skilled lead wildland firefighter with on-the-line wildland fire experience in forest/range fire control, prevention or suppression utilizing a wide variety of specialized wildland fire tools and equipment.

OR one (1) year (18 semester credits) of graduate level college education related to range technician fire work such as a major study in forestry, fire science or closely related field. Graduate education meets the specialized experience requirement only in those instances where it is DIRECTLY related to the work of the position.

Education and experience may be combined to meet the specialized experience requirement. 

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

Selective Placement Factors: This position requires 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.

This position is a Primary Firefighter position and is covered under Special Fire Retirement. In accordance with Public Law 107-27, applicants must be age 37 or under at the time of appointment, unless proof is provided of prior Federal service in another covered position, or you are a preference eligible. If you are a preference eligible, you MAY be eligible for this position after your 37th birthday.

You must possess a valid state driver's license/CDL at the time of appointment and at all times during appointment in this position.

This position has been categorized as a Engine Module Supervisor, a key fire management position under the Interagency Fire Program Management (IFPM) Standard, the selectee must meet the minimum qualification standards for IFPM prior to being placed into the position. Detailed information regarding IFPM positions can be found at IFPM.

To meet IFPM requirements, you must possess all of the following National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) incident management qualifications and training requirements to be considered eligible for this position:

1) Engine Boss (ENGB),
2) Incident Commander, Type 5 (ICT5), AND
3) Additional required training of S-211, "Portable Pumps and Water Use". 

 

 

 

 


This position falls under the group coverage qualification standards for Technical and Medical Support positions in conjunction with the Individual Occupation Requirements for Range Technician. 

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. 

The physical demands of this position are rigorous fieldwork requiring above average physical performance, endurance and superior conditioning. Work requires prolonged standing, walking over uneven ground, and recurring bending, reaching, lifting and carrying of items weighing over 50 pounds and shared lifting and carrying of heavier items, and similar strenuous activities requiring at least average agility and dexterity. Duties include demands for strenuous activities in emergencies under adverse environmental conditions and over extended periods of time. Operation of some specialized fire equipment can place extended physical stress on incumbent during fire activities.

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

You must also pass the work capacity test for an arduous position. The physical demands of this position are rigorous fieldwork requiring above average physical performance, endurance and superior conditioning. Work requires prolonged standing, walking over uneven ground, and recurring bending, reaching, lifting and carrying of items weighing over 50 pounds and shared lifting and carrying of heavier items, and similar strenuous activities requiring at least average agility and dexterity. Duties include demands for strenuous activities in emergencies under adverse environmental conditions and over extended periods of time. Operation of some specialized fire equipment can place extended physical stress on incumbent during fire activities.

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 possess a valid state driver's license at all times during appointment in this position. You may be required to obtain a CDL within 90 days of appointment. 

If you possess and/or obtain a CDL and are required to use it in this position, then you will come under the Drug and Alcohol Testing Designated Position (TDP) under the Omnibus Transportation Employee Testing Act of 1991. If the person selected for the position does not currently occupy a CDL Drug and Alcohol Testing Designated Position, they must submit to and receive a negative test result prior to appointment. A positive drug or alcohol test result may be grounds for denying final placement into this position. The Act also mandates that the incumbent is subject to random, reasonable suspicion, post-accident, return-to-duty, and follow-up drug and alcohol testing.

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 supervisory policies, procedures and methods in order to manage a diverse workforce.

KSA 2: Specific technical firefighting knowledge such as, but not limited to, fire engine and pump operation, hose lays, handcrew operations and/or helicopter operations to enable the incumbent to function in assigned capacities and instructor supervise others

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

KSA 4: Knowledge of instruction techniques and skill in coordinating training sessions and presenting wildland fire suppression and prescribed fire training material.


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:

You may be required to obtain a commercial driver's license within 90 days of appointment.

May require completion of a one (1) year probationary period. If you are selected for this position, you will be required to serve a one (1) year supervisory probationary period, if one has not previously been completed. 

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.  

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

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.

Extensive travel may be required. This position requires regular and recurring overtime and shift work.

This announcement may be used to fill more than one position at the duty locations listed.

FACT SHEET FOR FIRE POSITIONS: 

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:

-Copy of Incident Qualification Command System (IQCS) master record or other equivalent documentation which verifies you meet the required NWCG qualifications for this position.

-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 Special Retirement coverage for  law enforcement/firefighter service or your will not be eligible for consideration under this vacancy announcement.

 - 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.  

Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) eligibles: documentation verifying your CTAP and 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.  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
89502-7147
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-2013-0098

Control Number:

343722700