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Job Title:Forestry Technician (Fire), GS-0462-04

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs

Job Announcement Number:CRPA 72/13

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$27,990.00 to $36,384.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, June 11, 2013 to Monday, June 17, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0462-04

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Seasonal NTE 6 months

DUTY LOCATIONS:

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

WHO MAY APPLY:

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

JOB SUMMARY:

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is the lead agency for the United States in carrying on a government-to-government relationship with 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:  906326

 

Forestry Technician (Fire), GS-0462-04

Posn.# 440T309

Southwest Region,

Southern Pueblos Agency,

Branch of Forestry,

Albuquerque, New Mexico 

 

GS-04:  $27,990 - $36,384 PER ANNUM

This job announcement will be used to fill temporary seasonal wildland firefighter positions in the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA).  Appointments to these position(s) are not-to-exceed 6 months (1039 hours) in a service year.

 

The position is located on a fire crew as a crewmember within the fire management organization. The purpose of this position is wildland fire suppression/management/control, as a skilled firefighter on an engine, helitack module or hand crew. Other wildland fire related duties involve fire prevention, patrol, detection or prescribed burning.  The incumbent will be involved with the maintenance and repair of firefighting tools, equipment, and facilities and will receive fire training.

 

NOTE:

  • This is an arduous position and is subject to drug testing, medical examination, and physical fitness testing.
  • Travel and relocation expenses will not be authorized.  Any relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty will be the responsibility of the selected employee.

 

INDIAN PREFERENCE POLICY: 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 Form BIA-4432 must be submitted with the application if claiming Indian Preference.  Indian Preference eligibles not currently employed in 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 in the absence of a qualified Indian Preference eligible.  Applicants not entitled to Indian Preference must be Federal civilian employees with competitive status or former Federal civilian employees with reinstatement eligibility and must submit latest Notification of Personnel Action, SF-50B, as proof.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

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

DUTIES:

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SUMMARY OF DUTIES:

  • Wildland fire related duties involve fire prevention, patrol, detection or prescribed burning.
  • Serve as a skilled crewmember on an engine, helitack or hand crew.
  • As an assistant on a wildland fire engine, works as a trainee engine operator driving the engine, operating the pump and making hose layouts under the direction of the engine foreman.
  • Utilizes 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.
  • Provides assistance on a wildland fire engine, operating the pump and making hose lays under direction.
  • As a helitack crewmember, loads helicopters determines weight calculations, competes crew manifests and may rappel from a hovering helicopter near ground level in remote area to construct helistops or to attack small fires, hotspots and spot fires.
  • Performs 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.  Moves dirt, chops brush, small trees, etc. to construct fire line.  Is responsible for observing the rules of wildland firefighting safety.  Applies practices and techniques to minimize resource damage.
  • Independently carries out specialized assignments such as tree falling, backfire and burnout, mobile and stationary engine attack, construction of helispots specialized helitack operations and hover hookups.
  • Serve on an organized crew during prescribed burns, monitoring and controlling the fire and collecting data on fire weather and fire behavior.
  • Performs project work such as fuel inventory and hazard fuel reduction projects.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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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-04 grade level: 6 months of general experience AND 6 months of specialized experience OR 2 years above high school with courses related to the occupation that included at least 12 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. No more than 3 semester hours in mathematics is creditable OR 4 seasons of experience.

  • GENERAL EXPERIENCE:  Experience in performing a variety of routine tasks in the suppression of wildland fires. Uses a variety of hand and power tools and equipment.
  • SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:  Examples of qualifying specialized experience include forestry aid or technician work; engineering, range, or soil conservation technician work that involved the application of cultural, resource conservation, or land management practices on non-forest or ranch lands when combined with knowledge of forestry operations and equipment; farming or ranching work that involved application of cultural, soil, and water conservation practices, including safety and use of equipment, and that provided a basic understanding of land use; or forest or range fire control, prevention, or suppression work.
  • 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.  For any period where the work exceeded 3 months, the excess work is credited towards an additional season of experience.


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.

 

MOTOR VEHICLE OPERATION: Regularly operate government vehicles or equipment to perform the duties of the position.

 

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

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

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 Firefighting and Prescribed Fire Procedures and Tactics.
  • Knowledge of Wildland Fire Behavior as Affected by Fuel Type, Topography and Weather.
  • Knowledge of Wildland Fire Hazards and Safety Practices and Procedures.
  • Skill in the Use of Hand Tools.
  • As an Engine Crewmember, Skill in Driving Engines and Operating Apparatus to Include Drafting, Pumping Water, and Constructing Simple and Progressive Hose Lays Under the Direction of the Engine Boss.
  • Knowledge of Helicopter Operations.

 

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.


BENEFITS:

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The Bureau of Indian Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered: http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc



OTHER INFORMATION:

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 http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp

 

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.



HOW TO APPLY:

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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  https://applicationmanager.gov/

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  https://applicationmanager.gov/
  • ANSWER the Questionnaire and click on SUBMIT my answers
  • Print the  United States Government Application Cover Page
  • Include the Vacancy Identification Number: 906326, 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 Monday, June 17, 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.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

  • 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.
  • Valid State Driver’s License.
  • GSA Form 3607, Motor Vehicle Operator's License and Driving Record (optional during the application process; however, selectees will be required to submit as part of the pre-appointment process).

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.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Mildred Saenz
Phone: (505)563-5458
Email: MILDRED.SAENZ@BIA.GOV
Agency Information:
BIA Center for Recruitment Albuquerque
1011 Indian School Road NW Suite 136
Albuquerque, NM
87104
USA

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

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


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Job Announcement Number:

CRPA 72/13

Control Number:

345395800