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Job Title:  Supervisory Forestry Technician (Fire Helicopter Crew Supervisor)
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs
Job Announcement Number:  RMR-13-22, 922412

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
SALARY RANGE:
$42,960.00 to $61,678.00 / Per Year
OPEN PERIOD:
Friday, September 06, 2013 to Thursday, September 19, 2013
SERIES & GRADE:
GS-0462-08/09
POSITION INFORMATION:
Full Time - Permanent
PROMOTION POTENTIAL:
09
DUTY LOCATIONS:
1 vacancy in the following location:
Fort Washakie, WY United StatesView Map
WHO MAY APPLY:
Indian Preference eligibles, current status employees or former 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 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.

 

"READVERTISEMENT:  APPLICANTS WHO PREVIOUSLY APPLIED UNDER THIS VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT WILL BE CONSIDERED AND NEED NOT RE-APPLY.  YOU MAY PROVIDE ADDITIONAL INFORMATION OR DOCUMENTATION WHICH WAS NOT PREVIOUSLY SUBMITTED."

 

DOI/Bureau of Indian Affairs

Rocky Mountain Region

Wind River Agency

Branch of Fire Management 

 

INDIAN PREFERENCEPreference 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 that are 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 (Status or Reinstatement eligibles) 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.

 

OTHER INFORMATION: 

 

*Promotion potential: Yes (If selected at the GS-8 level, incumbent can be promoted non-competitively to the full performance level of GS-9 without competition, pending on satisfactory performance and supervisor approval.) 
*Moving expenses authorized: No 
*Eligible for Relocation Company Services: No 
*Travel Required: Yes
*Supervisory Position: Yes
*Valid state Drivers' license:  Yes
*CDL required:  No
*Pre-appointment background investigation:  Yes
*Pre-appointment physical/medical exam:  Yes
*Drug test:  Yes
*Uniform required:  No
*Telework:  The Bureau of Indian Affairs has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework only during an emergency or natural disaster.

 

NOTE: This is a supervisory position.  Under provision of the Civil Service Reform Act, first-time supervisors are required to serve a trial period before their appointment becomes final.  Those who do not satisfactorily complete the trial period will be returned to positions of no lower grade and pay then those they occupied before assuming their supervisory assignment.

 

This is a secondary firefighter position under the special retirement provisions of U.S.C. 8336 (c) (CSRS) and 5 U.S.C. 8412 (d) (FERS).  It requires previous wildland firefighting experience is required to meet qualifications for this secondary (administrative) covered position.

Firefighter retirement coverage of the incumbent depends upon his or her individual work history.

 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • US CITIZENSHIP REQUIRED.
  • BACKGROUND SECURITY INVESTIGATION WILL BE REQUIRED FOR ALL NEW HIRES.
  • REQUIREMENT FOR FIRST TIME SUPERVISORY ONE YEAR PROBATIONARY PERIOD.
  • APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED ONLINE OR BY FAX. "HOW TO APPLY"
  • COPY OF CURRENT STATE DRIVERS LICENSE.
  • REQUIRED TO HAVE FEDERAL PAYMENTS MADE BY DIRECT DEPOSIT

DUTIES:

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As a Supervisory Forestry Technician (Fire Helicopter Crew Supervisor), you will; 

  • Plan, coordinate and direct helicopter support to execute a wide variety of reservation-wide resource management projects requiring multi-functional participation to complete.
  • Exercise the full range of supervisory duties for a work force which varies from a minimum of four to a maximum of fifteen, sometimes including or or more assistant helicopter managers.
  • Develop and implement an aviation training program for the reservation to comply with policy and standards.
  • Assist supervisor in current and out-year planning of the helitack budget.
  • Perform day-to-day contract administration and works directly with the Contracting Officer.  


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:  (OPM Operating Manual, Qualification Standards for Technical and Medical Support Positions, GS-0462-8/9 and Forestry Technician Series, 0462).

 

Individual Occupational Requirements

Specialized Experience (for positions at GS-4 and above):

In addition to the experience requirements described in the group coverage standard, seasonal experience may also be creditable. 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. One season of experience is qualifying for GS-2; 2 seasons of experience qualify for GS-3; and 4 seasons of experience qualify for GS-4. 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 nonforest or ranch lands when combined with knowledge of forestry operations and equipment.
  • Farming or ranching work that involved application of cultural and soil and water conservation practices, including safety and use of equipment, and that provided a basic understanding of land use.
  • Forest or range fire control, prevention, or suppression work.

 

GS-9:  1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-8 grade level OR 2 full years of graduate level education.

 

GS-8:  1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 grade level.

 

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:  Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA’s) to perform successfully the duties of the position, and is typically in or related to the position to be filled.

Specialized experience is that experience which has provided the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to successfully function in the wildland fire management position applied for. Possession of the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities can be evidenced by:

 

One season as an Assistant Helicopter Manager (HEMG)

OR

Two seasons as a Lead Helicopter Crewmember (HECM)

NOTE:  If you are not in the series for which applying, your application package must show evidence of meeting the OPM Qualification Standards; i.e., required course work (transcript/listing of courses); specialized experience; etc.

 

WORK EXPERIENCE:

Give the following information for your paid and nonpaid work experience related to the job your are applying for. (Do not send job descriptions.)

·         Job title (include series and grade if Federal job)

·         Duties and accomplishments

·         Employer's name and address

·         Supervisor's name and phone number

·         Starting and ending dates (month and year)

·         Hours per week

·         Salary

Indicate if we may contact your current supervisor.

 

CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT:  A Baseline Medical Examination will be required for all newly hired personnel in permanent positions that require wildland fire arduous duty and who would have received a “Baseline” medical examination under the Department of Interior (DOI) Medical Standards Program (MSP).

 

This position has been identified as one of the key fire management positions under the Interagency Fire Program Management (IFPM) Standard.  This position has been categorized as a Helicopter Manager, and 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 http://www.ifpm.nifc.gov/

 

Selective Factors:

 

The applicant must have possessed all of the following National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) incident management qualifications and training requirements to be considered eligible for this position: 

 

  1. Primary Core Requirement:  HEB2 – Helibase Manager - Type 2
  2. Secondary Core Requirement:  ICT4 – Incident Commander Type 4

 

Additional required training as presented in the following courses or agency equivalent:

·      None

 

NOTE:  If this position is filled at a lower grade level, subsequent promotion to the next grade level will be processed without competition under the Merit Promotion Program at such time as performance and qualification requirements are met and classification review discloses the duties being performed properly warrant classification to the next higher grade level.

 

Promotion Potential: When promotion potential is shown, and if selected at the lower grade the agency is not obligated or committed to promoting you to the higher grade. Promotions depend on your ability to perform the duties, require a minimum of 12-months time in grade and provided you are found otherwise eligible you'll need to be recommended through the supervisory chain. Promotions are not automatic.

 


 

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.

 

OTHER:  Incumbent is required, as an incidental duty, to operate a government-owned or leased motor vehicle, in the performance of duties, therefore, a valid driver’s license is required.  Incumbent must have a safe driving record within the three-year period immediately preceding submittal of GSA Form 3607 and be able to meet the safe driving requirements of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

 

THIS IS AN ARDUOUS POSITION AND IS SUBJECT TO DRUG TESTING, MEDICAL EXAMINATION, PHYSICAL FITNESS TESTING, AND FAVORABLE RESULTS OF A COMPLETED BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION.

 

All candidates selected for these positions, in addition to meeting minimum qualification requirements as defined by OPM, must also meet or exceed a selective factor which requires a minimum of 90-days of wildland firefighting experience.  The DOI defines wildland firefighting experience as:  as any non-structure fire that occurs in the wildland.  Wildland firefighting experience is gained through work on the fire line in containment, control, suppression or use of wildland fire.  Wildland fires are categorized into two distinct types:  Wildfires. Unplanned ignitions or prescribed fires that are declared wildfires; Prescribed Fires. Planned ignitions.  This description includes only fireline experience on a Prescribed Fire; it does not include experience in the planning stages.  This is a MANDATORY qualification prerequisite to qualify for this position.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

BASIS OF RATING:  All applicants for this position will be rated and ranked based upon the extent and quality of their experience, training and/or education as reflected on the application.  Applicants will be further evaluated according to the degree to which they possess or have the potential to acquire knowledge, skills, abilities, and personal characteristics as listed below.  The judgment of qualifications will be based on the material submitted; therefore, it is to the applicant’s advantage to give complete and thorough responses and to present information in a neat and orderly fashion.  Qualifications and veteran’s preference eligibility will be determined on the basis of information submitted.

 

Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills and abilities required of this position. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.


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/EI/benefits.asp#icc

 

Additional Links provided for benefits information;  http://www.opm.gov/retire/retire_jobseekers.asp or http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc 

 

Travel and relocation expenses are not authorized: 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.






 

 


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 ALL 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.

VETERAN'S PREFERENCE: If you are entitled to veteran's preference, you should indicate the type of veteran's preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veteran's preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.

  • For 5-point veteran's preference, please provide your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, Member-4 Copy), 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 veteran's preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran's Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation.

VEOA and DOCUMENTATION

Certain veterans may be eligible to apply for this position under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act.  For information about this program and determine whether you are eligible, click here:  http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/shav/index.aspx#veoa

If you are applying as a VEOA candidate, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 which shows an honorable discharge and that you either completed three years of active duty service or are a preference eligible.

SPECIAL HIRING AUTHORITIES

Certain candidates may be eligible to apply under a special hiring authority.  Common authorities include those for disabled individuals, Peace Corps employees, Foreign Service employees, and the authorities listed here:  http://www.opm.gov/hr_practitioners/lawsregulations/appointingauthorities/index.asp#MiscellaneousAuthoritiesNotRegulated

You must submit appropriate documentation with your application package to verify eligibility.  If you are unsure of what to submit, contact the email provided on this announcement.


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 your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at www.usajobs.gov
  • Click on Application Status
  • Click on the position title and select Apply Online to continue

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 http://www.opm.gov./forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf
  • 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:

  • Click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register
  • ANSWER the Questionnaire and click on SUBMIT my answers
  • Print the US Government Application Cover Page
  • Include the 8-character Vacancy Identification Number IP 922412, SSN, and full name to ensure that your documents are associated with the rest of your application
  • Fax your US 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 Thursday, September 19, 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.

 

All application material and supporting documentation must be submitted and received by 11:59 PM (Eastern Time) on Thursday, September 19, 2013 in order for you to be considered for this vacancy.


REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

  • Resume showing relevant experience and education
  • References - List three people who are not related to you and are not current or previous supervisors
  • Form BIA-4432, Verification of Indian Preference for Employment, if claiming Indian preference. No other form will be accepted
  • Form DD-214, if claiming veterans preference; and VA letter and Standard Form 15, if claiming 10 point preference
  • Copy of most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action
  • College Transcript is required for verification of qualifying education
  • 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.
  • Copy of current state driver’s license. Failure to provide proof of current valid driver’s license will result in loss of consideration.

NOTE: Persons submitting incomplete application 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. ALL DOCUMENTS SUBMITTED MUST BE LEGIBLE. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION WILL NOT BE SOLICITED FROM THIS OFFICE.

 

The Optional Application for Federal Employment (OF-612) is now obsolete per The Office of Personnel Management.  In order to be considered for this position you must provide a resume. It is recommended to include all the information contained in the OF-612 in your resume.  In order to qualify for this position, your resume must provide sufficient experience and/or education, knowledge, skills, and abilities, to perform the duties of the specific position for which you are being considered.   Your resume is the key means we have for evaluating your skills, knowledge, and abilities, as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to submit a thorough resume that directly relates to this position.  Your resume MUST include the following: the month and year for each position held, and the number of work hours per week, e.g., 03/09 - 06/11 (or Present), 40 hrs/week.

 

 

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Charles J. Walks Slow
Phone: (406)247-7956
Email: CHARLES.WALKSSLOW@BIA.GOV
Agency Information:
BIA Center for Recruitment Rocky Mountain Regional
AS-IA Office of Human Capital Mgmt
2021 4th Avenue North
Billings, MT
59101-1397

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

If you have properly submitted your online questionnaire, you will receive a confirmation message.  You may want to check the spam folder for your email provider to ensure you receive our messages. A review of your application package will be made after the vacancy announcement closes.  You will be notified by letter or email of your status.  Please allow approximately 2 to 3 weeks for us to complete our review and notify you.


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