Job Overview

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.

FIRE MANAGEMENT OFFICER, GS-0401-11,
#4400013, (DOI125, Unit Fire Program Manager),
Great Plains Regional Office,
Deputy Regional Director - Trust Services,
Fire Management Section,
Aberdeen, South Dakota

GS-11:  $57,408 - $74,628  Per Annum

NOTE: 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 Unit Fire Program 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/

NOTE: TRAVEL AND RELOCATION EXPENSES WILL BE AUTHORIZED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE FEDERAL TRAVEL REGULATIONS, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF REAL ESTATE EXPENSES UNDER THE CONTRACTOR-PROVIDED GUARANTEED HOME SALE CONTRACT.  THIS IS A KEY FIRE MANAGEMENT POSITION UNDER THE INTERAGENCY FIRE PROGRAM MANAGEMENT STANDARD.  POSITION 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 eligibles that are not currently employed with the Federal service will be appointed under the Excepted Service Appointment Authority Schedule A, 213.3112(A)(7).

VETERANS EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES ACT (VEOA): Preference eligibles 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: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/shav/index.aspx#veoa

Duties

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.

SUMMARY OF DUTIES:  Incumbent will serve in a key fire management position as a Zone Fire Management Officer (FMO) and direct all phases of the fire management program with a moderate complexity level and is responsible for program planning, direction, coordination and evaluation:

·   Analyzes current fire management plans and initiates changes within guidelines or makes recommendations to meet changing conditions within the limits of current or anticipated funding.

·   Ensures the fire management program is in compliance with environmental laws, regulations and policies.

·   Ensures that the fire prevention program is effective and meets short-term objectives and long-term goals.

·   Develops and reviews fire prevention plans.

·   Develops and implements a communication plan; and coordinates plans of action with affected cooperators.

·   Coordinates program activities with federal, state, tribal, and local government entities/agencies.

·   Manages unit aviation programs or operations and ensures that all phases of fire and aviation management planning are completed.

·   Directs and supervises the budget formulation process to assure balance in the fire organization at varying levels of funding, and initiates changes as appropriate.

·   Monitors the expenditure of funds to assure fiscal integrity and correct application of financial standards.

·   Reviews preparedness actions and operating plans used in the management of wildland fires.

·   Serves on various interagency committees, teams and work groups dealing with specific local, geographic, or national fire management issues.

·   Ensures the fuels management program is consistent with ecosystem management principles and land use plans, and is applied on a landscape basis.

·   Monitors fire season severity predictions, fire behavior, and fire activity levels and takes appropriate actions to ensure safe, efficient and effective operations.

·   Provides technical and administrative supervision, plans and directs work to be accomplished, sets and adjusts priorities, and prepares schedules for completion of work.

·   Manages the environmental and workplace hazards of the wildland fire environment and provides leadership and direction to subordinates in the recognition and mitigation of these hazards following applicable laws, policies, and guidelines.

·   Ensures that a comprehensive job hazard analysis is conducted and a risk management process is implemented.