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Job Title:Range Aid (FIRE)

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs

Job Announcement Number:BIA-FIRE-RMR-13-02

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$24,933.00 to $32,412.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, August 21, 2013 to Friday, August 30, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0455-03

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Temporary NTE 12/31/2013

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Poplar, MT United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Application will be accepted from Indian Preference applicants, US Citizens, from current and former competitive service Federal employees, and people eligible under special hiring authorities. Position will be filed in accordance with the Indian Preference Policy.

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.

 

DOI/Bureau of Indian Affairs

Rocky Mountain Region

Fort Peck Agency

Office of the Superintendent

Forestry & Fire 

 

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: No 
*Moving expenses authorized: No 
*Eligible for Relocation Company Services: No 
*Travel Required: No
*Supervisory Position: No
*Valid state Drivers' license:  No
*CDL required:  No
*Pre-appointment background investigation:  Yes
*Pre-appointment physical/medical exam:  Yes
*Drug test:  Yes
*Uniform required:  No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • US CITIZENSHIP REQUIRED.
  • BACKGROUND SECURITY INVESTIGATION WILL BE REQUIRED FOR ALL NEW HIRES.
  • TESTING DESIGNATED POSITION DOI DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE PROGRAM
  • APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED ONLINE OR BY FAX. "HOW TO APPLY"
  • COPY OF CURRENT STATE DRIVERS LICENSE.
  • SUBJECT TO MEDICAL SCREENING AND PHYSICAL FITNESS TESTING

DUTIES:

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As a Range Aid (FIRE), you will;

  • Serve as a member of a fire crew assigned to suppress the full range of wildland fires.
  • Perform assignments as a wildland firefighter in developing a working knowledge of fire suppression and fuels management techniques, practices and terminology. 
  •  Searches out and extinguishes burning materials by moving dirt, applying water by hose or backpack pump, etc.
  •  Patrols fireline to locate and extinguish embers, flareups, and hotspot fires that may threaten developed firelines.
  • Participate in 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 fireline activities.
  • Chops brush, fells small trees and moves dirt to construct fireline utilizing various hand tools


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:  (OPM Operating Manual, Qualification Standards for Technical and Medical Support Positions, GS-0455-3 and Range Technician Series, 0455).

 

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:

  • Work in the conservation, regulation, and use of public or Federally controlled lands for grazing.
  • Range research activities.
  • Work in the operation of a livestock ranch or in assisting in the management or preservation of lands comparable to the public range.
  • Range or forest fire control, prevention, or suppression work.

OR

Education and Training:

Grade Level

Education and Training

For GS-3:

Successful completion of 1 year of study that included at least 6 semester hours in a combination of courses such as range management or conservation, agriculture, forestry, wildlife management, engineering, biology, mathematics, or other natural or physical sciences.

GS-3:  6 months of general experience OR 2 years above high school with courses related to the occupation, if required.

 

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.

 

GENERAL EXPERIENCE:  (1) Any type of work that demonstrates the applicant’s ability to perform the work of the position, or (2) experience that provided a familiarity with the subject matter or processes of the broad subject area of the occupation.

 

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.

 

 

Part-Time or Unpaid Experience: Credit will be given for all appropriate qualifying experience regardless of whether compensation was received or whether the experience was gained in a part-time or full-time occupation. Full-time work is generally considered to be 35 to 40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.

 

Evaluation of Foreign Education: Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation upon request. Failure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration.

 

For more information regarding evaluation of foreign education for federal employment, please visit the U.S. Department of Education webpage.

 


 

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.

 

This is an arduous position and subject to medical screening and physical fitness testing

 

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.


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.

 

FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES

Former Federal Employees: Former federal employees are required to indicate whether they received a Voluntary Separation Incentive Payment (VSIP) buyout in their previous employment with the Federal government, and are required to submit a copy of the applicable Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) regarding the VSIP. The majority of individuals, who accept reemployment with the Federal government within 5 years of receiving the VSIP amount, must repay the gross amount of the separation pay prior to reemployment.



HOW TO APPLY:

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Vacancy Identification Number: 947747

 

To Apply Online:

·    Click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to log into or create your USAJOBS account

·    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 cover page is required. Simply make sure that all six pages of the completed OPM Form 1203-FX are on top of all other documents being faxed.

 

Ensure the Vacancy Identification Number: 947747, is identified on the required fax cover page,

 

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: 947747, 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.

 

NOTE: It is the applicant's responsibility to verify that all information entered, uploaded, or faxed (i.e., assessment questions and answers, resume, and any supporting documents) are complete and accurate. 

 

All electronic submissions and/or faxes must be completed by Friday, August 30, 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 Friday, August 30, 2013 in order for you to be considered for this vacancy.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

    1.  Resume - Must contain the following:

     

    ·                  Job Announcement Number

    ·                  Work Experience: include Position Title; Dates - From (mm/yy) To (mm/yy); Hours Worked per week;   

                 Current Supervisor's Name and Telephone Number; and Duties

    ·                  Education

    ·                  References

     

    2.  Form BIA-4432, Verification of Indian Preference for Employment, is required for claiming Indian Preference.  No other form will be accepted. 
               

    3.  Form DD-214, if claiming 5 pt. veteran's preference or Standard Form 15 with required proof of   entitlement, if claiming 10 pt. veteran's preference. 

    4.  College Transcript is required for verification/documentation of qualifying education.

    5.  Occupational Questionnaire, listed in announcement.  Failure to respond to the questionnaire will result in loss of consideration.

    6.  Most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, current or former Federal employees.

    7.  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-employment process).  

    All application materials become the property of the agency and will not be returned.
    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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Job Announcement Number:

BIA-FIRE-RMR-13-02

Control Number:

350074800