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Job Title:Range Technician (FIRE)

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs

Job Announcement Number:BIA-FIRE-RMR-13-01

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, August 27, 2013 to Thursday, September 05, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0455-04

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:

 

Established in 1824, Indian Affairs is the oldest bureau of the U.S. Department of the Interior.  Within the government-to-government relationship, Indian Affairs provides services directly or through contracts, grants, or compacts to 566 federally recognized tribes with a service population of about 1.9 million American Indians and Alaska Natives.

Are you interested in Joining;

·        An agency whose responsibilities touch the lives of all Americans, and contributes to the Nation's environmental quality, economic vitality, and the well-being of communities, including those of Native Americans, Alaska Natives and affiliated Islanders?

The U.S. Department of the Interior has a multifaceted mission that combines natural resource protection, recreation, natural resource use, services to communities and individuals, and biological and earth sciences.  Indian Affairs offers an extensive scope of programs that covers the entire range of Federal, State and local government services.  The Bureau of Indian Education administers an education system consisting of 183 schools and dormitories, educating approximately 42,000 elementary and secondary students and 28 tribal colleges, universities, and post-secondary schools.  The Bureau of Indian Affairs administers an extensive scope of  programs from social services, natural resources management on trust lands representing 55 million surface acres and 57 million acres of subsurface minerals, estates, economic development programs, law enforcement and detention services, land and water claim settlements, housing improvements, disaster relief, replacement and repair of schools, repair and maintenance of roads and bridges and operates a series of irrigation systems and provides electricity to rural Arizona.  Indian Affairs is seeking individuals who share a passion for our country's most valuable resources and a commitment to obtaining, training and retaining a highly skilled and diverse workforce needed to accomplish our exciting and challenging mission. 

 

This position is located in the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Rocky Mountain Region, Fort Peck Agency; Branch of Forestry & Fire and you can find more information specific to our organization at http://www.bia.gov/WhoWeAre/index.htm

 

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).

 

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.

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

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"
  • A VALID DRIVER'S LICENSE IS REQUIRED
  • SUBJECT TO MEDICAL SCREENING AND PHYSICAL FITNESS TESTING

DUTIES:

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As a Range Technician (FIRE), you will;

  • This position serves as a wildland firefighter on a skilled crewmember on a engine, helitack, or hand crew.
  • Assist on a wildland fire engine, works as a trainee engine operator driving the engine.
  • Load helicopters, determines weight calculations, completes crew manifests, and may rappel from a hovering helicopter.
  • Perform basic fireline activities such as line construction, hose layout, operations of pumps and accessories, lopping and scattering of fuels.
  • Assigned to carryout specialized assignments as tree failing, backfire and burnout, mobile and stationary engine attack.

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:  (OPM Operating Manual, Qualification Standards for Technical and Medical Support Positions, GS-0455-4 and Individual Occupational Requirement, 0455 series).

 

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;

 

  • 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.

For GS-4:

Successful completion of 2 years of study 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 credit-able.

 

GS-4:  6 months of general experience and 6 months of specialized 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.

 

The physical demands of this position involve 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 during fire activities. The work is primarily performed in forest and range environments in steep terrain where surfaces may be extremely uneven, rocky, covered with vegetation, and in smoky conditions.

 

 


To qualify based on education, you must submit a legible copy of transcripts with your name, school name, credit hours, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking.  If transcripts are not included in your application package, education will not be credited. Transcripts do not need to be official but if you are selected for this position and you used your education to qualify then you will need to provide official transcripts before you enter on duty.

 

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.

 

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.

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 

Relocation expenses are not authorized. Any relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty will be the responsibility of the selected employee.

 

Health Insurance Coverage: As of July 17, 2012 certain temporary employees who are firefighters or who are qualified to provide direct on-site support to fire incidents are eligible for coverage under the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) program. Upon appointment you will be notified if you are eligible to enroll under the FEHB program.



 

 



OTHER INFORMATION:

ICTAP/CTAP ELIGIBILITY

Federal employees seeking Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (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.

CTAP/ ICTAP eligibles must submit the following (all four are required):

  1. An SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, or other official documentation, which shows that you were declared displaced or surplus while serving as a career or career conditional competitive service employee, in tenure group 1 or 2, OR are a current or former Executive Branch agency employee in the excepted service serving on an appointment without time limit, at grade levels GS-15 or equivalent and below, and who has been conferred noncompetitive appointment eligibility and special selection priority by statute for positions in the competitive service;
  2. An SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, or other official documentation which shows the position you may be or are being separated from has the same or higher promotion potential as that of the vacancy;
    • CTAP eligibles: a copy of your Reduction in Force (RIF) separation notice; a notice of proposed removal for declining a directed reassignment or transfer of function outside the local commuting area; a Certificate of Expected Separation; your agency's certification that you are in a surplus organization or occupation (this could be a position abolishment letter, a notice of eligibility for discontinued service retirement, or similar notice).
    • ICTAP eligibles: a copy of your RIF separation notice, a notice of proposed removal for declining a directed reassignment or transfer of function outside the local commuting area; an OPM notice that your disability annuity has been (or will be) terminated; certification from your former agency that it cannot place you after your recovery from a compensable injury; or certification from the National Guard Bureau or Military Department that you are eligible for a disability retirement and will receive the special OPM annuity.
  3. A copy of a current (or last) performance rating of record of at least fully successful or equivalent (not required if you are an ICTAP eligible due to compensable injury or disability retirement).

Download a copy of The Employee's Guide to Career Transition [PDF].

 

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.

 



HOW TO APPLY:

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Vacancy Identification Number: 951111

 

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: 951111, 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: 951111, 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 Thursday, September 05, 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 05, 2013 in order for you to be considered for this vacancy.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

    1.  Resume - Must contain the following:

     

    ·                  Job Announcement Number: BIA-FIRE-RMR-13-01

    ·                  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).  

    8.  Copy of current state driver’s license. Failure to provide proof of current valid driver’s license will result in loss of consideration.

    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-13-01

Control Number:

350466200