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 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:  924433

 

Forestry Technician (Fire), GS-0462-04

Posn.# 443272T / 443273T / 443274T / 443282T / 443283T

Western Region,

Fort Apache Agency,

Fire Management, Hotshot Section

Whiteriver, Arizona

 

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.

Duties

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.