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Job Title:Forestry Technician (Smokejumper)

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Bureau of Land Management

Job Announcement Number:FA-DEU-2013-0003

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$31,315.00 to $45,376.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, September 20, 2013 to Monday, October 07, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0462-05/06

POSITION INFORMATION:

Work Schedule is Full Time. - This is a permanent seasonal position.

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

06

DUTY LOCATIONS:

Few vacancies in the following location:
Boise, ID, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

All U.S. Citizens – No previous Federal Service is required.

JOB SUMMARY:

BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to join the team to serve as a highly trained and skilled member of a parachuting fire suppression squad.

The BLM manages more land – approximately 253 million acres - than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estates throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

This vacancy announcement has been EXTENDED; previous applicants need not reapply  -  Applicants who previously applied do not need to apply again to be considered but may take this opportunity to update information/resume/responses or submit required documentation outlined in the vacancy announcement.

Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource.  For additional information about the BLM, please visit Our website.  

This position is located at the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) in Boise, Idaho.  Information about the Boise area can be found at www.boisechamber.org.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Be sure to read the "How to Apply" and "Required Documents" Sections.
  • You cannot hold an active real estate license; nor can you
  • have an interest or hold stocks in firms with interest in Federal Land
  • Direct Deposit Required
  • Background Investigation is required.

DUTIES:

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  • Incumbent parachutes into rugged terrain and performs fire suppression and related duties.
  • Incumbent maintains smokejumper and firefighting equipment, tools, and supplies.
  • Repairs, packs and maintains parachutes and related equipment.
  • As a fire crew member or Initial Attack Commander incumbent utilizes fire behavior knowledge and firefighting experience to perform wildland fire suppression and prescribed fire operations safely and effectively in accordance with identified appropriate management response.
  • May direct fire line activities and tactics for firefighters, equipment, aircraft and other resources.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Specialized Experience Requirements
In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience requirement; please be sure to include this information in your resume. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade of the position to be filled.

To qualify for the GS-05 grade level, 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to GS-04 is required.  Examples of work experience include, but are not limited to: wildland fire suppression as a member of a handcrew, a helitack crew, or an engine crew, including one (1) season of smokejumping using either Ram-Air or FS parachutes.

To qualify for the GS-06 grade level, 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to GS-05 is required.  Examples of work experience include, but are not limited to: wildland fire suppression as a member of a handcrew, a helitack crew, or an engine crew, including one (1) season of smokejumping using either Ram-Air or FS parachutes, supervision of one or more employees (with little or no direct supervision) on wildland fires while anticipating fire behavior, determining suppression tactics, and taking the necessary action to control fires.
 
Substitution of Education for Experience
GS-05:  Successful completion of a 4-year course leading to a bachelor's degree (a) with major study in forestry, range management, agriculture, or a subject-matter field directly related to the position, or (b) that included at least 24 semester hours in any combination of courses such as those shown above for GS-4. No more than 6 semester hours in mathematics is creditable; OR a combination of education and experience that is directly related to the work of this position.

GS-06:  You must have 9 (nine) semester hours of graduate education which is DIRECTLY related to work of the position OR an equivalent combination of specialized experience and education.
 
You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.


Selective Placement Factor(s): This position requires a special qualification that has been determined to be essential to perform the duties and will be used as a screen out element.  Those who do not provide evidence they possess the following selective factor(s) will be rated not qualified.
 
1. Prior on-the-line firefighting: The Department of the Interior defines wildland firefighting experience 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. This experience can be met by serving in a temporary, seasonal, or equivalent private sector fire position for no less than 90 days.   Wildland fires are categorized into two distinct types: (1) Wildfires – Unplanned ignitions or prescribed fires that are declared wildfires; and (2) Prescribed Fires – Planned ignitions.  This description includes only fireline experience on a Prescribed Fire; it does not include experience in the planning stages.  Prescribed fire experience must be supplemented by fire suppression experience in order to be creditable as previous wildland firefighting experience.
 
2. Prior smokejumping experience required.
 

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Upon receipt of your complete application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements.  Your rating will be based on your responses to the Job Specific Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume.  If you meet the qualification requirements, you application will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans.   In addition, interviews may be conducted for this position.  The interviews may be conducted on a pass/fail basis or may be scored. The job specific questions relate to the following knowledge, skills and abilities required to do the work of this position.
 

  1. Ability to manipulate a parachute into forested and mountainous terrain and the use, maintenance, and field repair of all hand tools.
  2. Ability to serve as a work supervisor or work leader without direct supervision to meet the needs of the organization.
  3. Knowledge of fire suppression, fire behavior and control procedures in various fuel types and under a variety of weather and terrain conditions.
  4. Knowledge of prescribed fire operations and tactics.

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BENEFITS:

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To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit the Office of Personnel Management's website at Federal Benefits at USAJOBS.

OTHER INFORMATION:

SELECTIVE SERVICE:  Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.  To register or verify your registration go to the Selective Service System website.
 
This is a seasonal appointment; you will be in a pay status for at least 6 months, but less than 12 months a year.  When work or funds are not available you will be placed in non-pay status. Your initial appointment may be less than 6 months due to date of hire.
 
If the position is filled at a lower grade level, subsequent promotion to the next grade level will be processed without further competition dependent upon administrative approval and the continuing need for an actual assignment and performance of higher-level duties.
 
May require completion of a one year probationary period. 

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.
 
Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP):  CTAP provides eligible surplus and displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at CTAP or ICTAP.  If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration or that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) This vacancy is within your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility; 2) You apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) You are found well-qualified for this vacancy. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, or a copy of your separation personnel action form. 
 
CTAP and ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if they receive a minimum score of 90 based on the rating criteria used for this position.
 
The duties of this position may require the incumbent to perform irregular or occasional overtime per week.  The position may qualify for Administratively Uncontrollable Overtime (AUO).
 
This position requires procurement duties.  Applicants selected for this position must sign a certification of compliance with the requirement of Public Law 101-189.
 
Extensive travel is required.
 
Incumbent must meet specified levels on annual physical fitness tests, and pass periodic medical exams for wildland fire personnel, commensurate with current incident management qualifications.
 
This position requires regular and recurring overtime and shift work.
 
Government facilities are required to provide a smoke free environment for their employees. Smoking will be permitted only in designated areas.
 
You must be 18 years of age or older to be assigned to a hazardous position.
 
This is a primary firefighter position under the special retirement provisions of 5 U.S.C. 8336(c) (CSRS) and 5 U.S.C. 8412(d) (FERS).  The position is subject to maximum entry age (MEA) requirements. 
 
The MEA for this position shall not exceed age 37; unless you have sufficient prior Federal civilian firefighter experience or you are a preference eligible veteran.  If you are a preference eligible veteran, you may be eligible for this position after your 37th birthday.  You must supply a copy of your Defense Department Form 214 (DD-214) along with Standard Form 15 (if applicable) and any associated documentation in accordance with the instructions in this vacancy announcement.  Failure to provide this documentation with your application will result in loss of eligibility to receive a waiver of the maximum entry age requirement.

THIS IS A DRUG TESTING DESIGNATED POSITION in accordance with Executive Order 12564, and under the Department’s Drug Free Workplace Program.  Applicant(s) tentatively selected for this position will be required to submit a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use and to pass the test prior to appointment.  In addition, this position is subject to random testing for illegal drug use.
 
Passage of a pre-employment physical is required.
 
You must possess a valid automobile driver's license at the time of appointment and at all times during your appointment in this position.
 
FACT SHEET FOR FIRE POSITIONS:  FIREFIGHTERS CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
 

HOW TO APPLY:

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To receive consideration for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes ALL of the following items:  1. Your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire; 2. Your resume; and 3. Applicable supporting documents specified in the Required Documents section of this job announcement.
 
Click on the button "Apply Online" and login to MY USAJOBS.
 
If you haven't already registered with USAJOBS, the system will require you to create a user name and password, complete a questionnaire and upload, paste or type a resume into USAJOBS.
 
If you have already registered with USAJOBS and forgot your login information, select the "Did you forget your username and/or password" link from the right side menu.
 
Your application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Time by the closing date of this announcement.
 
If you need assistance in applying on-line, please contact the Human Resources Office at (208) 387-5523 or BLM_FA_NIFC_Vacancies@blm.gov.  If applying on-line poses a hardship for you (i.e., you do not have access to the internet) you must contact us prior to the closing date of the announcement for an alternative method of applying.
 

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

In addition to the online application (resume and responses to the questionnaire), you are required to submit the following forms:              
 
If you are qualifying with education, you must provide a copy of your transcripts that include hours and grades from an accredited U.S. college/university.   If your degree is from a Foreign Institution see, Foreign Education.  ALL SELECTIONS AND TENTATIVE OFFERS ARE CONTINGENT UPON SUBMISSION AND VERIFICATION OF “OFFICIAL” TRANSCRIPTS. 
 
Veterans' Preference: If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the level of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume.  Your veterans' preference entitlement will be adjudicated (verified) by the employing agency using the documents you provide.  A.) For 5-point veterans' preference, please provide your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), 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.  B.) For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation.
 
For more information on which type of preference is applicable please refer to the VetGuide.
 
Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) eligibles: documentation verifying your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility - this includes a copy of the agency notice and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location. 
 
You may submit your documents either via Auto-Requested Fax or by uploading your documents from your USAJOBS Profile. 
 
1. Auto-Requested Fax: allows you to submit required documentation that will be electronically displayed along with your resume.  The opportunity to do this will be provided during the application process by a pop-up message option to generate an auto-requested fax cover sheet. 
 
2. Uploading Documents: instead of faxing your documents you may use the uploading procedures thru Applicant Manager.   Do not use both options.  
 
Hard copy paper supplemental documents, submitted without prior Human Resources approval, will be considered as an incomplete application. 
 
Required documentation must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement. 

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Human Resources
Phone: 208-387-5523
Fax: 000-000-0000
Email: BLM_FA_NIFC_Vacancies@blm.gov
Agency Information:
Bureau of Land Management
NIFC, Fire and Aviation
Human Resources (FA-220)
3833 South Development Avenue
Boise, ID
83705
US
Fax: 000-000-0000

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

You will be notified of the status of your application as the qualification review process is conducted.  You may also check the status of your application by viewing your MY USAJOBs account.

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Job Announcement Number:

FA-DEU-2013-0003

Control Number:

352128400