EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: (OPM Operating Manual, Qualification Standards for Professional and Scientific Positions, Approved
Interagency Fire Program Management Qualifications Standards and Guide for Geographic Area Fire Program Manager, GS-0401, Supplemental Qualification Standard for Fire Management Specialist,
GS-0401, and Individual Occupational Requirements for General Biological
Science Series, GS-0401/454/460).
BASIC REQUIREMENTS FOR THE GS-401/454/460:
A. I have
successfully completed a bachelor's degree in a four-year course of study in an
accredited college or university in one of the following disciplines:
biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or a
discipline related to this position, OR
B. I have an
appropriate combination of education and experience that included course work
equivalent to a major (i.e., 24 semester hours) in biological sciences,
agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or a discipline closely
related to Natural Resources; PLUS appropriate experience or additional course
work. The quality of the combination must demonstrate that you possess the
knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the work of the position
and is comparable to that normally acquired through the completion of a full
four-year course of study with a major as described above.
A. Degree: range
management; or a related discipline that included at least 42 semester hours in
a combination of the plant, animal, and soil sciences, and natural resources
B. Combination of
education and experience--at least 42 semester hours of course work in the
combination of plant, animal, and soil sciences and natural resources
A. Degree: forestry;
or a related subject-matter field that included a total of at least 30 semester
hours in any combination of biological, physical, or mathematical sciences or
engineering, of which at least 24 semester hours of course work were in
B. Combination of
education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major in forestry, or at
least 30 semester hours in any combination of biological, physical, or mathematical
sciences or engineering, of which at least 24 semester hours were in forestry.
ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: In addition to meeting the basic entry level qualification requirements, applicants must have the following:
GS-13: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level
in the Federal service that includes work involving fire program management and prescribed fire/fuels management or fire management operations. Fire program management experience includes: reviewing and evaluating fire management plans for ecological soundness and technical adequacy; conducting field inspections before and after prescribed or wildland fires to determine if resource objectives were achieved and/or to evaluate the effectiveness of actions taken; and developing analyses on the ecological role of fire and its use and/or exclusion, and smoke management. Prescribed fire/fuels management experience includes: inventory methods and procedures; fuel treatment methods and programming; land use planning and environmental coordination; and evaluating prescribed burn plans or fire management plans to ensure fire containment is possible and identify contingencies if containment is not obtained. Fire management operations experience includes analyzing and applying fire management strageies, plus experience in at least five of the following activities: mobilization and dispatch coordination; fire prevention and education; training; logistics; equipment development and deployment; fire communication systems; suppression and preparedness; and aviation.
SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTORS: The
applicant must have possessed all of the following National Wildfire
Coordinating Group (NWCG) incident management qualifications and training
requirements to be considered eligible for this position:
1. Primary Core Qualification: Task Force Leader (TFLD)
2. Secondary Core Qualification: Incident Commander Type 3 (ICT3) OR T2 Command and General Staff (C&G) OR Prescribed Fire Burn Boss, Type 2 (RXB2)
3. Required Training: M-581, Fire Program Management OR Local Fire Management Leadership OR Fire Management Leadership
4. This position requires a minimum of 90 days previous wildland firefighting experience which provided knowledge of the techniques, policies, and practices of wildland fire management. Wildland fires are categorized into two distinct types: 1) Wildfires - unplanned ignitions or prescribed fires that are declared wildfires; 2) Prescribed Fires - Planned ignitions. This description includes only fireline experience on a Prescribed Fire; it does not include experience in the planning stages.
Selectees for IFPM positions requiring currency will be required to obtain and maintain currency for the NWCG qualifications listed above.
FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that 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 evalution 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. Dept of Ed.
FIREFIGHTER RETIREMENT COVERAGE: This position is covered as a secondary firefighter position under the special retirement provisions of 5 U.S.C. 8336(c)(CSRS) and 5 U.S.C. 8412(d) (FERS) when it is filled by an incumbent who transfers directly from a primary or another secondary firefighting position with no break in service as a firefighter to this position. Firefighter retirement coverage of the incumbent depends upon his or her individual work history.
SUITABILITY, CLEARANCE & REQUIREMENTS:
A background security investigation will be required for all new hires. Appointment will be subject to the applicants 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, to operate a government-owned or leased motor vehicle, in the performance of duties, therefore, a valid drivers 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.
The Bureau of Indian Affairs has
determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the
selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
As part of the application process, you are required to respond to a series of questions designed to assess your possession of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:
- PROFESSIONAL KNOWLEDGE OF NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT AND ECOLOGY IN RELATION TO FIRE AND SILVICULTURAL SYSTEMS AND METHOD USED TO MAINTAIN AND IMPROVE HEALTHY ECOSYSTEMS, LANDSCAPES, AND PLANT COMMUNITIES.
- THOROUGH KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING OF WILDLAND FIRE BEHAVIOR, FIRE PROTECTION CONCEPTS AND ORGANIZATIONS, FIRE PLANNING, FIRE SUPPRESSION AND AVIATION GAINED BY EXTENSIVE EXPERIENCE AS A TRIBAL OR AGENCY FIRE MANAGEMENT OFFICER OR REGIONAL OR NATIONAL FIRE STAFF SPECIALIST.
- KNOWLEDGE OF LAWS, DEPARTMENT AND BUREAU MANUALS AND DIRECTIVE SYSTEMS, POLICIES, REGULATIONS, PROGRAM PLANNING, BUDGETING SYSTEMS, ADMINISTRATIVE REQUIREMENTS AND PROCEDURE APPLICABLE TO FIRE, AVIATION AND ECOSYSTEM MANAGEMENT.
- KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES IN THE AREAS OF FACILITATION, PROBLEM-SOLVING, TEAM BUILDING, LEADERSHIP, MOTIVATION, INNOVATION, COACHING AND COUNSELING.
We will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses on the assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your resume, your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities.