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Job Title:FIRE PROGRAM MANAGER, GS-0401-13 OR RANGELAND MGMT SPECIALIST, GS-0454-13 OR FORESTER, GS-0460-13

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs

Job Announcement Number:PR-14-01

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$87,586.00 to $113,860.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, November 04, 2013 to Wednesday, December 04, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0401/0454/0460-13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Sacramento, CA View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

BUREAU-WIDE / INDIAN PREFERENCE ELIGIBLES / CURRENT STATUS EMPLOYEES OR FORMER EMPLOYEES WITH REINSTATEMENT ELIGIBILITY / VEOA ELIGIBLES

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.

FIRE PROGRAM MANAGER, GS-0401-13, OR 

RANGELAND MGMT SPECIALIST, GS-0454-13,

OR FORESTER, GS-0460-13, #4400312A,

Pacific Region, Deputy Director for Trust Services,

Division of Natural Resources, Sacramento, California

 

GS-13:  $87,586 - $113,860 Per Annum

 

NOTE:  TRAVEL AND RELOCATION EXPENSES AUTHORIZED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE FEDERAL TRAVEL REGULATIONS. THE GUARANTEED HOME SALE CONTRACT IS NOT INCLUDED.

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).

 

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

 

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. 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • US CITIZENSHIP REQUIRED.
  • BACKGROUND SECURITY INVESTIGATION WILL BE REQUIRED FOR ALL NEW HIRES.
  • APPOINTMENT MAY INCLUDE A REQUIREMENT FOR ONE YEAR PROBATIONARY PERIOD.
  • APPLICATIONS WILL ONLY BE ACCEPTED ONLINE OR BY FAX.

DUTIES:

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NOTE: This is a managerial position.  Under provision of the Civil Service Reform Act, first-time managers are required to serve a trial period before their appointment becomes final.  Those who do not satisfactorily complete the trial period will be returned to positions of no lower grade and pay then those they occupied before assuming their managerial assignment.

 

SUMMARY OF DUTIES:

Incumbent is responsible for oversight and consolidation of the Region's planning, programming and budgeting including FMPA for the fire and aviation management programs.

Develops and ensures the execution of policies and plans which meet the objectives of Tribes and ensures the integration of fire management considerations into Tribal land management objectives.

Interprets national policy and direction and develops Regional guidelines, standards and specification for the use of automated fire and aviation systems.

Establishes and maintains cooperative relations with Tribal and Tribal groups, local and State governmental groups and other Federal agencies in fire planning, budgeting and program implementation.

Formulates, develops and implements policy and procedures related to prescribed fire and fuels treatment for the purpose of achieving defined resource and fire hazard reduction objectives.

Organizes and oversees a fire protection program that includes fire prevention, presuppression, suppression, and post suppression activities.  Provides guidance, develops policy and reviews the effectiveness of safety standards in the fire and aviation programs.

Devises and maintains recordkeeping systems to provide required information for production reporting, evaluation, control of costs, etc. 

 

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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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:

GS-401:

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.


GS-454:

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 management, OR

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 management.


GS-460:

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 forestry, OR

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 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, 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.


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.

 


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/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc

 



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 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.

 



HOW TO APPLY:

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To Apply Online:

  • Click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register
  • Answer the Questionnaire and click on SUBMIT my answers
  • UPLOAD all required documents and other supporting documents
  • To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at www.usajobs.gov
  • Click on Application Status
  • Click on the position title and select Apply Online to continue

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

 

Combination Online/Fax:

  • Click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register
  • ANSWER the Questionnaire and click on SUBMIT my answers
  • Include the Vacancy Identification Number 989664, SSN, and full name to ensure that your documents are associated with the rest of your application
  • Fax your US Government Application Cover Page, application, and supporting documents to (478) 757-3144

Please note that it is the applicant's responsibility to verify that all information entered, uploaded, or faxed (i.e., questionnaire responses, resume, and any supporting documents) are complete and accurate.

 

All electronic submissions and/or faxes must be completed by Wednesday, December 04, 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.

 



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

  • Resume showing relevant experience and education.
  • References - List three people who are not related to you and are not current or previous supervisors.
  • Form BIA-4432, Verification of Indian Preference for Employment, if claiming Indian preference. No other form will be accepted.
  • Form DD-214, if claiming veterans preference; and VA letter and Standard Form 15, if claiming 10 point preference.
  • Copy of most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action.
  • Incident Qualification and Certification System (IQCS) Master Record or other equivalent documentation which verifies you meet the required NWCG qualifications for this IFPM position.  Failure to provide you this documentation by the closing date of the announcement will result in you being rated as not qualified.

     

  • 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-appointment process).

NOTE: Persons submitting incomplete applications 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. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION WILL NOT BE SOLICITED FROM THIS OFFICE.

 

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Melanie Kolzen
Phone: (405)247-1541
Email: MELANIE.KOLZEN@BIA.GOV
Agency Information:
BIA Center for Recruitment Anadarko
DO NOT MAIL APPLICATIONS
PLEASE FAX TO 478-757-3144
XXXXX, OK
73005

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once the online questionnaire is received, you will receive an acknowledgement email notifying you that your submission was successful. After a review of your application is made, you will be notified regarding your rating and referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted.

 


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Job Announcement Number:

PR-14-01

Control Number:

354699500