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  4. Benefits & Other Info
  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Forestry Technician (Fire) (Fire Dispatch)**AMENDED**

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Bureau of Land Management

Job Announcement Number:OR-DEU-2014-0009

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 $40,706.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, November 15, 2013 to Friday, November 29, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0462-04/05

POSITION INFORMATION:

Work schedule is full time. - This is a permanent-seasonal position.

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

05

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy - Lakeview, OR View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

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

JOB SUMMARY:

**NOTE** This vacancy has been amended to extend the closing date of the announcement to 11-29-2013.  All other information remains the same.
 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.

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.
 
Contact the Lake County Chamber of Commerce at 877-947-6040 (Toll Free) or  www.lakecountychamber.org for more information on Lakeview and Lake County. 
 
For information about the Lakeview District visit: http://www.blm.gov/or/districts/lakeview/index.php”target=newwin>Lakeview.

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;
  • Security Clearance/Background Investigation is required.

DUTIES:

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The primary purpose of this position is to serve as a dispatcher in support of fire suppression activities.  Receives fire reports, determines location, land status, and current fire information, and dispatches personnel, equipment, aircraft, and/or supplies according to pre-defined plans; maintains resource status and tracking systems; operates telecommunications systems; collects, processes and submits incident information to support fire operations; and processes/interprets weather information to determine burning indices, preparedness and staffing levels for suppression and aviation 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.    See the qualification requirements section for examples of specialized work experience.
 
Selective Placement Factors: This position requires special qualifications that have been determined to be essential to perform the duties and will be used as screen out elements.  Those who do not provide evidence they possess the following selective factor(s) will be rated not qualified:
 
1) Must have a minimum of 90 days of wildland firefighting experience.
 
2) Must have held, or currently hold, the Expanded Dispatch Recorder (EDRC) or higher qualification.  This must be reflected on the ICQS master record and submitted to this announcement.
 
You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.


Qualification requirements:
At the GS-4 level:  6 months of general and 6 months of specialized work experience -OR- 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 creditable.
 
In addition, 4 seasons of seasonal work experience is also qualifying for the GS-4 level.  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.  Examples of qualifying specialized experience include: Forestry aid or technician work; Engineering, range, or soil conservation technician work that involved the application of cultural, resource conservation, or land management practices on nonforest or ranch lands when combined with knowledge of forestry operations and equipment; Farming or ranching work that involved application of cultural and soil and water conservation practices, including safety and use of equipment, and that provided a basic understanding of land use; Forest or range fire control, prevention, or suppression work. 
 
At the GS-5 level:  One year of specialized experience equivalent to a GS-04 in the federal service, OR completion of a full 4 year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with major study in forestry, range management, agriculture, or a subject matter field directly related to the position.   Examples of specialized experience include:  dispatching  personnel, equipment, aircraft, and/or supplies in response to resource orders from the field; organizing and reviewing completed records of all orders placed and actions taken to ensure adherence to procedures.

 

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) Knowledge of wildland fire suppression and prescribed fire strategies, tactics, methods and procedures, fire behavior, and weather conditions to effectively dispatch fire management resources.
 
2) Knowledge of fire management operations, dispatch procedures, and resources used for the tactical and logistical support for wildland and prescribed fire incidents.
 
3)  Knowledge of communication equipment, radio use, computers and software used in all aspects of dispatch.
 
4)  Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
To preview questions please click here.


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.
 
May require completion of a 1 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 fall within the Highly or Best Qualified categories on the rating criteria for this position.
  
Government facilities are required to provide a smoke free environment for their employees. Smoking will be permitted only in designated areas.
 
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.
 
This is a secondary/administrative fire position under the special retirement provisions of 5 U.S.C. 8336(c) (CSRS) and 5 U.S.C. 8412(d) (FERS).  While secondary positions are not subject to the maximum entry age policy, the selectee must have prior service in a primary position and meet the transfer requirement for movement from a primary to secondary position to be eligible for special retirement coverage.  
 
It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure this office has enough information to determine your retirement status to ensure you do not lose benefits (normally through submission of your SF-50). YOU MUST LET US KNOW IF YOU ARE CURRENTLY IN A PRIMARY POSITION.
 
 
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.
 
FACT SHEET FOR FIRE POSITIONS:   FIREFIGHTER 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 HR Office at 503-808-6391 or email lgaylord@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 qualifying based on education a copy of transcripts or a list of college courses that include hours and grades from an accredited U.S. college/university.  If your degree is from a Foreign Institution, See Foreign Education.
 
Your most recent ICQS master record or Red Card.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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 visit 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.
 
Auto-Requested Fax allows you to submit required documentation that will be  
electronically displayed along with your resume.
 
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.
 

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

HR Receptionist
Phone: 503-808-6409
Fax: 000-000-0000
TDD: 503-808-6424
Email: BLM_OR_SO_953_Mail@blm.gov
Agency Information:
Bureau of Land Management
BLM Oregon State Office, OR-953
333 SW 1st Avenue
P.O. Box 2965
Portland, OR
97208
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:

OR-DEU-2014-0009

Control Number:

355448800