Job Overview


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:  993544

Forestry Technician (Fire), GS-0462-05

Posn.# 4400155F

Southwest Region, Zuni Agency, 

Branch of Forestry, 

Zuni, New Mexico

GS-05:  $31,315 - $40,706 PER ANNUM 

This job announcement will be used to fill a temporary wildland firefighter position in the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA).  This is a temporary promotion opportunity not-to-exceed one year; however, the position may be extended up to one (1) additional year without further competition.

This position has been identified as one of the key fire management positions under the Interagency Fire Program Management (IFPM) Standard.  This position has been categorized as a  Senior Firefigher, and requires selectees to meet the minimum qualification standards for IFPM prior to being placed into the position.  Detailed information regarding IFPM positions can be found at

The position is located on a fire crew as a senior crewmember within the fire management organization.  The purpose of this position is wildland fire suppression/management/control, as a specialized firefighter on an engine, helitack module or hand crew with responsibility for the operation and maintenance of specialized tools or equipment.  Other wildland fire related duties involve fire prevention, patrol, detection or prescribed burning.  The incumbent may be assigned for varying periods of time into one or more types of positions within the wildfire program where the individual's specialized skills are required.


  • 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.



  • Wildland fire related duties involve fire prevention, patrol, detection or prescribed burning.
  • Serves as a Senior Wildland Firefigther on a handcrew or prescribed fire crew.
  • Performs as a qualified chainsaw operator and chainsaw repair technician.
  • Performs all aspects of wildland and prescribed fire operations including preparing, ignition, monitoring, holding and mop-up.
  • Serves as a senior wildland firefighter on a wildland fire engine.
  • Performs and may direct others in starting pump engine, priming pump, adjusting engine speed and pump valves, laying hose, and using appropriate nozzles and nozzle adjustment in effective use of water and additives.
  • Serves as senior wildland firefighter on a helitack crew.
  • Loads helicopter personnel and cargo considering methods, weight distribution, necessity for security total weight, etc. and completes manifest of personnel and equipment being transported to the fire or other work site.
  • Gathers information on weather data, topography, fuel types, and fire behavior in responding to wildland fire incidents.
  • Responsible for operation and maintenance of specialized equipment used to respond to wildland and prescribed fire situations.
  • Participates in wildland fire and safety training in the techniques, practices, and methods of fire suppression.
  • Ensures own and other's welfare in all aspect of the assignment.

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No