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Job Title:  Forestry Aid (Fire), GS-0462-03
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs
Job Announcement Number:  CRPA 02/14 OC

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$25,181.00 to $32,733.00 / Per Year
Monday, December 09, 2013 to Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Full Time - Seasonal NTE 6 months
Few vacancies in the following location(s):
Ignacio, CO View Map
Towaoc, CO View Map
Albuquerque, NM View Map
Dulce, NM View Map
Laguna, NM View Map
More Locations  (3)
Indian Preference Eligible’s / Current Federal Status Employees or Former Federal Employees with Reinstatement Eligibility.
Q - Nonsensitive


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.  

AMENDMENT #1 dated 01/29/14 - Amends Vacancy Announcement to read "Travel may be required".

AMENDMENT #2 dated 03/03/14 - Amends Vacancy Announcement to add second cutoff date; update salary information.


Vacancy ID:  994195


Forestry Aid (Fire), GS-0462-03

Southwest Region, Southern Pueblos Agency, Northern Pueblos Agency, Laguna Agency, Jicarilla Agency, Mescalero Agency, Zuni Agency, Southern Ute Agency, Ute Mountain Ute Agency


GS-03:  $25,181 - $32,733 PER ANNUM

The Open Continuous Announcement (OCA) allows acceptance of applicants throughout the year with eligible applicants being placed on the OCA register and referred for consideration as vacancies occur.  The first Cut-Off date for receipt/referrals of applications to be considered for available vacant positions was 01/31/14.  The second Cut-Off date for receipt/referrals of applications to be considered for available vacant positions will be 03/31/14.  Other Cut-Off dates will be established based on the date requests for List of Eligibles are received to fill other vacancies.  Applicants with 10-point Veterans' Preference who submit a complete application after a Cut-Off date but before the List of Eligibles is issued, will be considered and referred on the List, if qualified.  Your applicant period of eligibility will be for six (6) months.  The system automatically populates your Eligibility Begin Date when your application is rated and your Eligibility End Date is calculated based on the start of the 6-month period of eligibility.  You must reapply to keep your application active.


This job announcement will be used to fill temporary seasonal wildland firefighter positions in the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA).  Appointments to these position(s) are not-to-exceed 6 months (1039 hours) in a service year.

The position is located on a fire crew as a crewmember within the fire management organization. The purpose of this position is wildland fire suppression/management/control, as a firefighter on an engine, helitack module or hand crew. Other wildland fire related duties involve fire prevention, patrol detection or prescribed burning.  The incumbent will be involved with the maintenance and repair of firefighting tools, equipment, and facilities and will receive fire training.

NOTE:  This is an arduous position and is subject to drug testing, medical examination, and physical fitness testing.



  • Occasional Travel
  • Work may require travel by light fixed-wing or rotor-wing aircraft.


  • No


  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Selectee is subject to a background security investigation
  • Applications will only be accepted online or by fax to 1-478-757-3144.


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  • Wildland fire related duties involve fire prevention, patrol, detection or prescribed burning.
  • Performs assignments as a wildland firefighter in developing a working knowledge of fire suppression and fuels management techniques, practices and terminology.  This consists of fireline construction, use of pumps and engines, hose layouts using appropriate nozzles and nozzle adjustments in the effective use of water and additives, working in and around aircraft such as helicopters, safety rules and basic fire behavior.
  • Searches out and extinguishes burning materials by moving dirt, applying water by hose or backpack pump, etc.  Chops brushes, fells small trees moves dirt to construct fireline using various hand tools such as axes, shovels, Pulaskis, McLeods and may use power tools including chainsaws and portable pumps to control spreading of wildland fire and/or to prepare control lines prior to burning.
  • Patrols fireline to locate and extinguish embers, flareups and hotspot fires that may threaten developed firelines.
  • Cleans, reconditions and stores fire tools and equipment.
  • Participates in fire and safety training in the techniques, practices and methods of fire suppression and in the safe, efficient operation and use of tools, equipment and vehicles used in fireline activities.


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.


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EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: (OPM Operating Manual, Qualification Standards for Technical and Medical Support Positions, GS-0462, and Individual Occupational Requirements for GS-0462: Forestry Technician Series).


For the GS-3 grade level: 6 months of general experience OR 1 year above high school with courses related to the occupation that included at least 6 semester hours in a combination of courses such as range management or conservation, agriculture, forestry, wildlife management, engineering, biology, mathematics, or other natural or physical sciences OR 2 seasons of experience.

  • GENERAL EXPERIENCE: Experience in performing a variety of routine tasks in the suppression of wildland fires and using a variety of hand and power tools and equipment.
  • SEASONAL EXPERIENCE: 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.

Combining Experience and Education:  Equivalent combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and experience are also qualifying.

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.


MOTOR VEHICLE OPERATION: Not required to operate a vehicle.


TELEWORK INDICATOR: the Bureau of Indian Affairs has determined that duties of this position are not suitable for telework.


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:

  • Knowledge of Standard Wildland Fire Management Program Requirements, Suppression, Tactics, Methods and Procedures.
  • Skill in the Use of Wildland Firefighting Handtools, Pumps and Hoses, and chainsaws Sufficient to Perform Routinely Assigned Fire Suppression.
  • Knowledge of Fire Behavior, Hazards and Accepted Fire Safety Practices and Procedures.
  • Knowledge of Reporting Requirements and Procedures.


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 application materials, your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities.


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The Bureau of Indian Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:


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


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.


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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 a previously saved or incomplete application go to

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:

·        Log into or create your Application Manager account at

·        ANSWER the Questionnaire and click on SUBMIT my answers

·        Print the     United States Government Application Cover Page

·        Include the Vacancy Identification Number: 994195, SSN, and full name to ensure that your documents are associated with the rest of your application

·        Fax your United States 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 Tuesday, September 30, 2014 


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.


  • Resume - Must contain the following:

o   Job Announcement Number

o   Work Experience: Position Title; Dates – from (mm/yy) To (mm/yy); Hours worked per week; Current Supervisor's Name and Telephone number; and Duties

o   Education

o   References

  • Form BIA 4432, Verification of Indian Preference, is required for claiming Indian Preference. No other form will be accepted.
  • Form DD-214, if claiming veteran's preference; and SF-15 with required proof of entitlement if claiming 10 pt. preference.
  • College Transcript is required for verification/documentation of qualifying education.
  • Occupational Questionnaire, listed in announcement.  Failure to respond to the questionnaire will result in loss of consideration.
  • Most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, current or former Federal employees.

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.


Shirley Toribio
Phone: (505)563-5125
Agency Information:
BIA Center for Recruitment Albuquerque
1011 Indian School Road NW Suite 136
Albuquerque, NM


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

Additional Duty Location Info

Few vacancies in the following locations:
Ignacio, CO View Map
Towaoc, CO View Map
Albuquerque, NM View Map
Dulce, NM View Map
Laguna, NM View Map
Mescalero, NM View Map
San Juan Pueblo, NM View Map
Zuni, NM View Map

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