Job Overview


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:987668

FORESTRY AID (Fire), GS-0462-02

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

GS-02: $23,080 - $29,041 Per Annum

The Open Continous 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 Eligible 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 automictically populates your Eligibility Begin Date when your appication 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 detecion or prescribed burning.  The incumbent will be involved with the maintenance and repair of firefighting tools, equipment, and facilities and will receive firefighting training.

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


  • 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.
  • Patrols fireline to locate and extinguish embers, flareups, and hotspots 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 of 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 lates Notification of Personnel Action, SF-50B, as proof.

Supervisory Status


Promotion Potential


Travel Required

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

Relocation Authorized

  • No

Who May Apply

This job is open to…

Indian Preference Eligibles / Current Status Employees or Former Employees with Reinstatement Eligibility / VEOA Eligibles

Questions? This job is open to 4 groups.