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Job Title:  Forestry Technician (Smokejumper), GS-0462-06
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Bureau of Land Management
Job Announcement Number:  BLMAK-14-1019017-ES

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$38,508.00 to $50,056.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 to Monday, February 03, 2014
Full Time - Permanent
Few vacancies in the following location:
Fairbanks, AK View Map
United States Citizens
Q - Nonsensitive


The BLM manages more land – 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.

This position serves as a Forestry Technician (Smokejumper) for the Alaska Fire Service in Fairbanks, Alaska.  This is a seasonal appointment; you will be in pay status for at least three (3) months, but less than six (6) months a year.  When work or funds are not available you will be placed in non-pay status.


The salary range given above includes base pay and locality pay, you will also receive a 5.57% cost of living allowance for Fairbanks. This allowance is subject to annual review, adjustment and gradual decrease.


For additional information about the BLM please visit BLM. Information about locations within Alaska can be found at: Alaska


  • 75% or Greater
  • This position requires frequent travel by scheduled or chartered aircraft or ground vehicles to various destinations in the western U.S. Each incident assignment may last up to 14 days.


  • No


  • U.S. Citizenship is Required
  • Security Clearance/Background Investigation is required.
  • Be sure to read the "How to Apply" & "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.


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As a Forestry Technician (Smokejumper) you will:

  • Serve as a highly trained and skilled member of a parachuting fire suppression squad which jumps over forest and mountainous terrain.
  • Determine the need for and order additional firefighters and equipment.
  • Use a variety of specialized tools, equipment and techniques to actively suppress fires.
  • Participate in parachute rigging and repair, paracargo rigging, and/or construction and repair of assorted smokejumper equipment.
  • Determine probable cause of fires, prepare required fire reports, and gather evidence.


For more information on the duties of this position contact the supervisor, Robert Yeager at (907) 356-5537 or Doug Carroll at (907) 356-5530.


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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. To be creditable, this experience must have been for 1 year and equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade of the position to be filled. (If the position was seasonal, you must show the periods you worked.) Examples of specialized experience: experience in forest or range fire control, prevention, or suppression work.


Selective Placement Factors: This position requires a special qualification that has been determined to be essential to perform the duties and will be used as a screen out element. Those who do not provide evidence they possess the following selective factor(s) will be rated not qualified. Selective Factor is:  prior smokejumping experience.

You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement. 


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. Answers submitted in the questionnaire must be supported on your resume. If you meet qualification requirements, your 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.

  • Knowledge of smokejumping methods and techniques.
  • Ability to perform as a wildland firefighter in leadership positions.



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To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit the Office of Personnel Management's website at: Benefits.


This is a primary fire position under the special retirement provisions of 5 U.S.C. 83366(c) (CSRS) and 5 U.S.C. 8412(d) FERS.  The date immediately proceeding an individual's 37th birthday is the maximum age at which an applicant can be initially hired into a primary firefighter position.  You must provide evidence that you meet MEA eligibility requirements.


Fact Sheet for Firefighters


This is a drug testing 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. 


Passage of a pre-employment physical is required. 

Travel and relocation expenses are not authorized. Travel, transportation 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.


Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP): ICTAP provides eligible displaced and CTAP provides eligible surplus and displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies.  If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP or CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) This vacancy is within your ICTAP or CTAP 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 ICTAP or CTAP eligibility, or a copy of your separation personnel action form.  Information about ICTAP/CTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at: career transition.

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.   


BLM may use certain incentives, currently offered by the Federal government, to attract high quality applicants. 


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To begin click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register, answer a few questions, and submit all required documents.

To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account and click on "Application Status. Click on the position title, and then select Apply Online to continue.

We strongly encourage you to apply online. If you cannot apply online, you may FAX your resume, assessment questionnaire, and supporting documents to (478) 757-3144. You must print a copy of OPM Form 1203-FX, document your responses to the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire and use the official FAX coversheet found here. For both of these forms the vacancy identification number is: 1019017


The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 pm Eastern Time or 7:59 pm Alaska Time on Monday, February 03, 2014

Who Can I Contact if I Have a Question?

If you have questions about this announcement or the application process, contactEmily Schrooten at (907)271-3043 or toll free at (888) 859-4183. Reference the title Forestry Technician (Smokejumper), GS-0462-06 and/or the vacancy announcement number BLMAK-14-1019017-ES.


In addition to the online application (resume and responses to the questionnaire), you are required to submit the following forms:

  • 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, if applicable.
  • 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.  If documents supporting veterans' preference are not received, then veterans' preference will not be given.

For 5-point veterans' preference, 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, submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation. 

Hard copy application materials, submitted without prior Human Resources approval, will be considered as an incomplete application. If the required documents are not submitted your application may be considered incomplete.

NOTE: There is a 10 page limit on each type of document that is faxed; information on excess pages will be lost. There is no limit on the number of pages when submitting online.


Emily Schrooten
Phone: (907)271-3043
Agency Information:
Bureau of Land Mgmt Alaska
222 West 7th Ave 13
Anchorage, AK


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgment 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.

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