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  1. Overview
  2. Duties
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  4. Benefits & Other Info
  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Lead Range Technician (Fire) (Lead Wildland Firefighter - Engine Operator)

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Bureau of Land Management

Job Announcement Number:NV-DEU-2014-0043

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$31,628.00 to $45,828.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Sunday, January 26, 2014 to Monday, February 10, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0455-05/06

POSITION INFORMATION:

Work Schedule is Full Time. - This is a career seasonal position (actively employed 6 - 11 months per year).

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

06

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy - Elko, NV View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

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

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Other

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

About the Agency

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.
 
This position is located in Elko, Nevada. Information about Elko and the surrounding area can be found at Elko Chamber of Commerce. This announcement may be used to fill future vacancies in the Elko District, which includes the following duty locations: Elko, Carlin, Wells and Midas, Nevada.  
 
This announcement is being advertised concurrently with NV Merit-2014-0090 which is open to all current or former federal employees with competitive/reinstatement eligibility, CTAP and ICTAP eligibles within the local commuting area; and Veterans' Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) Eligibles and Persons eligible under Special Hiring Authorities. If you are interested in being considered under both recruitment methods, you must submit complete application packages for each.

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • 25% or Greater
  • May be required to live in backcountry camps for extended periods of time. Work may require travel by light fixed-wing or rotor-wing aircraft.

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • 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.

DUTIES:

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Serves as a lead wildland firefighter operating a wildland fire engine, performing wildland fire fighting work and leading crews performing such work, i.e., wildland fire suppression and control activities including preparedness, prevention, monitoring, hazardous fuels reduction, and prescribed burning.

Drives and operates a wildland fire engine, positioning the engine for proper use and operation. Ensures the engine is kept in a full state of readiness for emergency fire dispatch. Has specialized duties such as water handling specialist, fully qualified chain operator, and/or responsible for maintenance of specialized equipment used to respond to wildland urban interface/intermix situations.

Instructs crew members in specific tasks and techniques, conducts on-the-job training, distributes and controls work assignments and ensures timely accomplishment of assigned tasks, maintains work records, reports on work accomplishments, ensures the work is carried out safely, and reports on performance problems and issues. Responsible for supervision of the crew in absence of supervisor.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Qualification Requirement Using Specialized Experience and/or Education: In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience requirements; please be sure to include this information in your resume. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade of the position to be filled.

To qualify for GS-05, you must have one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to GS-04, in wildland fire suppression and control activities which may include suppression, preparedness, prevention, monitoring, hazardous fuels reduction or prescribed burning under general supervision; OR completed a Bachelor's degree with (a) major study in forestry, range management, agriculture, or a field directly related to this position; or (b) that included at least 24.0 semester hours in any combination of courses such as range management or conservation, agriculture, forestry, wildlife management, engineering, biology, mathematics, or other natural or physical sciences. No more than 6.0 semester hours in mathematics is creditable.

To qualify for GS-06, you must have one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to GS-05 further defined as experience working in wildland fire suppression and control activities which may include suppression, preparedness, prevention, monitoring, hazardous fuels reduction or prescribed burning; and operating and maintaining specialized wildland fire tools, equipment and vehicles; OR nine (9) semester credits of graduate level college education (equivalent to six months) related to range technician fire work such as a major in forestry, fire science or a subject-matter field directly related to the work of the position.

For GS-05 and GS-06, education and experience may be combined to meet the specialized experience requirements.
 
You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
 
Selective Placement Factors: These positions require special qualifications 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 factors will be rated not qualified.

This position is a Primary Firefighter position and is covered under Special Fire Retirement. In accordance with Public Law 107-27, applicants must be age 37 or under at the time of appointment, unless proof is provided of prior Federal service in another covered position, or you are a preference eligible. If you are a preference eligible, you MAY be eligible for this position after your 37th birthday.
 
You must possess a valid automobile driver's license at time of appointment and at all times during your appointment to this position; and you may be required to obtain a commercial driver's license within 90 days of appointment.  
 
Must meet the following National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) incident management qualifications: Primary Core Requirement - Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1); additional required training as presented in the following course or agency equivalent - S-290 "Intermediate Fire Behavior".

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 must submit a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use and to pass the test prior to appointment. The position is subject to random testing for illegal drug use. 
 
If an employee in this position uses their Commercials Driver's License (CDL) as part of this job, then this is also a Drug and Alcohol Testing Designated Position (TDP) under the Omnibus Transportation Employee Testing Act of 1991. If the person selected for the position does not currently occupy a CDL Drug and Alcohol Testing Designated Position, they must submit to and receive a negative test result prior to appointment. A positive drug or alcohol test result may be grounds for denying final placement into this position. The Act also mandates that the incumbent is subject to random, reasonable suspicion, post-accident, return-to-duty, and follow-up drug and alcohol testing. 
 
You must be 18 years of age or older to be assigned to a hazardous position. 


This position falls under the group coverage qualification standards for Technical and Medical Support in conjunction with the Individual Occupation Requirements for Range Technician
 
This is a primary firefighter position under the special retirement provisions of 5 U.S.C. 8336(c) (CSRS) and 5 U.S.C. 8412(d) (FERS). The position is subject to maximum entry age (MEA) requirements. The maximum entry-age for this position is 37, unless you have sufficient prior Federal civilian firefighter experience or you are a preference eligible veteran. If you have left Federal service and are over the age of 37, you must provide copies of SF50s showing beginning and ending dates of covered Federal law enforcement service or your will not be eligible for consideration under this vacancy announcement. If you are a preference eligible veteran, you may be eligible for this position after your 37th birthday. You must supply a copy of your Defense Department Form 214 (DD-214) along with Standard Form 15 (if applicable) and any associated documentation in accordance with the instructions in this vacancy announcement or your will not be eligible to receive a waiver of the maximum entry age requirement.

Passage of a pre-employment physical is required. You must also pass the work capacity test for arduous positions. The physical demands of this position are rigorous fieldwork requiring above average physical performance, endurance and superior conditioning. Work requires prolonged standing, walking over uneven ground, and recurring bending, reaching, lifting and carrying of items weighing over 50 pounds and shared lifting and carrying of heavier items, and similar strenuous activities requiring at least average agility and dexterity. Duties include demands for strenuous activities in emergencies under adverse environmental conditions and over extended periods of time. Operation of some specialized fire equipment can place extended physical stress on incumbent during fire activities.

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, 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 job specific questions relate to the following knowledge, skills and abilities required to do the work of this position.
 
KSA 1 : Knowledge of but not limited to, fire engine and pump operations and hose lays.
 
KSA 2:  Knowledge of chain saw operation and repair, pump operation and water handling, and use of specialized equipment used in response to urban interface situations. 
 
KSA 3: Knowledge of fire behavior including causes of wildland fire, influences of temperature, humidity, wind, topography, slope and fuels. 
To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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OTHER INFORMATION:

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.                                          
 
May require completion of a one year probationary period. 
 
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. 
 
BLM may use certain incentives, currently offered by the Federal government, to attract high quality applicants. 
 
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 announcement may be used to fill more Lead Wildland Firefighter positions within the Elko District, which includes the following duty locations: Elko, Carlin, Wells and Midas, Nevada. 
 
Government facilities are required to provide a smoke free environment for their employees. Smoking will be permitted only in designated areas.
 
This position requires regular and recurring overtime and shift work.
 
Work may require travel by light fixed-wing or rotor-wing aircraft. 
 
You must be 18 years of age or older to be assigned to a hazardous position.
 
Firefighter Conditions of Employment fact sheet.                                                     

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 (775) 861-6431 or email us at nvjobs@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. Please ensure your resume reflects hours worked or indicates full-time. Failure to list hours or full-time status on your resume could result in a not qualified rating.
 
-If qualifying based on education, all Copies of Transcripts that include hours and grades from an accredited U.S. college/university. If your degree is from a Foreign Institution, See Foreign Education.  All selections and tentative offers of selection are contingent upon submission and verification of ‘official’ transcripts.  
 
-Copy of Incident Qualification and Certification System (IQCS) Master Record or other equivalent documentation which verifies you meet the required NWCG qualifications for this IFPM position. Failure to provide this documentation by the closing date of the announcement will result in you being rated as not qualified.

-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 more information on which type of preference is applicable please visit: Vet Guide. For preference as 5-point veteran (TP), 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 preference as a 10-point veteran (CP, CPS, or XP), please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation.

-Maximum Entry Age: If you have left Federal service and are over the age of 37, you must provide copies of SF50s showing beginning and ending dates of covered Special Retirement coverage for law enforcement/ firefighter service or your will not be eligible for consideration under this vacancy announcement. 
 
-Copy of State Driver's license for verification.
  
-Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) eligibles: documentation verifying your CTAP and ICTAP eligibility; this includes a copy of the agency notice and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location.
 
Failure to provide required documentation by the closing date of the announcement couldl result in you being rated as not qualified.

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.  The opportunity to do this will be provided during the application process by a pop-up message option to generate an auto-requested fax cover sheet.  
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. Required documentation must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement. 

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Human Resources
Phone: 775-861-6431
Fax: 000-000-0000
Email: nvjobs@blm.gov
Agency Information:
Bureau of Land Management
BLM Nevada State Office
NV-953
1340 Financial Blvd.
Reno, NV
89502
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:

NV-DEU-2014-0043

Control Number:

360142900