Job Overview

Summary

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.

Vacancy ID: 1042021

FORESTRY AID (FIRE), GS-0462-03
Posn.# 443T075, 443T076 Navajo Region, Trust Services
Branch of Wildland Fire and Aviation Management
Operations - Hotshot Section
Fort Defiance, Arizona

SALARY RANGE:

GS-03: $25,181 - $32,733 Per Annum

NOTE

  • Government housing may be availble.

INDIAN PREFERENCE: 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 that are not currently employed with 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 (Status or Reinstatement eligibles) in the absence of a qualified Indian Preference eligible. Applicants not entitled to Indian Preference must a Federal civilian employee with competitive status or former Federal civilian employees with reinstatement eligibility and must submit latest Notification of Personnel Action, SF-50B, as proof.

Duties

  • 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.

Travel Required

  • 50% or Greater
  • Travel for national and local wildland fire suppression, prescribed fire and other emergency all-risk assignments.

Relocation Authorized

  • No