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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:NRO 04/14

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$25,181.00 to $32,733.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, February 03, 2014 to Monday, February 17, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0462-03

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Temporary NTE One (1) Year

DUTY LOCATIONS:

2 vacancies in the following location:
Fort Defiance, AZ View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Indian Preference Eligible's / Current Federal Status Employee or Former Federal Employees with Reinstatement Eligibility.

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Public Trust - Background Investigation

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB 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.

TRAVEL REQUIRED

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

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship is Required.
  • Selectee is subject to a background security investigation.
  • Applications will only be accepted online or by Fax to 1-478-757-3144.
  • Testing Designated Position DOI Drug-Free Workplace Program.
  • Subject to Medical Screening and Physical Fitness Testing.

DUTIES:

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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.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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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 suitable for telework only during emergency or natural circumstances.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

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.


BENEFITS:

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The Bureau of Indian Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered http://www.usajobs.gov/EI/benefits.asp#icc



OTHER INFORMATION:

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 http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp

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.



HOW TO APPLY:

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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 https://applicationmanager.gov/.

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 https://applicationmanager.gov/
  • ANSWER the Questionnaire and click on SUBMIT my answers
  • Print the US Government Application Cover Page Include the Vacancy Identification Number 1042021, SSN, and full name to ensure that your documents are associated with the rest of your application
  • Fax your US 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 and received by 11:59 PM EST; Monday, February 17, 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.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

The following forms must be submitted in order to have a complete application:

  1. Resume/Application- Must contain the following:
    - Work experience, include the following:
    • Position Title;
    • Dates - from (mm/yy) to (mm/yy);
    • Hours Worked Per Week;
    • Current Supervisor's Name, Address, and Telephone number,
    - Education
    - References - List Three people who are not related to you and are not current or previous supervisors.
  2. Form BIA 4432, Verification of Indian Preference for Employment, is required for claiming Indian Preference. No other form will be accepted.
  3. Form DD-214, if claiming 5 pt. veteran's preference or Standard Form 15 with required proof of entitlement, if claiming 10 pt. veteran's preference.
  4. College Transcript is required for verification/documentation of qualifying education. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable; however, official transcripts will be required before entrance on duty.
  5. Assessment Questionnaire, listed in announcement. Failure to respond to the questionnaire will result in loss of consideration.
  6. Copy of most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, current or former Federal employees.

    NOTE: Persons submitting incomplete application 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.

    AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

    Pamela S. Roundface
    Phone: (505)863-8211
    Email: PAMELA.ROUNDFACE@BIA.GOV
    Agency Information:
    BIA Center for Recruitment Gallup
    DO NOT MAIL APPLICATIONS
    PLEASE FAX TO 478-757-3144
    XXXXX, OK
    73005

    WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

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


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    Job Announcement Number:

    NRO 04/14

    Control Number:

    360807300