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: 1043081

FORESTRY TECHNICIAN (FIRE), GS-0462-04
Posn.# 443T073 & 443T074
Navajo Region, Trust Services
Branch of Wildland Fire and Aviation Management
Operations - Hotshot Section
Fort Defiance, Arizona

SALARY RANGE:

GS-04: $28,269 - $36,746 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 be 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.
  • Serve as a skilled crewmember on an engine, helitack or hand crew.
  • As an assistant on a wildland fire engine, works as a trainee engine operator driving the engine, operating the pump and making hose layouts under the direction of the engine foreman.
  • Utilizes a variety of specialized tools, equipment and techniques while actively suppressing wildfires, such as a Pulaski, shovel, McLeod, axe and chainsaw to control the spread of wildfire.
  • As a helitack crewmember, loads helicopters determines weight calculations, competes crew manifests, or to attack small fires, hotspots and spot fires.
  • Performs basic fireline activities such as line construction, hose layout, operations of pumps and accessories, lopping and scattering of fuels using hand tools and holding, patrolling, monitoring, and mop-up operations. Moves dirt, chops brush, small trees, etc. to construct fire line. Is responsible for observing the rules of wildland firefighting safety. Applies practices and techniques to minimize resource damage.
  • Independently carries out specialized assignments such as tree falling, backfire and burnout, mobile and stationary engine attack, construction of helispots specialized helitack operations and hover hookups.
  • Serve on an organized crew during prescribed burns, monitoring and controlling the fire and collecting data on fire weather and fire behavior.
  • Performs project work such as fuel inventory and hazard fuel reduction projects.

Travel Required

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

Relocation Authorized

  • No