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Job Title:Forestry Technician (Prevention & Mitigation)

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs

Job Announcement Number:RMR-14-20

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$35,256.00 to $50,932.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, February 14, 2014 to Wednesday, February 26, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0462-06/07

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

7

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Fort Washakie, WY View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Indian Preference eligibles, current status employees or former employees with Reinstatement eligibility.

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Q - Nonsensitive

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 and carry out the responsibility to protect and improve the trust assets of American Indians, Indian tribes and Alaska Natives.

This position is located in the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Rocky Mountain Region; Wind River Agency and you can find more information specific to our organization at U.S. Department of the Interior, Indian Affairs.

 

INDIAN PREFERENCEPreference in filling vacancies is given to qualified Indian candidates in accordance with the Indian Preference Act of 1934 (Title 25, USC, Section 472).  Verification Form BIA-4432 must be submitted with the application if claiming Indian Preference.  Indian preference eligibles that are not currently employed in 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 Federal civilian employees with competitive status or former Federal civilian employees with reinstatement eligibility and must submit latest Notification of Personnel Action, SF-50B, as proof.

 

FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES: Former federal employees are required to indicate whether they received a Voluntary Separation Incentive Payment (VSIP) buyout in their previous employment with the Federal government, and are required to submit a copy of the applicable Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) regarding the VSIP. The majority of individuals, who accept reemployment with the Federal government within 5 years of receiving the VSIP amount, must repay the gross amount of the separation pay prior to reemployment.

Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA)

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Not Required

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • US CITIZENSHIP REQUIRED.
  • BACKGROUND SECURITY INVESTIGATION WILL BE REQUIRED FOR ALL NEW HIRES.
  • APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED ONLINE OR BY FAX. "HOW TO APPLY"
  • COPY OF CURRENT STATE DRIVERS LICENSE.
  • MAY INCLUDE A REQUIREMENT FOR A TWO YEAR PROBATIONARY PERIOD.

DUTIES:

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As a Forestry Technician (Prevention & Mitigation), you will;

  • Prepare and implement the wildland fire prevention and mitigation plan ensuring that it is well coordinated.
  • Assist in planning for both short and multi-year activities in wildland fire prevention and mitigation.
  • Assist in developing a coordinated approach to hazardous fuels reduction with particular emphasis on wildland/urban interface.
  • Monitor wildland fire prevention and mitigation activities and evaluates the effectiveness of the programs.
  • Works with the public to promote prevention and mitigation awareness of wildland/urban interface fire issues through meetings, personal contacts, radio and news releases.  


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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(OPM Operating Manual, Qualification Standards for Technical and Medical Support Positions, GS-0462-6/7 and Individual Occupation Requirement, 0462, Forestry Technician Series).

 

Individual Occupational Requirements

Specialized Experience (for positions at GS-4 and above):

In addition to the experience requirements described in the group coverage standard, seasonal experience may also be creditable. 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. One season of experience is qualifying for GS-2; 2 seasons of experience qualify for GS-3; and 4 seasons of experience qualify for GS-4. Examples of qualifying specialized experience include:

  • Forestry aid or technician work.
  • Engineering, range, or soil conservation technician work that involved the application of cultural, resource conservation, or land management practices on nonforest or ranch lands when combined with knowledge of forestry operations and equipment.
  • Farming or ranching work that involved application of cultural and soil and water conservation practices, including safety and use of equipment, and that provided a basic understanding of land use.
  • Forest or range fire control, prevention, or suppression work.

GS-7:  1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-6 grade level OR 1 full year of graduate level education.

 

GS-6:  1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 grade level.

 

 

All candidates selected for these positions, in addition to meeting minimum qualification requirements as defined by OPM, must also meet or exceed a selective factor which requires a minimum of 90-days of wildland firefighting experience.  The DOI defines wildland firefighting experience as:  as any non-structure fire that occurs in the wildland.  Wildland firefighting experience is gained through work on the fire line in containment, control, suppression or use of wildland fire.  Wildland fires are categorized into two distinct types:  Wildfires. Unplanned ignitions or prescribed fires that are declared wildfires; Prescribed Fires. Planned ignitions.  This description includes only fireline experience on a Prescribed Fire; it does not include experience in the planning stages.  This is a MANDATORY qualification prerequisite to qualify for this position.

 

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:  Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA’s) to perform successfully the duties of the position, and is typically in or related to the position to be filled.  Examples of specialized experience, but is not limited to the following applying knowledge of wildland fire management strategies, tactics and fire prevention and mitigation procedures, working in a situation where oversight was required to implement plans and programs for fire prevention and mitigation, working with a community setting to deliver fire prevention and mitigation awareness.  

 

NOTE:  If you are not in the series for which applying, your application package must show evidence of meeting the OPM Qualification Standards; i.e., required course work (transcript/listing of courses); specialized experience; etc.  

 

Part-Time or Unpaid Experience: Credit will be given for all appropriate qualifying experience regardless of whether compensation was received or whether the experience was gained in a part-time or full-time occupation. Full-time work is generally considered to be 35 to 40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.


Evaluation of Foreign Education: Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation upon request. Failure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration.

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.

 

OTHER:  Incumbent is required, as an incidental duty, to operate a government-owned or leased motor vehicle, in the performance of duties, therefore, a valid driver’s license is required.  Incumbent must have a safe driving record within the three-year period immediately preceding submittal of GSA Form 3607 and be able to meet the safe driving requirements of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

 

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

All applicants for this position will be rated and ranked based upon the extent and quality of their experience, training and/or education as reflected on the application.  Applicants will be further evaluated according to the degree to which they possess or have the potential to acquire knowledge, skills, abilities, and personal characteristics as listed below.  The judgment of qualifications will be based on the material submitted; therefore, it is to the applicant’s advantage to give complete and thorough responses and to present information in a neat and orderly fashion.  Qualifications and veteran’s preference eligibility will be determined on the basis of information submitted. Knowledge of policies, techniques and practies of wildland firefighting; Ability to communicate; Knowledge of computer techniques and word processing software; Knowledge of Federal, Tribal, State and Local agency roles and responsibilities in wildland fire prevention.


BENEFITS:

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The Bureau of Indian Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package. This Benefits link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered; Additional links provided for benefits information.

 

This is a Secondary firefighter position under the special retirement provisions of 5 U.S.C. 8336 (c) (CSRS) and 5 U.S.C. 8412 (d) (FERS).  It requires firefighting experience.  Firefighter retirement coverage of the incumbent depends upon his or her individual work history.

 





 

 



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

 

VETERAN'S PREFERENCE: If you are entitled to veteran's preference, you should indicate the type of veteran's preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veteran's preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.

  • For 5-point veteran's preference, please provide your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, Member-4 Copy), 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 veteran's preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran's Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation.


HOW TO APPLY:

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Vacancy Identification Number: 1052005

To Apply Online:

·    Click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to log into or create your USAJOBS account

·    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 cover page is required. Simply make sure that all six pages of the completed OPM Form 1203-FX are on top of all other documents being faxed.

 Ensure the Vacancy Identification Number: 1052005, is identified on the required fax cover page, 

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 United States Government Application Cover Page

·         Include the Vacancy Identification Number: 1052005, SSN, and full name to ensure that your documents are associated with the rest of your application

·         Fax your United States Government Application Cover Page, application, and supporting documents to (478) 757-3144.

 

NOTE: It is the applicant's responsibility to verify that all information entered, uploaded, or faxed (i.e., assessment questions and answers, resume, and any supporting documents) are complete and accurate.

 

All electronic submissions and/or faxes must be completed by Wednesday, February 26, 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:

  • Resume - Must contain the following:

    ·   Job Announcement Number

    ·   Work Experience: include Position Title; Dates - From (mm/yy) To (mm/yy); Hours Worked per week;   

        Current Supervisor's Name and Telephone Number; and Duties

    ·   Education

    ·   References

    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.

    5.  Occupational Questionnaire, listed in announcement.  Failure to respond to the questionnaire will result in loss of consideration.

    6.  Most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, current or former Federal employees.

    7.  GSA Form 3607, Motor Vehicle Operator's License and Driving Record (optional during the application process; however, selectees will be required to submit as part of the pre-employment process).  

    8.  Copy of current state driver’s license. Failure to provide proof of current valid driver’s license will result in loss of consideration.

    9.  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.

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. ALL DOCUMENTS SUBMITTED MUST BE LEGIBLE. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION WILL NOT BE SOLICITED FROM THIS OFFICE.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Charles J. Walks Slow
Phone: (406)247-7956
Email: CHARLES.WALKSSLOW@BIA.GOV
Agency Information:
BIA Center for Recruitment Rocky Mountain Regional
AS-IA Office of Human Capital Mgmt
2021 4th Avenue North
Billings, MT
59101-1397

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

If you have properly submitted your online questionnaire, you will receive a confirmation message.  You may want to check the spam folder for your email provider to ensure you receive our messages. A review of your application package will be made after the vacancy announcement closes.  You will be notified by letter or email of your status.  Please allow approximately 2 to 3 weeks for us to complete our review and notify you.


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Job Announcement Number:

RMR-14-20

Control Number:

361844700