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Job Title:  Forestry Technician (Fire Dispatch) GS-0462-6/7
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs
Job Announcement Number:  CRPA 13/14

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$35,256.00 to $50,932.00 / Per Year
Friday, February 14, 2014 to Thursday, February 27, 2014
Full Time - Seasonal
1 vacancy in the following location:
Albuquerque, NM View Map
Public Trust - Background Investigation


The Bureau of Indian Affairs is the lead agency for the United States in carrying on a government-to-government relationship with 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.

Forestry Technician (Fire Dispatch), GS- 0462-06/07


Southwest Region,

Deputy Director - Trust Services

Division of Natural Resources, Forestry and Fire

Albuquerque, New Mexico 


GS-06: $35,256 - $45,828 PER ANNUM

GS-07: $39,179 - $50,932 PER ANNUM


This position has been identified as one of the key fire management positions under the Interagency Fire Program Management (IFPM) Standard.  This position has been categorized as a Initial Attack Dispatcher (IADP), and requires selectee to meet the minimum qualification standards for IFPM prior to being placed into the position.  Detailed information regarding IFPM positions can be found at


This position serves as a Senior Fire Dispatcher located in a dispatch center. The primary purpose of this position is to serve as a fire dispatcher in support of fire suppression activities.  The incumbent of this position will perform and direct others, in receiving fire reports, determining location, land status, and current fire information.  Coordinates aviation dispatch operations, as well as determines appropriate resource response to incidents and requests from the field and dispatches personnel, equipment, aircarft and/or supplies.


NOTE: If this position is filled at a lower grade level, subsequent promotion to the next grade level will be processed without further competition under the Merit Promotion Program at such time as performance and qualification requirements are met and classification review discloses the duties being performed properly warrant classification to the next higher grade level.


INDIAN PREFERENCE POLICY: 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 Form BIA-4432 must be submitted with the resume/application if claiming Indian Preference.   Indian Preference eligibles 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 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.


  • Not Required


  • No


  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Appointment may include a requirement for one year probationary period.
  • Applications will only be accepted online or by fax to 1-478-757-3144.


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  • Performs, and directs others, in receiving fire reports, determining location, land status, and current fire information.
  • Coordinates aviation dispatch operations (e.g., aircraft capabilities and limitations, flight planning, aviation safety).
  • Determines appropriate resource response to incidents and requests from the field and dispatches personnel, equipment, aircraft, and/or supplies.
  • Based upon current wildland fire suppression activity and utilizing prior wildland firefighting experience and training, anticipates fire suppression needs and determines resource allocation.
  • Operates and/or directs the operation of various dispatch telecommunication systems.
  • Organizes and reviews completed records of all orders placed and actions taken to ensure adherence to established operating procedures.
  • Processes and interprets weather information (e.g., spot weather forecasts, weather station observations, current and forecasted weather, lightning detection, and fuel moisture levels) to determine burning indices, preparedness levels and staffing levels for suppression and aviation resources.
  • Performs, and directs others, in inputting data into a number of fire-related computer applications (e.g., incident qualification records, fire reporting systems, and automated dispatch systems) and makes assessment of outputs.

Fire Program Management Support:

  • Provides information and consults with cooperators and other interested entities.
  • Provides critical logistical support information to supervisor and makes recommendations concerning the efficient uses of available resources.
  • Records and maintain communication logs.
  • Coordinates and may assist with fire training and orientation.
  • Reviews internal operating procedures and systems, make recommendations for improvement, and updates/develops operating plans and mobilization guides.
  • Provides assistance on problems encountered by lower level dispatch personnel.
  • Prior wildland firefighting experience on the fireline is mandatory.


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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-06 GRADE LEVEL:  One (1) year of Specialized Experience equivalent to at the GS-5 grade level.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:  Experience in assisting in the central dispatch of personnel, equipment, aircraft, and supplies for fire; arranging for ground and air transportation of personnel, supplies, and equipment in support of emergency and project activities; collected, processed and disseminated weather and smoke management information into computer programs or databases. 

Examples of qualifying experience includes 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 management; 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.

FOR THE GS-07 GRADE LEVEL:  One (1) year of Specialized Experience  equivalent to the GS-06 grade level OR one (1) full year of graduate level education in forestry, range management, agriculture or a subject-matter directly related to the position.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:  Experience which included conducting inventories of personnel, equipment, aircraft, and supplies for fire; determining the appropriate personnel and resource composition to respond to wildland fires or emergencies, as the situation demands; reassigned resources to address changing needs, such as in the cases of multiple wildland or prescribed fires.

Examples of qualifying 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 management; 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.

COMBINING EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION:  Equivalent combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and experience are also qualifying.  NOTE:  Graduate education or an internship meets the specialized experience required above GS-5 only in those instances where it is directly related to the work of the position. 

SELECTIVE FACTOR:  In addition to the qualification requirements above, applicants must have possessed all the following National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) incident management qualifications and training requirements to be considered eligible for this position.

1. Primary Core Requirement: Expanded Dispatch Recorder (EDRC)

2. Secondary Core Requirement: 90 days of prior Wildland Firefighting Experience

Selectees for IFPM positions requiring currency will be required to obtain and maintain currency for the NWCG qualifications listed above.

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: Incumbent will not be required to operate a vehicle.

TELEWORK INDICATOR: the Bureau of Indian Affairs has determined that duties of this position are not suitable for telework.


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:

  • Operations
  • Mobilization
  • Fire Program Management Support

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.


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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


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.


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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
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
•ANSWER the Questionnaire and click on SUBMIT my answers
•Print the US Government Application Cover Page Include the Vacancy Identification Number 1020919, 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; Thursday, February 27, 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.


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.
  7. Incident Qualification and Certification System (IQCS) Master Record/ or other equivalent documentation which verifies you meet the required NWCG qualifications and required training for this position. Failure to provide this documentation by the closing date of the announcement will result in you being rated as not qualified.

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.



Donnamarie Duerre
Phone: (505)563-5124
Agency Information:
BIA Center for Recruitment Albuquerque
1011 Indian School Road NW Suite 136
Albuquerque, NM


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

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