Job Overview


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.



  • 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.

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • No