Job Overview


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.

THESE POSITIONS HAVE BEEN READVERTISED FOR AN ADDITIONAL 7 DAY PERIOD. Previous Applicants need not re-apply, but can now submit information that was omitted on the first application. Positions will be filled in accordance with the Indian Preference Policy. 

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.

This job announcement will be used to fill temporary seasonal wildland firefighter positions in the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). Appointments to these position(s) are not-to-exceed 6 months (1039 hours) in a service year.

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)


As a Forestry Technician (FIRE), you will;

Serves as a skilled crew member on the engine, helitack or hand Crew.

  • Utilizes a variety of specialized tools, equipment, and techniques while actively suppressing wildfires, such as a Pulaski, shovel, McLeod, ax, and chainsaw to control the spread of wildfire.
  • 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.
  • As a helitack crew member, loads helicopters determines weight calculations, competes crew manifests and may rappel from a hovering helicopter near ground level in remote area to construct helistops or to attack small fires, hotspots and spot fires. 
  • Is responsible for observing the rules of wildland firefighting safety. 
  • Applies practices and techniques to minimize resources damage. 
  • Serves as a skilled wildland firefighter on an organized crew during prescribed burns, monitoring and controlling the fire, and collecting data on fire weather and fire behavior. 
  • Also performs project work such as fuel inventory and hazard fuel reduction projects.
  • Participates in crew proficiency checks and drills Participates in safety sessions and fire critiques, Ensures own and others' welfare and safety in all aspects of the assignments. 
  • Cleans, maintains, reconditions, and stores firefighting tools and equipment, Inventories fire supplies and equipment. 
  • May drive and operate a fire engine or apparatus
  • 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.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Work may require travel by light fixed-wing or rotor-wing aircraft.

Relocation Authorized

  • No