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Job Title:  Forestry Technician (FIRE)
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs
Hiring Organization:  Wind River Agency
Job Announcement Number:  RMR-FIRE-14-02

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$28,269.00 to $36,746.00 / Per Year
Friday, August 1, 2014 to Friday, August 8, 2014
Full Time - Temporary NTE 6 Months
1 vacancy in the following location(s):
Crow Agency, MT View Map
Lame Deer, MT View Map
Fort Washakie, WY View Map
Indian Preference applicants, US Citizens, from current and former competitive service Federal employees, and people eligible under special hiring authorities. Position will be filed in accordance with the Indian Preference Policy.
Q - Nonsensitive


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)


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


  • No


  • Applications will only be accepted online or by fax to 1-478-757-3144


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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.


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(OPM Operating Manual, Qualification Standards for Technical and Medical Support Positions, GS-0462/0455 and Individual Occupation Requirement, if applicable).


For the GS-04 grade level: 6 months of general experience AND 6 months of specialized experience OR 2 years above high school with courses related to the occupation that included at least 12 semester hours in any combination of courses such as forestry, agriculture, crop or plant science, range management or conservation, wildlife management, watershed management, soil science, natural resources (except marine fisheries and oceanography), outdoor recreation management, civil or forest engineering, or wildland fire science. No more than 3 semester hours in mathematics is creditable OR 4 seasons of experience.

GENERAL EXPERIENCE: (1) Any type of work that demonstrates the applicant's ability to perform the work of the position, or (2) experience that provided a familiarity with the subject matter or processes of the broad subject area of the occupation.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: 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 non-forest or ranch lands when combined with knowledge of forestry operations and equipment; farming or ranching work that involved application of cultural, soil, and water conservation practices, including safety and use of equipment, and that provided a basic understanding of land use; or forest or range fire control, prevention, or suppression work.

SEASONAL EXPERIENCE: 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.

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.


The applicant selected for this position will be required to submit to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment and is subject to random drug testing after selection.



A Baseline Medical Examination will be required for all newly hired personnel in permanent positions that require wildland fire arduous duty and who would have received a “Baseline” medical examination under the Department of Interior (DOI) Medical Standards Program (MSP). 



BASIS OF RATING:  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 Standard Firefighting and Prescribed Fire Procedures and Tactics.

Knowledge of Wildland Fire Behavior as Affected by Fuel Type, Topography and Weather.

Knowledge of Wildland Fire Hazards and Safety Practices and Procedures.

Skill in the Use of Hand Tools.

As an Engine Crewmember, Skill in Driving Engines and Operating Apparatus to Include Drafting, Pumping Water, and Constructing Simple and Progressive Hose Lays Under the Direction of the Engine Boss.

Knowledge of Helicopter Operations.


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Temporary employees hired in wildland fire or wildland fire support positions are eligible for the following:
-Annual and Sick Leave
-Depending on tour of duty – Sunday, holiday, shift differential and/or hazard pay
-Paid federal holidays
-Participation in the Federal Employees Health Benefit (FEHB) program - Employees electing to participate in the FEHB will be responsible for the employee share of the premium while on the official agency roles. After separating from federal employment, employees will be offered to continue participation in FEHB under the Temporary Continuation of Coverage (TCC) option. Employees electing to continue coverage under the TCC provision will be responsible for the full premium amount plus a 2% administration fee.


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


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.


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Vacancy Identification Number: 1072057

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 your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at

·        Click on Application Status

·        Click on the position title and select Apply Online to continue 

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: 1072057, is identified on the required fax cover page,

Combination Online/Fax:       

·        Click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register

·        ANSWER the Questionnaire and click on SUBMIT my answers

·        Print the United States Government Application Cover Page

·        Include the Vacancy Identification Number: 1072057, 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 Friday, August 08, 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.


1.  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 application material must be legible and viewable. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION WILL NOT BE SOLICITED FROM THIS OFFICE.


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


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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