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

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 UNIT FIRE PROGRAM MANAGER - HIGH COMPLEXITY 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

Vacancy ID: 1075838


Posn.# 4430006, Western Region,

Fort Apache Agency,

Branch of Fire Management,

Whiteriver, Arizona

GS-11: $57,982 - $75,376 Per Annum

GS-12: $69,497 - $90,344 Per Annum

INDIAN PREFERENCE: 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 of Form BIA-4432 must be submitted with the application if claiming Indian Preference. Indian Preference eligibles that are not currently employed with 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.

VETERANS EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES ACT (VEOA): Preference eligibles may apply for permanent positions (career or career-conditional appointments) under merit promotion procedures for VEOA appointments; however, veteran’s preference is not a factor in these appointments. To be eligible for a VEOA appointment, a veteran must be a preference eligible OR veteran separated after 3 or more years of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions. Applicants must submit a copy of their DD-214 for verification of eligibility. For more information, click here:


NOTE: If the 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.

NOTE: This is a supervisory position.  Under provision of the Civil Service Reform Act, first-time supervisors are required to serve a trial period before their appointment becomes final.  Those who do not satisfactorily complete the trial period will be returned to positions of no lower grade and pay then those they occupied before assuming their supervisory assignment.


  • Directs all phases of the Fire Management program and responsible for planning, program direction, coordination and evaluation.
  • Ensures the Fire Management program is in compliance with environmental laws, regulations, and policies.
  • Provides leadership, coordination, and direction in the application of standards, methods, and guidelines for all Fire and Aviation Management program elements.
  • Coordinates and initiates all Fire Management activities based on firefighting and public safety, cost effectiveness, and values to be protected consisting with resource objectives as described in an approved Fire Management Plan.
  • Provides technical and administrative supervision to the unit.
  • Directs and supervises all phases of the budget formulation process.
  • Monitors the expenditure of funds to assure fiscal integrity.
  • Plans and directs overall work to be accomplished by subordinate supervisors, sets and adjusts priorities and prepares schedules for completion of work.
  • Responsible for the on-the-job safety and health of all employees supervised. 

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • During fire season, extended fire assignments away from the unit may be required.

Relocation Authorized

  • Yes
  • Relocation expenses will be authorized for payment in accordance with Federal Travel Regulations. Government housing may be available.