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Job Title:  FIRE MANAGEMENT OFFICER, GS-0401-11/12, (DOI126)
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs
Job Announcement Number:  CRPA 32/14

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$57,982.00 to $90,344.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, March 18, 2014 to Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Whiteriver, AZ 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 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:



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


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




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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. 


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EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: (OPM Operating Manual, Qualification Standards for Professional and Scientific Positions and Individual Occupational Requirements for GS-0401: General Biological Science Series; and Interagency Fire Program Management Qualifications Standards and Guide.




A.  Degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.  OR


B.  Combination of education and experience -- Courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.


ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE REQUIRED:  In addition to meeting the basic requirements, applicants must meet the following specialized experience:


GS-11: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 grade level OR 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.


GS-12:  1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 grade level.


SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA’s) necessary to successfully function in the wildland fire management position. 


Experience must have included all of the fire program management elements as described below:


·        Reviewing and evaluating fire management plans for ecological soundness and technical adequacy;

·        Conducting field inspections before and after prescribed or wildland fires to determine if objectives were achieved and/or to evaluate the effectiveness of actions taken; and

·        Developing analyses on the ecological role of fire and its use and/or exclusion, and smoke management.


In addition to fire program management, appropriate experience must have included either prescribed fire/fuels management – OR – fire management operations as described below:

Prescribed fire/fuels management – experience in a broad range of activities such as:

·        Professional forest or range inventory methods and procedures (e.g., Brown’s planar intercept for dead and down fuels; live fuel loading assessments);

·        Analysis of fuel loadings and determination of appropriate fuel treatment methods and programming;

·        Land use planning and environmental coordination;

·        Evaluating prescribed burn plans or fire management plans to ensure fire containment is possible and identification of appropriate suppression contingencies if containment is not obtained.


Fire management operations – analyzing and applying fire management strategies, plus experience in at least five of the following activities:

·        Mobilization and dispatch coordination

·        Fire prevention and education

·        Training

·        Logistics

·        Equipment development and deployment

·        Fire communication systems

·        Suppression and preparedness

·        Aviation


The above specialized experiences may be evidenced by the following or similar positions:

·        Unit Fire Program Manager, OR

·        Wildland Fire Operations Specialist, OR

·        Prescribed Fire and Fuels Specialist, OR

·        Prevention and Education Specialist, OR

·        Initial Attack Lead Dispatcher/Assistant Center Manager, AND

·        Experience at the Unit Leader Level on a Type I or II incident.

SUPERIOR ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT:  Superior Academic Achievement (S.A.A.) must have been gained in a curriculum that is qualifying for the position to be filled.  S.A.A. is based on (1) Class standing-applicants must be in the upper third of the graduating class, based on completed courses; or (2) Grade-Point Average-applicants must have a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or (3) Election to membership in a National Scholastic Honor Society – membership in a freshman honor society cannot be used to meet the requirements of this provision.


GRADUATE EDUCATION:  In addition to meeting the basic requirements, graduate education is qualifying for GS-9 if it provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.  One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full-time study.  If that number cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours is considered an academic year of graduate study.  Part-time graduate education is creditable in accordance with its relationship to a year of full-time study at the school attended.


Selective Factors:  The applicant must have possessed all of the following National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) incident management qualifications and training requirements to be considered eligible for this position:


1.  Primary Core Qualifications:  (DIVS), Division Supervisor

2.  Secondary Core Qualifications:  (ICT3), Incident Commander Type 3 -OR- (RXB2), Prescribed Fire Burn Boss

3.  Additional Required TrainingM-581, "Fire Program Management"


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


SECONDARY FIREFIGHTER POSITION: This position has been approved for secondary/administrative firefighter retirement coverage under the provisions of 5 U.S.C 8226(c) and 5 U.S.C. 8412(d).  Firefighter retirement coverage of the incumbent depends upon his or her individual work history.  Applicants may meet position qualification requirements, but not meet special retirement coverage eligibility.  Applicants must have prior experience as gained by substantial service in a primary wildland firefighter position or equivalent experience outside of the Federal government.  This is a selective factor for this position.  Applicants must possess knowledge of the principles, methods, and techniques of wildland firefighting, as demonstrated by wildland firefighting experience.  Wildland fires are categorized into two distinct types:  1) Wildfires - unplanned ignitions or prescribed fires that are declared wildfires; 2) Prescribed fires - planned ignitions.  This description includes only fireline experience on a Prescribed fire; it does not include experience in the planning stages.



CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT  A medical exam will be required for newly hired personnel in permanent positions that require arduous duty in accordance with the Department of the Interior (DOI) Medical Standards Program (MSP).  


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.



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:


  • Professional knowledge of natural resource management (e.g. forest, range or wildlife management), fire ecology, and fire behavior.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of the wildland fire management including preparedness, suppression operations, incident management, fuels management, fire use, and aviation management.
  • Knowledge of the laws, regulations, and agency policies and procedures applicable to the use and protection of natural and cultural resources.
  • Knowledge of budgeting, accountability, and planning.
  • Knowledge of contracting and procurement procedures.
  • Knowledge of supervisory policies, procedures, and methods in order to effectively manage a diverse workforce.
  • Skill in oral and written communication sufficient to prepare reports, present training, coordinate work efforts, and interact positively with committees, work groups, and the general public.


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 resume, your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities.




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The Bureau of Indian Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:



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.


Motor Vehicle Operation:  Regularly operates government vehicles or equipment to perform the duties of the position.


Telework Indicator:  The Bureau of Indian Affairs has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.  




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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
  • Include the Vacancy Identification Number 1075838, 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

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 by Wednesday, April 16, 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.



  • Resume showing relevant experience and education.
  • References - List three people who are not related to you and are not current or previous supervisors
  • Form BIA-4432, Verification of Indian Preference for Employment, if claiming Indian preference. No other form will be accepted.
  • Copy of most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action
  • Form DD-214, if claiming veterans preference; and VA letter and Standard Form 15, if claiming 10 point preference.
  • College Transcript is required for verification of qualifying education. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable; however, an official transcript may be requested at a later time.
  • 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-appointment process).


  • Incident Qualification and Certification System (IQCS) Master Record or other equivalent documentation which verifies you meet the required NWCG qualifications for this IFPM 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 applications 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.



Deborah Y. Abeita
Phone: (505)563-5123
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 notifying you that your submission was successful. After a review of your application is made, you will be notified regarding your rating and referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted.


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