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.
BASIC REQUIREMENT FOR ALL GRADES:
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.
Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills,
and abilities (KSAs) necessary to successfully function in the wildland fire
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., Browns 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
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
Fire prevention and education
Equipment development and deployment
Fire communication systems
Suppression and preparedness
The above specialized experiences
may be evidenced by the following or similar positions:
Unit Fire Program Manager, OR
Wildland Fire Operations Specialist,
Prescribed Fire and Fuels
Prevention and Education Specialist,
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 Training: M-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 applicants 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 drivers 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.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
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.