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Job Title:Range Technician - Fire (Helitack) (Senior Wildland Firefighter)

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Bureau of Land Management

Job Announcement Number:NV-DEU-2014-0083

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$28,269.00 to $41,122.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, April 01, 2014 to Tuesday, April 15, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0455-04/05

POSITION INFORMATION:

Work Schedule is Full Time - This is a permanent career seasonal position (6-11 months employment)

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

05

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy - Las Vegas, NV View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

All U.S. Citizens – No previous Federal Service is required.

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Q - Nonsensitive

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

About the Agency

Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource. For additional information about the BLM, please visit Our website. This position is located in Las Vegas, Nevada. To learn about the community of Las Vegas, Nevada visit the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce.

This announcement may be used to fill more than one position at the Southern Nevada District, duty locations Las Vegas, Pahrump and Logandale.

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • 25% or Greater
  • Work may require travel by light fixed-wing or rotor-wing aircraft. Incumbent may be required to live in backcountry camps for extended periods of time.

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Security Clearance/Background Investigation is required.
  • Be sure to read the "How to Apply" & "Required Documents" Sections.
  • You cannot hold an active real estate license; nor can you
  • have an interest or hold stocks in firms with interest in Federal Land.
  • Direct Deposit Required.

DUTIES:

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Serves on a regular and recurring basis as a working leader over a minimum of three crewmembers. May also lead additional technicians and detailers.

During initial attack fire suppression activities, locates fireline, directs and participates in fireline construction, backfiring and burnout operations, engine and pump operations, tree falling and holding/patrol/mop up operations. Certified in the use of helicopter long lines. May participate in prescribed fire operations.

Gathers and considers information on weather data, topography, fuel types, and fire behavior in responding to wildland fire incidents.

Participates in wildland fire and safety training in the techniques, practices, and methods of fire suppression and in the safe, efficient operation on those used for the particular function assigned.

May perform hazardous fuels reduction projects. May perform project work such as road and trail maintenance, inventory fuel beds, habitat improvement, burned area rehabilitation, and miscellaneous equipment and facilities maintenance.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Specialized Experience Requirements: In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience requirements; please be sure to include this information in your resume. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade of the position to be filled.

To qualify for GS-04, you must have 6 months of general and 6 months of specialized experience. The 6 months of specialized work experience equivalent to GS-3 is on-the-line wildland fire experience in forest/range fire control, prevention or suppression work as a trainee wildland firefighter; OR having completed 2 years of study above high school that included 12 semester hours in 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; OR an equivalent combination of specialized experience and education.

To qualify for GS-05, you must have one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to GS-04 of on-the-line wildland fire experience in forest/range fire control, prevention or suppression work as a skilled wildland firefighter, utilizing a variety of specialized wildland fire tools and equipment; OR completed a Bachelor's degree with major study in forestry, range management, agriculture, or a field directly related to this position; or that included at least 24 semester hours in courses such as range management or conservation, agriculture, forestry, wildlife management, engineering, biology, mathematics, or other natural or physical sciences; OR an equivalent combination of specialized experience and education.

You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

Selective Placement Factors: These positions require special qualifications that have been determined to be essential to perform the duties and will be used as a screen out element. Those who do not provide evidence they possess the following selective factors will be rated not qualified.

You must possess a valid automobile driver's license and it must be valid at all times during your appointment to this position.

IQCS Requirements:
GS-04: Possession of IQCS qualifications of Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1) or higher; AND Helicopter Crew member (HECM) Trainee; AND NWCG course S-290 "Intermediate Fire Behavior".

GS-05: Possession of IQCS qualifications of Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1) or higher; AND Helicopter Crew member (HECM); AND NWCG course S-290 "Intermediate Fire Behavior".

This is a primary firefighter position under the special retirement provisions of 5 U.S.C. 8336(c) (CSRS) and 5 U.S.C. 8412(d) (FERS). The position is subject to maximum entry age (MEA) requirements. The maximum entry-age for this position shall not exceed age 37 unless you have sufficient prior Federal civilian firefighter experience or you are a preference eligible veteran. If you are a preference eligible veteran, you may be eligible for this position after your 37th birthday. You must supply a copy of your Defense Department Form 214 (DD-214) along with Standard Form 15 (if applicable) and any associated documentation in accordance with the instructions in this vacancy announcement. Failure to provide this documentation with your application will result in loss of eligibility to receive a waiver of the maximum entry age requirement. If you have left Federal service and are over the age of 37, you must provide copies of SF50s showing beginning and ending dates of covered Federal law enforcement service or your will not be eligible for consideration under this vacancy announcement.


You can review the Group Coverage Qualification Standards for Technical and Medical Support Positions, Range Technician Series, 0455 located on the OPM website.

If you are a current career seasonal employee, your time spent in non-pay status is not creditable towards meeting the specialized experience requirement of 52 weeks or 1 year (whichever is first). Please include in your resume (on the first line of each job experience section), the dates you were placed in and out of pay status.

You must be 18 years of age or older to be assigned to a hazardous position.

Passage of a pre-employment physical is required. You must also pass the work capacity test for arduous positions. The physical demands of this position are rigorous fieldwork requiring above average physical performance, endurance and superior conditioning. Work requires prolonged standing, walking over uneven ground, and recurring bending, reaching, lifting and carrying of items weighing over 50 pounds and shared lifting and carrying of heavier items, and similar strenuous activities requiring at least average agility and dexterity. Duties include demands for strenuous activities in emergencies under adverse environmental conditions and over extended periods of time. Operation of some specialized fire equipment can place extended physical stress on incumbent during fire activities.

THIS IS A DRUG TESTING DESIGNATED POSITION. In accordance with Executive Order 12564 and under the Department’s Drug Free Workplace Program applicant(s) tentatively selected for this position must submit a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use and to pass the test prior to appointment. The position is subject to random testing for illegal drug use.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Upon receipt of your complete application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your rating will be based on your responses to the Job Specific Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume. If you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. In addition, interviews may be conducted for this position. The job specific questions relate to the following knowledge, skills and abilities required to do the work of this position.

KSA 1: Knowledge of technical firefighting techniques, such as helicopter operations.

KSA 2: Knowledge and necessary certifications such as, chain saw operation and repair, long line certification, cargo let down, pump operation and water handling, use of specialized equipment used in response to wildland urban interface situations, and helicopter accessory equipment used in wildland fire management and prescribed burns.

KSA 3: Knowledge of fire behavior including causes of wildland fire, influence of temperature, humidity, wind, topography, slope and fuel moisture conditions, and fuels.

KSA 4: Knowledge of accepted fire safety practices and procedures.

KSA 5: Knowledge of general range/forestry technician work in order to personally perform and lead others in the performance of a variety of work in such areas as hazard tree removal, recreation, wildlife and watershed.
To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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OTHER INFORMATION:

May require completion of a 1 year probationary period.

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): CTAP provides eligible surplus and displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at CTAP or ICTAP. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration or that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) This vacancy is within your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility; 2) You apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) You are found well-qualified for this vacancy. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, or a copy of your separation personnel action form. CTAP and ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if they fall within the Best or Highly Qualified categories on the rating criteria for this position.

BLM may use certain incentives, currently offered by the Federal government, to attract high quality applicants. The incentives that may be offered include Student Loan Repayments, Relocation Incentives and/or Recruitment Incentives.

This is a seasonal appointment; you will be in a pay status for at least 6 months, but less than 12 months a year. When work or funds are not available you will be placed in non-pay status.

SELECTIVE SERVICE: Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. To register or verify your registration go to the Selective Service System website.

This position requires regular and recurring overtime and shift work.

Government facilities are required to provide a smoke free environment for their employees. Smoking will be permitted only in designated areas.

FACT SHEET FOR FIRE POSITIONS: FIREFIGHTERS CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT

HOW TO APPLY:

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To receive consideration for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes ALL of the following items:
1. Your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire;
2. Your resume;
3. Applicable supporting documents specified in the Required Documents section of this job announcement.
Click on the button "Apply to this Vacancy" at the bottom of this Screen and login to MY USAJOBS.

If you haven't already registered with USAJOBS, the system will require you to create a user name and password, complete a questionnaire and paste or type a resume into USAJOBS. If you have already registered with USAJOBS and forgot your login information, select the "Did you forget your username and/or password" link from the right side menu.

Your application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Time by the closing date of this announcement. If you need assistance in applying on-line, please contact the HR Office at 775-861-6431, nvjobs@nv.blm.gov. If applying on-line poses a hardship for you (i.e. you do not have access to the internet) you must contact us prior to the closing date of the announcement for an alternative method of applying.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

In addition to the online application (resume and responses to the questionnaire), you are required to submit the following forms. Please ensure your resume reflects hours worked or indicates full-time. Failure to list hours or full-time status on your resume could result in a not qualified rating.

If qualifying based on education, all Copies of Transcripts that include hours and grades from an accredited U.S. college/university. If your degree is from a Foreign Institution, See Foreign Education. All selections and tentative offers of selection are contingent upon submission and verification of ‘official’ transcripts.

Veterans' Preference: If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the level of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be adjudicated (verified) by the employing agency using the documents you provide. For more information on which type of preference is applicable please visit: Vet Guide. For preference as 5-point veteran (TP), please provide your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), 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 preference as a 10-point veteran (CP, CPS, or XP), please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation.

Copy of 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.

Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) eligibles: documentation verifying your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility; this includes a copy of the agency notice and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location.

If you are applying for this position based on eligibility under other noncompetitive special appointing authorities, you MUST submit proof of this eligibility.

Failure to provide required documentation by the closing date of the announcement could result in you being rated as not qualified.

You may submit your documents either via Auto-Requested Fax or by uploading your documents from your USAJOBS Profile. Auto-Requested Fax: Allows you to submit required documentation that will be electronically displayed along with your resume. UPLOADING DOCUMENTS: Instead of faxing your documents you may use the uploading procedures thru Applicant Manager. Do not use both options.

Hard copy paper supplemental documents submitted without prior Human Resources approval will be considered as an incomplete application. Required documentation must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Human Resources
Phone: 775-861-6431
Fax: 000-000-0000
Email: nvjobs@blm.gov
Agency Information:
Bureau of Land Management
BLM Nevada State Office
NV-953
1340 Financial Blvd.
Reno, NV
89502-7147
US
Fax: 000-000-0000

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

You will be notified of the status of your application as the qualification review process is conducted. You may also check the status of your application by viewing your MY USAJOBs account. 

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Job Announcement Number:

NV-DEU-2014-0083

Control Number:

365924500