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

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Bureau of Land Management

Job Announcement Number:NV-DEU-2014-0085

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$35,256.00 to $50,932.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, April 02, 2014 to Wednesday, April 16, 2014




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




1 vacancy - Elko, NV View Map


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



Q - Nonsensitive




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 Elko, Nevada. For more information about Elko, Nevada visit Elko Chamber of Commerce.

This announcement may be used to fill future vacancies in the Elko District, which includes the following duty locations: Elko, Wells, Carlin and Midas, Nevada.


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


  • No


  • 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.


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Serves as a Supervisory Wildland Firefighter on a helitack crew. Provides technical and administrative supervision to Helitak crews. Serves as Helispot and Dipsite Manager on incidents requiring the establishment of these sites. Certified in the use long line external loads and the operation and maintenance of accessory equipment.  Prepares and maintains required documents (e.g., flight invoices, manifests, daily diaries, and load calculations).  May serve as a certified rappeller.

Supervises and participates in direct/indirect fireline construction with Handtools, participates and leads aerial ignition operations, water delivery systems and applications, backfiring and burnout operations, hot spotting, tree and brush felling and removal holding/patrol/mop up operations.

Gathers and considers information on weather data, topography, fuel types, and fire behavior during suppression of wildland fire incidents.

Implements formal and informal training programs to comply with policy and regulations.


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Qualification Requirement Using Specialized Experience or Education:

In order to be rated as qualified using specialized experience, we must be able to determine that you meet the definition(s) below - 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 level of the position to be filled.

To qualify for GS-06, you must have one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to GS-05 in the Federal service performing wildland fire suppression activities with the emphasis in helicopter support management on wildland fire incidents; OR six months of graduate level college education related to range technician fire work such as a major study in forestry, fire science or closely related field. Graduate education meets the specialized experience requirement only in those instances where it is DIRECTLY related to the work of the position.

To qualify for GS-07, you must have one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to GS-06 in the Federal service in performing and leading others in wildland fire suppression activities with the emphasis in initial attack helicopter operations and helicopter support management on wildland fire incidents; OR one (1) year (18 semester credits) of graduate level college education directly related to range technician fire work such as a major study in forestry, fire science or closely related field. Graduate education meets the specialized experience requirement only in those instances where it is DIRECTLY related to the work of the position.

Education and experience may be combined to meet the specialized experience requirement. You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

Selective Placement Factors: This position requires 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.

A valid current State drivers license. Must be valid at all times when in this position.

Since this position will be used in helitack operations, the qualifications requirements specified in the Interagency Standards for Fire and Fire Aviation Operations (Redbook) must be met to be considered eligible for this position.

For GS-06: Helicopter Manager Single Resource Trainee (HMGB-T) and Incident Commander Type 5 (ICT5) or higher.

For GS-07: Helicopter Manager Single Resource(HMGB) and Incident Commander Type 4 Trainee. (ICT4T)

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 is 37, unless you have sufficient prior Federal civilian firefighter experience or you are a preference eligible veteran. 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.

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 or you will not be eligible to receive a waiver of the maximum entry age requirement. 

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.

Passage of a pre-employment physical is required. You must also pass the work capacity test for an arduous position. 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.

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

You must possess a valid state driver's license at all times during appointment in this position.


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 supervisory policies, procedures and methods in order to manage a diverse workforce.

KSA 2: Knowledge air operation, rappelling, helicopter capabilities and limitations, helicopter contracts, load balance and capacity, load calculating and manifesting of personal and equipment and of work procedures and practices in working with helicopter and fix winged aircraft.

KSA 3: Knowledge of fire behavior including influences of temperature, humidity, wind, topography, slope, and fuels.

KSA 4: Knowledge of instruction techniques and skill in coordinating training sessions and presenting wildland fire suppression and prescribed fire training material.
To preview questions please click here.


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May require completion of a one (1) year probationary period. If you are selected for this position, you will be required to serve a one (1) year supervisory probationary period, if one has not previously been completed.

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.

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.

This position requires regular and recurring overtime and shift work.

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

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

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.


Firefighter Conditions of Employment fact sheet.


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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; and 3. Applicable supporting documents specified in the Required Documents section of this job announcement. 

Click on the button "Apply Online" 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 upload, 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 or email us at 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.


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.

-Copy of Incident Qualification Command System (IQCS) master record or other equivalent documentation which verifies you meet the required NWCG qualifications for this 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.

-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.

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

NOTE: 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 Special Retirement coverage for law enforcement/firefighter service or your will not be eligible for consideration under this vacancy announcement.

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.


Human Resources
Phone: 775-861-6431
Fax: 000-000-0000
Agency Information:
Bureau of Land Management
BLM Nevada State Office
1340 Financial Blvd.
Reno, NV
Fax: 000-000-0000


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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