Job Overview


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 WILDLAND FIRE OPERATIONS SPECIALIST – MODERATE 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: 1087762


GS-0401-9, #4430037F, Western Region,

Unitah and Ouray Agency,

Branch of Forestry,

Fort Duchesne, Utah

GS-9: $ 47,923- $62,297 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:

FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES: Former Federal Employees are required to indicate whether they received a Voluntary Separation Incentive Payment (VSIP) buyout in their previous employment with the Federal government, and are required to submit a copy of the applicable Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) regarding the VSIP. The majority of individuals, who accept reemployment with the Federal government within 5 years of receiving the VSIP amount, must repay the gross amount of the separation pay prior to reemployment.


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.


  • Program Management - Assists in planning and directing fire management program activities. Analyzes fire management plans and makes recommendations to meet changing conditions within the limits of current or anticipated funding. Provides advice and guidance in the implementation of interagency fire prevention plans, programs, and training.
  • Operations - Provides oversight, coordinates, and initiates all fire management activities based on firefighter and public safety, cost effectiveness, and values to be protected consistent with resource objectives. Utilizes the full range of strategic and tactical options as described in an approved Fire Management Plan.
  • Supervision and Safety - Provides technical and administrative supervision. Plans and directs overall work to be accomplished by subordinate positions, 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

Relocation Authorized

  • No