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 for Supervisory Wildland Fire Operations Specialist - Moderate
BASIC REQUIREMENT FOR GS-0401:
biological sciences, agriculture, natural resources management, chemistry, or
related disciplines appropriate to the position.
of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in biological
sciences, agriculture or natural resources management, or at least 24 semester
hours in biological sciences, natural resources, wildland fire management,
forestry, or agriculture equivalent to a major field of study, plus appropriate
experience or additional education that is comparable to that normally acquired
through the successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in the
biological sciences, agriculture, or natural resources.
ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: In
addition to meeting the basic entry level qualification requirements,
applicants must have the following:
1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 grade level OR 2 years
of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a masters degree
or masters or equivalent graduate degree, in a field of study directly related
to this position.
Experience which has provided the applicant with the particular knowledge,
skills, and abilities necessary to successfully function in the wildland fire
management position applied for. Possession of the particular knowledge,
skills, and abilities can be evidenced by:
1. Experience that demonstrated understanding of fire
effects on cultural and natural resources. The assignments must have shown
participation in activities such as:
-developing fire management plans to ensure plan objectives
can be met from a fire management standpoint.
-conducting field inspections before and/or after prescribed
fires or wildland fires to determine if objectives have been met.
2. Prescribed fire/fuels management - experience in
activities such as:
-inventory methods and procedures
-fuel treatment methods and programming
-evaluating prescribed fire plans or fire management plans
to ensure containment is possible and identify contingencies if containment is
3. Fire management operations - analyzing and applying fire
management strategies, plus experience in at least four of the following
-mobilization and dispatch coordination
-equipment development and deployment
-fire communication systems
-suppression and preparedness
Applicants must possess 90 days prior wildland firefighting
experience. A wildland fire is defined as any non-structure fire that occurs in
the wildland. Wildland firefighting experience is defined as experience gained
through work on the fire line in containment, control, or suppression of
wildland fire. Experience may be related to Wildfires or, fire line experience
on a Prescribed Fire (this does not include experience in the planning stages).
Applicants 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:
Primary Core Requirement - Task
Force Leader (TFLD)
Secondary Core Requirement -
Incident Commander Type 3 (ICT3) -or- Prescribed Fire Burn Boss Type 2 (RXB2)
OF EMPLOYMENT: A
Baseline Medical Examination will be required for all newly hired personnel in
permanent positions that require wildland fire arduous duty and who would have
received a Baseline medical examination under the Department of Interior
(DOI) Medical Standards Program (MSP).
As a condition of
employment, incumbents must complete a Baseline medical examination as
required by the DOI-MSP when processes are in place to support this level of
exam through the DOI-MSP.
This is a Testing
Designated Position (TDP) under the Department of the Interior Drug-Free
involve fieldwork requiring above average physical fitness and endurance. 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.
is performed in both an office and field setting. The work performed in an
office setting is primarily sedentary. The work performed outdoors is in forest
and desert environments or in steep terrain where surfaces may be extremely
uneven, rocky, or covered by vegetation. Temperatures commonly exceed 100
degrees F and fall below freezing. Risks include smoke inhalation, fire entrapment,
snake or insect bites and stings, exposure to excessive machinery noise, and
falling and rolling material. Personnel must adjust and cope with exposure to
weather elements, dust and smoke, poor sleeping and eating situations under an
unpredictable set of circumstances. Incumbent may be required to live in back
country camps for extended periods of time. The hazardous nature of the job
requires that protective clothing be worn (hard hat, gloves, boots, flame
resistant clothing and other personal protective equipment). Work requires
travel by light fixed-wing or rotor-wing aircraft. Incumbent will adhere to all
safety rules and regulations as prescribed in manuals/supplements or by the
designated Safety Officer.
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:
KNOWLEDGE OF THE POLICIES, TECHNIQUES AND PRACTICES OF WILDLAND FIREFIGHTING AS OBTAINED THROUGH SUBSTANTIAL SERVICE AS A PRIMARY WILDLAND FIREFIGHTER
PROFESSIONAL KNOWLEDGE OF NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT, FIRE ECOLOGY, AND FIRE BEHAVIOR AND FIRE MANAGEMENT THEORIES, CONCEPTS, PRINCIPLES, AND STANDARDS IN A WILDLAND FIRE ENVIRONMENT
KNOWLEDGE OF ESTABLISHED PRINCIPLES, PRACTICES, AND CONCEPTS OF WILDLAND FIRE MANAGEMENT (E.G., FIRE EFFECTS, FIRE HAZARD AND RISK ANALYSIS, FUEL AND FLAMMABILITY ASSESSMENT, SMOKE MANAGEMENT, INCIDENT MANAGEMENT, PRESCRIBED FIRE, AND FIRE USE) SUFFICIENT TO PERFORM RECURRING ASSIGNMENTS
KNOWLEDGE OF SUPERVISORY PROCEDURES, AND METHODS IN ORDER TO MANAGE A DIVERSE WORKFORCE
SKILL IN ORAL AND WRITTEN COMMUNICATION TO EFFECTIVELY INTERACT WITH PEOPLE AT ALL LEVELS, INTERNAL AND EXTERNAL TO THE ORGANIZATION
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.