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.

Vacancy ID: 1084710

Posn.# 4430099, Navajo Region, Trust Services
Branch of Forestry and Fire Management, Fire Prevention
Fort Defiance, Arizona


GS-09: $47,923 - $62,297 Per Annum
GS-11: $57,982 - $75,376 Per Annum


  • Government housing is not be availble.
  • If this position is filled at a lower grade level, subsequent promotion to the next grade level will be processed without further competition under the Merit Promotion Program at such time as performance and qualification requirements are met and classification review discloses the duties being performed properly warrant classification to the next higher grade level.

FIREFIGHTER RETIREMENT COVERAGE: This position is covered as a secondary firefighter position under the special retirement provisions of 5 U.S.C. 8336(c)(CSRS) and 5 U.S.C. 8412(d)(FERS) when it is filled by an incumbent who transfers directly from a primary or another secondary firefighting position with no break in service as a firefighter to this position. Firefighter retirement coverage of the incumbent depends upon his or her individual work history.

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. Applicants not entitled to Indian Preference must a Federal civilian employee with competitive status or former Federal civilian employees with reinstatement eligibility and must submit latest Notification of Personnel Action, SF-50B, as proof.


Wildland Fire Mitigation:

  • Responsible for wildland fire mitigation, including risk assessment, ignition management, program direction, and loss prevention programs, inter-agency coordination, and pre-suppression components of a fire management program at the field office level.
  • Represents the Bureau at the local level on wildland fire mitigation and related activities.
  • Attends meetings and interagency coordination workshops in order to provide fire mitigation expertise.
  • Establishes and maintains an active wildland fire mitigation program involvement with other cooperating activities at local, tribal and Regional levels.
  • Serves as the focal point of coordination below the Regional Office level for wildland fire mitigation program inclusion in the fire management planning process.
  • Analyzes models and identifies major causes of wildland fire and ensures that these causes are effectively addressed in the appropriate wildland fire mitigation programs, wildland fire prevention plan and the fire management plan.
  • Responsible to develop, maintain and implement the agency wildland fire prevention plan.
  • Reduces human- and equipment-caused ignitions through comprehensive risk assessments and develops plans to mitigate fire causes.
  • Coordinates all wildland fire restriction and closure plan development and implementation.
  • Works with public affairs personnel, fire information personnel and coordinating agencies in developing, implementing and disseminating fire restriction and closure information.
Fire Education:
  • Responsible for wildland fire education programs.
  • Represents the Bureau at the local level on wildland fire education activities.
  • Responsible for the local transfer/development of wildland fire mitigation and fire education concepts, applications and materials.
Community Assistance
  • Coordinates the identification and mitigation of wildland urban interface issues and risks to homeowners and communities from wildland fire and hazardous fuels.
  • Develops and implements a strategic planning process that effectively mitigates these risks.
  • Works with local homeowners, community stakeholders, tribal, state, and federal agencies in an effort to educate and mitigate potential threats to these communities by wildland fire.
  • Develops, coordinates, implements and monitors educational meetings, events and programs with local communities to reduce loss resulting from wildland fire.
Fire Trespass
  • Responsible for dealing with increased fire trespass resulting from rapidly expanding populations problems include recreation, equipment use and debris burning.
  • Coordinates and monitors local wildland fire trespass policies, procedures and actions.
  • Performs and coordinates wildland fire cause determination and investigation training with Bureau and other Federal agency investigators, law enforcement personnel and local authorities.
  • Works with managers to negotiate administrative and legal restitution for fire suppression and resource damage cost resulting from fire trespass cases.

Travel Required

  • 50% or Greater
  • Travel to field offices and various meetings and conference is required.

Relocation Authorized

  • No