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Job Title:WILDLAND FIRE MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST/RANGELAND MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST/FORESTER, GS-0401/0454/460-9/11

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs

Job Announcement Number:NRO 15/14

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

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SALARY RANGE:

$47,923.00 to $75,376.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, April 02, 2014 to Wednesday, April 23, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0401/0454/0460-09/11

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

11

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Fort Defiance, AZ View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Indian Preference Eligible's / Current Federal Status Employee or Former Federal Employees with Reinstatement Eligibility.

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Public Trust - Background Investigation

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

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

WILDLAND FIRE MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST/RANGELAND MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST/FORESTER, GS-0401/0454/0460-09/11
Posn.# 4430099, Navajo Region, Trust Services
Branch of Forestry and Fire Management, Fire Prevention
Fort Defiance, Arizona

SALARY RANGE:

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

NOTE

  • 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.

TRAVEL REQUIRED

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

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • US CITIZENSHIP REQUIRED.
  • BACKGROUND SECURITY INVESTIGATION WILL BE REQUIRED FOR ALL NEW HIRES.
  • APPOINTMENT MAY INCLUDE A REQUIREMENT FOR ONE YEAR PROBATIONARY PERIOD.
  • APPLICATIONS WILL ONLY BE ACCEPTED ONLINE OR BY FAX to (478) 757-3144.
  • TESTING DESIGNATED POSITION DOI DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE PROGRAM.

DUTIES:

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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.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: (OPM dddOperating Manual, Qualification Standards for Professional and Scientific Positions, GS-0401 OR GS-0454 OR GS-0460 and IOR if applicable.)

BASIC REQUIREMENT FOR WILDLAND FIRE MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST, GS-0401

A. Degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resources management, or related discipline appropriate to the position being filled. OR

B. Combination 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 qualifications requirements listed above, applicants must have the following:

GS-09: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 grade level.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE FOR THE GS-0401 SERIES: Specialized experience in at least two of the following three categories:

  • 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 resource objectives can be met from a fire management standpoint; or Conducting field inspections before and/or after prescribed fires or wildland fires to determine if defined resource objectives have been met.
  • Prescribed Fire/Fuels Management - experience in activities such as: Professional forest or range inventory methods and procedures (e.g., Brown's planar intercept for dead and down fuels; live fuel loading assessments), or Analysis of fuel loadings and determination of appropriate fuel treatment methods and programming, or Evaluating prescribed fire plans or fire management plans to ensure fire containment is possible and identify appropriate suppression contingencies if containment is not obtained.
  • Fire Management Operations - Analyzing and Applying Fire Management Strategies, plus experience in at least four of the following activities: Mobilization and dispatch coordination, Fire prevention, Training, Logistics, Equipment development and deployment, Fire communications systems, Suppression and preparedness.

GS-11: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 grade level.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Specialized experience must have included the three fire program management elements as follows:

  • Reviewing and evaluating fire management plans for ecological soundness and technical adequacy; Conducting field inspections before and after prescribed or wildland fires to determine if resource objectives were achieved and/or to evaluate the effectiveness of actions taken; and Developing analyses on the ecological role of fire and its use and/or exclusion, and smoke management. In addition to this fire program management experience, appropriate experience must have included either prescribed fire/fuels management - OR - fire management operations.
  • Prescribed Fire/Fuels Management, experience must be demonstrated in a broad range of activities such as: Professional forest or range inventory methods and procedures (e.g., Brown's planar intercept for dead and down fuels; live fuel loading assessments); Analysis of fuel loadings and determination of appropriate fuel treatment methods and programming; Land use planning and environmental coordination; and Evaluation of prescribed burn plans or fire management plans to ensure fire containment is possible and identification of appropriate suppression contingencies if containment is not obtained.
  • Fire Management Operations - experience in analyzing and applying fire management strategies is a requirement, plus experience in at least five of the following activities: Mobilization and dispatch coordination, Fire prevention and education, Training, Logistics, Equipment development and deployment, Fire communication systems, Suppression and preparedness, and Aviation.

BASIC REQUIREMENT FOR RANGELAND MANAGEMENT, GS-0454

A. Degree: range management; or a related discipline that included at least 42 semester hours in a combination of the plant, animal, and soil sciences, and natural resources management, as follows: Range Management; Directly Related Plant, Animal, and Soil Sciences; Related Resource Management Studies. OR

B. Combination of education and experience--at least 42 semester hours of course work in the combination of plant, animal, and soil sciences and natural resources management shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE REQUIRED. In addition to meeting the basic entry level qualifications requirements listed above, applicants must have the following:

GS-09: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 grade level.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE FOR THE GS-0454 SERIES: Include performing duties related to fire suppression activities and the support of fire management programs providing management, technical expertise, and oversight and policy development to wildland mitigation, education, community assistance and legal restitution for fire loss and trespass programs. Experience in rangeland management to perform work involving the preservation, development, and management of rangelands. Experience to analyze and protect the natural resources, develop programs and standards for rangeland use and conservation, and to advise officials, private and Indian landowners in rangeland management practices.

GS-11: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 grade level.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Include performing duties related to fire suppression activities and the support of fire management programs providing management, technical expertise, and oversight and policy development to wildland mitigation, education, community assistance and legal restitution for fire loss and trespass programs. Experience in rangeland management to perform work involving the preservation, development, and management of rangelands. Experience to analyze and protect the natural resources, develop programs and standards for rangeland use and conservation, and to advise officials, private and Indian landowners in rangeland management practices.

BASIC REQUIREMENT FOR FORESTRY, GS-0460

A. Degree: forestry; or a related subject-matter field that included a total of at least 30 semester hours in any combination of biological, physical, or mathematical sciences or engineering, of which at least 24 semester hours of course work were in forestry. The curriculum must have been sufficiently diversified to include courses in each of the following areas: Management of Renewable Resources; Forest Biology; Forest Resource Measurements and Inventory. OR

B. Combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major in forestry, or at least 30 semester hours in any combination of biological, physical, or mathematical sciences or engineering, of which at least 24 semester hours were in forestry. The requirements for diversification of the 24 semester hours in forestry are the same as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.


ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE REQUIRED. In addition to meeting the basic entry level qualifications requirements listed above, applicants must have the following:

GS-09: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 grade level.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE FOR THE GS-0460 SERIES: Include performing duties related to fire suppression activities and the support of fire management programs providing management, technical expertise, and oversight and policy development to wildland mitigation, education, community assistance and legal restitution for fire loss and trespass programs. Experience in the development, production, conservation and utilization of the natural resources of forests and associated lands; the protection of resources against fire, the protection of forest lands and properties; the inventory, planning, evaluation and management of each forest resource including timber, soil, land, water, wildlife and fish habitat, minerals, forage, and outdoor recreation.

GS-11: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 grade level.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Include performing duties related to fire suppression activities and the support of fire management programs providing management, technical expertise, and oversight and policy development to wildland mitigation, education, community assistance and legal restitution for fire loss and trespass programs. Experience in the development, production, conservation and utilization of the natural resources of forests and associated lands; the protection of resources against fire, the protection of forest lands and properties; the inventory, planning, evaluation and management of each forest resource including timber, soil, land, water, wildlife and fish habitat, minerals, forage, and outdoor recreation.

SUITABILITY, CLEARANCE & REQUIREMENTS: A background security investigation will be required for all new hires. Appointment will be subject to the applicant’s successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.

MOTOR VEHICLE OPERATION: Regularly operate government vehicles or equipment to perform the duties of the position.

TELEWORK INDICATOR: The Bureau of Indian Affairs has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.

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 Wildland Fire Prevention & Mitigation Program Assessment and Planning.
  • Ability to develop Fire Prevention and Mitigation Program materials.
  • Ability to provide Community Assistance with a Fire Prevention and Mitigation Educational Program.
  • Knowledge of Wildland Fire Investigation and Trespass Policies And Procedures
  • Ability to Communication

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.


BENEFITS:

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The Bureau of Indian Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered http://www.usajobs.gov/EI/benefits.asp#icc



OTHER INFORMATION:

CTAP & ICTAP APPLICANTS: Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) participants who are well qualified may apply for this position. To be eligible for consideration under CTAP, an applicant must provide written notification that they will be losing their current federal position. To be eligible for consideration under ICTAP, an applicant must provide proof that they have lost their federal position within the last year. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position. Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible. For more information regarding CTAP & ICTAP, please visit http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp

NOTICE TO MALE APPLICANTS: Section 1622 of the Defense Authorization Act of 1986, prohibits any male born after December 31, 1959, from being appointed to a position in an executive agency if he has knowingly and willfully failed to register with the Selective Service System. Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, will be required to complete a certification document to confirm their Selective Service registration status, if selected for appointment.



HOW TO APPLY:

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  • Click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register
  • Answer the Questionnaire and click on SUBMIT my answers
  • UPLOAD all required documents and other supporting documents
  • To return to a previously saved or incomplete application go to https://applicationmanager.gov/.

We strongly encourage you to apply online. However, if you cannot apply online, you may FAX your assessment questionnaire, resume and supporting documents to (478) 757-3144 by following the steps below.

To Apply by Fax:

  • Print a copy of the OPM Form 1203-FX
  • Answer the assessment questionnaire  View Occupational Questionnaire
  • When faxing a completed OPM Form 1203-FX, this will serve as your fax cover and must be placed on TOP of your application and other supporting documents. No other fax page is required. Simply make sure all six pages of the completed OPM Form 1203-FX are on top of all other documents being faxed

Combination Online/Fax:

  • Log into or create your Application Manager account at https://applicationmanager.gov/
  • ANSWER the Questionnaire and click on SUBMIT my answers
  • Print the US Government Application Cover Page Include the Vacancy Identification Number 1084710, SSN, and full name to ensure that your documents are associated with the rest of your application
  • Fax your US Government Application Cover Page, application, and supporting documents to (478) 757-3144

Please note that it is the applicant's responsibility to verify that all information entered, uploaded, or faxed (i.e., questionnaire responses, resume, and any supporting documents) are complete and accurate.

All electronic submissions and/or faxes must be completed and received by 11:59 PM EST; Wednesday, April 23, 2014.

NOTE: Submission of a resume alone is not a complete application. This position requires the submission of additional forms as described under the REQUIRED DOCUMENTS section. Failure to provide the required information and/or documentation may result in your application not being considered for employment.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

The following forms must be submitted in order to have a complete application:

  1. Resume/Application- Must contain the following:
    - Work experience, include the following:
    • Position Title;
    • Dates - from (mm/yy) to (mm/yy);
    • Hours Worked Per Week;
    • Current Supervisor's Name, Address, and Telephone number,
    - Education
    - References - List Three people who are not related to you and are not current or previous supervisors.
  2. Form BIA 4432, Verification of Indian Preference for Employment, is required for claiming Indian Preference. No other form will be accepted.
  3. Form DD-214, if claiming 5 pt. veteran's preference or Standard Form 15 with required proof of entitlement, if claiming 10 pt. veteran's preference.
  4. College Transcript is required for verification/documentation of qualifying education. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable; however, official transcripts will be required before entrance on duty.
  5. Assessment Questionnaire, listed in announcement. Failure to respond to the questionnaire will result in loss of consideration.
  6. Copy of most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, current or former Federal employees.
  7. GSA Form 3607, Motor Vehicle Operator's License and Driving Report, available at www.gsa.gov/forms. (Optional during the application process; however, selectee will be required to submit as part of the pre-appointment process.)

NOTE: Persons submitting incomplete application will be given credit only for the information they provide. The applicant is responsible for submitting all required documentation in support of their application in order to receive full credit for their Indian preference, veteran preference, experience, training, and/or education. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION WILL NOT BE SOLICITED FROM THIS OFFICE.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Pamela S. Roundface
Phone: (505)863-8211
Email: PAMELA.ROUNDFACE@BIA.GOV
Agency Information:
BIA Center for Recruitment Gallup
DO NOT MAIL APPLICATIONS
PLEASE FAX TO 478-757-3144
XXXXX, OK
73005

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once the online questionnaire is received, you will receive an acknowledgement email notifying you that your submission was successful. After a review of your application is made, you will be notified regarding your rating and referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted.


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Job Announcement Number:

NRO 15/14

Control Number:

366138400