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: 1092505



Western Region,

Truxton Canon Agency,

Peach Springs, Arizona

GS-03: $25,181 - $32,733 Per Annum

GS-04: $28,269 - $36,764 Per Annum

The position is located on a fire crew as a crewmember within the fire management organization. The purpose of this position is wildland fire suppression/management/control, as a skilled firefighter on an engine, helitack module or hand crew. Other wildland fire related duties involve fire prevention, patrol, detection or prescribed burning. The incumbent will be involved with the maintenance and repair of firefighting tools, equipment, and facilities and will receive fire training.


  • This is an arduous position and is subject to drug testing, medical examination, and physical fitness testing.
  • This is a permanent, full-time seasonal position and is subject to furlough when services are not needed due to lack of work, funds, or unforeseen circumstances.
  • If the 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.
  • This position is also being advertised under the Merit Promotion Vacancy Announcement Number CRPA 101/14 (VIN: 1089199). Applicants who wish to be considered under both Merit Promotion and Competitive Procedures must submit a separate application to each Announcement. Your application under this notice will be considered only for this Competitive Vacancy Announcement.

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 eligible’s 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 eligible’s) in the absence of a qualified Indian Preference eligible.


  • Serves as a skilled crewmember on an engine, helitack or hand crew.
  • Utilizes a variety of specialized tools, equipment, and techniques while actively suppressing wildfires, such as a Pulaski, shovel, McLeod, axe and chainsaw to control the spread of wildfire.
  • As an assistant on a wildland fire engine, works as a trainee engine operator driving the engine, operating the pump and making hose lays.
  • As a helitack crew member, loads helicopters, determines weight calculations, completes crew manifests and may rappel from a hovering helicopter near ground level in remote areas to construct helispots, or to attack small fires, hot spots and spot fires.
  • Performs basic fireline activities such as line construction, hose layout, operations of pump and accessories, lopping and scattering of fuels using hand tools and holding, patrolling, monitoring and mop-up operations.
  • Moves dirt, chops brush, small trees, etc. to construct fire line.
  • Serves as a skilled wildland firefighter on an organized crew during prescribed burns, monitoring and controlling the fire, and collecting data on fire weather and fire behavior.
  • Performs project work such as fuels inventory, preparing associated reports, and hazard fuel reduction projects.
  • Ensures own and others’ welfare and safety.
  • Cleans, maintains, reconditions and stores firefighting tools and equipment.
  • Services and makes minor repairs to engine; inspects checks and services accessories such as pump, water lines, tank, reels or pump power plant; and keeps in fire readiness.

Amendment #1, dated: 04/10/14: Remove information in the "How to Apply-Required Documents", regarding: "8. Incident Qualification and Certification System (IQCS) Master Record, information."

Amendment #2, dated: 04/10/14: Remove the "For the GS-03 grade level: Not Required to operate a vehicle."

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Work may require travel by light fixed-wing or rotor-wing aircraft.

Relocation Authorized

  • No