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Job Title:  Forestry Aid/Technician (Fire), GS-0462-03/04
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs
Job Announcement Number:  CRPA-D1416

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$25,181.00 to $36,746.00 / Per Year
Monday, April 07, 2014 to Sunday, April 27, 2014
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Truxton, AZ View Map
Public Trust - Background Investigation


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.


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


  • No


  • U.S. Citizenship is Required.
  • Appointment may include a requirement for one year probationary period.
  • Applications will only be accepted online or by Fax to 1-478-757-3144.


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  • 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."


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EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: (OPM Operating Manual, Qualification Standards for Technical and Medical Support Positions, GS-0462, and Individual Occupational Requirements for GS-0462: Forestry Technician Series).


For the GS-03 grade level: 6 months of general experience OR 1 year above high school with courses related to the occupation that included at least 6 semester hours in a combination of courses such as range management or conservation, agriculture, forestry, wildlife management, engineering, biology, mathematics, or other natural or physical sciences OR 2 seasons of experience.


GENERAL EXPERIENCE: Experience in performing a variety of routine tasks in the suppression of wildland fires and using a variety of hand and power tools and equipment.



For the GS-04 grade level: 6 months of general experience AND 6 months of specialized experience OR 2 years above high school with courses related to the occupation that included at least 12 semester hours in any combination of courses such as forestry, agriculture, crop or plant science, range management or conservation, wildlife management, watershed management, soil science, natural resources (except marine fisheries and oceanography), outdoor recreation management, civil or forest engineering, or wildland fire science. No more than 3 semester hours in mathematics is creditable OR 4 seasons of experience.


GENERAL EXPERIENCE: (1) Any type of work that demonstrates the applicant's ability to perform the work of the position, or (2) experience that provided a familiarity with the subject matter or processes of the broad subject area of the occupation.


SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Examples of qualifying specialized experience include forestry aid or technician work; engineering, range, or soil conservation technician work that involved the application of cultural, resource conservation, or land management practices on non-forest or ranch lands when combined with knowledge of forestry operations and equipment; farming or ranching work that involved application of cultural, soil, and water conservation practices, including safety and use of equipment, and that provided a basic understanding of land use; or forest or range fire control, prevention, or suppression work.



SEASONAL EXPERIENCE: A season of experience is considered to be a period of no less than 3 months of continuous employment on a seasonal basis. Shorter periods may be combined to make a season, provided a total of at least 3 months' experience is shown. For any period where the work exceeded 3 months, the excess work is credited towards an additional season of experience.


COMBIning Experience and Education: Equivalent combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and experience are also qualifying.

For the GS-03 grade level: Successful completion of 1 year of study that included at least 6 semester hours in a combination of courses such as range management or conservation, agriculture, forestry, wildlife management, engineering, biology, or other natural or physical sciences.


For the GS-04 grade level: Successful completion of 2 years of study that included at least 12 semester hours in any combination of courses such as forestry, agriculture, crop or plant science, range management or conservation, wildlife management, watershed management, soil science, natural resources (except marine fisheries and oceanography), outdoor recreation management, civil or forest engineering, or wildland fire science. No more than 3 semester hours in mathematics is creditable.

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: Occasionally operate a motor vehicle, but not on a regular basis.


TELEWORK INDICATOR: The Bureau of Indian Affairs has determined that duties of this position are not suitable for telework under any circumstances.



THE FOLLOWING TWO STATEMENTS APPLY TO PERMANENT POSITIONS ONLY THE MAXIMUM ENTRY AGE (37) APPLIES TO THIS POSITION: The maximum entry-age for this position shall not exceed age 37, unless you have sufficient prior Federal civilian firefighter experience or you are a preference eligible veteran. If you are a preference eligible veteran, you may be eligible for this position after your 37th birthday. You must supply a copy of your Defense Department Form 214 (DD-214) along with Standard Form 15 (if applicable) and any associated documentation in accordance with the instructions in this vacancy announcement. Failure to provide this documentation with your application will result in the loss of eligibility to receive a waiver of the maximum entry age requirement.


FIREFIGHTER RETIREMENT COVERAGE AND MAXIMUM ENTRY AGE LIMIT: This position is a primary firefighter position and approved coverage under the special retirement provisions for firefighters subject to the maximum entry age and mandatory retirement. In accordance with P.L. 107-27, applicants must meet age and/or service requirements. You may not have reached your 37th birthday upon initial appointment to a primary position unless you have prior service in an approved covered position to permit retirement on/before the mandatory retirement age of 57.


Applicants will be evaluated and rated under the Category Rating and Selection procedures. Under category rating, applicants who meet basic minimum qualification requirements established for the position and whose job-related competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities have been assessed are ranked in two or more predefined quality categories. The final certificate will group applicants into the top category, applying veterans’ preference as appropriate, instead of ranking the applicants in numeric score order.


If basically qualified, you will be further evaluated to assess the quality, depth, and complexity of your accomplishments, experience, and education in relation to the job related competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities required for the position and placed in one of the following categories:


BEST QUALIFIED: Applicants that possess all of the job related competencies identified as important for successful job performance.


WELL QUALIFIED: Applicants that possess a majority, (i.e., more than half but not all) of the job related competencies needed for successful job performance.


QUALIFIED: Applicants meet the basic eligibility and minimum qualification requirements but do not meet the definition of Best Qualified or Well Qualified as described above.


Preference eligibles are listed ahead of non-preference eligibles within each quality category. Veterans’ preference is absolute within each quality category. Compensable veterans (CPS and CP) will "float" to the top of the highest category regardless of their final rating, except for Professional positions at GS-9 & above where they would be placed at the top of the category determined by their final rating. Non-compensable veterans (XP and TP) will go to the top of the category provided their final rating meets the cut-off rating for that category.



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 Standard Firefighting and Prescribed Fire Procedures and Tactics.
  • Knowledge of Wildland Fire Behavior as Affected By Fuel Type, Topography, and Weather.
  • Knowledge of Wildland Fire Hazards and Safety Practices and Procedures.
  • Skill in the Use of Hand Tools.
  • Skill in driving engines and operating apparatus to include drafting, pumping water, and constructing simple and progressive hose lays under the direction of the engine boss.
  • Knowledge of Helicopter Operations.


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 application materials, your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities.


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The Bureau of Indian Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:


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


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.


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To Apply Online:

  • 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

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
  • ANSWER the Questionnaire and click on SUBMIT my answers
  • Print the United States Government Application Cover Page
  • Include the Vacancy Identification Number: 1092505, SSN, and full name to ensure that your documents are associated with the rest of your application
  • Fax your United States 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 by and received by: 11:59 PM EST; Sunday, April 27, 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.


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 (3) 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 (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.


Dawn C. Ami
Phone: (505)563-5132
Agency Information:
BIA Center for Recruitment Albuquerque
1011 Indian School Road NW Suite 136
Albuquerque, NM


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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