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
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
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
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.
Experience and Education: Equivalent combinations of successfully
completed post-high school education and experience are also qualifying.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
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
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.
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.