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Job Title:Lead Range Technician (Fire)

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service

Job Announcement Number:R6-14-1155820-D

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$31,628.00 to $45,828.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, July 7, 2014 to Monday, July 28, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0455-05/06

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

06

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Fort Peck, MT View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Q - Nonsensitive

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

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WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: All U.S. Citizens

The employee in this position serves as a permanent, full-time, seasonal Lead Range Technician (Fire), GS-455-5/6 for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Region 6, National Wildlife Refuge System, Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge, located in Fort Peck, Montana.

In a permanent career-seasonal position, the employee may work 26 weeks, but no more than 50 weeks in a service year.  When services are not required, employee will be placed in a non-work, non-pay status.  The employee will work 40 hours per week when in pay and duty status.

DUAL CONSIDERATION: This announcement has also been advertised under vacancy announcement number R6-14-1136524-M for status candidates.

This position is covered as a primary firefighter under the provisions of 5 USC 8412(b) and 5 USC 8336(c).  Applicants must not have reached their 37th birthday upon appointment to this position.  An exception is allowed if selectee has sufficient prior Federal service in a covered law enforcement officer or firefighter position or positions to qualify for retirement on or before the mandatory retirement age for these types of positions.  This information must be provided in your resume, application, etc.

This position may be filled at the GS-05 or GS-06 level.



TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Occasional Travel
  • Fire details

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. citizenship required
  • A background investigation may be required
  • Completion of a one-year probationary period may be required
  • Pre-employment drug and physical exam required
  • Valid state driver's license

DUTIES:

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Performs wildland firefighting work and leads crews performing such work.  The crews perform work directly related to wildland fire suppression and control activities including suppression, preparedness, prevention, monitoring, hazardous fuels reduction and prescribed burning.

During initial attack fire suppression activities, locates fireline, directs and participates in fireline construction, backfiring and burnout operations, engine and pump operations, tree falling and holding/patrol/mop us operations.

Uses a variety of specialized tools, equipment and techniques to actively suppress fires. 

Operates and maintains specialized equipment used to respond to wildland and prescribed fire situations.

Participates in wildland fire and safety training in the techniques, practices, and methods of fire suppression and in the safe, efficient operation and use of tools, equipment and vehicles used in fire suppression activities. 

Provides daily leadership and training for crew members. 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT:  This is an arduous position requiring regular, protracted periods of considerable exertion.  May be required to work under hazardous conditions encountered in prescribed burning and fire suppression operations (excessive heat, smoke, dust, rough terrain, sharp hand tools, motorized equipment, poisonous snakes and insects), including prolonged standing, walking over uneven, rocky or swampy ground, recurrent bending, reaching, lifting and carrying items weighing up to 50 pounds, and other strenuous activities requiring good agility and dexterity.  Must wear protective clothing and other safety equipment.  Must meet and maintain arduous physical requirements established for the position, as evidenced by passing the standardized fitness test for arduous positions approved by the National Wildfire Coordinating Group for wildland fire agencies.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:
One year of progressively responsible experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-04 grade level is qualifying for GS-05; GS-05 grade level is qualifying for GS-06).

GS-05:  Qualifying specialized experience is demonstrated by performing range or forest fire control, prevention, or suppression work.  This includes performing fire suppression/management/control as a wildland firefighter crew member on an engine or hand crew.

GS-06: Qualifying specialized experience is demonstrated by performing range or forest fire control, prevention or suppression.  This includes performing wildland fire suppression, preparedness, prevention, monitoring, hazardous fuels and prescribed fire as a senior wildland firefighter crew member

NOTE: IF YOU CLAIM THAT YOU HAVE THE EXPERIENCE REQUIRED ABOVE, THIS EXPERIENCE MUST BE CLEARLY DESCRIBED IN YOUR RESUME. IF IT IS NOT, YOU WILL BE DISQUALIFIED FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION.

SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:
GS-05: Successful completion of a full 4 year course of study at an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's degree (a) with a major field of study in forestry, range management, agriculture, or a subject-matter field directly related to the position or (b) that included at least 24 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.

GS-06: Successful completion of one-half year (9 semester hours, 13.5 quarter hours or the equivalent) of graduate study at an accredited college or university in a field directly related to range technician work such as a major study in forestry, range management, agriculture, or a subject matter field directly related to this position.

Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for both the GS-05 and GS-06 grade levels, which when combined meets 100% of the qualification requirements.

The following have been identified as SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTORS for this position and you must meet the below requirements to be qualified:

Currently or have been qualified as an Advanced Firefighter/Squad Boss (FFT1) or higher under the National Wildfire Coordination Group (NWCG) fire qualification systems or equivalent.
AND
Completion of "S-290 Intermediate Fire Behavior" training or agency equivalent.

You must submit documents that verify you meet the Selective Placement Factors.  

If substituting education for the Specialized Experience Requirement, you MUST submit school transcripts. Official or unofficial (photocopied) transcripts will be accepted. Official transcripts will be required if you are selected to fill the position. Failure to submit this documentation by the closing date of the announcement will result in disqualification from further consideration.



NOTE: It is the applicant's responsibility to show how he/she satisfies the course requirements. This may include providing course syllabi or an official course description, as provided by the university course catalog. If you do not provide information that clearly shows how your completed course work meets the specific course requirements above, you will be rated ineligible.

Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

In addition to the Specialized Experience requirement and any Basic Education requirement, the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics) have been identified as required to satisfactorily perform the work of this position:

  • Knowledge of wildland fire suppression and prescribed burn operations
  • Knowledge of fire safety practices and procedures
  • Ability to use computer technology in support of fire reporting
  • Ability to communicate orally
  • Ability to lead others

Applications are evaluated and rated under Category Rating and Selection procedures. Category rating combines the applicant's total experience and/or education/training into a single category. Your application will initially be rated against the criteria outlined in this announcement. Qualifying applications will then be placed into one of the following categories:

1. Best Qualified - 2. Well Qualified - 3. Better Qualified - 4. Qualified

Applications in the Best Qualified category will be reviewed to ensure that the job requirements, including Specialized Experience, any Basic Education, Selective Factors, and eligibility requirements are met and supported/verified by the resume and other documents submitted. This will include a review of your resume and supporting documentation as compared to your responses to the occupational questionnaire. If, after reviewing your resume and supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, your category placement may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities.

Full-time work is generally considered to be 35 to 40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in qualifying activities.

Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

IT IS THE APPLICANT'S RESPONSIBILITY TO ENSURE THAT HIS OR HER RESUME AND ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION FULLY SUPPORT THE EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION CLAIMED IN THE QUESTIONNAIRE. APPLICATIONS THAT FAIL TO SUPPORT CLAIMS WILL BE DISQUALIFIED FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION.

APPLICANTS WHO DISQUALIFY THEMSELVES WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED FURTHER.

Information for Veterans: The category rating process does not add veteran's preference points but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles who meet qualification requirements and have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% will be listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade or higher.


BENEFITS:

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The Federal government offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Pay_and_Benefits

OTHER INFORMATION:

Career Transition Assistance Programs: CTAP/ICTAP provides placement assistance for Federal employees who are surplus, displaced, or separated. If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, you must submit a copy of your most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility, and your most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with your application. To be considered under CTAP/ICTAP, you must meet the definition of well-qualified. For this vacancy, the definition of well-qualified is placement into at least the well-qualified category. For more information on CTAP/ICTAP, visit: http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp.

Male applicants who were born after 12/31/1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see www.sss.gov).

If a selection is made at a lower grade, promotion up to the full performance level may be made without further competition. However, promotion(s) will depend on the employee's satisfactory performance and are not guaranteed.



HOW TO APPLY:

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PLEASE REVIEW CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING:

All application materials and supporting documentation must be submitted and received by 11:59 PM (Eastern Time) on the closing date of the announcement in order for you to be considered for this vacancy.

It is the applicant's responsibility to verify that all application information, including the questionnaire, resume and any additional documents, whether uploaded or faxed, is received, legible, and accurate. HR will not modify any questionnaire answers or documents submitted by an applicant.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the Assessment Questionnaire. Please ensure you click the "Submit My Answers" button.

NOTE: To check the status of your application, including submission and receipt of the questionnaire, documents, etc., or to return to a previous or incomplete application, you may use the following link: https://applicationmanager.gov OR https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login.

To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJobs account and click "Update Application" in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJobs account or your application will be incomplete.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page: https://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Job Opportunity Announcement number: 1155820. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you cannot apply online:
1. Click the following link to view and print the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, and;
2. Print this 1203FX form along with your responses to the assessment questionnaire https://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203FX.pdf, and;
3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

If you cannot complete the application process using one of the options identified in the "How to Apply" section, please contact our office for alternate application procedures.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes:

1. Your Resume. In order to ensure that all required information is provided in your resume, it is strongly suggested that you use the USAJOBS Resume Builder. Additional information about the Resume Builder can be found here: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/How_to_create_your_resume

2. A completed and submitted Assessment Questionnaire

3. Other supporting documents:

-Veterans Preference Documentation, if applicable

-College transcript(s), if qualifying based on education OR if there is a Basic Education Requirement for this position.

-Red Card

-Incident Qualifications and Currency System (IQCS) Master Record or equivalent documentation

VETERAN'S PREFERENCE DOCUMENTATION: If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming veteran's preference, you MUST provide a copy of your DD-214 Member-4, "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty" or other proof of eligibility, such as a statement of service, if still on active duty. For more information on veteran's preference, go to http://www.fedshirevets.gov/.

NOTE: Veterans must submit the Member-4 copy of the DD-214, which shows the character of service. If you do not submit a Member-4 copy, you will not be given preference.

Veterans claiming 10-Point preference must submit evidence of eligibility documentation to include a DD-214 (Member-4 copy), Standard Form 15 (Application for 10-Point Veteran's Preference version dated December 2004), and the proof requested on the form. To print a copy of the SF-15, go to http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/sf15.pdf.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Jennifer L. Hanson
Phone: (303)236-4733
Fax: (478)757-3144
TDD: 1-800-877-8339
Email: JENNIFER_HANSON@FWS.GOV
Agency Information:
US Fish and Wildlife Service Colorado
Human Resources
134 Union Blvd
Lakewood, CO
80228 Fax: (478)757-3144

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once the online questionnaire is received, you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After the evaluation process is complete, you will be notified of your status and/or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted.

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Job Announcement Number:

R6-14-1155820-D

Control Number:

374136700