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  1. Overview
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  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Supervisory Range Technician (Fire)

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service

Job Announcement Number:R6-14-1138976-M

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$35,256.00 to $50,932.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

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

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0455-06/07

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

07

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Jordan, MT View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Q - Nonsensitive

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

Yes

JOB SUMMARY:

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WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED:

Open to all current career or career conditional federal employees, former federal employees with reinstatement eligibility, and persons eligible under Special Hiring Authorities. Veterans who are preference eligible or who have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after 3 or more years of continuous active service may apply.

The employee in this position serves as a permanent, full-time, seasonal Supervisory Range Technician (Fire), GS-455-6/7 for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Region 6, National Wildlife Refuge System, Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge, located in Jordan, 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.

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 OR a preference eligible veteran.  This information must be provided in your resume, application, etc.

This position may be filled at the GS-06 or GS-07 level

Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be authorized for this position.

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 test and physical exam required
  • Valid state driver's license required
  • Completion of a one-year supervisory probationary period may be required

DUTIES:

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This is a rigorous position that performs wildland firefighting work and supervises crews performing such work.  These crews perform work directly related to wildland fire suppression and control activities including suppression, preparedness, prevention, monitoring, hazardous fuels reduction, and prescribed burning.

Gathers and considers information on weather data, topography, fuel types, and fire behavior in responding to wildland fire incidents.

Responsible for operation and maintenance of specialized equipment used to respond to wildland and prescribed fire situations.

Provides for crew safety and welfare and implements a training program in compliance with applicable requirements.

Performs full range of supervisory duties.

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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Qualification requirements may be condensed. The handbook can be viewed at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/index.asp

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:
One year of progressively responsible experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-05 grade level is qualifying for GS-06; GS-06 grade level is qualifying for the GS-07).

GS-06:  Qualifying specialized experience is demonstrated by performing range or forest fire control, prevention, or suppression work.  This includes leading firefighting crews in prescribed burning and wildfire suppression field operations and performing wildland fire suppression, preparedness, prevention, monitoring, hazardous fuels reduction and prescribed fire burning as a senior wildland firefighter crew member.

GS-07: Qualifying specialized experience is demonstrated by performing wildland and prescribed fire preparedness and suppression.  This includes supervising and coordinating firefighting crews directly connected to prescribed burning and wildfire suppression field operations and fire control duties including wildland fire detection, preparedness, prevention, suppression, dispatching, prescribed burning, mechanical fuel treatments and other other operations in support of a fire management programs.

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-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.

GS-07:  Successful completion of one year (18 semester hours, 27 quarter hours or the equivalent) of graduate level 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 directly related to this position.

Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for both the GS-06 and GS-07 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 Engine Boss (ENGB) and Incident Commander Type 4 (ICT4) or higher under the National Wildfire Coordination Group (NWCG) fire qualification systems or 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 the announcement.

Time-in-Grade requirements must be met within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

In addition to the Specialized Experience requirement and any applicable 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
  • Knowledge of fire planning procedures
  • Ability to lead others

Based on the responses to the questionnaire, a pool of potentially qualified applicants will be established. These applicants will be further reviewed to ensure that 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.

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

Please follow 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. APPLICANTS THAT FAIL TO SUPPORT CLAIMS WILL BE DISQUALIFIED FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION.

APPLICANTS WHO DISQUALIFY THEMSELVES WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED FURTHER.


BENEFITS:

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The Federal government offers a number of comprehensive benefits to its employees. 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 a score of at least 90 on the application questionnaire. For more information on CTAP/ICTAP, visit: http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp.

Special Hiring Authorities: You can apply for a non-competitive appointment if you meet the basic eligibility requirements and you are eligible for special appointment, such as those authorized for the severely disabled; certain Vietnam era and disabled veterans; returned volunteers from the Peace Corps or Vista, etc. Please indicate the type of special appointment you are seeking, if any, on your application and follow all other instructions for applying shown in this announcement. If applying using a Special Hiring Authority, you must submit documentation to verify your eligibility for the authority.

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

If 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 questionnaire, resume, and any additional documents, whether uploaded or faxed, is received, legible, and accurate. HR will not modify 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: http://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 Announcement Number: 1138976. 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 to provide 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. Most recent non-award SF-50 "Notice of Personnel Action" that verifies your eligibility (if applicable)

4. Other supporting documents:

-Veterans Preference Documentation (if applicable)

-Documentation verifying your eligibility for a Special Hiring Authority (if applicable)

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

-Red Card

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

Information for career or career-conditional applicants: If you are a current career or career-conditional Federal employee or former Federal employee who has reinstatement eligibility, you MUST submit a copy of your latest non-award SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action," that shows you are serving under a permanent career or career-conditional appointment (code 1 or 2 in block 24) in the Competitive Service (code 1 in block 34). The SF-50 must show the position title, series, grade, and step of your position. If you are claiming reinstatement eligibility, you must submit an SF-50 showing your separation (resignation, termination, etc.). If you have previously held a higher grade than the grade/position you currently occupy, you must submit a copy of the last non-award SF-50 you received for that position. If you have any questions regarding which SF-50's to submit, it is highly recommended that you contact the person listed on this vacancy announcement before the closing date.

Although not mandatory, you should submit a copy of your most recent performance appraisal.

Veterans Documentation: If you are a veteran applying for consideration under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA), Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA), or other special hiring authority for veterans, 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, click here: 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 a 10-Point preference must submit evidence of eligibility documentation, which includes 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:

R6-14-1138976-M

Control Number:

374471500