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.

This position is located in the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Rocky Mountain Region; Northern Cheyenne Agency; and you can find more information specific to our organization at U.S. Department of the Interior, Indian Affairs.

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 eligibles that are not currently employed with the Federal service will be appointed under the Excepted Service Appointment Authority Schedule A, 213.3112(A)(7).

The Open Continuous Announcement (OCA) allows acceptance of applicants throughout the year with eligible applicants being placed on the OCA register and referred for consideration as vacancies occur. The first Cut-Off date for receipt/referrals of applications to be considered for available vacant positions was 07/18/14. The other Cut-Off dates will be established every Friday or based on the date requests for List of Eligibles are received to fill other vacancies. Applicants with 10-point Veterans' Preference who submit a complete application after a Cut-Off date but before the List of Eligibles is issued, will be considered and referred on the List, if qualified. Your applicant period of eligibility will be for six (6) months. The system automatically populates your Eligibility Begin Date when your application is rated and your Eligibility End Date is calculated based on the start of the 6-month period of eligibility. You must reapply to keep your application active.

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 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.


As a Forestry Aid (FIRE), you will;

  • Be performing wildland fire related duties involving fire prevention, patrol, detection or prescribed fire burning.
  • Performs assignments a wildland firefighter in developing a working knowledge of fire suppression and fuels management techniques, practices and terminology.
  • Fire line construction, use of pumps and engines, hose layouts using appropriate nozzles and nozzle adjustments in the effective use of water and additives, working in and around aircraft.
  • Search out and extinguish burning materials by moving dirt, applying water by hose or backpack pump, etc., chops brushes, fells small trees moves dirt to construct fireline using various hand tools.
  • Participte in fire and safety training in techniques, practices and methods of fire suppression and in the safe efficient operation and use of tools.

Travel Required

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

Relocation Authorized

  • No