Job Overview

Summary

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; Fort Peck Agency; Poplar, MT United States 3 vacancies
 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.

Duties

As a Range Technician (FIRE), you will;

  • Serves as a skilled crew member on the engine, helitack or hand Crew.
  • Utilizes a variety of specialized tools, equipment, and techniques while actively suppressing wildfires, such as a Pulaski, shovel, McLeod, ax, and chainsaw to control the spread of wildfire.
  • Performs basic fireline activities such as line construction, hose layout, operations of pumps 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.
  • As a helitack crew member, loads helicopters determines weight calculations, competes crew manifests and may rappel from a hovering helicopter near ground level in remote area to construct helistops or to attack small fires, hotspots and spot fires.
  • Is responsible for observing the rules of wildland firefighting safety.
  • Applies practices and techniques to minimize resources damage.
  • Serve as a skilled wildland firefighter on an organized crew during prescried burns, monitoring and controlling the fire and collecting data on fire weather and fire behavior.
  • Also performs project work such as fuel inventory and hazard fuel reduction projects.
  • Participates in crew proficiency checks and drills, participates in safety sessions and fire critiques, ensures own and others welfare and safety in all aspects of assignments.
  • Cleans, maintains, reconditions, and stores firefighting tools and equipment, inventories fire supplies and equipment.
  • May drive and operate fire engine or apparatus.

Travel Required

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

Relocation Authorized

  • No