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Job Title:Forestry Technician (Fire), GS-0462-05

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs

Job Announcement Number:CRPA-D1416

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$31,628.00 to $41,122.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, July 30, 2014 to Thursday, August 14, 2014




Full Time - Temporary NTE 1039 hours




2 vacancies in the following location:
Towaoc, CO View Map




Public Trust - Background Investigation




The Bureau of Indian Affairs is the lead agency for the United States in carrying on a government-to-government relationship with 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.

Vacancy ID: 1164466


Forestry Technician (Fire), GS-0462-05

Posn.#s 440T324 & 440T325

Southwest Region,

Ute Mountain Ute Agency,


Towaoc, Colorado


GS-05: $31,628 - $41,122 PER ANNUM


NOTE: This position is also being advertised under the Merit Promotion Vacancy Announcement Number CRPA 147/14. Applicants who wish to be considered under both Merit Promotion and Competitive Procedures must submit a separate application to each announcement.


This job announcement will be used to fill a temporary senior wildland firefighter position in the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA). This is a temporary appointment, not-to-exceed 1039 hours in a calendar year.


This position has been identified as one of the key fire management positions under the Interagency Fire Program Management (IFPM) Standard. This position has been categorized as a Senior Firefigher, and requires selectees to meet the minimum qualification standards for IFPM prior to being placed into the position. Detailed information regarding IFPM positions can be found at


The position is located on a fire crew as a senior crewmember within the fire management organization. The purpose of this position is wildland fire suppression/management/control, as a specialized firefighter on an engine, helitack module or hand crew with responsibility for the operation and maintenance of specialized tools or equipment. Other wildland fire related duties involve fire prevention, patrol, detection or prescribed burning. The incumbent may be assigned for varying periods of time into one or more types of positions within the wildfire program where the individual's specialized skills are required.



  • This is an arduous position and is subject to drug testing, medical examination, and physical fitness testing.
  • TRAVEL AND RELOCATION EXPENSES WILL NOT BE AUTHORIZED. Any relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty will be the responsibility of the selected employee.


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


  • No


  • U.S. Citizenship Required.
  • Selectee is subject to a background security investigation.
  • Applications will only be accepted online or by fax to 1-478-757-3144.


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BASIS OF RATING: All applicants for this position will be rated and ranked based upon the extent and quality of their experience, training and/or education as reflected on the application. Applicants will be further evaluated according to the degree to which they possess or have the potential to acquire knowledge, skills, abilities, and personal characteristics as listed below. The judgment of qualifications will be based on the material submitted; therefore, it is to the applicant’s advantage to give complete and thorough responses and to present information in a neat and orderly fashion. Qualifications and veteran’s preference eligibility will be determined on the basis of information submitted.


  • Wildland fire related duties involve fire prevention, patrol, detection or prescribed burning.
  • Serves as a Senior Wildland Firefigher on a handcrew or prescribed fire crew.
  • Performs as a qualified chainsaw operator and chainsaw repair technician.
  • Performs all aspects of wildland and prescribed fire operations including preparing, ignition, monitoring, holding and mop-up.
  • Serves as a senior wildland firefighter on a wildland fire engine.
  • Performs and may direct others in starting pump engine, priming pump, adjusting engine speed and pump valves, laying hose, and using appropriate nozzles and nozzle adjustment in effective use of water and additives.
  • Serves as senior wildland firefighter on a helitack crew.
  • Loads helicopter personnel and cargo considering methods, weight distribution, necessity for security total weight, etc. and completes manifest of personnel and equipment being transported to the fire or other work site.
  • Gathers 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.
  • Participates in wildland fire and safety training in the techniques, practices, and methods of fire suppression.
  • Ensures own and other's welfare in all aspect of the assignment.


INDIAN PREFERENCE POLICY: 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 Form BIA-4432 must be submitted with the application if claiming Indian Preference. Indian Preference eligibles not currently employed in the Federal service will be appointed under the Excepted Service Appointment Authority Schedule A, 213.3112(a)(7). Consideration will be given to Non-Indian applicants in the absence of a qualified Indian Preference eligible. Applicants not entitled to Indian Preference must be Federal civilian employees with competitive status or former Federal civilian employees with reinstatement eligibility and must submit latest Notification of Personnel Action, SF-50B, as proof.


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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-05 grade level:1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-4 grade level OR successful completion of a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree (a) with major 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. No more than 6 semester hours in mathematics is creditable.

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 suppression work.


Combining Experience and Education: Equivalent combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and experience are also qualifying.


SELECTIVE FACTOR: In addition to other qualification requirements above, applicants must have possessed all the following National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) incident management qualifications and training requirements to be considered eligible for this position.

  • Primary Core Requirement: Firefighter, Type 1 (FFT1)
  • Additional Required Training: Intermediate Fire Behavior, (S-290)
  • Non-IFPM Wildland Fire Position Requirement: Helicopter Crewmember (HECM)

Selectees for IFPM positions requiring currency will be required to obtain and maintain currency for the NWCG qualifications listed above.

SUITABILITY, CLEARANCE & REQUIREMENTS: A background security investigation will be required for all new hires.  Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.


MOTOR VEHICLE OPERATION:  Regularly operate government vehicles or equipment to perform the duties of the position.


TELEWORK INDICATOR: the Bureau of Indian Affairs has determined that duties of this position are not suitable for telework.


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 performance.


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.


Preference 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 wildland fire management practices, strategies, and tactics used on planned and unplanned ignitions.
  • Specialized knowledge and certifications related to chainsaw use, water handing, helicopter operations, and wildland-urban interface tactics and strategies.
  • Knowledge of general range/forestry work sufficient to personally perform and lead others in the performance of project work related to fuels treatments, thinning, wildlife and watershed treatments, rehabilitation, and equipment vehicle maintenance.
  • Knowledge of National Wildlife Coordinating Group (NWCG) standards and procedures related to qualifications and training.
  • Skill in oral and written communication sufficient to effectively interact with people at all levels, internal and external, including the public.

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.


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The Bureau of Indian Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:


CTAP & ICTAP APPLICANTS: Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) participants who are well qualified may apply for this position. To be eligible for consideration under CTAP, an applicant must provide written notification that they will be losing their current federal position. To be eligible for consideration under ICTAP, an applicant must provide proof that they have lost their federal position within the last year. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position. Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible. For more information regarding CTAP & ICTAP, please visit


NOTICE TO MALE APPLICANTS: Section 1622 of the Defense Authorization Act of 1986, prohibits any male born after December 31, 1959, from being appointed to a position in an executive agency if he has knowingly and willfully failed to register with the Selective Service System. Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, will be required to complete a certification document to confirm their Selective Service registration status, if selected for appointment.


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To Apply Online:

  • Click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register
  • Answer the Questionnaire and click on SUBMIT my answers
  • UPLOAD all required documents and other supporting documents
  • To return to a previously saved or incomplete application go to

We strongly encourage you to apply online. However, if you cannot apply online, you may FAX your assessment questionnaire, resume and supporting documents to (478) 757-3144 by following the steps below.


To Apply by Fax:

  • Print a copy of the  OPM Form 1203-FX
  • Answer the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire
  • When faxing a completed OPM Form 1203-FX, this will serve as your fax cover and must be placed on TOP of your application and other supporting documents. No other fax page is required. Simply make sure all six pages of the completed OPM Form 1203-FX are on top of all other documents being faxed.


Combination Online/Fax:

  • Log into or create your Application Manager account at
  • ANSWER the Questionnaire and click on SUBMIT my answers
  • Print the  United States Government Application Cover Page
  • Include the Vacancy Identification Number: 1164466, SSN, and full name to ensure that your documents are associated with the rest of your application
  • Fax your United States Government Application Cover Page, application, and supporting documents to (478) 757-3144.


Please note that it is the applicant's responsibility to verify that all information entered, uploaded, or faxed (i.e., questionnaire responses, resume, and any supporting documents) are complete and accurate.


All electronic submissions and/or faxes must be completed by 11:59 PM EST Thursday, August 14, 2014.


NOTE: Submission of a resume alone is not a complete application. This position requires the submission of additional forms as described under the REQUIRED DOCUMENTS section. Failure to provide the required information and/or documentation may result in your application not being considered for employment.


The following forms must be submitted in order to have a complete application:

1. Resume/Application- Must contain the following:

-Work experience, include the following:

·Position Title;

·Dates - from (mm/yy) to (mm/yy);

·Hours Worked Per Week;

·Current Supervisor's Name, Address, and Telephone number,


-References - List three (3) people who are not related to you and are not current or previous supervisors.

2. Form BIA 4432, Verification of Indian Preference for Employment, is required for claiming Indian Preference. No other form will be accepted.

3. Form DD-214, if claiming 5 pt. Veteran's Preference or Standard Form 15 with required proof of entitlement, if claiming 10 pt. veteran's preference.

4. College Transcript is required for verification/documentation of qualifying education. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable; however, official transcripts will be required before entrance on duty.

5. Assessment Questionnaire, listed in announcement. Failure to respond to the questionnaire will result in loss of consideration.

6. Copy of most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, current or former Federal employees.

7. GSA Form 3607, Motor Vehicle Operator's License and Driving Report, available at (Optional during the application process; however, selectee will be required to submit as part of the pre-appointment process.)

8. Incident Qualification and Certification System (IQCS) Master Record or other equivalent documentation which verifies you meet the required NWCG qualifications for this IFPM position. Failure to provide this documentation by the closing date of the announcement will result in you being rated as not qualified.

NOTE: Persons submitting incomplete application will be given credit only for the information they provide. The applicant is responsible for submitting all required documentation in support of their application in order to receive full credit for their Indian preference, veteran preference, experience, training, and/or education. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION WILL NOT BE SOLICITED FROM THIS OFFICE.


Donnamarie Duerre
Phone: (505)563-5124
Agency Information:
BIA Center for Recruitment Albuquerque
1011 Indian School Road NW Suite 136
Albuquerque, NM


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

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