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Job Title:Fire Management Specialist (Planning)

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service

Job Announcement Number:R7-14-1189615-JE

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$75,908.00 to $98,677.00 / Per Year


Friday, August 15, 2014 to Friday, September 12, 2014




Full Time - Permanent




Few vacancies in the following location(s):
Anchorage, AK View Map
Fairbanks, AK View Map


United States Citizens


Q - Nonsensitive




Working for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is more than a career. It is a commitment shared by more than 9,000 men and women representing a diverse range of professions, backgrounds, and specialties who are dedicated to conserving, protecting, and enhancing fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats. From the Arctic Ocean to the South Pacific, from the Atlantic to the Caribbean, Service personnel are working hard to ensure future generations will be able to enjoy nature's beauty and bounty.

The salary range given above includes base pay and locality pay, you will also receive a 5.57% cost of living allowance for Anchorage and Fairbanks. This allowance is subject to annual review, adjustment and gradual decrease.

This position will be the Fire Management Specialist (Planning) for both the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Alaska Fire Service and will receive direction from both agencies. It will be located in the Division of Fire Management with FWS.

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For additional information about the FWS in Alaska visit FWS, about BLM visit BLM

This position is located in Anchorage or Fairbanks, Alaska. Information about locations within Alaska can be found at: Alaska.


This position is also being announced under R7-14-1188478-JE.


  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel to field units and various meetings is required.


  • Yes
  • Travel and relocation expenses will be paid in accordance with the Federal Travel Regulations and Departmental policy which may include a Home Sale Service Contract if the home is eligible.


  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Be sure to read the "How to Apply" & "Required Documents" Sections.


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As the Fire Management Specialist (Planning), you will:

  • Provide program leadership and consultation for strategic fire mangement planning, assessments and interagency and/or unit Fire Management Plan development.
  • Provide technical support to fire management officers, land or resource management staffs and planners throughout the state.
  • Provide oversight on the full range of analytical tools used for bureau and interagency fire management planning and budgeting.
  • Determine needed training and ensure it is available.
  • Provide technical support to the fire management budget.

For more information on the duties of this position contact the supervisor, Doug Alexander at (907) 786-3497.


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Basic Requirements:
A Degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.
Combination of education and experience- at least 24 semester hours equivalent to a major field of study in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience requirement - please be sure to include this information in your resume. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. To be creditable, this experience must have been for 1 year and equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade (GS - 11) of the position to be filled. (If the position was seasonal, you must show the periods you worked.)

Specialized experience must have included all of the fire program management elements: 1)Reviewing and evaluating fire management plans for ecological soundness and technical adequacy; 2) Conducting field inspections before and after prescribed or wildland fires to determine if resource objectives were achieved and/or to evaluate the effectiveness of actions taken; and 3) Developing analyses on the ecological role of fire and its use and/or exclusion, and smoke management. In addition to fire program management, appropriate experience must have included either prescribed fire/fuels management OR fire management operations.

Selective Placement Factors: This position requires a special qualification that has been determined to be essential to perform the duties and will be used as a screen out element. Those who do not provide evidence they possess the following selective factor(s) will be rated not qualified.

* Wildland Firefighting Experience Requirement: This position requires previous wildland firefighting experience (at least 90 days). Wildland firefighting experience is defined as experience gained through work on the fire line in containment, control, or suppression of wildland fire. Experience may be related to Wildfires or, fire line experience on a Prescribed Fire (this does not include experience in the planning stages).

You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement. 

All Federal employees must obtain and maintain a favorable background investigation/security clearance.

Direct Deposit is required.


Upon receipt of your complete application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your rating will be based on your responses to the Job Specific Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume. Answers submitted in the questionnaire must be supported on your resume. If qualified, your score may range from 70-100 points. If you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. In addition, interviews may be conducted for this position. The interviews may be conducted on a pass/fail basis or may be scored. The job specific questions relate to the following knowledge, skills and abilities required to do the work of this position.

  • Ability to provide direction to an interagency complex fire management planning unit.
  • Knowledge of interagency state-of-the-art fire management organizations and operations, policies, practices and procedures.
  • Knowledge of fire management, safety, training, and program evaluation.
  • Knowledge of program planning, budgeting systems, and administrative requirements and procedures applicable to fire and aviation management.


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To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit the Office of Personnel Management's website at: Benefits.


This is a secondary/administrative fire position under the special retirement provisions of 5 U.S.C. 8336(c)(CSRS) and 5 U.S.C. 8412(d)(FERS). While secondary positions are not subject to the maximum entry age policy, the selectee must have prior service in a primary position and meet the transfer requirement for movement from a primary to secondary position to be eligible for special retirement coverage.

Fact Sheet for Firefighters

Selectee may be required to complete a probationary period.

Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP): CTAP provides eligible surplus and displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) This vacancy is within your CTAP eligibility; 2) You apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) You are found well-qualified for this vacancy. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility, or a copy of your separation personnel action form. Information about CTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at: career transition.

CTAP and ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if they fall within the Highly or Best Qualified categories on the rating criteria for this position.

FWS may use certain incentives, currently offered by the Federal government, to attract high quality applicants.


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We recommend you use the resume builder in USAJobs.

To begin click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register, answer a few questions, and submit all required documents.

To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account and click on "Application Status. Click on the position title, and then select Apply Online to continue.

We strongly encourage you to apply online. If you cannot apply online, you may FAX your resume, assessment questionnaire, and supporting documents to (478) 757-3144. You must print a copy of OPM Form 1203-FX, document your responses to the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire and use the official FAX coversheet found here. For both of these forms the vacancy identification number is:  1189615

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 pm Eastern Time or 7:59 pm Alaska Time on Friday, September 12, 2014

Who Can I Contact if I Have a Question?
If you have questions about this announcement or the application process, contact Joy Edge at (907)271-3338 or toll free at (888) 859-4183. Reference the title Fire Management Specialist (Planning) and/or the vacancy announcement number R7-14-1189615-JE.


In addition to the online application (resume and responses to the questionnaire), you are required to submit the following forms:

  • Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) eligibles: documentation verifying your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility - this includes a copy of the agency notice and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location, if applicable.
  • Veterans' Preference: If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the level of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be adjudicated (verified) by the employing agency using the documents you provide. If documents supporting veterans' preference are not received, then veterans' preference will not be given.
  • For 5-point veterans' preference, provide your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.

    For 10-point veterans' preference, submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation.

    Hard copy application materials, submitted without prior Human Resources approval, will be considered as an incomplete application. If the required documents are not submitted your application may be considered incomplete.

    NOTE: There is a 10 page limit on each type of document that is faxed; information on excess pages will be lost. There is no limit on the number of pages when submitting online.


Joy Edge
Phone: (907)271-3338
Agency Information:
US Fish and Wildlife Service Alaska
222 West 7th Ave 13
Anchorage, AK


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgment 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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