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RELOCATION EXPENSES: Relocation expenses will be authorized consistent with the Federal Travel Regulations and Departmental policy. The use of a relocation service company will not be offered.
There are 2 permanent, full-time positions under the South Texas Refuge Complex. One position will be located in Alamo, TX and one position will located in Austwell, TX.
If you are a current or former federal employee with reinstatement eligibility, you must submit a copy of your last Notification of Personnel Action (SF50) showing your position, title, series, grade and eligibility.
All application materials and supporting documentation must be received by the closing date of this announcement (including Veterans Preference Documentation).
· Integrates wildfire and prescribed fire programs at the planning and operational levels.
· Assists in the development, leadership, and execution of the following programs and activities: Fire Program Management, Fuels Management, Fire Management Operations, and Air.
· Assists in developing budget estimates and annual work plans for pre-suppression, prevention, fuels management and prescribed fire. Assists in developing cost estimates for emergency fire rehabilitation, and prepares project proposals.
· Assists in preparing and/or revising annually, cooperative fire agreements and contracts with various State and local fire control agencies.
· May supervise seasonal firefighters and/or clerical support staff. Directs and coordinates subordinate staff and specialists in fire management activities.
25% or less - The employee may be required to travel from assigned duty station to various areas inside and outside jurisdictional boundaries of the Region.
Who May Apply
This job is open to…Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)
Job family (Series)
Conditions of Employment
- U.S. Citizenship Required
- Background Investigation Required
- Time in Grade Requirements Apply
- Medical Examination & Drug Testing Required
- Prior Firefighting Experience Required for Secondary Covered Position
· Time in grade restrictions apply to the qualification requirements for the position for Federal employment. Your application must clearly provide evidence that you have served (1) year at the next lower grade level by the closing date of this announcement.
· Completion of a 1-year probationary period is required (if one has not yet been completed). Completion of a 1-year Supervisory probationary period is required (if one has not yet been completed).
· Firefighter position requirements: This position is a Secondary-Administrative Firefighter position under the Firefighter retirement system. PLEASE NOTE: Applicants may meet position qualification requirements, but not be eligible for the Firefighter retirement system. Firefighter retirement coverage in secondary positions depends upon the incumbents individual work history. A determination of eligibility for Firefighter retirement will be made at the time of selection. If the selected applicant is not eligible for Firefighter retirement, he/she will be placed in the regular retirement system.
· Prior wildland firefighting experience of at least 90 days on the fireline, as gained by substantial service in a primary firefighting 6(c) position, or equivalent experience outside the Federal government is a MANDATORY PREREQUISITE to qualify for this position.
· The Incumbents will be required to obtain and wear an official U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service uniform.
· Incumbent must be able to operate a government-owned or leased motor vehicle. A valid state driver's license is required.
· The person selected for this position will be required to submit a Certificate of Medical Examination, if the form is not already on file.
Physical Demands and Work Environment:
· Work is sedentary, usually performed in an office. Strenuous physical activity can be expected when field duties include fire suppression and prescribed fire activities. Conditions encountered in fire suppression efforts that may lead to periods of stress and exposure to moderate discomforts such as extreme heat, cold, and inclement weather when performing on-the-ground inspections.
By the closing date of this announcement, you must meet the minimum qualification requirements as outlined in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook and as identified in this announcement below.
Basic Requirements for this position:
Basic Entry Requirements for the GS-0401 series. You must meet A or B below to qualify for the 0401 Assistant Fire Management Officer position.
A. Degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resources management, or related discipline appropriate to the position being filled.
B. Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in biological sciences, agriculture, or natural resources - or at least 24 semester hours in biological sciences, natural resources, wildland fire management, forestry, or agriculture course work equivalent to a major field of study -- plus -- appropriate experience or -additional education that is comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in the biological sciences; agriculture, or natural resources.
Specialized Experience Requirements: In addition to meeting one of the basic entry requirements listed above, you must have the appropriate specialized experience as described below.
A. At least one year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the next lower level (equivalent to grade GS-07) in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience may include: prepare reports and maps to determine if goals and objectives were met and use the results to adapt future actions and plans; assist others in developing prescribed burn plans; coordinate fire management activities with other Federal, state, and private jurisdictions; work in fire program databases (namely, WFDSS, FIRECODE, and FMIS) associated with fire occurrence reporting; work in fire program databases (namely, IQCS) associated with training and experience, and qualification records; supervise a small group (e.g., Strike Team or Task Force) of interagency firefighters; monitor seasonal fire severity and activity levels and takes appropriate actions to ensure safe, efficient, and effective operations; conduct fire related training that includes course logistics, selecting and notifying attendees, obtaining and distributing course materials and serving as course instructor.
B. Completion of two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree in fire science, fire management, biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, or a closely related discipline. One year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that your graduate school has determined to represent one academic year of full-time study. Such study may have been performed on a full-time or part-time basis. If you cannot obtain your graduate school's definition of one year of graduate study, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) is considered as satisfying the requirement for one year of full- time graduate study.
C. An equivalent amount of experience and graduate education. (To compute, first, determine your experience as a percentage of the experience required in A; then determine your graduate education as a percentage of the education required in B. Note: Only graduate education in excess of the first 18 hours may be used). Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100%).
A. At least one year of full-time specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the next lower level (equivalent to grade GS-09) in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience may include: prepare reports and maps to determine if goals and objectives were met and use the results to adapt future actions and plans; assist others in developing a prescribed burning program; prepare cooperative fire agreements and contracts with various state, tribal, and local fire control agencies; coordinate fire management activities with other Federal, state, and private jurisdictions; work in fire program databases (namely, FPA, FIREBASE, and NFPORS) associated with budget requests and management; work in fire program databases (namely, WFDSS, FIRECODE, and FMIS) associated with fire occurrence reporting; work in fire program databases (namely, IQCS) associated with training and experience, and qualification records; develop and execute preparedness plans and suppression activities to ensure readiness of firefighters and equipment; assist others in developing budget estimates and annual work plans for preparedness, prevention, fuels management and prescribed fire; supervise a group (e.g., Strike Team or Task Force) of interagency firefighters; manage logistics of moving resources throughout a large geographic area to meet high-priority project objectives; develop alternative wildland fire strategies; conduct fire related training that includes course logistics, selecting and notifying attendees, obtaining and distributing course materials and serving as course instructor; develop and direct field training exercises for firefighters in safety and fire suppression tactics; assign priorities and prepare schedules for accomplishment of work; direct a local training program.
B. Completion of at least three full years of graduate education or a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree from an accredited college or university in a field directly related to fire science, fire management, biological science, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry or related disciplines. One year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that your graduate school has determined to represent one academic year of full-time study. Such study may have been performed on a full-time or part-time basis. If you cannot obtain your graduate school's definition of one year of graduate study, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) is considered as satisfying the requirement for one year of full- time graduate study.
C. An equivalent amount of such experience and graduate education. (To compute, first, determine your experience as a percentage of the experience required in A; then determine your graduate education as a percentage of the education required in B. (Note: Only graduate education in excess of the first 9 hours may be used). Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100%).
Transcripts: You must submit a copy of your transcripts (official or unofficial photocopy) to document your educational accomplishments. Failure to submit this documentation by the closing date will result in disqualification from further consideration. Official transcripts will be required if you are selected to fill the position. College transcripts are still required if you currently occupy or previously occupied the series for which you are applying.
Foreign Education: Education completed outside the United States must have been evaluated by a private U.S. organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials, commonly called a credential evaluation service or education that is recognized by the Secretary of Education from an accredited body. http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html
To preview the Assessment Questionnaire, click the following link:
1. If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form. For more information on veterans preference see http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx 2. If you have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) you may apply for special selection over other candidates for this position. To be well-qualified for the position and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 90 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 on CTAP/ICTAP see http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp#ctap
3. Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service
(see www.sss.gov ).4. 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. http://www.opm.gov/disability/PeopleWithDisabilities.asp.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
You will be evaluated to determine if you meet the basic qualifications and on the extent to which your application shows you possess the particular knowledge, skills and abilities required of this position. Your ranking is based on your responses to the occupational questions, the information you provide in your Resume, and supplemental materials. Please follow all instructions carefully. The occupational questions are based on the following knowledge, skills and abilities.
- Knowledge of the policies, techniques and practices of wildland fire management.
- Knowledge of the principles, practices, and concepts of wildland fire management (namely, ecology, behavior, effects, hazard and risk analysis, fuel assessment, smoke management, incident management, and prescribed fire), budget, and natural resource management to development fire management programs/plans.
Skill in fire management operations including mobilization and dispatch, fire prevention, training and qualifications, equipment needs, replacement and deployment, and fire suppression communications.
Knowledge of supervisory policies, procedures, and methods in order to manage a diverse workforce, coordinate training, and coordinate work efforts in approved safety standards, and operating procedures.
NOTE: You should be aware that your ratings are subject to evaluation and verifications. The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. Do not overstate or understate your level of experience and capability. If a determination is made that you rated yourself higher than is supported by your application, or your application is incomplete, you will be assigned a rating commensurate to your described experience or you may be considered ineligible.
Background checks and security clearance
Completed Assessment Questionnaire
Veteran's Preference Documentation (if applicable)
If you upload your documents using Application Manager, DO NOT FAX the same documents. To verify uploaded documents have been processed, please wait one hour to ensure they have cleared the virus scan. You can verify that your uploaded documents are attached to your application by checking the Details tab of your Application Manager account https://applicationmanager.gov/ for this vacancy announcement. Your documents will display under the Details tab in the Document area.Faxed documents will take 2-3 business days to process. To fax documents, you MUST use the special cover page. Print the pre-populated cover page on the upload documents screen of Application Manager. Or, you may click this link http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf to print a copy of the cover page. When faxing documents, follow the procedures outlined below.
- Include the Vacancy Identification Number 1717408
- Provide your Social Security Number and full name in the spaces provided or we will not be able to associate your document(s) with the rest of your application.
- You may submit multiple documents for the same vacancy announcement using one cover page.
- Fax your cover page and documents to 1-478-757-3144.
Faxed documents submitted with missing information will not be processed. The following will prevent your documents from being processed:
- Not using the special cover page mentioned above.
- Missing, incomplete, or invalid Vacancy Identification Number
- Missing or incomplete Social Security Number or name
NOTE: Uploading your documents will speed the processing of your application for this announcement.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.
The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. To find out more click here:
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
How to Apply
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
1. Your Résumé
2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire
3. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below)
The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, June 13, 2016
There are two methods to apply on-line:
Method 1: Click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.
Method1 is recommended for those who may be interested in applying for multiple vacancy announcements and those who need assistance in preparing a resume.
Method 2: This method will allow you to bypass the USAJOBS user log in and resume builder feature to go directly to the online occupational questionnaire and then upload your resume from your personal word processing file. Click this link to complete the occupational questionnaire for this position. https://applicationmanager.gov/
Method 2 is recommended for those who already have a resume available in a personal word processing file.
Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application you may use the following link: https://applicationmanager.gov/.To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID 1717408. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.
If you cannot apply online:
1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire
2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/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.
DO NOT SEND any application material(s) by U.S. mail or electronic mail. If you are unable to apply using one of the described methods, contact the HR Office Representative listed on this announcement at least one-full workday prior to the closing date for further assistance.
Agency contact information
Jason C. Lujan
AddressUS Fish and Wildlife Service New Mexico
500 Gold Ave SW
Albuquerque, NM 87102
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 the status of your application. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.
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The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.
Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
Reasonable Accommodation Policy
Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.
Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:
- An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.
You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.
Legal and regulatory guidance
This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/440411900. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.