**** The closing date of this announcement has been extended to January 09, 2018 ****Learn more about this agency
Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource.
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This position is located in the Shoshone, Idaho. Information about the surrounding area may be found here.
We expect to fill one vacancy at this time; however, more than one position may be filled from this announcement.
Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid by the Department of the Interior. Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee.
- The position serves as a Senior Fire Dispatcher located in a dispatch center in support of fire suppression activities.
- Performs and directs others in receiving fire reports, determining location, and status, and current fire information.
- Coordinates aviation dispatch operations.
- Determines appropriate resource response to incidents and request from the field and dispatches personnel, equipment, aircraft, and/or supplies.
- Based upon current wildland fire suppression activity and utilizing prior wildland firefighting experience and training, anticipates fire suppression needs and determines resource allocation.
- Operates and/or directs the operation of various dispatch telecommunications systems.
- Provides critical logistical support information to supervisor and makes recommendations concerning the efficient uses of available resources.
- Records and maintains communications logs.
Occasional travel - Travel is required to attend trainings, conferences, workshops, and field visits.
Who May Apply
This job is open to…All U.S. Citizens – No previous Federal Service is required.
Job family (Series)
Conditions of Employment
- U.S. Citizenship required.
- Security Clearance/Background Investigation required.
- Read the "How to Apply" and "Required Documents" Sections.
- You cannot hold an active real estate license; nor can you
- have an interest or hold stocks in firms with interest in Federal Land.
- Direct Deposit Required.
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. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure this office has enough information to determine your retirement status to ensure you do not lose benefits (normally through submission of your SF-50). YOU MUST LET US KNOW IF YOU ARE CURRENTLY IN A PRIMARY POSITION.
Proof of prior covered service must be submitted prior to employment. Acceptable proof consists of SF-50’s showing beginning and ending dates of covered/creditable appointments and copies of approved letters based on individual claims. Applicants who fail to provide this evidence will not be considered eligible for the position.
THIS IS A DRUG TESTING DESIGNATED POSITION. In accordance with Executive Order 12564, and under the Department’s Drug Free Workplace Program, applicant(s) tentatively selected for this position will be required to submit a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use and to pass the test prior to appointment. In addition, this position is subject to random testing for illegal drug use.
The work involves long hours of sitting, intense concentration, and working at peak proficiency/intensity levels with irregular breaks and mealtimes. The duties of this position create a highly stressful environment during peak activity, requiring the ability to keep calm in emergency situations. Must be able to cope with the pressure of meeting timeframes and changing priorities.
You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
QualificationsSpecialized Experience Requirements:
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.
GS-05: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level GS-04 in the federal service. Examples of specialized experience at this level include work in the conservation, regulation, and use of Federally controlled lands for grazing, range research activities, work in the operation of a livestock ranch or in assisting in the management or preservation of lands comparable to the public range, and/or range or forest fire control, prevention, or suppression work.
GS-06: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level GS-05 in the federal service. Examples of specialized experience at this level may include having experience in fire dispatch initial attack procedures and guidelines used in dispatch of personnel, aircraft, equipment, and supplies for wildland fire/prescribed burn occurrences with supervision.
GS-07: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level GS-06 in the federal service. Examples of specialized experience at this level may include having experience in fire dispatch initial attack procedures and guidelines used in dispatch of personnel, aircraft, equipment, and supplies for wildland fire/prescribed burn occurrences with little to no supervision, OR previous Wildland Firefighter experience with current qualifications at the Incident commander type 4 (ICT4).
Substitution of Education for the Specialized Experience Requirement:
GS-05: Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor`s degree with major study in forestry, range management, agriculture, or a field directly-related to this position; OR that included at least 24 semester hours in courses such as range management or conservation, agriculture, forestry, wildlife management, engineering, biology, mathematics, or other natural or physical sciences. No more than 6 semester hours in mathematics is creditable.
GS-06: One year (18 semester hours) of graduate level college education such as a major study in forestry, range management, agriculture or a field directly related to this position.
GS-07: One year (18 semester hours) of graduate level college education such as a major study in forestry, range management, agriculture or a field directly related to this position.
Education and experience may be combined to meet the specialized experience requirement.
SELECTIVE FACTORS: This position requires special qualifications that have 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 factors will be rated not qualified.
Selective Placement Factor #1: PRIOR WILDLAND FIREFIGHTING EXPERIENCE REQUIRED. Applicants must have at least one season (3-6 months) of prior wildland firefighting experience. This must be evidenced in your application. Your experience needs to have been on an organized crew where you received training and experience on a variety of initial attack, extended attack or project fires which would provide an understanding of the support requirements provided by the dispatch functions.
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.
May require completion of a 1 year probationary period.
Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): CTAP provides eligible surplus and displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at CTAP or ICTAP. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration or that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) This vacancy is within your CTAP/ICTAP 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/ICTAP eligibility, or a copy of your separation personnel action form.
CTAP and ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if they fall within the Well or Best Qualified categories on the rating criteria for this position.
If the position is filled at a lower grade level, subsequent promotion to the next grade level will be processed without further competition dependent upon administrative approval and the continuing need for an actual assignment and performance of higher-level duties.
This is a Long-Term Career Seasonal appointment; it is expected you will work at least 6 months, but less than 9 months a year. If hired late in the season, you may work less than 6 months upon your initial appointment. When work or funds are not available, you will be placed in non-pay status.
This announcement is being advertised concurrently under Announcement#ID-Merit-2018-0013 for current and former federal employees serving under a competitive service career or career-conditional appointment or reinstatement eligibility. You must apply to each announcement separately if you wish to be considered under both recruitment methods.
SELECTIVE SERVICE: Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. To register or verify your registration go to the Selective Service System website.
Government facilities are required to provide a smoke free environment for their employees. Smoking will be permitted only in designated areas.
FACT SHEET FOR FIRE POSITIONS: FIREFIGHTERS CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
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. If you meet the qualification requirements, you application will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well 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 job elements required to do the work of this position.
KSA 1: Knowledge of wildland fire suppression and prescribed fire strategies, tactics, methods and procedures, fire behavior, and weather conditions to effectively dispatch fire dispatchers, and resolved dispatch problems.
KSA 2: Knowledge of aviation operations including fixed and rotary wing aircraft relating to fire and administrative operations in terms of capabilities, duty limitation, scheduling, fight following, incident or accident notification, and economics.
KSA 3: Knowledge of wildland fire management computer programs and data output to solve date entry/ retrieval problems, and develop operating guidelines and procedures.
KSA 4: Ability to communicate orally and in writing in a clear and concise manner in an urgent and frequently changing work environment.
To preview questions please click here.
Background checks and security clearance
Resumes must show relevant experience and other information. Your resume must list your education and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week and salary information. Your resume will be used to validate your responses to the assessment tool(s). You are welcome to submit a cover letter (optional). If you wish to do so, include it with your resume.
In addition to the online application (resume and responses to the questionnaire), you are required to submit the following forms:
- If you are qualifying with education, you must provide a copy of your transcripts for verification that include hours and grades from an accredited U.S. college/university by the closing date. If your degree is from a Foreign Institution, See Foreign Education. All selections and tentative offers of selection are contingent upon submission and verification of ‘official’ transcripts.
- 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.
- For 0-point Sole survivorship veterans’ preference (SSP), please provide the documentation you received granting this preference.
- For 5-point veterans' preference, please 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, please submit the same documentation as 5-point veterans’ preference as well as a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference.
- Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) eligibles: please provide 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.
You may submit your documents either via Auto-Requested Fax or by uploading your documents from your USAJOBS Profile.
Auto-Requested Fax: allows you to submit required documentation that will be electronically displayed along with your resume. The opportunity to do this will be provided during the application process by a pop-up message option to generate an auto-requested fax cover sheet.
UPLOADING DOCUMENTS: instead of faxing your documents you may use the uploading procedures thru Applicant Manager. Do not use both options.
If uploading a resume, you must include the following: Job Title and Grade Level, if Federal employment, Duties and Accomplishments, Employer's Name and Address, Supervisor's Name and Telephone Number, Starting and Ending dates (month and year), Hours worked per week, and Salary.
Hard copy paper supplemental documents, submitted without prior Human Resources approval, will be considered as an incomplete application.
Required documentation must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, on the closing date of 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.
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 receive consideration for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes ALL of the following items: 1. Your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire; 2. Your resume; and 3. Applicable supporting documents specified in the Required Documents section of this job announcement.
Click on the button "Apply Online" and login to MY USAJOBS.
If you haven't already registered with USAJOBS, the system will require you to create a user name and password, complete a questionnaire and upload, paste or type a resume into USAJOBS.
If you have already registered with USAJOBS and forgot your login information, select the "Did you forget your username and/or password" link from the right side menu.
Your application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Time by the closing date of this announcement.
If you need assistance in applying on-line, please contact the Human Resources Office at (208) 373-3921 or email BLM_ID_HR_Vacancies@blm.gov. If applying on-line poses a hardship for you (i.e. you do not have access to the internet) you must contact us prior to the closing date of the announcement for an alternative method of applying.
Agency contact information
BLM Idaho State Office, ID-953
1378 South Vinnell Way
Boise, Idaho 83709-3904
Once your completed application is received, we will conduct an evaluation and the most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for future consideration and possible interview. You will be notified of the outcome.
You may also check the status of your application by viewing your “My Account” on USAJOBS.
Fair & Transparent
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/486270100. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.