Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs Position Opening at usajobs.gov in Lower Brule, South Dakota

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RANGE TECHNICIAN (FIRE), GS-0455-6/7, #4431070 (DOI119, Prescribed Fire and Fuels Specialist), DOI - Bureau of Indian Affairs, Great Plains Region, Lower Brule Agency, Office of the Superintendent,

Branch of Fire, Lower Brule, South Dakota

GS-07: $40,684 - $52,893 Per Annum GS-06: $36,611 - $47,598 Per Annum

(First time hires to the Federal Government normally start at the lower salary range of the grade level).

NOTE:THIS AMENDS THE POSITION VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT TO EXTEND THE CLOSING DATE FOR THIS FULL-TIME PERMANENT POSITION.* *THIS POSITION IS SUBJECT TO FAVORABLE RESULTS OF A BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION, DRUG TESTING, MEDICAL EXAMINATION, AND PHYSICAL FITNESS WORK CAPACITY TEST FOR ARDUOUS POSITIONS.

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).

VETERANS EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES ACT (VEOA):Preference eligibles may apply for permanent positions (career or career-conditional appointments) under merit promotion procedures for VEOA appointments; however, veteran's preference is not a factor in these appointments. To be eligible for a VEOA appointment, a veteran must be a preference eligible OR veteran separated after 3 or more years of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions. Applicants must submit a copy of their DD-214 for verification of eligibility. For more information, click here: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/shav/index.aspx#veoa

Additional selections may be made from this announcement if identical vacancies occur within 90 days from the closing date.

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Responsibilities

NOTE*:* If the position is filled at a lower grade level, subsequent promotion to the next grade level will be processed without competition under the Merit Promotion Program at such time as performance and qualification requirements are met and classification review discloses the duties being performed properly warrant classification to the next higher grade level.

SUMMARY OF DUTIES**:

  • Prepares and carries out prescribed fire plans, fire effects, manual and mechanical hazardous fuels treatments, and smoke and wildland fire use monitoring.

  • Reviews project plans and makes recommendations on appropriate levels of monitoring.

  • Technically administers all aspects of the prescribed fire/fuels plan, ensuring that preparation, ignition, holding, mop-up, and rehabilitation are completed to the standards specified.

  • Conducts field reconnaissance of prescribed fire/fuels treatment units, summarizes field findings and makes recommendations on appropriate prescriptive criteria for meeting program objectives.

  • Supports wildland fire suppression activities.

Travel Required

25% or less - Work may require travel by light fixed-wing or rotor-wing aircraft.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

7

Who May Apply
This job is open to…

NATION-WIDE / INDIAN PREFERENCE ELIGIBLES / CURRENT STATUS EMPLOYEES OR FORMER EMPLOYEES WITH REINSTATEMENT ELIGIBILITY / VEOA ELIGIBLES

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0455 Range Technician

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Requirements
Conditions of Employment
  • US CITIZENSHIP REQUIRED.
  • BACKGROUND SECURITY INVESTIGATION WILL BE REQUIRED FOR ALL NEW HIRES.
  • APPOINTMENT MAY INCLUDE A REQUIREMENT FOR A TRIAL/PROBATIONARY PERIOD.
  • APPLICATIONS WILL ONLY BE ACCEPTED ONLINE OR BY FAX.
  • A VALID STATE DRIVER'S LICENSE IS REQUIRED.
  • A COPY OF APPLICANT'S CURRENT IQCS RECORD IS REQUIRED.

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. DECLARATION FOR FEDERAL EMPLOYMENT**: As a Federal employee, you will be required to submit a signed and completed "Declaration for Federal Employment," OF-306, to determine your suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background check for Federal employment.

CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT: A Baseline Medical Examination will be required for all newly hired personnel in permanent positions that require wildland fire arduous duty and who would have received a "Baseline" medical examination under the Department of Interior (DOI) Medical Standards Program (MSP).

OTHER: Incumbent will be required to operate a government-owned or leased motor vehicle in the performance of duties, therefore, a valid driver's license is required. Incumbent must have a safe driving record within the three-year period immediately preceding submittal of GSA Form 3607 and be able to meet the safe driving requirements of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

This is a Testing Designated Positions (TDP) under the Department of Interior Drug Free Workplace Program.

Incumbent is subject to medical examination and must pass the work capacity test for arduous positions.

TELEWORK: The Bureau of Indian Affairs has determined that the duties of this position are not suitable for telework under any circumstances.

Qualifications

EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: (OPM Operating Manual, Qualification Standards for One-Grade Interval Technical or Medical Support Positions, and Individual Occupational Requirements for GS-0455: Range Technician Series; and the Approved IFPM/NWCG Qualifications Standards and Guide for the Prescribed Fire and Fuels Specialist.)

GS-7: *1 year of creditable specialized wildland fire management experience equivalent to at least the GS-6 grade level or higher which involved work in planning and implementing wildland fire and fuel treatment plans; and in the conservation, regulation, and use of public or 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. range or forest fire control, prevention, or suppression work OR 1 full year of graduate level education in forestry, range management, agriculture, or a subject-matter directly related to the position (18 semester hours, 27 quarter hours or equivalent). GS-6: *1 year of creditable specialized wildland fire management experience equivalent to the GS-5 grade level or higher in the Federal service which involved work in the conservation, regulation, and use of public or 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. range or forest fire control, prevention, or suppression work.

SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTORS: These are MANDATORY qualification prerequisites to qualify for this position. This position is one of the key fire management positions under the Interagency Fire Program Management (IFPM) Standard. This position has been categorized as a Prescribed Fire and Fuels Specialist - Moderate Complexity, therefore, the applicant must have possessed all of the following National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) incident management qualifications and training requirements to be considered eligible for this position:

  • Primary Core Requirement: Prescribed Fire Burn Boss, Type2 (RXB2), or higher.

  • Secondary Core Requirement: Engine Boss, Single Resource (ENGB), or Crew Boss, Single Resource (CRWB), or Helicopter Manager, Single Resource (HMGB), or higher.

  • Prior Wildland Firefighting Experience: Applicants must have prior wildland firefighting experience. A minimum of 90 days of wildland firefighting experience is required to meet qualifications for this secondary (administrative) covered position. Wildland firefighting experience is defined as any non-structure fire that occurs in the wildland. Wildland firefighting experience is gained through work on the fire line in containment, control, suppression, or use of wildland fire. Two distinct types of wildland fire have been defined and include: (1) Wildfires – unplanned ignitions or prescribed fires that are declared wildlandfires; and (2) Prescribed Fires – planned ignitions and includes only fireline experience on a prescribed fire and does not include experience in the planning stages. Prescribed fire experience must be supplemented by fire suppression experience in order to be creditable as previous wildland firefighting experience.

NOTE: Selective factors are knowledges, skills, abilities, or special qualifications that are in addition to the minimum requirements in a qualification standard, but are determined to be essential to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position. Applicants who do not meet the selective factors are ineligible for further consideration. You MUST provide a current copy of your Incident Qualification and Certification System (IQCS) Master Record or other agency equivalent documentation which verifies you meet the above required NWCG qualifications for this IFPM position when submitting your application.

Education

FOREIGN EDUCATION:If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.

Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation upon request. Failure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration.

For more information regarding evaluation of foreign education for federal employment, please visit the U.S. Dept of Ed.

Additional information

FIREFIGHTER RETIREMENT COVERAGE: This position is covered as a secondary firefighter position under the special retirement provisions of 5 U.S.C. 8336(c)(CSRS) and 5 U.S.C. 8412(d) (FERS) when it is filled by an incumbent who transfers directly from a primary or another secondary firefighting position with no break in service as a firefighter to this position. Firefighter retirement coverage of the incumbent depends upon his or her individual work history.

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 http://www.opm.gov/rif/employeeguides/careertransition.asp

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.

FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES:Former Federal Employees are required to indicate whether they received a Voluntary Separation Incentive Payment (VSIP) buyout in their previous employment with the Federal government, and are required to submit a copy of the applicable Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) regarding the VSIP. The majority of individuals, who accept reemployment with the Federal government within 5 years of receiving the VSIP amount, must repay the gross amount of the separation pay prior to reemployment.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

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 FIRE SUPPRESSION PREPAREDNESS ACTIVITIES.
  • KNOWLEDGE OF FIRE WEATHER, FIRE BEHAVIOR, AND SMOKE MANAGEMENT.
  • KNOWLEDGE OF FUELS MANAGEMENT PLANS AND PROJECT IMPLEMENTATION.

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 resume, your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

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Required Documents
  • Resume showing relevant experience and education.

  • Work experience, must include the following:

  • Position Title;

  • Dates - from (mm/yy) to (mm/yy);
  • Hours worked per week;
  • Salary (hourly/yearly)
  • Current Supervisor's Name, Address, and Telephone number,

  • Education

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

  • Form BIA-4432, Verification of Indian Preference for Employment, if claiming Indian preference. No other form will be accepted.

  • Copy of most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action

  • Form DD-214, if claiming veterans preference; and VA letter and Standard Form 15, if claiming 10 point preference.

  • College Transcript is required for verification of qualifying education. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable; however, an official transcript may be requested at a later time.

  • GSA Form 3607, Motor Vehicle Operator's License and Driving Record (optional during the application process; however, selectees will be required to submit as part of the pre-appointment process).

  • OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment or the form can be found at http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdffill/of0306.pdf. (optional during the application process; however, selectees will be required to submit as part of the pre-appointment process).

NOTE: Persons submitting incomplete applications 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.

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.

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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.

  • Benefits for federal employees
  • Healthcare insurance
  • Pay and leave

The Bureau of Indian Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/PayandBenefits

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.

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How to Apply

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 your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at www.usajobs.gov

  • Click on Application Status

  • Click on the position title and select Apply Online to continue

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:

  • Click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register

  • ANSWER the Questionnaire and click on SUBMIT my answers

  • Print the US Government Application Cover Page

  • Include the Vacancy Identification Number 2017573, SSN,and full name to ensure that your documents are associated with the rest of your application

  • Fax your US 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 Friday, October 27, 2017.

ALL DOCUMENTS MUST BE RECEIVED ELECTRONICALLY OR BY FAX BEFORE 11:59PM EASTERN TIME, ON THE CLOSING DATE OF THE ANNOUNCEMENT. *IF YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE IS INCOMPLETE OR REQUESTED REQUIRED FORMS ARE NOT COMPLETED PROPERLY, YOU WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS POSITION. EXTENSIONS WILL NOT BE GRANTED, THEREFORE, IT IS THE APPLICANTS RESPONSIBILITY TO SUBMIT A COMPLETE APPLICATION PACKAGE *BEFORE THE CLOSING DATE.

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.

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TAHNEE C. STANDS
Phone

(405)247-1661

Email

TAHNEE.STANDS@BIA.GOV

Address

BIA Center for Recruitment Anadarko DO NOT MAIL APPLICATIONS PLEASE FAX TO 478-757-3144 XXXXX, OK

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Next steps

Once the online questionnaire is received, you will receive an acknowledgement email notifying you that your submission was successful. After a review of your application is made, you will be notified regarding your rating and referral to the hiring official. 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.

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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 and hiring process 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.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency.

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  • Social security number request
  • Privacy Act
  • Signature and false statements
  • Selective Service
  • New employee probationary period

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/481479000. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 10/06/2017 to 10/27/2017

Salary: $36,611 to $52,893 per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 06 - 07

Work schedule: Full-Time - Full Time

Appointment type: Permanent