Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs FORESTRY TECHNICIAN (FIRE), GS-0462-6/7 in Pine Ridge, South Dakota

Job Overview

Job Overview
Summary

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is the lead agency for the United States in carrying on a government-to-government relationship with the 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 Identification Number (VIN): *1969323

NOTE*: *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 Prescribed Fire and Fuels Specialist and requires selectee to meet the minimum qualification standards for IFPM prior to being placed into the position. Detailed information regarding IFPM positions can be found at http://www.ifpm.nifc.gov/.

FORESTRY TECHNICIAN (FIRE), GS-0462-6/7, #4431067A, (DOI118, Prescribed Fire and Fuels Specialist), DOI - Bureau of Indian Affairs, Great Plains Region, Pine Ridge Agency, Deputy Superintendent - Trust Services, Branch of Fire Management, Pine Ridge, South* Dakota*

GS-7: $40,684 - $52,893 Per Annum GS-6: $36,611 - $47,598 Per Annum

NOTE:*APPLICANTS WHO PREVIOUSLY APPLIED UNDER THIS ANNOUNCEMENT WILL BE CONSIDERED AND NEED NOT RE-APPLY UNDER THIS READVERTISEMENT. *

TRAVEL AND RELOCATION EXPENSES WILL NOT BE AUTHORIZED. ANY RELOCATION EXPENSES ASSOCIATED WITH REPORTING FOR DUTY WILL BE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE SELECTED EMPLOYEE. 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.

Duties

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.

Supervisory Status

No

Promotion Potential

7

Travel Required
  • 25% or Greater
  • Work may require travel by light fixed-wing or rotor-wing aircraft.
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Who May Apply
This job is open to…

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

Questions? This job is open to 4 groups.

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • US CITIZENSHIP REQUIRED.
  • BACKGROUND SECURITY INVESTIGATION WILL BE REQUIRED FOR ALL NEW HIRES.
  • APPOINTMENT MAY INCLUDE A REQUIREMENT FOR ONE YEAR PROBATIONARY PERIOD.
  • APPLICATIONS WILL ONLY BE ACCEPTED ONLINE OR BY FAX.
  • A CURRENT IQCS REPORT OR AGENCY EQUIVALENT IS REQUIRED.
  • A VALID STATE DRIVER'S LICENSE IS REQUIRED.
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-0462: Forestry Technician Series; and the Approved IFPM/NWCG Qualifications Standards and Guide for GS-0462, Prescribed Fire and Fuels Specialist.)

GS-7*: 1 year of creditable specialized wildland fire management experience equivalent to the GS-6 grade level *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.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE*:* Experience which has provided the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to successfully function in the wildland fire management position. Possession of the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities can be evidenced by:

  • participating in implementing prescribed fire or fire use plans to ensure resource objectives can be met from a fire management standpoint.

  • developing initial attack incident management strategies and tactics to meet the stated resource objectives.

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 - Low 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: Engine Boss (ENGB), or Crew Boss (CRWB), or Firing Boss (FIRB), or higher.

  • Secondary Core Requirement: Incident Commander, Type 4 (ICT4), 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 required NWCG qualifications for this IFPM position when submitting your application.

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.

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.

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).

As a condition of employment, incumbents must complete a "Baseline" medical examination as required by the DOI-MSP when processes are in place to support this level of exam through the DOI-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.

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.

Security Clearance

Q - Nonsensitive

Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

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.

BENEFITS

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

Other Information

PHYSICAL DEMANDS*:* Duties involve rigorous fieldwork requiring above average physical performance, endurance and superior conditioning. Work requires prolonged standing, walking over uneven ground, and recurring bending, reaching, lifting and carrying of items weighting over 50 pounds and shared lifting and carrying of heavier items, and similar strenuous activities requiring at least average agility and dexterity.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work is primarily performed in forest and range environments in steep terrain where surfaces may be extremely uneven rocky, covered with vegetation, and in smoky conditions. Temperatures vary from above 100 degrees F to below freezing. Risks include smoke inhalation, fire entrapment, snake or insect bites and stings, exposure to excessive machinery noise, and falling and rolling material. Personnel must adjust and cope with exposure to adverse weather elements, dust and smoke, poor sleeping and eating conditions and unpredictable sets of circumstances. Incumbent may be required to live in backcountry camps for extended periods of time. The hazardous nature of the work requires that personal protective equipment be worn (boots, hardhat, gloves, flame resistant clothing, etc.).

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

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.

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/474204600. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 2017-07-11 to 2017-08-01

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

Pay scale & grade: GS 06 - 07

Series: 0462 Forestry Technician

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full Time

Job announcement number: AB-17-73 READVERTISEMENT

Control number: 474204600