Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs FORESTRY TECHNICIAN (FIRE), GS-0462-4/5 in Rosebud, 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): *1975345

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 Senior Firefighter 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-0462-4/5, #4430030F, (DOI105, Senior Wildland Firefighter), DOI - Bureau of Indian Affairs, Great Plains Region, Rosebud Agency, Deputy Superintendent - Trust Services, Branch of Fire Management, Rosebud, South Dakota

GS-5: $32,844 - $42,702 Per Annum GS-4: $29,356 - $38,158 Per Annum

NOTE:THESE POSITIONS ARE PERMANENT FULL-TIME SEASONAL AND SUBJECT TO PLACEMENT IN NON-PAY STATUS WHEN SERVICES ARE NOT NEEDED DUE TO LACK OF WORK, FUNDS, OR UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES. 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 further 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: *

  • As a senior wildland firefighter on a handcrew or prescribed fire crew, performs the duties of a fully qualified chain saw operator and chainsaw repair technician; and uses helicopter long lines.

  • Collects fire weather data, fuel and/or soil moisture samples, maps projects, and maintains records.

  • Performs all aspects of wildland and prescribed fire operations including preparation, ignition, monitoring, holding, and mop-up.

  • Drives engine to fire locations (frequently over unimproved roads) and positions engine in appropriate location taking into consideration the safety and efficiency of the crew and equipment to be used in the control and mop-up operations.

  • Starts pump engine, primes pump, adjusts engine speed and pump valves, laying hose, and using appropriate nozzles and nozzle adjustments in effective use of water and additives.

  • Loads helicopter personnel and cargo considering methods, weight distribution, necessity for securing total weight, etc., and completes manifests of personnel and equipment being transported to the fire or other work site.

  • Inventories and inspects helicopter accessories, fire tools, and equipment; assures that needed tools and equipment are available for firefighting tasks; and uses long line external loads and operates and maintains accessory equipment.

  • Gathers and considers information on weather data, topography, fuel types, and fire behavior in responding to wildland fire incidents, recommending best approaches and practices for deploying personnel and equipment.

  • Responsible for operation and maintenance of specialized equipment used to respond to wildland and prescribed fire situations.

  • Participates in wildland fire and safety training; and participates in crew proficiency checks and drills, safety sessions, and fire critiques.

  • May inventory fuel beds, prepare associated reports, perform hazard fuel reduction projects, monitor burning conditions, pile vegetation debris and act in assigned positions such as ignition or holding specialist or other designated positions during actual fuel reduction efforts by prescribed fire.

  • Performs project work such as road and trail maintenance, habitat manipulation, and miscellaneous equipment and facilities maintenance.

Travel Required
  • 25% or Greater
  • Work may require travel by a light fixed-wing or rotor-wing aircraft.
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • TRAVEL AND RELOCATION EXPENSES WILL BE AUTHORIZED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE FEDERAL TRAVEL REGULATIONS, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF REAL ESTATE EXPENSES UNDER THE CONTRACTOR-PROVIDED HOME SALE CONTRACT.

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 TRIAL/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, Senior Wildland Firefighter).

GS-5: 1 year of creditable specialized wildland fire management experience equivalent to the GS-4 grade level OR 4 years of successfully completed education above the high school level leading to a bachelor's degree (a) with major study in forestry, range management, agriculture, or a subject-matter field directly related to the position, or (b) that included at least 24 semester hours in any combination of courses such as those shown below for GS-4. No more than 6 semester hours in mathematics is creditable.

GS-4: 6 months of general experience and 6 months of creditable specialized wildland fire management experience OR 2 years of successfully completed education above the high school level that included at least 12 semester hours in any combination of course such as forestry, agriculture, crop or plant science, range management or conservation, wildlife management, watershed management, soil science, natural resources (except marine fisheries and oceanography), outdoor recreation management, civil or forest engineering, or wildland fire science. No more than 3 semester hours in mathematics is creditable OR 4 seasons of specialized experience.

SEASONAL EXPERIENCE: A season of experience is considered to be a period of no less than 3 months of continuous employment on a seasonal basis. Shorter periods may be combined to make a season, provided a total of at least 3 months' experience is shown. For any period where the work exceeded 3 months, the excess work is credited towards an additional season of experience.

GENERAL EXPERIENCE: (1) Any type of work that demonstrates the applicant's ability to perform the work of the position, or (2) experience that provided a familiarity with the subject matter or processes of the broad subject area of the occupation. Specialized experience may be substituted for general experience.

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. Example of qualifying specialized experience include:

  • Forestry aide or technician work.

  • Engineering, range, or soil conservation technician work that involved the application of cultural, resource conservation, or land management practices on nonforest or ranch lands when combined with knowledge of forestry operations and equipment.

  • Farming or ranching work that involved application of cultural and soil and water conservation practices, including safety and use of equipment, and that provided a basic understanding of land use.

  • Forest or range 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 Senior Wildland Firefigher - 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 Qualification: Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1) or higher.

  • Required Training: S-290, "Intermediate Fire Behavior" Training.

  • Prior Wildland Firefighting Experience: Applicants must have prior firefighting experience as gained by substantial service in a primary firefighter (wildland fire) position or equivalent experience outside the Federal government. Wildland firefighting experience is defined as on-the-line wildland firefighting experience gained through containment, control, suppression, or use of wildland fire. Wildland fire is defined as any non-structure fire that occurs in the wildland. The three distinct types of wildland fire are wildfire, wildland fire use, and prescribed fire (includes only fireline experience on a prescribed fire and does not include experience in the planning stages).

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 Incidient 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.

SPECIAL RETIREMENT COVERAGE AND MAXIMUM ENTRY AGE (Selective Factor): This is a primary fire position under the special retirement provisions of 5 U.S.C. 8336(c)(CSRS) and 5 U.S.C. 8412(d)(FERS). The date immediately prior to reaching an individual's 37th birthday is the maximum entry age (MEA) at which an applicant can be initially appointed into a primary firefighter position. Applicants initially appointed to a primary position MUST NOT have reached their 37th birthday. Applicants over the MEA of 37 MUST have enough prior covered service under the Firefighter Special Retirement benefit in order to be eligible for re-entry into a primary firefighter position.

Temporary primary/rigorous service will only be credited if performed prior to January 1, 1989 (temporary service performed beginning 1/1/89 or later is not creditable for retirement). Applicants who are entitled to veteran's preference are eligible to request a waiver to the MEA requirement. In instances where the MEA is waived, the corresponding mandatory retirement age for these individuals will also be higher because it will be reached after 20 years of coverage under special retirement provisions for the entitlement to an immediate enhanced annuity. Applicants are responsible for submitting all supporting documentation prior to the closing date of a vacancy for an MEA determination. Acceptable forms of documentation consist of a DD-214 or SF-50's showing beginning and ending dates of covered/creditable appointments and copies of agency approved certification letters based upon individual claims for coverage. Failure to provide this documentation with you application will result in the loss of eligibility to receive a waiver of the maximum entry age requirement.

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.

CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT: This is a permanent (full-time) seasonal position. Incumbent will be full-time and subject to an established tour of duty of 40 hours per week when actually employed. Services will not be required at certain times due to lack of work, lack of funds, weather conditions, ceiling limitations, or other circumstances and incumbent will be placed in a non-work, non-pay status. As designated during the year, furlough period will be a minimum of two (2) and a maximum of twenty-six (26) weeks.

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.

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

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/472306400. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Salary Range: $29,356.00 to $42,702.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0462-04/05

Promotion Potential: 5

Supervisory Status: No

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

Control Number: 472306400

Job Announcement Number: AB-17-75