Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs FORESTRY TECHNICIAN (FIRE) - (Senior Wildland Firefighter/Helicopter Crew Member) in Towaoc, Colorado
This position is being advertised concurrently with Announcement Number ST-10160600-18-DB which is open to status candidates and other eligibles and applies Merit Promotion procedures. Status applicants who wish to be considered under both Merit Promotion and Competitive Examining procedures must apply directly to each announcement.
Preference in filling vacancies is given to qualified Indian candidates in accordance with the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934 (Title 25, USC, Section 472). Verification Form BIA-4432 must be submitted with the application if claiming Indian Preference. Indian Preference eligibles not currently employed in Federal service may be appointed under the Excepted Service Appointment Authority Schedule A, 213.3112(a)(7). Consideration will be given to Non-Indian applicants in the absence of qualified Indian Preference eligibles. For more information about Indian preference or to obtain BIA Form 4432 application instructions, please see https://www.bia.gov/jobs.
This position is located with Bureau of Indian Affairs, Southwest Region in Towaoc, Colorado. Division of Forestry and Wildland Fire Mangement, Helitack
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 Fire Helicopter 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/.
NOTE: THIS IS A TEMPORARY POSITION NOT-TO-EXCEED 6 MONTHS (1039 HOURS). THE PAY FLEXIBILITY OF THE RECRUITMENT BONUS MAY BE AUTHORIZED BY THE MANAGER. THIS IS AN ARDUOUS POSITION AND IS SUBJECT TO DRUG TESTING, MEDICAL EXAMINATION, PHYSICAL FITNESS TESTING AND FAVORABLE RESULTS OF A COMPLETED BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION. GOVERNMENT HOUSING IS NOT AVAILABLE.
All new hires earn the beginning salary of their pay grade (Step 1). See 2018 pay charts here https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/salaries-wages/2018/general-schedule/ , select the duty station from the Towaoc, Colorado and find that pay chart. If no specific chart is listed for this geographic location, see the "rest of U.S." chart.
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- Wildland fire related duties involve fire prevention, patrol, detection or prescribed burning. Serves as a Senior Wildland Firefigther on a handcrew or prescribed fire crew
- Performs as a qualified chainsaw operator and chainsaw repair technician. Performs all aspects of wildland and prescribed fire operations including preparing, ignition, monitoring, holding and mop-up.
- Serves as a senior wildland firefighter on a wildland fire engine.
- Performs and may direct others in starting pump engine, priming pump, adjusting engine speed and pump valves, laying hose, and using appropriate nozzles and nozzle adjustment in effective use of water and additives.
- Serves as senior wildland firefighter on a helitack crew.
- Loads helicopter personnel and cargo considering methods, weight distribution, necessity for security total weight, etc. and completes manifest of personnel and equipment being transported to the fire or other work site.
- Gathers information on weather data, topography, fuel types, and fire behavior in responding to wildland fire incidents. Responsible for operation and maintenance of specialized equipment used to respond to wildland and prescribed fire situations.
- Participates in wildland fire and safety training in the techniques, practices, and methods of fire suppression. Ensures own and other's welfare in all aspect of the assignment.
Occasional travel - Travel required for work assignments and/or training and may require travel by light fixed-wing or rotor-wing aircraft.
- #### Job family (Series)
0462 Forestry Technician
- Conservation Technicians
- Forest And Conservation Technicians
- Forest Technicians
- Soil Conservation Technicians
- Technicians, Conservation
Conditions of Employment
- U.S. Citizenship Required
- Indian Preference applies
- You will be required to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit.
- You may be required to successfully complete a probationary/trial period.
- 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.
- If you are a male applicant born after 12/31/1959 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.
- This position is subject to both pre-employment and random drug testing as a condition of employment. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test is received.
- Incumbent is required to operate a government motor vehicle, must possess a valid driver's license, and have a safe driving record within the 3 year period immediately preceding submittal of GSA Form 3607.
- A medical exam will be required for newly hired personnel in permanent positions that require arduous duty in accordance with the Department of the Interior (DOI) Medical Standards Program (MSP).
- PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Arduous - Duties involve rigorous fieldwork requiring above average physical performance, endurance and superior conditioning.
- WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work is primarily performed in forest and desert environments. Personnel must adjust and cope with exposure to weather elements, dust and smoke, poor sleeping and eating conditions under unpredictable sets of circumstances.
EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: (OPM Operating Manual, Qualification Standards for Technical and Medical Support Positions and Individual Occupational Requirements for Forestry Technician Series, GS-0462; Interagency Fire Program Management Qualifications Standards and Guide; and BIA Blue Book Requirements).
GS-5: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-4 grade level duties. Examples of specialized experience include but are not limited to work in forest or range fire control, prevention, or suppression work as a skilled wildland firefighter utilizing a variety of specialized wildland fire tools and equipment. -OR- successful completion of a full 4-year course of study 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 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 6 semester hours in mathematics is creditable.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Specialized experience is that experience which has provided the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to successfully function in the wildland fire management position applied for. Specialized experience is obtained by meeting the NWCG qualifications below.
SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTORS: 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: Firefighter, Type 1 (FFT1) Additional Required Training: S-290, "Intermediate Fire Behavior" BIA Blue Book Requirement: Helicopter Crewmember (HECM)
Selectees for IFPM requiring currency will be required to obtain and maintain currency for the NWCG qualifications listed above.
All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
If you are qualifying based on your education, you MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Unless otherwise stated: (1) official or unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course. All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.
If more than 10 percent of your undergraduate course work (credit hours) were taken on a pass/fail basis, your claim of superior academic achievement must be based upon class standing or membership in an honor society.
One academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credits hours 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) should be considered as satisfying the requirement for one year of full-time graduate study.
If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education which shows the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit.http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.
TELEWORK: Indian Affairs has determined that the duties of the position are not suitable for telework under any circumstances.
Career Transition Assistance Programs: These programs apply to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: (1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; (2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 80 or above; and, (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility. For more information visit: http://www.opm.gov/rif/employeeguides/careertransition.asp .
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.
If you are unable to apply online, require reasonable accommodation in the application process if you are an applicant with a disability, or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Your resume will be evaluated after the closing date to determine whether you meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position described above. Qualified candidates will then be further evaluated to assess the quality, depth, and complexity of your accomplishments, experience, and education in relation to the competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities required for the position as demonstrated by your responses to the assessment questions. Competencies measured include:
- Flight Systems
- Safety Engineering
- Technical Competence
We will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses on the assessment questionnaire. If your responses to the assessment questions cannot be supported by your resume, your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your experience. Qualified applicants will be evaluated, rated and referred to the selecting official under category rating procedures, and placed in one of the following categories:
BEST QUALIFIED: Applicants possess all of the job related competencies identified above.
WELL QUALIFIED: Applicants possess a majority of the job related competencies.
QUALIFIED: Applicants meet the basic eligibility and minimum qualification requirements but do not meet the definition of Best Qualified or Well Qualified.
Qualified Indian preference candidates will be referred to the hiring manager in order of veterans' preference.
You may preview the assessment questions here in the https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10161156. Additional selections may be made from this announcement if identical vacancies occur within 90 days from the closing date.
Background checks and security clearance
Q - Nonsensitive
- Required Documents
The following documents are required for this position:
- Resume which details work experience including dates worked (mm/yy-mm/yy), position title, Grade (if federal service), and hours worked per week.
- On-line Assessment Questionnaire
- Transcripts (if using education to qualify) - Unofficial transcripts are acceptable; however, an official transcript may be requested at a later time.
- BIA Form 4432 (if claiming Indian preference)
- Veteran's documentation -
- For 5-point veterans' preference, please provide your DD-214, Copy 4 that MUST show an Honorable Discharge (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., copy of military orders, campaign documents as or expeditionary award citation, etc.) proving your military service was performed under honorable conditions.
- For 10-point veterans' preference, you must submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference and the supporting documentation required by that form.
- If you are a disabled veteran you must submit a Veterans Affairs (VA) letter on VA letterhead that states your overall combined rating and a DD214 (copy 4) reflecting an honorable discharge.
- Incident Qualification and Certification System (IQCS) Master Record or other equivalent documentation which verifies you meet the required NWCG qualifications for this IFPM position. Failure to provide this documentation by the closing date of the announcement will result in you being rated as not qualified.
ALL DOCUMENTS MUST BE RECEIVED BY 9:59PM Mountain Time ON THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT. If your application package is incomplete in any way, you will not be considered for this position, and requests for extensions will not be granted. Please double check your application package before you submit it. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION WILL NOT BE SOLICITED FROM OR ACCEPTED BY 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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Agency contact information
(505) 563-5124 (5122)X5130
BIA Center for Recruitment Albuquerque BIA Center for Recruitment Albuquerque 1011 Indian School Road, NW Albuquerque, NM US
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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/493591800. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
Open & closing dates: 03/09/2018 to 03/23/2018
Salary: $33,394 to $43,414 per year
Pay scale & grade: GS 5
Work schedule: Full-Time
Appointment type: Temporary - NTE 6 months