Range/Forestry Technician (Fire), Senior Wildland Firefighter
About the Job
* Duties Help ## Duties ### Summary **Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource.**For additional information about the BLM, please visit our website. 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 www.ifpm.nifc.gov. This vacancy announcement may be used to fill one or more positions in any of the following locations: **WEST DESERT DISTRICT:** Grantsville(Muskrat) Vernon Eureka(Little Sahara) Fillmore **COLOR COUNTRY DISTRICT:** Richfield Cedar City St. George Kanab **CANYON COUNTRY DISTRICT:****Price Moab Monticello **GREEN RIVER DISTRICT:** Vernal Please click on each location name to learn more about the surrounding area. This is an open continuous announcement for a Supervisory Range Technician (Fire)/Supervisory Wildland Firefighter within Utah. Open continuous announcements collect applications over the course of several months, and have multiple cut-off dates. Recruitment efforts will continue through the closing date to fill positions as they become vacant. Certificates will only be issued to the selecting officals as the need (vacancies) is identified. Applicant referrals to selecting officials will be made from among the best qualified candidates. The best qualified candidates will be determined based on the applicant pool available at each cut-off date. The first cut-off date will be **December 3****1, 2017.**All required documentation must be received by **11:59 P.M. Eastern time of each cut-off date to be considered for referral**. Applicants who apply prior to December 31, 2017 will receive first consideration. Cut-off dates will be: * **December 31, 2017** * **January 31, 2018** * **February 28, 2018** * **March 31, 2018** * **April 30, 2018** You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement. Learn more about this agency ### Responsibilities * Serves as a senior wildland firefighter on a handcrew, prescribed fire crew, wildland fire engine, or helitack crew, performing wildland firefighting work and leading crews performing such work, i.e., wildland fire suppression and control activities including preparedness, prevention, monitoring, hazardous fuels reduction, and prescribed burning. * Gathers and considers information on weather data, topography, fuel types, and fire behavior during suppression of wildland fire incidents. * Drives and operates a wildland fire engine, positioning the engine for proper use and operation. * Performs specialized duties such as water handling specialist, fully qualified chainsaw operator, and/or responsible for maintenance of specialized equipment used to respond to wildland urban interface/intermix situations. * Conducts crew member assessments of skills and knowledge. ### Travel Required 50% or less - Frequent Travel will be required during peak fire activity. ##### Supervisory status No ##### Promotion Potential 05 ### Who May Apply #### This job is open to… * All U.S. Citizens – No previous Federal Service is required. Questions? This job is open to 1 group. * #### Job family (Series) 0455 Range Technician 0462 Forestry Technician * Requirements Help ## Requirements ### Conditions of Employment * U.S. Citizenship is required. * Be sure to 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. * Background Investigation Required. Passage of a pre-employment physical is required. You must also pass the work capacity test for arduous positions. Incumbent must meet specified levels on annual physical fitness tests, and pass periodic medical exams for wildland fire personnel, commensurate with current incident management qualifications. This position may require regular and recurring overtime and shift work during fire season. Government facilities are required to provide a smoke free environment for their employees. Smoking will be permitted only in designated areas. You must be 18 years of age or older to be assigned to a hazardous position. You must possess and maintain a valid automobile driver's license. 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. All applicants must be aware that Federal employees must obtain and maintain a favorable background investigation. A background investigation will be conducted by the employing office following acceptance of the position. Failure to obtain a favorable determination of the background investigation will result in the cancellation of the offer or will be grounds for termination. **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 heavy items. Work Environment:**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. ** **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. ### Qualifications **Specialized 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. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade of the position to be filled. **To qualify for the GS-04:**6 months of general work experience, which can be any work experience, AND 6 months of specialized work experience equivalent to the GS-03 is required. Examples of specialized work experience include on-the-line wildland fire experience in forest/range fire control, prevention or suppression work as a trainee wildland firefighter. **To qualify for the GS-05:**1 year (12 months) of creditable specialized experience equivalent to the GS-04 is required. Examples include on-the-line wildland fire experience in forest/range fire control, prevention or suppression work as a skilled wildland firefighter, utilizing a variety of specialized wildland fire tools and equipment. 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. **Substitution of Education for Experience****:** **For the GS-04**: Successful completion of 2-year (60 semester hours) course of study above high school that included at least 12 semester hours in any combination of courses such as foresty, agriculture, crop or plant science, range managagement 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 creditabe. **For the GS-05**: Successful completion of 4-year (120 semester hours) of study leading to a bachelor's degree (a) with major study in foresty, 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 show above. No more than 6 semester hours in mathematics is creditable. 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. **Selective Placement Factor(s)****:This position requires a special qualification that has 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 factor(s) will be rated not qualified. **Selective Placement Factor #1**:This position is a Primary Firefighter position and is subject to a maximum entry age (MEA). The MEA is the date immediately preceding your 37th birthday. Applicants must not have reached age 37 at the time of appointment, unless proof is provided of prior Federal service in another primary covered position, or you are a preference eligible veteran. **Selective Placement Factor (s) #2:**To meet IFPM requirements for this position, you 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 (currency not required): A) Firefighter, Type 1 (**FFT1**), **AND**; B) Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior (**S-290**). You must meet all IFPM qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement. ### Education ### Additional information 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. This is a seasonal appointment; you will be in a pay status for at least 6 months, but less than 12 months a year. When work or funds are not available you will be placed in non-pay status. May require completion of a one 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. Reemployment Priority List (RPL): The RPL is the mechanism agencies use to give reemployment consideration to their former competitive service employees separated by a RIF or who have fully recovered from a compensable injury after more than one year. If you are currently on a Reemployment Priority List, you may be given priority consideration. The Bureau of Land Management has determined that the duties of this position are not suitable for telework. This is a primary firefighter position under the special retirement provisions of 5 U.S.C. 8336(c) (CSRS) and 5 U.S.C. 8412(d) (FERS). The position is subject to maximum entry age (MEA) requirements. The MEA for this position shall not exceed age 37; unless you have sufficient prior Federal civilian firefighter experience or you are a preference eligible veteran. If you are a preference eligible veteran, you may be eligible for this position after your 37th birthday. You must supply a copy of your Defense Department Form 214 (DD-214) along with Standard Form 15 (if applicable) and any associated documentation in accordance with the instructions in this vacancy announcement. Failure to provide this documentation with your application will result in loss of eligibility to receive a waiver of the maximum entry age requirement. If over the MEA and you are not a Veteran, proof of prior covered service must be submitted prior to employment. Acceptable proof consists of SF-50s showing beginning and ending dates of covered/creditable appointments and copies of approved letters based on individual claims. Read more ### 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 required to do the work of this position. **KSA 1:** Knowledge of strategies, tactics and suppression methods used in containment and control of wildfires. **KSA 2:** Knowledge of operations and maintenance of specialized equipment. **KSA 3:**Knowledge of fire behavior. **To preview questions please click here.** Read more ### Background checks and security clearance ##### Security clearance Not Applicable * Required Documents Help ## Required Documents **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 that include hours and grades from an accredited U.S. college/university. If your degree is from a Foreign Institution see, Foreign Education. ALL SELECTIONS AND TENTATIVE OFFERS ARE CONTINGENT UPON SUBMISSION AND VERIFICATION OF “OFFICIAL” TRANSCRIPTS. * 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. * 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 more information on which type of preference is applicable please refer to the VetGuide. *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 a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation. * Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) eligibles: 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. **Submitting Required Documents:**You may submit your documents either via Auto-Requested Fax or by uploading your documents from your USAJOBS Profile. **Please note that documents selected to transfer from your USAJOBS profile are NOT automatically added to your application. You need to transfer your document(s) in the Document step during the application process.** 1. 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. 2. Uploading Documents: instead of faxing your documents you may use the uploading procedures thru Applicant Manager. **Do not use both options**. 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**of each cut-off date and on the final 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. * Benefits Help ## Benefits 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. Review our 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 Help ## 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, and; 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** of each cut-off date and also the final closing date of this announcement. If you need assistance in applying on-line, please contact the Human Resources Office at email@example.com. 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. Read more ### Agency contact information ### Human Resources Office ##### Phone 208-387-5523 ##### Fax 000-000-0000 ##### Email firstname.lastname@example.org ##### Address Bureau of Land Management BLM, NOC, Denver Federal Center, Building 50 Denver, Colorado United States Learn more about this agency ### Next steps You will be notified of the status of your application as the qualification review process is conducted. You may also check the status of your application by viewing your MY USAJOBs account. Read more * Fair & Transparent ## Fair & Transparent The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. 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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. Read more #### Legal and regulatory guidance * Financial suitability * 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/486870100. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered. *Open & closing dates:* 12/15/2017 to 04/30/2018 *Salary:* $29,356 to $42,702 per year *Pay scale & grade:* GS 04 - 05 *Work schedule:* Full-Time - Full-time. *Appointment type:* Permanent - This is a permanent seasonal position.