Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs FORESTRY AID/TECHNICIAN (FIRE), GS-0462-3/4 in Shiprock, New Mexico

Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Shiprock, NM
Work Schedule is Full Time - Seasonal

Opened Monday 10/17/2016 (129 day(s) ago)

** Closes Saturday 9/30/2017 (219 day(s) away)

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.

NOTE: THIS ANNOUNCEMENT IS OPEN UNTIL FILLED. THE 1ST CUT-OFF DATE WILL BE NOVEMBER 18, 2016 AND THE 2ND CUT-OFF DATE WILL BE DECEMBER 19,2016. ADDITIONAL CUT-OFF DATES WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT MANAGEMENT'S DESCRETION. APPLICANTS WILL BE CONSIDERED ONLY ONCE AND MUST RE-APPLY IN ORDER TO BE RE-CONSIDERED BETEWEEN EACH CUT-OFF DATE.

Vacancy ID: 1827574

FORESTRY AID/TECHNICIAN (FIRE), GS-0462-3/4

Posn. #4430103, Navajo Region, Trust Services,

Branch of Wildland Fire and Aviation Management,

Engines, Gallup, New Mexico

(Duty Station: Shiprock, New Mexico)

GS-4: $28,886 - $37,551 Per Annum

GS-3: $25,731 - $33,450 Per Annum

NOTE: THIS IS A PERMANENT, FULL-TIME SEASONAL POSITION AND IS SUBJECT TO PLACEMENT IN NON-PAY STATUS WHEN SERVICES ARE NOT NEEDED DUE TO LACK OF WORK, FUNDS, OR UNFORESEEN CIRCUMSTANCES. 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 IS AN ARDUOUS POSITION AND IS SUBJECT TO DRUG TESTING, MEDICAL EXAMINATION, PHYSICAL FITNESS TESTING, AND FAVORABLE RESULTS OF A COMPLETED BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION. THIS POSITION IS ALSO BEING ADVERTISED UNDER COMPETITIVE ANNOUNCEMENT NUMBER CRPA-D1710. APPLICANTS WHO WISH TO BE CONSIDERED UNDER BOTH MERIT PROMOTION AND COMPETITIVE PROCEDURES MUST SUBMIT A SEPARATE APPLICATION FOR EACH ANNOUNCEMENT. GOVERNMENT HOUSING IS NOT AVAILABLE.**

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 may 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

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.

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:

  • Perform Wildland fire related duties involve fire prevention, patrol, detection or prescribed burning.

  • Serve as a skilled crewmember on an engine, helitack or hand crew.

  • As an assistant on a wildland fire engine, works as a trainee engine operator driving the engine, operating the pump and making hose layouts under the direction of the engine foreman.

  • Utilizes a variety of specialized tools, equipment and techniques while actively suppressing wildfires, such as a Pulaski, shovel, McLeod, ax and chainsaw to control the spread of wildfire.

  • Provides assistance on a wildland fire engine, operating the pump and making hose lays under direction.

  • As a helitack crewmember, loads helicopters determines weight calculations, competes crew manifests and may rappel from a hovering helicopter near ground level in remote area to construct helistops or to attack small fires, hotspots and spot fires.

  • Performs basic fireline activities such as line construction, hose layout, operations of pumps and accessories, lopping and scattering of fuels using hand tools and holding, patrolling, monitoring, and mop-up operations. Moves dirt, chops brush, small trees, etc. to construct fire line. Is responsible for observing the rules of wildland firefighting safety. Applies practices and techniques to minimize resource damage.

  • Independently carries out specialized assignments such as tree falling, backfire and burnout, mobile and stationary engine attack, construction of helispots specialized helitack operations and hover hookups.

  • Serve on an organized crew during prescribed burns, monitoring and controlling the fire and collecting data on fire weather and fire behavior.

  • Performs project work such as fuel inventory and hazard fuel reduction projects.

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel required for work assignments and/or training and may require travel by light fixed-wing or rotor-wing aircraft.
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • U.S. Citizenship is Required.
  • Selectee is subject to a background security investigation.
  • Appointment may include a requirement for one year probationary period.
  • Applications will only be accepted online or by Fax to 1-478-757-3144.
Qualifications

EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: (OPM Operating Manual, Qualification Standards for Technical and Medical Support Positions, GS-0462, and Individual Occupational Requirements for GS-0462: Forestry Technician Series).

GS-3:6 months of general experience OR 1 year above high school with courses related to the occupation that included at least 6 semester hours in a combination of courses such as range management or conservation, agriculture, forestry, wildlife management, engineering, biology, mathematics, or other natural or physical sciences OR 2 seasons of experience.**

GS-4: 6 months of general experience and 6 months of specialized 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.

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.

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.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) to perform successfully the duties of the position, and is typically in or related to the position to be filled. Examples of qualifying specialized experience:

  • 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.

CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT: 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).

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

FIREFIGHTER RETIREMENT COVERAGE AND MAXIMUM ENTRY AGE LIMIT:This position is covered as a primary firefighter position under the special retirement provisions of U.S.C. 8336(c) (CSRS) and 5 U.S.C. 8412(d) (FERS) subject to maximum entry age and mandatory retirement at age 57, or anytime after 57, upon reaching 20 years of covered service. Applicants for this position must not have reached their 37th birthday upon appointment to this position; an exception is allowed if there is prior federal service in a covered firefighter position. Also, 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 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.

OTHER:Incumbent is 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. May require the incumbent to obtain and maintain a Commercial Driver's License (CDL) to operate motor vehicles.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Arduous: Duties involve 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. Duties include demands for strenuous activities in emergencies under adverse environmental conditions and over extended periods of time.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:The work is primarily performed in forest and desert environments in steep terrain where surfaces may be extremely uneven, rocky, covered with thick tangled vegetation, smoky conditions, etc. 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 weather elements, dust and smoke, poor sleeping and eating conditions and unpredictable sets of circumstances.

TELEWORK: The Bureau of Indian Affairs has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework only in an emergency or natural disaster.

Security Clearance

Q - Nonsensitive

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.

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

Salary Range: $25,731.00 to $37,551.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0462-03/04

Promotion Potential: 4

Supervisory Status: No

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

Control Number: 453634200

Job Announcement Number: CRPA 25/17