Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs LEAD FORESTRY TECHNICIAN (FIRE), GS-0462-5/6 in Zuni, New Mexico

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

Opened Tuesday 10/18/2016 (4 day(s) ago)

** Closes Tuesday 10/25/2016 (3 day(s) away)

Job Overview

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.

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 an 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**

Vacancy ID: 1827409


GS-0462-5/6, Posn. #4400147,

Southwest Region,

Zuni Agency,

Branch of Forestry,

Zuni, New Mexico

GS-6: $36,025 - $46,831 Per Annum

GS-5: $32,318 - $42,012 Per Annum


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:

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.


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.


  • These crews perform work directly related to wildland fire suppression and control activities including suppression, preparedness, prevention, monitoring, hazardous fuels reduction, and prescribed burning.

  • Leads personnel in mechanical fuels reduction treatment activities using chainsaws.

  • Serves as a lead wildland firefighter on a handcrew.

  • Performs initial attack fire suppression activities, locates fireline, directs and participates in fireline construction, backfiring and burnout operations.

  • Performs as a qualified chainsaw operator and chainsaw maintenance.

  • Serves as a lead wildland firefighter on a prescribed fire crew.

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

  • Monitors fire behavior, fire effects, and fire weather on prescribed fires and wildland fire use. .

  • Use specialized firing equipment (e.g. fusees, drip torches, flares, and terra torch).

  • Serve as a lead wildland firefighter on a wildland fire engine.

  • Drives and operates a wildland fire engine, positioning the engine for proper use and operation.

  • Performs and directs 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.

  • Ensures the engine is kept in a full state of readiness for emergency fire dispatch.

  • Serves as a lead wildland firefighter on a helitack crew.

  • Leads the fire suppression efforts of the helicopter module.

  • Directs the loading of helicopter personnel and cargo considering weight and balance, securing cargo, etc.

  • Inventories and inspects helicopter accessories, fire tools, and equipment.

  • Serves as Helispot and Dipsite Manager on incidents requiring the establishment of these sites.

  • Certified in the use of long line external loads and the operation and maintenance of accessory equipment.

Leader Duties:

  • Instructs crew members in specific tasks and techniques.

  • Conducts on-the-job training.

  • Distributes and controls work assignments among employees.

  • Assures timely accomplishments.

  • Ensures that the work is carried out safely.

  • Reports on performance problems and issues.

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel for work assignments and/or training
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.

EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: (OPM Operating Manual, Qualification Standards for Technical and Medical Support Positions, GS-0462, and Individual Occupational Requirements for Forestry Technician Series, GS-0462; and Interagency Fire Program Management Qualifications Standards and Guide for Senior Firefighter).

GS-6: 1 year of specialized wildland fire management experience equivalent to at least the GS-5 grade level in the Federal service in forestry aid 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; or forest or range fire control, prevention, or suppression work.

GS-5:1 year of specialized wildland fire management experience equivalent to at least the GS-4 level in the Federal service which involved work in forest or range fire control, prevention, or suppression work and provided the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to successfully perform the functions of this position -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: Applicants must have a minimum of one year of creditable specialized wildland fire management experience equivalent to the next lower grade level.

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.

SELECTIVE FACTOR: 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"

  • Selectees for IFPM requiring currency will be required to obtain and maintain currency for the NWCG qualifications listed above.

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. 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 you application will result in the loss of eligibility to receive a waiver of the maximum entry age requirement.

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.

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, as an incidental duty, 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: Involves 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.

Duties include demands for strenuous activities in emergencies under adverse environmental conditions and over extended periods of time. Operation of some specialized fire equipment can place extended physical stress on incumbent during fire activities.

LIVING AND WORKING CONDITIONS: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 under 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.

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.


The Bureau of Indian Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:

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

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.

Salary Range: $32,318.00 to $46,831.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0462-05/06

Promotion Potential: 06

Supervisory Status: No


Control Number: 453699600

Job Announcement Number: CRPA 27/17