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Supvy Range Technician (Supvy Wildland Firefighter)

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Department Of The Interior
All U.S. Citizens - No previous Federal Service is required. This is a permanent career seasonal position in the competitive service. 1 vacancy available. BLM is seeking dynamic an energetic individual to join the team to serve as a Supervisory Range Technician (Engine Captain). The primary purpose of this rigorous position is to perform wildland firefighting suppression and control work and to supervise crews performing such work. This position is located in Lewistown, Montana, more information about the Lewistown area can be found at .
Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource. The BLM manages more land - approximately 253 million acres - than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estates throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. For additional information about the BLM, please visit our website.
This position is also being advertised under vacancy announcement MT Merit-2015-0017. Only one person will be selected from these announcements. U.S. Citizenship is required. Security Clearance/Background Investigation is required. 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. The incumbent is responsible for performing a variety of duties including, but not limited to the following:
Directing the operation of a wildland fire engine, ensuring proper use and operation.
Performing personally and directing 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.
Being responsible for maintenance of equipment used to respond to wildland urban interface/intermix situations.
Ensuring the engine is kept in a full state of readiness for emergency fire dispatch.
Providing technical and administrative supervision to wildland fire engine crews.
Implementing formal and informal training programs to comply with policy and regulations.
Participating in wildland fire and safety training in the techniques, practices, and methods of fire suppression and in the safe, efficient operation and use of tools, equipment, and vehicles used in fire suppression activities, with emphasis on those used for the particular function assigned.
Physical Demands and Work Environment: Duties involve rigorous field work requiring above average physical performance, endurance and superior condition. Work requires prolonged standing, walking over uneven ground, and recurring bending, reaching, lifting and carrying of items weighing over 50 pounds. The work is primarily performed in forest and range environments in steep terrain where surfaces may be extremely uneven, rocky, covered with thick tangled vegetation, smoky conditions, etc. Temperatures commonly exceed 100 degrees F and fall below freezing. Risks include smoke inhalation, fire entrapment, snake or insect bites/stings, exposure to excessive machinery noise, and falling and rolling material. 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.).
You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement. 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, your application will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Highly 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:
Knowledge of firefighting strategies, tactics, and suppression methods used in containment and control of wildfires and wildland fires.
Knowledge of fire behavior including causes of wildland fire, influence of temperature, humidity, wind, topography, slope and fuel moisture conditions, and fuels.
Knowledge of accepted fire safety practices and procedures to prevent injury and loss of life.
Skill in use of hand tools such as Pulaskis , shovel, McLeod; and power tools including chainsaw, portable pumps to build fireline, control wildland fire, and to perform other non-fire related duties.
On-line Questionnaire: Please make sure that your responses to the on-line questionnaire are supported in your resume.
To preview questions please click here. Selective Placement Factors: This position requires special qualifications that have been determined to be essential to perform the duties and will be used as screen out elements. Those who do not provide evidence they possess the following selective factor(s) will be rated not qualified: Selectee must have or be able to obtain a state commercial driving license. Wildland Firefighting Experience Requirement:
This position requires previous wildland firefighting experience (at least 90 days). Wildland firefighting experience is defined as experience gained through work on the fire line in containment, control, or suppression of wildland fire. Experience may be related to wildfires, wildland fire use, or fire line experience on a prescribed fire (this does not include experience in the planning stages).
NWCG Incident Management Qualifications - currency is not required; however, applicants must have held full qualification(s)/currency at some point in their career. If not fully qualified, the incumbent will be required to re-gain and maintain currency in the following: - Single Resource Engine Boss (ENGB) AND Incident Commander Type 4 (ICT4).
In addition to the selective placement factors above:
For GS-06: One year of specialized wildland fire experience equivalent to the GS-05 level in the Federal service. 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 specialized wildland fire tools and equipment, at this level the employee is given general explanation and advice of what is to be done from a higher graded employee - OR - One half year (9 semester hours) of graduate education DIRECTLY related to the work of the position.
For GS-07: One year of specialized wildland fire experience equivalent to the GS-06 level in the Federal service. Examples include on-the-line wildland fire experience in forest/range fire control, prevention or suppression work as a skilled lead wildland firefighter, utilizing a wide variety specialized wildland fire tools and equipment, at this level employee has a general discussion of what is to be done with a higher graded employee - OR - One year (18 semester hours) of graduate level education DIRECTLY related to the work of the position. Equivalent combinations of post-high school education and specialized experience may be used to meet total qualification requirements.
Specialized Experience: Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade of the position to be filled. See examples above. THIS IS AN ONLINE APPLICATION PROCESS THROUGH USAJOBS. If you need assistance in applying online, please call or email the contact listed on this vacancy. 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. PLEASE NOTE: If you have access to a public library, State Job Service Office, etc., you must use these resources to apply online.
You must follow the steps described below to complete the application process:
1) YOU MUST CREATE A PROFILE in USAJOBS under My Account. If you already have a registered profile in USAJOBS you do not need to register again. Your profile must contain a current resume for submission. In order to receive proper consideration, your resume should include the following information: - Personal contact information - Work experience (paid or unpaid) including - starting and ending dates (month and year), employer's name and address, job title (include job series and grade if Federal), duties and accomplishments, supervisor's name and telephone number, indicate if supervisor may be contacted, hours per week, and salary. - Education and job-related training including - school name, type and year of degrees/diploma received, credits earned and majors; title of training course and year of completion. - References - personal and professional - Additional information - skills (languages, tools, machinery, typing speed, etc.), certificates or licenses (current only), and/or honors, awards, and special accomplishments (recognition, professional memberships, publications, leadership activities, etc.). Insufficient information could result in an ineligible rating. The USAJOBS Resume Builder was designed to ensure that your resume includes the standard information needed. The Resume Builder is an available tool when you login to your USAJOBS account.
2) COMPLETE THE ONLINE APPLICATION , including responses to all application questions, by clicking on the " APPLY ONLINE " button that appears on this announcement.
3) SUBMIT SUPPLEMENTAL DOCUMENTATION , as applicable. See "Required Documents" section below. It is your responsibility to ensure that a complete application (including a resume, on-line questionnaire, and applicable supplemental documentation) is received before by 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the closing date of the vacancy announcement. NOTE: Technical problems may take at least 1 business day to resolve; therefore, you are highly encouraged to complete the application process prior to the closing date.
All applicable supplemental documentation must be uploaded or faxed (with generated fax cover sheets) to , and received before by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date of this announcement. See important information regarding uploading and faxing supplemental documentation below. THE FOLLOWING SUPPLEMENTAL DOCUMENTATION MUST BE RECEIVED, AS APPLICABLE:
1) IQCS Master Record: You MUST submit a copy of your IQCS master record/Red Card qualifications. Note: IQCS master record/Red Card documentation must be submitted to each announcement as applicable.
2) College Transcripts: If you believe you qualify based on your education, or a combination of education and experience, you must submit a copy of all college transcripts (undergraduate/graduate) or a list of college courses that include hours and grades from an accredited U.S. college/university. If your degree is from a Foreign Institution see Foreign Education requirements. Note: Transcripts must be submitted to each announcement as applicable.
3) Veterans Preference Documentation : 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. Missing documentation may result a change or removal of your claim for Veteran's preference. If you are claiming preference as a TP Veteran your profile must contain a copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release, or Discharge from active military service. If you are claiming preference as a CP, CPS, or XP, your profile must contain a Standard Form (SF-15), Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, with all applicable supporting documentation as instructed in the SF-15. If you are claiming preference based on sole survivorship (SSP), provide the documentation you received granting this preference. More information regarding Veteran's preference click here .
4) CTAP/ICTAP Documentation: If you are a CTAP or ICTAP Eligible applicant: Provide 1) a copy of your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location; and, 2) proof of eligibility. It must be indicated in your application that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible. Note: CTAP/ICTAP documents must be submitted to each announcement as applicable. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles are Federal employees that have been or are likely to be separated from Federal employment by a Reduction in Force (RIF). Current or former Federal employees eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must fall within the Well Qualified or Best Qualified categories on the rating criteria for this position. For CTAP and ICTAP, well-qualified means that the applicant meets the qualification standard and eligibility requirements for the position, meets minimum educational and experience requirements, meets all selective factors, where applicable, and is able to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position upon entry. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at CTAP or ICTAP.
Uploading and Faxing Supplemental Documentation: You may submit your documents either via Auto-Requested Fax or by uploading your documents from your USAJOBS Profile. 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. Each document type must use the appropriate generated fax coversheet and be faxed in a separate transmission. Uploading Documents: instead of faxing your documents you may use the uploading procedures thru Applicant Manager (3MB is the maximum size allowed for a document). Do not use both options, only one document can be saved in each section, and only the latest document will be maintained in the system. 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, on the closing date of this announcement.
Checking Application Status and Materials: Hint: Do this before the announcement closes. After you have completed your application, to check the status of your application materials log in to your USAJOBS account, select the "Application Status" section, check under the "Status" for this vacancy, once your resume and on-line questionnaire have been received it will state "Received." Any other application status may indicate that you did not complete the application process and/or your application has not been submitted. Please note: A status of "Received" reflects that your resume and on-line questionnaire have been received; applicable supplemental documentation may still need to be submitted (see required documents above). You will receive notification via email, generally within 2 weeks of the closing date of the announcement, as to whether or not your name was referred to the selecting official. To explore the benefits typically offered to most federal employees in permanent positions, visit the Office of Personnel Management's website at the above link.
BLM may use certain incentives, currently offered by the Federal government, to attract high quality applicants. The incentives that may be offered include Student Loan Repayments, Relocation Incentives and/or Recruitment Incentives.
Appointment is subject to meeting one-year probationary requirements.
Supervisory Probationary Period: If you are selected for this position, you will be required to serve a one year supervisory probationary period, if one has not previously been completed.
RELOCATION EXPENSES:__Travel, transportation 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.
This is a LONG-TERM CAREER SEASONAL position (6 to 11 1/2 months). It is expected that the incumbent will work at least 6 months per year, but not more than 11 1/2 months. When work or funds are not available you will be placed in non-pay status.
This position requires regular and recurring overtime and shift work.
This position requires you to wear an officially-approved uniform while in a duty status.
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.
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 maximum entry-age 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.
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.
Position is subject to meeting pre-employment physical requirements.
FACT SHEET FOR FIRE POSITIONS:
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.
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