Range Technician - Fire

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Department Of The Interior
All U.S. Citizens No previous Federal Service is required. This is a career seasonal position (actively employed 6 - 11 months per year). Work Schedule is Full Time. Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource. If you like remote and rugged conditions, extended travel and overnight camping, then this position may be for you. BLM is seeking dynamic and energetic individuals to join the District's engine crew. For additional information about the BLM, please visit Our website. Information about Winnemucca and the surrounding area(s) can be found at Winnemucca Chamber of Commerce.
This announcement may be used to fill more than one position within the Winnemucca District, duty locations Winnemucca, Lovelock, McDermitt and Paradise Valley. U.S. Citizenship is required. Security Clearance/Background Investigation is required. Be sure to read the "How to Apply" & "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. Serves as a senior wildland firefighter on a wildland fire engine, performing wildland fire fighting work, i.e., wildland fire suppression and control activities including suppression, preparedness, prevention, monitoring, hazardous fuels reduction, and prescribed burning. Drives engine to fire locations; positions engine in appropriate locations in consideration of safety of crew and equipment, and how the equipment can best be used in control and mop-up operations. Personally 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. Passage of a pre-employment physical is required. You must also pass the work capacity test for an arduous position. The physical demands of this position are rigorous fieldwork requiring above average physical performance, endurance and superior conditioning. Work requires prolonged standings, walking over uneven ground, and recurring bending, reaching, lifting and carrying of items weighing over 50
pounds and shared lifting and carrying of heavier items, and similar strenuous activities requiring at least average agility and dexterity.
You must possess a valid automobile driver's license and it must be valid at all times during your appointment to this position. You will be required to provide proof of valid driver's license upon appointment.
In accordance with Executive Order 12564 and under the Department's Drug Free Workplace Program applicant(s) tentatively selected for this position must submit a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use and to pass the test prior to appointment. The position is subject to random testing for illegal drug use.
You may be required to obtain a commercial driver's license within 90 days of appointment. If an employee in this position uses their Commercials Driver's License (CDL) as part of this job, then this is also a Drug and Alcohol Testing Designated Position (TDP) under the Omnibus Transportation Employee Testing Act of 1991. If the person selected for the position does not currently occupy a CDL Drug and
Alcohol Testing Designated Position, they must submit to and receive a negative test result prior to appointment. A positive drug or alcohol test result may be grounds for denying final placement into this position. The Act also mandates that the incumbent is subject to random, reasonable suspicion, postaccident, return-to-duty, and follow-up drug and alcohol testing. 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. Interviews may be conducted for this position. The job specific questions relate to the following knowledge, skills and abilities required to do the work of this position.
KSA 1: Knowledge of fire behavior including causes of wildland fire, influence of temperature, humidity, wind, topography, slope and fuel moisture conditions, and fuels.
KSA 2: Knowledge of technical firefighting techniques, such as fire engine and pump operations, hose lays, handcrew operations and/or helicopter operations.
KSA 3: Knowledge of accepted fire safety practices and procedures.
KSA 4: Knowledge of tactical methods and techniques for use of water and additives in controlling and mopping up fires.
KSA 5: Skill in use and repair of hand tools, i.e., Pulaski, shovel, and McLeod, and power tools including chainsaw and portable pumps.
To preview questions please click here. These positions fall under the group coverage qualification standards for Technical and Medical positions in conjunction with the Individual Occupation Requirements for Range Technician.
You will need to clearly state your undergraduate/graduate degree(s) and submit your college transcripts or a listing of your college courses that includes hours and grades.
Qualification Requirement Using Specialized Experience or Education: In order to be rated as qualified using specialized experience, we must be able to determine that you meet the definition(s) below; 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 level of the position to be filled.
To qualify for GS-04: Six (6) months of general work experience and six (6) months of specialized experience equivalent to GS-03. Specialized experience is further defined as experience in range/forest fire control, prevention or suppression work as a trainee wildland firefighter; OR completion of two (2) years of academic study above high school that included at least 12.0 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 3 semester hours in mathematics is creditable.
To qualify at GS-05: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to GS-04. Specialized experience is further defined as experience in 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; OR completion of a full four (4) years of academic 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 24.0 semester hours in any combination of courses such as those described for GS-04 (refer to Range Technician Series). No more than 6.0 semester hours in mathematics is creditable.
Education and experience may be combined to meet the specialized experience requirement.
If you are a current career seasonal employee, your time spent in non-pay status is not creditable towards meeting the specialized experience requirement of 52 weeks or 1 year (whichever is first). Please include in your resume (on the first line of each job experience section), the dates you were placed in and out of pay status.
You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
Selective Placement Factors: These positions require special qualifications 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.
You must be 18 years of age or older to be assigned to a hazardous position.
You must possess a valid automobile driver's license.
These positions have been categorized as a Senior Firefighter, a key fire management position under the Interagency Fire Program Management (IFPM) Standard; the selectee must meet the minimum qualification standards for IFPM prior to being placed into the position. Detailed information regarding IFPM positions can be found at IFPM.
To meet IFPM requirements, 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:
1) Primary Core Requirement - Firefighter Type 1 (FFT1);
2) Additional required training - S-290 "Intermediate Fire Behavior".
You must provide a copy of your Incident Qualification Certification System (IQCS) Master Record or equivalent documentation for verification by the closing date.
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 maximum entry-age for this position is 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 or your will not be eligible to receive a waiver of the maximum entry age requirement. 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; 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 by the closing date of this announcement. If you need assistance in applying on-line, please contact the HR Office at or email us at . 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. In addition to the online application (resume and responses to the questionnaire), you are required to submit the following forms. Please ensure your resume reflects hours worked or indicates full-time. Failure to list hours or full-time status on your resume could result in a not qualified rating.
If qualifying based on education, all Copies of 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 of selection are contingent upon submission and verification of official transcripts
Copy of 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 visit: Vet Guide. For preference as 5-point veteran (TP) , 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 preference as a 10-point veteran (CP, CPS, or XP) , 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 and ICTAP eligibility; this includes a copy of the agency notice and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location.
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. 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, on the closing date of this announcement. 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. 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 Best or Highly Qualified categories on the rating criteria for this position.
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.
BLM may use certain incentives, currently offered by the Federal government, to attract high quality applicants.
May require completion of a one (1) year probationary period.
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.
Work may require travel by light fixed-wing or rotor-wing aircraft. This position requires regular and recurring overtime and shift work.
Government facilities are required to provide a smoke free environment for their employees. Smoking will be permitted only in designated areas.
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