BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to join the team to serve as the Supervisory Forestry Technician (Wildland Fire Operations Specialist).
These positions are located in Fillmore and West Valley City, Utah. More information about the position locations can be found for Fillmore, Utah, and West Valley City, Utah .
As a Supervisory Wildland Fire Operations Specialist you will:
Provide operational oversight and planning of wildland fire suppression activities and specialized expertise in assigned zone/area.
Assist in writing and executing wildland fire management plans, prescribed fire plans and preparedness plans.
Provide oversight during initial and extended attack fires, direct fireline activities and tactics of dispersed firefighters, resources, equipment and aircraft.
Provide follow up actions to safely and effectively manage wildland fires.
Perform and supervise employees in a variety of fire management positions such as: fire prevention, preparedness, detection, resource rehabilitation, mobilization, prescribed fire, aviation operations and training programs.
25% or less
Job family (Series)
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.
You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
You must meet all IFPM qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
*THIS IS A DRUG TESTING DESIGNATED POSITION in accordance with Executive Order 12564, and under the Departments 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.
This is a secondary/administrative fire/law enforcement position under the special retirement provisions of 5 U.S.C. 8336(c) (CSRS) and 5 U.S.C. 8412(d) (FERS). While secondary positions are not subject to the maximum entry age policy, the selectee must have prior service in a primary position and meet the transfer requirement for movement from a primary to secondary position to be eligible for special retirement coverage. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure this office has enough information to determine your retirement status to ensure you do not lose benefits (normally through submission of your SF-50). YOU MUST LET US KNOW IF YOU ARE CURRENTLY IN A PRIMARY POSITION.
You must be able to obtain and maintain a valid automobile driver's license.
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.
You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
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.
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 Supervisory Wildland Fire Operations Specialist
To qualify for the GS-08 grade level, 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to GS-07 is required. Examples of work experience include, but are not limited to: assisting in developing fire management plans; conducting field inspections before and/or after fires to determine if objectives have been met; prescribed fire/fuels management related to inventory methods and procedures; exposure to fuel treatment methods and programming; actively participating in any of the following activities: mobilization and dispatch coordination; fire prevention; training; logistics; equipment development and deployment; fire communication systems; suppression and preparedness.
To qualify for the GS-09 grade level, 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to GS-08 is required. Examples of work experience include, but are not limited to: developing fire management plans; conducting field inspections before and/or after fires to determine if objectives have been met; prescribed fire/fuels management related to inventory methods and procedures; conducting fuel treatment functions and programming; evaluating prescribed fire plans or fire management plans to ensure containment is possible and identify contingencies if containment is not obtained; analyzing and applying fire management strategies, plus experience in any of the following activities: mobilization and dispatch coordination; fire prevention; training; logistics; equipment development and deployment; fire communication systems; suppression and preparedness.
Substitution of Education for Experience:
To qualify for the GS-08 grade level: 36 semester hours of graduate education which is DIRECTLY related to work of the position, OR an equivalent combination of specialized experience and education.
To qualify for the GS-09 grade level: 36 semester hours of graduate education which is DIRECTLY related to work of the position, OR an equivalent combination of specialized experience and education.
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:
Prior on-the-line firefighting: The Department of the Interior defines wildland firefighting experience as any non-structure fire that occurs in the wildland. Wildland firefighting experience is gained through work on the fire line in containment, control, suppression or use of wildland fire. This experience can be met by serving in a temporary, seasonal, or equivalent private sector fire position for no less than 90 days. Wildland fires are categorized into two distinct types:
(1) Wildfires Unplanned ignitions or prescribed fires that are declared wildfires, and;
(2) Prescribed Fires Planned ignitions.
This description includes only fireline experience on a Prescribed Fire; it does not include experience in the planning stages. Prescribed fire experience must be supplemented by fire suppression experience in order to be creditable as previous wildland firefighting experience. This experience must be documented with specific dates in the online application or resume.
Selective Placement Factor #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) Division Supervisor (DIVS), AND
B) Incident Commander Type 3 (ICT3), or Prescribed Fire Burn Boss Type 2 (RXB2)
Physical Demands: Duties involve fieldwork requiring above average physical fitness and endurance during emergencies under adverse environmental conditions over extended periods of time.
Work Environment: Work is performed in both an office and field setting. Work performed outdoors in forest and desert environments with temperatures over 100 degrees F.
This position has a substitution of education for Specialized Experience. See qualification section for a description of the education substitution for specialized experience.
Additionally to qualify based on education you must submit copies of all Transcripts 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
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.
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 website.
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 or . 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.
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.
The Bureau of Land Management may use certain incentives, currently offered by the Federal government, to attract high quality applicants.
Government facilities are required to provide a smoke free environment for their employees. Smoking will be permitted only in designated areas.
The Bureau of Land Management has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework only during an emergency or natural disaster.
This position requires regular and recurring overtime and shift work.
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.
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How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Per Delegated Examining regulations, veterans preference eligible applicants will first receive priority consideration. If there are no veteran preference eligible applicants, the next order of consideration for all current BLM non-competitive applicants will follow.
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 qualified, your score may range from 70-100 points. 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.
KSA1 - Knowledge of natural resource management, fire behavior and management theories and principles in wildland fire environment/management.
KSA2 - Knowledge of the policies and practices of wildland firefighting.
KSA3 - Ability to supervise/manage a diverse workforce.
KSA4 - Skill in oral and written communications.
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Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
In addition to the online application (resume and responses to the questionnaire), you are required to submit the following forms:
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.
Resumes must show relevant experience and other information. Your resume must list your education and work experience including the dates (mm/yyyy) 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.
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, . 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 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 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
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