Bureau of Land Management Range Technician (Fire) Prescribed Fire/Fuels Technician in Albuquerque, New Mexico

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This position is located in Albuquerque and Socorro, New Mexico.

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Physical Demands: Duties involve 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 weighing 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.

Work Environment: Office conditions require long periods of sitting, working with computers and general lifting, bending and reaching. Field conditions involve the employee being exposed to noise, dust, heat, weather, aircraft turbulence and the hazards of firefighting such as heat, smoke, and fire behavior. Protective clothing and equipment is required in hazardous environments.

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Responsibilities

Assists in planning, implementing and coordinating all aspects of the prescribed fire and fuels management program. Provides assistance in program direction, short-and-long-range planning; budgeting; and, managing the wildland fire use, fuels management, and prescribed fire programs. Researches the effects and behavior of prescribed fire to assist in the development of short-term fire management objectives and strategies. Evaluates prescription treatments, monitoring methods, and new technologies and makes refinements as appropriate to improve the organization's effectiveness. Reviews and comments as necessary on all sections of the Fire Management Plan. Develops and recommends plans and schedules for the prescribed fire, wildland fire use and fuels treatment projects. Implements and administers technical aspects of the prescribed fire/fuels plan, ensuring that preparation, ignition, holding, mop-up and rehabilitation are completed to the standards specified and in accordance with regulations, polices and guidelines. Identifies and provides for training needs to support prescribed fire and fuels management programs

Travel Required

50% or less - This position may require extensive travel, extended hours, and widely varied work environments, including remote physical areas, high altitudes, and some degree of physical danger.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

09

Who May Apply
This job is open to…

All current BLM internal employees/Agency employees only with competitive eligibility in the Local Commuting Area only.

Current or former time-limited employees eligible under PL-114-47, Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA).

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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

This position does not have a education requirement. However, you may qualify for this position based on your education.

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.

Qualifications

Specialized Experience Requirements:

In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience requirement - 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 of the position to be filled.

For GS-08:One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to a GS-07 in the federal service. Specialized experience is further defined as having demonstrated the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the duties of the position which include work on wildland fire suppression crews (engines, hand crews, fuel crews and helitack crews), fuels management, prevention mitigation and education, fire planning, fire investigation, and fire trespass at the GS-07 level or equivalent. Assignments are accompanied by clear, detailed instruction and completed work is reviewed for accuracy --OR--Have completed two full years (36 semester hours) of GRADUATE education level college education or received a Master’s degree directly related to range technician fire work such as a major study in forestry, fire science or a subject-matter field directly related to this position that has equipped me with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the duties of this position; --OR-- An equivalent combination of experience and education described above.

For GS-09: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to a GS-08 in the federal service. Specialized experience is further defined as having demonstrated the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the duties of the position which include work on wildland fire suppression crews (engines, hand crews, fuel crews and helitack crews), fuels management, prevention mitigation and education, fire planning, fire investigation, and fire trespass at the GS-08 level or equivalent. Assignments should not require detailed instruction at this grade level; --OR-- Have completed two full years (36 semester hours) of GRADUATE education level college education or received a Master’s degree directly related to range technician fire work such as a major study in forestry, fire science or a subject-matter field directly related to this position that has equipped me with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the duties of this position; --OR-- An equivalent combination of specialized experience and education which is directly related to the position.

You must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.

Federal employees in the competitive service are also subject to the Time-In-Grade requirement in accordance with 5 CFR 300.604. If you are a current Federal employee in the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and applying for a promotion opportunity, you must have completed a minimum of 52 weeks at the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the position being filled.

Selective Placement Factors:This position requires special qualification(s) 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.

PRIOR WILDLAND FIREFIGHTING EXPERIENCE REQUIRED. Applicants must have 90-days of prior wildland firefighting experience. This must be evidenced in your application. 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. Periods of wildland firefighting experience gained through militia and rural fire departments can also be credited as long as the total amount of this experience equates to at least 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 position is categorized as a Prescribed Fire and Fuels Specialist 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. To meet IFPM requirements, you must possess all of the following National Wildfire Coordinating Goup (NWCG) incident management qualifications and training requirements to be considered eligible for this position:

For GS-08:

1) Engine Boss (ENGB); OR Crew Boss (CRWB); OR Burn Boss (RXB2); AND

2) Incident Commander Type 4 (ICT4) or higher

For GS-9:

1) Engine Boss (ENGB); OR Crew Boss (CRWB); OR Burn Boss (RSB2); AND

2) Incident Commander Type 4 (ICT4) or higher

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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.

May require completion of a 1 year probationary period.

Travel 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.

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP): CTAP provides eligible surplus and displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) This vacancy is within your CTAP eligibility; 2) You apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) You are found well qualified for this vacancy. You must provide a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application. Information about CTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at CTAP.

CTAP and ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if they receive a minimum score of 90 based on the rating criteria used for this position.

BLM may use certain incentives, currently offered by the Federal government, to attract high quality applicants.

This position is not eligible for Telework.

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 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 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.

Passage of a pre-employment physical is required.

FACT SHEET FOR FIRE POSITIONS: FIREFIGHTERS CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT.

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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.

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.

  1. Knowledge of the policies, techniques and practices of wildland firefighting.

  2. Knowledge of the requirements imposed by the environmental laws, regulations and policies to support treatments and planning documents.

  3. Knowledge of prescribed fire and fuels management techniques and tactics.

  4. Knowledge of accpeted fire safety practices and procedures. To preview questions please click here.

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Background checks and security clearance
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Not Applicable

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Required Documents

Resumes must show relevant experience and other information. Your resume must list your education and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) 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.

Applicants eligible under PL-114-47, Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) must submit documentation verifying (a) initial selection under competitive examining procedures to a land management agency under a time-limited appointment in the competitive service , (b) service under this initial appointment, or in conjunction with subsequent competitive service time-limited appointments, to a land management agency was for a period of 24 months without a break in service of two or more years, and (c) performance was evaluated as being at an acceptable level for the entire applicable period(s). "Required documentation" includes first and last SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) for each appointment verifying the Position Occupied code (Block 34) is 1-Competitive Service, AND documentation of successful performance for each appointment. Applicants are encouraged to combine all required documents into one or more files and scan for uploading into the application. Each file must not exceed 3MB. Grouping documents into files will simplify the application process. Failure to submit required documentation will result in loss of consideration.

In addition to the online application (resume and responses to the questionnaire), you are required to submit the following forms:

Copy of your ICQS Qualifications (Master Record)

Current and former federal career and career-conditional employees: submit a copy of your recent (non award) SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, or equivalent document that verifies tenure (block 24, code 1 or 2) and Competitive Status (block 34, code 1).

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.

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.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.

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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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How to Apply

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 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.

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 (505)954-2087 or maread@blm.gov. 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.

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Agency contact information
Maurice (Allan) Read
Phone

505-954-2087

Fax

000-000-0000

Email

maread@blm.gov

Address

Bureau of Land Management BLM New Mexico State Office, NM-951 301 Dinosaur Trail Santa Fe, New Mexico United States

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You will be notified of the status of your application as the qualification review process is conducted.

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Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/496882900. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 04/16/2018 to 04/27/2018

Salary: $45,965 to $66,001 per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 08 - 09

Work schedule: Full-Time - Work Schedule is Full Time.

Appointment type: Permanent - This is a permanent position.