U.S. Department Of The Interior Bureau of Land Management
$61,218.00 to $79,586.00
Open & closing dates
$61,218 to $79,586 per year
Pay scale & grade
Full-Time - This is a full-time position.
Permanent - This is a permanent position in the competitive service.
1 vacancy in the following location:
Relocation expenses reimbursed
RELOCATION EXPENSES: Travel and relocation expenses will be paid consistent with the Federal Travel Regulation, Chapter 302, and Departmental policy. The use of a relocation service company and home marketing incentive will not be offered.
This job is open to
Current or former competitive service employees, including:
Career Transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)
BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to join the team to serve as the Associate Fire Management Officer for the North Central Montana District Office, Division of Fire Management. This position is located in Lewistown, Montana. Information about the Lewistown area can be found at www.lewistownchamber.com
Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource. The BLM manages more land - 245 million surface 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 BLM, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health, diversity, 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
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The incumbent of the position serves as the alter ego to the District Fire Management Officer, and fully shares the direction of all phases of the organization’s program and work. The incumbent is responsible for performing a variety of duties including, but not limited to, the following:
- Planning work to be accomplished by subordinates, setting and adjusting priorities, preparing schedules, evaluating work performance, providing advice, counseling and instruction, interviewing candidates, hearing and resolving complaints, effects disciplinary procedures, identifying developmental and training needs, and directing and supervises all phases of the budget process.
- Directing all phases of the Fire Management program and is responsible for the planning, program direction, coordination and evaluation; as well as, managing Unit Aviation program and operations.
- Ensuring that all phases of fire, fuels and aviation management planning are completed; reviewing preparedness actions and operating plans; negotiating cooperative agreements and resolving difficult public relations problems; ensuring the Fuels Management program is consistent with ecosystem principles and land use plans.
- Coordinating and initiating all fire management activities based on fire fighter and public safety, cost effectiveness, and values to be protected; monitoring fire season severity predictions, fire behavior, and fire activity levels and taking appropriate actions to ensure safe, efficient and effective operations.
- Managing the environmental and workplace hazards of the wildland fire environment and providing leadership and direction to subordinates in the mitigation of hazards.
Physical Demands and Work Environment: Normally the work is sedentary but often requires physical exertion while overseeing fire suppression activates including walking over rough, mountainous, steep, uneven terrain in all types of weather. The incumbent is faced with emergency situations at all hours and must respond quickly. The position may require long shifts or multi-day assignments under primitive living conditions during emergencies. Temperatures are frequently extreme, both from weather and fire conditions where the presence of smoke and/or dust conditions are frequently severe. The inclement exercises a variety of safety practices and precautions for their own safety as well as the safety of others.
Occasional travel - At times, travel for meetings and/or training may be required. Additionally, during the fire season, extended fire assignments away for the unit may be required.
Who May Apply
This job is open to…
- All current or former federal employees with competitive/reinstatement eligibility;
- CTAP and ICTAP eligibles within the local commuting area;
- All Veterans' Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) Eligibles
- Current or former time-limited employees eligible under PL-114-47, Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA)?
Questions? This job is open to 2 groups.
Job family (Series)
0301 Miscellaneous Administration And Program
Training And Development Managers
Conditions of Employment
U.S. Citizenship is required.
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.
You must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.
This position is subject to the Interagency Fire Program (IFPM) Standard and Guide selective placement factors.
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:
- A valid state driver's 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 or fire line experience on a prescribed fire (this does not include experience in the planning stages).
- NWCG Incident Management Qualifications: - Currency Not Required – Incumbents must meet one of the below pathways:
Pathway 1) Task Force/Strike Team Leader (TFLD) AND Incident Commander Type 3 (ICT3) OR Prescribed Fire Burn Boss (RXB2).
Pathway 2) Helibase Manager Type 1 (HEB1) AND Incident Commander Type 3 (ICT3).
- Required training as presented in the following courses or agency equivalent: M-581 - Fire Program Management
In addition to the Selective Placement Factors above, for GS-11: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 level in the Federal service. Specialized Experience is 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. Examples: Reviewing and evaluating fire management plans for soundness and technical adequacy; conducting field inspections before and after prescribed or wildland fires to determine if resource objectives were achieved and/or to evaluate the effectiveness of actions taken. In addition, experience in prescribed fire/fuels performing a broad range of activities such as forest or range inventory methods and procedures, analysis of fuel loading and determination of appropriate fuel treatment methods, evaluating prescribed burn plans or fire management plans to ensure fire containment is possible – or – experience in fire management operations analyzing and applying fire management strategies in several areas such as mobilization and dispatch coordination, fire prevention and education, training, logistics, equipment development and deployment, fire communications systems, suppression and preparedness, and/or aviation.
- OR - A Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related. Such education must be directly related and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.
Equivalent combinations of post-high school education and specialized experience may be used to meet total qualification requirements.
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.
Appointment is subject to meeting one-year probationary requirements.
This position requires completion of a one year trial period.
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.
Government facilities are required to provide a smoke free environment for their employees. Smoking will be permitted only in designated areas.
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
Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): CTAP/ICTAP 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. To be well qualified, you must receive a score of at least 90 to receive priority consideration under either program. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at CTAP or ICTAP
This is a secondary/administrative fire 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.
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.
You must possess a valid automobile driver's license at the time of appointment and at all times during their appointment in this position.
FACT SHEET FOR FIRE POSITIONS: www.blm.gov/wo/st/en/res/blm_jobs/how_to_apply/firefighter__conditions.html
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:
- Knowledge of administrative functions, including personnel management policies and procedures, procurement laws, property management and supervisory policies and methods in order to manage a diverse workforce.
- Knowledge of the principles, theories and major functions of the federal wildland fire program function in order to formulate, implement and execute a comprehensive program in accordance with laws and policies.
- Practical working knowledge of other resource areas for the purposes of integrating the fire and aviation program; including comprehensive knowledge of a wide range of qualitative/quantitative methods for the assessment and improvement of complex fire program management processes and systems.
- Comprehensive knowledge of the concepts, principles, and practices of Fire and Aviation management to serve as an expert performing oversight.
- Comprehensive knowledge of firefighting techniques and knowledge of a substantial body of fire management principles, practices and policies to analyze complexities of emerging fire situations, exercise judgement, and discretion in developing appropriate courses of action to protect life and values and to mitigate safety concerns.
On-line Questionnaire: Please make sure that your responses to the on-line questionnaire are supported in your resume.
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Background checks and security clearance
All applicable supplemental documentation must be uploaded or faxed (with generated fax cover sheets) to: 571-258-4052, 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 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 dated of the announcement will result in you being rated as not qualified. Note: IQCS master record must be submitted to each announcement as applicable.
2) SF-50b (or SF-50): If you are applying as a current federal employee or as a reinstatement eligible you must submit a copy of your SF-50b (Notification of Personnel Action) , or equivalent document that verifies tenure (block 24, code 1 or 2) and Competitive Status (block 34, code 1).
3) 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 click here
to see Foreign Education requirements. Note: Transcripts must be submitted to each announcement as applicable.
4) VEOA Documentation: If applying under the VEOA appointing authority your profile must contain a copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release, Discharge from active military showing all dates of service, as well as character of service (Honorable, General, etc., and reason for separation) – the member 4 copy is preferable, or other authorized documentation to support your VEOA eligibility. Lack of supporting documentation will result in an inability to recognize veteran status eligibility for this announcement.
5) Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (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.
6) Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA): If you are eligible under PL-114-47, LMWFA you 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.
Uploading and Faxing Supplemental Documentation: You may submit your documents either via Auto-Requested Fax or by uploading your documents from your USAJOBS Profile. Uploading Documents: you may use the uploading procedures thru Applicant Manager (3MB is the maximum size allowed for a document). Do not use both options or upload more than one file in each section, only one document can be saved in each section, and only the latest document will be maintained in the system. 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. 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.
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
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.
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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.
How to Apply
How to Apply
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.
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 “Applications” section, the status for your application will show on the right-hand side of the position in which you applied. You can also click on the “ ” sign on the left-hand side to see a detailed applications status. 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).
Agency contact information
Human Resources Branch
Bureau of Land Management
Montana State Office
5001 Southgate Drive
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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. You may also check the status of your application by accessing the application status tab in your USAJOBs account.
Fair & Transparent
Fair & Transparent
The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.
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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Reasonable Accommodation Policy
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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U.S. Department Of The Interior Bureau of Land Management
Website : http://www.blm.gov/nhp/index.htm
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM), created in 1946 through a merger of the General Land Office (GLO) and the U.S. Grazing Service, has roots going back to the creation of the GLO in 1812. In celebration of 200 years of land management, the BLM presents this website -- a collection of the stories, traditions and heritage that make up our unique history. BLM employees, current and retired, have contributed to this labor of love and many more will continue to add their unique histories over time.