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Forestry Technician Prevention and Mitigation

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U.S. Department of the Interior

Albuquerque, NM

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Summary Vacancy ID: 2028131 FORESTRY TECHNICIAN (PREVENTION & MITIGATION), GS-0462-6\/7 Posn. # 4400305, Southwest Region,\u00a0 Deputy Agency Superintendent - Trust Services,\u00a0 Branch of Forestry,\u00a0 Albuquerque,\u00a0New Mexico.\u00a0 GS-07: $41,505 - $53,955 per annum\u00a0 GS-06: $37,349 - $48,549 per annum\u00a0 \u00a0 NOTE:TRAVEL AND RELOCATION EXPENSES WILL NOT BE AUTHORIZED. ANY RELOCATION EXPENSEASSOCIATED WITH REPORTING FOR DUTY WILL BE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE SELECTED EMPLOYEE.THIS IS A PERMANENT\u00a0POSITION AND IS SUBJECT TODRUG TESTING, AND FAVORABLERESULTS OF A COMPLETED BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION. GOVERNMENT HOUSING IS NOT AVAILABLE. INDIAN PREFERENCE: Preference in filling vacancies is given to qualified Indian candidates in accordance with the Indian Preference Act of 1934 (Title 25, USC, Section 472). Verification of Form BIA-4432 must be submitted with the application if claiming Indian Preference. Indian Preference eligibles that are not currently employed with the Federal service\u00a0may be appointed under the Excepted Service Appointment Authority Schedule A, 213.3112(A)(7). VETERANS EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES ACT (VEOA): Preference eligibles may apply for permanent positions (career or career-conditional appointments) under merit promotion procedures for VEOA appointments; however, veteran's preference is not a factor in these appointments. To be eligible for a VEOA appointment, a veteran must be a preference eligible OR veteran separated after 3 or more years of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions. Applicants must submit a copy of their DD-214 for verification of eligibility. For more information, click here: FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES: Former Federal Employees are required to indicate whether they received a Voluntary Separation Incentive Payment (VSIP) buyout in their previous employment with the Federal government, and are required to submit a copy of the applicable Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) regarding the VSIP. The majority of individuals, who accept reemployment with the Federal government within 5 years of receiving the VSIP amount, must repay the gross amount of the separation pay prior to reemployment. Responsibilities NOTE: If the position is filled at a lower grade level, subsequent promotion to the next grade level will be processed without further competition under the Merit Promotion Program at such time as performance and qualification requirements are met and classification review discloses the duties being performed properly warrant classification to the next higher grade level. SUMMARY OF DUTIES: Prepares and implements or assists in the preparation and implementation of the wildland fire prevention and mitigation plan.Coordinate with other unit function plans and with cooperating entities.Assist in planning for both short and multi-year activities in wildland fire prevention and mitigation.Assists in developing a coordinated approach to hazards fuels reduction with emphasis on wildland\/urban interface.Monitors wildland fire prevention and mitigation activities and evaluates the programs.Works with the public to promote prevention and mitigation awareness of wildland\/urban interface fire issues.Provides wildland fire prevention education to schools and promotes wildland fire prevention awareness through fairs, rodeos, parades, special events and news media. Travel Required Occasional travel - Occasional travel for work assignments, meetings and\/or training. Who May Apply This job is open to\u2026 Indian Preference Eligible\u2019s \/ Current Federal Status Employees or Former Federal Employees with Reinstatement Eligibility \/ VEOA Eligible's Requirements Requirements Conditions of Employment U.S. Citizenship Required Appointment is subject to completion of two year trial period. Applications will only be accepted online or by fax to 1-478-757-3144. SUITABILITY, CLEARANCE & REQUIREMENTS: A background security investigation will be required for all new hires. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination. OTHER: Incumbent is required to operate a government-owned or leased motor vehicle in the performance of duties; therefore, a valid driver's license is required. Incumbent must have a safe driving record within the three-year period immediately preceding submittal of GSA Form 3607 and be able to meet the safe driving requirements of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. TELEWORK: The Bureau of Indian Affairs has determined that the duties of this position are not suitable for telework under any circumstances.\u00a0 Qualifications EXPERIENCEAND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: (OPM OperatingManual, Qualification Standards for Technical and Medical Support Positions,GS-0462, and Individual Occupational Requirements for GS-0462: ForestryTechnician Series). GS-06: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5grade level.\u00a0Examples of qualifying specialized experience includeForestry aid or technician work; Engineering, range, or soil conservationtechnician work that involved the application of cultural, resourceconservation, or land management practices on nonforest or ranch lands whencombined with knowledge of forestry operations and equipment; Farming orranching work that involved application of cultural and soil and waterconservation practices, including safety and use of equipment, and thatprovided a basic understanding of land use; Forest or range fire control,prevention, or suppression work;\u00a0assisting with the preparation of routine and recurring wildland fire prevention and mitigation planning; providing technical support for planning short and multi-year activities in prevention and mitigation; assisting in the development of coordinated approaches to hazardous fuels reduction; monitoring prevention and mitigation activities, including frequency of contacts and inspections. GS-07: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-6grade level.\u00a0Examples of qualifying specializes experience include Forestry aid or technician work; Engineering, range, or soil conservation technician work that involved the application of cultural, resource conservation, or land management practices on nonforest or ranch lands when combined with knowledge of forestry operations and equipment; Farming or ranching work that involved application of cultural and soil and water conservation practices, including safety and use of equipment, and that provided a basic understanding of land use; Forest or range fire control, prevention, or suppression work;\u00a0coordinating andcommunicating among fire, resource, educational, and interpretive personnelusing a communication and educational systems to reach a broad range ofspecific internal and external audiences; planning, implementing, andevaluating conventional wildland fire prevention and mitigation programs;development of local area programs, guidelines, standards and procedures forfire prevention and mitigation. NOTE: Graduate education or an internship meets the specializedexperience required above GS-5 only in those instances where it isdirectly related to the work of the position. One full year of graduation education meet the requirements for GS-7. \u00a0 This is Testing Designated Position (TDP) under the Department of the Interior Drug-Free Workplace Program. FIREFIGHTER RETIREMENT COVERAGE: This position is covered as a secondary firefighter position under the special retirement provisions of 5 U.S.C. 8336(c)(CSRS) and 5 U.S.C. 8412(d)(FERS) when it is filled by an incumbent who transfers directly from a primary or another secondary firefighting position with no break in services as a firefighter to this position. Firefighter retirement coverage of the incumbent depends upon his or her individual work history. PRIOR WILDLAND FIREFIGHTING EXPERIENCE: All candidates selected for this position must also meet or exceed a selective factor which requires a minimum of 90-days of wildland firefighting experience. The selective factor cannot be waived. Wildland fires are categorized into two distinct types: 1) Wildfires, unplanned ignitions or prescribed fires that are declared wildfires. 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 Education FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation upon request. Failure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration. For more information regarding evaluation of foreign education for federal employment, please visit the . Additional information CTAP& ICTAP APPLICANTS: Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) participants who are well qualified may apply for this position. To be eligible for consideration under CTAP, an applicant must provide written notification that they will be losing their current federal position. To be eligible for consideration under ICTAP, an applicant must provide proof that they have lost their federal position within the last year. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position. Federal employees seeking CTAP\/ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible. For more information regarding CTAP & ICTAP, please visit NOTICE TO MALE APPLICANTS: Section 1622 of the Defense Authorization Act of 1986, prohibits any male born after December 31, 1959, from being appointed to a position in an executive agency if he has knowingly and willfully failed to register with the Selective Service System. Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, will be required to complete a certification document to confirm their Selective Service registration status, if selected for appointment. LAND MANAGEMENT WORKFORCE FLEXIBILITY ACT: If applying under the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act, you must provide documentation to support your eligibility (SF-50) and performance (references and\/or performance appraisal). Under the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) two groups of individuals are eligible to apply under this announcement: current and\/or former employees serving or who have served under time-limited competitive appointments at land management agencies. Land Management Agencies include: Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, and U.S. Forest Service. Current appointees: 1) must have been hired under competitive examining procedures to a time limited appointment with a land management agency; 2) must have served under one or more time limited appointment(s) by a land management agency for a period totaling more than 24 months without a break in service of 2 or more years; AND 3) must have performed at an acceptable level during each period of service.Former appointees: 1) must have been hired under competitive examining procedures to a time limited appointment with a land management agency; 2) must have served under one or more time limited appointment(s) by a land management agency for a period totaling more than 24 months without a break in service of 2 or more years; 3) must have separated for reasons other than misconduct or performance; AND 4) must have performed at an acceptable level through the service period.\u00a0 Additional selections may be made from this announcement if identical vacancies occur within 90 days from the closing date. How You Will Be Evaluated You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above. As part of the application process,you are required to respond to a series of questions designed to assess yourpossession of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities: Knowledge of policies, techniques and practices of wildland firefightingCommunication Knowledge of federal, tribal, state and local roles in wildland fire prevention & mitigation programs We will compare your resume andsupporting documentation to your responses on the assessment questionnaire. Ifyou rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, yourscore may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Background checks and security clearance

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