$37,223.00 to $53,773.00
Open & closing dates
Opening and closing dates
$37,223 to $53,773 per year
Pay scale & grade
GS 06 - 07
Full-Time - Full Time
Permanent - This is a permanent Career Seasonal position.
2 vacancies in the following location:
Relocation expenses reimbursed
This job is open to
U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.
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This position is located in Eastern States, Southeastern States District, Fire Staff in Flowood, Mississippi.
Information about this area can be found at Flowood, Mississippi
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.
Work Environment: The work is primarily performed in forest and range environments in steep terrain where surfaces may be extremely uneven, rocky, covered with vegetation, and in smoky conditions, etc. Temperatures vary from above 100 degrees F to below freezing. Risks include smoke inhalation, fire entrapment, snake or insect bites and stings, exposure to excessive machinery noise, and falling and rolling material. Personnel must adjust and cope with exposure to adverse weather elements, dust and smoke, poor sleeping and eating conditions and unpredictable sets of circumstances. Incumbent may be required to live in backcountry camps for extended periods of time. The hazardous nature of work requires that personal protective equipment be worn (boots, hardhat, gloves, flame resistant clothing, etc). Work may require travel by light fixed-wing or rotor-wing aircraft.
Passage of a pre-employment physical is required. You must also pass the work capacity test for arduous position.
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The primary purpose of this rigorous position is to perform wildland firefighting work and to supervise crews performing such work. These crews perform work directly related to wildland fire suppression and control activities including suppression, preparedness, prevention, monitoring, hazardous fuels reduction, and prescribed burning.
Gathers and considers information on weather data, topography, fuel types, and fire behavior during suppression of wildland fire incidents.
Provides technical and administrative supervision to Interagency Hotshot Crews.
During fire suppression activities, locates fireline, directs and participates in fireline construction, backfiring and burnout operations, pump operations, tree falling and holding/patrol/mop up operations.
Implements formal and informal training programs to comply with policy and regulations.
50% or less - Frequent travel will be required during times of peak fire activity.
Who May Apply
This job is open to…
All U.S. Citizens – Open to Public, No previous Federal Service is required.
Questions? This job is open to 1 group.
Job family (Series)
0455 Range Technician
Conditions of Employment
U.S. Citizenship is required. Direct Deposit is required.
Security Clearance/Background Investigation 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.
Responses to the questions must be supported in your resume.
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 MEA is the date immediately preceding your 37th birthday. Applicants must not have reached age 37 at the time of appointment, unless proof is provided of prior Federal service in another primary covered position, 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 a loss of eligibility to receive a waiver of the maximum entry age requirement.
Proof of prior covered service must be submitted prior to employment. Acceptable proof consists of SF-50’s showing beginning and ending dates of covered/creditable appointments and copies of approved letters based on individual claims. Applicants who fail to provide this evidence will not be considered eligible for the position.
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 be 18 years of age or older to be assigned to a hazardous position.
Responses to the online job-specific questions must be supported in your resume.
In order to be rated as qualified, you must meet the specialized experience requirement. 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.
For GS-06: One year of specialized experience the GS-05 grade level. Specialized Experience at the GS-05 or equivalent includes but is not limited to experience performing wildland fire suppression and control activities including suppression, preparedness, prevention, monitoring and hazardous fuels reduction, or prescribed burning OR Six months of graduate level college education related to range technician fire work such as with a major study in forestry, fire science or a subject-matter field directly-related to this position; OR an equivalent combination of specialized experience and education.
For GS-07: One year of specialized experience the GS-06 grade level. Specialized Experience at the GS-06 or equivalent includes but is not limited to experience performing training and leading others in wildland fire suppression and control activities including suppression, preparedness, prevention, and monitoring, hazardous fuels reduction, or prescribed burning. and leading others in wildland fire suppression and control activities including suppression, preparedness, prevention, monitoring, hazardous fuels reduction or prescribed burning OR One year of graduate level college education in a field direclty 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. OR an equivalent combination of specialized experience and education.
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 IFPM minimum qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR: This position is a Primary Firefighter position and is covered under Special Fire Retirement. In accordance with Public Law 107-27, applicants must not have reached age 37 at the time of appointment, unless proof is provided of prior Federal service in another covered position, 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.
Selective Placement Factors: This position requires special qualifications that have 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.
1) Possession of a valid current State driver's license; it must be valid and current at all times while in this position.
2) This position has been categorized as a Senior Firefighter 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 possess all of the following National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) incident management qualifications and training requirements to be considered eligible for this position:
1. Valid Driver's License.
2. Firefigther Type 1 (FFT1)
3. S-290 Intermediate Fire Behavior
You must provide a copy of your Incident Qualification and Certification System (IQCS) Master Record or other equivalent documentation which verifies you meet the required NWCG minimum 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.
May require completion of a one year probationary period.
If you are selected for this position, you will be required to serve one year supervisory probationary period, if one has not previously been completed.
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)/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
. 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.
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 announcement is being advertised concurrently under Announcement#ES Merit-2018-0009 for current and former federal employees serving under a competitive service career or career-conditional appointment or reinstatement eligible. You must apply to each announcement separately if you wish to be considered under both recruitment methods.
This is a Long-Term Career Seasonal appointment; it is expected you will work at least 6 months, but less than 9 months a year. When work or funds are not available, you will be placed in non-pay status.
This position is not eligible for Telework.
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.
Government facilities are required to provide a smoke free environment for their employees. Smoking will be permitted only in designated areas.
FACT SHEET FOR FIRE POSITIONS: FIREFIGHTER CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT
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 you meet the qualification requirements, you application will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. 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.
KSA 1: Knowledge of supervisory policies, procedures, and methods in order to manage a diverse workforce.
KSA 2: Knowledge of strategies, tactics, and suppression methods used in containment and necessary certifications such as chain saw operation and repair. long line certification, pump operation and water handling, use of specialized equipment used in response to wildland urban interface situations, and helicopter accessory equipment used in wildland fire management and prescribed burns.
KSA 3: Knowledge of fire behavior including influences of temperature, humidity, wind, topography, slope, and fuels in order to know when and where to suppress the fire, build fire line, and to identify hazards and known risks.
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Background checks and security clearance
Resumes must show relevant experience and other information. Resumes must list education & work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of employment along with # of hours worked per week & salary information. Civil service employees must provide current OPM title, series, and grade. Resumes will be used to validate responses to the assessment tool(s). If you submit a cover letter please include it with your resume.
In addition to the online application (resume & responses to the questionnaire), you are required to submit the following forms:
- If qualifying with education, provide copies of all transcripts for verification that include hours & grades from an accredited U.S. college/university by the closing date. If degree is from a Foreign Institution, See Foreign Education.
All selections and tentative offers are contingent upon submission/verification of ‘official’ transcripts.
- Copy of Incident Qualification and Certification System (IQCS) Master Record or equivalent verifying minimum required NWCG qualifications for this IFPM position are met. Failure to provide documentation by the closing date will result in you being rated as not qualified.
- Copy of State Driver's license for verification.
- Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) eligibles: documentation verifying eligibility - this includes a copy of the agency notice and most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location.
- 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 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 10-point veterans' preference, please submit the same documentation as 5-point veterans’ preference as well as a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and VA letter.
For more information on which type of preference is applicable, please visit VetGuide
You may submit your documents either via Auto-Requested Fax or by uploading your documents from your USAJOBS Profile.
Auto-Requested Fax: allows submission of documents that will be displayed along with your resume. A pop up message will appear during the application process to generate an auto-requested fax cover sheet.
UPLOADING DOCUMENTS: OR you may use the uploading procedures thru Applicant Manager. Do not use both options.
If uploading a resume, include: Job Title & Grade Level, if Federal employment, Duties and Accomplishments, Employer's Name and Address, Supervisor's Name & Phone #, Start and End dates (month/year), Hours worked per week, and Salary.
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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How to Apply
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.
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BLM Eastern States
1387 S. Vinnell Way
Boise , Idaho
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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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