Fire Management Specialist (Prescribed Fire/Fuels)
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Physical Demands: The work is normally sedentary, however, field work is evaluated as arduous and the duties include demands for strenuous activities in emergencies under adverse environmental conditions and over extended periods of time.
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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The Fuels Specialist will be responsible for planning, developing, and implementing the fuels/vegetation management program at the field office level. Work will be coordinated with supervisor, field office staff, interagency cooperators, and community groups while developing integrated fuels and fire management projects.
Writes prescribed fire burn plans and project implementation plans. Assists with submitting project funding requests and completing project accomplishment reports.
Evaluates and monitors prescribed burns and mechanical fuels treatments for compliance with plan objectives and makes recommendations for improving programs effectiveness.
Assists as Project Inspector and/or Contracting Officers Representative for mechanical fuels management projects and ensures compliance with contract.
Serves as an interdisciplinary team member providing fire management input into NEPA and other planning processes and ensures all documents are consistent with fire fighter and public safety.
Additional duties include assisting fire and resource staff with wildlfire and prescribed fire operations such as; fire and safety training, fire suppression and prevention, equipment maintenance, and other resource management projects.
Occasional travel - For meetings and fire assignments.
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; and Veteran Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) eligibles; Persons eligible under Special Hiring Authorities; all former PLC members who within the past 120 days have completed all requirements of a creditable PLC project.
Questions? This job is open to 3 groups.
#### Job family (Series)
0401 General Natural Resources Management And Biological Sciences
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 has a positive education requirement which requires that you have a degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position---or at least 24 semester hours in biological sciences, natural resources, wildland fire management, forestry, or agriculture equivalent to a major field of study, plus appropriate experience or additional education that is comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in the biological sciences, agriculture, or natural resources.
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.
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.
To Qualify for the GS-07:
Examples of one year of specialized comparable to the GS-05 level: (1) participating in implementing prescribed fire or fire use plans to ensure resource objectives can be met from a fire management standpoint; (2) evaluating study findings to develop initial attack incident management strategies or other tactics to meet stated resource objectives; and (3) performing a range of fire activities
To qualify using education:
Completion of at least one full year of directly related graduate education (18 semester hours). OR
A combination education and experience. OR
Directly Related Bachelor's Degree and Superior Academic Achievement (SAA) by way of: Class standing (top 10%),Grade-point average (3.0 overall or 3.5 in final two years), or National Honor Society.
To Qualify for the GS-09:
Examples of one year of specalized experience comparable to the GS-07 level where you had experience in at least two of the following three numbered categories: [ 1 ] Experience that demonstrated understanding of fire effects on cultural and natural resources. The assignments must have shown participation in activities such as: Developing fire management plans to ensure resource objectives can be met from a fire management standpoint; or Conducting field inspections before and/or after prescribed fires or wildland fires to determine if defined resource objectives have been met. [ 2 ] Prescribed fire/fuels management -experience in activities such as: Professional forest or range inventory methods and procedures (e.g., Brown's planar intercept for dead and down fuels; live fuel loading assessments), or Analysis of fuel loadings and determination of appropriate fuel treatment methods and programming, or Evaluating prescribed fire plans or fire management plans to ensure fire containment is possible and identify appropriate suppression contingencies if containment is not obtained. [ 3 ] Fire management operations -analyzing and applying fire management strategies, plus experience in at least four of the following activities: Mobilization and dispatch coordination; Fire prevention; Training; Logistics; Equipment development and deployment; Fire communications systems; Suppression and preparedness.
To qualify using education:
Completion of a directly related Master's Degree, or 36 semester hours of progressive, directly related, graduate education leading to a Master's or equivalent degree. OR
A combination education and experience.
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:
(IFPM) This position is subject to the Interagency Fire Program (IFPM) Standard and Guide selective placement factors for a PRESCRIBED FIRE/FUELS SPECIALIST - MODERATE COMPLEXITY. This position requires the following qualifications – Currency Not Required: RXB2
(Burn Boss Type 2) AND
(Crew Boss), OR
(Engine Boss), OR
You must provide an (IQCS) 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.
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.
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 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. 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 receive a minimum score of 90 based on the rating criteria used 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.
This position is not eligible for Telework.
This position requires regular and recurring overtime and shift work.
This position requires you to wear an officially-approved uniform while in a duty status.
This announcement is also being advertised as a Prescribed Fire/Fuels Technician, GS-0455-08/09,
concurrently under CA-Merit-2018-0078
. You must apply to each announcement separately if you wish to be considered under both recruitments.
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 (MEA) 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.
This position is subject to drug testing.
Passage of a pre-employment physical may be required.
You must be able to obtain and maintain a valid driver's license.
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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.
Professional knowledge of natural resource management, fire ecology, fire behavior and fire management theories, concepts, principles, and standards in a wildland fire environment sufficient to maintain and enhance an established fuels management program.
Knowledge and ability to use the administrative tools of wildland fuels management effectively including: computer applications and software used in the analyst of fuels management; environmental laws, regulations and policies, budgeting and contracting regulations, policy, procedures and techniques; and communication and cooperative agreements.
Knowledge of the effects of prescribed fire and wildland fire on natural and cultural resources to prepare fuels management plans.
Knowledge of policies, techniques and practices of wildland firefighting obtained through substantial service as a primary firefighter of the Federal government or in a similiar firefighting positions outside of the Federal government.
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Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
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.
In addition to the online application (resume and responses to the questionnaire), you are required to submit the following forms:
Copy of 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 See Foreign Education.
Former PLC Member: Submit a copy of your “Certificate of Eligibility for Noncompetitive Hiring” along with a copy of your “PLC Participant Verification Work Hours Sheet.”
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 a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation.
For more information on which type of preference is applicable please visit VetGuide.
Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) eligibles: documentation verifying your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility - this includes a copy of the agency notice and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location.
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).
If you are applying for this position based on eligibility under other noncompetitive special appointing authorities, you MUST submit proof of this eligibility.
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.
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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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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Open & closing dates:
06/11/2018 to 07/02/2018
$40,033 to $63,654 per year
Pay scale & grade:
GS 07 - 09
Full-Time - Full Time