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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT

Vacancy Details


About

Announcement Number:
NV Merit-2019-0086
Hiring Agency:
Bureau of Land Management
Position Title:
ForestryTechnician (Fire Dispatch) (Senior Fire Dispatcher)
Open Period:
02/22/2019 - 03/07/2019

Format MM/DD/YYYY

Series/Grade:
GS - 0462A 06/07
Salary:
USD $37,223 - USD $53,773
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Work Schedule is Full Time.
Promotion Potential:
GS-07
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Elko, NV, US
Ely, NV, US
Telework Eligible:
No
For More Info:
Human Resources
775-861-6510
nvjobs@blm.gov

Overview

Hiring Path:
• Individuals with disabilities
• Competitive service
• Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)
• Land & base management
• Peace Corps & AmeriCorps Vista
• Special authorities
• Veterans
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
Current/former federal employees with competitive/reinstatement eligibility; CTAP/ICTAP eligibles within the local commuting area; Veteran Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA); Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA); Veterans more than 30% disabled eligible; Persons eligible under Special Hiring Authorities, Schedule A and/or individuals w/disabilities; Public Land Corp eligibles; and Current/former time-limited employees eligible under PL-114-47, Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA).
Security Clearance Required:
Other
Appointment Type
Permanent
Appointment Type Details:
Permanent - This is a career seasonal position (actively employed 6 - 11 1/2 months per year)
Marketing Statement:
BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to join the Ely District team!

The BLM manages more land - approximately 245 million 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 estates throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.
Summary:

Due to BLM Hiring Controls, priority consideration will be given to all current BLM non-competitive applicants for this position.

This announcement may be used to fill more than one position at this duty location.

For additional information about the BLM, please visit Our website. This position is located in Ely, Nevada and Elko, NV. Information about Ely can be found at White Pine Chamber of Commerce.


Information about Elko, NV can be found at: Elko Chamber of Commerce

Supervisory Position:
No
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
No
Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

May require travel to Nevada State Office and other Districts for meetings and training and possible travel to out-of-state locations.

Duties

The primary purpose of this position is to serve as a fire dispatcher in support of a wide range of fire suppression activities.

Determines appropriate resource response to incidents and requests from the field and dispatches personnel, equipment, aircraft, and/or supplies; performs, and directs others, in receiving fire reports, determining location, land status, and current fire information; processes and interprets weather information to determine burning indices, preparedness and staffing levels for suppression and aviation resources.

Reviews internal operating procedures and systems, makes recommendations for improvement; updates/develops operating plans and mobilization guides; provides critical logistical support information to supervisor and makes recommendations concerning the efficient uses of available resources.

Provide guidance, orientation, and training to other dispatchers.


Physical Demands:  The work involves long hours of sitting, intense concentration and working at peak proficiency/intensity levels with irregular breaks and mealtimes. The duties of this position create a highly stressful environment during peak activity, requiring the ability to keep calm in emergency situations. Must be able to cope with the pressure of meeting time frames and changing priorities.  Mental concentration and accuracy are required.

Work Environment: Work is performed primarily in an office setting. During peak activity, increased radio traffic, numerous ringing phones, and conversations result in high noise levels, which require a high level of concentration to perform duties. This creates a high stress work environment.


 

Qualifications and Evaluations

Requirements:

This position falls under the Technical and Medical Support Group Qualification Standard and Individual Occupation Requirements for the Forestry Technician Series (0462).

Key Requirements:
  • U.S. Citizenship 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.
  • Education Requirements:
    Evaluations:
    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.

    KSA 1: Knowledge of fire management operations, dispatch procedures and resources used for the tactical and logistical support for wildland and prescribed fire incidents.

    KSA 2: Knowledge of wildland fire suppression and prescribed fire strategies, tactics, methods and procedures, fire behavior, and weather conditions to effectively dispatch fire management resources.

    KSA 3: Ability to communicate using a variety of means in a clear and concise manner.
    Qualifications:

    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-06: One year of specialized experience, equivalent to at least GS-05 in the federal service, with the basic processes, methods, and procedures associated with fire dispatch while working in a dispatch center or during wildland firefighting operations; OR have one full year (18 semester hours) of graduate level education related to range technician work such as a major study in forestry, range management, agriculture 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, equivalent to at least GS-06 in Federal service, resolving conflicts in firefighting resource requirements, providing training and guidance to less experienced personnel, providing supervisors with recommendations for process improvement, and developing solutions to irregular or problem situations gained while working in a dispatch center or during wildland firefighting operations; OR have one full year (18 semester hours) of graduate level education related to range technician 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.

    This position is subject to the Interagency Fire Program (IFPM) Standard and Guide selective placement factors for a Fire Logistics Dispatcher (Senior Fire Dispatch).

    SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR:
    This position requires special qualifications 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.


    Selective Factor: 90 Day Prior Firefighting Experience Requirement (resume must support):

    The Department of the Interior defines wildland firefighting experience as; on-the-line wildland firefighting experience gained through 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 fire is defined as any non-structure fire that occurs in the wildland. Two distinct types of wildland fire have been defined and include wildfire and prescribed fire:

    Wildfire - An unplanned ignitions or prescribed fires that are declared wildfires.

    Prescribed Fire – Planned ignitions. This description includes only fire line 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.

    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.

    If you are a current career seasonal employee, your time spent in non-pay status is not creditable towards meeting the specialized experience requirement of 52 weeks or 1 year (whichever is first). Please include in your resume (on the first line of each job experience section), the dates you were placed in and out of pay status.

    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.


    Prior wildland firefighting experience on the fireline is a mandatory requirement.

    Benefits and Other Info

    Benefits URL:
    Review our Benefits
    Other Information:

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

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

    Government facilities are required to provide a smoke free environment for their employees. Smoking will be permitted only in designated areas.

    This is a career seasonal appointment; you will be in a pay status for at least 6 months, but less than 12 months a year. When work or funds are not available you will be placed in non-pay status.

    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.

    This announcement is being advertised concurrently under Announcement NV-DEU-2019-0037 open to all qualified persons. You must apply to each announcement separately if you wish to be considered under both recruitment methods.

    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.

    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 upload, 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 from the right side menu.

    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 (775) 861-6510 or email us at nvjobs@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.
    Required Documents:

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

    To qualify based on education: Copy of all 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

    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).

    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.”


    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. 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.

    Veterans Special Appointing Authorities: To be eligible for a VEOA appointment, a veteran must be honorably separated and either a preference eligible or have substantially completed three or more years of active service. A VEOA eligible who is separated 30 days or less prior to completion of the three-year active duty service requirement is eligible to receive consideration for BLM vacancies Submit documentation to support your claim for VEOA or preference veteran (DD-214 that shows discharge as honorable or general, SF-15, Veterans Administration Letter). If you are currently on active duty, you must provide an official statement of service from your command, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proved your military service was performed under honorable conditions. You must clearly identify your claim for veterans' preference on your application. For more information on veterans' preference, please go to OPMs website at: Feds Hire Vets.

    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.

    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.

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

    You may also check the status of your application by viewing your MY USAJOBs account.