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Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
NV Merit-2019-0001
Hiring Agency:
Bureau of Land Management
Position Title:
District Fire Management Officer
Open Period:
02/15/2019 - 03/15/2019


GS - 0401 13
USD $87,252 - USD $113,428
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Work Schedule is Full Time.
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Elko, NV, US
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
Human Resources


Hiring Path:
• Individuals with disabilities
• Competitive service
• Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)
• Peace Corps & AmeriCorps VISTA
• Special authorities
• Veterans
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
All current federal employees or former federal employees with competitive/reinstatement eligibility; CTAP and 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; All former PLC members who within the past 120 days have completed all requirements of a creditable PLC project.
Security Clearance Required:
Appointment Type
Appointment Type Details:
This is a permanent position.
Marketing Statement:

BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to join the Elko District Fire team! 

The BLM manages more land – approximately 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 estates 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.


Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource.

For additional information about the BLM, please visit Our website.

This position is located in Elko, Nevada. Information about the Elko area can be found at the Elko Chamber of Commerce website.

Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:

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.

Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

Travel will be required to field offices and other state offices.


The District Fire Management Operations Officer (FMO) directs all phases of the fire management program and is responsible for its planning, program direction, coordination, and evaluation.

The FMO coordinates and initiates all fire management activities based on firefighter and public safety, cost effectiveness and values to be protected consistent with resources objectives, by using the full range of strategic and tactical options as described in an approved Fire Management Plan.

The FMO is also responsible for developing and implementing an integrated fire management program to achieve resource management objectives. This position also provides leadership for human resource management, budget development and execution and safety management as related to fire and aviation management.

Most of the work is performed in an office setting, but field work is sometimes performed in steep terrain where surfaces may be uneven, rocky or covered with thick vegetation. Temperatures are frequently extreme, both from weather and fire conditions where the presence of smoke and/or dust conditions are frequently severe.

Qualifications and Evaluations


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.  

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.

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 is required.
  • Background Investigation Required
  • Education Requirements:

    This position falls under the Group Coverage for Administrative and Management 0401 series.

    This position has a positive education requirement. See qualification section for description of the Basic Education Requirement (BER). Additionally you must submit copies of transcripts or a list of all 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 .

    There is no substitution of education for experience at the GS-12 and above grade levels.


    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 and skills sufficient to provide technical direction, guidance, and coordination for a complex, highly active, and diversified fire management and protection program including preparedness, prevention, detection, suppression, training, and safety.

    KSA 2: Knowledge of other agency and cooperators practices and procedures in fire preparedness, suppression, and management to interface fire plans and actions with the interagency fire community. The scope of the work extends to not only BLM programs but also to readiness and suppression programs in other cooperating agencies such as the U.S. Forest Service, Nevada Division of Forestry, Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Park Service.

    KSA 3: Expert knowledge of leadership and human relations. This includes, but not limited to, the ability to identify and provide appropriate staff to perform assigned workloads and meet the needs of BLM’s customers, create and maintain good morale among the staff, create new and innovative ideas for developing and accomplishing BLM objectives, make effective use of the performance improvement system, and provide appropriate recognition for highly motivated effective staff performance in accomplishing BLM objectives.

    KSA 4: Comprehensive knowledge of fire management in determining fire effects on soil, air, vegetation, and wildlife habitat from planned and unplanned ignitions. Ability to provide direction in developing programs utilizing fire’s natural role in the ecosystem.

    KSA 5: Skill in designing and evaluating Fire Management Plans, mobilization plans, pre-attack plans which support initial attack and complex fire and recourse management objectives, as well as integrating these plans with those developed by other states and federal/state fire and resource agencies.


    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 (GS-12) of the position to be filled.

    This position has a Basic Education Requirement:  Degree: Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a Bachelor's or higher degree that include a major field of study in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resources management, range management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position advertised; --OR-- B. Combination of Education and Experience: Courses equivalent to a major in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resources management, chemistry or related disciplines with at least 24 semester hours in the courses described above appropriate to the position advertised, 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.

    For GS-13: One (1) year of specialized wildland fire management experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is that experience which has provided the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to successfully function in the wildland fire management position applied for. Possession of the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities can be evidenced by reviewing and evaluating fire management plans for ecological soundness and technical adequacy, conducting field inspections before and after prescribed or wildland fires to determine if objectives were achieved and/or evaluate the effectiveness of actions take, and developing analyses on the ecological role of fire and its use and/or exclusion, and smoke management. In addition to fire program management, appropriate experience must have included either prescribed fire/fuels management or fire management operations, including prescribed fire/fuels management; experience in a broad range of activities, such as inventory methods and procedures, fuel treatment methods and programming, land use planning and environmental coordination, evaluating prescribed burn plans or fire management plans to ensure containment is possible and identify contingencies if containment is not obtained, fire management operations, and analyzing and applying fire management strategies, plus experience in at least five of the following activities: Mobilization and dispatch coordination; Fire prevention and education; Training; Logistics; Equipment development and deployment; Fire communication systems; Suppression and preparedness; or Aviation. The above specialized experiences may be evidenced by the following or similar positions: Fire Program Manager; Geographic-level Fire Program Staff Lead; National-level Fire Program Staff Lead; Agency Administrator of a unit having a fire program; or experience as an immediate supervisor of a Unit Fire Program Manager.

    Selective Placement Factor(s): 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:

    Applicants must have prior wildland firefighting experience. Proof of this experience must be provided in your resume. This experience can typically be met by serving in a wildland fire fighting position with actual fire line experience for one season (which is defined as 3-months).

    NWCG Incident Management Qualifications:

    Division Group Supervisor (DIVS), AND either Incident Commander Type 3 (ICT3), OR Prescribed Burn Boss Type 2 (RXB2).


    Air Services Group Supervisor (ASGS) AND Incident Commander Type 3 (ICT3)

    Additional Required Training as presented in the following course: Fire Program Management (M-581)

    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.

    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.

    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.  

    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.

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

    This position may require regular and recurring overtime and shift work.

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


    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) 861-6428 or email us at 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: 

    Copy of 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 date of the announcement will result in you being rated as not qualified.

    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.”

    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.

    If you are applying for this position based on eligibility under other noncompetitive special appointing authorities, you MUST submit proof of this eligibility.

    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.

    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. Click HERE for instructions on how to Fax your information.  

    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.