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

Vacancy Details


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Announcement Number:
NV-DEU-2016-0152
Hiring Agency:
Bureau of Land Management
Position Title:
Supervisory Range Technician (Engine Captain)
Open Period:
06/24/2016 - 07/08/2016

Format MM/DD/YYYY

Series/Grade:
GS - 0455 06/07
Salary:
(USD) $36,025 - (USD) $52,043
Promotion Potential:
GS-07
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Lovelock, NV, US
For More Info:
Human Resources
775-861-6431
nvjobs@blm.gov

Overview

Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
All U.S. Citizens – No previous Federal Service is required.
Security Clearance Required:
Q Nonsensitive
Appointment Type
Permanent
Appointment Type Details:
This is a permanent career seasonal position (6 - 11 1/2 months employment)
Marketing Statement:
BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to join the Fire Team in Lovelock, Nevada.

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.
Summary:
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 Lovelock, NV. Information about Lovelock, NV and the surrounding area can be found at: Winnemucca Chamber of Commerce

Work requires prolonged standing, walking over uneven ground and recurring bending, reaching, lifiting and carrying of items weighing over 50 pounds and shared lifting and carrying of heavier items. Duties include demands for strenous activities in emergencies under adverse environmental conditions and over extended periods of time. Operation of some specialized fire equipment can place extended physical stress on incumbent during fire season. Incumbent is subject to medical examination and must pass the work capacity test for arduous positions.

The work is primarily performed in forest and range environments in steep terrain where surfaces may be extremely uneven, rocky, covered in vegetation, and in smoky conditions. Personnel must adjust and cope with exposure to weather elements, dust and smoke, poor sleeping and eating conditions, and unpredicatable sets of cirmcumstances.
 
Supervisory Position:
Yes
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
No
Travel Required:
25% or less

Work is primarily performed in forest and range environments in steep terrain where surfaces may be extremely ueven, rocky, covered with vegetation, and in smoky conditions. May be required to live in backcountry camps for extended periods of time. May require travel by light fixed-wing or rotor-wing aircraft.

Duties

Provides technical and administrative supervision to engine crews. Directs the operation of a wildland fire engine, responsible for maintenance of specialized equipment and ensures the engine is kept in a full state of readiness.

During initial attack fire suppression activities, locates fireline and directs and participates in fireline construction, backfiring and burnout operations, engine and pump operations, tree falling and holding/patrol/mop up operations. May be required to be a fully qualified chain saw operator.

Gathers and considers information on weather data, topography, fuel types, and fire behavior during suppression of wildland fire incidents.

Implements formal and informal training programs to comply with policy and regulations. Participates in wildland fire and safety training.

Qualifications and Evaluations

Requirements:
This position falls under the group coverage qualification standards for Technical and Medical Support positions in conjunction with the Individual Occupation Requirements for Range Technician.

Passage of a pre-employment physical is required. You must also pass the work capacity test for arduous positions. 

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 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 maximum entry-age for this position shall not exceed age 37; unless you have sufficient prior Federal civilian firefighter experience 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 loss of eligibility to receive a waiver of the maximum entry age requirement.

You must be 18 years of age or older to be assigned to a hazardous position.
Key Requirements:
  • 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 is required.
  • Background Investigation 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 you meet the qualification requirements, your 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 control of wildfires and wildland fires.

    KSA 3: Knowledge of fire behavior including causes of wildland fire, influences of temperature, humidity, wind, topography, slope, and fuels.

    KSA 4: Skill in coordinating training sessions and presenting wildland fire suppression and prescribed fire training material.
    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 to be filled. 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.

    For GS-06: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to GS-05 in the Federal service. Specialized experience at this level is defined as having experience in the implementation of strategies, tactics, and suppression methods that are used in the containment and control of wildland fires; --OR-- Completed six (6) months of graduate level college 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 experience and education described above.

    For GS-07: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-06 level in the Federal service as a range technician or in a directly related position. Specialized experience at this level is defined as working as a skilled lead wildland firefighter with on-the-line wildland fire experience in forest/range fire control, prevention or suppression utilizing a wide variety of specialized wildland fire tools and equipment; --OR-- One (1) year of graduate level college education in a field related to range work such as a major study in forestry, range management, agriculture or a field directly related to this position; --OR-- An equivalent combination of the specialized experience and education.

    You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

    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.

    If you have left Federal service or are currently not in a covered position and are over the age of 37, you must provide copies of SF50s showing beginning and ending dates of covered Federal Primary Fire retirement or your will not be eligible for consideration under this vacancy announcement.

    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.

    This position has been categorized as a Supervisory Fire Engine Operator, a key fire management position 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) Engine Boss (ENGB); 2) Incident Commander, Type 5 (ICT5); and 3) Portable Pumps and Water Use (S-211).

    PRIOR WILDLAND FIREFIGHTING EXPERIENCE REQUIRED. Applicants must have 90-days of prior wildland firefighting experience. This must be evidenced in your application. The Department of the Interior defines wildland firefighting experience as: any non-structure fire that occurs in the wildland. Wildland firefighting experience is gained through work on the fire line in 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 fires are categorized into two distinct types: 1) Wildfires - Unplanned ignitions or prescribed fires that are declared wildfires, and 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.

    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 maximum entry-age for this position shall not exceed age 37 unless you have sufficient prior Federal civilian firefighter experience 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 loss of eligibility to receive a waiver of the maximum entry age requirement. If you have left Federal service and are over the age of 37, you must provide copies of SF50s showing beginning and ending dates of covered Federal law enforcement service or your will not be eligible for consideration under this vacancy announcement.

    You must possess a valid state driver's license and it must be valid at all times while in this position. You may be required to obtain a commercial driver's license within 60 days of appointment.

    Benefits and Other Info

    Benefits:
    To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit the Office of Personnel Management's website at Federal Benefits at USAJOBS.
    Other Information:
    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): CTAP provides eligible surplus and displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) This vacancy is within your CTAP eligibility; 2) You apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) You are found well qualified for this vacancy. You must provide a copy of your written notification of CTAP eligibility with your application. Information about CTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at CTAP

    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.

    May require completion of a 1 year probationary period.

    Supervisory Probationary Period: If you are selected for this position, you will be required to serve a one year supervisory/managerial probationary period if one has not previously been completed.

    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.

    You must be 18 years of age or older to be assigned to a hazardous position.

    This is a 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.

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

    This position is not eligible for Telework.

    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.

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

    This announcement may be used to fill more than one position within the district.

    This announcement is being advertised concurrently under NV Merit-2016-0407 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.

    FACT SHEET FOR FIRE POSITIONS: FIREFIGHTER CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT.

    Additional information pertaining to this position, can be found under the "Requirements" tab.

    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) 861-6431 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:
    In addition to the online application (resume and responses to the questionnaire), you are required to submit the following forms: 

    If qualifying 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. All selections and tentative offers of selection are contingent upon submission and verification of 'official' transcripts.

    Copy of Incident Qualification and Certification System (IQCS) Master Record or other equivalent documentation which verifies you meet the required NWCG qualifications for this position. Failure to provide this documentation by the closing date of the announcement will result in you being rated as not qualified.

    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.

    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.