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

Vacancy Details

Grade: 04

1 I qualify at the GS-4 level because: Answer to this question is required
  • I have 1 year of general experience. General experience is any type of work that demonstrates your ability to perform dispatching work or experience that provided you with a familiarity with the subject matter and/or processes of dispatching.
  • I have 2 years of education above the high school level (either 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours) in an accredited business, secretarial, or technical school, junior college, college or university; or at least 20 hours of classroom instruction per week for approximately 72 weeks in a business, secretarial, or technical school.
  • I have an equivalent combination of specialized experience and education as described in the vacancy announcement to qualify for this position. I will provide a copy of my college transcript.
  • I do not meet any of the responses above.
2 Indicate the response that best describes your level of experience in fire coordination and dispatching concepts and procedures. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  • I have completed formal education or training in performing this task but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager, or senior employee.
  • This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task, and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.
3 Select the statement that best describes your experience with office computer software. Answer to this question is required
  • I use and am proficient in the use of a variety of office computer software, to include most the features in word processing, spreadsheet, and other applications.
  • I use and am proficient in the use of most of the features in one to two basic office computer software, such as in word processing, spreadsheet, and other applications.
  • I use and am proficient in the use of most features associated with a word processing software application (e.g., mail merge, tables, database sorting, etc.).
  • I use a word processing software application for basic typing.
  • I have little to no experience with office computer software.
4 Select the statement that best describes your experience, education or training in firefighting coordination and mobilization. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had education, training or experience in these job functions.
  • I have received post high school education or formal training in these functions, but I have not performed them on the job.
  • I have performed similar or directly related job functions and my experience and training have prepared me to perform these functions successfully.
  • I have performed these functions independently as a regular part of fire dispatching work.
  • I am highly skilled at performing these functions. I have performed them routinely and have carried them out successfully to meet the needs of emergency fire suppression operations.

Grade: 05

1 I qualify at the GS-5 level because: Answer to this question is required
  • I have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-4 level in Federal service, as a dispatcher or in a directly related position. Examples: perform dispatching duties for wildland fire, or police or fire departments, or other emergency services to include receiving information and notifying higher level employee or supervisor, processing requests for resources; consolidating and inputting data using computer programs; and recording and maintaining communications logs.
  • I have completed a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor`s degree with major study in any field in an accredited school.
  • I have an equivalent combination of specialized experience and education as described in the vacancy announcement to qualify for this position. I will provide a copy of my college transcript.
  • I do not meet any of the responses above.
2 Indicate the response that best describes your level of experience in fire coordination and dispatching concepts and procedures. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
  • I have completed formal education or training in performing this task but have not yet performed this task on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job under close supervision by a supervisor, manager, or senior employee to ensure compliance with correct procedures.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of a job, independently and usually without review by supervisor, manager, or senior employee.
  • This task has been a central or major part of my work. I have performed myself routinely, and I have trained others in performance of this task, and (or) others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in performing this task.
3 Select the statement that best describes your experience with office computer software. Answer to this question is required
  • I use and am proficient in the use of a variety of office computer software, to include most the features in word processing, spreadsheet, and other applications.
  • I use and am proficient in the use of most of the features in one to two basic office computer software, such as in word processing, spreadsheet, and other applications.
  • I use and am proficient in the use of most features associated with a word processing software application (e.g., mail merge, tables, database sorting, etc.).
  • I use a word processing software application for basic typing.
  • I have little to no experience with office computer software.
4 Select the statement that best describes your experience, education or training in firefighting coordination and mobilization. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had education, training or experience in these job functions.
  • I have received post high school education or formal training in these functions, but I have not performed them on the job.
  • I have performed similar or directly related job functions and my experience and training have prepared me to perform these functions successfully.
  • I have performed these functions independently as a regular part of fire dispatching work.
  • I am highly skilled at performing these functions. I have performed them routinely and have carried them out successfully to meet the needs of emergency fire suppression operations.

Grade: All Grades

1 I consent to the release of information about my ability and fitness for Federal employment by employers, schools, law enforcement agencies, and other individuals and organizations to investigators, human resource specialists, and other authorized employees or representatives of the Federal Government. I understand that for some other sources of information, a separate specific release may be needed, and I may be contacted for such a release at a later date. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
2 By responding to this question, you acknowledge that you have reviewed the Required Documents section of this announcement to determine which documents, if any, you need to provide in support of this application. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
Ensure that your resume clearly supports the answers you have provided in the questionnaire portion of this vacancy announcement.
3 I have read the "How to Apply" & "Required Documents" sections and understand that failure to submit any required documents may result in my being found not qualified. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
4 Identify the specialized work related to fire dispatch that you perform as part of a job: Answer to this question is required
  • Monitor and/or engage in fire emergency communications.
  • Maintain a log of all telephone calls and conversations that transpire regarding fire activities.
  • Monitor fire weather data for changing or hazardous conditions.
  • Interpret fire weather data and relay to management or senior employees.
  • Obtain weather observations from field stations.
  • Compile and interpret lightning detection data.
  • Monitor resource status and availability wherever needed.
  • Brief managers and/or dispatchers about the status of fire operations.
  • Brief the public about the status of fire operations.
  • Prepare a daily fire situation report to inform fire personnel and management of changing events.
  • Other
  • None of the above
5 I have worked in the following stressful type work environments Answer to this question is required
  • Fire dispatch office
  • Law enforcement dispatch office
  • Interagency dispatch office (USDI, USDA, etc.)
  • All Risk dispatch office (fire/law enforcement)
  • Fire fighter
  • Law enforcement officer
  • None of the above
6 Select the following multi-tasking functions where you have experience. Answer to this question is required
  • Multi-frequency radios/Multi-line telephones
  • Computers/file systems
  • General public/news media
  • Analyzing situations/selecting alternatives
  • Involved in multiple “all risk requests” where priorities must be determined by the nature of the situation
  • None of the above
7 Select the following types of resources you have experience in dispatching. Answer to this question is required
  • Overhead
  • Equipment
  • Aircraft
  • Supplies
  • None of the above
8 Select the different fire/dispatch computer programs you are familiar with. Answer to this question is required
  • BEHAVE Fire Modeling System
  • WIMS (Weather Information Management System)
  • ROSS (Resource Ordering Status System)
  • FLAMMAP Fire Behavior Analysis and Mapping System
  • FARSITE (Fire Area Simulator)
  • FireFamily Plus Fire Climatology and Occurrence Analysis System
  • National Fire Danger Rating System
  • None of the above
9 Select the different "dispatch" computer programs you are familiar with. Answer to this question is required
  • Computer Aided Dispatch (CAD) System
  • WIMS (Weather Information Management System)
  • ROSS (Resource Ordering Status System)
  • State Law Enforcement Telecommunications System such as California Law Enforcement Telecommunications System (CLETS), or similar system
  • IQCS (Incident Qualifications Command System)
  • WildCAD (Computer Aided Wildfire Dispatch System)
  • AFF (Automated Flight Following)
  • WFDSS (Wildland Fire Decision Support System)
  • Sit-209 (209 Large Fire Activity Situation Report)
  • None of the above.
10 I have maintained the following electronic/tracking systems: Answer to this question is required
  • Weather data
  • Telecommunications systems
  • Fire resources tracking systems
  • None of the above
11 I have been a work leader in the following settings: Answer to this question is required
  • All risk dispatch center
  • Office setting
  • Field operation
  • Training
  • Volunteer operation
  • None of the above
12 Identify the dispatching responsibilities you have been assigned as part of a job. Answer to this question is required
  • Gathering facts and making decisions to allocate resources to breaking fires.
  • Monitor and engage in fire emergency communications.
  • Placing and receiving orders for resources.
  • Supervising an expanded dispatch operation.
  • Acquire fire weather data and relay to management or senior employees.
  • Brief managers and dispatchers about the status of fire operations.
  • None of the above.
13 Identify the tasks related to fire-related communications that you have performed as part of a job: Answer to this question is required
  • Demonstrate cooperation with others within a structured fire organization in order to accomplish organizational goals or duties.
  • Work with other team members under stressful and adverse conditions in order to achieve team goals.
  • Direct the work of other fire employees as needed or on a limited basis in order to accomplish organizational goals or duties.
  • Display courtesy tact and politeness to others while dealing with individuals who may be difficult, hostile, or distressed.
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with management, peers, and/or individuals from the public regarding fire related topics, events, or concerns.
  • None of the above.
14 Indicate your level of experience as it pertains to the interpersonal communication skills that you routinely apply at work. Select all that apply. Answer to this question is required
  • Participate in one-on-one interactions with co-workers to accomplish work-related duties.
  • Explain technical issues to a variety of individuals from within or outside of your agency or organization.
  • Establish and maintain working relationships with representatives of other organizations.
  • Provide direction, explanation, guidance or information to others to clarify regulations or procedures.
  • Handle complaints or problems; propose new procedures or functionality; work well with a variety of people.
  • None of the above.
15 I have experience providing technical information to the general public or co-workers in the following manner(s): Answer to this question is required
  • To individuals on a one-on-one basis
  • To small groups of less than 20
  • To groups of more than 20
  • At conferences or informal meetings
  • In a training session
  • None of the above
16 Identify the specialized work related to assembling or obtaining fire suppression resources that you perform as part of a job: Answer to this question is required
  • Estimate fire personnel, equipment and supply needs for fire lines and/or fire camps.
  • Arrange for the transportation of fire suppression resources via ground.
  • Arrange for the transportation of fire suppression resources via air.
  • Acquire helicopters for use by fire personnel.
  • Acquire retardant aircraft for use by fire personnel.
  • Obtain firefighting personnel when and wherever needed.
  • Keep track of all crews, helicopters, air tankers and other resources.
  • None of the above.