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

Grade: 14

1 I qualify for the GS-14 level because: I have one year of specialized experience equivalent to GS-13. I have read the vacancy announcement for examples of specialized experience. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
2 I have experience developing and managing an Aviation Management Program to support natural resource management goals, policies, and objectives in an organization. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
3 Choose one of the following statements that demonstrates your highest level of experience in developing and administering unit fire and aviation program operations. Answer to this question is required
  • I provide leadership, coordination and direction to activities dealing with national level fire and aviation management initiatives and interagency related fire activities at a National/Regional level.
  • I develop overall strategies and functional programs, formulate strategic plans, policies and goals for a National/Regional/District fire and aviation management program.
  • I develop programs, plans, policies, and procedures for a fuels management, aviation, prevention/education, dispatch, fire suppression/operations, training and logistics program.
  • None of the above.
4 Indicate the statement that best describes your experience in working with a budget: Answer to this question is required
  • I have managed a large budget with over a million dollars in operations money and labor costs for ten or more employees.
  • I have managed a budget consisting of three hundred thousand dollars or more in operational money and labor costs for three or more employees.
  • I have assisted in the management of a budget consisting of three hundred thousand dollars or more in operational money and labor costs for three or more employees.
  • I have provided budget needs for my position and or unit and am some what familiar with the budget system.
  • I have no experience with a budget system.
5 Select all of the statements from below that best describe your supervisory responsibilities and experience: Answer to this question is required
  • I have established measurable performance goals for subordinates.
  • I have evaluated work performance of subordinates and have counseled them.
  • I have initiated formal performance improvement plans.
  • I have made final selection decisions for permanent positions.
  • I have realigned staff assignments to accommodate work or workload changes.
  • I have heard and have resolved complaints and grievances from employees and groups of employees.
  • I have effected minor disciplinary measures and proposed major disciplinary actions.
  • I have initiated awards and have approved training requests for subordinate employees including budgetary requirements.
  • I have limited supervisory experience.
  • None of the above.
6 Identify the professional aviation work related to fire/fuels management support you have performed on the job: Answer to this question is required
  • Advise fire management officers and/or Resource officers, Chief Rangers, on aircraft performance, capabilities, limitations, cost-effectiveness and support requirements for firefighting aircraft.
  • Conduct Fire Readiness Reviews of fire helicopter and fire retardant bases.
  • Visit permanent and temporary airbases during periods of high fire activity to observe operations, resolve problems, and provide recommendations for safety and improvement.
  • Coordinate with local, regional and national fire dispatch/coordination offices and cooperating agencies to establish aircraft priorities, availability, placement and efficient use of firefighting aircraft.
  • Serve on a wildland fire or all hazard Incident Management Team or as miscellaneous overhead in support of the National Incident Management System (NIIMS).
  • None of the above
7 I have provided expertise to program leaders in programs such as law enforcement, Resource Management, Search and Rescue, ACETA (Aerial Capture, Eradication and Tagging of Animals) regarding aviation policy and operational requirements. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
8 Indicate the following tasks related to aviation safety and accident prevention that you have performed as part of a job: Answer to this question is required
  • Develop an aviation safety plan for an organization.
  • Implement an aviation safety plan for an organization.
  • Prepare and/or review Special Use Safety Plans for specific flights and projects to insure hazard and risk mitigation.
  • Perform risk management assessments of on-going activities, proposed aviation missions, and/or over-all program standards.
  • Analyze aviation program performance and systems to identify deficiencies.
  • Initiate change in aviation organizational safety procedures and requirements to improve program performance and systems.
  • Prepare Aviation Incident/Accident Response Guide for an organization.
  • Update and disseminate Aviation Incident/Accident Response Guide for use in an organization.
  • Provide guidance on the use of aircraft during Search and Rescue activities.
  • Serve as the focal point for submission and review of aviation incident/hazard reports.
  • Recommend corrective action to management and staff to remedy situations identified in incident/hazard reports.
  • Provide follow-up on aviation incident/hazard reports to ensure unsafe conditions and operations are rectified.
  • Prepare unit aviation incident/hazard reports summary, analysis and recommendations on an annual basis.
  • Provide expertise in the operational planning of aviation activities on or near Military Training Routes or within Special Use Airspace.
  • Coordinate with military, Federal Aviation Administration and other agency officials to deconflict airspace over public lands.
  • Coordinate with military, Federal Aviation Administration and other agency officials to prepare cooperative airspace management agreements.
  • Perform aviation safety reviews in the field periodically or spontaneously.
  • Serve as a member of aviation safety teams and accident investigation teams.
  • None of the above
9 Indicate the following aviation management tasks that you have performed as part of a job: Answer to this question is required
  • Conduct an aviation needs analyses with resource program managers.
  • Plan and monitor an organizational aviation budget.
  • Serve as a technical expert on national aviation management initiatives.
  • Prepare, review, and disseminate aviation policy statements, memos, safety bulletins, manuals and/or handbooks throughout an organization.
  • Advise program leaders of technical, administrative and fiscal requirements concerning aviation procurement.
  • Monitor vendor, pilot and aircraft contract performance and mediate local problems.
  • Manage an organizational aviation training program to meet organizational aviation training requirements and ensure that all employees managing, supervising, or involved in aircraft operations are well trained and fully qualified.
  • Maintain an organizations aviation training and qualification records.
  • Analyze new aviation technology advances in aircraft avionics, navigational systems, support equipment and personal protective equipment for application and enhancement of an organizations aviation activity.
  • None of the above.
10 Indicate your level of involvement responding to aviation incidents or accidents. Answer to this question is required
  • I am considered a subject matter expert and have been a member of an accident investigation team appointed at a national level.
  • I am responsible for maintaining the aviation accident/incident response guide for my unit, and I have been directly involved with supporting and responding to aviation related accident and investigation.
  • I am responsible for maintaining the aviation accident/incident response guide for my unit, but I have not been directly involved with responding or supporting an aviation related accident and investigation.
  • I have received multiple briefings on aviation accident/incident response guides from different agencies, and I am responsible for relaying any procedures for responding to accident/incidents to aircrew members that I work with.
  • None of the above.
11 Indicate your level of experience as it pertains to your interpersonal communication skills that you routinely apply at work. Answer to this question is required
  • Explain technical issues to a variety of individuals from within and outside of your agency or organization.
  • Establish and maintain working relationships with representatives of other organizations.
  • Provide advice, guidance or direction to staff on regulations and procedures.
  • Clarify requirements, exchange routine information and obtain missing information.
  • Negotiate issues among parties with differing interests to gain agreement on changes affecting the program or work product.
  • Resolve conflicts by persuading others to accept new conditions, procedures or techniques.
  • Interact in situations where shifts in priorities, work assignments, or deadlines occur frequently due to delays or unexpected events.
  • None of the above.
12 Which of the following best describes your oral communication abilities and experience? Answer to this question is required
  • I have regularly met with various levels of top management, senior staff, and members of industry or professional organizations. I have also been successful in negotiating compromises, and obtained adoption of technical views and methods where conflicts existed.
  • I have regularly interacted with co-workers, and coordinated with Federal and non-Federal organizations to accomplish my work. I have also conducted seminars, training, and presentations for colleagues to relay new processes and techniques or project status.
  • I have regularly interacted with co-workers and other Federal employees within the more immediate organization regarding the issues and timeliness of the services provided.
  • I have regularly relayed information to co-workers and other employees within the organization.
  • None of the above.
13 Select the statement that best describes your ability to communicate effectively in writing. Answer to this question is required
  • I have routinely provided persuasive and concise written reports, studies, policies, memoranda and other correspondence to high-level management. This correspondence often involved complex, controversial issues with the need to obtain buy-in and support for corporate policy.
  • I have provided concise written reports, studies, memoranda and other correspondence to senior management in order to relay new information on corporate initiatives and policies or to provide a status of actions or projects.
  • I have provided written reports, studies, memoranda and other correspondence to mid-level management and employees in order to relay information.
  • I have written routine correspondence.
  • None of the above.

Grade: All Grades

1 I have a minimum of 90 days of wildland firefighting experience. Wildland firefighting experience is defined as on-the-line wildland firefighting experience gained through containment, control, suppression, or use of wildland fire. Wildland fire is defined as any non-structure fire that occurs in the wildland. The two types of wildland fire are wildfire and prescribed fire. (See announcement for further definition.) Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
2 I will provide copies of required documents by the closing date of this announcement. These documents establish my eligibility and qualifications for this position. Examples: SF-50 Notification of Personnel Action (non-award); DD-214 for VEOA consideration; transcripts if applicable. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
3 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
4 I understand that I may be required to obtain and use a government-issued charge card for any business-related travel and purchasing. A credit check may be conducted by the Government approved charge card provider prior to issuing the Government charge card. A credit score lower than 500 will preclude purchasing authority. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No