Bureau of Land Management Fire Mitigation & Education Specialist in Boise, Idaho

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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 Boise, Idaho. Information about the surrounding area may be found at Boise and can be found here.

Physical Demands: The work is primarily sedentary, although a level of physical fitness is required which will allow for work during periods of extended stress and in the field when unusual fire situations arise.

Work Environment: The work is normally performed in an office; however, travel to field offices and various meetings and conferences is required.

We expect to fill one vacancy at this time; however, more than one position may be filled from this announcement.

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Responsibilities

Wildland Fire Mitigation:

  • This position provides management, technical, oversight and implementation to the wildland fire mitigation, education, community assistance, and legal restitution for fire loss and trespass programs.

  • Makes recommendations on and implements plans for wildland fire mitigation, including risk assessment, ignition management, program direction and loss prevention programs, interagency coordination and presuppression/suppression components of a fire management program at the field office level.

  • Represents the Bureau at the local level on wildland fire education activities.

  • Attends meetings and interagency coordination workshops providing fire mitigation expertise.

  • Works with homeowners, communities, local fire cooperators and other stakeholders to identify high risk areas that are prone to damage from wildfires and strategizes ways to reduce the risk to communities. Fire Education:

  • Develops, coordinates, implements and monitors educational meetings, events and program with local communities to reduce loss resulting from wildfires. Community Assistance:

  • Coordinates the identification and mitigation of wildland urban interface issues and risks to homeowners and communities from wildland fire and hazardous fuels. Fire Trespass:

  • Coordinates, monitors and implements local wildland fire trespass policies, procedures and actions.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel to field offices and various meetings and conferences is required.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

09

Who May Apply
This job is open to…
  • All current or federal employees employees with competitive/reinstatement eligibility;

  • CTAP/ICTAP eligible in the local commuting area;

  • Persons eligible under Special Hiring Authorities (VEOA, VRA, 30% Disabled Veterans, Schedule A and/or individual’s w/disabilities)

  • Current or former time-limited employees eligible under PL-114-47, Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA)​

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Conditions of Employment
  • U.S. Citizenship required.
  • Security Clearance/Background Investigation required.
  • 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 Required.

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 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.

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

You must possess a valid state driver's license by the closing date of the announcement and at all times during your appointment in this position.

Responses to the online job-specific questions must be supported in your resume.

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

Qualifications

Specialized Experience Requirements: 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.

For GS-07:One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level GS-05 in the federal service. Examples of specialized experience at this level may include independently conducting low complexity fire prevention related public events such as Smokey Bear events, parades, staffing fire prevention booths and school programs, construction and maintenance of fire prevention signs, conducting fire prevention patrols, and/or posting fire restriction information.

For GS-09:One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level GS-07 in the federal service. Examples of specialized experience at this level may include conducting FIREWISE education events including home assessments in the wildland urban interface, and presentations to homeowners associations and groups making recommendations regarding hazardous fuels reductions and other wildfire mitigation and fire prevention techniques, conducting fire prevention inspections of industrial equipment such as logging equipment, Off Highway Vehicles (OHV), powerline right of ways and other types of equipment operating on public lands, creating written fire prevention educational material including pamphlets related to defensible space, outdoor fire safety and materials specific to reducing common human caused fire ignitions through education, and/or providing information to the public through social media and/or updating websites.

Substitution of Education for the Specialized Experience Requirement: For GS-07: One full year (18 semester hours) of graduate level education

OR Superior academic achievement based on one of the following: (1) class standing, (2) grade-point average, or (3) honor society member. For a detailed description of Superior Academic Achievement, please visit the Superior Academic Achievement website.

For GS-09: Masters of equivalent graduate degree, OR two full years (18 semester hours) of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree, OR LL.B. or J.D., if related.

Education and experience may be combined to meet the specialized experience requirement.

SELECTIVE FACTOR:This position requires a special qualification 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 will be rated not qualified.

PRIOR WILDLAND FIREFIGHTING EXPERIENCE REQUIRED. Applicants must have at least one season (3-6 months) 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. 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. 2) For the GS0- 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 Detail/Temporary 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.

You must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.

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Additional information

May require completion of a 1 year probationary period.

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.

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 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.

If the position is filled at a lower grade level, subsequent promotion to the next grade level will be processed without further competition dependent upon administrative approval and the continuing need for an actual assignment and performance of higher-level duties.

This announcement is being advertised concurrently under Announcement #ID-DEU-2018-0021 which is open to all qualified persons. You must apply to each announcement separately if you wish to be considered under both recruitment methods.

This is a Long-Term Career Seasonal appointment; it is expected you will work at least 6 months, but less than 9 months a year. When work or funds are not available, you will be placed in non-pay status.

This position is not eligible for Telework.

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.

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

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

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:Prior on the line wildland firefighting experience to comprehend and apply fire management strategies, tactics and fire prevention and mitigation procedures to fire management objectives and to determine the consequences of proposed actions. KSA 2:Knowledge of training principles and techniques, meeting management skills and the ability to effectively organize, coordinate and present workshops and training sessions involving all aspects wildland fire mitigation and wildland fire education. KSA 3: Ability to establish, communicate with and maintain effective relationships with local public interest groups, community planners, private landowners, and governments involved with fire management planning efforts.

VEOA Selectees at the GS-07 level who meet basic eligibility requirements will be referred for the Administrative Careers with America (ACWA) examination administered under authorities of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). It is expected that this test will be conducted within two weeks of the closing date of this announcement. Applicants who score 90 or above on the test will be referred to the selecting official. Applicants will be responsible for providing their own means of transportation and travel to take the test. To preview questions please click here.

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Resumes must show relevant experience and other information. Your resume must list education and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the # of hours worked per week and salary information. Civil service employees must provide their current OPM title, series, and grade. Resumes 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:

  • If you are qualifying with education, you must provide copies of all your transcripts for verification that include hours and grades from an accredited U.S. college/university by the closing date. 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.

-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).

-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, AND documentation of successful performance for each appointment. 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.

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

  • 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: Submit documentation to support your claim for VEOA or 30% disabled veterans status (DD-214 Member Copy #4 or copy that shows discharge as honorable or general, SF-15, VA letter, etc). Supplemental documentation required if you are active duty military seeking veteran preference. 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. You must clearly identify your claim for veterans' preference on your application. For more information on veterans' preference, please go to OPMs website at: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/

  • 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. 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.

If uploading a resume, include: Job Title & Grade Level, if Federal employment, Duties & Accomplishments, Employer's Name & Address, Supervisor's Name & Phone #, Start & End dates (month/year), Hours worked per week, and Salary.

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.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.

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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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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 Human Resources Office at (208) 373-3921 or email BLMIDHRVacancies@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.

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Human Resources
Phone

208-373-3921

Fax

000-000-0000

Email

BLMIDHRVacancies@blm.gov

Address

Bureau of Land Management BLM Idaho State Office ID-953 - Attn: ID-Merit-2018-0037 Boise, Idaho United States

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Next steps

Once your completed application is received, we will conduct an evaluation and the most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for future consideration and possible interview. You will be notified of the outcome.

You may also check the status of your application by viewing your “My Account” on USAJOBS.

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Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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  • Selective Service
  • New employee probationary period

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/499730900. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 05/16/2018 to 05/30/2018

Salary: $41,365 to $65,778 per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 07 - 09

Work schedule: Full-Time - Full Time.

Appointment type: Seasonal - This is a permanent Long Term Career Seasonal position.