Bureau of Land Management Supervisory Range Technician (Fire) (Air Services Manager) in Boise, Idaho

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

Physical Demands: Long and irregular hours are requied, much of it occurring during periods of fire emergency. During such emergency periods, the incumbent is expected to work long hours on his/her feet with the usual stress associated with the operations of various types of aircraft and their movement in and out of the base/airport.

Work Environment: The majority of activities are performed in an airport environment. Moderate to extremely hot, dry conditions are common. Work requires use of safety equipment including hearing and eye protection. Exposure to chemicals is frequent. The work involves exposure to turning propellers and excessive noise levels generated by aircraft. Mental stress is present due to the emergency nature of the work. Extreme caution must be observed when fueling, loading, or moving aircraft. Within the office setting, the environment is controlled. Incumbent will adhere to all safety rules and regulations as prescribed in manuals/supplements or by the designated Safety Officer.

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

A Single Engine Air Tanker (SEAT) Base Manager manages an air tanker base with one or more SEAT operations during initial attack or extended attack of wildland fires. SEAT modules consist of single engine aircraft configured to drop suppressants or retardant, pilots, mixing/loading equipment and drivers/attendants. These modules are contracted to the government. Responses can occur on BLM fire or in support of other agency efforts. Provides pilots, and crew with detailed instructions on incident objective and tactics. Determines needs, orders personnel, equipment and supplies to support single engine air tanker operations.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Travel may be required to attend trainings, conferences, workshops, and/or field visits.

Supervisory status

Yes

Promotion Potential

08

Who May Apply
This job is open to…

All U.S. Citizens – Open to Public, No previous Federal Service is required.

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0455 Range Technician

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Conditions of Employment
  • 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 Required
  • Background Investigation 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.

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. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade of the position to be filled.

For GS-08 One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level GS-07 in the federal service. Specialized experience at this level is defined as experience working with aircraft during initial or extended attack of wildland fires. Experience should include lead responsibilties performing work associated with wildland fire aircraft.; OR 18 semester/24 quarter hours credit of graduate 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.

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

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.

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

Selective Placement Factor* #1:* 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.

Selective Factor #2: Must have possessed all of the following National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) incident management qualifications and training requirements to be considered eligible for this position:

1) Single Engine Air Tanker (SEAT),

2) FFT1

FIRE IQCSYou must provide a copy of your Incident Qualification and Certification System (IQCS) Master Record or other equivalent documentation which verifies you meet the required NWCG minimum qualifications for this IFPM position. Failure to provide this documentation by the closing dated of the announcement will result in you being rated as not qualified.

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Additional information

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)/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 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.

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.

FACT SHEET FOR FIRE POSITIONS: FIREFIGHTER CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT.

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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 you meet the qualification requirements, you 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 and experience in the planning and coordination of air base operations (i.e., air tanker base, air attack base, SEAT base, fixed wing base, helibase).

KSA 2: Knowledge and understanding of bureau and interagency aviation organization, and aviation safety, policy, guidelines and regulations as found in agency handbooks, FAA FARS, DOT regulations, and knowledge of the Incident Command System.

KSA 3: Knowledge of air tanker and retardant contract administration and contract provisions in order to effectively administer such contracts, recommend contract changes and complete related reports, pay documents, diaries, and other associated records.

KSA 4: Knowledge of qualified aerial retardant products, their chemical composition and lot acceptance/quality control testing procedures in accordance with contract specifications. And the knowledge of aerial retardant mixing operations and the loading and unloading of air tankers according to accepted practices and regulations. Includes knowledge of retardant pumping/mixing equipment, recirculation systems and metering equipment operation and maintenance. To preview questions please click here.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Not Applicable

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

  • 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.

  • Copy of Incident Qualification and Certification System (IQCS) Master Record or other equivalent documentation which verifies you meet the minimum 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.

  • Copy of State Driver's license for verification.

  • 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.

  • 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 the same documentation as 5-point veterans’ preference as well as a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and VA letter. For more information on which type of preference is applicable, please visit VetGuide.

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, you must include the following: Job Title and Grade Level, if Federal employment, Duties and Accomplishments, Employer's Name and Address, Supervisor's Name and Telephone Number, Starting and Ending dates (month and 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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Benefits

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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Agency contact information
Human Resources
Phone

208-373-3921

Fax

208-373-3919

Email

BLMIDHRVacancies@blm.gov

Address

Bureau of Land Management BLM Idaho State Office, ID-953 1387 S Vinnel Way 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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The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

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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  • New employee probationary period

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/499879400. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 04/18/2018 to 05/30/2018

Salary: $45,810 to $59,557 per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 08

Work schedule: Full-Time - Full Time

Appointment type: Permanent - This is a full-time temporary seasonal position, not to exceed 1039 hours.