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Bureau of Land Management Forestry Technician (Fire) (Engine Captain/Engine Boss) Direct Hire Authority in Winnemucca, Nevada

Summary

This is a Direct-Hire advertisement Veterans Preference is not applicable to this advertisement. To learn more about Direct-Hire Authority, go to: OPM.GOV Hiring Information - DHA This position is located Winnemucca, Nevada. For more information visit: Winnemucca Chamber of Commerce.

Responsibilities

Oversees operation of a fire Engine Module.

Maintains records and prepares reports on history of action taken on fires.

Serves as initial attach Incident Commander on wildland fires.

Evaluates fire behavior in order to plan and direct necessary courses of action independently and performs risk analyses.

Manages and maintains engines and equipment to ensure that personnel meet fire readiness standards.

Provides technical and administrative supervision to an Engine Module.

Plans work to be accomplished by subordinates, sets and adjusts short term priorities, and prepares schedules for completion of the work.

Directs project work such as development of prescribed fire burn plans, prescribed fire implementation, and fuels inventory.

Present wildland fire suppression and prescribed fire training.

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

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. To qualify for the GS-07 grade level, 1 year (12 months) of specialized experience equivalent to GS-06 is required. Examples of work experience include, but are not limited to: 1) on-the-line wildland fire experience as a lead firefighter managing resources, equipment, and tools directly related to the suppression of wildfires; and/or 2) leading an engine module in response to wildland fire incidents.To qualify for the GS-08 grade level, 1 year (12 months) of specialized experience equivalent to GS-07 is required. Examples of work experience include, but are not limited to: 1) on-the-line wildland fire experience as a lead firefighter or supervisor managing resources, equipment, and tools directly related to the suppression of wildfires; 2) leading an engine module in response to wildland fire incidents; and/or 3) determining suppression method to use including hose lay types, deployment of crew, point of initial attach, types of tools to use, and application of water and handline location and standards. Substitution of Education for Experience: GS-07: 18 semester hours (1 year) of graduate education which is DIRECTLY related to work of the position OR an equivalent combination of specialized experience and education. GS-08: 36 semester hours (2 years) of graduate education which is DIRECTLY related to work of the position OR an equivalent combination of specialized experience and education. Selective Placement Factor(s): 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(s) will be rated not qualified.

1) This position is a Primary Firefighter position and is subject to a maximum entry age (MEA). The MEA is the date immediately preceding your 37th birthday. Applicants must not have reached age 37 at the time of appointment, unless proof is provided of prior Federal service in another primary covered position, 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 may result in loss of consideration.2) This position has been identified as one of the key fire management positions under the Interagency Fire Program Management (IFPM) Standard. This position has been categorized as a Supervisory Fire Engine Operator (SEOP), and requires selectee to meet the minimum qualification standards for IFPM prior to being placed into the position. Detailed information regarding IFPM positions can be found at www.ifpm.nifc.gov. To meet IFPM requirements for this position, you 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 (currency not required): A) Engine Boss (ENGB), AND;B) Incident Commander, Type 5 (ICT5), AND;C) Portable Pumps and Water Use (S-211). You must meet all qualification and selective placement factor requirements by the closing date of this announcement. Physical Demands: Arduous - Duties involve rigorous fieldwork requiring above average physical performance, endurance and superior conditioning. Work requires prolonged standing, walking over uneven ground, and carrying of items weighing over 50 pounds. Duties include demands for strenuous activities in emergencies under adverse environmental conditions and over extended periods of time. Work Environment: Work is primarily performed in forest and range environments in steep terrain where surfaces may be extremely uneven, rocky, covered with vegetation, and in smoky conditions. Temperatures vary from above 100 degrees F to below freezing. Risks include smoke inhalation, fire entrapment, snake or insect bites and stings, exposure to excessive machinery noise, and falling and rolling material. May be required to live in backcountry camps for extended periods of time.

Education

This position falls under the Technical and Medical Support Group Qualification Standard and Individual Occupational Requirements (IOR) for the Range Technician 0462 series.

This position has a substitution of education for Specialized Experience. See qualification section for a description of the education substitution for specialized experience. Additionally to qualify based on education you must submit copies 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

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)/lnteragency 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 exceed minimum qualifications 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 RPL, you may be given priority consideration. The BLM has determined that the duties of this position are not suitable for telework. General Schedule Salary Table for "Rest of US" (RUS), without locality was used to indicate the salary in this announcement. Salaries may vary dependent upon location selected. Please refer to the Salary Tables link for more information: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/salaries-wages/2018/general-schedule/ NOTE: A new appointment shall be made at the minimum rate of the appropriate grade unless regulatory guidance permits otherwise. 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 & Law Enforcement Positions: Information on Special Retirement.

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