Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs RANGE AID (FIRE), GS-0455-03 in Fort Yates, North Dakota

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RANGE AID (FIRE), GS-0455-3, #443202T/443203T/443204T, (DOI103, Wildland Firefighter), DOI - Bureau of Indian Affairs, Great Plains Region, Standing Rock Agency, Deputy Superintendent - Trust Services, Branch of Fire, Fort Yates, North Dakota

GS-3: $26,150 - $33,999 Per Annum

NOTE:THESE ARE TEMPORARY POSITIONS NOT-TO-EXCEED ONE (1) YEAR; HOWEVER, MAY BE EXTENDED AN ADDITIONAL YEAR WITHOUT FURTHER COMPETITION. TRAVEL AND RELOCATION EXPENSES WILL NOT BE AUTHORIZED. ANY RELOCATION EXPENSES ASSOCIATED WITH REPORTING FOR DUTY WILL BE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE SELECTED EMPLOYEE. THESE ARE ARDUOUS POSITIONS AND ARE SUBJECT TO DRUG TESTING, MEDICAL EXAMINATION, PHYSICAL FITNESS TESTING, AND FAVORABLE RESULTS OF A COMPLETED BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION. APPLICANTS WHO PREVIOUSLY APPLIED UNDER THIS ANNOUNCEMENT WILL BE CONSIDERED AND NEED NOT REAPPLY UNDER THIS READVERTISEMENT.

INDIAN PREFERENCE:Preference in filling vacancies is given to qualified Indian candidates in accordance with the Indian Preference Act of 1934 (Title 25, USC, Section 472). Verification of Form BIA-4432 must be submitted with the application if claiming Indian Preference. Indian Preference eligibles that are not currently employed with the Federal service will be appointed under the Excepted Service Appointment Authority Schedule A, 213.3112(A)(7).

FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES:Former Federal Employees are required to indicate whether they received a Voluntary Separation Incentive Payment (VSIP) buyout in their previous employment with the Federal government, and are required to submit a copy of the applicable Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) regarding the VSIP. The majority of individuals, who accept reemployment with the Federal government within 5 years of receiving the VSIP amount, must repay the gross amount of the separation pay prior to reemployment.

Additional selections may be made from this announcement if identical vacancies occur within 90 days from the closing date.

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Responsibilities

*SUMMARY OF DUTIES: *

  • Perform Wildland fire related duties involve fire prevention, patrol, detection or prescribed burning.

  • Performs assignments as a wildland firefighter in developing a working knowledge of fire suppression and fuels management techniques, practices and terminology. This consists of fireline construction, use of pumps and engines, hose layouts using appropriate nozzles and nozzle adjustments in the effective use of water and additives, working in and around aircraft such as helicopters, safety rules and basic fire behavior.

  • Searches out and extinguishes burning materials by moving dirt, applying water by hose or backpack pump, etc. Chops brushes, fells small trees moves dirt to construct fireline using various hand tools such as axes, shovels, Pulaskis, McLeods and may use power tools including chainsaws and portable pumps to control spreading of wildland fire and/or to prepare control lines prior to burning.

  • Patrols fireline to locate and extinguish embers, flareups and hotspot fires that may threaten developed firelines.

  • Cleans, reconditions and stores fire tools and equipment.

  • Participates in fire and safety training in the techniques, practices and methods of fire suppression and in the safe, efficient operation and use of tools, equipment and vehicles used in fireline activities.

Travel Required

25% or less - Work may require travel by light fixed-wing or rotor-wing aircraft.

Supervisory status

No

Who May Apply
This job is open to…

NATION-WIDE / INDIAN PREFERENCE ELIGIBLES / CURRENT STATUS EMPLOYEES OR FORMER EMPLOYEES WITH REINSTATEMENT ELIGIBILITY / VEOA ELIGIBLES

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0455 Range Technician

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Requirements
Conditions of Employment
  • US CITIZENSHIP REQUIRED.
  • A BACKGROUND SECURITY INVESTIGATION WILL BE REQUIRED FOR ALL NEW HIRES.
  • APPOINTMENT MAY INCLUDE A REQUIREMENT FOR ONE YEAR PROBATIONARY PERIOD.
  • APPLICATIONS WILL ONLY BE ACCEPTED ONLINE OR BY FAX.

SUITABILITY, CLEARANCE & REQUIREMENTS*:* A background security investigation will be required for all new hires. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.

CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT: A Baseline Medical Examination will be required for all newly hired personnel in permanent positions that require wildland fire arduous duty and who would have received a "Baseline" medical examination under the Department of Interior (DOI) Medical Standards Program (MSP).

As a condition of employment, incumbents must complete a "Baseline" medical examination as required by the DOI-MSP when processes are in place to support this level of exam through the DOI-MSP.

OTHER: The Bureau of Indian Affairs has determined that the duties of the position are not suitable for telework under any circumstances.

This is a Testing Designated Positions (TDP) under the Department of Interior Drug Free Workplace Program.


PHYSICAL DEMANDS:** Duties involve rigorous fieldwork requiring above average physical performance, endurance and superior conditioning. Work requires prolonged standing, walking over uneven ground, and recurring bending, reaching, lifting and carrying of items weighting over 50 pounds and shared lifting and carrying of heavier items, and similar strenuous activities requiring at least average agility and dexterity.

Duties include demands for strenuous activities in emergencies under adverse environmental conditions and over extended periods of time. Operation of some specialized fire equipment can place extended physical stress on incumbent during fire activities.

Qualifications

EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: (OPM Operating Manual, Qualification Standards for One-Grade Interval Technical or Medical Support Positions, and Individual Occupational Requirements for GS-0455: Range Technician Series).

GS-3*:* 6 months of general experience OR successful completion of 1 year of study that included at least 6 semester hours in a combination of courses such as range management or conservation, agriculture, forestry, wildlife management, engineering, biology, mathematics, or other natural or physical sciences OR 2 seasons of specialized experience.

GENERAL EXPERIENCE: (1) Any type of work that demonstrates the applicant's ability to perform the work of the position, or (2) experience that provided a familiarity with the subject matter or processes of the broad subject area of the occupation. Specialized experience may be substituted for general experience.

SEASONAL EXPERIENCE*:* A season of experience is considered to be a period of no less than 3 months of continuous employment on a seasonal basis. Shorter periods may be combined to make a season, provided a total of at least 3 months' experience is shown. For any period where the work exceeded 3 months, the excess work is credited towards an additional season of experience.


SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE**: Experience which has provided the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to successfully function in the wildland fire management position. Example of qualifying specialized experience include:

  • Work in the conservation, regulation, and use of public or federally controlled lands for grazing.

  • Range research activities.

  • Work in the operation of a livestock ranch or in assisting in the management or preservation of lands comparable to the public range.

  • Range or forest fire control, prevention, or suppression work.

Education

FOREIGN EDUCATION*: *If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.

Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation upon request. Failure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration.

For more information regarding evaluation of foreign education for federal employment, please visit the U.S. Dept of Ed.

Additional information

CTAP & ICTAP APPLICANTS:Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) participants who are well qualified may apply for this position. To be eligible for consideration under CTAP, an applicant must provide written notification that they will be losing their current federal position. To be eligible for consideration under ICTAP, an applicant must provide proof that they have lost their federal position within the last year. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position. Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible. For more information regarding CTAP & ICTAP, please visit: http://www.opm.gov/rif/employeeguides/careertransition.asp

NOTICE TO MALE APPLICANTS:Section 1622 of the Defense Authorization Act of 1986, prohibits any male born after December 31, 1959, from being appointed to a position in an executive agency if he has knowingly and willfully failed to register with the Selective Service System. Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, will be required to complete a certification document to confirm their Selective Service registration status, if selected for appointment.

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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.

As part of the application process, you are required to respond to a series of questions designed to assess your possession of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities:

  • KNOWLEDGE OF STANDARD WILDLAND FIRE MANAGEMENT PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS, SUPPRESSION, TACTICS, METHODS AND PROCEDURES.

  • SKILL IN THE USE OF WILDLAND FIREFIGHTING HANDTOOLS, PUMPS AND HOSES, AND CHAINSAWS SUFFICIENT TO PERFORM ROUTINELY ASSIGNED FIRE SUPPRESSION.

  • KNOWLEDGE OF FIRE BEHAVIOR, HAZARDS AND ACCEPTED FIRE SAFETY PRACTICES AND PROCEDURES.

  • KNOWLEDGE OF REPORTING REQUIREMENTS AND PROCEDURES.

We will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses on the assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities.

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Resume showing relevant experience and education.

  • Work experience, must include the following:

  • Position Title;

  • Dates - from (mm/yy) to (mm/yy);
  • Hours worked per week;
  • Salary (hourly/yearly)
  • Current Supervisor's Name, Address, and Telephone number,

  • Education

  • References - List three people who are not related to you and are not current or previous supervisors.

NOTE: Persons submitting incomplete applications will be given credit only for the information they provide. The applicant is responsible for submitting all required documentation in support of their application in order to receive full credit for their Indian preference, veteran preference, experience, training, and/or education. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION WILL NOT BE SOLICITED FROM THIS OFFICE.

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.

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  • Healthcare insurance
  • Pay and leave

The Bureau of Indian Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/PayandBenefits

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 Apply Online:

  • Click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register

  • Answer the Questionnaire and click on SUBMIT my answers

  • UPLOAD all required documents and other supporting documents

  • To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at www.usajobs.gov

  • Click on Application Status

  • Click on the position title and select Apply Online to continue

We strongly encourage you to apply online. However, if you cannot apply online, you may FAX your assessment questionnaire, resume and supporting documents to (478) 757-3144 by following the steps below.

To Apply by Fax:

  • Print a copy of the OPM Form 1203-FX Vacancy Identification Number1965034

  • Answer the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire

  • When faxing a completed OPM Form 1203-FX, this will serve as your fax cover and must be placed on TOP of your application and other supporting documents. No other fax page is required. Simply make sure all six pages of the completed OPM Form 1203-FX are on top of all other documents being faxed

Combination Online/Fax:

  • Click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register

  • ANSWER the Questionnaire and click on SUBMIT my answers

  • Print the US Government Application Cover Page

  • Include the Vacancy Identification Number 1965034, SSN,and full name to ensure that your documents are associated with the rest of your application

  • Fax your US Government Application Cover Page, application, and supporting documents to (478) 757-3144

Please note that it is the applicant's responsibility to verify that all information entered, uploaded, or faxed (i.e., questionnaire responses, resume, and any supporting documents) are complete and accurate.

All electronic submissions and/or faxes must be completed by Tuesday, September 26, 2017.

ALL DOCUMENTS MUST BE RECEIVED ELECTRONICALLY OR BY FAX BEFORE 11:59PM EASTERN TIME, ON THE CLOSING DATE OF THE ANNOUNCEMENT. If your application package is incomplete or requested forms are not completed properly, you will not be considered for this position. Extensions will not be granted, therefore, it is the applicant's responsibility to submit a complete application package BEFORE the closing date.

NOTE: Submission of a resume alone is not a complete application. This position requires the submission of additional forms as described under the REQUIRED DOCUMENTS section. Failure to provide the required information and/or documentation may result in your application not being considered for employment.

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(405)247-1661

Email

TAHNEE.STANDS@BIA.GOV

Address

BIA Center for Recruitment Anadarko DO NOT MAIL APPLICATIONS PLEASE FAX TO 478-757-3144 XXXXX, OK

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Next steps

Once the online questionnaire is received, you will receive an acknowledgement email notifying you that your submission was successful. After a review of your application is made, you will be notified regarding your rating and referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted.

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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.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency.

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  • Signature and false statements
  • 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/479424500. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 09/13/2017 to 09/26/2017

Salary: $26,150 to $33,999 per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 03

Work schedule: Full-Time - Full Time

Appointment type: Temporary - Temporary NTE One (1) Year