Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service Fire Management Officer in Sasabe, Arizona

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AREA OF CONSIDERATION: This announcement is open to: (1) Current and former Federal employees with status in the competitive service; (2) Candidates eligible to apply under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA); (3) Candidates eligible to apply under the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) or (4) Public Land Corporation (PLC); and (5) Candidates eligible to apply via a non-competitive appointing authority such as VRA, 30% compensable disabled veteran; Schedule A, etc.

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Responsibilities

MAJOR DUTIES include, but are not limited to:

Serves as Fire Management Officer for the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge in Sabase, AZ.

Provides technical and administrative supervision. Plans and directs overall work to be accomplished by subordinate supervisor(s), sets and adjusts priorities, and prepares schedules for completion of work. Assigns work to subordinate supervisor(s) based on priorities, selective consideration of the difficulty and requirements of assignments, and the capabilities of the employees. Finds ways to improve production or increase the quality of work directed. Negotiates and coordinates work projects with other unit managers and supervisors.

The FMO directs all phases of a fire management program with a high complexity level and is responsible for its planning, program direction, coordination and evaluation. Analyzes current fire management plans and initiates changes within guidelines or makes recommendations to meet changing conditions within the limits of current or anticipated funding.

Ensures that the fire management program is in compliance with environmental laws, regulations, and policies. Provides leadership, coordination and direction in the application of standards, methods, and guidelines for all fire and aviation management program elements. Provides advice and guidance in the implementation of policies and standards received from higher authorities.

Ensures that the fire prevention program is effective and meets short-term objectives and long-term goals. Develops and reviews fire prevention plans. Works with other agencies in the development and delivery of cooperative fire prevention programs and training.

Manages the environmental and workplace hazards of the wildland fire environment and provides leadership and direction to subordinates in the recognition and mitigation of these hazards following applicable laws, policies, and guidelines. Personal accountability and zero tolerance for unsafe acts are paramount.

Travel Required

25% or less - Training, meetings, overtime and shift work for fire related assignments

Supervisory status

Yes

Promotion Potential

None

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0401 General Natural Resources Management And Biological Sciences

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Conditions of Employment
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply)
  • Suitability for employment, as determined by background investigation
  • Drug testing position
  • Medical Requirements
  • Official U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service uniform required
  • Time-In-Grade requirements apply to status candidates
  • A valid State driver's license is required
  • May be required to serve a one year probationary period
  • May also be required to serve a one year supervisory probationary period
Qualifications

MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: All applicants must meet the following Basic Education Requirements, Additional Qualification Requirements, and Selective Factors listed below. NOTE: Your resume, transcripts, and Master Record (or equivalent) must clearly show the required education, one year specialized experience, and coursework or you will be determined to be not qualified.

BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:

(A) Have completed a 4-year degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to this position AND completion of these courses is documented on your transcripts.

OR

(B) Have a combination of education and experience; courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above, with at least 24 hours in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, plus appropriate experience or additional education. The quality of the combination must demonstrate that you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the work of the position and is comparable to that normally acquired through the completion of a full four-year course of study with a major as described above. AND completion of these courses is documented on your transcripts.

ADDITIONAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:

(A) Have at least one year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience is analytical/evaluative work that includes all of the following fire program management elements: (1) Reviewing and evaluating fire management plans for ecological soundness and technical adequacy; (2) Conducting field inspections before and after prescribed or wildland fire burns to determine that resource objectives were achieved and/or evaluate the effectiveness of actions taken; and (3) Developing analyses of the ecological role of fire and its use/exclusion, and smoke management. This experience must clearly be shown in your resume.

AND

(B) In addition to the above, specialized experience must include analytical/evaluative work in either prescribed fuels/fire management or fire management operations.

**Prescribed fuels/fire management- experience in a broad range of activities such as:

  • Professional forest or range inventory methods and procedures (e.g., Brown's planar intercept for dead and down fuels; live fuel loading assessments);

  • Analysis of fuel loadings and determination of appropriate fuel treatment methods and programming;

  • Land use planning and environmental coordination;

  • Evaluation of prescribed burn plans or fire management plans to ensure fire containment is not possible and identification of appropriate suppression contingencies if containment is not obtained.

**Fire management operations - analyzing and applying fire management strategies, plus experience in at least five of the following activities: (1) Mobilization and dispatch control; (2) Fire prevention and education; (3) Training; (4) Logistics; (5) Equipment development and deployment; (6) Fire communication systems; (7) Suppression and preparedness; and (8) Aviation.

SELECTIVE FACTOR 1 - NWCG Qualification and Training Requirement

(A) Meet the following NWCG primary and secondary qualifications for Pathways #1 - Completion of courses: (1) Task Force Leader (TFLD); AND (2) Incident Commander Type 3 (ICT3) or Prescribed Fire Burn Boss Type 2 (RXB2) AND completion of these courses is documented on your Master Record.

OR

(B) Meet the following NWCG primary and secondary qualifications for Pathways #2 - Completion of courses: (1) Helicopter (HEB1); AND (2) Incident Commander Type 3 (ICT3) AND completion of these courses is documented on your Master Record (or equivalent).

SELECTIVE FACTOR 2 - Additional NWCG Qualification and Training Requirement:

Have completed the required training, M-581, "Fire Program Management" AND completion of this course is documented on your Master Record (or equivalent).

SELECTIVE FACTOR 3 - Prior Experience in Wildland Firefighting

90-days of prior firefighting experience, as gained by service in a primary firefighting (6c) position or equivalent experience outside the Federal Government, is a mandatory requirement for this position. You will not be considered if you do not have prior wild land firefighting experience.

**NOTE: The Department of the Interior considers wildland firefighting experience as any non-structure fire that occurs in the wildland. Wildlife firefighting experience is gained through work on the fire line in containment, control, suppression, or use of wildland fire. This experience can be met by serving in a temporary, seasonal, or equivalent private sector fire position for no less than 90-days. Period of wildland firefighting experience gained through militia or rural fire departments can also be credited as long as the amount of this experience equates to at least 90-days.

** Only education, experience, and coursework obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA FOR APPLICANTS APPLYING UNDER THE LMWFA or PLC. See "Required Documentation" for what documentation must be submitted to be considered under these eligibilities. If you do not submit this Certificate, you will not be eligible to apply for this position under the PLC.

Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act: The Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) allows certain individuals who currently or formerly were under time-limited competitive appointments at certain land management agencies to compete under merit promotions.

**Current appointees:

  • Must have been hired under competitive examining procedures to a time limited appointment with a land management agency,

  • Must have served under 1 or more time limited appointments by a land management agency for a period totaling more than 24 months without a break in service of 2 or more years; AND

  • Must have performed at an acceptable level during each period of service

**Former appointees:

  • Must have been hired under competitive examining procedures to a time limited appointment with a land management agency,

  • Must have served under 1 or more time limited appointments by a land management agency for a period totaling more than 24 months without a break in service of 2 or more years;

  • Must apply for position within 2 years after your most recent date of separation,

  • Must have been separated for reasons other than misconduct or performance; AND

  • Must have performed at an acceptable level throughout service period

Public Land Corps Hiring Authority:

(1) Eligibility: In order to be eligible for PLC non-competitive status, a former member of the PLC must provide documentation, as part of their application, verifying their eligibility and that they meet the following criteria:

(a) Served as a qualified youth on an appropriate conservation project completing a minimum of 640 hours of satisfactory service that included at least 120 hours through the PLC; (b) Applied to a vacancy announcement for which applications are being accepted from individuals with non-competitive status; (c) Meet the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) minimum qualification standards and any other qualification requirement(s) stated in the vacancy announcement for the position which you are applying; and (d) Completed his/her most recent Corps service, which provided him/her with a total of 640 hours, inclusive of 120 hours on a PLC project as defined in 16 USC 1723(d), within the last two (2) years. (2) Appointments must be effected within the two (2) years requirement. (3) The two (2) year time-frame cannot be extended. (4) Selectees will be subject to a probationary period consistent with other competitive service positions. (5) This authority may be used for General Schedule and Federal Wage System positions. (6) Competitive service appointments may be made for temporary, term or permanent positions.

Education

PROOF OF EDUCATION: All applicants who are using education or a combination of education and experience to qualify must submit copies of official or unofficial transcripts which include grades, credit hours earned, major(s), grade point average or class ranking, institution name, and student name. If any required coursework is not easily recognizable on transcripts, or if you believe a portion of a particular course can be credited toward meeting an educational requirement, you must also provide a memorandum on letterhead from the institution's registrar, dean, or other appropriate official stating the percentage of the course that should be considered to meet the requirement and the equivalent number of units. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable; however, if you are selected for the position, you will be required to produce the original official transcripts.

PASS/FAIL COURSES:If more than 10 percent of your undergraduate course work (credit hours) were taken on a pass/fail basis, your claim of superior academic achievement must be based upon class standing or membership in an honor society.

GRADUATE EDUCATION:One academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credits hours your graduate school has determined to represent one academic year of full-time study. Such study may have been performed on a full-time or part-time basis. If you cannot obtain your graduate school's definition of one year of graduate study, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) should be considered as satisfying the requirement for one year of full-time graduate study.

FOREIGN EDUCATION:If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

Additional information

NOTE: This position is covered under the secondary/administrative category for special firefighter retirement provisions. You may meet qualification requirements but not be eligible for special retirement coverage. If you are not eligible for special retirement coverage, you will be placed in the regular retirement system.

SELECTIVE SERVICE: To register or verify your registration go to the Selective Service System at https://www.sss.gov/RegVer/wfRegistration.aspx

TELEWORK: This position is eligible for situational telework upon supervisory approval.

RELOCATION EXPENSES: A PCS Move is authorized as follows: travel and relocation expenses including reimbursable real estate expenses will be authorized in accordance with the Federal travel regulations excluding contractor-provided home sale. All moving expenses are taxable.

NOTE: We may use this announcement to fill additional vacancies within 90 days of 12/21/2018; OR More than one position may be filled from applications received under this announcement in the advertised office or other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service offices in the local commuting area.

IFPM: This key fire management position has been identified as one of the key fire management positions under the Interagency Fire Program Management (IFPM) Standard. This position has been characterized as a Unit Fire Program Manager, Moderate Pathway #1 or #2 and requires the selectee to meet minimum qualification standards for IFPM. Detailed information regarding IFPM can be found at https://www.ifpm.nifc.gov. See Selective Factors 1 and 2 under "Qualifications."

PRIOR EXPERIENCE IN WILDLAND FIREFIGHTING is required in order to carry out the duties of this position. You will not be considered for this position if you do not have prior wildland firefighting experience. See Selective Factor 3 under "Qualifications."

IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO APPLY ONLINE:If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application:* https://help.usastaffing.gov/Apply/index.php?title=AlternateApplicationInformation.*

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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.

Once the announcement has closed, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the basic qualification requirements listed on this announcement. If you meet the basic qualifications your resume and supporting documentation will be compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience which resulted in you being listed in the highest quality category, you may lose consideration, or be assigned to a lower quality category for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully when applying, errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

**Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):

**(1) Knowledge of the policies, techniques and practices of wildland firefighting;

(2) Knowledge of accepted wildland fire safety practices and procedures;

(3) Knowledge of natural resource management, fire ecology, fire behavior, and fire management theories, concepts, principles, and standards in a wildland fire environment;

(4) Knowledge of supervisory policies, procedures, and methods in order to manage a diverse workforce;

(5) Knowledge of budgeting policy, procedures and techniques sufficient to develop program budgets and annual work plans;

(6) Ability to communicate orally with diverse groups and individuals to achieve fire management goals and objectives; and

(7) Ability to communicate in writing to prepare fire management plants and reports**

Veterans: If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must attach a copy of your DD-214 showing you were honorably discharged. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must attach an SF-15," Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" in addition to the proof required by that form.

Career Transition Assistance Program Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): These programs apply to employees who have been or may be involuntarily separated (e.g. reduction in force, declining to relocate/transfer outside their local commuting area) from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: (1) meet ICTAP or CTAP eligibility criteria; (2) be rated well-qualified for the position; and, (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your ICTAP or CTAP eligibility (e.g., Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal or Removal Notice; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; or Removal and most recent performance appraisal.). For more information visit: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/

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Security clearance

Not Applicable

Drug test required

Yes

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Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:

  1. Resume or Application. At a minimum, your resume MUST contain job title (include job series and grade, if federal), duties, starting and ending dates (month and year), hours worked per week, and salary. USAJOBS has a template to ensure a complete resume. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YX7o1PBoFk
  2. Other supporting documents:
  3. Cover Letter, optional
  4. Official or unofficial College Transcript(s), if the position has education requirements, or if you are using your education to qualify. Education must beaccredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. A copy of your official transcripts will be required if you are selected. If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html
  5. SF-50 (non-award),or equivalent Notification of Personnel Action if you are a current or former Federal employee. Your SF-50 (non-award) must show tenure code 1 or 2 in block 24, and position occupied code 1 (competitive service) in block 34. Note: Federal employee who has reinstatement eligibility, you MUST submit a copy of your latest non-awardSF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action," that shows you are serving under a permanent career or career-conditional appointment (code 1 or 2 in block 24) in the Competitive Service (code 1 in block 34). The SF-50 must show the position title, series, grade, and step of your position. If you are claiming reinstatement eligibility, you must submit an SF-50 showing your separation (resignation, termination, etc.). If you have previously held a higher grade than the grade/position you currently occupy, you must submit a copy of the last non-award SF-50 you received for that position. If you have any questions regarding which SF-50's to submit, it is highly recommended that you contact the person listed on this vacancy announcement before the closing date.
  6. Veterans' Preference documentation, if applicable (e.g., DD-214 Member Copy 4 showing type of discharge/character of service, SF-15 Form and related documentation, VA letter, etc.)
  7. LMWFA: To be eligible to apply to this announcement under the LMWFA, you must submit copies of: (1) ALL SF-50s; and (2) ALL performance information/appraisals for EACH period of temporary/term employment that qualifies for LMWFA. This includes copies of ALL appointment, extension, and termination SF-50s. If you do not submit these required SF-50s and performance information / appraisals for EACH period, you will not be eligible to apply for this position under the LMWFA. If you have any questions regarding which SF-50's to submit, it is highly recommended that you contact the person listed on this vacancy announcement before the closing date.
  8. PLC: To be eligible to apply to this announcement under the PLC, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility for Non-Competitive Hiring Based on Public Land Corp Service. If you do not submit this Certificate, you will not be eligible to apply for this position under the PLC.
  9. CTAP/ICTAP: If applicable, documentation/proof that you are eligible Career Transition Assistance Program/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program documentation, if applicable (e.g., Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; and most recent performance appraisal.)
  10. Incident Qualification and Certification System (IQCS) Master Record or other equivalent documentation which verifies you meet the required NWCQ qualifications for this IFPM position (Selective Factors 1 and 2). Failure to provide this information will result in you being rated as not qualified.
  11. Performance Appraisal: Please submit a copy of your most recent, signed and completed annual performance appraisal which includes the final rating. If it is not dated within the last 18 months or if you have not received a performance appraisal, please explain why in your application." Please include incentive awards with your application.
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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  1. Review the Appointment Eligibility Criteria: The eligibility section of the application process is designed to allow you to choose how you wish to be considered for this vacancy announcement. You will ONLY be considered for the appointment eligibilities that you selected. You must provide proof of your eligibility as required by appointment eligibility to be considered.
  2. Resume or Application. At a minimum, your resume MUST contain job title (include job series and grade, if federal), duties, starting and ending dates (month/day/year), hours worked per week, and salary. USAJOBS has a template to ensure a complete resume.
  3. You must also complete the online application and assessment questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. DEADLINE DATE: A complete application package must be received by 11:59 PM (EST) on 12/21/2018 to receive consideration.
  4. To begin, click Apply to access the online application. You will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account to apply. If you do not have a USAJOBS account, you will need to create one before beginning the application.
  5. Follow the prompts to select your resume and/or other supporting documents to be included with your application package. You will have the opportunity to upload additional documents to include in your application before it is received. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
  6. After acknowledging you have reviewed your application package, complete the Include Personal Information section as you deem appropriate and click to continue with the application process.
  7. You will be taken to the online application which you must complete in order to apply for the position. Complete the online application, verify the required documentation is included with your application package, and submit the application.
  8. You will be considered for all eligibilities for which you select "yes" and submit the required documents and supporting documentation (e.g. DD 214, Schedule A letter, etc.). The supporting documentation you submit will be used to determine your eligibility. Please review the list of documentation provided in the eligibilities language to ensure you provide the appropriate information.
  9. Please note, your eligibility will be based solely on the selections you have indicated "yes" in this section. You must provide the supporting documentation to support your claim to be considered. You may choose more than one eligibilities in this section.
  10. To view the assessment questionnaire, click here: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10374136 To verify the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account (https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login), all of your applications will appear on the Welcome screen. The Application Status will appear along with the date your application was last updated. For information on what each Application Status means, visit: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/how-to/application/status/.

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Laura Padilla
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(505) 248-6613

Email

laurapadilla@fws.gov

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Division of Human Resources Division of Human Resources 500 Gold Avenue, SW Room 5222 Albuquerque, NM 87103 US

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/518807300. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 12/06/2018 to 12/21/2018

Service: Competitive

Pay scale & grade: GS 12

Salary: $73,884 to $96,049 per year

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full-Time