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Bureau of Land Management Forestry Technician (Fire) - Direct Hire Authority in Billings, Montana

Forestry Technician (Fire) - Direct Hire Authority

Department of the Interior

Bureau of Land Management

  • ##### Open & closing dates

11/06/2019 to 11/20/2019

  • ##### Service


  • ##### Pay scale & grade

GS 08

  • ##### Salary

$22.32 to $29.01 per hour

  • ##### Appointment type

Permanent - This is a permanent LONG-TERM CAREER SEASONAL position (6 to 11 1/2 months) per year.

  • ##### Work schedule

Full-Time - Work Schedule is Full-Time when in pay status.


1 vacancy in the following location:


Billings, MT 1 vacancy

Relocation expenses reimbursed


Telework eligible


- Duties

BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to join the team to serve as Forestry Technician (Fire) for the Montana State Office, Eastern Montana/Dakotas District, Division of Fire Management-Billings Zone, Billings, Montana. Information about the Billings area can be found at Outside Magazine's Annual Best Town Contest Featured Billings as the Best Town of 2016.

This is a Direct-Hire advertisement. To learn more go to: OPM.GOV Hiring Information - DHA

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-This position supervises, plans, and directs work to be accomplished wildland fire suppression and prescribed fire crew. Prepares schedules for work completion and sets work priorities. Develops subordinate performance standards and evaluates performance. Interviews candidates for vacant positions and recommends appointment, promotion or reassignment. Hears and resolves employee complaints, effects minor disciplinary measures and identifies developmental and training needs. Finds innovative and creative ways to improve production, increase the quality of the work directed, or to enhance safe work practices. -Adjusts to large workforce fluctuations due to seasonal variations in work requirements and fire seasons. Assists supervisor to ensure physical fitness, training, experience, and availability requirements are met. -Responds to all risk emergency incidents as assigned, making onsite evaluations of conditions and strategic decisions, and determining appropriate tactical responses. -On wildland fire assignments, is frequently assigned to a management position such as Strike Team/Task Force Leader. In a prescribed fire operation may be assigned as Burn Boss, Ignition Specialist, or Fire Behavior Analyst. -Provides input into home unit fire management budget allocations and priorities. -Develops action items and agency policy recommendations on fire management issues. -Prepares fire prescriptions using fire behavior and smoke dispersal mathematical models. -Serves as technical instructor for national, geographic area, local unit fire suppression, fire management, and all-risk training courses. -A substantial portion of the incumbent's workload occurs in locations vastly removed physically from the home unit. Physical Demands: Duties involve field work 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 weighing over 50 pounds and shared lifting and carrying of heavier items. Work Environment: The work is primarily performed outdoors in forest and desert environments in steep terrain where surfaces may be extremely uneven, rocky, or covered by vegetation. Temperatures commonly exceed 100 degrees F and fall below freezing. Risks include smoke inhalation, fire entrapment, snake or insect bites, exposure to excessive machinery noise, and falling and rolling material.

Travel Required

50% or less - May be required to live in backcountry camps for extended periods of time. Work may required travel by light fixed-wing or rotor wing aircraft. Frequent travel will be required during times of peak fire activity.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential

08 - Full performance level

  • #### Job family (Series)

0462 Forestry Technician

- Requirements
Conditions of Employment

- You must meet all qualification by the closing date of the announcement. - U.S. Citizenship is required. - Be sure to read the "How to Apply" & "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 is required. - Background Investigation is required.


Selective Placement Factors: This position requires special qualifications that have 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: - Wildland Firefighting Experience Requirement: This position requires previous wildland firefighting experience (at least 90 days). Wildland firefighting experience is defined as experience gained through work on the fire line in containment, control, or suppression of wildland fire. Experience may be related to wildfires or fire line experience on a prescribed fire (this does not include experience in the planning stages). - National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) Incident Management qualifications and training requirements: Incident Commander, Type 4 (ICT4); AND Strike Team Leader Crew (STCR) or Task Force Leader (TFLD); AND Crew Boss (CRWB). Currency is not required; however, applicants must have held the full qualification(s)/currency at some point in their career. In order to be rated as qualified, we must be able to determine that you meet the definition(s) below; please be sure to include this information in your resume.

For GS-08: One year of specialized experience, equivalent to at least GS-07 in the Federal service participating in implementing prescribed fire or fire use plans to ensure resource objectives can be met from a fire management standpoint; developing initial attack incident management strategies and tactics to meet the stated resource objectives; analyzing and applying fire management strategies; experience in fire suppression and fire prevention training; - OR - 2 full years (36 semester hours) of graduate level education or a master's degree DIRECTLY related to the work of the position; --OR-- an equivalent combination of specialized experience and education.

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 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.


There is no positive education requirement for this position. See qualification section.

Additional information

-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. -RELOCATION EXPENSES:Travel, transportation 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. -This is a LONG-TERM CAREER SEASONAL position (6 to 11 1/2 months). It is expected that the incumbent will work at least 6 months per year, but not more than 11 1/2 months. When work or funds are not available you will be placed in non-pay status. -This position requires regular and recurring overtime and shift work. -This position requires you to wear an officially-approved uniform while in a duty status. -Passage of a pre-employment physical is required. -THIS IS A DRUG TESTING DESIGNATED POSITION. In accordance with Executive Order 12564 and under the Department's Drug Free Workplace Program applicant(s) tentatively selected for this position must submit a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use and to pass the test prior to appointment. The position is subject to random testing for illegal drug use. -You must be 18 years of age or older to be assigned to a hazardous position. -Time spent in non-pay status is not creditable towards meeting the specialized experience requirement of 52 weeks or 1 year (whichever is first). Please include in your resume (on the first line of each job experience section), any dates you were placed in and out of pay status. -Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): ICTAP provides eligible 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 displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) This vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility; 2) You apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) You are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must receive a score of at least 90 to receive priority consideration under either program. To be well qualified, you must fall within the Well Qualified or Best Qualified categories on the rating criteria for this position. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at CTAP or ICTAP. -This is a primary fire position under the special retirement provisions of 5 U.S.C. 8336(c) (CSRS) and 5 U.S.C. 8412(d) (FERS). The maximum entry-age for this position shall not exceed age 37, unless you have sufficient prior Federal civilian firefighter experience 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 will result in loss of eligibility to receive a waiver of the maximum entry age requirement.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

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

Your resume and all supporting documents will be reviewed by Human Resources to determine your eligibility for Federal employment and your qualification for this position specifically.

Because this vacancy will be filled through OPM's Direct Hire Authority, Veterans' Preference and traditional rating and ranking of applicants does not apply to positions filled under this announcement. All qualified candidates will be referred for consideration; the hiring office may conduct interviews at their discretion. The interviews may be conducted on a pass/fail basis.

The job specific questions relate to the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSA's) required to do the work of this position. Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (KSA's and other characteristics). You do not have to respond to the KSA's separately, but your resume should contain sufficient information to demonstrate possession of the following competencies/KSA's:

- Knowledge of supervisory policies, procedures, and methods in order to manage a diverse workforce. - Knowledge of interagency wildland fire suppression tactics and procedures. - Expert knowledge of wildland fire suppression and all-risk incident management organizations and expert knowledge of wildland firefighting strategies and tactics. - A thorough knowledge of prescribed burning policies, techniques, procedures, and safety. - Knowledges of processes and sources of training, agency/interagency qualifications and certification standards and procedures.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Not Required

Drug test required


- Required Documents

THE FOLLOWING SUPPLEMENTAL DOCUMENTATION MUST BE INCLUDED, AS APPLICABLE: 1) IQCS Master Record: You MUST submit a copy of your Incident Qualification and Certification System (IQCS) Master Record or other equivalent documentation which verifies you meet the required NWCG 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. Note: IQCS master record must be submitted to each announcement as applicable. 2) SF-50b (or SF-50): If available, please submit a copy of your SF-50b (Notification of Personnel Action). 3) College Transcripts: If you believe you qualify based on your education, or a combination of education and experience, you must submit a copy of all college transcripts (undergraduate/graduate) 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 click here to see Foreign Education requirements. Note: Transcripts must be submitted to each announcement as applicable. 4) Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Documentation: If you are a CTAP or ICTAP Eligible applicant: Provide 1) a copy of your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location; and, 2) proof of eligibility. It must be indicated in your application that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible. Note: CTAP/ICTAP documents must be submitted to each announcement as applicable.

Uploading and Faxing Documentation: You may submit your documents 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. Each document type must use the appropriate generated fax coversheet and be faxed in a separate transmission. Uploading Documents: instead of faxing your documents you may use the uploading procedures thru Applicant Manager (3MB is the maximum size allowed for a document). Do not use both options, only one document can be saved in each section, and only the latest document will be maintained in the system. 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.

- 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.

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.

- How to Apply

THIS IS AN ONLINE APPLICATION PROCESS THROUGH USAJOBS. *If you need assistance in applying online, please call or email the contact listed on this vacancy. If applying online 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. *PLEASE NOTE: If you have access to a public library, State Job Service Office, etc., you must use these resources to apply online. You must follow the steps described below to complete the application process: 1)YOU MUST HAVE OR CREATE A PROFILE in USAJOBS. Your profile must contain a current resume for submission. In order to receive proper consideration, your resume should include the following information: *- Current personal contact information. - Work experience (paid or unpaid) including - starting and ending dates *(month and year), employer's name and address, job title (include job series and grade if Federal), duties and accomplishments, supervisor's name and telephone number, indicate if supervisor may be contacted, hours per week, and salary. -Education and job-related training including - school name, type and year of degrees/diploma received, credits earned and majors; title of training course and year of completion. - References - personal and professional - Additional information - skills (languages, tools, machinery, typing speed, etc.), certificates or licenses (current only), and/or honors, awards, and special accomplishments (recognition, professional memberships, publications, leadership activities, etc.). INSUFFICIENT INFORMATION COULD RESULT IN AN INELIGIBLE RATING.

The USAJOBS Resume Builder was designed to ensure that your resume includes the standard information needed. The Resume Builder is an available tool when you login to your USAJOBS account. 2) COMPLETE THE ONLINE APPLICATION, including responses to all application questions, by clicking on the “APPLY ONLINE” button that appears on this announcement. 3) Include SUPPLEMENTAL DOCUMENTATION as applicable. See “Required Documents” section.

Checking Application Status and Materials: Do this before the announcement closes. It is your responsibility to ensure that a complete application (including a resume, on-line questionnaire, and applicable supplemental documentation) is received before by 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the closing date of the vacancy announcement. NOTE: Technical problems may take at least 1 business day to resolve; therefore, you are highly encouraged to complete the application process prior to the closing date. After you have completed your application, to check the status of your application materials log in to your USAJOBS account, select the “Applications” section, the status for your application will show on the right-hand side of the position in which you applied. You can also click on the “+” sign on the left-hand side to see a detailed applications status. Once your resume and on-line questionnaire have been received it will state “Received.” Any other application status may indicate that you did not complete the application process and/or your application has not been submitted. Please note: A status of “Received” reflects that your resume and on-line questionnaire have been received; applicable supplemental documentation may still need to be submitted (see Required Documents).

Agency contact information
Branch of Human Resources






Bureau of Land Management BLM Montana State Office Branch of Human Resources 5001 Southgate Drive Billings, Montana 59101 United States

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Next steps

You can track the progress of your application package via your USAJobs account. You will receive an acknowledgment email from USAJobs that your submission was successful once we have received your online assessment questionnaire and resume. It is your responsibility to ensure that additional supporting documentation is received. You will be notified of the status of your application and/or referral to the hiring official via your USAJobs account after the evaluation process is complete. You will be contacted if further evaluation or interviews are required.

- Fair & Transparent

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.

  • Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants
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 process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants 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.

Legal and regulatory guidance
  • Financial suitability
  • Social security number request
  • Privacy Act
  • Signature and false statements
  • Selective Service
  • New employee probationary period

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