Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs Fire Management Officer in Crow Agency, Montana
Summary This position has been identified as one of the key fire management positions under the Interagency Fire Program Management (IFPM) Standard as a Fire Program Manager (UFPM) - HIGH Complexity. This is an Open Until Filled vacancy announcement. The initial application review will be on 06/10/2022, then every 10 business days thereafter until the position is filled. NOTE: Your application will expire in 3 months & will need to reapply to keep your application active. Responsibilities You will serve as a Fire Management Officer (FMO) in a large fire management organization, providing short and long-range fire management planning, program direction and coordination, and evaluation of the fire management program. Your duties will include, but are not limited to: The Fire Management Officer will lead and manage all operational fire, prescribed fire and fuels, fire ecology, fire information, planning, and administration. Ensures that the fire management program is in compliance with environmental laws, regulations, and policies. Develops and reviews fire prevention plans. Ensure that all phases of fire management planning are completed. Monitors fire season severity predictions, fire behavior, and fire activity levels, and takes appropriate action. This position is being re-announced to solicit additional candidates. Applicants who previously applied to the announcement under vacancy announcement number STIMP-21-11106358-CAWX-CW need to reapply by submitting updated information and/or missing forms. Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications All qualifications must be met by the cut-off date of this announcement unless otherwise stated in this vacancy announcement. Credit will be given for all appropriate qualifying experiences. To receive credit for experience, your resume MUST clearly indicate the nature of the duties and responsibilities for each position, starting and ending dates of employment (month/year), and the resume must reflect either full-time or 40 hours per week. If a part-time work schedule is reflected, the hours must be annotated to ensure proper crediting of specialized experience. BASIC REQUIREMENT Degree: Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree that included a major field of study or specific course requirements in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resources management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position. OR Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. NOTE: This occupation has specific educational requirements. It is your responsibility to show how you satisfy the course requirements for the series(s) you are applying for. If you do not provide information that clearly shows how your completed college coursework meets all the requirements, you will be rated ineligible. Your rating will be based solely on the information you submit with your application. No attempts will be made to verify with you, or the school you attended, whether your course work meets all the requirements. YOU MUST SUBMIT ALL YOUR COLLEGE TRANSCRIPTS. A combination of education and qualifying experience which included courses equivalent to a major (24 semester hours or equivalent) as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education which totals four years. To satisfy this requirement, the nature and quality of this coursework must have been such that it would serve as a prerequisite for more advanced study in the field or subject-matter area. This means the required course work must show progression beyond the associate degree level indirectly related coursework, such that it may be considered to be leading towards a bachelor's degree in the biological sciences, agriculture, natural resources management, chemistry, or related disciplines. In addition to meeting the basic requirement, you must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade in the Federal service, which demonstrates the ability to perform the duties of the position. SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE For the GS-12 level: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level. Examples of specialized experience may include directing and supervising a fire management program that is responsible for wildland fire use, prescribed fire, fire suppression, aviation, fuels, and smoke management including planning, program direction, coordination, and evaluation; Developing, reviewing, and analyzing fire management plans for ecological soundness and technical adequacy. There is no substitution of education for specialized experience at the GS-12 grade level. SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR You must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement. 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. Prior on-the-line firefighting: 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. This experience can be met by serving in a temporary, seasonal, or equivalent private sector fire position for no less than 90 days. 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. This experience must be documented in the online application or resume with specific to and from dates, description of work performed, and hours worked per week. 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: Fire Program Manager (UFPM) - HIGH Complexity and requires the 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 http://www.ifpm.nifc.gov/ To meet IFPM requirements, you must have possessed all the following National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) incident management qualifications and training requirements to be considered eligible for this position (currency not required at time of referral, but may be required to obtain and maintain currency if selected): Pathway 1: Division Supervisor (DIVS); AND Incident Commander, Type 3 (ICT3), OR Prescribed Fire Burn Boss, Type 2 (RXB2) Pathway 2: Air Support Group Supervisor (ASGS); AND Incident Commander Type 3 (ICT3) To meet additional IFPM training requirements, as a "condition of employment", you must complete the Fire Program Management (M-581) within one year of the entry on duty date. You must meet all selective placement factor requirements by the closing date of the announcement unless stated otherwise. Physical Demands: The work is normally sedentary but often requires long hours of varied shifts during fire emergencies. Occasional field assignments may include long periods of standing or walking over rough terrain. Work Environment: Most work is performed in an office setting. Field assignments include work at fire locations with exposure to smoke and inclement weather. Work may require frequent flying in small, fixed-wing, and rotary-wing aircraft. This is a secondary/administrative firefighter 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. FACT SHEET for Fire & Law Enforcement Positions: Information on Special Retirement https://www.doi.gov/sites/doi.gov/files/migrated/flert/training/upload/General-FF-LEO-Retirement-Information-Pamphlet.pdf Education If you are qualifying based on your education, you MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Unless otherwise stated: (1) official or unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course. All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement. 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. If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education which shows 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: FOREIGN EDUCATION Additional Information Indian Preference Policy: 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 form BIA-4432 must be submitted with the application if claiming Indian Preference. No other documents will be accepted as proof of Indian Preference. All new hires earn the beginning salary of their pay grade (Step 1). See 2022 Salary Tables here and select the duty station from Crow Agency, Montana to choose the appropriate pay chart. If no specific chart is listed for this geographic location, see the "rest of U.S." chart. Indian Affairs has determined that the duties of the position are suitable for telework only during an emergency or natural disaster. This position has been designated as an Incidental Operator under the Indian Affairs Motor Vehicle Safety Program and requires the incumbent to operate a motor vehicle in order to properly carry out his/her assigned duties but whose principal duties are not operating a motor vehicle and his/her position is not classified as a motor vehicle operator. The incumbent will be required annually to acknowledge and certify possession of a valid state driver's license. Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) OR Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) Programs provide placement assistance to permanent Federal employees who are surplus, displaced, or involuntarily separated. Applicants claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit a copy of their most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility, and most current SF50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with their application. To be considered under CTAP/ICTAP, applicants must be qualified (i.e., meet the minimum qualification requirements, including any selective placement factors; education, and experience requirements), and be able to perform the duties of the position upon entry. For more information visit: http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp Travel and Relocation expenses will be authorized in accordance with DOI policy.