Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs Fire Management Officer in Lame Deer, Montana
Summary This position is located with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Superintendent, Northern Cheyenne Agency in Lame Deer, Montana. OPEN UNTIL FILLED. 1st certificate will be issued after 9/16/2021. Then next subsequent cut-off date will be 10 working days thereafter as needed. Recruitment or relocation incentives may be authorized. A service agreement will be required. Responsibilities Duties listed are at full performance grade GS-11 level. Serve as a technical advisor and coordinates the accomplishment of fire management planning to support the development of forest land management goals and objectives. Direct all aspects of the unit's fire and aviation program.. Responsible for coordinating the accomplishment of the unit's fire management activities, program direction, coordination, and evaluation of the fully integrated fire management program. Review and evaluate fire management plans for technical soundness and adequacy in accordance with regional and national policies. Oversee the completion of analyses of the role of fire and its use or exclusion including smoke management. Ensure field inspections are conducted before and after wildland and prescribed fire to ensure objectives are met. Provide technical and administrative supervision to the fire staff. Establish guidelines and performance expectations for staff members; resolve informal complaints/grievances; assure subordinates are trained and comply with the provisions of the safety regulations. Responsible for coordinating the development of short and long-range fire management program plans, fire management activities on the unit, and integrating the units fire management program with other disciplines and interagency partners to achieve goals consistent with the Federal Wildland Fire Policy and agency manual direction. Plan, coordinate and monitor projects or studies or operating assignments. Coordinate support in evaluating progress of state and local capabilities, authorities, plans, and procedures as they relate to the fire management planning. Direct and supervise all phases of budget management to assure balance in the organization at varying levels of funding, and initiates changes as appropriate. Coordinate, prioritize and allocate funding for fire facilities and equipment needs ensuring they are adequate to meet the forest program of work and associated targets. Monitor the expenditure of emergency fire funds to ensure fiscal integrity. Coordinate and implement cooperative fire agreements and activities with other agencies and entities, such as federal, tribal, state and local agencies. Provide advice and counsel to the line officers on the development of strategies and recommends appropriate course of actions for all incidents consistent with direction in the Forest Plan and agency policies. Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications GS-11: Applicant must have at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience: Managing or assisting with a component of a wildland and/or prescribed fire management program. Assisting in developing and implementing a partial fire program budget taking into consideration changing priorities. Implementing agreements with cooperators and maintaining relationships with entities external to the organization regarding fire management program issues. OR A Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related. The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university. OR An appropriate combination of specialized experience and graduate level education (beyond what is required for a master's degree, i.e., more than 36 semester hours leading to a Ph.D.). The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university. Selective Placement Factors The applicant 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: Pathway #1: TFLD and ICT3 or RXB2 OR Pathway#2: Helibase Manager Type 1 (HEB1) and Incident Commander Type 3 (ICT3) or higher.. Currency is not required for the NWCG qualifications listed above. As a condition of employment must complete M-581 within one year of entry on duty. A minimum 90 days experience performing on-the-line (Primary/Rigorous) wildland fire suppression duties as a member of an organized fire suppression crew or comparable unit that utilized knowledge of wildland fire suppression, containment or control techniques and practices under various conditions. This experience must be documented with specific dates in the online application or resume. In order to be considered for this position, copies of your Incident Qualification and Certification System (IQCS) Master Record (or equivalent training documents) which contain documented proof of the certification or attainment of the IFPM Selective Placement Factor for this position MUST be attached to your application. Red cards are not acceptable documentation. Currency Requirement: Currency of NWCG qualifications is not required for selection. If not currently qualified, the applicant must provide documented evidence that they have been fully qualified in the past. Failure to provide this documentation will result in disqualification. This position has been identified as Moderate Complexity under the Interagency Fire Program Management (IFPM) and is subject to selective placement factor requirements contained in the Interagency Fire Program Management (IFPM) Standard and Guide when filling this vacancy. IFPM or FS-FPM selective placement factors are made up of a primary and secondary National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) core Incident Management Qualifications and Required Training. The applicant must possess these qualifications at the applicable complexity level to be considered eligible for this position. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. FIREFIGHTER RETIREMENT COVERAGE: This is a secondary position covered under the special retirement provisions of 5 USC 8336(c) for the Civil Service Retirement System and of 5 USC 8412(d) for the Federal Employees Retirement System. WORK CAPACITY TEST (WCT) for Wildland Firefighters: This position participates in wildland firefighting activities. Based on the type of work performed, TAKING and PASSING the WCT at the ARDUOUS, MODERATE, or LIGHT level is a condition of employment. To receive consideration for this position, you must provide updated required documents and meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Merit Promotion candidates must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the announcement closing date. Preference in filling vacancies is given to qualified Indian candidates in accordance with the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934 (Title 25, USC, Section 472). Verification Form BIA-4432 must be submitted with the application if claiming Indian Preference. Indian Preference eligibles not currently employed in Federal service may be appointed under the Excepted Service Appointment Authority Schedule A, 213.3112(a)(7). Consideration will be given to Non-Indian applicants in the absence of qualified Indian Preference eligibles. For more information, please visit: https://www.bia.gov/jobs. 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. 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. 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 All new hires earn the beginning salary of their pay grade (Step 1). See 2021 Salary Tables and select the pay chart for Lame Deer, Montana. If no specific chart is listed for this geographic location, see the "rest of U.S." chart. This is a supervisory position. Under provision of the Civil Service Reform Act, first-time supervisors are required to serve a one year supervisory probationary period before their appointment becomes final. Those who do not satisfactorily complete this probationary period will be returned to positions of no lower grade and pay than those they occupied before assuming their supervisory assignment. Career Transition Assistance Programs: These programs apply to employees who have been involuntarily separated 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 CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; (2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 80 or above; and, (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility. For more information visit: http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp . Under the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) two groups of individuals are eligible to apply under this announcement: current and/or former employees serving or who have served under time-limited competitive appointments at land management agencies. Land Management Agencies include: Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, and U.S. Forest Service. Current appointees: 1) must have been hired under competitive examining procedures to a time limited appointment with a land management agency; 2) must have served under one or more time limited appointment(s) by a land management agency for a period totaling more than 24 months without a break in service of 2 or more years; AND 3) must have performed at an acceptable level during each period of service. Former appointees: 1) must have been hired under competitive examining procedures to a time limited appointment with a land management agency; 2) must have served under one or more time limited appointment(s) by a land management agency for a period totaling more than 24 months without a break in service of 2 or more years; 3) must have separated for reasons other than misconduct or performance; AND 4) must have performed at an acceptable level through the service period. Certain candidates may be eligible to apply under a special hiring authority including those for disabled individuals, Peace Corps employees, Foreign Service employees, veterans, etc. For more information, visit the following OPM websites: USAJOBS Information Center: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/; Vets Info Guide: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/. 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. Most 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.