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INSTRUCTIONS: Do not overstate or understate your level of experience and demonstrated capability. You should be aware that your ratings are subject to evaluation and verification based on the resume, and other relevant documents you submit, as well as through verification of references as appropriate. Later steps in the selection process are specifically designed to verify your stated level of experience and demonstrated capability. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you or for dismissing you from the position following acceptance.
1. Are you submitting Form BIA-4432, Verification of Indian Preference for Employment in the Bureau of Indian Affairs, to claim Indian Preference? Note: You must include and upload your Form B1A-4432. As outlined in the vacancy announcement, this is the ONLY Indian Preference Verification Form that will be accepted.A. Yes.
2. Are you a veteran and submitting a DD-214, Certificate of Release or Honorable Discharge from Active Duty, to verify Veteran's Preference claimed? Note: You must include and upload your DD-214, if claiming 5 pt. or 10 pt. preference and Standard Form 15 including the required supporting documentation, if claiming 10 pt. preference.A. Yes.
3. Are you submitting your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, to verify you are a current status employee or a former employee with Reinstatement eligibility? Note: You must include and upload your latest SF-50 to verify transfer or reinstatement eligibility. To determine if you are eligible, please go to the following website: http://www.usajobs.gov/E13.aspA. Yes.
4. This position requires a background investigation. Failure to agree with this requirement will result in your loss of consideration for this position. Are you willing to undergo a background investigation which may include, but is not limited to, contact with all references, employers, co-workers, personal associates and a review of your driving record, credit history, criminal history, and military service?A. Yes, I am willing to undergo a background investigation.
5. This position is a secondary-administrative firefighter position under the special retirement provisions of 5 USC 8336 (c) (CSRS) and 8412 (d) (FERS). Do you understand that you may meet the position qualifications requirements, but not meet special retirement coverage eligibility and in that case if selected you will be placed in the regular retirement code?A. Yes
6. Selective Factor: This position requires a minimum of 90 days previous wildland firefighting experience which provided knowledge of the techniques, policies, and practices of wildland fire management.
Do you have wildland firefighting experience as described above?
7. This position requires previous wildland firefighting experience which provided knowledge of the techniques, policies, and practices of wildland fire management. Do you have wildland firefighting experience as described above?A. Yes
The incumbent must possess a valid state Driver's License.
8. Do you possess a valid state Drivers License?A. Yes, I certify that I possess a valid state Drivers License.
Please note that your answers may be verified against the information you provide in your resume/application and information your references provide. (Note: The quality, type, and scope of your experience and/or training must demonstrate that you are fully qualified to perform the duties of the position to be filled. Be sure you describe your background as it relates to the duties of this position since your narrative application or resume must support the response you select.) Copies of transcripts or a listing of completed coursework must be submitted to document educational accomplishments.
9. Please select one response from the choices A, B or C below that best reflects your education and/or experience in meeting the Basic Entry Requirements for this position. Please read all responses prior to making your selection.A. I have successfully completed a full four-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelors degree or higher in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or a discipline related to this position. NOTE: Transcripts MUST be submitted to document your educational accomplishments.
Respond to the following question. Choose the response that best represents your highest level of experience, education, and training. Mark only one response. Please note that your answer will be verified against the information you provided by your references.
10. Please select the letter corresponding to the statement that most clearly and accurately describes your HIGHEST level of experience and/or education to perform the work of this position at grade GS-09.A. I have at least one year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to a GS-07 in the Federal service performing analytical/evaluative work that includes 2 (or more) of the following 3 categories: experience demonstrating understanding of fire effects on cultural and natural resources; prescribed fire/fuels management activities; and/or fire management operations work that included at least 4 of the following: mobilization and dispatch coordination, fire prevention, training, logistics, equipment development and deployment, fire communications systems, and suppression and preparedness.
11. Please select the letter corresponding to the statement that most clearly and accurately describes your HIGHEST level of experience and/or education to perform the work of this position at grade GS-11.A. I have at least one year of full-time specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to grade GS-09 in the Federal service, which includes reviewing and evaluating fire management plans for ecological soundness and technical adequacy; conducting field inspections before and after prescribed or wildland fires to determine if resource objectives were achieved an/or to evaluate the effectiveness of actions taken; and developing analyses on the ecological role of fire and its use an/or exclusion, and smoke management. PLUS: I have appropriate experience in prescribed fire/fuels management OR fire management operations work that included at least 5 of the following: mobilization and dispatch coordination; fire prevention and education; training; logistics; equipment development and deployment; fire communication systems; suppression and preparedness; and/or aviation.
Selective Factors: This position requires the following qualifications for the IFPM position of PRESCRIBED FIRE AND FUELS SPECIALIST- HIGH COMPLEXITY: Prescribed Fire Burn Boss (RXB2) and one of the following - Incident Commander Type 3 (ICT3) or Task Force Leader (TFLD).
12. I have held or currently hold the NWCG qualification Prescribed Fire Burn Boss Type 2 (RXB2) or higher. I will provide a copy of my IQCS master record or equivalent documentation as instructed in the vacancy announcement.A. YES
13. I have held or currently hold ONE of the following NWCG qualifications or higher: Incident Commander Type 3 (ICT3); OR task Force Leader (TFLD). I will provide a copy of my IQCS master record or equivalent documentation as instructed in the vacancy announcement.A. YES
For each task in the following group, choose the statement from the list that best describes your experience and/or training. Please select only one letter for each statement.A- I have not had experience, education, or training in performing this task.
14. Ensure a fuels management program is consistent with ecosystem management principles and land use plans and is applied on a landscape basis.
15. Establish priorities for fire hazard reduction and fuels management based on minimizing damage and maximizing benefit and enhancement.
16. Develop and select an appropriate alternative wildland fire strategy by considering values to be protected.
17. Review and evaluate fuels management and fire use plans and prescriptions to achieve ecosystem and resource management objectives.
18. Monitor short and long term effects of planned and unplanned ignitions on the natural resources.
19. Indentify research needs and apply new technology.
20. Understand mobilization dispatch coordination methods.
21. Provide advice and guidance in the implementation of policies and standards achieved from higher authorities.
22. Promote error resiliency and safe working practices and procedures.
23. Incorporate latest technological advances in fire management and evaluate applicability to specific situations.
24. Ensure the fuels management program is in compliance with environmental laws, regulations, and policies.
25. Provide leadership, coordination, and direction in the application of standards, methods, and guidelines for all fuels program elements.
26. Evaluate prescribed fire plans to ensure containment and identify contingencies if containment is not obtained.
27. Direct all fuels management activities based on cost effectiveness and values to be protected.
28. Coordinate operations with partnering agencies on developing landscape projects.
29. Implement current methodologies of monitoring fuels treatment effectiveness.
30. Direct and supervise all phases of the budget process to assure balance in the organization at various levels of funding.
31. Track obligations and expenditures in a financial system.
32. Analyze current plans and initiates changes or make recommendations to meet changing conditions within the limits of current or anticipated funding.
33. Plan and direct all work to be accomplished by subordinates, sets and adjusts priorities, and prepare schedules for completion of work.
34. Find ways to improve production or increase the quality of work directed.
35. Develop performance standards and evaluate work performance of subordinates.
36. Advise, Counsel, or instruct employees on both work and administrative matters.
37. Effect appointments, promotions, and reassignments.
38. Indentify and provide for routine training needs for subordinate employees.
39. Manage and mitigate environmental and workplace hazards.
40. Develop and implement a communication plan.
41. Brief decision makers.
42. Coordinate plans of action with affected cooperators.
43. Ensure wildland fire program information provided to audiences is accurate and timely.
44. Coordinate and communicate with personnel at all levels at the federal, state, tribal, and local level.
45. Serve on various interagency committees, teams and work groups dealing with fire management issues.
APPLICANT VERIFICATION: As previously explained, your ratings in this Occupational Questionnaire are subject to evaluation and verification based on the documents and references you submit. Later steps in the selection process are specifically designed to verify your ratings. Deliberate attempts to falsify information may be grounds for not selecting you or for dismissing you from the position/agency during the probation period. Please take this opportunity to review your ratings to ensure their accuracy. By agreeing to the statement below, you are confirming that you: 1) understand this warning; 2) have reviewed your responses to this questionnaire for accuracy; and 3) verify that your responses accurately describe your current level of experience and capability.
46. Failure to agree to the statement below will disqualify you from further consideration for the position.A. Yes, I verify that all of my responses to this questionnaire are true and accurate. I accept that if my supporting documentation and/or later steps in the selection process do not support one or more of my responses to the questionnaire that my application may be rated lower and/or I may be removed from further consideration.
NOTE: It is the applicant's responsibility to verify that information entered, uploaded, or faxed (i.e., resume, veterans or Indian preference documentation, assessment questions and answers, and SF 50s) is received and is accurate.