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WARNING STATEMENT: 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 résumé, 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 BIA-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 Discharge from Active Duty to verify Veterans 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.A. Yes.
4. PRIOR FIREFIGHTING EXPERIENCE: Applicants must meet the OPM qualification standards and the following selective factor for possession of 90 days prior wildland firefighting experience as gained by substantial service in a primary firefighter position or equivalent experience outside the federal government. The selective factor cannot be waived. Wildland firefighting experience is defined as "on-the-line" experience gained through containment, control, suppression, or use of a wildland fire. Wildland fires are categorized into two distinct types: Wildlfires and Prescribed Fires
Do you have a minimum of 90 days of wildland firefighting experience?A. Yes, I have a minimum of 90 days prior wildland firefighting experience.
SELECTIVE FACTOR: This position requires the following NWCG qualifications and training to be completed for the IFPM position of Fire Management Officer: Division Supervisor (DIVS) and one of the following - Incident Commander, Type 3 - OR- Prescribed Fire Burn Boss, Type 2 (RXB2). In addition, the applicant must show completion of the training course M-581, Fire Program Management.
Provide a copy of your IQCS master record and/or Red Card equivalent documentation with your application.
5. I have held or currently hold the NWCG qualification Division Supervisor (DIVS) or higher. I will provide a copy of my IQCS master record or equivalent documentation as instructed in the vacancy announcement.A. Yes
6. I have held or currently hold ONE of the following NWCG qualifications or higher: Incident Commander Type 3 (ICT3), or Prescribed Burn Boss Type 2 (RXB2). I will provide a copy of my IQCS master record or equivalent documentation as instructed in the vacancy announcement.A. Yes
7. I have completed the NWCG course M-581 "Fire Program Management". I will provide a copy of my IQCS master record or equivalent documentation as instructed in the vacancy announcement.A. Yes
8. BASIC REQUIREMENT: From the descriptions below, select the response that best describes how your background meets the basic education requirement. Please make sure your resume supports the response you select. A copy of your college or university transcript(s) must be submitted with your application by the closing date.A. I have a degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resources management, or related discipline appropriate to the position being filled.
ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: In addition to meeting the basic requirement for education, applicants must have specialized experience and/or directly related education. Please carefully read the following descriptions and select the letter corresponding to the statement that most clearly and accurately describes your highest level of experience for this position.
Specialized experience must have included all of the Fire Program Management elements as follows: 1) Reviewing and evaluating fire management plans for ecological soundness and technical adequacy; 2) Conducting field inspections before and after prescribed or wildland fires to determine if resource objectives were achieved and/or to evaluate the effectiveness of actions taken; 3) Developing analyses on the ecological role of fire and its use and/or exclusion, and smoke management.
In addition, Fire Program Management experience, appropriate experience must have included either Prescribed Fire/Fuels Management - OR - Fire Management Operations.
For Prescribed Fire/Fuels Management: specialized experience must be demonstrated 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 possible and identification of appropriate suppression contingencies if containment is not obtained.
For Fire Management Operations: specialized experience in analyzing and applying fire management strategies is a requirement, plus experience in at least five of the following activities: Mobilization and dispatch coordination, Fire prevention and education, Training, Logistics, Equipment development and deployment, Fire communication systems, Suppression and preparedness, and Aviation.
9. For the GS-12 grade level: Qualifying is one year of specialized wildland fire management experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 grade level. The above specialized experiences may be evidenced by the following or similar positions: Unit Fire Program Manager or Wildland Fire Operations Specialist or Prescribed Fire and Fuels Specialist or Center Manager or Prevention and Education Specialist or Served as member of Type1 or Type 2 Incident Management Team at the Command and General Staff level, or as an Agency Administrator.A. Yes, I have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 grade level.
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.
10. Ensures that the fuels management program is consistent with ecosystem management principles and land use plans and is applied on a landscape basis.
11. Establishes priorities for fire hazard reduction and fuels management based upon minimizing potential damage and maximizing multiple resource benefit and enhancement.
12. Develops alternative wildland fire strategies by taking into consideration values to be protected and selects the appropriate alternative.
13. Reviews and evaluates fuels management and fire use plans and prescriptions to achieve specific ecosystem and resource management objectives.
14. Monitors short and long term effects of planned and unplanned ignitions on the natural resurces.
15. Identifies research needs and applies new technology.
16. Provides leadership, coordination and direction in the application of standards, methods, and guidelines for all fire and aviation management program elements.
17. Reviews preparedness actions and operating plans used in the management of wildland fires.
18. Monitors fire season severity predictions, fire behavior, and fire activity levels.
19. Develops severity requests and manages preparedness staffing and assignments based severity predictions and funding.
20. Directs all fire management activities based on cost effectiveness and values to be protected.
21. Completes appropriate incident decision support documents using systems such as the Wildland Fire Decision Support System (WFDSS).
22. Coordinates operations with partnering agencies on multi-jurisdictional wildland fires.
23. Reviews preparedness actions and operating plans used in the management of wildland fires.
24. Provides leadership, coordination and direction in the application of standards, methods, and guidelines for all fire and aviation management program elements.
25. Directs aviation activities at the local level and may serve as the unit aviation officer or aviation subject matter expert.
26. Organizes, trains, equips, and directs a qualified workforce to meet local, geographic area, or national level fire program management needs.
27. Manages national wildland fire support resources (e.g., Interagency Hotshot Crews, aviation assets, or other types of specialized modules).
28. Ensures that the fire prevention program is effective and meets short-term objectives and long-term goals.
29. Develops and reviews fire prevention plans.
30. Works with other agencies in the development and delivery of cooperative fire prevention programs and training.
31. Ensures that the fire management program is in compliance with environmental laws, regulations, and policies.
32. Ensures that all phases of fire and aviation management planning are completed.
33. Interacts with multiple disciplines and officials from other federal, state, tribal, and local entities and the public.
34. Identifies and evaluates the implications of the fuels management program on air quality standards, and provides operational guidance to mitgate potential impacts from smoke to sensitive areas.
35. Participates as a member of an interdisciplinary team in the development of land use plans.
36. Provides advice and guidance in the implementation of policies and standards received from higher authorities.
37. Directs and supervises all phases of the budget formulation process to assure balance in the fire organization at varying levels of funding, initiating changes as appropriate.
38. Tracks obligations and expenditures in a financial system.
39. 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.
40. Coordinates program activities with federal, state, tribal, and local government entities/agencies.
41. Represents the Contracting Officer by serving as a Contracting Officer's Representative (COR).
42. Prepares contract specifications and performance measures.
43. Negotiates, develops, implements and administers grants and agreements (e.g., Emergency Equipment Rental Agreements, Mutual Aid Agreements, and Rural Fire Assistance).
44. Maintains or directs small purchase authority.
45. Completes or signs requisitions.
46. Monitors the expenditure of funds to assure fiscal integrity and correct application of financial standards.
47. Directs work to be accomplished by subordinates.
48. Improves and maintains production or the quality of work directed.
49. Develops performance standards and evaluates work of subordinates.
50. Advises, counsels, or instructs employees on both work and administrative matters.
51. Effects appointments, promotions, and reassignments.
52. Identifies and provides for routine training needs and makes decisions on special, controversial, or costly training for subordinate employees.
53. Monitors environmental and workplace activities and implements measures to mitigate hazards consistent with laws, regulations, and policies.
54. Coordinates fire management activities and plans with other resource management personnel independently or in collaboration with interdisciplinary resource teams.
55. Independently plans, obtains resources, creates objectives, interprets policies and regulations and resolves technical or administrative conflicts with internal and external stakeholders.
56. Resolves difficult and controversial public relations problems.
57. Develops and implements a communication plan.
58. Briefs decision makers.
59. Coordinates plans of action with affected cooperators.
60. Ensures fire program management information provided to internal and external audiences is appropriate, accurate and timely.
61. Serves on various interagency committees, teams and work groups dealing with specific local, geographic, or national fire management issues.
VERIFICATION STATEMENT: 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.
62. Your 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.