FORESTRY TECHNICIAN (FIRE), GS-0462-8/9


Vacancy ID: 822085   Announcement Number: AB-13-14 (READVERTISEMENT)   USAJOBS Control Number: 336985000

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1. Title of Job

FORESTRY TECHNICIAN (FIRE), GS-0462-8/9


2. Biographic Data

3. E-Mail Address

4. Work Information

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5. Employment Availability

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6. Citizenship

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7. Background Information

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8. Other Information

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9. Languages

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10. Lowest Grade

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11. Miscellaneous Information

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12. Special Knowledge

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13. Test Location

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14. Veteran Preference Claim

15. Dates of Active Duty - Military Service

16. Availability Date

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17. Service Computation Date

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18. Other Date Information

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19. Job Preference

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20. Occupational Specialties

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001 FORESTRY TECHNICIAN (FIRE)

21. Geographic Availability

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462335121 Rosebud, SD

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23. Job Related Experience

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24. Personal Background Information

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25. Occupational/Assessment Questions:

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 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 BIA-4432. As outlined in the vacancy announcement, this is the ONLY Indian Preference Verification Form that will be accepted.

A. Yes

B. No

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.

B. No.

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/EI3.asp

A. Yes.

B. No.

Incumbent will be required to operate a government-owned or leased motor vehicle, in the performance of duties, therefore, a valid driver's license is required. Incumbent must have a safe driving record within the three-year period immediately preceding submittal of GSA Form 3607 and be able to meet the safe driving requirements of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

4. Do you possess a valid Drivers License. If you answered "Yes" to question four, please submit a copy of your current Valid Drivers License with your application.

A. Yes, I certify that I possess a valid Drivers License.

B. No, I do not possess a valid Drivers License.

5. This position requires previous wildland firefighting experience which provided knowledge of the techniques, policies, and practices of wildland fire management. A minimum of 90 days of wildland firefighting experience is required to meet qualifications for this secondary (administrative) covered position. Wildland firefighting experience is defined as on-the-line wildland firefighting experience gained through containment, control, suppression, or use of wildland fire. Wildland fire is defined as any non-structure fire that occurs in the wildland. The three distinct types of wildland fire are wildfire, wildland fire use, and prescribed fire (includes only fireline experience on a prescribed fire and does not include experience in the planning stages). This is a MANDATORY qualification requirement/selective factor of this position. Do you have wildland firefighting experience as described above?

A. Yes, I have prior wildland firefighting experience, as described in the above statement.

B. No, I do not have the experience as described in any of the above statement.

This position is one of the key fire management positions under the Interagency Fire Program Management (IFPM) Standard. This position has been categorized as a Prescribed Fire and Fuels Technician - Moderate Complexity, and requires the following IFPM qualifications: Prescribed Fire Burn Boss, Type 2 (RXB2) and one of the following - Crew Boss (CRWB) or Engine Boss (ENGB). Please indicate which of the following qualifications you currently possess. You must provide a current copy of your Incidient Qualification and Certification System (IQCS) Master Record or other agency equivalent documentation which verifies you meet the required NWCG qualifications for this IFPM position when submitting your application.

6. I am currently or was previously qualified as Prescribed Fire Burn Boss, Type 2 (RXB2), or higher.

A. YES

B. NO

7. I am currently or was previously qualified as a Engine Boss (ENCG), OR a Crew Boss (CRWB).

A. YES

B. NO

8. Carefully read the following descriptions of experience and education. Select the one that best describes your qualifications for GS-8 Forestry Technician (Fire) - Prescribed Fire & Fuels Technician. Make sure your resume supports your response that you select.

A. I have at least 1 year of specialized wildland fire management experience equivalent to the GS-7 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized wildland fire management experience includes work that involved participating in implementing prescribed fire or fire use plans to ensure resource objectives can be met from a fire management standpoint; and developing initial attack incident management strategies and tactics to meet the stated resource objectives.

B. I do not have the experience described in the above statement.

9. Carefully read the following descriptions of experience and education. Select the one that best describes your qualifications for GS-9 Forestry Technician (Fire) - Prescribed Fire & Fuels Technician. Make sure your resume supports your response that you select. If qualifying based on education, submit a copy of your college or university transcript(s).

A. I have at least 1 year of specialized wildland fire management experience equivalent to the GS-8 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized wildland fire management experience includes work that involved participating in implementing prescribed fire or fire use plans to ensure resource objectives can be met from a fire management standpoint; and developing initial attack incident management strategies and tactics to meet the stated resource objectives. In addition, work that demonstrated understanding of fire effects on cultural and natural resources; prescribed fire/fuels management; and in fire management operations.

B. I have completed 2 full years of graduate education in forestry, range management, agriculture, or a subject-matter field directly related to the position.

C. I have a combination of experience as described in A or B above and education as described in C above which total at least one year. For example, 6 months of experience (50% of the experience) and one year of related graduate-level study (50% of the education requirement) would qualify an applicant for this position.

D. I do not have the experience and/or education as described in any of the above statements.

For each task in the following group, choose the statement from the list below that best describes your experience and/or training. Please select only one letter for each item. If after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have overstated your qualifications and/or experience and your self-rating is not supported, your score will be lowered.

A- I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task. (0 Point)

B- I have had education or training in performing the task, but have not yet performed it on the job. (1 Point)

C- I have performed this task on the job. My work on this task was monitored closely by a supervisor or senior employee to ensure compliance with proper procedures. (2 Points)

D- I have performed this task as a regular part of a job. I have performed it independently and normally without review by a supervisor or senior employee. (3 Points)

E- I am considered an expert in performing this task. I have supervised performance of this task or am normally the person who is consulted by other workers to assist them in doing this task because of my expertise. (4 Points)

10. Implements prescribed fires including ignition and holding operations, mop-up, and rehabilitation, in accordance with agency regulations, policy, and guidance.

11. Uses specialized firing equipment (ignition equipment).

12. Measures and records humidity, temperature, wind, topography, slope, fuels, and fuel moisture on planned ignitions in order to achieve prescription objectives.

13. Determines ignition methods, point, types of tools to use and application of water given prescription objectives and potential hazards.

14. Conducts fuels management surveys and samples to document presence amount and types of fuels (and species) in order to prescribed treatments that will yield ecological benefit.

15. Researches the effects and behavior of prescribed fire to assist in the development of short term fire management objectives and benefits.

16. Evaluates prescription treatments, monitoring methods, and new technologies and makes refinements as appropriate to improve organizational and biological effectiveness.

17. Establishes study plots to assess fire and fire suppression impacts on the ecosystem.

18. Develops and recommends plans and schedules for prescribed fire, wildland fire use, and mechanical fuels treatments.

19. Incorporates input from interdisciplinary planning teams and resource management plans into new planning documents, treatment schedules, and project proposals.

20. Plans, conducts surveys and evaluates data to develop prescriptions for prescribed fire and unplanned ignitions for resource benefits.

21. Prepares environmental compliance documents such as Environmental Analyses.

22. Conducts alternative analysis for project proposals.

23. Monitors fire behavior, evaluates fire effects, identifies potential problems and makes implementation or prescriptive changes to address.

24. Evaluates projects, both short and long term, against desired prescription results and desired future conditions using standard fire monitoring procedures and analysis.

25. Prepares Presentations using presentation software.

26. Conducts presentations to both small and large audiences, providing both general information on program goals and accomplishments and technical information.

27. Interacts with interdisciplinary teams, natural resource management staff, and tribal councils related to fuels management program activities.

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.

28. 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.

B. No, I do not accept this agreement and/or I no longer wish to be considered for this position.

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 50's) is received and is accurate.