FIRE MANAGEMENT OFFICER, GS-0401-9/11


Vacancy ID: 838982   Announcement Number: PRO-13-02   USAJOBS Control Number: 337325400

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1. Title of Job

FIRE MANAGEMENT OFFICER, GS-0401-9/11


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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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

The occupational specialty will be selected for you if there is only one, otherwise, select/enter at least one occupational specialty code for this position. The specialty code for this position is:


001 Fire Management Specialist

21. Geographic Availability

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062880107 Porterville, CA

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23. Job Related Experience

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24. Personal Background Information

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25. Occupational/Assessment Questions:

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 claiming Veteran's preference and submitting a DD-214 Certificate of Release of Honorable Discharge from Active Duty, with the required documents to verify Veteran's Preference claimed? Note: You must include 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. For more information, please go to the following website: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.

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.

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.

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, narratives 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. For more information, please go to the following website: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/group-stds/gs-prof.asp

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 Unit Fire Program Manager - Moderate Complexity, and requires the following IFPM qualifications: Task Force Leader (TFLD); and one of the following - Incident Commander, Type 3 (ICT3) or Prescribed Fire Burn Boss, Type 2 (RXB2). In addition, the applicant must show a completion certificate for the training course M-581, "Fire Program Management". 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 certified as a Task Force Leader (TFLD).

A. YES

B. NO

7. I am currently or was previously certified as an Incident Commander, Type 3 (ICT3) OR as a Prescribed Fire Burn Boss, Type 2 (RXB2).

A. YES

B. NO

8. I have successfully completed the Fire Program Management (M-581) training.

A. YES

B. NO

9. From the descriptions below, select the answer that most accurately and specifically describes the education you have that demonstrates how you meet the Basic Qualification Requirement or INDIVIDUAL OCCUPATIONAL REQUIREMENT (IOR) for this GS-0401 series position. Mark only 1 response. Please note that your answer will be verified against the information you provide in your resume and application. (You must submit a complete, legible copy of your official transcripts to document this basic requirement).

A. I have a bachelor's degree in a four-year course of study in an accredited college or university in one of the following disciplines: Biological Sciences, Agriculture, Natural Resources Management, Chemistry, or a discipline related to this position.

B. I have the appropriate combination of education and experience that included course work equivalent to a major (i.e., 24 semester hours) in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, willand fire management, forestry, or a discipline closely related to Natural Resources; PLUS appropriate experience or additional course work. The quality of the combination must demonstrate that you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the work of the position and is comparable to that normally acquired through the completion of a full four-year course of study with a major as described above.

C. My background is not reflected above.

10. Carefully read the following descriptions of experience and education. Select the one that best describes your qualifications for GS-9 Fire Management Officer. 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 one year of creditable specialized wildland fire management experience equivalent to at least the GS-7 grade level in the Federal service that includes experience in at least two of the following three categories: EXPERIENCE THAT DEMONSTRATED UNDERSTANDING OF FIRE EFFECTS ON CULTURAL AND NATURAL RESOURCES. The assignments must have shown participation in activities such as: Developing fire management plans to ensure resource objectives can be met from a fire management standpoint; or Conducting field inspections before and/or after prescribed fires or wildland fires to determine if defined resource objectives have been met. PRESCRIBED FIRE/FUELS MANAGEMENT - experience in 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), or Analysis of fuel loadings and determination of appropriate fuel treatment methods and programming, or Evaluating prescribed fire plans or fire management plans to ensure fire containment is possible and identify appropriate suppression contingencies if containment is not obtained. FIRE MANAGEMENT OPERATIONS - ANALYZING AND APPLYING FIRE MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES, plus experience in at least four of the following activities: Mobilization and dispatch coordination, Fire prevention, Training, Logistics, Equipment development and deployment, Fire communications systems, Suppression and preparedness.
B. I possess a Master's Degree or equivalent graduate degree related to the position. Note: Applicants who select this response must provide transcripts as verification of their education.
C. I have successfully completed 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Master's Degreee in a field related to this position. Note: Applicants who select this response must provide transcripts as verification of their education.
D. I have a combination of specialized experience as described in A and more than 1 years of graduate education as described in B or C when combined together meets 100% of the total requirements for the position. To compute, divide your total months of qualifying experience by 12. Then divide your semester hours of graduate education beyond two years by 18. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100% to qualify. Note: Applicants who select this response must provide transcripts as verification of their education.
E. I do not have the experience and/or education as described in any of the above statements.

11. Carefully read the following descriptions of experience and education. Select the one that best describes your qualifications for GS-11 Fire Management Officer. 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 one year of creditable specialized wildland fire management experience equivalent to at least the GS-9 grade level in the Federal service that includes work involving the three fire program management elements as follows: 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 and/or to evaluate the effectiveness of actions taken; and Developing analyses on the ecological role of fire and its use and/or exclusion, and smoke management. In addition to this fire program management experience, appropriate experience must have included either prescribed fire/fuels management - OR - fire management operations. For Prescribed fire/fuels management, 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; and 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 - 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.

B. I possess a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree. Note: Applicants who select this response must provide transcripts as verification of their education.

C. I have successfully completed 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D degree. Note: Applicants who select this response must provide transcripts as verification of their education.

D. I have a combination of specialized experience as described in A and more than 2 years of graduate education as described in B or C when combined together meets 100% of the total requirements for the position. To compute, divide your total months of qualifying experience by 12. Then divide your semester hours of graduate education beyond two years by 18. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100% to qualify. Note: Applicants who select this response must provide transcripts as verification of their education.

E. 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 Points)

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)

12. Ensures that the fuels management program is consistent with ecosystem management principles and land use plans and is applied on a landscape basis.

13. Establish priorities for fire hazard reduction and fuels management based upon minimizing potential damage and maximizing multiple resource benefit and enhancement.

14. Develop alternative wildland fire strategies by taking into consideration values to be protected and selects the appropriate alternative.

15. Review and evaluates fuels management and fire use plans and prescriptions to achieve specific ecosystem and resource management objectives.

16. Monitor short and long term effects of planned and unplanned ignitions on the natural resources.

17. ldentify research needs and applies new technology.

18. Organizes, trains, equips, and directs a qualified work force to meet local, geographic area, or national level fire program management needs.

19. Provide leadership, coordination and direction in the application of standards, methods, and guidelines for all fire and aviation management program elements.

20. Complete appropriate incident decision support documents using systems such as the Wildland Fire Decision Support System (WFDSS).

21. Provide advice and guidance in the implementation of policies and standards received from higher authorities.

22. Promote error resiliency and safe working practices and procedures.

23. Incorporate latest technological advances in fire management and evaluates applicability to specific situations.

24. Monitor fire season severity predictions, fire behavior, and fire activity levels.

25. Develop severity requests and manages preparedness staffing and assignments based severity predictions and funding.

26. Direct all fire management activities based on cost effectiveness and values to be protected.

27. Coordinate operations with partnering agencies on multi-jurisdictional wildland fires.

28. Review preparedness actions and operating plans used in the management of wildland fires.

29. Provide leadership, coordination and direction in the application of standards, methods, and guidelines for all fire and aviation management program elements.

30. Direct aviation activities at the local level and may serve as the unit aviation officer or aviation subject matter expert.

31. Manage national wildland fire support resources (e.g., Interagency Hotshot Crews, aviation assets, or other types of specialized modules).

32. Ensure that the fire prevention program is effective and meets short-term objectives and long-term goals.

33. Develops and reviews fire prevention plans.

34. Work with other agencies in the development and delivery of cooperative fire prevention programs and training.

35. Direct 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.

36. Track obligations and expenditures in a financial system.

37. Analyze current fire management plans and initiates changes within guidelines or makes recommendations to meet changing conditions within the limits of current or anticipated funding.

38. Develop, implements and administers grants and agreements (e.g.,Emergency Equipment Rental Agreements, mutual assistance, and Rural Fire Assistance).

39. Serve as a Contracting Officer's Representative (COR).

40. Plan and directs overall work to be accomplished by subordinates, sets and adjusts priorities, and prepares schedules for completion of work.

41. Find ways to improve production or increase the quality of work directed.

42. Negotiate and coordinates work projects with other unit managers and supervisors.

43. Develop performance standards and evaluates work performance of subordinates.

44. Advise, counsels, or instructs employees on both work and administrative matters.

45. Effect appointments, promotions, and reassignments.

46. Identify and provides for routine training needs and makes decisions on special, controversial, or costly training for subordinate employees.

47. Manage environmental and workplace hazards and provides for mitigation of these hazards.

48. Develop and implements a communication plan.

49. Brief decision makers.

50. Coordinate plans of action with affected cooperators.

51. Ensure wildland fire program information provided to internal and external audiences (e.g., environmental and conservation groups, news media, contractors, private landowners, political officials, and the general Public) is accurate and timely.

52. Coordinate and communicates with personnel at all levels of cooperating land management and fire protection agencies at the federal, state, tribal, and local level.

53. Serve on various interagency committees, teams and work groups dealing with specific local, geographic, or national fire management issues.

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.

54. 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.

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