Assistant State Fire Management Officer

Posted on May 22, 2020

Bureau of Land Management, Department of the Interior

Boise, ID

This position is located in Boise, Idaho.

Information about the surrounding area may be found here Boise.nFor additional information about the BLM, please visit our website.

Basic Qualification Requirements:The OPM Qualification Standard for the 0401 series includes requirements as stated below.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide documentation or proof that he or she has met the applicable educational provisions described in this supplemental standard.

No applicant may be placed in a position covered by the 0401 Qualification Standard for Fire Program Management without meeting A or B below.nA.

Degree: Biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry or related discipline appropriate to the position.


Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education which may be defined as at least 24 semester hours in biological sciences, natural resources, wildland fire management, forestry, or agriculture equivalent to a major field of study,plus appropriate experience or additional education that is comparable to that normally acquired through successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in the biological sciences, agriculture, or natural resources.nThe quality of the combination of education and experience must be sufficient to demonstrate that the applicant possesses the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform work in the occupation,and is comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of a full 4-year course of study with a major in the appropriate field.In addition to courses in the major and related fields, a typicalcollege degree would have included coursesthat involved analysis, writing, critical thinking, research, etc.These courses would have provided an applicant with skills and abilities sufficient to perform progressively more responsible work in the occupation.

Therefore, creditable experience should have demonstrated similarly appropriate skills or abilities needed to perform the work of the occupation.nSpecialized Experience:In addition to meeting the basic education requirements, you must meet specialized experience requirements.

Specialized experience is defined as experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA’s) necessary to successfully function in the wildland fire management position.

To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade of the position to be filled.nTo qualify for the GS-13, one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 in federal service.nDescription of GS-12 level work: Experiencemust includeFire Program Management elements such as described below: Developing, reviewing and evaluating fire management plans for ecological soundness, or consistency with land management goals and/or potentially adverse impacts to cultural and natural resources;nConducting field inspections before and after prescribed or wildfires to determine if resource objectives were achieved and/or to evaluate the effectiveness of actions taken; and,nAnalyzing the ecological role of fire and its use and/or exclusion, and smoke management.

In addition to theFire Program Managementelements listed above, appropriate experience must have includedEITHER prescribed fire/fuels management–OR-fire management operationsas described below:nPrescribed fire/fuels management:Examples of this type of experiencemay include: Professional forest or range inventory methods and procedures (e.g., Brown’s planar intercepts for dead and down fuels; live fuel loading assessments);nAnalysis of fuel loadings and determination of appropriate fuel treatment methods (i.e.

prescribed fire, mechanical, chemical, or biological treatments);nLand use planning and environmental compliance;nEvaluation of prescribed burn plans or fire management plans to ensure fire containment is possible and identification of appropriate suppression contingencies if fire containment is not obtained.

Fire management operations:Experience in analyzing and/or applying fire management strategies inat least five of the following activities: Mobilization and/or dispatch coordinationnFire prevention and educationnTrainingnLogisticsnEquipment development and deploymentnFire communication systemsnSuppression and preparednessnAviation Substitution of Education for the Specialized Experience Requirement:For the GS-13, no substitution.nEducation and experience may be combined to meet the specialized experience requirement.You must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.

Federal employees in the competitive service are also subject to the Time-In-Grade requirement in accordance with 5 CFR 300.604.

If you are a current Federal employee in the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and applying for a promotion opportunity, you must have completed a minimum of 52 weeks at the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the position being filled.You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.Selective Placement Factor #1:PRIOR WILDLAND FIREFIGHTING EXPERIENCE REQUIRED.

Applicants must have at least one season (3-6 months) of prior wildland firefighting experience.

This must be evidenced in your application.

The Department of the Interior defines wildland firefighting experience as: any non-structure fire that occurs in the wildland.

Wildland firefighting experience is gained through work on the fire line in containment, control, suppression or use of wildland fire.

Wildland fires are categorized into two distinct types:1)Wildfires - Unplanned ignitions or prescribed fires that are declared wildfires, and2)Prescribed Fires/Planned ignitions.

This description includes only fireline experience on a Prescribed Fire; it does not include experience in the planning stages.

Prescribed fire experience must be supplemented by fire suppression experience in order to be creditable as previous wildland firefighting experience.Selective Factor #2: You must possesqualification requirementsof the following National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) incident management qualifications and training requirements to be considered eligible for this position:1) DIVS-Divisionand2) ICT3-Incident Commander Type 3,or3)RXB2-Burn Boss Type 2ornYou must provide a copy of your Incident Qualification and Certification System (IQCS) Master Record or other equivalent documentation which verifies you meet the required NWCG minimum qualifications.

Failure to provide this documentation by the closing dated of the announcement will result in you being rated as not qualified.

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