Forestry Technician


Posted on May 22, 2020

Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Department of the Interior

Fort Yates, ND

THIS POSITION WILL SUPPORT THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT'S RESPONSE EFFORTS TO COVID-19.

This position is located with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Superintendent - Standing Rock Agency, Deputy Superintendent-TS, Branch of Fire, in Fort Yates, North Dakota.

It will be filled from Standard PD Number: FDI0205 (DOI105).

NOTE: ANY RELOCATION EXPENSES ASSOCIATED WITH REPORTING FOR DUTY WILL BE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE SELECTED EMPLOYEE.

GOVERNMENT HOUSING IS NOT AVAILABLE.

NOTE: This position has been identified as one of the key fire management positions under the Interagency Fire Program Management (IFPM) Standard.

This position has been categorized as a Senior Wildland Firefighter, and requires selectee to meet the minimum qualification standards for IFPM prior to being placed into the position.

Detailed information regarding IFPM positions can be found at http://www.ifpm.nifc.gov/.

EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: (OPM Operating Manual, Qualification Standards for One-Grade Interval Technical or Medical Support Positions, and Individual Occupational Requirements for GS-0462: Forestry Technician Series and the Approved IFPM/NWCG Qualifications Standards and Guide for Senior Firefighter (SFF).

GS-5: 1 year of specialized wildland fire management experience equivalent to the GS-4 grade level in forest or range fire control, prevention or suppression work as a skilled wildland firefighter utilizing a variety of specialized wildland fire tools and equipment.

OR 4 years of successfully completed education above the high school level leading to a bachelor's degree (a) with major study in forestry, range management, agriculture, or a subject-matter field directly related to the position, OR that included at least 24 semester hours in any combination of courses such as those shown above for GS-4.

No more than 6 semester hours in mathematics is creditable.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Experience which has provided the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to successfully function in the wildland fire management position.

Example of qualifying specialized experience include: Forestry aide or technician work.

Engineering, range, or soil conservation technician work that involved the application of cultural, resource conservation, or land management practices on nonforest or ranch lands when combined with knowledge of forestry operations and equipment.

Farming or ranching work that involved application of cultural and soil and water conservation practices, including safety and use of equipment, and that provided a basic understanding of land use.

Forest or range fire control, fire prevention, or fire suppression work as a skilled wildland firefighter.

SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTORS: These are MANDATORY qualification prerequisites to qualify for this position.

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 Senior Firefighter (SFF), therefore, the applicant must have possessed all of the following National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) incident management qualifications and training requirements to be considered eligible for this position:nPrimary Core Qualification: FFT1, Firefighter Type 1.nRequired Training: S-290, Intermediate Fire Behavior Training.

Prior Wildland Firefighting Experience: 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.

NOTE: Selective factors are knowledges, skills, abilities, or special qualifications that are in addition to the minimum requirements in a qualification standard, but are determined to be essential to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position.

Applicants who do not meet the selective factors are ineligible for further consideration.

You MUST provide a current copy of your Incident 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.

This is a primary fire position under the special retirement provisions of 5 U.S.C.

8336(c)(CSRS) and 5 U.S.C.

8412(d)(FERS).

The date immediately prior to reaching an individual's 37th birthday is the maximum entry age (MEA) at which an applicant can be initially appointed into a primary firefighter position.

Applicants initially appointed to a primary position MUST NOT have reached their 37th birthday.

Applicants over the MEA of 37 MUST have enough prior covered service under the Firefighter Special Retirement benefit in order to be eligible for re-entry into a primary firefighter position.

Temporary primary/rigorous covered service will only be credited if performed prior to January 1, 1989 (temporary service performed beginning 1/1/89 or later is not creditable for retirement).

Applicants are responsible for submitting all supporting documentation prior to the closing date of a vacancy for an MEA determination.

Acceptable forms of documentation consist of SF-50's showing beginning and ending dates of covered/creditable Federal civilian appointments or copies of agency approved certification letters based upon individual claims for coverage.

Failure to provide this documentation with your application may result in the loss of eligibility to receive a waiver of the maximum entry age requirement.

The maximum entry-age for this position shall not exceed age 37, unless you have sufficient prior Federal civilian law enforcement or firefighter experience or you are a preference eligible veteran.

If you are a preference eligible veteran, you may be eligible for this position after your 37th birthday.

You must supply a copy of your Defense Department Form 214 (DD-214) along with Standard Form 15 (if applicable) and any associated documentation in accordance with the instructions in this vacancy announcement.

Failure to provide this documentation with your application will result in lost eligibility to receive a waiver of the maximum entry age requirement.

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

Merit Promotion candidates must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the announcement closing date.

Preference in filling vacancies is given to qualified Indian candidates in accordance with the Indian Preference Act of 1934 (title 25, USC Section 472).

How to Apply

Follow the application procedure at www.usajobs.gov for more info.


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