Forestry Technician

Posted on May 22, 2020

Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Department of the Interior

Horton, KS


This position is located with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Superintendent, Horton Agency, Horton Agency, Office of the Superintendent, Branch of Natural Resources, in Horton, Kansas.

It will be filled from SPD# FDI0206 (DOI106).



EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:n(OPM) Operating Manual, Qualification Standards for Technical and Medical Support Positions and Individual Occupational Requirements (IOR) for GS-0462: Forestry Technician Series and Interagency Fire Program Management Qualifications Standards and Guide for Supervisory Fire Engine Operator (SEOP).

GS-6: 1 year of specialized work experience equivalent to at least the GS-5 grade level in the Federal service.

On-the-line wildland fire experience as a senior wildland firefighter in forest/range control, prevention or suppression work, prescribed burning; operating and maintaining specialized wildland fire tools, equipment, vehicles, and may include leading the work of crew personnel.

SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTORS:nThese 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 Supervisory Fire Engine Operator (SEOP), 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.

Detailed information regarding IFPM positions can be found at

Primary Core Qualification: ENGB (Engine Boss) Secondary Core Qualification: ICT5 (Incident Commander Type 5) Additional Required Training: S-211 (Portable Pumps & Waters Use) This is a permanent full-time seasonal career/conditional appointment.

The incumbent will be in pay status at least 13 pay periods (26 weeks) or more depending on funding and workload not-to-exceed 25 pay periods per calendar year.

Services will not be required at certain times due to lack of work, lack of funds, weather conditions, ceiling limitations, or other unforeseen circumstances and incumbent will be placed in a non-work, non-pay status.

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

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


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 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 who are entitled to veteran's preference are eligible to request a waiver to the MEA requirement.

In instances where the MEA is waived, the corresponding mandatory retirement age for these individuals will also be higher because it will be reached after 20 years of coverage under special retirement provisions for the entitlement to an immediate enhanced annuity.

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 a DD-214 or SF-50's showing beginning and ending dates of covered/creditable appointments and copies of agency approved certification letters based upon individual claims for coverage.

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

MAXIMUM ENTRY AGE AND SPECIAL RETIREMENT COVERAGE - SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR: 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).

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