Relocation expenses reimbursed
Yes You may qualify for reimbursement of relocation expenses in accordance with agency policy.
This job is open to
U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S., and excepted service employees.
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This position is part of the National Wildlife Refuge System/Fire Management Program and serves US Air Force stations through a national agreement. The position manages the USAF Fire Program in the Mid-West Region and serves USAF stations in CO, IA, KS, MI, MN, MT, ND, NE, NM, OK, SD, TX, UT and WY. The program focuses on Wildlife Habitat management and improvement on AF stations through fuels management and prescribed fire. Fire suppression is a secondary function. Field operations are conducted in an interagency manner, where local, state, and Federal agencies lend their support to neighboring agencies and departments to achieve project objectives. The interagency operational structure also facilitates faster response times and more efficient expenditures.
This announcement is being advertised concurrently under R6-18-10110635-M for current and former federal employees serving under a competitive service career or career-conditional appointment or reinstatement eligible. You must apply to each announcement separately if you wish to be considered under both recruitment methods.
As an Assistant Fire Management Officer you will be responsible for planning, developing, implementing, coordinating, and evaluating an integrated fire management program to achieve resource management objectives on all FWS lands on the Refuge.
This key fire management position is categorized under the Interagency Fire Program Management (IFPM) Standard as a Unit Fire Program Manager (high complexity). Minimum IFPM qualification standards must be met prior to being placed into the position. Detailed information regarding IFPM positions can be found at http://www.ifpm.nifc.gov
Prior experience in wild land firefighting is required in order to carry out the duties of this position. You will not be considered for this position if you do not have prior wild land firefighting experience.
Note: The position is covered under the secondary/administrative category for special firefighter retirement provisions. You may meet qualification requirements but not be eligible for special retirement coverage. If you are not eligible for special retirement coverage, you will be placed in the regular retirement system.
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As an Assistant Fire Management Officer, you will be responsible for:
Coordinating and initiating fire management activities based on firefighter and public safety, cost effectiveness, and values to be protected consistent with resource objectives, by using the full range of strategic and tactical options otherwise known as Appropriate Management Response (AMR) as described in an approved Fire Management Plan (FMP).
Monitors fire season severity predictions, fire behavior, and fire activity levels and takes appropriate actions to ensure safe, efficient and effective operations.
May serve as a Contracting Officer`s Representative (COR) and may be responsible for the preparation of contract specifications and performance measures.
Provides technical and administrative supervision to fire staff on the unit(s). Plans and directs overall work to be accomplished by subordinate supervisor(s), sets and adjusts priorities, and prepares schedules for completion of work.
Identifies and provides for routine training needs and makes decisions on special, controversial, or costly training for subordinate employees.
Physical Demands: Work often requires physical exertion while overseeing fire suppression and prescribed fire activities including walking over rough, steep, uneven terrain in all types of weather. The incumbent is faced with emergency situations at all hours and must respond quickly. The position may require long shifts or multi-day assignments under primitive living conditions during emergencies. During fire/burning season, extended fire assignments away from the unit may be required under very stressful situations.
Work Environment: Most work is performed in an office setting. Field work is sometimes performed in steep terrain where surfaces may be uneven, rocky, or covered with thick vegetation. Temperatures are frequently extreme, both from weather and fire conditions where the presence of smoke and/or dust conditions are frequently severe.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
Who May Apply
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Job family (Series)
0401 General Natural Resources Management And Biological Sciences
Conditions of Employment
Must be a U.S. Citizen or National
Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply)
Suitability for employment, as determined by background investigation
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May be required to successfully complete a probationary period
Only experience and education obtained by February 16, 2018 will be considered.
Basic Requirements for this position: You must meet A or B below to qualify for the position.
A. Degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resources management, or related discipline appropriate to the position being filled.
B. Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in biological sciences, agriculture, or natural resources - or at least 24 semester hours in biological sciences, natural resources, wild land fire management, forestry, or agriculture course work equivalent to a major field of study -- plus -- appropriate experience or -additional education that is comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in the biological sciences; agriculture, or natural resources.
Specialized Experience Requirements: In addition to meeting one of the basic entry requirements listed above, you must have the appropriate specialized experience as described below.
You may qualify at the GS-11 level, if you fulfill one of the following qualification requirements:
One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service that demonstrates your ability to manage, direct and evaluate a fully integrated wildland and/or prescribed fire management program. Develop, coordinate and implement a full fire program budget. Negotiate and manage agreements with cooperators. Maintain liaison with entities external to the organization, and spoke person for the organization on fire management program issues; OR
A Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree; or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; or possession of a LL.M. degree, if related. Graduate level education must demonstrate the competencies necessary to do the work of the position, examples of qualifying fields include biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position; OR
A combination of education and experience as listed above.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
PROOF OF EDUCATION: All applicants who are using education or a combination of education and experience to qualify must submit copies of official or unofficial transcripts which include grades, credit hours earned, major(s), grade point average or class ranking, institution name, and student name. If any required coursework is not easily recognizable on transcripts, or if you believe a portion of a particular course can be credited toward meeting an educational requirement, you must also provide a memorandum on letterhead from the institution`s registrar, dean, or other appropriate official stating the percentage of the course that should be considered to meet the requirement and the equivalent number of units. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable; however, if you are selected for the position, you will be required to produce the original official transcripts.
PASS/FAIL COURSES: If more than 10 percent of your undergraduate course work (credit hours) were taken on a pass/fail basis, your claim of superior academic achievement must be based upon class standing or membership in an honor society.
GRADUATE EDUCATION: One academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credits hours your graduate school has determined to represent one academic year of full-time study. Such study may have been performed on a full-time or part-time basis. If you cannot obtain your graduate school`s definition of one year of graduate study, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) should be considered as satisfying the requirement for one year of full-time graduate study.
FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html
To register or verify your registration go to the Selective Service System at https://www.sss.gov/RegVer/wfRegistration.aspx
FWS has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.
We may use this announcement to fill additional vacancies within 90 days of February 16, 2018; OR More than one position may be filled from applications received under this announcement in the advertised office or other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service offices in the local commuting area
Relocation expenses will be paid.
Supervisory Probationary Period: If you have not previously completed a supervisory probationary period, you will be required to serve a one-year supervisory/managerial probationary period for this position.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
TESTING DESIGNATED POSITION: This is a drug testing designated position which requires you pass the pre-employment testing, and you will be subject to random drug testing while you occupy this position.
MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS: You must pass a pre-employment medical examination. Also, you may be subject to post-employment medical examinations to determine if you are maintaining the fitness standards for this position.
DRIVER`S LICENSE: You must possess and maintain a valid State driver`s license at all times
during your tenure.
DRUG TESTING: All applicants tentatively selected for this position will be required to submit to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment.
Selective Factors: Applicants must possess all of the following National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) incident management qualifications and training requirements to be considered eligible for this position:
1. Must have a minimum of 90 days of WILD LAND firefighting experience on the fire line to be considered for this job.
2. Must have National Wildfire Coordination Group or equivalent fire qualifications under Pathway 1: Task Force Leader (TFLD) plus either Incident Commander Type 3 (ICT3) or higher. - OR -
3. Pathway 2: Helibase Manager Type 1 (HEB1) AND Incident Commander Type 3 (ICT3) or higher. NOTE: MUST SUBMIT RED CARD AND Incident Qualification and Certification System (IQCS) TRAINING RECORDS (OR EQUIVALENT).
4. Completion of the required training, M-581, "Fire Program Management."
Selectees for IFPM positions requiring currency will be required to obtain and maintain currency for the NWCG qualifications listed above.
If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application: https://help.usastaffing.gov/Apply/index.php?title=Alternate_Application_Information. Select the words "Alternate Application" and click the link icon. Leave the Protocol as http://
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Once the announcement has closed, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the basic qualification requirements listed on this announcement. If you meet the basic qualifications your resume and supporting documentation will be compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience which resulted in you being listed in the highest quality category, you may lose consideration, or be assigned to a lower quality category for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully when applying, errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.
Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):
1. Knowledge of accepted wildland fire safety practices and procedures. 2. Knowledge of contracting procedures and ability to serve as a Contracting Officer`s Representative (COR). 3. Knowledge of supervisory policies, procedures, and methods in order to manage a diverse workforce. 4. Professional knowledge of natural resource management, fire ecology, fire behavior, and fire management theories, concepts, principles, and standards in a wildland fire environment. 5. Skill in oral and written communication sufficient to prepare reports, present training, and coordinate work efforts.
All qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category. The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position. The category ratings for this position are:
Best Qualified, Well Qualified, and Qualified
If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans` preference, you must attach a copy of your DD-214 showing you were honorably discharged. If you are claiming 10-point veterans` preference, you must attach an SF-15," Application for 10-Point Veterans` Preference" in addition to the proof required by that form.
Career Transition Assistance (CTAP) and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Programs (ICTAP): These programs apply to employees who have been or may be involuntarily separated (e.g. reduction in force, declining to relocate/transfer outside their local commuting area) from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: (1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; (2) be rated well-qualified for the position by placement into the Well Qualified category or above; and, (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility (e.g., Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal or Removal Notice; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; or Removal and most recent performance appraisal.). For more information visit: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/
Background checks and security clearance
Public Trust - Background Investigation
To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:
Resume or Application. At a minimum, your resume MUST contain job title (include job series and grade, if federal), duties, starting and ending dates (month and year), hours worked per week, and salary. USAJOBS has a template to ensure a complete resume. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YX7o1PBoFk
Other supporting documents:
Cover Letter, optional
Official or unofficial College Transcript(s), if the position has education requirements, or if you are using your education to qualify. A copy of your official transcripts will be required if you are selected.
Veterans` Preference documentation, if applicable (e.g., DD-214 Member Copy 4 showing type of discharge/character of service, SF-15 Form and related documentation, VA letter, etc.)
If applicable, documentation/proof that you are eligible Career Transition Assistance Program/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program documentation, if applicable (e.g., Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; and most recent performance appraisal.)
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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