RANGE TECHNICIAN (FIRE), GS-0455-4/5
#4431071A, (DOI105, Senior Wildland Firefighter)
DOI-Bureau of Indian Affairs, Great Plains Region
Yankton Agency, Deputy Superintendent - Trust Services
Branch of Fire, Wagner, South Dakota
GS-4: $29,847 - $38,798 Per Annum
GS-5: $33,394 - $43,414 Per Annum
(First time hires to the Federal Government normally start at the lower salary range of the grade level).
NOTE: TRAVEL AND RELOCATION EXPENSES WILL NOT BE AUTHORIZED, ANY RELOCATION EXPENSES ASSOCIATED WITH REPORTING FOR DUTY WILL BE THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE SELECTED EMPLOYEE. THE PAY FLEXIBILITY OF THE RECRUITMENT BONUS MAY BE AUTHORIZED BY THE MANAGER. THIS IS AN ARDUOUS POSITION AND IS SUBJECT TO DRUG TESTING, MEDICAL EXAMINATION, PHYSICAL FITNESS TESTING, AND FAVORABLE RESULTS OF A COMPLETED BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION. GOVERNMENT HOUSING IS NOT AVAILABLE.
INDIAN PREFERENCE: Preference in filling vacancies is given to qualified Indian candidates in accordance with the Indian Preference Act of 1934 (Title 25, USC, Section 472). Verification of Form BIA-4432 must be submitted with the application if claiming Indian Preference. Indian Preference eligibles that are not currently employed with the Federal service will be appointed under the Excepted Service Appointment Authority Schedule A, 213.3112(A)(7).
VETERANS EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES ACT (VEOA): Preference eligibles may apply for permanent positions (career or career-conditional appointments) under merit promotion procedures for VEOA appointments; however, veteran's preference is not a factor in these appointments. To be eligible for a VEOA appointment, a veteran must be a preference eligible OR veteran separated after 3 or more years of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions. Applicants must submit a copy of their DD-214 for verification of eligibility. For more information, click here: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/shav/index.aspx#veoa
FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES: Former Federal Employees are required to indicate whether they received a Voluntary Separation Incentive Payment (VSIP) buyout in their previous employment with the Federal government, and are required to submit a copy of the applicable Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) regarding the VSIP. The majority of individuals, who accept reemployment with the Federal government within 5 years of receiving the VSIP amount, must repay the gross amount of the separation pay prior to reemployment.
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NOTE: If the position is filled at a lower grade level, subsequent promotion to the grade level will be processed without further competition under the Merit Promotion Program at such time as performance and qualification requirements are met and classification review discloses the duties being performed properly warrant classification to the next higher grade level.
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 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/.
SUMMARY OF DUTIES:
· As a senior wildland firefighter on a handcrew or prescribed fire crew, performs the duties of a fully qualified chain saw operator and chainsaw repair technician; and uses helicopter long lines.
· Collects fire weather data, fuel and/or soil moisture samples, maps projects, and maintains records.
· Performs all aspects of wildland and prescribed fire operations including preparation, ignition, monitoring, holding, and mop-up.
· Drives engine to fire locations (frequently over unimproved roads) and positions engine in appropriate location taking into consideration the safety and efficiency of the crew and equipment to be used in the control and mop-up operations.
· Starts pump engine, primes pump, adjusts engine speed and pump valves, laying hose, and using appropriate nozzles and nozzle adjustments in effective use of water and additives.
· Loads helicopter personnel and cargo considering methods, weight distribution, necessity for securing total weight, etc., and completes manifests of personnel and equipment being transported to the fire or other work site.
· Inventories and inspects helicopter accessories, fire tools, and equipment; assures that needed tools and equipment are available for firefighting tasks; and uses long line external loads and operates and maintains accessory equipment.
· Gathers and considers information on weather data, topography, fuel types, and fire behavior in responding to wildland fire incidents, recommending best approaches and practices for deploying personnel and equipment.
· Responsible for operation and maintenance of specialized equipment used to respond to wildland and prescribed fire situations.
· Participates in wildland fire and safety training; and participates in crew proficiency checks and drills, safety sessions, and fire critiques.
· May inventory fuel beds, prepare associated reports, perform hazard fuel reduction projects, monitor burning conditions, pile vegetation debris and act in assigned positions such as ignition or holding specialist or other designated positions during actual fuel reduction efforts by prescribed fire.
· Performs project work such as road and trail maintenance, habitat manipulation, and miscellaneous equipment and facilities maintenance.
25% or less - Work may require travel by light fixed-wing or rotor-wing aircraft