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Associate Fire Management Officer


  • Duties
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    Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource.

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    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 UNIT FIRE PROGRAM MANAGER - MODERATE COMPLEXITY, and requires the 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 www.ifpm.nifc.gov .

    These position is located in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Information about Las Cruces area can be found at the City of Las Cruces .

    Physical Demands: Normally the work is sedentary but often requires physical exertion while overseeing fire suppression activities including walking over rough, mountainous, 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 the fire season, extended fire assignments away from the unit may be required under very stressful conditions.

    Work Environment: Most work is performed in an office setting. Field work is sometimes performed in steep terrain where surfaces may be uneven, rock, 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. The hazardous nature of the fire suppression work requires that protective clothing (boots, hard hats, etc.) be worn during emergencies. The incumbent exercises a variety of safety practices and precautions for their own safety as well as the safety of others.
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    Responsibilities

    Directs all phases of the fire management program and is responsible for its planning, program direction, coordination and evaluation. Utilizes second level supervisors to direct, coordinate, and oversee the work of the employees in the organization. Exercises significant responsibilities in dealing with officials of other units or organizations, and in advising management officials of higher rank. Coordinates program activities with federal, state, tribal, and local government entities/agencies. Develops, implements and administers grants and agreements. Ensures that all phases of fire and aviation management planning are completed and coordinated with federal, state, tribal, local governments and the public. Negotiates cooperative agreements and resolves difficult and controversial public relations problems. Ensures that the fuels management program is consistent with ecosystem management principles and land use plans. Coordinates and initiates all fire management activates 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 as described in a approved Fire Management Plan (FMP). Initiates for all wildland fires a Wildland Fire Decision Support System (WFDSS) which is completed and retained for all fires that escape initial attack. May serve as a Contracting Officer Representative (COR). Develops and executes safety management related to fire and aviation.

    Travel Required
    Occasional travel - 1-5 days a month

    Supervisory status
    Yes

    Promotion Potential
    11

    Who May Apply This job is open to… All current federal employees or former federal employees with competitive/reinstatement eligibility; CTAP/ICTAP eligible in the local commuting area; and Veteran Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA), Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA)and Veterans more than 30% disabled eligibles

    Persons eligible under Special Hiring Authorities, Schedule A and/or individuals with disabilities

    Current or former time-limited employees eligible under PL-114-47, Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA).

    Questions? This job is open to 5 groups.

  • Job family (Series)
    0401 General Natural Resources Management And Biological Sciences

  • Requirements
    Help Requirements Conditions of Employment
    • U.S. Citizenship is required
    • Be sure to read the "How to Apply" and "Required Documents" Sections
    • You cannot hold an active real estate license; nor can you
    • have an interest or hold stocks in firms with interest in Federal Land
    • Direct Deposit Required
    • Background Investigation Required

    You will need to clearly state your undergraduate/graduate degree(s) and submit your college transcripts or a listing of your college courses that includes hours and grades.

    Qualifications
    In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience requirement - please be sure to include this information in your resume. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade GS-09 of the position to be filled.

    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.

    This position has a positive education requirement - applicants must demonstrate that they meet this requirement.

    Basic Educational Requirements - Degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position -OR- Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major course of study in biological Sciences, agriculture or natural resources management, chemistry, or 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 the successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in the biological sciences, agriculture, or natural resources.

    Specialized Experience must include all of the fire program management elements as described below: -Reviewing and evaluating fire management plans for ecological soundness and technical adequacy; -Conducting field inspections before and after prescribed or wildland fires to determine if objectives were achieved and/or to evaluate the effectiveness of actions taken; and -Developing analyses on the ecological role of fire and its use and/or exclusion, and smoke management. In addition to fire program management, appropriate experience must have included either prescribed fire/fuels management - OR - fire management operations as described below: -Land use planning and environmental coordination; -Evaluating prescribed burn plans or fire management plans to ensure fire containment is possible and identification of appropriate suppression contingencies if containment is not obtained. Fire management operations - analyzing and applying fire management strategies, plus experience in at least five of the following activities: -Mobilization and dispatch coordination -Fire prevention and education -Training -Logistics -Equipment development and deployment -Fire communication systems -Suppression and preparedness -Aviation The above specialized experiences may be evidenced by the following or similar positions: -Unit Fire Program Manager, OR -Wildland Fire Operations Specialist, OR -Prescribed Fire and Fuels Specialist, OR -Prevention and Education Specialist, OR -Initial Attack Lead Dispatcher/Assistant Center Manager, AND -Experience at the Unit Leader Level on a Type I or II incident.

    Selective Placement Factors: This position requires a special qualification that has been determined to be essential to perform the duties and will be used as a screen out element. Those who do not provide evidence they possess the following selective factor(s) will be rated not qualified.

    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:
  • Primary Core Requirement: Task Force Leader (TFLD) -or- Helibase Manager(HEB1)AND
  • Secondary Core Requirement: Incident Commander(ICT3) -or- Single Resource Crew Boss (RXB2) AND
  • Completion of M-581 Fire Program Management
  • This position is subject to the Interagency Fire Program (IFPM) Standard and Guide selective placement factors for an Assistant Fire Management Officer (AFMO). This position requires the following qualifications - Prior firefighting experience, as gained by substantial service in a primary firefighter position or equivalent experience outside the Federal government is a MANDATORY PREREQUISITE for incumbents of this position.

    Incident Qualification and Certification System (IQCS) Master Record or other equivalent documentation which verifies you meet the required NWCG qualifications for this IFPM position. 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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    Additional information

    Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid by the Department of the Interior. Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee.

    SELECTIVE SERVICE: Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. To register or verify your registration go to the Selective Service System website.

    May require completion of a 1 year probationary period.

    Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): CTAP provides eligible surplus and displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at CTAP or ICTAP . If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration or that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) This vacancy is within your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility; 2) You apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) You are found well qualified for this vacancy. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, or a copy of your separation personnel action form.

    CTAP and ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if they receive a minimum score of 90 based on the rating criteria used for this position.

    Reemployment Priority List (RPL): The RPL is the mechanism agencies use to give reemployment consideration to their former competitive service employees separated by a RIF or who have fully recovered from a compensable injury after more than one year. If you are currently on a Reemployment Priority List, you may be given priority consideration.

    BLM may use certain incentives, currently offered by the Federal government, to attract high quality applicants.

    This position is not eligible for Telework.

    Passage of a pre-employment physical is required.

    This is a SECONDARY/Administrative fire position under the special retirement provisions of 5 U.S.C. 8336(c) (CSRS) and 5 U.S.C. 8412(d) (FERS). While secondary positions are not subject to the maximum entry age (MEA) policy, the selectee must have prior service in a primary position and meet the transfer requirement for movement from a primary to secondary position to be eligible for special retirement coverage. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure this office has enough information to determine your retirement status to ensure you do not lose benefits (normally through submission of your SF-50). YOU MUST LET US KNOW IF YOU ARE CURRENTLY IN A PRIMARY POSITION.

    THIS IS A DRUG TESTING DESIGNATED POSITION. In accordance with Executive Order 12564, and under the Department's Drug Free Workplace Program: Applicant(s) tentatively selected for this position will be required to submit a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use and to pass the test prior to appointment. In addition, this position is subject to random testing for illegal drug use.

    FACT SHEET FOR FIRE POSITIONS: FIREFIGHTERS CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT .

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    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    Upon receipt of your complete application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your rating will be based on your responses to the Job Specific Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume. If qualified, your score may range from 70-100 points. In addition, interviews may be conducted for this position. The interviews may be conducted on a pass/fail basis or may be scored. The job specific questions relate to the following knowledge, skills and abilities required to do the work of this position.

    1. Knowledge of the concepts, principles, and practices of Fire and Aviation management to serve as an expert performing oversight for the fire and aviation management programs.

    2. Knowledge of administrative functions, including personnel management policies and procedures, procurement laws and regulations, property management, computer applications, and supervisory methods.

    3. Knowledge and ability to interpret laws, principles, procedures, federal wildand fire policy and regulatory standards to ensure the proper implementation of plans, programs, and cooperative agreements with other agencies, organizations, and individuals.

    4. Knowledge of firefighting techniques and a substantial body of fire management principles, practices and policies to analyze complexities of emerging fire situations, exercise judgment and discretion in developing appropriate course of actions to protect life and values and mitigate safety concerns for incident personnel.
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  • Required Documents
    Help Required Documents

    Resumes must show relevant experience and other information. Your resume must list your education and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week and salary information. Your resume will be used to validate your responses to the assessment tool(s). You are welcome to submit a cover letter (optional). If you wish to do so, include it with your resume.

    Former PLC Member: Submit a copy of your "Certificate of Eligibility for Noncompetitive Hiring" along with a copy of your "PLC Participant Verification Work Hours Sheet."

    Applicants eligible under PL-114-47, Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) must submit documentation verifying (a) initial selection under competitive examining procedures to a land management agency under a time-limited appointment in the competitive service , (b) service under this initial appointment, or in conjunction with subsequent competitive service time-limited appointments, to a land management agency was for a period of 24 months without a break in service of two or more years, and (c) performance was evaluated as being at an acceptable level for the entire applicable period(s). "Required documentation" includes first and last SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) for each​ ​ appointment​ verifying the Position Occupied code (Block 34) is 1-Competitive Service, AND documentation of successful performance for each appointment. Applicants are encouraged to combine all required documents into one or more files and scan for uploading into the application. Each file must not exceed 3MB. Grouping documents into files will simplify the application process. Failure to submit required documentation will result in loss of consideration.

    Current and former federal career and career-conditional employees: submit a copy of your recent (non award) SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, or equivalent document that verifies tenure (block 24, code 1 or 2) and Competitive Status (block 34, code 1).

    If you are applying for this position based on eligibility under other noncompetitive special appointing authorities, you MUST submit proof of this eligibility.

    You may submit your documents either via Auto-Requested Fax or by uploading your documents from your USAJOBS Profile.

    Auto-Requested Fax: allows you to submit required documentation that will be electronically displayed along with your resume.

    UPLOADING DOCUMENTS: instead of faxing your documents you may use the uploading procedures thru Applicant Manager. Do not use both options.

    Hard copy paper supplemental documents, submitted without prior Human Resources approval, will be considered as an incomplete application.

    Required documentation must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.

    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.

  • Benefits
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    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits .

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    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

  • How to Apply
    Help How to Apply

    To receive consideration for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes ALL of the following items: 1. Your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire; 2. Your resume; and 3. Applicable supporting documents specified in the Required Documents section of this job announcement.

    Click on the button "Apply Online" and login to MY USAJOBS.

    If you haven't already registered with USAJOBS, the system will require you to create a user name and password, complete a questionnaire and upload, paste or type a resume into USAJOBS.

    If you have already registered with USAJOBS and forgot your login information, select the "Did you forget your username and/or password" link from the right side menu.

    Your application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Time by the closing date of this announcement.

    If you need assistance in applying on-line, please contact the HR Office at (505) 954-2085 or [email protected] If applying on-line poses a hardship for you (i.e. you do not have access to the internet) you must contact us prior to the closing date of the announcement for an alternative method of applying.

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    Phone
    (505) 954-2085
    Fax
    000-000-0000
    Email
    [email protected]

    Address

    Bureau of Land Management
    BLM New Mexico State Office, NM-951
    301 Dinosaur Trail
    Santa Fe, New Mexico
    United States

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    The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
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    A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

    Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:
    • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
    • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov . For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/502772900 . Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
Company
Bureau of Land Management
Posted
06/22/2018
Type
Full time
Location
Las Cruces, NM, US