Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our
greatest natural resource.
This position will be located in Farmington or Taos, New Mexico.
Information about these locations can be found at: Farmington, NM
and Taos, NM.
When submitting your application, please select only the
location(s) you wish to be considered for.
* ATTENTION* The organization may offer a recruitment incentive
to attract high quality applicants.
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* Prepares wildland fire risk assessments. * Implements and
administers prescribed fire activities, wildland fire use, and
fuels management activities and surveys. * Monitors fire behavior,
evaluates fire effects, identifies potential problems and takes
appropriate action. * Serves as a Contracting Officer's
Representative on fuels management contracts and is responsible for
the preparation of contract specifications and performance
measures. * Provides professional guidance in the development and
implementation of multiple resource objectives. * Develops fuels
treat alternatives while adhering to applicable laws, regulations,
policies, and guidelines. * Evaluates fuel treatments and
effectiveness of the overall program to make recommendations for
improvement. * Coordinates with internal and external customers to
develop interagency fuels strategies. * Provides input and
recommends strategies for fuels and fire management. * Provides
input and reviews the fire management plan.
50% or less - Travel is required to attend training,
conferences, workshops, and/or field visits. Frequent travel may be
required during peak fire activity.
11 - If filled at a lower grade level, subsequent promotion to
the next grade level will be processed without further competition
dependent upon administrative approval and the continuing need and
performance of higher-level duties.
* Job family (Series)
0401 General Natural Resources Management And Biological
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. * Appointment will be subject to
a favorably adjudicated background/suitability
investigation/determination. Failure to possess or obtain a
favorable determination will result in the cancellation of the
offer or will be grounds for termination. * You must meet specified
levels on annual physical fitness tests, and pass periodic medical
exams for wildland fire personnel, commensurate with current
incident management qualification. * You must pass a pre-employment
physical. * 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. * May
require completion of a one year probationary period. * Applicants
appointed to this position must possess and maintain a valid state
driver's license. * Your resume must contain enough information to
show that you meet the qualification requirements as defined in the
Basic Education Required: Must have a Degree in 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 in
biological sciences, agriculture or natural resources management,
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
You will need to clearly state your undergraduate/graduate
degree(s) and submit your college transcripts (unofficial).
Additional Experience Required: In addition to meeting the basic
education requirements, you must meet specialized experience
Specialized Experience Requirements: In order to be rated as
qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you
meet the specialized experience requirement(s); 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 of the position to be filled.
To qualify for the GS-09 grade level, 1 year of specialized
experience equivalent to GS-07 is required. Experience must
demonstrate an understanding of fire behavior relative to fuels,
weather, and topography and how fire affects natural and cultural
resources. Examples of experience may include: 1) participating in
wildland fire activities (such as planning and/or implementing
prescribed fire or managing wildfires) ensuring resource objectives
are being met from a fire management standpoint; 2) developing
and/or implementing initial attack incident management strategies
and tactics to meet the stated resource objectives; and/or 3)
implementing mitigation measures during wildland fire activities to
protect sensitive habitats, endangered species, sensitive plants,
or cultural values.
To qualify for the GS-11 grade level, 1 year of specialized
experience equivalent to GS-09 is required. Experience must have
included ALL of the fire program management elements described as:
1) developing, reviewing and evaluating fire management plans for
ecological soundness or consistency with land management goals
and/or potentially adverse impacts to cultural and natural
resources; 2) conducting field inspections before and after
prescribed or wildland fires to determine if resource objectives
were achieved and/or evaluating the effectiveness of actions taken;
and 3) analyzing the ecological role of fire and its use and/or
exclusion, and smoke management.
IN ADDITION to fire program management elements listed above
(for the GS-11), appropriate experience must have included EITHER
prescribed fire/fuels management - OR - fire management
1) Prescribed fire/fuels management: examples include:
performing professional forest or range inventory methods and
procedures, (e.g. Brown's planar intercept for dead and down fuels;
live fuel loading assessments); analyzing fuel loadings and
determining appropriate fuel treatment methods and programming;
performing land use planning and environmental coordination; and/or
evaluating prescribed burn plans or fire management plans to ensure
fire containment is possible and identifying appropriate
suppression contingencies if fire containment is not obtained;
2) Fire Management Operations: experience in analyzing and/or
applying fire management strategies in at least five of the
following activities: a) Mobilization and dispatch coordination; b)
Fire prevention and education; c) Training; d) Logistics; e)
Equipment development and deployment; f) Fire communication
systems; g) Suppression and preparedness; h) Aviation.
Substitution of Education for Experience:
To qualify for the GS-9: Master's (or equivalent graduate
degree) -OR- 2 years of progressively higher level graduate
education leading to a master's degree, in a field of study that is
directly related to this position.
To qualify for the GS-11: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree
-OR-3 years of progressively higher level graduate education
leading to a Ph.D. degree in a field of study that is directly
related to this position.
Time in Grade Requirements: 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.
* You must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days of
the closing date of the announcement.
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.
1. Prior on-the-line firefighting: The Department of the
Interior defines wildland firefighting experience as any
non-structure fire that occurs in the wildland. Wildland
firefighting experience is gained through work on the fire line in
containment, control, suppression or use of wildland fire. This
experience can be met by serving in a temporary, seasonal, or
equivalent private sector fire position for no less than 90 days.
Wildland fires are categorized into two distinct types: (1)
Wildfires - Unplanned ignitions or prescribed fires that are
declared wildfires; and (2) Prescribed Fires - Planned ignitions.
This description includes only fireline experience on a Prescribed
Fire; it does not include experience in the planning stages.
Prescribed fire experience must be supplemented by fire suppression
experience in order to be creditable as previous wildland
firefighting experience. This experience must be documented in the
online application or resume with specific to and from dates,
description of work performed, and hours worked per week.
2. 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 Prescribed
Fire and Fuels Specialist- Moderate Complexity, and requires
selectee to meet the minimum qualification standards for IFPM prior
to being placed into the position.
To meet IFPM requirements for Prescribed Fire and Fuels
Specialist- Moderate Complexity, you 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 (currency not required at
time of referral, but may be required to obtain and maintain
currency if selected):
A.) Prescribed Fire Burn Boss Type 2 (RXB2); AND
B.) Single Resource Boss, Crew (CRWB); or Single Resource Boss,
Engine (ENGB); or Helibase Manager (HEBM).
* You must meet all selective placement factor requirements by
the closing date of the announcement.
This is a secondary/administrative firefighter 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 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.
See Qualifications Section