Lead Wildland Firefighter

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Department Of The Interior
Applications will be accepted from all qualified United States citizens. The length and actual dates of employment may vary depending on the position. These are full-time excepted service temporary seasonal positions; Not to Exceed 6 months. The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is looking for temporary employees to work as a Lead on a Helitack Crew in Miles City, MT.
Positions at the GS-06 level have been identified as one of the key fire management positions under the Interagency Fire Program Management (IFPM) Standard. These positions have been categorized as a Senior Firefighter (SFF), and require 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 the IFPM website.
First Consideration Date: The following location will begin to consider applicants prior to the closing date of the announcement. You must apply on or before the date indicated below to receive first consideration. Thereafter, applications may be considered as needed; during the open period of the announcement:
Miles City, MT
For contacts and information regarding housing availability visit Fire Contacts on the DOI Fire Jobs website and select Montana. You must be a U.S. Citizen. Positions may require a valid state driver's license. Some positions may require a CDL; information will be provided at job offer All positions have medical qualification requirements. You must be 18 years of age or older prior to appointment. These positions have no promotion potential. A Lead Wildland Firefighter (GS-06, Lead Range/Forestry Technician) serves as a Lead on a Helitack crew performing various duties. Leads the fire suppression efforts of the helicopter module. Directs the loading of helicopter personnel and cargo considering weight and balance, securing cargo. Completes manifests of personnel and equipment being transported to the fire or other work sites. Inventories and inspects helicopter accessories, fire tools, and equipment. Assures that needed tools and equipment are available for firefighting tasks. PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS/TESTING: You must pass an initial pre-employment physical examination and must be able to pass the work capacity fitness test (Must carry a 45 lb pack for 3 miles within 45 minutes). Failure to meet any of the required medical qualifications will disqualify you for employment. Any condition, which would cause you to be a hazard to yourself or to others, will disqualify you for employment.
BLM REQUIRES MANDATORY DRUG TESTING WITH FAVORABLE RESULTS PRIOR TO REPORTING FOR WORK. The drug test will be provided at Government direction and expense. Once hired, employees are also subject to random drug testing during employment. This is in accordance with Executive Order 12564 and under the Department's Drug Free Workplace Program. Your application will be evaluated by reviewing your on-line resume and your responses to the User Information, Core Questions, and Vacancy Questions, and if applicable your transcripts and other required documentation. ANSWERS TO YOUR QUESTIONS MUST BE SUPPORTED IN YOUR RESUME AND WILL BE VERIFIED. IF THEY ARE NOT SUPPORTED IN YOUR RESUME, YOU MAY BE RATED UNQUALIFIED.
To preview questions please click here. To qualify for a GS-06 , you must meet at least one of the following AND the Selective Factors:
12 months of specialized work experience equivalent to the GS-05 level duties. Examples include on-the-line wildland fire experience in forest/range fire control, prevention or suppression work; operating and maintaining specialized wildland fire tools/equipment/vehicles and may include leading crewmembers. OR
9 semester/12 quarter hours credit of graduate education directly related to this position; OR
a combination of education and experience that is directly related to the work of this position.
Selective Factors for GS-06: In addition to the basic qualifications listed above, you must have possessed the following National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) incident management qualification and training requirement to be considered eligible.
1. Fire Fighter Type 1 (FFT1); And
2. Helicopter Crewmember (HECM); And
3. Incident Commander Type 5 (ICT5); And
4. Successful completion of S-290 "Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior"
For more information regarding basic qualifications, general experience and combining education and experience click here. Applications must be received ON-LINE through USAJOBS. On-line applications must be submitted prior to 12:00AM (Midnight) Eastern Standard Time of the closing date/early consideration date of the announcement.
Step 1 - Register with USAJOBS ( ) and Create a Resume. You must use the USAJOBS resume builder, DOI FIRES does not accept uploaded resumes. When completing your resume it is important to include the following information: month/year to month/year and work schedule (hours worked per week) for each position held and for each season of experience.
Step 2 - Review the Vacancy Announcement. Review the announcement thoroughly. These sections describe who is eligible to apply, what education and/or experience is required for the position, and which documents are needed for your application package.
Step 3 - Apply Online. Click the "Apply Online" link at the side of the page. Select your USAJOBS resume to submit with your application and answer the vacancy questions.
Step 4 - Supporting Documentation. Submit required supporting documentation that applies to you, refer to the Required Documents section below.
For detailed step-by-step instructions on How to Apply click here.
If applying online poses a hardship for you, or you do not have Internet access, contact the FIRES Help Desk at for an application packet PRIOR to the early consideration/close date of the announcement. You MUST fax or upload the following "Required Documents" PRIOR to the Early Consideration or Close Date.
College transcripts - If you are qualifying using education above high school, you MUST submit your college transcripts.
V eteran Preference Documentation - If you are claiming Veteran Preference, you MUST submit evidence of eligibility. DD-214 MUST show character of service. Failure to submit a DD-214 which shows the character of service and other appropriate supporting documentation, if applicable, will result in NOT granting preference. Note: If you are still on active duty, contact the FIRES Help Desk for acceptable alternative documentation.
5-point preference - DD-214 which shows character of service or other documentation which proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.
10-point preference - DD-214, SF-15, an official letter dated 1991 or later from the Department of Veteran's Affairs, or other appropriate source. For further information, please refer to the "Veteran Information" link at the bottom of the screen.
Incident Qualification Certification System (IQCS) Master Record or equivalent documentation - You must submit your IQCS Master Record or other equivalent documentation which verifies you meet the required NWCG qualification and training for this IFPM position. Failure to provide this documentation will result in you being rated as not qualified.
You only need to fax or upload documents that apply to you. For faxing and uploading instructions please click here.
You will not be contacted for additional information. If you have questions regarding what is considered appropriate supporting documentation, contact the FIRES Help Desk. If you are determined to be eligible and qualified; you may be referred to the location(s) you selected in the vacancy question during the application process. You can check your application status by logging into "My Account" on USAJOBS. You will only be notified through e-mail when you are referred; no other notifications will be sent. Temporary employees hired in wildland fire or wildland fire support positions are eligible for the following:
Annual and Sick Leave
Depending on tour of duty - Sunday, holiday, shift differential and/or hazard pay
Paid federal holidays
Participation in the Federal Employees Health Benefit (FEHB) program - Employees electing to participate in the FEHB will be responsible for the employee share of the premium while on the official agency roles, which is deducted from bi-weekly earnings. After separating from federal employment, employees will be offered to continue participation in FEHB under the Temporary Continuation of Coverage (TCC) option. Employees electing to continue coverage under the TCC provision will be responsible for the full premium amount plus a 2% administration fee. 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.
BACKGROUND INVESTIGATIONS: These positions are subject to a pre-employment background investigation. If applicable, the appointment will be subject to successful completion of the background investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to satisfy the background check will result in cancellation of offer of employment or may be grounds for termination. /

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