Fire Management Officer

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Remote
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November 1, 2022
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Manteo, North Carolina
FULL_TIME

Duties


This position serves as a Fire Management Officer (FMO) on a large fire management organization, providing short and long-range fire management planning, program direction and coordination, and evaluation of the fire management program.


  • Directs all phases of the fire management program and is responsible for its planning, program direction, coordination and evaluation.

  • Provides leadership, coordination, and direction, for the administration of the fire suppression, detection and prevention programs.

  • Plans work to be accomplished by subordinates, sets and adjusts priorities, and prepares schedules for completion of work.

  • Directs and supervises all phases of the budget formulation process to assure balance in the fire organization at varying levels of funding, and initiates changes as appropriate.

  • Identifies and evaluates the implications of the fuels management program on air quality standards and provides operational guidance to mitigate potential impacts from smoke to sensitive areas.


Requirements


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 Non-Sensitive Moderate background investigation

  • Drug testing position

  • Medical Requirements

  • Official U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service uniform required

  • May be required to successfully complete a probationary period

  • You must meet specialized experience to qualify

  • Direct Hire Authority will be used to fill this position

Qualifications


This key fire management position is a categorized under the Interagency Fire Program Management (IFPM) Standard as a Unit Fire Program Manager (UFPM) 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 https://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.



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). PLEASE NOTE: Applicants may meet qualification requirements but may not be eligible for special retirement coverage. If such an applicant is selected, they will be placed in the regular retirement system.



Only experience and education obtained by 11/30/2022 will be considered.



Basic Requirements for the 0401 Occupational Series (must meet A or B below to qualify):

A. Degree: major in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position. A photo copy of official or unofficial transcripts MUST be (uploaded) submitted, by the closing date, to document educational accomplishments to receive consideration for this position.

OR

B. Combination of education and experience that included course work equivalent to a major (i.e. 24 semester hours) in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or a discipline related to this position; PLUS appropriate experience or additional course work. The quality of the combination must demonstrate that you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the work of the position and is comparable to that normally acquired through the completion of a full four year course of study with a major as described above. A photo copy of official or unofficial transcripts MUST be (uploaded) submitted, by the closing date, to document educational accomplishments to receive consideration for this position. 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:

One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service that demonstrates your ability to analyze/ evaluative work that includes all of the following fire program management elements: (1) reviewing and evaluating fire management plans for ecological soundness and technical adequacy; (2) conducting field inspections to evaluate the effects of actions taken or determining that objectives were achieved; and (3) developing analysis of the ecological role of fire and its use/exclusion, and smoke management. (4) analytical/ evaluative work in either a broad range of fuels/fire management (e.g. inventory methods and procedures, fuel treatment methods and programming, and use planning and environmental coordination evaluating prescribed burns or fire management plans to ensure containment is possible and identify contingencies if containment is not obtained) or fire management operations - analyzing and applying fire management strategies, plus experience in at least 5 (five) of the following activities: (1) mobilization and dispatch control; (2) fire prevention and education; (3) training; (4) logistics; (5) equipment development and deployment; (6) fire communication systems; (7) suppression and preparedness; and (8) aviation.



This position is subject to the qualifications and additional required training specified in the Interagency Fire Program Management (IFPM) Qualifications Standards and Guide.



NWCG INCIDENT MANAGEMENT QUALIFICATIONS (CURRENCY NOT REQUIRED):


High Pathway #1

1) Division/Group Supervisor (DIVS), and

2) Incident Commander Type 3 (ICT3) or Prescribed Fire Burn Boss, Type 2 (RXB2)

or

High Pathway #2

1) Air Support Group Supervisor (ASGS) and

2) Incident Commander, Type 3 (ICT3)

"Fire Program Management" (M-581) is now a condition of employment and not a selective factor. (Required within one year of hiring).



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.



Physical Demands/Work Environment:

Work is sedentary, usually performed in an office. Strenuous physical activity can be expected when field duties include fire suppression and prescribed fire activities. Incumbent must wear protective clothing and other safety equipment. Work will be performed in an office and field setting. Regular and recurring exposure to rain, wind, sun, etc., and to moderate exposure to excessive heat, smoke, dust, sharp tools, low level aircraft flights, motorized equipment, rough and uneven terrain, poisonous snakes and insects, and aerial retardant drops. Incumbent must wear protective clothing and other safety equipment.

Education


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

Additional information


To register or verify your registration go to the Selective Service System at https://www.sss.gov/RegVer/wfRegistration.aspx


There is one vacancy to be filled at any of the below locations:


The Manteo, North Carolina location is at the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge.

The Hardeeville, South Carolina location is at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge.

The McBee, South Carolina location is at the Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge.



Additional Vacancies:
One or more positions may be filled from applications received under this announcement in the advertised office or other U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service offices in the local commuting area.



Telework:This position is suitable for telework on in an emergency or natural disaster.



PCS INFORMATION:


Yes, entitlements for payment of basic moving expenses, as required and to the extent allowed by the Federal Travel Regulation (FTR) 302-3.101, are authorized for eligible applicants changing duty station when the change meets the distance tests as provided in FTR 302-1.1 and 302-2.6. All moving expenses are taxable.

In addition, relocation discretionary entitlements May be authorized for this position excluding contractor-provided home sale.



Pay information has been set using the Rest of the U.S. GS Pay Scale. For pay rates at specific locations please click here.



In addition to the pay listed in this vacancy announcement, a temporary supplemental pay increase of $20,000 per year, or 50% of base pay (whichever is less), will be authorized under Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. This supplemental pay may be paid out bi-weekly through 9/30/2023.



Applicants who apply under this job opportunity announcement agree to have their application, associated documents and applicable personal information shared with other Bureaus/Offices within the Department of the Interior (DOI) who have vacancies within the same occupational series, grade, full performance level and in the same geographic location(s), including within the same metro/commuting area. Applying to this announcement does not replace the need to apply to other job opportunity announcements for which you wish to receive consideration. 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: All applicants tentatively selected for this position will be required to submit to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment.

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.



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.


  • Benefits



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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.


All applicants who submit a complete and legible application by the closing date of this vacancy announcement {or cut-off} will have their qualifications reviewed to determine if they possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities required to successfully perform the work of this position.



Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):


  • Knowledge of natural resource management, fire ecology, fire behavior and fire management concepts, principles and standards sufficient to plan and manage a fire program on wildlands managed for natural resources, including wildfire suppression and use of prescribed fire in a natural resource setting.

  • Skill in directing and coordinating fire management operations, including mobilization and dispatch, fire prevention and training.

  • Knowledge of budgeting and procurement in order to develop budget estimates and define requirements for equipment, services and supplies.

  • Ability to communicate orally with diverse groups and individuals to achieve fire management goals and objectives.

  • Ability to communicate in writing to prepare fire management plans and reports.

All applications that are verified to meet the basic qualifications will be referred to the selecting official.

  • Benefits



    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. Opens in a new windowLearn more about federal benefits.

    Review our benefits

    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.


  • Required Documents


    As a new or existing federal employee, you and your family may have access to a range of benefits. Your benefits depend on the type of position you have - whether you're a permanent, part-time, temporary or an intermittent employee. You may be eligible for the following benefits, however, check with your agency to make sure you're eligible under their policies.


    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

    • Incident Qualification and Certification System Responder Master Record/Incident Qualification Card (Required)

    • Official or unofficial College Transcript(s), if the position has education requirements, or if you are using your education to qualify. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. A copy of your official transcripts will be required if you are selected. 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 programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http://http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

    • Other supporting documents:

    • Cover Letter, optional

    • 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.

  • How to Apply


    • Due to COVID-19, the USFWS is currently in an expanded telework posture. If selected, you may be expected to temporarily telework, even if your home is located outside the local commuting area. Once employees are permitted to return to the office, you will be expected to report to the duty station listed on this announcement in accordance with the Department's reentry procedures provided by your Servicing Human Resources Office. At that time, you may be eligible to request to continue to telework one or more days per pay period depending upon the terms of the Department of the Interior's telework policy.

    • Review the Appointment Eligibility Criteria: The eligibility section of the application process is designed to allow you to choose how you wish to be considered for this vacancy announcement. You will ONLY be considered for the appointment eligibilities that you selected. You must provide proof of your eligibility as required by appointment eligibility to be considered.

    • 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/day/year), hours worked per week, and salary. USAJOBS has a template to ensure a complete resume.

    • You must also complete the online application and assessment questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

    DEADLINE DATE: A complete application package must be received by 11:59 PM (EST) on 11/30/2022 to receive consideration.
    • To begin, click Apply to access the online application. You will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account to apply. If you do not have a USAJOBS account, you will need to create one before beginning the application.

    • Follow the prompts to select your resume and/or other supporting documents to be included with your application package. You will have the opportunity to upload additional documents to include in your application before it is received. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

    • After acknowledging you have reviewed your application package, complete the Include Personal Information section as you deem appropriate and click to continue with the application process.

    • You will be taken to the online application which you must complete in order to apply for the position. Complete the online application, verify the required documentation is included with your application package, and submit the application.

    • You will be considered for all eligibilities for which you select "yes" and submit the required documents and supporting documentation (e.g. DD 214, Schedule A letter, etc.). The supporting documentation you submit will be used to determine your eligibility. Please review the list of documentation provided in the eligibilities language to ensure you provide the appropriate information.

    • Please note, your eligibility will be based solely on the selections you have indicated "yes" in this section. You must provide the supporting documentation to support your claim to be considered. You may choose more than one eligibilities in this section.

    • To view the assessment questionnaire, click here: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/11706303

    To verify the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account (https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login), all of your applications will appear on the Welcome screen. The Application Status will appear along with the date your application was last updated. For information on what each Application Status means, visit: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/how-to/application/status/.



    Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (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. If you are a CTAP or ICTAP eligible, you will be considered well qualified if you: (1) meet the minimum qualification requirements listed in the vacancy announcement; (2) possess the knowledge, skills, abilities, and/or competencies that exceed the minimum qualification requirements enabling you to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position upon entry as determined by at least one subject matter expert; 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: OPM Career Transition


    Agency contact information


    Human Resources Staffing Division

    Phone

    833-512-0482

    Email

    [email protected]

    Address

    Division of Human Resources

    134 Union Blvd Lakewood CO

    Lakewood, CO 80228

    US

    Next steps


    Once you submit all the required documents and the online application in USAJOBS, you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After the evaluation process is complete, you will be notified of your status and/or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted by the customer office.

    You will be notified if this job is filled or canceled. Timelines for this process vary widely.

    You may check the status of your application at any time by logging in to your USAJobs Account as we will not be responding to inquiries about the status of applications as long as the system has been updated.

  • Fair and Transparent


    The Federal hiring process is set up to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

    • Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Policy
    • Reasonable accommodation policy
    • Financial suitability
    • Selective Service
    • New employee probationary period
    • Signature and false statements
    • Privacy Act
    • Social security number request

Required Documents


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

  • Incident Qualification and Certification System Responder Master Record/Incident Qualification Card (Required)

  • Official or unofficial College Transcript(s), if the position has education requirements, or if you are using your education to qualify. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. A copy of your official transcripts will be required if you are selected. 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 programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http://http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

  • Other supporting documents:

  • Cover Letter, optional

  • 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.



Help

This job is open to


  • Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)


    Federal employees who meet the definition of a "surplus" or "displaced" employee.


  • The public


    U.S. Citizens, Nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.


Clarification from the agency


This position will be filled under the Office of Personnel Management's Direct Hire Authority and is open to all United States citizens and U.S. nationals. Veteran's preference and traditional rating and ranking of applications do not apply. All qualified applicants will be referred to the hiring manager for consideration for this position.


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