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Wildland Fire Operations Specialist

Company: Department Of The Interior
Location: Whiteriver
Posted on: June 13, 2021

Job Description:

  • Duties





This position is located with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Superintendent, Fort Apache Agency in Whiteriver, Arizona. The incumbent will plan, develop, implement, coordinate, and evaluate an integrated wildland fire management program to achieve resource management objectives.

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  • Assist in coordinating and directing the application of standards, methods, and guidelines for all fire and aviation management program elements.
  • Analyze current fire management plans and make recommendations to meet changing conditions within the limits of current or anticipated funding.
  • Provide oversight, coordinate, and initiate all fire management activities based on firefighter and public safety, cost effectiveness, and values to be protected consistent with resource objectives.
  • Brief internal and external managers on issues related to wildland fire, prescribed fire, and fire program activities; and develop and coordinate plans of action with interagency cooperators.
  • Conduct field reconnaissance of proposed prescribed burn units.
  • Prepare and implement prescribed burn plans to meet management objectives, and performs post-burn evaluation and completes documentation.

Travel Required

75% or less - Incumbent may be required to live in backcountry camps for extended periods of time.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

0401 General Natural Resources Management And Biological Sciences

  • Requirements



Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Indian Preference applies
  • You will be required to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit
  • You may be required to successfully complete a probationary/trial period
  • A background security investigation will be required for all new hires. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication.
  • If you are a male applicant born after 12/31/1959 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.
  • Incumbent is required to operate a government motor vehicle, must possess a valid driver's license, and have a safe driving record within the 3 year period immediately preceding submittal of GSA Form 3607.
  • This position is subject to both pre-employment and random drug testing as a condition of employment. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test is received.


This position is OPEN UNTIL FILLED and may be extended or closed prior to the current closing date. Applications will be reviewed every 15 days; the first cut-off date for applications is 15 calendar days from the opening date and every 15 calendar days thereafter. Applicants with 10-point Veterans' Preference who submit a complete application after each cut-off date, but before the Certificate of Eligibles is issued, will be considered and referred on the certificate, if qualified.

Basic Requirements for GS-0401 positions:

Degree - biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position; OR

Combination of education and experience - a combination of education and experience, which included courses equivalent to a major (24 semester hours or equivalent) in disciplines shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education to total four years. The nature and quality of this course work must have been such that it would serve as a prerequisite for more advanced study in the field or subject-matter area.

GS-9 Minimum Qualifications:

At least one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to at least the GS-7 grade level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector; OR 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree that provides the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.

Specialized experience is defined as: providing operational oversight and planning of wildland fire suppression activities; exhibiting substantial knowledge of natural resource management, fire ecology, fire behavior, and fire management theories, concepts, principles, and standards in a wildland fire environment; applying established principles, practices, and concepts of wildland fire management in a leadership role sufficient to perform recurring assignments; & using in-depth knowledge of incident management qualifications, training and standards.

Selective Factor - Wildland Firefighter Experience:

Applicants must have a minimum of 90 days of prior wildland firefighting experience on the fireline, as gained by substantial service in a primary/rigorous firefighter position, or equivalent experience outside the Federal government. Wildland firefighting experience is defined as on-the-line wildland firefighting experience gained through containment, control, suppression, or use of wildland fire. Two distinct types of wildland fire have been defined and include Wildfires - Unplanned ignitions or prescribed fires that are declared wildfires, and Prescribed Fire - includes only fireline experience on a prescribed fire and 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 is a MANDATORY qualification prerequisite to qualify for this position.

Selective Factor - NWCG Incident Management Qualifications: All applicants must have at some point possessed one of the following pathways of National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) incident management qualifications and training requirements to be considered eligible for this position. Either pathway meets the requirements for this position:

  • Moderate Complexity Pathway #1 - TFLD (Primary Core Requirement) & ICT3 or RXB2 (Secondary Core Requirement)
  • Moderate Complexity Pathway #2 - HEBM (Primary Core Requirement) & ICT3 (Secondary Core Requirement)

All applicants must provide an Incident Qualification and Certification System (IQCS) master record or equivalent documentation for verification of these requirements

This position has been identified as one of the key fire management positions under the IFPM standard. This position has been categorized as a Wildland Fire Operation Specialist, and requires selectees 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.go/

MAXIMUM ENTRY AGE: The maximum entry-age for this position shall not exceed age 37, unless you have sufficient prior Federal civilian law enforcement or firefighter experience or you are a preference eligible veteran. If you are a preference eligible veteran, you may be eligible for this position after your 37th birthday. You must supply a copy of your Defense Department Form 214 (DD-214) along with Standard Form 15 (if applicable) and any associated documentation in accordance with the instructions in this vacancy announcement. Failure to provide this documentation with your application will result in lost eligibility to receive a waiver of the maximum entry age requirement.

SPECIAL RETIREMENT COVERAGE: This is a Secondary/Administrative firefighter position under the special retirement provisions of 5 U.S.C. 8336(c) (CSRS) AND 8412 (d) (FERS). Persons making their first entry into a firefighter position under these authorities cannot be selected if they have reached age 37 or older.

This is a permanent, full-time seasonal appointment. The incumbent will be in pay status at least 13 pay periods (26 weeks) or more depending on funding and workload not-to-exceed 25 pay periods per calendar year. Services will not be required at certain times due to lack of work, lack of funds, weather conditions, ceiling limitations, or other unforeseen circumstances and incumbent will be placed in a non-work, non-pay status.

All qualification requirements listed above must be met by the closing date of this announcement

Merit Promotion candidates must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the announcement closing date.


You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Unless otherwise stated: (1) official or unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course. All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.

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.

If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education which shows 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: FOREIGN EDUCATION

Keywords: Department Of The Interior, Mesa , Wildland Fire Operations Specialist, Other , Whiteriver, Arizona

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