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Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
BIA Merit-2014-0002
Hiring Agency:
Bureau of Indian Affairs
Position Title:
Wildland Fire Management Director (NIFC)
Open Period:
07/17/2014 - 08/18/2014
GS - 0401A 15
$114872.00 - $149333.00
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
1 in
  • Boise, ID, US
For More Info:
Human Resources Office


Who May Apply:
Security Clearance Required:
Top Secret
Duration Appointment:
This is a permanent position.
Marketing Statement:
The Bureau of Indian Affairs is the lead agency for the United States in carrying on a government-to-government relationship with the tribal nations. A challenging and dynamic place to work, it enhances the quality of life, promotes economic opportunity, and carries out the responsibility to protect and improve the trust assets of American Indians, Indian tribes and Alaska Natives.
Supervisor: Faline Haven, (202) 208-5968

This position is located at the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) in Boise, Idaho. Information about the Boise area can be found at

INDIAN PREFERENCE: Preference in filling vacancies is given to qualified Indian candidates in accordance with the Indian Preference Act of 1934 (Title 25, USC, Section 472). Verification of Form BIA-4432 must be submitted with the application if claiming Indian Preference. Indian Preference eligibles that are not currently employed with the Federal service will be appointed under the Excepted Service Appointment Authority Schedule A, 213.3112(A)(7). Consideration will be given to non-Indian applicants (Status or Reinstatement eligibles) in the absence of a qualified Indian Preference eligible. Applicants not entitled to Indian Preference must be Federal civilian employees with competitive status or former Federal civilian employees with reinstatement eligibility and must submit latest Notification of Personnel Action, SF-50B, as proof.

This position is subject to the Interagency Fire Program Management (IFPM) Standard and Guide selective placement factors for a National Fire Program Manager. This position requires the following qualifications - Currency Not Required:Primary NWCG Core Requirements: Task Force Leader (TFLD) -AND- Secondary NWCG Core Requirement: Incident Commander Type 3 (ICT3) -OR- Type 2 Command and General Staff (T2 C&G) -OR- Prescribed Fire Burn Boss, Type 2 (RXB2).Additional required training as presented in the following courses or agency equivalent: Fire Program Management or Local Fire Management, or Local Fire Management Leadership, or Fire Management Leadership. Detailed information regarding IFPM positions can be found at
Supervisory Position:
Relocation Authorized:

Travel and relocation expenses will be paid consistent with the Federal Travel Regulations and Departmental policy.   

Key Requirements:

U.S. Citizenship is required. A Security Clearance is required. Indian Preference Policy applies. Be sure to read the "How to Apply" and "Required Documents" Sections. Direct Deposit Required.


As the Director for the Branch of Wildland Fire Management, you will:

- Serve as the Bureau expert and recognized technical authority at the national level directing all aspects of the wildland fire management program.

- Develop and promote innovative policy, program improvements and technical direction.

- Coordinate all Bureau wildland fire and aviation management program functions.

- Serve as Bureau representative and coordinator for all business pertaining to interagency fire and aviation management.

Qualifications and Evaluations

Selective Placement Factor(s): 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.

2. 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 NWCG Core Requirements: Task Force Leader (TFLD) -AND- Secondary NWCG Core Requirement: Incident Commander Type 3 (ICT3) -OR- Type 2 Command and General Staff (T2 C&G) -OR- Prescribed Fire Burn Boss, Type 2 (RXB2).Additional required training as presented in the following courses or agency equivalent: Fire Program Management or Local Fire Management, or Local Fire Management Leadership, or Fire Management Leadership.

Selectees for IFPM positions requiring currency will be required to obtain and maintain currency for the NWCG qualifications listed above.
As part of the application process, you are required to respond to a series of questions designed to assess your possession of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities. 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 professional fire and aviation management and land management theories, principles, practices, and concepts.
  2. Knowledge of procedures and regulatory requirements covering fire management activities and the use of forest rangeland resources.
  3. Ability to communicate and participate in meetings where diverse philosophies, viewpoints, and organizational objectives are represented.
We will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses on the assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your resume, your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities.
EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: (OPM Operating Manual, Qualification Standards for Professional and Scientific Positions, Approved Interagency Fire Program Management Qualifications Standards and Guide for Unit Fire Program Manager, GS-0401, Supplemental Qualification Standard for Fire Management Specialist, GS-0401, and Individual Occupational Requirements for General Biological Science Series, GS-0401)


Degree: A. Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree that included a major field of study in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resources management, or related discipline appropriate to the position being filled.   -OR-   B. Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in biological sciences, agriculture, 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 resources.

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.

Education, to be creditable toward the 24-semester hour requirement, must meet the requirements of the Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions Operating Manual, published by the Office of Personnel Management.  The nature and quality of the education must have been such that it would serve as a prerequisite for more advanced study (graduate level or professional education). Education Equivalent to a Major Field of Study (24 semester hours):  The 24 semester hours must be obtained in biological sciences, natural resources, wildland fire management, forestry, or agriculture course work.  

EXPERIENCE REQUIRED: In addition to meeting the basic education requirements, to qualify for the GS-15 grade level, 1 year of creditable specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 is required.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA’s) necessary to successfully function in the wildland fire management position.

Experience must have included ALL of the fire program management elements as described below:

1) Reviewing and evaluating fire management plans for ecological soundness and technical adequacy; 2) Conducting field inspections before and after prescribed or wildland fires to determine if resource objectives were achieved and/or evaluate the effectiveness of actions taken; and 3) 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 described as: 1.) Prescribed fire/fuels management - experience in a broad range of activities such as: a) Professional forest or range inventory methods and procedures, (e.g. Brown's planar intercept for dead and down fuels; live fuel loading assessments); b) Analysis of fuel loadings and determination of appropriate fuel treatment methods and programming; c) Land use planning and environmental coordination; d) Evaluation of prescribed burn plans or fire management plans to ensure fire containment is possible and identification of appropriate suppression contingencies if containment is not obtained; or 2.) Fire management operations - analyzing and applying fire management strategies, plus experience 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.

You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

Federal employees in the competitive service are also subject to the Time-In-Grade requirement.

Benefits and Other Info

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Other Information:
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.

This position is a full-time permanent position. Upon completing any required trial/probationary period, the position will be permanent.

May require completion of a trial or probationary period.

Supervisory Probationary Period: If you are selected for this position, you will be required to serve a one year supervisory probationary period, if one has not previously been completed.

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. 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 earn a minimum score of 85 on the rating criteria for this position.

Frequent travel is required.

Incumbent must meet specified levels on annual physical fitness tests, and pass periodic medical exams for wildland fire personnel, commensurate with current incident management qualifications.

Before entering on duty, you will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-450. You will need to provide the information annually.

Government facilities are required to provide a smoke free environment for their employees. Smoking will be permitted only in designated areas.

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 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.

Passage of a pre-employment physical is required.

How to Apply

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 Human Resources Office at (208) 387-5523 or 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.
Required Documents:
In addition to the online application (resume and responses to the questionnaire), you are required to submit the following forms:

- BIA Form 4432, Verification of Indian Preference (if claiming preference) NOTE: This is the only form accepted for verification if claiming preference.

- Veterans’ Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) of 1998 allows preference eligibles or veterans to compete for vacancies under merit promotion procedures. To be eligible for a VEOA appointment, a veteran must be a preference eligible OR veteran separated after 3 or more years of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions. VEOA eligibles that separate with 30 or less days prior to completion of the three-years of continuous active duty service requirement are eligible to receive consideration. You must submit Member Copy 4 of your DD-214 to verify eligibility. Veterans will be rated and ranked with other merit promotion eligibles. Those who are among the best qualified may be selected by the appointing official, but veteran’s preference is NOT a selecting factor. For more information, please go to OPMs website at:

- Copy of most 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).

- Copy of transcripts that include hours and grades is required for verification of qualifying education.

- GSA Form 3607, Motor Vehicle Operator’s License and Driving Record (optional during the application process; however, selectees will be required to submit as part of the pre-appointment process.)

-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 date of the announcement will result in you being rated as not qualified.

- Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) eligibles: documentation verifying your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility - this includes a copy of the agency notice and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location. 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.

- 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. 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.

1. Auto-Requested Fax: allows you to submit required documentation that will be electronically displayed along with your resume.  The opportunity to do this will be provided during the application process by a pop-up message option to generate an auto-requested fax cover sheet.

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

NOTE: Persons submitting incomplete applications will be given credit only for the information they provide. The applicant is responsible for submitting all required documentation in support of their application in order to receive full credit for their Indian preference, veteran preference, experience, training, and/or education. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION WILL NOT BE SOLICITED FROM THIS OFFICE.
What to Expect Next:
Once the online questionnaire is received, you will receive an acknowledgement email notifying you that your submission was successful. After a review of your application is made, you will be notified regarding your rating and referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted.

You may also check the status of your application by viewing your MY USAJOBs account.