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Bitterroot Range, Montana
BLM
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT
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Vacancy Questions Preview

Vacancy Questions Preview

Grade: 07
* 1.I meet the basic requirement because:
  1. I have completed a 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor`s degree with a major in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, range management, chemistry or related disciplines appropriate to the position advertised. I will provide a copy of my college transcript.
  2. I have a combination of education and experience equivalent to a major in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, range management, chemistry or related disciplines appropriate to the position advertised as defined in the vacancy announcement. I will provide a copy of my college transcript.
  3. I do not have the education or specialized experience (or combination) described above.


* 2.I qualify for the GS-07 level because:
  1. I meet the Basic Requirement for fire management AND I have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 level in the Federal Service. I have read the vacancy announcement for examples of specialized experience needed to qualify for this position. I will submit a copy of my transcripts and/or IQCS Master Record (red card).
  2. I meet the Basic Requirement for fire management AND I have completed one year of graduate education leading to a master`s degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource, range management, chemistry or related disciplines OR I have successfully completed a full 4 year course of study in one of the areas listed above AND meet the Superior Academic Achievement (S.A.A.) See OPM Quals Standard-General Policies E(4)(f). I will provide a copy of my college transcripts.
  3. I meet the Basic Requirement for fire management AND I have an equivalent combination of the type and level of experience and education described in the vacancy announcement. I have read the vacancy announcement for examples of specialized experience and education needed to qualify for this position. I will submit a copy of my transcripts and/or IQCS Master Record (red card).
  4. I do not meet any of the above responses.


* 3.Indicate the response below that best describes your level of training and/or experience in managing service contracts:
  1. I have developed service contract specifications; I am a certified Contracting Officer's Technical Representative (COTR); I have experience as a designated service contract COTR and Inspector; I have kept daily diaries; and I have coordinated with the Contracting Officer.
  2. I am a certified Contracting Officer's Technical Representative; I have experience as a designated service contract COTR and Inspector; I have kept daily diaries; and I have coordinated with the Contracting Officer.
  3. I have been a designated service contract Inspector; I have kept daily diaries; and I have coordinated with the Contracting Officer.
  4. I have no training or experience as a COTR or Inspector for service contracts.


* 4.Which of the following best describes your highest level of experience, education or training in fuels management.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 5.Select the statement that describes your experience as the lead for developing an Environmental Assessment (EA) document and incorporating input from other members of an interdisciplinary natural resources team.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 6.Indicate the statement that best describes your knowledge of principles, practices and concepts of wildland ecosystems, natural resources, and fuels management.
  1. I have both knowledge and experience in applying principles that determine fire ecosystem relationships, including the role of fire in ecosystems of the continental United States and/or Alaska; response mechanisms of individual plant and animal species; effects of fire and altered fire regimes on ecological processes and community composition; the interaction of fire effects, fuels treatments and ecological factors that effect restoration and apply them as a regular part of my job.
  2. I have a professional knowledge of natural resource and fuels management concepts, principles, and the integration of fire, forestry, and range ecology and apply them as a regular part of my job.
  3. I have an understanding of fuels management policies, practices, and concepts and their relation to ecosystem dynamics and apply them as a regular part of my job.
  4. None of the above.


* 7.Which of the following best describes your experience instructing wildland and prescribed fire courses:
  1. I have instructed NWCG course(s) as a lead instructor.
  2. I have instructed NWCG course(s) as a unit instructor.
  3. I have attended instructor training but I do not have experience as a course instructor.
  4. I have not attended instructor training.


Grade: 09
* 1.I meet the basic requirement because:
  1. I have completed a 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor`s degree with a major in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, range management, chemistry or related disciplines appropriate to the position advertised. I will provide a copy of my college transcript.
  2. I have a combination of education and experience equivalent to a major in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, range management, chemistry or related disciplines appropriate to the position advertised as defined in the vacancy announcement. I will provide a copy of my college transcript.
  3. I do not have the education or specialized experience (or combination) described above.


* 2.I qualify for the GS-09 because:
  1. I meet the Basic Requirement for fire management AND I have one year of specialized wildland fire management experience equivalent to the GS-07 level in the Federal Service. I have read the vacancy announcement for examples of specialized experience needed to qualify for this position. I will submit a copy of my transcripts.
  2. I meet the Basic Requirement for fire management AND I have completed 2 years of graduate education leading to a master`s degree in biological sciences or a directly related field. I have read the vacancy announcement for examples of specialized experience needed to qualify for this position. I will submit a copy of my transcripts.
  3. I meet the Basic Requirement for fire management AND I have an equivalent combination of the type and level of experience and education described in the vacancy announcement. I have read the vacancy announcement for examples of specialized experience needed to qualify for this position. I will submit a copy of my transcripts.
  4. I do not meet any of the above responses.


* 3.Indicate the response below that best describes your level of training and/or experience in managing service contracts:
  1. I have developed service contract specifications; I am a certified Contracting Officer's Technical Representative (COTR); I have experience as a designated service contract COTR and Inspector; I have kept daily diaries; and I have coordinated with the Contracting Officer.
  2. I am a certified Contracting Officer's Technical Representative; I have experience as a designated service contract COTR and Inspector; I have kept daily diaries; and I have coordinated with the Contracting Officer.
  3. I have been a designated service contract Inspector; I have kept daily diaries; and I have coordinated with the Contracting Officer.
  4. I have no training or experience as a COTR or Inspector for service contracts.


* 4.Which of the following best describes your highest level of experience, education or training in fuels management.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 5.Select the statement that describes your experience as the lead for developing an Environmental Assessment (EA) document and incorporating input from other members of an interdisciplinary natural resources team.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  5. I have supervised performance of this task and/or I have trained others in performance and/or am normally consulted by others as an expert for assistance in performing this task.


* 6.Indicate the statement that best describes your knowledge of principles, practices and concepts of wildland ecosystems, natural resources, and fuels management.
  1. I have both knowledge and experience in applying principles that determine fire ecosystem relationships, including the role of fire in ecosystems of the continental United States and/or Alaska; response mechanisms of individual plant and animal species; effects of fire and altered fire regimes on ecological processes and community composition; the interaction of fire effects, fuels treatments and ecological factors that effect restoration and apply them as a regular part of my job.
  2. I have a professional knowledge of natural resource and fuels management concepts, principles, and the integration of fire, forestry, and range ecology and apply them as a regular part of my job.
  3. I have an understanding of fuels management policies, practices, and concepts and their relation to ecosystem dynamics and apply them as a regular part of my job.
  4. None of the above.


* 7.Which of the following best describes your experience instructing wildland and prescribed fire courses:
  1. I have instructed NWCG course(s) as a lead instructor.
  2. I have instructed NWCG course(s) as a unit instructor.
  3. I have attended instructor training but I do not have experience as a course instructor.
  4. I have not attended instructor training.


Grade: All Grades
* 1.I have served on interdisciplinary teams to develop hazardous fuel plans, fire effect evaluations, fuel management processes or fire rehabilitation plans that are compliant with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 2.Select the treatments used in fuels reduction and vegetation manipulation listed below that you have knowledge of specification requirements or experience in project design.
  1. Hydro-mulching
  2. Rollerchopping
  3. Hand thinning
  4. Hand piling
  5. Mechanical thinning
  6. Mechanical piling
  7. Broadcast burning
  8. Biomass utilization
  9. Seeding
  10. None of the above


* 3.Please check each of the following that describes your experience in the NEPA process
  1. I have no experience with the NEPA process.
  2. I have education and/or training in NEPA processes but I have not performed this work on-the-job.
  3. I have prepared a Categorical Exclusion Report or Documentation of NEPA Adequacy (DNA).
  4. I have participated as a member of an Interdisciplinary Team in the development of an Environmental Assessment (EA).
  5. I have led or coordinated an Interdisciplinary Team in the development of an Environmental Assessment (EA).
  6. I have participated as a member of an Interdisciplinary Team in the development of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
  7. I have led or coordinated an Interdisciplinary Team in the development of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS).
  8. I have participated as a member of an Interdisciplinary Team in the development of a Resource Management Plan and/or Environmental Impact Statement (RMP/EIS).


* 4.Select all the areas in Fuels Management that you consider yourself an expert.
  1. Knowledge and successful application of processes that regulate function and interaction between ecosystems and their components, including disturbance ecology, success theory, nutrient cycling, plant and soil productivity, and wildlife interactions. Fire ecosystem relationships, effects of fire and altered fire regimes on ecological processes and plant community composition.
  2. Monitoring and evaluation of fuels management treatments and their success in meeting the desired treatment results (effect) and desired outcomes (effectiveness). Developing alternative treatment methods to attain desired conditions.
  3. Evaluation of plant community composition and dynamics and the design of vegetative management prescriptions to meet desired future conditions.
  4. Working collaboratively with publics, local governments, Tribes, and other state and Federal agencies in developing, prioritizing, and implementing effective fuels management programs.
  5. Compliance with legal requirements to include NEPA, Endangered Species Act, FLMPMS, Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Healthy Forest Restoration Act, and other environmental and land use planning legislation.
  6. None of the above.


* 5.Identify the prescribed fire/fuels management experience you have applied on the job:
  1. Conduct professional forest or range inventory methods and procedures (e.g. Brown's planar intercept for dead and down fuels; live fuel loading assignments).
  2. Analyze fuel loadings and determine appropriate fuel treatment methods and programming.
  3. Evaluate prescribed burn plans or fire management plans to ensure fire containment is possible and identification of appropriate suppression contingencies if containment is not obtained.
  4. Land use planning and environmental coordination.
  5. None of the above.


* 6.Identify the specialized work related to weed management that you have performed on the job:
  1. Interpret laws, regulations, policies, and guidance for pesticide application projects.
  2. Determine appropriate methods for analysis, (nested frequency, photo point, apparent trend, etc.), and provide monitoring of mechanical, chemical, prescribed fire, or biological treatments to evaluate project effectiveness and success of project objectives.
  3. Assist in the development and strategies for planning weed inventory and treatments.
  4. Apply knowledge of biology and life history of plant communities and noxious weed species found in rangeland ecosystems.
  5. None of the above.


* 7.I have taken the following National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) Courses:
  1. FIEM
  2. FML
  3. FPM
  4. LFML
  5. NFMAS
  6. RX-450
  7. RX-540
  8. RX-590
  9. S-490
  10. S-491
  11. S-492
  12. S-493
  13. S-520
  14. S-580
  15. S-590
  16. S-620
  17. P-151
  18. RX-300
  19. RX-340
  20. S-190
  21. S-290
  22. S-390
  23. None of the Above


* 8.Identify the fire program management tasks that you have performed as part of your job:
  1. Review and evaluate fire management plans for ecological soundness and technical adequacy.
  2. Conduct field inspections before and after prescribed or wildland fires to determine if resource objectives were achieved and/or evaluate the effectiveness of actions taken.
  3. Develop analysis on the ecological role of fire and its use and/or exclusion and smoke management.
  4. None of the above.


* 9.From the following list of fuels management treatments, identify those in which you have experience implementing.
  1. Pre-commercial thinning
  2. Grinding
  3. Pruning
  4. Lop and scatter
  5. Chaining
  6. Shaded fuel break
  7. Prescribed Fire
  8. Handing Piling
  9. Machine Piling
  10. Chemical treatments
  11. Biological treatments
  12. Slashing
  13. None of the above


* 10.Please check your current or past fire red card qualifications (Choose all that apply):
  1. Type 3 Incident Commander
  2. Type 4 Incident Commander
  3. Incident experience in any ICS position in a Type 1 or Type 2 incident
  4. Ignition Specialist (RXI2)
  5. Type 2 Burn Boss
  6. Division Group Supervisor
  7. Task Force Leader
  8. Strike Team Leader - Engine or Crew
  9. Single Resource Boss (SRB) - Engine or Crew
  10. None of the Above


* 11.I have experience performing daily maintenance on tractor and tractor attachments.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 12.I am willing to camp at remote job locations.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 13.I possess a valid current State drivers license.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 14.I have prior on the line wildland firefighting experience.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 15.I have held or currently hold ONE of the following NWCG qualifications or higher: Single Resource Boss-Engine (ENGB), OR Single Resource Boss-Crew (CRWB). I will provide a copy of my IQCS master record or equivalent documentation as instructed in the vacancy announcement.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 16.I have held or currently hold the NWCG qualification Prescribed Fire Burn Boss Type 2 (RXB2). I will provide a copy of my IQCS master record or equivalent documentation as instructed in the vacancy announcement.
  1. Yes
  2. No