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U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT

Grade: 15

1 I qualify for the GS-15 because I meet the Basic Requirements AND I have one year of specialized wildland fire management experience equivalent to the GS-14 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. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
2 I have a minimum of 90 days of wildland firefighting experience. Wildland firefighting experience is defined as on-the-line wildland firefighting experience gained through containment, control, suppression, or use of wildland fire. Wildland fire is defined as any non-structure fire that occurs in the wildland. The two types of wildland fire are wildfire and prescribed fire. (See announcement for further definition.) Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
3 Choose one of the following statements that demonstrates your highest level of experience in developing and administering unit fire and aviation program operations. Answer to this question is required
  • I provide leadership, coordination and direction to activities dealing with national level fire and aviation management initiatives and interagency related fire activities at a District/Zone level.
  • I develop overall strategies and functional programs, formulate strategic plans, policies and goals for a District/Zone fire and aviation management program.
  • I develop programs, plans, policies, and procedures for a fuels management, aviation, prevention/education, dispatch, fire suppression/operations, training and logistics program.
  • None of the above.
4 Which of the following best describes your highest level of experience, education or training developing and maintaining cooperative relationships, memoranda of understanding and cooperative agreements with local, state and federal agencies and private land owners. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by supervisor or senior employee.
  • 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 best describes your supervisory/leadership experience in planning, organizing and assigning work to subordinates to meet workload accomplishments. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had education, training or experience in performing this task.
  • I have had education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  • I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from supervisor or senior employee.
  • I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior employee.
  • 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 Select the statement that best describes your ability to communicate technical information. Answer to this question is required
  • I have been acknowledged for my ability to present or provide technical information to a variety of audiences.
  • I have made presentations or provide technical information on the job to supervisors, co-workers and others.
  • I have made presentations or provided only non-technical information to persons on the job.
  • I have not presented or provided technical or non-technical information.
7 Select the statement that best describes your ability to apply interdisciplinary approaches with complex variables to analyze, to interpret, and implement complex and innovative natural resources public policy. Answer to this question is required
  • Develops and implements natural resources programs based on legislation that requires planning, organizing and completing analytical studies. Coordinates and assigns segments of study to other analysts and subject matter experts in fields related to the subject. The purpose of the studies is new legislations or program objectives, or to translate complex policy into Bureau (or other comparable organization program objectives and goals, implementing processes and procedures.
  • Implements Department, Bureau (or equivalent) policy, program goals and instructions fitting them to individual requirements and concerns of the State (or equivalent) while maintaining the overall program objectives of the Bureau (or equivalent). This experience may involve planning and organizing State program subject matter experts and other special interest groups.
  • Implement new or revised program guidance at the field level and propose modifications based on field experience (or the equivalent). Develops local implementing instructions where it is necessary to adapt to local requirements or practices. Serves as a subject matter expert on State (or equivalent) teams to develop new State regulations or implementing instructions.
  • None of the above.
8 Select the statement that best describes your knowledge of legislative, budgetary, and high-level organizational policy, procedures, process, and techniques evident in successful relationships with entities such as national-level interest groups and professional associations during development of national natural resources high-level policy. Answer to this question is required
  • Experience at headquarters, Bureau or equivalent level developing organization policy in relation to the annual authorizations/appropriations, writing legislative language, testimony, speeches or white papers in response to current administration initiatives, and/or OMB, and congressional requirements or mandates. Working relationships are established with national interest groups and professional associations to implement the organization's charge while common ground between parties.
  • Establish and maintain working partnerships with national interest groups and professional associations that directly impact the State or Regional policies, budget and operations. Represents the Bureau or organization when participating on gubernatorial task groups; or when dealing with business associations representing local interests; or maintaining a working relationship with congressional staff.
  • Local organizational or field office level experience developing working relationships with local interest groups that promote the organizational policy, and procedures of the organization, while recognizing and considering the concerns and issues of the local group. Establishes a relationship with local governmental dignitaries, or county commissioners.
  • I do not have the experience described above.
9 Select the statements that best describe your Ability to Build Coalitions/Communication defined as follows: Persuades others; develops networks and coalitions; gains cooperation from others to obtain and share information and accomplish goals; negotiates to find mutually acceptable solutions; builds consensus through give and take. Answer to this question is required
  • Uses persuasion to change the decision, opinions, attitudes and behaviors of staff, higher-level management, congressional staff, internal and external customers, and stakeholders, including local unions.
  • Brings opposing groups or individuals together in order to reconcile differences and accomplish organizational goals that affect a wide range of office activities, or the public.
  • Collaborates with key individuals (e.g., higher-level managers, congressional staff, and union officials) to implement a new controversial program or initiative; represents the organization and its policies as chair of intra- or inter- office committees to build consensus.
  • Represents the organization in negotiations with key managers, congressional staff and/or union officials; negotiates with other groups within the organization to obtain resources and/or services; negotiates with internal and external groups to facilitate programs or partnerships.
  • None of the above.
10 Identify the statements which best describe your ability to communicate orally. Answer to this question is required
  • I regularly meet with various levels of top management, senior staff, and members of industry or professional organizations to further the work and objectives of the organization.
  • I negotiate compromises, and obtain consensus in the adoption of technical views and methods where conflicts existed.
  • I have regularly interacted with co-workers, and coordinated with Federal, non-Federal and Tribal organizations to accomplish my work assignments.
  • I conduct seminars, training, and presentations for colleagues to relay new processes and techniques or project status.
  • I regularly relay information to co-workers and other employees within the organization to keep them informed of any changes in procedures and regulations.
  • I explain technical issues to a variety of individuals from within and outside the agency or organization.
  • I establish and maintain working relationships with representatives of other organizations to accomplish the work of the organization.
  • I provide advice, guidance or direction to staff and field units on regulations and procedures.
  • I clarify requirements, exchange routine information, and obtain missing information.
  • None of the above.
11 Select the statement that best describes your experience identifying issues, resolving conflicts, and negotiating solutions. Answer to this question is required
  • I have worked with the Agency level, Bureau level (or equivalent), state and local levels of government identifying issues, resolving conflicts, and negotiating solutions.
  • I have worked with Bureau level (or equivalent), state and local levels of government identifying issues, resolving conflicts, and negotiating solutions.
  • I have worked with state and local levels of government identifying issues, resolving conflicts and negotiating solutions.
  • None of the above.
12 Select the statement that best describes your experience with or ability to work effectively in a multi-agency (or equivalent) environment. Answer to this question is required
  • I have worked in a multi-agency environment on a national level developing multi-agency applications, programs, initiatives or guidelines, and I have coordinated with all of the involved organizations to ensure interests and needs are fairly and equally represented.
  • I have worked in a multi-agency environment at a regional or local level occasionally working on multi-agency applications, initiatives guidelines or programs. I have served as an agency/organizational representative in these efforts.
  • I have not worked in a multi-agency environment, but I have occasionally participated in major multi-agency efforts.
  • I do not have any experience working with multi-agency efforts.
13 Select all of the fire program management elements you have performed. Answer to this question is required
  • Reviewing and evaluating fire management plans for ecological soundness and technical adequacy.
  • 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.
  • Developing analyses on the ecological role of fire and its use and/or exclusion, and smoke management.
  • None of the above.
14 Select all of the prescribed fire/fuels management activities you have performed. Answer to this question is required
  • Professional forest or range inventory methods and procedures, (e.g., Brown's planar intercept for dead and down fuels; live fuel loading assessments).
  • Analysis of fuel loadings and determination of appropriate fuel treatment methods and programming.
  • Land use planning and environmental coordination.
  • 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.
  • None of the above.
15 Select all of the fire management operations you have been responsible. Answer to this question is required
  • Mobilization and dispatch coordination
  • Fire prevention and education
  • Training
  • Logistics
  • Equipment development and deployment
  • Fire communication systems
  • Suppression and preparedness
  • Aviation
  • None of the above

Grade: All Grades

1 I am an Indian Preference eligible candidate. I understand that I must fax Indian preference (BIA Form 4432) as instructed in the vacancy announcement, if I am claiming Indian Preference no later than the closing date of this announcement. Failure to submit appropriate documentation will result in NOT being granted preference for this announcement. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
2 I have held or currently hold the NWCG qualification Task Force Leader (TFLD) or higher. I will provide a copy of my IQCS master record or equivalent documentation as instructed in the vacancy announcement. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
3 I have held or currently hold ONE of the following NWCG qualifications or higher: Incident Commander Type 3 (ICT3), Prescribed Burn Boss Type 2 (RXB2), or Type 2 Command and General Staff Position. I will provide a copy of my IQCS master record or equivalent documentation as instructed in the vacancy announcement. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
4 I have completed any ONE of the following NWCG courses: M-581 “Fire Program Management,” FML “Fire Management Leadership,” or LFML “Local Fire Management Leadership.” I will provide a copy of my IQCS master record or equivalent documentation as instructed in the vacancy announcement. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
5 I will provide copies of required documents by the closing date of this announcement. These documents establish my eligibility and qualifications for this position. Examples: SF-50 Notification of Personnel Action (non-award); DD-214 for VEOA consideration; transcripts if applicable. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
6 I consent to the release of information about my ability and fitness for Federal employment by employers, schools, law enforcement agencies, and other individuals and organizations to investigators, human resource specialists, and other authorized employees or representatives of the Federal Government. I understand that for some other sources of information, a separate specific release may be needed, and I may be contacted for such a release at a later date. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No