Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Bureau of Land Management
Position Title:
Lead Range Technician (Fire) (IHC Lead Crew Member)
Open Period:
02/12/2014 - 02/26/2014 Format MM/DD/YYYY
GS - 0455B 05/06
USD $31,628 - USD $45,828
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Work schedule is full-time. This is a permanent, career-seasonal position.
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
Few Vacancies in

Salt Lake City, UT, US
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
Rebecca Oaks


Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
All U.S. Citizens – No previous Federal Service is required.
Security Clearance Required:
Appointment Type
Appointment Type Details:
Six months of work guaranteed, not-to-exceed 11-1/2 months per year.
Marketing Statement:
BLM is seeking dynamic and energetic individuals to join the team.

The BLM manages more land - approximately 253 million acres - than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estates throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.
Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource. For additional information about the BLM, please visit Our website.

This is a career seasonal appointment. You will be in pay status for at least six (6) months, but less than 12 months a year. When work or funds are not available, you will be placed in non-pay status.

These positions have been identified as one of the key fire management positions under the Interagency Fire Program Management (IFPM) Standard. This position has been categorized as a Senior Firefighter (SFF) and requires you to meet the minimum qualification standards for IFPM prior to being placed into the position. Detailed information regarding IFPM positions can be found at IFPM.

This position is located in Salt Lake City, Utah. Information about Salt Lake City and the area can be found at Salt Lake City, Utah.
Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
Travel Required:
25% or less

Incumbant will be required to travel at least 25% of their time.


Serves as a lead wild land Firefighter on an Interagency Hotshot Crew. During initial attack fire suppression activities, locates fire line, directs and participates in fire line construction, backfiring and burnout operations, engine and pump operations, tree falling and holding/patrol/mop-up operations. Constructs hand lines in various vegetative types. Uses a variety of specialized tools, equipment and techniques to actively suppress fires. Performs the duties of a fully qualified saw operator. Performs chainsaw maintenance and makes minor repairs. May participate in prescribed fire operations.

Qualifications and Evaluations

You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
Key Requirements:
  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Be sure to read the "How to Apply" and "Required Documents" Sections
  • You cannot hold an active real estate license; or
  • have an interest or hold stocks in firms with interest in Federal Lands
  • Direct deposit required.
  • Security Clearance/Background Investigation is required.
  • Education Requirements:
    Upon receipt of your complete application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements.  Your rating will be based on your responses to the Job Specific Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume.  If you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of three categories:  Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified.  Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans.  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:

    KSA 1: Knowledge of strategies, tactics and suppression methods used in containment and control of wildland fires.

    KSA 2: Ability to serve as a working leader over a minimum of three (3) crew members, instructing them in specific tasks and techniques and controlling work assignments.

    KSA 3: Specialized knowledge and necessary certifications and use of specialized equipment in response to wildland fire situations.
    KSA 4: Skill in the use of hand tools and power tools to build fireline and control wildland fires and to perform other non-fire related duties.

    KSA 5: Knowledge of wildland fire management techniques, methods and conditions to accurately analyze fire circumstances.
    Specialized Experience Requirements:

    In order to be rated qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience requirement. Please be sure to include this information in your resume. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade. 

    For the GS-05: One year of specialized work experience equivalent to the GS-04 level. Examples of specialized experience include on-the-line wildland fire experience in forest/range fire control, prevention or suppression work as a lead wildland firefighter, utilizing a variety of specialized wildland fire tools and equipment.  OR

    A bachelor`s degree with major study in forestry, range management, agriculture or a field directly-related to this position; OR that included at least 24 semester hours in courses such as range management or conservation, agriculture, forestry, wildlife management, engineering, biology, mathematics or other natural or physical sciences. OR

    A combination of education and experience that is directly related to the work of this position as stated above.

    For the GS-06: One year of specialized work experience equivalent to the GS-05 level. Examples of qualifying specialized experience is wildland firefighter work on engine crews; Engine Crew Operator or Leader; smoke jumper experience or Hot Shot crew experience. Training and experience as an Advanced Firefighter/Squad Boss (FFT1), Engine Operator (ENOP), Engine Boss (ENGB) or Crew Boss (CRWB) also meets specialized experience. OR

    9 semester/13.5 quarter hours credit of graduate education related to range technician work such as a major study in forestry, fire science, range management, agriculture or subject-matter field directly related to this position.  OR

    A combination of education and experience that is directly related to the work of this position as stated above. 

    Selective Placement Factors:

    This position requires special qualifications that have 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 factors will be rated not qualified.

    1. Prior on-the-line wildland firefighting experience is required.

    2. Valid state driver's license. 

    3. In accordance with Public Law 107-27, applicants shall not have reached the age 37 at the time of appointment unless you have sufficient prior Federal civilian service in a covered position or are a preference eligible veteran.

    4.You must possess all of the following National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) incident management qualifications and training requirements for a Senior Firefighter: FFT1 and the training courses: S-290, Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior, S-211 Portable Pumps and Water Use, S-212 Chain Saws, S-131 Firefighter Type 1, S-133 Look Up, Look Down, Look Around, and S-270 Basic Air Operations.

    Selectees for IFPM positions requiring currency will be required to obtain and maintain currency for the NWCG qualifications listed above.

    Benefits and Other Info

    To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit the Office of Personnel Management's website at target=newwin>Federal Benefits at USAJOBS
    Other Information:
    Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid by the Department of the Interior. Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee.

    May require completion of a one year probationary period.

    You may be required to obtain and maintain a Commercial Drivers License (CDL).

    THIS IS A DRUG TESTING DESIGNATED POSITION. In accordance with Executive Order 12564 and under the Department of Interior'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.

    PHYSICAL EXAM: This position requires that you pass a physical
    examination before appointment. An offer of employment will be
    withdrawn if you cannot pass the physical examination.

    FIREFIGHTER RETIREMENT COVERAGE: This position has been approved for Primary Firefighter Retirement Coverage under 5 USC 8336 and 5 USC 8401. This is an arduous position for young and vigorous individuals. The maximum entry-age for this position shall not exceed age 37, unless you have sufficient prior Federal civilian 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 of eligibility to receive a waiver of the maximum entry age requirement.


    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. 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. 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 fall within the Best or Highly Qualified categories on the rating criteria for this position.

    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 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.

    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 HR Office at (801) 539-4229. 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 on-line application (resume and responses to the questionnaire), you are required to submit the following forms: 

    1. 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.

    2. Copy of current valid State Driver's License.
    3. If this applies to you: College transcripts. Submit a copy of your college transcripts to verify the education requirement. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable at the time of application. If you are selected, official transcripts will be required prior to appointment date.

    4. If this applies to you: 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 station.

    5. If this applies to you:If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the level of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be adjudicated (verified) by the employing agency using the documents you provide.

    For 5-point veterans' preference, please provide your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.                      

    For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation

    You may submit your documents either via Auto-Requested Fax or by uploading your documents from your USAJOBS Profile.

    Auto-Requested Fax: allows you to submit required documentation that will be electronically displayed along with your resume.

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

    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.
    Next Steps:
    Once your completed application is received, we will conduct an evaluation and the most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for future consideration and possible interview. You will be notified of the outcome.

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