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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.

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  • Open & closing dates

    2016-12-05 to 2017-09-29

  • Salary

    $25,731 to $33,450 / per year

  • Pay scale & grade

    GS 03

  • Series

    0462 Forestry Technician

  • Appointment type

    Temporary NTE 6 months

  • Work schedule

    Full Time

  • Job announcement number


  • Control number



1 vacancy in the following location:


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.

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN):1865232

Applicants for this position must pass a pre-employment medical examination and is subject to physical fitness testing

Drug Testing Designated Position: This is a Drug Testing Designated position.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), in accordance with the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934 (25 USC 472), gives priority in selection to eligible Indian Preference candidates. The BIA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Who May Apply:


  • Merit Promotion Plan (MPP) – Current and former career-conditional or status employees.
  • Excepted Service (ESEP) – Indian Preference applicants.
  • Veterans Preference – Includes Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) applicants.
  • Special Hiring Authorities – Common authorities include Schedule A, Peace Corps, Foreign Service employees, etc.


For additional information see the “Other Information” section.


·         Serves as a member of a fire crew assigned to suppress the full range of wildland fires

·         Performs assignments as a wildland firefighter in developing a working knowledge of fire suppression and fuels management techniques, practices and terminology.

·         Searches out and extinguishes burning materials by moving dirt, applying water by hose or backpack pump.

·         Patrols fireline to locate and extinguish embers, flare-ups, and hotspot fires that may threaten developed firelines

·         Cleans, reconditions, and stores fire tools and equipment.

Supervisory Status


Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel by light or fixed-wing or rotor-wing aircraft.

Relocation Authorized

  • No

Key Requirements

  • U.S. Citizenship is requried.
  • Be sure to read the “How to Apply” and “Requried Documents” section.
  • Indian Preference applies.
  • Vacancy ID Number: 1865232
  • Testing Designated Position DOI drug-free workplace program
  • Subject to medical screening and physical fitness testing


GS-3: 6 months of general experience ORsuccessful completion of 1 year of study that included at least 6 semester hours in a combination of courses such as range management or conservation, agriculture, forestry, wildlife management, engineering, biology, mathematics, or other natural or physical sciences OR 2 seasons of specialized experience.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: A season of experience is considered to be a period of no less than 3 months of continuous employment on a seasonal basis. Shorter periods may be combined to make a season, provided a total of at least 3 months’ experience is shown. For any period where the work exceeded 3 months, the excess work is credited towards an additional season of experience.  2 seasons of experience qualify for GS-3.  Examples of qualifying Specialized experience include:

  • Forestry aid or technician work.
  • Engineering, range, or soil conservation technician work that involved the application of cultural, resource conservation, or land management practices on non-forest or ranch lands when combined with knowledge of forestry operations and equipment.
  • Farming or ranching work that involved application of cultural and soil and water conservation practices, including safety and use of equipment, and that provided a basic understanding of land use.
  • Forest or range fire control, prevention, or suppression, biology, mathematics, or other natural or physical sciences OR 2 seasons of specialized experience.

GENERAL EXPERIENCE:  (1) Any type of work that demonstrates the applicant’s ability to perform the work of the position, or (2) experience that provided a familiarity with the subject matter or processes of the broad subject area of the occupation. Which can be evidenced by farming or ranching work that involved application of cultural and soil and water conservation practices, including safety and use of equipment, and that provided a basic understanding of land use; or forest or range fire control, prevent on, or suppression work.



For GS-3: Successful completion of 1 year (30 semester hours) of study that included at least 6 semester hours in a combination of courses such as range management or conservation, agriculture, forestry, wildlife management, engineering, biology, mathematics, or other natural or physical sciences.



For GS-3: Only education (related to the subject matter) above high school from an accredited college is credible toward meeting the specialized experience requirements. Convert the education to a percentage by dividing the amount of credits by 30. Convert the experience to a percentage by taking the total months and dividing them by 6. Combine both the percentages and it must equal at least 100%.

NOTE:  If you are not in the series for which applying, your application package must show evidence of meeting the OPM Qualification Standards; i.e., required course work (transcript/listing of courses); specialized experience; etc.

Part-Time or Unpaid Experience: Credit will be given for all appropriate qualifying experience regardless of whether compensation was received or whether the experience was gained in a part-time or full-time occupation. Full-time work is generally considered to be 35 to 40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.

To qualify based on education, you must submit a legible copy of transcripts with your name, school name, credit hours, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking.  If transcripts are not included in your application package, education will not be credited. Transcripts do not need to be official but if you are selected for this position and you used your education to qualify then you will need to provide official transcripts before you enter on duty.

Evaluation of Foreign Education: Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation upon request. Failure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration.

Conditions of Employment

  • Selectee may be subject to a 1-year trial period.
  • Males born after 12/31/59 will be required to complete a certification document to confirm their Selective Service registration if selected for appointment.
  • Selectee must have a safe driving record within the 3-year period immediately preceding submittal of the GSA Form 3607 and be able to meet the safe driving requirements of the Agency.
  • Former Federal employees who received a Voluntary Separation Incentive Payment(VSIP) buy out in their previous Federal Employment are required to submit a copy of the application Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) regarding the VSIP. The majority of individuals who accept reemployment with the Federal government within 5 years of receiving the VSIP amount, must repay the gross amount of the separation payment prior to re-employment.

Background Check

  • Selectee must undergo a fingerprint check; results must be cleared prior to hire.
  • This position requires a background investigation. Continued employment is contingent upon the outcome of a complete background investigation. If found not suitable, you may be terminated after you begin work.

Security Clearance

Public Trust – Background Investigation

Required Documents

The following documents are required for this position:

  1. Resume showing detailed work experience, from (mm/yy) to (mm/yy), hours worked per week, current supervisor’s name and telephone number, duties, education and references.
  2. On-line Assessment Questionnaire  View Occupational Questionnaire
  3. SF-50 (if applying under merit promotion. Be sure your SF-50 displays your tenure in box 24, your position in box 34 and that the SF-50 is not an award)
  4. Veterans documentation – if applying for VEOA: VA letter on VA letterhead that states you overall combined rating, SF-15, DD214 (copy 4) that indicates and honorable discharge.
  5. Special Appointing Authority documentation (if applying under a special hiring authority)
  6. BIA Form 4432 (if claiming Indian preference), link:
  7. College Transcripts (If qualifications are based on education alone or a combination, submit for verification.)
  8. Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, will be required to complete a certification document to confirm their Selective Service registration status, if selected for appointment

ALL DOCUMENTS MUST BE RECEIVED BY 11:59PM Eastern Standard Time ON THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT.If your application package is incomplete in any way, you will not be considered for this position, and requests for extensions will not be granted. Please double check your application package BEFORE you submit it.

All application materials become the property of the agency and will not be returned.

NOTE: Persons submitting incomplete application 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. ALL DOCUMENTS SUBMITTED MUST BE LEGIBLE. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION WILL NOT BE SOLICITED FROM THIS OFFICE.

How to Apply

You must apply to this position via the USAJOBS website. If you do not already have a USAJOBS account, you will need to create one.

  1. Click APPLY ONLINE to the right.
  2. Follow the instructions on USAJOBS to submit your resume.
  3. Complete the online questionnaire.
  4. Upload any additional required documents.


We strongly recommend you uploading your documents electronically. However, if you are unable to upload supporting documents:

  1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page provide the required information. The vacancy ID is 1865232.
  2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144. We recommend you retain a copy of your confirmation page.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, September 29, 2017 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.


You may verify receipt of your application and any faxed or uploaded documents at any time:

  1. Log in to your USAJOBS account.
  2. Click the “Application Status” link.
  3. Locate this vacancy and click the “more information” link.

You will be displayed the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence we have sent you. NOTE: Your faxed documents may take a day or two to display.

NOTE: It is the applicant’s responsibility to verify that all information entered, uploaded, or faxed (i.e., assessment questions and answers, resume, and any supporting documents) are complete and accurate. All electronic submissions and/or faxes must be completed by Friday, September 29, 2017

NOTE: Submission of a resume alone is not a complete application. This position requires the submission of additional forms as described under the REQUIRED DOCUMENTS section. Failure to provide the required information and/or documentation may result in your application not being considered for employment.

How You Will Be Evaluated

All applicants for this position will be rated and ranked based upon the extent and quality of their experience, training and/or education as reflected on the application.  Applicants will be further evaluated according to the degree to which they possess or have the potential to acquire knowledge, skills, abilities, and personal characteristics as listed below.  The judgment of qualifications will be based on the material submitted; therefore, it is to the applicant’s advantage to give complete and thorough responses and to present information in a neat and orderly fashion.  Qualifications and veteran’s preference eligibility will be determined on the basis of information submitted.

  • Knowledge of strategies, tactics and suppression methods used in containment and control of fires
  • Skilled in upkeep, preventive maintenance and refurbishment of wildland fire equipment
  • Knowledge of accepted fire safety practices and procedures

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