Forestry Technician (Fire), GS-0462-04

This position is closed. 9/30/2014 12:00:00 AM


Forestry Technician (Fire), GS-0462-04


Department Of The Interior


Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs


CRPA 03/14 OC


$27,990.00 to $36,384.00 / Per Year


Monday, December 09, 2013 to Tuesday, September 30, 2014




Full Time - Seasonal NTE 6 Months




Few vacancies in the following location(s):
Ignacio, CO
Towaoc, CO
Albuquerque, NM
Dulce, NM
Laguna, NM


Indian Preference Eligibles / Current Federal Status Employees or Former Federal Employees with Reinstatement Eligibility.


Q - Nonsensitive




The Bureau of Indian Affairs is the lead agency for the United States in carrying on a government-to-government relationship with 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.

AMENDMENT #1 dated 01/29/13 - Amends Vacancy Announcement to read "Travel may be required".


Vacancy ID:  994276

Forestry Technician (Fire), GS-0462-04

Southwestern Region, Southern Pueblos Agency, Northern Pueblos Agency, Laguna Agency, Jicarilla Agency, Mescalero Agency, Zuni Agency, Southern Ute Agency, Ute Mountain Ute Agency


GS-04:  $27,990 - $36,384 PER ANNUM


The Open Continuous Announcement (OCA) allows acceptance of applicants throughout the year with eligible applicants being placed on the OCA register and referred for consideration as vacancies occur.  The first Cut-Off date for receipt/referrals of applicants to be considered for available vacant positions will be 01/31/14.  Other Cut-Off dates will be established based on the date requests for List of Eligibles are received to fill other vacancies.  The applicants with 10-point Veterans' Preference who submit a complete application after a Cut-Off date but before the List of Eligibles is issued, will be considered and referred on the List, if qualified.  Your applicant period of eligibility will be for six (6) months.  The system automatically populates your Eligibility Begin Date when your application is rated and your Eligibility End Date is calculated based on the start of the 6-month period of eligibility.  You must reapply to keep your application active.

This job announcement will be used to fill temporary seasonal wildland firefighter positions in the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA).  Appointments to these position(s) are not-to-exceed 6 months (1039 hours) in a service year.


The position is located on a fire crew as a crewmember within the fire management organization. The purpose of this position is wildland fire suppression/management/control, as a skilled firefighter on an engine, helitack module or hand crew. Other wildland fire related duties involve fire prevention, patrol, detection or prescribed burning.  The incumbent will be involved with the maintenance and repair of firefighting tools, equipment, and facilities and will receive fire training.



   •  This is an arduous position and is subject to drug testing, medical examination, and physical fitness testing
   •  Travel and relocation expenses will not be authorized.  Any relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty will be the responsibility of the selected employee.


  • Occasional Travel
  • Work may require travel by light fixed-wing or rotor-wing aircraft.


  • No


  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Selectee is subject to a background security investigation
  • Applications will only be accepted online or by fax to 1-478-757-3144.

Department Of The Interior


Forestry Technician



  • Wildland fire related duties involve fire prevention, patrol, detection or prescribed burning.
  • Serve as a skilled crewmember on an engine, helitack or hand crew.
  • As an assistant on a wildland fire engine, works as a trainee engine operator driving the engine, operating the pump and making hose layouts under the direction of the engine foreman.
  • Utilizes a variety of specialized tools, equipment and techniques while actively suppressing wildfires, such as a Pulaski, shovel, McLeod, ax and chainsaw to control the spread of wildfire.
  • Provides assistance on a wildland fire engine, operating the pump and making hose lays under direction.
  • As a helitack crewmember, loads helicopters determines weight calculations, competes crew manifests and may rappel from a hovering helicopter near ground level in remote area to construct helistops or to attack small fires, hotspots and spot fires.
  • Performs basic fireline activities such as line construction, hose layout, operations of pumps and accessories, lopping and scattering of fuels using hand tools and holding, patrolling, monitoring, and mop-up operations.  Moves dirt, chops brush, small trees, etc. to construct fire line.  Is responsible for observing the rules of wildland firefighting safety.  Applies practices and techniques to minimize resource damage.
  • Independently carries out specialized assignments such as tree falling, backfire and burnout, mobile and stationary engine attack, construction of helispots specialized helitack operations and hover hookups.
  • Serve on an organized crew during prescribed burns, monitoring and controlling the fire and collecting data on fire weather and fire behavior.
  • Performs project work such as fuel inventory and hazard fuel reduction projects.


INDIAN PREFERENCE POLICY: 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 Form BIA-4432 must be submitted with the application if claiming Indian Preference.  Indian Preference eligibles not currently employed in 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 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.

  • Performed suppression tactics on wildland fires.
  • Served as a crewmember on an engine, helitack or handcrew.
  • Communicates effectively with fireline personnel using accepted fireline terminology.
  • Performed line construction activities using a variety of tools.
  • Constructed simple and progressive hose lays to support suppression or holding operations.
  • Participates in burning or holding operations on prescribed fires.
  • Implements suppression tactics based on current and expected fire behavior.
  • Collected weather data on fire assignments in order to make fire behavior calculations.
  • Completed training in fire safety.
  • Conducted fire or safety training as an instructor or demonstrator.
  • Completed training in basic first aid procedures sufficient to be a first responder.
  • Recognizes unsafe practices and conditions and implements appropriate mitigation.
  • Performed assignments that involved wildland-urban interface situations.
  • Provide leadership in safe and proper fire engine operations and maintenance.
  • Direct personnel during prescribed fire operations.
  • Lead fire crews in initial attack of wild land fires.
  • Serve as senior wildland firefighter on helitack crew.
  • Direct crews in collecting fuels samples to determine fuel moistures or loading.
  • Performed wildland fire duties using axes, shovels, Pulaskis, McLeods, and power tools such as chainsaws.
  • Constructed fireline using a variety of tools.
  • Maintains firefighting tools and equipment.
  • Performed work, such as road and trail maintenance and habitat manipulation.
  • Operate four wheel drive pickup trucks.
  • Operate a fire engine.
  • Operate the pump on a fire engine and making hose lays.
  • Operate pickup trucks or fire engines in rough and unsteady terrain in adverse weather conditions.
  • Conducts preflight passenger briefing.
  • Manifests passengers.
  • Calculates allowable helicopter payloads.
  • Constructs sling loads.