Bureau of Land Management Wildland Fire Operations Officer/Division Chief, Fire Operations in Boise, Idaho

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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.

BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to join the team to as a Wildland Fire Operations Officer, Division Chief, Fire Operations!

This position is located with the Bureau of Land Management, Fire and Aviation Directorate, Division of Fire Operations and Safety, located at the National Interagency Fire Center (NIFC) in Boise, Idaho. Information about the Boise area can be found at www.boisechamber.org.

This position has 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 NATIONAL FIRE PROGRAM MANAGER, and requires selectee to meet the minimum qualification standards for IFPM prior to being placed into the position. Detailed information regarding IFPM positions can be found at www.ifpm.nifc.gov Physical Demands: The work is primarily sedentary.

Work Environment: Work is usually performed in an office setting.

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  • Develops and recommends national program goals in Fire Management, Fire Suppression, Fire Preparedness, Fire Fiscal Processes, Fire Safety, and Fire Training.

  • Directs Office of Fire and Aviation efforts in respect to the formulation and establishment of national natural resource plans, policies and programs as they pertain to fire preparedness, suppression, fire safety, fire training coordination and equipment development.

  • Provides leadership in the development of national and interagency standards and technical guides for fire management national suppression resources, Multi Agency Coordination (MAC) Group and fire operations.

  • Provides leadership to the field on legal authorities and requirements of the fire program.

  • Provides organizational recommendations to the Fire and Aviation and field office on issues such as workflow processing, management systems, and staffing.

  • Provides expert advice on BLM and interagency fire operations and the national interagency mobilization program.

  • Provides consultation for other staff members and field program leaders in support of fire program.

  • Initiates studies for various fire management functions, working with researchers, engineers and the academic community to develop advanced proposals which incorporate novel methods and approaches for fire management activities.

Travel Required

25% or less - Travel is required to attend trainings, conferences, workshops, and field visits.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply
This job is open to…
  • All current or former federal employees with competitive/reinstatement eligibility nationwide

  • CTAP/ICTAP eligibles within the local commuting area

  • Veterans' Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) Eligibles- Persons eligible under Special Hiring Authorities

Questions? This job is open to 3 groups.

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0401 General Natural Resources Management And Biological Sciences

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Conditions of Employment
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Be sure to read the "How to Apply" and "Required Documents" Sections.
  • You cannot hold an active real estate license; nor can you
  • have an interest or hold stocks in firms with interest in Federal Land.
  • Direct Deposit Required.
  • Security Clearance/Background Investigation Required

You must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.

You must meet all IFPM qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

Federal employees in the competitive service are also subject to the Time-In-Grade requirement in accordance with 5 CFR 300.604. If you are a current Federal employee in the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and applying for a promotion opportunity, you must have completed a minimum of 52 weeks at the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the position being filled.

This is a secondary/administrative fire/law enforcement position under the special retirement provisions of 5 U.S.C. 8336(c) (CSRS) and 5 U.S.C. 8412(d) (FERS). While secondary positions are not subject to the maximum entry age policy, the selectee must have prior service in a primary position and meet the transfer requirement for movement from a primary to secondary position to be eligible for special retirement coverage. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure this office has enough information to determine your retirement status to ensure you do not lose benefits (normally through submission of your SF-50). YOU MUST LET US KNOW IF YOU ARE CURRENTLY IN A PRIMARY POSITION.

All applicants must be aware that Federal employees must obtain and maintain a favorable background investigation. A background investigation will be conducted by the employing office following acceptance of the position. Failure to obtain a favorable determination of the background investigation will result in the cancellation of the offer or will be grounds for termination.

In addition, this position requires that an individual obtain and maintain a Secret Clearance. A favorable determination of the background investigation must be completed and a Secret Clearance granted prior to placement. The issuance of an Interim Secret Clearance may be granted.

THIS IS A DRUG TESTING DESIGNATED POSITION in accordance with Executive Order 12564, and under the Department’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.

You must be 18 years of age or older to be assigned to a hazardous position.


I. BASIC EDUCATION REQUIREMENT: 1. Must have a degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.

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  • Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major, as shown in 1 above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

You will need to clearly state your undergraduate/graduate degree(s) and submit your college transcripts or a listing of your college courses that includes hours and grades.

II. Specialized Experience Requirement: In addition to meeting the basic entry requirement, applicants must have specialized experience and/or directly related education of the position to be found qualified. In order to be rated as 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 qualify for the GS-15 grade level, 1 year (52 weeks) of creditable specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 is required. Examples of work experience that equippes the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA’s) necessary to successfully function in the wildland fire management position. Experience must have included ALL of the fire program management elements as described below:

FIRE PROGRAM MANAGEMENT: 1) Reviewing and evaluating fire management plans for ecological soundness and technical adequacy; and 2) 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; and 3) Developing analyses on the ecological role of fire and its use and/or exclusion, and smoke management.

IN ADDITION to fire program management (above), appropriate experience must have included either prescribed fire/fuels management (A) - or - fire management operations (B) described (below) as:

A) Prescribed fire/fuels management- experience in a broad range of activities such as: a) Professional forest or range inventory methods and procedures, (e.g. Brown's planar intercept for dead and down fuels; live fuel loading assessments); b) Analysis of fuel loadings and determination of appropriate fuel treatment methods and programming; c) Land use planning and environmental coordination; d) 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;

  • or- B) Fire management operations - analyzing and applying fire management strategies, plus experience in at least five of the following activities: a) Mobilization and dispatch coordination; b) Fire prevention and education; c) Training; d) Logistics; e) Equipment development and deployment; f) Fire communication systems; g) Suppression and preparedness; h) Aviation.

III. Selective Placement Factor(s): This position requires a special qualification that has 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 factor(s) will be rated not qualified.

Selective Placement Factor #1: Prior on-the-line firefighting: The Department of the Interior defines wildland firefighting experience as any non-structure fire that occurs in the wildland. Wildland firefighting experience is gained through work on the fire line in containment, control, suppression or use of wildland fire. This experience can be met by serving in a temporary, seasonal, or equivalent private sector fire position for no less than 90 days. Wildland fires are categorized into two distinct types: (1) Wildfires – Unplanned ignitions or prescribed fires that are declared wildfires; and (2) Prescribed Fires – Planned ignitions. This description includes only fireline experience on a Prescribed Fire; it does not include experience in the planning stages. Prescribed fire experience must be supplemented by fire suppression experience in order to be creditable as previous wildland firefighting experience. This experience must be documented with specific dates in the online application or resume *Selective Placement Factor #2:To meet IFPM requirements for this position (NATIOANL FIRE PROGRAM MANAGER), you must have possessed all of the following National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) incident management qualifications and training requirements to be considered eligible for this position (currency not required): A.) Task Force Leader (TFLD); *ANDB.) Incident Commander, Type 3 (ICT3), OR Type 2 Comman & General Staff (T2 C&G;), OR Prescribed Fire Burn Boss, Type 2 (RXB2); ANDC.) Fire Program Management (M-581) OR Local Fire Management Leadership (LFML), OR Fire Management Leadership (FML).

V. Executive Core Qualifications:This position had been designated a key leadership position, and requires the applicant to have broad managerial and leadership competencies including experienced gained at the national and field level in the following areas:

ECQ 1-LEADING CHANGE: Select the statements that best describe your ability to develop and implement an organizational vision, which integrates key national and program goals, priorities, values and other factors. Continually strive to improve customer service and program performance within the basic Government framework, to create a work environment that encourages creative thinking, and to maintain focus, intensity and persistence, even under adversity. Please describe your experience in Leading Change. Leadership Competencies: Creativity and Innovation; External Awareness; Flexibility; Resilience; Strategic Thinking and Vision. Please access OPM's website http://www.opm.gov.ses/competencies.asp to obtain specific information pertaining to Executive Core Competencies.

ECQ 2-LEADING PEOPLE: Select the statements that best your ability to design and implement strategies, which maximize employee potential and foster high ethical standards in meeting the organization's vision, mission and goals. Please describe your experience in Leading People. Leadership Competencies: Conflict Management; Leveraging Diversity; Developing Others and Team Building.

ECQ 3-RESULTS-DRIVEN: Select the statements that best describe your ability to make timely and effective decisions and produce results through strategic planning and the implementation and evaluation of programs and policies. Please describe examples of your accomplishments which demonstrate that you are Results Driven. Leadership Competencies: Accountability; Customer Service; Decisiveness; Entrepreneurship; Problem Solving; Technical Credibility.

ECQ 4-BUSNESS ACUMEN: Select the statements that best describe your ability to acquire and administer human, financial, material and information resources in a manner which instills public trust and accomplishes the organization's mission, and to use new technology to enhance decision making. Please provide examples of your skill in Business Acumen. Leadership Competencies: Financial Management; Human Capital Management and Technology Management.

ECQ 5-BUILDING COALITIONS: Select the statements that best describe your ability to explain, advocate and express facts and ideas in a convincing manner, and negotiate with individuals and groups internally and externally. It also involves the ability to develop an expansive professional network with other organizations, and to identify the internal and external politics that impact the work of the organization. Please provide examples which describe your Ability to Build Coalitions. Leadership Competencies: Partnering; Political Savvy; Influencing/Negotiating; Written Communication.

Additional information

SELECTIVE SERVICE: Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. To register or verify your registration go to the Selective Service System website.

May require completion of a one year probationary period.

Supervisory Probationary Period: If you are selected for this position, you will be required to serve a one year supervisory probationary period, if one has not previously been completed.

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 receive a minimum score of 90 based on the rating criteria used for this position.

Reemployment Priority List (RPL): The RPL is the mechanism agencies use to give reemployment consideration to their former competitive service employees separated by a RIF or who have fully recovered from a compensable injury after more than one year. If you are currently on a RPL, you may be given priority consideration.

The BLM has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework only during an emergency or natural disaster.

If selected for this position, you will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-450 within 30 days of reporting to duty. You will be required to provide this information annually.

Government facilities are required to provide a smoke free environment for their employees. Smoking will be permitted only in designated areas.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

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 qualified, your score may range from 70-100 points. 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 advanced concepts and principles of fire management strategy, suppression tactics, fire behavior, fuel models, fire weather, incident command system (ICS), fuels and aviation management, budget and annual work plan development, policy development, program monitoring and evaluation, economic and social impacts of fire, etc. KSA 2 - Knowledge of fire ecology, fire behavior, fire hazards and risk analysis, fuels assessment, meteorological, data processing, program development, and program oversight requirements. KSA 3 - Knowledge of latest research and developments in fire management objectives into the land-use decision process. KSA 4 - Knowledge of congressional, departmental, and agency budget processes to advise field officials on program outlooks and develop recommendations to overcome challenges. To preview questions please click here.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

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Required Documents

In addition to the online application (resume and responses to the questionnaire), you are required to submit the following forms:

- Resumes must show relevant experience and other information. Your resume MUST list your education and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week and salary information. Your resume will be used to validate your responses to the assessment tool(s). - You are welcome to submit a cover letter (optional). If you wish to do so, include it with your resume.

  • Transcripts: You MUST provide a copy of your unofficial transcripts that include hours and grades from an accredited U.S. college/university. If your degree is from a Foreign Institution see, Foreign Education. ALL SELECTIONS AND TENTATIVE OFFERS ARE CONTINGENT UPON SUBMISSION AND VERIFICATION OF “OFFICIAL” TRANSCRIPTS.

  • SF-50: Current and former federal career and career-conditional employees submit a copy of your recent (non award) SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, or equivalent document that verifies tenure (block 24, code 1 or 2) and Competitive Status (block 34, code 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.

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 location.

If you are applying for this position based on eligibility under other noncompetitive special appointing authorities, you MUST submit proof of this eligibility.

You may submit your documents either via Auto-Requested Fax or by uploading your documents from your USAJOBS Profile. Do not use both options.

  1. Auto-Requested Fax: allows you to submit required documentation that will be electronically displayed along with your resume. The opportunity to do this will be provided during the application process by a pop-up message option to generate an auto-requested fax cover sheet.
  2. Uploading Documents: instead of faxing your documents you may use the uploading procedures thru Applicant Manager. 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.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

  • Benefits



A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.

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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

  • 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 upload, 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 from the right side menu.

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 Ryan Wilkins, Supervisory HR Specialist via email at rwilkins@blm.gov. 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.

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Agency contact information
Ryan Wilkins







Bureau of Land Management Fire and Aviation Human Resources Office (MS-1700) Boise, Idaho United States

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Next steps

You will be notified of the status of your application as the qualification review process is conducted. You may also check the status of your application by viewing your MY USAJOBs account.

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Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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Legal and regulatory guidance
  • Financial suitability
  • Social security number request
  • Privacy Act
  • Signature and false statements
  • Selective Service
  • New employee probationary period

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/493494000. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 03/09/2018 to 04/05/2018

Salary: $121,280 to $157,663 per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 15

Work schedule: Full-Time - Work Schedule is Full-Time.

Appointment type: Permanent - This is a permanent position.