Bureau of Land Management Range Technician (Fire Engine Operator) in Bishop, California

Job Overview

Job Overview

About the Agency

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These position is located in Bishop, CA. Information about Bishop and the Bishop area can be found at Inyo County Chamber of Commerce.

Physical Demands: The work requires arduous physical exertion, such as regular and recurring running, walking, or bending; walking or climbing over rocky areas, or other uneven surfaces, through dense vegetation, and in mountainous terrain. Physical exertion includes carrying 30-50 pounds of gear while operating power saws or hand tools for long durations. The duties of this position require that the incumbent meet the arduous level of physical requirements as measured by the current standard physical testing requirement.

Work Environment: The work is performed in a forest environment with steep terrain, where surfaces may be extremely uneven, rocky, covered with thick, tangled vegetation, etc. Temperatures are frequently extreme, both from the weather or from fire. Smoke and dust conditions are frequently severe. The hazardous nature of the work requires that protective clothing (boots, gloves, rubber and leather), hard hats, face masks, nomex pants and shirts, etc. be worn.

  • Responsible for operation of fire engine module in responding to wild land fires.
  • Drives the engine to the fire location and positions with consideration of safety of crew and equipment.
  • In the absence of the Engine Captain, the operator is responsible for the day-to-day operation and supervision of the module.
  • In the absence of the Engine Captain, position may serve as Initial Attack Incident Commander on wild land fires and all risk incidents.
  • Directs crew in project work in support of ecosystem management and fuels management projects.
  • In the absence of the supervisor, assigns work to subordinates based on priorities, selective considerations, and capabilities of employees.
Supervisory Status


Promotion Potential


Travel Required
  • 75% or Greater
  • Frequent travel will be required during times of peak fire activity.
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • Travel and relocation expenses will be paid consistent with the Federal Travel Regulation, Chapter 302, and Departmental policy. The use of a relocation service company and home marketing incentive will not be offered.
Who May Apply
This job is open to…

All U.S. Citizens - No previous Federal Service is required.

Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • 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.
  • Background Investigation Required.

Specialized Experience Requirements:

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Examples of Specialized Experience to qualify for GS-06:One year of GS-05 experience serving as a skilled firefighter on an engine module, which will have included driving and maneuvering a wildland fire engine, starting pump engine, priming pump, adjusting engine speed and pump valves, laying hose, using and adjusting appropriate nozzles for the dispensing of water and additives. Served as fully qualified chainsaw operator, or maintained specialized wildland fire equipment and tools.

Substitution of Education: You may use one year of directly related graduate level education to qualify for the GS-06.

Examples of Specialized Experience to qualify for GS-07:One year of GS-06 experience serving as a skilled firefighter leading the operation of a fire engine, ensuring correct positioning, proper use and operation. This includes starting pump engine, priming pump, adjusting engine speed and pump valves, laying hose, using and adjusting appropriate nozzles for the dispensing of water and additives. Served as fully qualified chainsaw operator, or maintained specialized wildland fire equipment and tools. Ensures the engine is kept in a full state of readiness for emergency fire dispatch.

Substitution of Education: You may use one year of directly related graduate level education to qualify for the GS-07.

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.

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

You must meet the selective factors and specialized experience requirements for this position.

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 factor(s) will be rated not qualified:

1) FFT1 (Firefighter Type 1)

2) ENOP (Engine Operator)

3) Commercial Driver's Licence, Class B.

4) 90 Days Wildland Firefighting Experience: 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.

Security Clearance

Not Applicable

Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

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Other Information

May require completion of a one year probationary period.

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 Well or Best Qualified categories on the rating criteria 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 Reemployment Priority List, you may be given priority consideration.

BLM may use certain incentives, currently offered by the Federal government, to attract high quality applicants.

This position is not eligible for Telework.

This is a primary firefighter position. See here for more information: FIREFIGHTER CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT.

This position is subject to drug testing.

You must be able to obtain and maintain a valid Commercial Driver's License within 90 days of entry on duty.

Passage of a pre-employment physical is required. You must also pass the work capacity test for arduous position.

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

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/474551000. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 2017-07-17 to 2017-08-08

Salary: $36,611 to $52,893 / per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 06 - 07

Series: 0455 Range Technician

Appointment type: This is a permanent position.

Work schedule: Full Time.

Job announcement number: CA-DEU-2017-0016

Control number: 474551000