Bureau of Land Management Supervisory Range Technician (Wildland Fire Operations Specialist) in Yuma, Arizona

Job Overview

Job Overview

About the Agency

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Who May Apply: All current or former federal employees with competitive/reinstatement eligibility; CTAP and ICTAP eligibles within the local commuting area; and Veteran Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) eligibles. Persons eligible under Special Hiring Authorities. All former PLC members who within the past 2 years have completed all requirements of a creditable PLC project.

Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource. The position is located in: Yuma, AZ. Information about the Yuma area can be found at Yuma, AZ.

Physical Demands: Duties involve fieldwork requiring above average physical fitness and endurance. Work requires prolonged standing, walking over uneven ground, and recurring bending, reaching lifting and carrying of items weighing over 50 pounds and shared lifting and carrying of heavier items, and similar strenuous activities requiring at least average agility and dexterity.

Duties include demands for strenuous activities in emergencies under adverse environmental conditions and over extended periods of time. Operation of some specialized fire equipment can place extended physical stress on incumbent during fire activities.

Work Environment: The work is performed in both office and field setting. The work performed in office setting is primarily sedentary. The work performed outdoors is in forest, river and desert environments or in steep terrain where surfaces may be extremely uneven, rocky, covered by vegetation, and in smoky conditions, etc. Temperatures commonly exceed 100 degrees fahrenheit and fall below freezing. Risks include smoke inhalation, fire entrapment, snake or insect bites and stings, exposure to excessive machinery noise, and falling and rolling material. Personnel must adjust and cope with exposure to weather elements, dust and smoke, poor sleeping and eating situations and unpredictable sets of circumstances. Incumbent may be required to live in backcountry camps for extended periods of time. The hazardous nature of the work requires that personal protective equipment be worn (hardhat, gloves, boots, flame resistant clothing, and other personal protective equipment). Work periodically requires travel by light fixed-wing or rotor-wing aircraft. Incumbent will adhere to all safety rules and regulations as prescribed in manuals/supplements or by the designated Safety Officer.


The primary purpose of this position is to provide operational oversight and planning of wildland fire suppression activities, and specialized expertise. Also responsible for preparedness, prevention, prescribed burning, monitoring, hazardous fuel reduction, and facilities. Assisting with writing and implementing wildland fire management plans, burn plans and preparedness plan. Provides oversight during initial and extended attack fires, directs fireline activities and tactics of dispersed firefighters, resources, equipment and aircraft. Provide for follow-up actions to safely and effectively manage wildland fires. Performs and supervises employees in a variety of fire management positions such as: fire prevention, preparedness, detection, resource rehabilitation, mobilization, prescribed fire, aviation operations, and training programs. Provides technical and administrative supervision. Develops performance standards and evaluates work performance of subordinates. Hears and resolves minor complaints from employees. Provides leadership and direction to subordinate in the recognition and mitigation of environmental and workplace hazards of the wildland fire environment following applicable laws, policies and guidelines.

Supervisory Status


Promotion Potential


Travel Required
  • 25% or Greater
  • Occasional travel is required for training purpose
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Who May Apply
This job is open to…

Current federal employees, former federal employees, overseas employees, merit promotion, internal employees/agency employees, status candidates, CTAP/ICTAP in the local communitng area, VRA, VEOA, 30% Disabled, Schedule A, Individuals with Disabilities, Military Spouses, PLC.

Questions? This job is open to 4 groups.

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

Your resume will be reviewed to determine if you meet all requirements. You must include dates of employment (month and year) and hours worked per week to receive credit for your work experience. One year of specialized experience is equivalent to 12 months at 40 hours per week. You will not receive credit for experience that does not indicate the exact hours worked per week or is listed as "varies." Part-time hours are prorated.


*For GS-8: *A. One full year of specialized wildland fire management experience, equivalent to at least the GS-7 grade level in the Federal service 1) providing technical assistance in planning and implementing wildland fire preparedness activities as it pertains to fire equipment, supplies, and fire personnel; 2) analyzing and applying fire management strategies such as mobilization coordination, training, fire prevention, logistics, suppression, preparedness; 3) conducting prescribed fire and fuels practices, strategies and tactics. OR B. Substitute education for specialized experience with successful completion of one full year (18 semester hours) of graduate education in a field directly related to wildland fire management, see other related fields under education section. OR C. A combination of experience as described in "A" above and graduate education as described in "B" above that meet the minimum qualification requirements for this grade.

For GS-9:

A. One full year of specialized wildland fire management experience equivalent to at least the GS-8 grade level in the Federal service 1) demonstrating understanding of fire effects on cultural and natural resources such as developing wildland fire management plans; 2) experience in prescribed fire/fuels management such as inventory methods and procedures, fuel treatment methods and programming, or evaluating prescribed fire management plans to ensure containment; 3) analyze and apply fire management strategies such as mobilization and dispatch coordination, training, fire prevention, logistics, equipment deployment, suppression and preparedness. OR B. Substitute education for specialized experience with successful completion of at least two full years (36 semester hours) of graduate education or a master's degree in a subject-matter field directly related to wildland fire managemen, see other related fields under education section. OR C. A combination of experience as described in "A" above and graduate education as described in "B" above that meet the minimum qualification requirements for this grade.

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.

This is a moderate complexity position that requires the applicant to meet the minimum qualification standards for Interagency Fire Program (IFPM).You must possess National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) Incident Management Qualifications to be qualified for this position.

FIRE Selective Factors: The applicant 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:

Selective factor requirements for GS-8 and GS-9:

1. Prior Wildland Firefighting Experience: This is a Secondary/Administrative firefighter position which you must possess a minimum of 90 days previous wildland firefighting experience which provided knowledge of the techniques, policies, and practices of wildland fire management. Wildland fires are categorized into two distinct types: 1) Wildfires - unplanned ignitions or prescribed fires that are declared wildfires; 2) Prescribed Fires - Planned ignitions (This description includes only fireline experience on a Prescribed Fire; it does not include experience in the planning stages). This experience must be described in your resume (including dates);


2. IFPM Standards:

  • Task Force Leader (TFLD) AND either Incident Commander Type 3 (ICT3) or Prescribed Fire Burn Boss Type 2 (RXB2) You must include a copy of your current Incident Qualifications and Certification System (IQCS) master record.

Education may be substituted and/or combined with specialized experience or as a combination to meet specialized experience.

Educational Requirement:

Two full years (36 semester hours) of graduate education or a master's degree meets the requirements for the GS-09 and one full year (18 semester hours) of graduate education towards a master's degree meets the education requirements for the GS-08.

The degree must be in the biological sciences, agriculture, natural resources management, chemistry or related disciplines appropriate to the position. The following additional related fields have been determined to be acceptable as related degree programs for fire management jobs: wildland fire management, forestry agronomy, biochemistry, biometrics, ecology, fishery biology, general fish and wildlife administration, horticulture, natural resources management, physiology, plant physiology, rangeland management, soil science, wildlife biology, zoology, agricultural extension, animal science, botany, entomology, genetics, microbiology, pharmacology, plant pathology, plant protection and quarantine, soil conservation, toxicology, wildlife refuge management. In addition, natural resources related disciplines include chemistry, environmental sciences (not environmental or natural resources policy), hydrology, outdoor recreation if it has a natural resource emphasis, physics, fire management, earth sciences, geology, meteorology related weather, climate, physical geography if it has a natural resource emphasis, and watershed management.

Education must be from an accredited educational institution. Applicants can verify accreditation HERE. You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Unless otherwise stated: (1) unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course. All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.

To be considered qualified for this Supervisory Wildland Fire Operations Specialist position, you must meet the basic qualification requirements: 1) the specialized experience and/or qualifying education; 2) the identified selective factors, outlined in this announcement and referenced in the occupational assessment questionnaire attached to this announcement; and 3) complete the occupational assessment questionnaire attached to this announcement.

All applicants who are using education or a combination of education and experience to qualify must clearly state your graduate degree(s) and submit copies of transcripts which include grades, credit hours earned, major(s) and grade point average or class ranking. If any required coursework is not easily recognizable on transcripts, or if you believe a portion of a particular course can be credited toward meeting an educational requirement, you must also provide a memorandum on letterhead from the academic professor or from your school stating the percentage of the course that should be considered to meet the requirement and the equivalent number of units. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable; however, if selected, you will be required to produce original transcripts.

Security Clearance

Q - Nonsensitive

Additional Information

Additional Information
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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.

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

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.

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 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 SECONDARY/Administrative fire 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 (MEA) 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.


Passage of a pre-employment physical is required.


This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/474620900. 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 2017-07-31

Salary: $45,056 to $64,697 / per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 08 - 09

Series: 0455 Range Technician

Appointment type: This is a permanent position. The full performance level is GS-09

Work schedule: Full Time.

Job announcement number: AZ-Merit-2017-0103

Control number: 474620900