Supervisory Range Technician (Fire Dispatch Center Manager)
Department Of The Interior - Rawlins, WY

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The BLM manages more land - approximately 253 million acres - than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estates throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

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 . This position is located in the High Desert District with a duty station of Rawlins, WY. The High Desert District includes significant natural resource and land management responsibilities. Examples of resources managed include the world's largest deposit of trona and the number two ranked gas field in the nation. The District includes a complex array of resource and land management issues that include oil and gas development, the transport of energy, management and protection of wild horses, and land conservation to include the Secretary's healthy land initiatives. For information on the city of Rawlins, please go to: http://www.rawlins-wyoming.com/ .
    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; Security Clearance is required.

DUTIES: You will serve as a Dispatch Center Manager in an interagency dispatch center. You will oversee the center operations and provide supervision to employees of the agencies represented. You will establish priorities, allocate resources, supervise the mobilization and demobilization of wildland fire suppression resources to support emergency operations within the local, geographic and national areas. You will ensure that contingency plans are prepared to respond to emergency situations and be responsible for managing incident and administrative intelligence to ensure the effectiveness and efficiency of dispatch center decisions. You will provide leadership and coordination in developing and implementing the expanded dispatch organization; prioritizing work, coordinating aircraft flight, and submitting plans for approval from agency administrators. You will conduct workload analysis and determine levels of support from each agency for operational staffing and will give input in developing and implementing updates for Operations Guides, Expanded Dispatch Plans, and Mobilization Plans. You will compile and disseminate incident and resource statistical information to participating agencies, cooperators, public and media.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: 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 be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade of the position.

Specialized Experience Requirements : Specialized experience which has provided the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to successfully function in the wildland fire management position. These knowledge, skills and abilities can be evidenced by: reviewing and evaluating fire management plans for ecological soundness; conducting field inspections before and after prescribed or wildland fires to determine if objectives were met; develop analyses on the ecological role of fire and its use, and smoke management. Experience must have included either prescribed fire/fuels management such as inventory methods and procedures; fuel treatment methods; evaluating prescribed burn plans or fire management plans; OR experience in Fire management operations such as: mobilization and dispatch coordination; fire prevention and education; logistics;fire communication systems and aviation.

Specialized experience for the GS-09 level is defined as: experience in establishing agency and interagency procedures; working with wildland fire prevention principles and techniques, fire prevention guides and applications, fire suppression and prescribed fire strategies, and equipment deployment.

Specialized experience for the GS-10 level is defined as: experience in establishing agency and interagency procedures; working with wildland fire prevention principles and techniques; equipment deployment and experience in overseeing a dispatch center and making sound decisions during critical situations.

Specialized experience for the GS-11 level is defined as: experience in establishing agency and interagency procedures; working with wildland fire prevention principles and techniques; equipment deployment; experience in overseeing a dispatch center and making sound decisions during critical situations and the ability to allocate resources and supervise the mobilization and demobilization of resources for emergency fire operations.

This position requires special qualifications that have been determined to be essential to perform the duties and will be used as screen out elements. Those who do not provide evidence they possess the following selective factor(s) will be rated not qualified. You must submit a copy of your IQCS master record or equivalent documentation to show you meet the Selective Factors.

1. 90 days of wildland firefighting experience.

2. Must be qualified as Expanded Dispatch Support Dispatcher(EDSD)

3. Required training: S-491, National Fire Danger Rating System, or agency equivalent.

This position is subject to drug testing.

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

To qualify at the GS-09 level, applicants must have one year of specialized wildland fire management experience equivalent to the GS-08 level in the Federal Service. OR Have completed two full years of graduate level education or a Master's Degree in a field directly related to the work of this position (i.e., graduate level education in forestry, range management, fire science or other directly related fields) OR have a combination of specialized experience and education as described above. To qualify at the GS-10 level you must have 1 full year of specialized wildland fire management experience equivalent to the GS-09 level in the Federal service in a directly related position OR Have 2 1/2 years of graduate level education (masters degree plus additional graduate education) in a field related to the work of this position (i.e., graduate level education in forestry, range management, fire science or other directly related fields) OR have a combination of specialized experience and graduate level education described above. To qualify at the GS-11 level you must have 1 full year of specialized wildland fire management experience equivalent to the GS-10 level in the Federal service in a directly related position OR have completed 3 years of graduate level education or a PH.D. degree in a field directly related to the work of this position (i.e., graduate level education in forestry, range management, fire science or other directly related fields) OR A combination of specialized experience and graduate level education described above.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: 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 you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. 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.

1) Knowledge of supervisory policies, procedures and methods in order to manage a diverse workforce.

2) Comprehensive knowledge of fire management principles, fire prevention and preparedness planning, incident management and support.

3) Ability to communicate effectively.

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BENEFITS: To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit the Office of Personnel Management's website at Federal Benefits at USAJOBS

OTHER 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 .

BLM MAY USE CERTAIN INCENTIVES CURRENTLY OFFERED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT TO ATTRACT HIGH QUALITY APPLICANTS.

May require completion of a 1 year 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 be paid consistent with the Federal Travel Regulations and Departmental policy. The use of a relocation service company and home marketing incentive will not be offered. To view FAQ regarding PCS click Here .

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 Highly or Best Qualified categories on the rating criteria.

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 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.

THIS IS A DRUG TESTING DESIGNATED POSITION.

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