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Range Technician (Fire Dispatch) (Senior Fire Dispatcher)

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## Duties
### Summary
**This announcement may be used to fill more than one position at this duty location.**
**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 Minden, Nevada. Information about the area can be found at Minden Chamber of Commerce.
**Physical Demands:** The work involves long hours of sitting, intense concentration and working at peak proficiency/intensity levels with irregular breaks and mealtimes. The duties of this position create a highly stressful environment during peak activity, requiring the ability to keep calm in emergency situations. Must be able to cope with the pressure of meeting time frames and changing priorities. Mental concentration and accuracy are required.
**Work Environment:** Work is performed primarily in an office setting. During peak activity, increased radio traffic, numerous ringing phones, and conversations result in high noise levels, which require a high level of concentration to perform duties. This creates a high stress work environment.
Prior wildland firefighting experience on the fireline is a mandatory requirement.
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### Responsibilities
The primary purpose of this position is to serve as a fire dispatcher in support of a wide range of fire suppression activities.
Determines appropriate resource response to incidents and requests from the field and dispatches personnel, equipment, aircraft, and/or supplies; performs, and directs others, in receiving fire reports, determining location, land status, and current fire information; processes and interprets weather information to determine burning indices, preparedness and staffing levels for suppression and aviation resources.
Reviews internal operating procedures and systems, makes recommendations for improvement; updates/develops operating plans and mobilization guides; provides critical logistical support information to supervisor and makes recommendations concerning the efficient uses of available resources.
Provide guidance, orientation, and training to other dispatchers.
### Travel Required
Occasional travel - May require travel to Nevada State Office and other Districts for meetings and training and possible travel to out-of-state locations.
##### Supervisory status
No
##### Promotion Potential
07
### 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 family (Series)
0455 Range Technician
* Requirements
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## Requirements
### Conditions of Employment
* U.S. Citizenship is required.
* Security Clearance/Background Investigation is required.
* Be sure to read the "How to Apply" & "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.
This position falls under the Technical and Medical Support Group Qualification Standard and Individual Occupation Requirements for the Range Technician Series (0455).
### Qualifications
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 to be filled
**For GS-06**: One year of specialized experience, equivalent to at least GS-05 in the federal service, with the basic processes, methods, and procedures associated with fire dispatch while working in a dispatch center or during wildland firefighting operations; **OR** have one full year (18 semester hours) of graduate level education related to range technician work such as a major study in forestry, range management, agriculture or a subject-matter field directly related to this position; **OR** an equivalent combination of specialized experience and education.
**For GS-07**: One year of specialized experience, equivalent to at least GS-06 in Federal service, resolving conflicts in firefighting resource requirements, providing training and guidance to less experienced personnel, providing supervisors with recommendations for process improvement, and developing solutions to irregular or problem situations gained while working in a dispatch center or during wildland firefighting operations; **OR** have one full year (18 semester hours) of graduate level education related to range technician work such as a major study in forestry, fire science or a subject-matter field directly related to this position; **OR** an equivalent combination of specialized experience and education.
This position is subject to the Interagency Fire Program (IFPM) Standard and Guide selective placement factors for a Fire Logistics Dispatcher (Senior Fire Dispatch).
**SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR:**
This position requires special qualifications 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 Factor:90 Day Prior Firefighting Experience Requirement (resume must support):**
The Department of the Interior defines wildland firefighting experience as; on-the-line wildland firefighting experience gained through 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. Periods of wildland firefighting experience, gained through militia and rural fire departments, can also be credited, as long as the total amount of this experience equates to at least 90 days.
Wildland fire is defined as any non-structure fire that occurs in the wildland. Two distinct types of wildland fire have been defined and include wildfire and prescribed fire:
**Wildfire -** An unplanned ignitions or prescribed fires that are declared wildfires.
**Prescribed Fire -** Planned ignitions. This description includes only fire line 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.
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.
You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
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.
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### Additional information
**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.
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.
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 1 year probationary period.
BLM may use certain incentives, currently offered by the Federal government, to attract high quality applicants.
This position is not eligible for Telework.
Government facilities are required to provide a smoke free environment for their employees. Smoking will be permitted only in designated areas.
This is a career seasonal appointment; you will be in a pay status for at least 6 months, but less than 12 months a year. When work or funds are not available you will be placed in non-pay status.
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.
This announcement is being advertised concurrently under Announcement NV Merit-2018-0230 for current and former federal employees serving under a competitive service career or career-conditional appointment or reinstatement eligible. You must apply to each announcement separately if you wish to be considered under both recruitment methods.
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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 you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well 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.
KSA 1: Knowledge of fire management operations, dispatch procedures and resources used for the tactical and logistical support for wildland and prescribed fire incidents.
KSA 2: Knowledge of wildland fire suppression and prescribed fire strategies, tactics, methods and procedures, fire behavior, and weather conditions to effectively dispatch fire management resources.
KSA 3: Ability to communicate using a variety of means in a clear and concise manner.
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### Background checks and security clearance
##### Security clearance
Q - Nonsensitive
* Required Documents
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## Required Documents
**Resumes must show relevant experience and other information.** Your resume must list your education and work experience including the dates (mm/yyyy) 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).
In addition to the online application (resume and responses to the questionnaire), you are required to submit the following forms.
To qualify based on education: Copy of **all** Transcripts or a list of college courses that include hours and grades from an accredited U.S. college/university. If your degree is from a Foreign Institution See Foreign Education
Veterans' Preference: If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the level of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be adjudicated (verified) by the employing agency using the documents you provide.
* For 0-point Sole survivorship veterans' preference (SSP), please provide the documentation you received granting this preference.
* For 5-point veterans' preference, please provide your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.
* For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation.
For more information on which type of preference is applicable please visit VetGuide.
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.
You may submit your documents either via Auto-Requested Fax or by uploading your documents from your USAJOBS Profile.
**Auto-Requested Fax:** Allows you to submit required documentation that will be electronically displayed along with your resume.
**Uploading Documents:** Instead of faxing your documents you may use the uploading procedures thru Applicant Manager. Do not use both options.
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.
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## 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.
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## 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.
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 the HR Office at (775) 861-6510 or email us at nvjobs@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
### Human Resources
##### Phone
775-861-6510
##### Fax
000-000-0000
##### Email
nvjobs@blm.gov
##### Address
Bureau of Land Management
BLM Nevada State Office
NV-953
Reno, Nevada
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.
* Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants
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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.
Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency.
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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/499554500. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
*Open & closing dates:* 05/25/2018 to 06/08/2018
*Salary:* $40,285 to $58,196 per year
*Pay scale & grade:* GS 06 - 07
*Work schedule:* Full-Time - Work Schedule is Full Time.
*Appointment type:* Permanent - Permanent - This is a career seasonal position (actively employed 6 - 11 1/2 months per year)

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