Supervisory Range Technician (Engine Captain)

Department Of The Interior Eureka, NV
* Duties

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Announcement extended due to low applicant count.

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These positions are located in the Battle Mountain district. Information about Battle Mountain and Eureka, NV can be found at: Battle Mountain Chamber of Commerce & Eureka Chamber of Commerce.

Physical Demands: Rigorous fieldwork requiring above average physical performance, endurance, and superior conditioning. Prolonged standing, walking over uneven ground, recurring bending, reaching, lifting and carrying items weighing over 50 pounds.

Work Environment: Work is primarily performed in forest and desert environments in steep, uneven terrain, extreme weather, and smoky conditions.

This announcement will be used to fill more than one position within the Winnemucca district. Specific duty locations will be at the discretion of management as well as the needs of the agency.

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

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Provides technical and administrative supervision to engine crews. Directs the operation of a wildland fire engine, responsible for maintenance of specialized equipment and ensures the engine is kept in a full state of readiness.

During initial attack fire suppression activities, locates fireline and directs and participates in fireline construction, backfiring and burnout operations, engine and pump operations, tree falling and holding/patrol/mop up operations. May be required to be a fully qualified chain saw operator.

Gathers and considers information on weather data, topography, fuel types, and fire behavior during suppression of wildland fire incidents.

Implements formal and informal training programs to comply with policy and regulations. Participates in wildland fire and safety training.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - May be required to live in backcountry camps for extended periods of time. Work may require travel by light fixed-wing or rotor-wing aircraft.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply This job is open to… All current federal employees or former federal employees with competitive/reinstatement eligibility; CTAP and ICTAP eligibles within the local commuting area; Veteran Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA); Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA); Veterans more than 30% disabled eligible; Persons eligible under Special Hiring Authorities, Schedule A and/or individuals w/disabilities; All former PLC members who within the past 120 days have completed all requirements of a creditable PLC project.

Questions? This job is open to 4 groups.

* Job family (Series)

0455 Range Technician

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* Requirements

Help Requirements 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 is required.

* Background Investigation is required.

This position falls under the Technical and Medical Support Group Qualification Standard and Individual Occupational Requirements (IOR) for the Range Technician 0455 series.

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

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 must submit a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use and to pass the test prior to appointment. The 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.

Passage of a pre-employment physical is required. You must also pass the work capacity test for arduous positions. The physical demands of this position are rigorous fieldwork requiring above average physical performance, endurance and superior conditioning. 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.

You must possess a valid automobile driver's license and it must be valid at all times during your appointment to this position. You may be required to obtain a commercial driver's license within 90 days of appointment.


Qualification Requirement Using Specialized Experience and/or Education: In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience requirements; 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.

To qualify for GS-06: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 level in the Federal service as a range technician or in a directly related position. Specialized experience at this level is defined as having experience in the implementation of strategies, tactics, and suppresion methods that are used in the containment and control of wildfires;--OR-- Completed 1 year of graduate level college 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 the specialized experience and education.

To qualify for GS-07: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-06 level in the Federal service as a range technician or in a directly related position. Specialized experience at this level is defined as working as a skilled lead wildland firefighter with on-the-line wildland fire experience in forest/range fire control, prevention or suppression utilizing a wide variety of specialized wildland fire tools and equipment; --OR-- Completed 1 year of graduate level college 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 the specialized experience and education.

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.

This position has been categorized as a Supervisory Fire Engine Operator, a key fire management position under the Interagency Fire Program Management (IFPM) Standard; the selectee must meet the minimum qualification standards for IFPM prior to being placed into the position. Detailed information regarding IFPM positions can be found at IFPM.

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.

1) Engine Boss (ENGB)

2) Incident Commander, Type 5 (ICT5)

3) Portable Pumps and Water Use (S-211)

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.

If you have left Federal service or are currently not in a covered position and are over the age of 37, you must provide copies of SF50s showing beginning and ending dates of covered Federal Primary Fire retirement or your will not be eligible for consideration under this vacancy announcement.

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