Bureau of Land Management Fire Logistics Dispatcher in Lewistown, Montana
Summary Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our most precious resource. This is a Public Notice for positions being filled under the Direct Hiring Authority (DHA) for Wildland Fire. Under this recruitment procedure applications will be accepted for each location identified in this Public Notice. Veterans' Preference is not applicable to this announcement. To learn more about Direct-Hire Authority, go to: OPM.GOV Hiring Information - DHA. Responsibilities The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is looking for temporary employees to work as Fire Logistics Dispatchers in Lewistown, MT. For more information on Dispatchers, click this video. A Fire Logistics Dispatcher (GS-03) provides a wide range of fire dispatch support functions. Works closely with supervisor to input resource orders. A Fire Logistics Dispatcher (GS-04) provides a wide range of fire dispatch support functions. Receives fire location information and notifies supervisor. Processes resource orders, informs supervisor of logistical support activities, inputs data into a number of fire-related computer applications, records and maintains communication logs. A Fire Logistics Dispatcher (GS-05) serves as a dispatcher, receiving, filling, and tracking resource order requests for fire and other emergency incidents. Collects, processes, collates and submits incident information to support intelligence activities. Inputs data into a number of fire-related computer applications. Processes and interprets weather information. Records and maintains communication logs. A Fire Logistics Dispatcher (GS-06) is a dispatcher that serves as a central district coordination point with capability to assemble or obtain suppression resources including helicopters, retardant aircraft, firefighters, and fire overhead personnel. Provides input to be used in fire plans and recommends changes as appropriate. Interprets weather information and gives to management for making decisions. Inputs data into a number of fire-related computer applications. A Fire Logistics Dispatcher (GS-07) performs and directs others in completing and processing resource order requests for personnel, equipment, supplies, and/or aircraft for all types of incidents. Provides assistance on problems encountered by lower level dispatch personnel. Coordinates with other dispatch organizations on mobilization, reassignment, and demobilization of resources. Inputs data into a number of fire-related computer applications. Records and maintains communication logs. Operates and/or directs the operation of various dispatch telecommunications systems. Provides technical guidance, orientation, and training to other dispatchers. For contacts and information regarding housing availability visit Fire Contacts on the DOI FIRES Jobs website and select Montana. For more information about temporary fire positions with DOI, go to the following link: https://www.firejobs.doi.gov/. Requirements Conditions of Employment SELECTIVE SERVICE: Males born after December 31, 1959, must be registered for Selective Service or exempt. To register or verify your registration, go to the Selective Service System website. BACKGROUND INVESTIGATIONS: Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigation and/or fingerprint check. Failure to satisfy the background check will result in cancellation of offer of employment or may be grounds for termination. DRUG TESTING: Positions require a mandatory pre-employment drug test. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test is received. The drug test will be provided at Government direction and expense. Once hired, employees are also subject to random drug testing during employment. This is in accordance with Executive Order 12564 and under the Department's Drug Free Workplace Program. Positions may require a valid state driver's license. You must be 18 years of age or older at the time of appointment. Qualifications Hours worked per week must be stated for each season and position held in your resume. *Experience listed will need to include specific duties about the work being performed and should not be only the general language stated below in the examples. To qualify for a GS-03 You must meet at least one of the following: 1). Six months of general experience, which can be any work experience. -OR- 2). At least one year of education above the high school level (30 semester or 45 quarter credit hours in an accredited business, secretarial, or technical school, junior college, college or university, or at least 20 hours of classroom instruction per week for approximately 36 weeks in a business, secretarial, or technical school). -OR- 3). An equivalent combination of education and experience specified above. To qualify for a GS-04 You must meet at least one of the following: 1). One year of general work experience, which can be any work experience. -OR- 2). Two years of education above the high school level (60 semester or 90 quarter hours in an accredited business, secretarial, technical school, junior college or university, or at least 20 hours of classroom instruction per week for approximately 72 weeks in a business, secretarial, or technical school). -OR- 3). A combination of the education and experience described above. To qualify for a GS-05 You must meet at least one of the following: 1). One year of specialized work experience equivalent to the GS-04 level duties. Examples of specialized work experience include: Working with dispatch and dispatch office functions related to wildland fire suppression activities. Work should have included experience such as determining priorities and selecting alternative resources while performing dispatch operations duties independently. -OR- 2). A successful completion of a 4 year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree in any field. -OR- 3). A combination of the education and experience as described above. To qualify for a GS-06 You must have at least 1 year of specialized work experience equivalent to the GS-05 level duties. Examples of specialized work experience include: Working with dispatch and dispatch office functions related to wildland fire suppression activities. Work should have included processing resource orders, coordinating with other dispatch organizations on mobilization and determining the status of available resources. To qualify for a GS-07 You must have at least 1 year of specialized work experience equivalent to the GS-06 level duties. Examples of specialized work experience include: Lead dispatch experience and dispatch office functions related to wildland fire suppression activities. Work should have included experience in directing and assisting other dispatchers. For more information regarding basic qualifications and combining education and experience click here. You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement. Physical Demands: The work involves long hours of sitting, intense concentration, and working at peak proficiency/intensity levels with irregular break and mealtime. Vehicle and aircraft travel associated with field visits and other administrative travel may be 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. 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 timeframes and changing priorities. Mental concentration and accuracy are required. Education 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. For more information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, click here. 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. Temporary employees hired in wildland fire or wildland fire support positions are eligible for the following: -Annual, sick leave, and paid federal holidays -Depending on tour of duty - Sunday, holiday, shift differential and/or hazard pay -Participation in the Federal Employees Health Benefit (FEHB) program - Employees electing to participate in the FEHB will be responsible for the employee share of the premium while on the official agency roles, which is deducted from bi-weekly earnings. After separating from federal employment, employees will be offered to continue participation in FEHB under the Temporary Continuation of Coverage (TCC) option. Employees electing to continue coverage under the TCC provision will be responsible for the full premium amount plus a 2% administration fee.