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Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service Fire Management Officer in Lewistown, Montana


This position will be filled under the Office of Personnel Management's Direct Hire Authority and is open to all United States citizens and U.S. nationals. Veteran's preference and traditional rating and ranking of applications do not apply. All qualified applicants will be referred to the hiring manager for consideration for this position. To learn more about Direct-Hire authority, go to: OPM.GOV Hiring Information: Direct Hire Fact Sheet


Plans work to be accomplished by subordinates, sets and adjusts priorities, and prepares schedules for completion of work; assigns work to subordinates based on priorities, selective consideration of the difficulty and requirements of assignments, and the capabilities of employees; evaluates work performance of employees; provides advice, counsel, or instruction to employees on work and administrative matters; interviews candidates for positions; hears and resolves complaints from employees; effects disciplinary measures; identifies developmental and training needs of employees, provides and/or arranges for needed development and training; finds ways to improve production and increase the quality of the work directed; and develops performance standards. As a second level supervisor the incumbent utilizes subordinate supervisors and/or leaders to direct, coordinate, and oversee the work of the employees in the organization. Exercises significant responsibilities in dealing with officials of other offices or organizations, and in advising management officials of higher rank; assures reasonable equity of performance standards and rating techniques developed by subordinate supervisors; makes decisions on work problems presented by subordinate supervisors, team leaders, contractors, or similar personnel; evaluates subordinate supervisors or leaders and serves as the reviewing official on evaluations of nonsupervisory employees rated by subordinate supervisors; makes or approves selections for subordinate nonsupervisory positions; recommends selections for subordinate supervisory positions and leader positions; hears and resolves group grievances and serious employee complaints; makes decisions on non-routine, costly, or controversial training needs and training requests related to employees of the organization; approves expenses comparable to within-grade increases, extensive overtime, and employee travel; and finds and implements ways to eliminate or reduce significant bottlenecks and barriers to production, promote team building, or improve business practices. Directs all phases of the fire management program and is responsible for its planning, program direction, coordination and evaluation. Analyzes fire management plans and initiates changes within guidelines or makes recommendations to meet changing conditions within the limits of current or anticipated funding. Ensures that the fire management program is in compliance with environmental laws, regulations, and policies. Provides leadership, coordination and direction in the application of standards, methods, and guidelines for all fire and aviation management program elements. Provides advice and guidance in the implementation of policies and standards received from higher authorities. Ensures that the fire prevention program is effective and meets short-term objectives and long term goals. Develops and reviews fire prevention plans. Works with other agencies in the development and delivery of cooperative fire prevention programs and training. Develops and implements a communication plan. Briefs decision makers. Coordinates plans of action with affected cooperators. Ensures information related to wildland fire, prescribed fire, and fire program components for internal and external audiences is accurate and timely. Coordinates program activities with federal, state, tribal, and local government entities/agencies. Develops, implements and administers grants and agreements (e.g., Emergency Equipment Rental Agreements, mutual assistance, and Rural Fire Assistance). Serves on various interagency committees, teams and work groups dealing with specific local, geographic or national fire management issues. Identifies research needs and applies new technology. Manages aviation programs or operations. Directs and supervises all phases of the budget formulation process to assure balance in the fire organization at varying levels of funding, and initiates changes as appropriate. Monitors the expenditure of funds to assure fiscal integrity.

Manages the environmental and workplace hazards of the wildland fire environment and provides leadership and direction to subordinates in the recognition and mitigation of these hazards following applicable laws, policies, and guidelines. Personal accountability and zero tolerance for unsafe acts are paramount. Responsible for the on-the-job safety and health of all employees supervised. Ensures that a comprehensive job hazard analysis is conducted, and a risk management process is implemented.


Conditions of Employment


This key fire management position is a categorized under the Interagency Fire Program Management (IFPM) Standard as a Unit Fire Program Manager (UFPM) (High Complexity). Minimum IFPM qualification standards must be met prior to being placed into the position. Detailed information regarding IFPM positions can be found at Prior experience in wild land firefighting is required in order to carry out the duties of this position. You will not be considered for this position if you do not have prior wild land firefighting experience. Note: The position is covered under the secondary/administrative category for special firefighter retirement provisions. You may meet qualification requirements but not be eligible for special retirement coverage. If you are not eligible for special retirement coverage, you will be placed in the regular retirement system.

Only experience and education obtained by 03/05/2021 will be considered.

Basic Requirements for the 0401 Occupational Series (must meet A or B below to qualify:

A. Degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resources management, or related discipline appropriate to the position being filled. ORĀ­ B. Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in biological sciences, agriculture, or natural resources - or at least 24 semester hours in biological sciences, natural resources, wildland fire management, forestry, or agriculture course work equivalent to a major field of study -- plus -- appropriate experience or -additional education that is comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in the biological sciences; agriculture, or natural resources. Specialized Experience Requirements: In addition to meeting one of the basic entry requirements listed above, you must have the appropriate specialized experience as described below:

You must have at least one year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the next lower level (equivalent to grade GS-11) in the Federal service.

Applicants must have a minimum of one year of creditable specialized wildland fire management experience equivalent to the next lower grade level. Possession of the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities can be evidenced by:

  • reviewing and evaluating fire management plans for ecological soundness and technical adequacy.

  • conducting field inspections before and after prescribed or wildland fires to determine if objectives were achieved and/or evaluate the effectiveness of actions taken.

  • developing analyses on the ecological role of fire and its use and/or exclusion, and smoke management. In addition to fire program management, appropriate experience must have included either prescribed fire/fuels management - OR - fire management operations as described below:

Prescribed fire/fuels management - experience in a broad range of activities such as:

  • inventory methods and procedures

  • fuel treatment methods and programming

  • land use planning and environmental coordination

  • evaluating prescribed burn plans or fire management plans to ensure containment is possible and identify contingencies if containment is not obtained.

Fire management operations - analyzing and applying fire management strategies, plus experience in at least five of the following activities:

  • mobilization and dispatch coordination

  • fire prevention and education

  • training

  • logistics

  • equipment development and deployment

  • fire communication systems

  • suppression and preparedness


High Pathway #1

1) Division/Group Supervisor (DIVS)

2) Incident Commander Type 3 (ICT3) or Prescribed Fire Burn Boss, Type 2 (RXB2)


High Pathway #2

1) Air Support Group Supervisor (ASGS)

2) Incident Commander Type 3 (ICT3) "Fire Program Management" (M-581) is no longer a selective factor and is now a condition of employment. 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.


PROOF OF EDUCATION: All applicants who are using education or a combination of education and experience to qualify must submit copies of official or unofficial transcripts which include grades, credit hours earned, major(s), grade point average or class ranking, institution name, and student name. 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 institution's registrar, dean, or other appropriate official 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 you are selected for the position, you will be required to produce the original official transcripts. PASS/FAIL COURSES: If more than 10 percent of your undergraduate course work (credit hours) were taken on a pass/fail basis, your claim of superior academic achievement must be based upon class standing or membership in an honor society. GRADUATE EDUCATION: One academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credits hours your graduate school has determined to represent one academic year of full-time study. Such study may have been performed on a full-time or part-time basis. If you cannot obtain your graduate school's definition of one year of graduate study, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) should be considered as satisfying the requirement for one year of full-time graduate study. FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education. For further information, visit:

Additional Information

To register or verify your registration go to the Selective Service System at FWS has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework only during an emergency or natural disaster. More than one position may be filled from this announcement. Applicants who apply under this job opportunity announcement agree to have their application, associated documents and applicable personal information shared with other Bureaus/Offices within the Department of the Interior (DOI) who have vacancies within the same occupational series, grade, full performance level and in the same geographic location(s), including within the same metro/commuting area. Applying to this announcement does not replace the need to apply to other job opportunity announcements for which you wish to receive consideration. A PCS Move is authorized as follows: travel and relocation expenses including reimbursable real estate expenses will be authorized in accordance with the Federal travel regulations excluding contractor-provided home sale. All moving expenses are taxable. Supervisory Probationary Period: If you have not previously completed a supervisory probationary period, you will be required to serve a one-year supervisory/managerial probationary period for this position. CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:

TESTING DESIGNATED POSITION: All applicants tentatively selected for this position will be required to submit to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment.

MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS: You must pass a pre-employment medical examination. Also, you may be subject to post-employment medical examinations to determine if you are maintaining the fitness standards for this position.

DRIVER'S LICENSE: You must possess and maintain a valid State driver's license at all times during your tenure. Physical Demands/Work Environment:

Work is sedentary, usually performed in an office. Strenuous physical activity can be expected when field duties include fire suppression and prescribed fire activities. Incumbent must wear protective clothing and other safety equipment. Work will be performed in an office and field setting. Regular and recurring exposure to rain, wind, sun, etc., and to moderate exposure to excessive heat, smoke, dust, sharp tools, low level aircraft flights, motorized equipment, rough and uneven terrain, poisonous snakes and insects, and aerial retardant drops. Incumbent must wear protective clothing and other safety equipment.