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Associate Fire Management Officer
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Department of the Interior | Las Cruces, NM
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This position has been identified as one of the key fire management positions under the Interagency Fire Program Management (IFPM) Standard. This position has been categorized as a UNIT FIRE PROGRAM MANAGER - MODERATE COMPLEXITY, and requires the selectee to meet the minimum qualification standards for IFPM prior to being placed into the position. Detailed information regarding IFPM positions can be found at www.ifpm.nifc.gov.

These position is located in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Information about Las Cruces area can be found at the City of Las Cruces.

Physical Demands: Normally the work is sedentary but often requires physical exertion while overseeing fire suppression activities including walking over rough, mountainous, steep, uneven terrain in all types of weather. The incumbent is faced with emergency situations at all hours and must respond quickly. The position may require long shifts or multi-day assignments under primitive living conditions during emergencies. During the fire season, extended fire assignments away from the unit may be required under very stressful conditions.

Work Environment: Most work is performed in an office setting. Field work is sometimes performed in steep terrain where surfaces may be uneven, rock, or covered with thick vegetation. Temperatures are frequently extreme, both from weather and fire conditions where the presence of smoke and/or dust conditions are frequently severe. The hazardous nature of the fire suppression work requires that protective clothing (boots, hard hats, etc.) be worn during emergencies. The incumbent exercises a variety of safety practices and precautions for their own safety as well as the safety of others.

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Directs all phases of the fire management program and is responsible for its planning, program direction, coordination and evaluation. Utilizes second level supervisors to direct, coordinate, and oversee the work of the employees in the organization. Exercises significant responsibilities in dealing with officials of other units or organizations, and in advising management officials of higher rank. Coordinates program activities with federal, state, tribal, and local government entities/agencies. Develops, implements and administers grants and agreements. Ensures that all phases of fire and aviation management planning are completed and coordinated with federal, state, tribal, local governments and the public. Negotiates cooperative agreements and resolves difficult and controversial public relations problems. Ensures that the fuels management program is consistent with ecosystem management principles and land use plans. Coordinates and initiates all fire management activates based on firefighter and public safety, cost effectiveness, and values to be protected consistent with resource objectives, by using the full range of strategic and tactical options as described in a approved Fire Management Plan (FMP). Initiates for all wildland fires a Wildland Fire Decision Support System (WFDSS) which is completed and retained for all fires that escape initial attack. May serve as a Contracting Officer Representative (COR). Develops and executes safety management related to fire and aviation.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - 1-5 days a month

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/ICTAP eligible in the local commuting area; and Veteran Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA), Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA)and Veterans more than 30% disabled eligibles

Persons eligible under Special Hiring Authorities, Schedule A and/or individuals with disabilities

Current or former time-limited employees eligible under PL-114-47, Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA).

Questions? This job is open to 5 groups.

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0401 General Natural Resources Management And Biological Sciences

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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 Required
* Background Investigation Required

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


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 GS-09 of the position to be filled.

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

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.

This position has a positive education requirement - applicants must demonstrate that they meet this requirement.

Basic Educational Requirements - Degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position -OR- Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major course of study in biological Sciences, agriculture or natural resources management, chemistry, or at least 24 semester hours in biological sciences, natural resources, wildland fire management, forestry, or agriculture 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 must include all of the fire program management elements as described below: -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 to evaluate the effectiveness of actions taken; and -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: -Land use planning and environmental coordination; -Evaluating prescribed burn plans or fire management plans to ensure fire containment is possible and identification of appropriate suppression 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 -Aviation The above specialized experiences may be evidenced by the following or similar positions: -Unit Fire Program Manager, OR -Wildland Fire Operations Specialist, OR -Prescribed Fire and Fuels Specialist, OR -Prevention and Education Specialist, OR -Initial Attack Lead Dispatcher/Assistant Center Manager, AND -Experience at the Unit Leader Level on a Type I or II incident.

Selective Placement Factors: This position requires a special qualification 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.

The applicant must have possessed all of the following National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) incident management qualifications and training requirements to be considered eligible for this position:

* Primary Core Requirement: Task Force Leader (TFLD) -or- Helibase Manager(HEB1)AND
* Secondary Core Requirement: Incident Commander(ICT3) -or- Single Resource Crew Boss (RXB2) AND
* Completion of M-581 Fire Program Management

This position is subject to the Interagency Fire Program (IFPM) Standard and Guide selective placement factors for an Assistant Fire Management Officer (AFMO). This position requires the following qualifications - Prior firefighting experience, as gained by substantial service in a primary firefighter position or equivalent experience outside the Federal government is a MANDATORY PREREQUISITE for incumbents of this position.

Incident Qualification and Certification System (IQCS) Master Record or other equivalent documentation which verifies you meet the required NWCG qualifications for this IFPM position. Failure to provide this documentation by the closing dated of the announcement will result in you being rated as not qualified.


About Department of the Interior

The Department of the Interior (DOI) is the nation's principal conservation agency. Its mission is to protect America's treasures for future generations, provide access to our nation's natural and cultural heritage, offer recreation opportunities, honor our trust responsibilities to American Indians and Alaska Natives and our responsibilities to island communities, conduct scientific research, provide wise stewardship of energy and mineral resources, foster sound use of land and water resources, and conserve and protect fish and wildlife. Its work affects the lives of millions of people; from the family taking a vacation in a national park to the children studying in Indian schools.