- Grand Canyon, Arizona
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Summary This position is located in Grand Canyon National Park; Fire and Aviation Management (FAM) Division in Grand Canyon Village AZ. The incumbent implements various programs through a subordinate staff at the planning and operational levels to include but not limited to: Helicopter operational planning; Contract administration; Fire management; Search and rescue; Helicopter training and Safety. For additional questions about this position contact Jeremiah Boyd at …@nps.gov. Responsibilities Functions as the Contracting Officers Representative (COR) for the parks exclusive-use helicopter contracts. Provides leadership in advanced fire management and command positions such as an incident commander aerial operations supervisor and prescribed fire burn boss as an aerial resource in the park zone and region. Works with a variety of complex technical problems relating to fire weather smoke management fire behavior and computer fire modeling. Coordinates with the Parks Branch Chief of Emergency Services to develop effective and safe programs for accomplishing helicopter involved medevac and search and rescue missions. Provides leadership and direction to search and rescue personnel on operational missions by evaluating and analyzing the risk associated with the helicopter operations. Manages all aerial operations through appropriate risk management while following agency policies and procedures. Ensures that helicopter facilities and operations programs are maintained and managed within the scope of agency standards. Manages complex aviation budgets for several wildland fire incidents search and rescue operations and emergency preparedness or severity accounts. Ensures that adequate review analysis and reporting are completed after incidents/accidents/near misses. Manages a unique training program that develop safe and experienced helicopter crew members and helicopter managers. Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications In order to qualify you must meet the eligibility and qualifications requirements as defined below by the closing date of the announcement. For more information on the qualifications for this position visit the Office of Personnel Managements General Schedule Qualification Standards. To receive consideration for this position you must provide updated required documents and meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For more information on the qualifications for this position go to: Transportation Specialist Series 2101 (opm.gov) Credit will be given for all appropriate qualifying experience. Your resume MUST clearly indicate the nature of the duties and responsibilities for each position starting and ending dates of employment (month/year) and must reflect full and/or part-time or total number of hours worked (i.e. work 40+ hours a week rather than indicating full-time). If part-time the hours must be annotated to be able to pro-rate the amount qualified specialized experience. Basic Qualification Requirements: Undergraduate and Graduate Education: Major study — accounting business administration business or commercial law commerce economics engineering finance industrial management statistics traffic management transportation motor mechanics or other fields related to the position. OR Experience that demonstrated a knowledge of the transportation function(s) of the position. In addition to the requirements described above the following additional education and/or experience are required for the grade specified. For the GS-11 level: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-9 grade level; OR Successful completion of at least a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree 3 full years of progressively higher- level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M. You must include transcripts. OR Successful completion of a combination of education and experience as described above. You must include your resume with hours worked per week annotated as well as transcripts. Examples of specialized experience are: Developed strategies and tactics to implement effective aircraft fire suppression operations; ensured helicopter facilities and operations programs are maintained and managed within the scope of agency standards; managed complex aviation issues in the fire program operations related to wilderness program implementation and overflight restrictions; served as a Contracting Officers Representative (COR) or Contracting Officers Technical Representative(COTR) for exclusive-use helicopter contracts aircraft rental agreements on-call helicopter contracts; provided program training of Helitack crew as well as others involved in aerial fire management missions; provided leadership in the fire and aviation safety program. This position has been identified as one of the key fire management positions under the Interagency Fire Program management (IFPM) Standard. This position requires selectee to meet the minimum qualification standards for IFPM prior to being placed into the position. For more information on IFPM click here. Selective Factors: Successfully completed the Primary NWCG Core qualification Requirements of: Helicopter Manager (HMGB) AND Helibase Manager (HEBM) AND Incident Commander Type 4 (ICT4) AND 90 Days WLFF experience In order to be considered for this position copies of your Incident Qualification and Certification System (IQCS) Master Record (or equivalent training documents) which contain documented proof of the certification or attainment of the IFPM Selective Placement Factor for this position MUST be attached to your application. Red cards are not acceptable documentation. Currency Requirement: Required to maintain currency once hired into the position. Currency of NWCG qualifications is not required for selection. If not currently qualified the applicant must provide documented evidence that they have been fully qualified in the past and are able to regain currency within one year of being hired. Failure to provide this documentation will result in disqualification. Secondary Firefighter Retirement Coverage – Candidates must possess a minimum of 90-days of wildland firefighting experience gained through fire line work in containment control suppression or use of wildland fire. You must clearly demonstrate this experience in your resume including the months days and hours per week at which the work was performed in order to be considered. 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. 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 fires as follows: Wildfire: Unplanned ignitions or prescribed fires that are declared wildfires. Prescribed Fires: Planned ignitions. This description includes only fireline 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. This is a secondary-administrative firefighter position under the special retirement provisions of 5 U.S. C. 8336 (c) (CSRS) and 5 U. S. C. 8412 (d) (FERS). PLEASE NOTE: Applicants may meet qualification requirements but may not be eligible for special retirement coverage. If such an applicant is selected they will be placed in the regular retirement system. FERS TRANSITION REQUIREMENT: To be eligible for Secondary retirement coverage under FERS an employee must: 1) transfer directly (without a break in service exceeding 3 days) from a primary position to a secondary position AND 2) complete 3 years of service in a primary rigorous position including any such service during which no FERS deductions were withheld AND 3) must be continuously employed in a secondary position(s) since moving from a primary rigorous position except for any break in employment from a secondary position that began with involuntary separation (not for cause). It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure this office has enough information to determine your special retirement status to ensure you do not lose benefits (normally through submission of your work history or other documentation that demonstrates work history of approved covered positions). You must let this office know if you are in a Primary coverage position. Education To qualify based on education you must submit a legible copy of transcripts from an accredited institution with your name school name credit hours course level major(s) and grade-point average or class ranking. Transcripts do not need to be official but if you are selected for this position and you used your education to qualify you must provide official transcripts before you begin work. If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet qualification requirements you must show that your education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) OR Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): CTAP/ICTAP provides placement assistance to permanent Federal employees who are surplus displaced or involuntarily separated. Applicants claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit a copy of their most recent performance appraisal proof of eligibility and most current SF50 noting position grade level duty location with their application. To be considered under CTAP/ICTAP applicants must be qualified (i.e. meet the minimum qualification requirements including any selective placement factors; education and experience requirements) and be able to perform the duties of the position upon entry. For Information on CTAP and ICTAP visit: Career Transition (opm.gov) Additional Information This notice is being issued to recruit personnel to occupations for which a critical hiring need has been identified. To assist in filling these positions OPM has granted the Department of the Interior "Direct Hire Authority". A selectee receiving a first appointment to the Federal Government (Civil Service) is entitled only to the lowest step of the grade for which selected The display of a salary range on this vacancy shall not be construed as granting an entitlement to a higher rate of pay. A Recruitment Incentive of up to 25% of Annual Salary May Be Authorized for a newly selected employee when appointed to a permanent temporary or term position. A Federal employee who is transferring to the National Park Service from another component bureau or Federal agency and who does not meet the conditions under 5 CFR 575.102 is not eligible for a recruitment incentive. A Relocation Incentive of up to 25% of Annual Salary May Be Authorized for a Federal employee when the employee must move as directed by the National Park Service (NPS) either through a management directed reassignment or selection for employment to a different location at least 50 miles away from the one where his/her position of record held at time of selection is currently located due to a need of the NPS. A relocation incentive is not the same as a Permanent Change of Station (PCS) move and as such may be granted in conjunction with one another. This announcement may be used to fill additional positions if identical vacancies occur within 90 days of the issue date of the referral certificate. Physical Demands: The Helicopter Program Officer is required to meet the firefighter physical fitness qualifications associated with this type of work. Duties involve fieldwork requiring above average physical fitness and endurance. 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. The work involves long shifts and complex decision making and may involve extended periods of time away from home. 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. Working Conditions: The work is performed at remote locations airstrips helibases unimproved helispots and park or forest environments of extreme high and lo temperatures steep terrain high elevation and uneven work surfaces. Due to the mission requirements of low-level flight in mountainous terrain firefighting and incident support the position is subject to substantial hazards on a regular and recurring basis. The work involves exposure to potentially dangerous situations caused by uncontrolled fires numerous aircraft being flown in close proximity and mountain terrain. Errors could be catastrophic and result in serious injury or death. Other hazards include hazardous material handling exposure to carbon monoxide dust smoke debris and noise and use of mechanical or motorized equipment. Work will be performed at times when there is poor air quality due to fires or smog.
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