Bureau of Land Management Recruiting in
Positions include Field Managers, Smokejumpers and Fire Dispatchers. The
Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is hiring in a variety of occupations. There are
currently 60 job openings at BLM throughout the nation.
Focusing on renewable energy, safe and responsible mineral development, outdoor
recreation and other key priorities, the President’s budget has requested $1.2
billion in appropriations for the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land
Management for fiscal year (FY) 2014. The request, announced earlier this year,
represents a $32.6 million or 2.9 percent increase over the Agency’s
congressionally enacted FY 2012 budget.
The BLM is responsible for carrying out a variety of programs for the management
and conservation of resources on 253 million surface acres as well as 700
million acres of subsurface mineral deposits. These public lands make up about
13 percent of the total land surface of the United States and more than 40
percent of all land managed by the Federal government.
The following are some of the current career openings with the BLM.
• Field Manager GS-0340
• Smokejumper GS-0462
• Forestry Technician GS-0462
• Fire Logistics Dispatcher GS-2151
• Fire Dispatcher GS-0455
Some Current Job Openings
in the BLM typically serve as the focal point for providing
leadership, motivation, direction, and decisions required to implement and carry
out multiple use and ecosystem management of resources consistent with Bureau
and Departmental Policies. Incumbent will be responsible for overall program
direction, execution and review of all activities within the Field Office.
at the GS-05 level receives training in the use of parachutes
in jumping over forest and mountainous terrain landing in open areas, rough
terrain or timber. Upon landing, they act as firefighters in the suppression of
fires using a variety of hand tools, chain saws, portable pumps and other
equipment in suppressing fires. They extinguish hot spots; build fire lines and
other actions to suppress fires.
parachute into rugged terrain and performs fire
suppression and related duties. Maintain smokejumper and firefighting equipment,
tools, and supplies. Repair, pack, and maintain parachutes and related
equipment. Perform wildland fire suppression and prescribed fire operations
safely and effectively in accordance with identified appropriate management
Fire Logistics Dispatchers
provide a wide range of fire dispatch support
functions, such as: 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, and records and
maintains communication logs.
provide a wide range of fire dispatch support functions;
including mobilization, demobilization, and logistics support. This involves the
movement of aircraft, personnel and equipment in accordance with local dispatch
mobilization guides and planning documents.
Qualifications for these jobs are as follows:
qualifications are as follows:
For GS-13: One (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the
next lower grade level (GS-12) in the Federal service. Specialized experience
examples: experience in public lands natural resource multiple use management;
experience supervising energy and minerals development; experience providing
leadership, motivation, direction and decisions required to implement and carry
out multiple use and ecosystem management within an organization containing a
variety of resources; or other directly related experience.
at the GS-05 level must meet at least one of the following
AND the Selective Factor:
- One (1) year of specialized work experience equivalent to the GS-04 level
duties. Examples include on-the-line wildland fire experience in forest/range
fire control, prevention or suppression work as a skilled wildland firefighter,
utilizing a variety of specialized wildland fire tools and equipment. OR
- successful completion of a 4 year course of study above high school leading to
a bachelor's degree with either 1. a major study in forestry, range management
or agriculture; or a subject matter field directly related to the position; OR
2. at least 24 semester hours in any combination of the following courses:
forestry, agriculture, crop or plant science, range management or conservation,
wildlife management, watershed management, soil science, natural resources
(except marine biology and oceanography), outdoor recreation management, civil
or forest engineering, or wildland fire science. No more than 6 semester hours
of mathematics is creditable. The level of the course work must have been
equivalent to at least the junior- and senior-year levels of a baccalaureate
- a combination of education and experience that is directly related to the work
of this position.
To qualify for the
GS-05 grade level, 1 year of
specialized experience equivalent to GS-04 is required. Examples of work
experience include, but are not limited to: wildland fire suppression as a
member of a handcrew, a helitack crew, or an engine crew.
Fire Logistics Dispatcher
applicants must meet at least one of the
- One (1) year of general experience; OR
- 2 years of education above the high school level, (60 semester/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
- an equivalent combination of the education and experience above.
To qualify for
GS-04, incumbent must meet at least one of
the following AND the Selective Factor:
- 6 months of general work experience, which can be any work experience AND 6
months of specialized work experience equivalent to the GS-03 level duties.
Examples of specialized work experience include working in any type of dispatch
office; performing dispatch related work. OR
- 2 years of education above the high school level which included at least 12
semester hours in any combination of the following courses: forestry,
agriculture, crop or plant science, range management or conservation, wildlife
management, watershed management, soil science, natural resources (except marine
biology and oceanography), outdoor recreation management, civil or forest
engineering, or wildland fire science. No more than 3 semester hours of
mathematics is creditable toward this requirement; OR
- an equivalent combination of the education and experience specified above.
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