Department of the Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service
This announcement is being advertised concurrently under R8-19-10328462-DS-MP for current and former federal employees and those eligible for other appointment types. You must apply to each announcement separately if you wish to be considered under both recruitment methods.
As the Maintenance Mechanic for the Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex, you will operate heavy equipment and perform a wide variety of work to manage and restore habitats and infrastructure at the refuge complex.
The Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex includes Humboldt Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Lanphere Dunes, and Castle Rock National Wildlife Refuge. The work at this refuge complex is challenging and diverse and performed in conjunction with a wide variety of partners. As the Maintenance Mechanic for the complex, your duties will include:
Equipment Maintenance and Repair: Repair heavy equipment and vehicles by cleaning or replacing worn or defective parts, perform tune-ups and replace seals, rings, filters, hoses and other engine components.
Equipment Operation: Operate heavy equipment such as agricultural tractors, backhoes, skid steers, wheeled loaders, road graders, excavators and bulldozers to move materials, manage wildlife habitat, maintain or improve roads, replace water control structures, etc.
Maintain and Repair Electrical Systems including lighting and power fixtures, wiring, fire or water alarm systems and emergency power systems. Work is checked by a certified electrician to ensure compliance with local codes.
Use welding to assemble or repair items using rivets, bolts, seaming, welds, solders etc. and to perform such duties as creating platforms with railings, steps and braces.
Ensure safe practices are followed in all duties including handling, labeling and disposing of hazardous materials, use of tools and work methods, operation of equipment and the use of safety equipment such as safety glasses, steel-toed boots, respirators, hard hats and various types of protective gloves.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel off-site to other refuges for up to three weeks each year to assist with Maintenance Action Projects.
Job family (Series)
4749 Maintenance Mechanic
Conditions of Employment
Must be a U.S. Citizen or National
Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply)
Suitability for employment, as determined by background investigation
Drug testing position
Official U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service uniform required
May be required to successfully complete a probationary period
Possess and maintain or obtain and maintain a Class A Commercial Driver?s License
Required to apply pesticides to control invasive plant species under the supervision of a certified pesticide applicator
Valid State Drivers License is required
By the closing date of this announcement, you must meet the requirements of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Handbook X118C, Job Qualification System for Trades and Labor Occupation.
Although no specific amount of experience, education or training is required, applicants must meet a minimum level of ability in relation to the position and the Assessment Questionnaire in order to be rated qualified for consideration. To be qualified candidates must meet any screen out element(s) listed at an "acceptable" level, and must achieve an average rating of at least "acceptable" on all of the elements. Only education, training, or experience acquired before the closing date will be considered.
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.
Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): These programs apply to employees who have been or may be involuntarily separated (e.g. reduction in force, declining to relocate/transfer outside their local commuting area) from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: (1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; (2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of at least 85; and, (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility (e.g., Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal or Removal Notice; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; or Removal and most recent performance appraisal.). For more information visit: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/
To register or verify your registration go to the Selective Service System at https://www.sss.gov/RegVer/wfRegistration.aspx
FWS has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework only during an emergency or natural disaster.
We may use this announcement to fill additional vacancies within 90 days of the closing date.
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.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
All applicants tentatively selected for this position will be required to submit to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment.
You must possess and maintain a valid State driver's license at all times during your tenure.
Wearing FWS Uniform is required
Possess and maintain or obtain and maintain a Class A Commercial Driver's License.
Required to travel off-site to other refuges for up to three weeks each year to assist with Maintenance Action Projects.
If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application: https://help.usastaffing.gov/Apply/index.php?title=Alternate_Application_Information.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Once the announcement has closed, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the basic qualification requirements listed on this announcement. If you meet the basic qualifications your resume and supporting documentation will be compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience which resulted in you being listed in the highest quality category, you may lose consideration, or be assigned to a lower quality category for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully when applying, errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.
Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):
ABILITY TO DO THE WORK OF THE POSITION WITHOUT MORE THAN NORMAL SUPERVISION (Screen out)
HEAVY EQUIPMENT OPERATION, MAINTENANCE AND REPAIR
TECHNICAL PRACTICES (PLUMBING, CARPENTRY, WELDING, AND ELECTRICAL)
USE AND MAINTAIN TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT
KNOWLEDGE OF MATERIALS
All qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category. The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position. The category ratings for this position are:
The Category Rating Process does not add veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three" but protects the rights of Veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each quality category. Veterans' preference eligibles who meet the basic qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent will be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-09 level or higher).
If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must attach a copy of your DD-214 showing you were honorably discharged. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must attach an SF-15," Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" in addition to the proof required by that form.
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:
Resume or Application. At a minimum, your resume MUST contain job title (include job series and grade, if federal), duties, starting and ending dates (month and year), hours worked per week, and salary. USAJOBS has a template to ensure a complete resume. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8YX7o1PBoFk
Other supporting documents:
Cover Letter, optional
Official or unofficial College Transcript(s), if the position has education requirements, or if you are using your education to qualify. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. A copy of your official transcripts will be required if you are selected. 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 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. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html
Veterans' Preference documentation, if applicable (e.g., DD-214 Member Copy 4 showing type of discharge/character of service, SF-15 Form and related documentation, VA letter, etc.)
If applicable, documentation/proof that you are eligible Career Transition Assistance Program/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program documentation, if applicable (e.g., Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; and most recent performance appraisal.)
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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