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    This is a Temporary appointment NTE 1039 hours (six months) during the work year. Under this type of appointment, selectee(s) may be eligible for rehire in future seasons. 

    We expect to fill TWO vacancies at this time; however, this announcement may be used to fill additional similar vacancies.

    Full Performance Level: 04

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    Major Duties: 

    Incumbent will perform laboring duties at the Oakland or Magnolia Plantation that require moderately heavy physical effort requiring the use of common hand tools and power equipment. In order to accomplish the laborer duties the incumbent must on a regular and recurring basis also operate light duty motor vehicles weighing up to 10,000 pounds (such as pick-up trucks, panel trucks, flatbed trucks, etc...) to transport personnel, material, or equipment to work sites located on the park.  Operates heavy power equipment such as lawn mowers, chain saws, brush cutters, brush chippers, portable blowers, and all types of hand and light power tools (such as shovels, , picks, digging bars, rakes, lawn edging equipment, electric drills, etc.), to maintain buildings, grounds, roads, trails, etc.

    Loads and unloads supplies and materials from trucks, trailers, dollies, etc. Moves furniture, removes and sets signs, paints picnic tables and signs, rakes and waters lawns, trims trees and shrubbery, picks up litter, cleans and repairs fire pits.

    Digs ditches and trenches with shovel where soil is hard and compact and must grade or slope; occasionally breaks up pavement, soil, or concrete; mixes and pours concrete, mortar; fills and levels holes in trails, grounds, or damaged roads. Moves heavily loaded wheelbarrows and hand trucks; uses heavy type power mowers including adjusting blades, cleaning and oiling. Cuts trees and heavy vegetation with axe, chainsaw/pole chainsaw, or powered brush cutters; stacks logs, lumber, and sacks of cement, etc., or performs other duties requiring similar judgment and comparable physical effort.  Performs janitorial duties for buildings and grounds.  This position may work weekends and holidays.

    ADDITIONAL DUTY LOCATION INFORMATION: Position Location: Cane River Creole National Historic Park, Natchitoches, LA.  Duties frequently performed at Oakland Plantation (Natchez, LA) and Magnolia Plantation (Derry, LA). Please visit http://www.nps.gov/cari for area information.

    For specific area and housing information, or information directly pertaining to vacancy status, contact: Eric Z. Ford, Facility Manager, 318-356-8441.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    3502 Laboring

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    Conditions Of Employment

    • U.S. Citizenship is required
    • Pre-employment background and/or security investigation is required.
    • All supporting documents must be received by the closing date.
    • Social Security Number is required to process your application.
    • Selective Service Requirement (Males born after December 31, 1959 only).
    • Must wear a NPS Uniform
    • Valid State Driver's License.

    Physical demands: The work performed requires the exertion of moderate to very heavy physical effort.  The work involves lifting and moving objects over 60 pounds, and in some cases, carrying 80 to 100 pounds (or more) with assistances.

    Work environment: Outside work is usually performed under all kinds of weather conditions.  Indoor work is often accomplished in office buildings or in well-lighted, heated, and ventilated areas such as warehouses, loading docks, or trade shops.  Frequently exposed to weather and temperature extremes, drafts, noise, dust, and dirt and the possibility of bruises, muscle strains, cuts and scrapes.  Work requires the employee to follow proper safety procedures and use standard safety equipment such as gloves, ear protectors, safety glasses, and steel-toe shoes to avoid possible hazards in the work area.


    Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Job Qualifications System for Trades and Labor Occupations (X-118-C) will be used in determining applicants' qualifications. There is no specific length of training or experience required; however, you must be able to demonstrate through the experience shown in your written resume and your responses to the questionnaire that you possess the competencies to perform the duties of this position without more than normal supervision.  More information on qualification standards can be found at: www.opm.gov/qualifications/X-118c/index.htm.

    Selective Factor (MANDATORY): Ability to do the work of a Laborer (Motor  Vehicle Operating) WG-3502-04 without more than normal supervision (Screen Out)

    ALL qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Additional information on the qualification requirements can be viewed on the OPM web site at: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications


    Additional information

    This position may work weekends and holidays.

    “Travel, transportation and relocation expenses will not be paid.  All travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the sole responsibility of the selected  employee.  

    Government housing is not available.

    Career Transition Program: This program applies to Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed, or employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: 1) meet eligibility criteria for CTAP or ICTAP; 2) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility; and 3) be rated well-qualified for the position. To be well qualified, the evaluation of your resume and supporting documentation must satisfy all qualification requirements for the position and you must score 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position. For information on eligibility criteria and required documentation, go to http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/ctap_guideline.pdf

    Veteran's Preference - If you are claiming Veteran's Preference, you MUST clearly identify your claim on your application and provide specific required evidence such as: DD-214, "Certificate of Release of Discharge from Active Duty", or Standard Form 15 (SF-15), "Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference" and proof requested on the form. Failure to submit appropriate supporting documentation will result in NOT granting Veteran's Preference.    

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Once your complete application is received, we will verify your responses provided in the Assessment Questionnaire against the other supporting application materials you submit, and your final score will be assigned.  Based on applicant scores, the best qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.  You will be notified when referral has been made and what the final outcome. We expect to make a selection within 45 working days of the closing date of this announcement.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Q - Nonsensitive

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    Required Documents

    1. Your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire, and
    2. Your resume or application form and any other supporting documents needed (such as DD-214 (character of service copy) to show Veteran's Preference Eligibility, CTAP/ICTAP documentation and/or transcripts, etc.).
    3. Add any other required documents that are required such as certifications, license, etc.


    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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    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

    Effective January 2015, temporary, seasonal, and intermittent employees on appointments expected to last at least 90 days, and expected to work a schedule of 130 hours or more a calendar month, will be eligible to enroll in a Federal Employee Health Benefit (FEHB) health plan upon notification from their employing office.  Temporary, seasonal, and intermittent employees for whom the expectation of hours of employment changes to meet the above requirement would become eligible to enroll in an FEHB health plan upon notification from their employing office.  Eligible employees who elect to participate will receive the same government contribution as permanent employees and will be responsible for the employee share of the premium while on the official agency roles; the employee share is deducted from bi-weekly earnings.

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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    How to Apply

    YOU MUST FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS BELOW TO APPLY.  Once the basic qualifications have been met, you will be evaluated on the quality and extent of your experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of this position. The evaluation will be based on information you provide in your resume, your answers to the assessment questions for this announcement, and a review of the application material requested as part of this announcement. You must provide information about your experience and/or education that supports the answers you give in the questionnaire, and the requirements for this position.

    Volunteer 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, skills and abilities that can provide valuable training and experience which translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    Please Note: Answers provided for the assessment questionnaire must be substantiated in your application package. Upon review, if it is determined that your work history, knowledge, skills and abilities, narrative responses, and/or supporting documents do not support your answer choices, you may be rated ineligible, not qualified or your score may be modified. Please ensure that your work history and responses provided enough detail to support your answers to the assessment questions.

    The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, December 02, 2016 to receive consideration.

    1. To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
    2. Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
    3. It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
    4. To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
    5. To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete. 
    Applying via fax: You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

    NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible. If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):
    1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 1848022.
    2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144. If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, December 02, 2016 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

    To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:
    1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.
    2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdfimage/opm1203fx.pdf.
    3. Fax all six pages of the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

    Agency contact information

    Chaunita A. Webb


    SER West ASU Servicing Human Resources Office
    HR Office
    2680 Natchez Trace Parkway
    Tupelo, MS 38804
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    Next steps

    Your application will be reviewed to ensure you meet the basic job requirements. In addition, we will evaluate your responses to the attached online Assessment Questionnaire to measure the degree to which your background matches the requirements for the position.
    To preview the Assessment Questionnaire click here View Assessment Questions
    The Assessment Questionnaire is designed to measure your ability in the following competencies needed to successfully perform on the job:

    FACTOR: KSA-2. Ability to safely operate heavy power equipment to maintain grounds and trails per given instructions.

    FACTOR: KSA-3. Ability to follow written instructions or work orders and oral instructions /follows established safety protocol and policies.

    FACTOR: KSA-4. Ability to safely operate and maintain tools and equipment.

    FACTOR: KSA- 5. Ability to safely load and unload materials and equipment as directed.

    FACTOR: KSA-6. Ability to manage vegetation on trails and grounds.

    Basis for rating: Applicants who meet the qualification requirements specified above for this position will be evaluated, and a score assigned, based upon the responses provided on the job specific questionnaire that is required as part of the application process for this position. Applicants who meet the qualification requirements based on responses provided in the Applicant Assessment Questionnaire will be placed in one of three categories: Best-Qualified, Well-Qualified or Qualified. Within these categories, applicants referred to the selecting official that are eligible for Veteran's Preference will receive selection priority over Non-Veterans.

    DO NOT SEND Application materials by mail or email to the HR Office.

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy And gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change in the workplace or the way things are customarily done that provides an equal employment opportunity to an individual with a disability. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) must provide reasonable accommodations:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

Legal and regulatory guidance

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/456679600. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.