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Job Title:Waste Management Services Mechanic - NIAID- MP

Department:Department Of Health And Human Services

Agency:National Institutes of Health

Job Announcement Number:NIH-NIAID-MP-12-634653

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$21.31 to $24.86 / Per Hour


Wednesday, April 4, 2012 to Sunday, April 8, 2012




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy - Hamilton, MT United StatesView Map


Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)


The NIH is the premier biomedical research center for the world.  Its 27 Institutes and Centers employ approximately 18,000 employees doing a vast array of jobs, all supporting efforts for a healthy nation. For information on the NIH mission, goals, and Institutes and Centers, visit NIH Overview.

This position is located in the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID), Division of Intramural Research (DIR), Office of Operations Management (OOM), at the Rocky Mountain Laboratories in Hamilton, Montana.


  • Time in grade met within 30 days of closing date.
  • Position is subject to a background investigation.
  • Position requires Select Agent clearance.
  • Must have a current valid state driver's license.
  • Must obtain and maintain certification as a licensed Incinerator Operator.
  • Must obtain and maintain fork lift operator certification.


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As a Waste Management Services Mechanic, you will perform the following duties and functions:

  • Under the general direction of a senior Waste Management Services Mechanic/ operator-in-charge, operate a Hospital, Medical, Infectious Waste Incinerator (HMIWI) plant.
  • Monitor and adjust controls in response to operational anomalies or malfunctions and provide informational data to the operator-in-charge.
  • Calibrate differential pressures, adjust incinerator settings, calibrate pH monitoring probe and Horiba 4000 series emissions analyzer.
  • Independently perform storage, transfer, and incineration of research waste materials generated in Biosafety Level 4 (BSL4), Biosafety Level 3 (BSL3), and traditional laboratories.
  • Perform hazardous chemical waste collection from numerous laboratories.
  • Handle and dispose of Select Agents and/or materials that may have been exposed to Select Agents.
  • Other duties include assisting with building repairs, operating a front-end loader, and driving a forklift and pickup truck.


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Applicants will be rated in accordance with the OPM Qualification Standard Handbook X-118C. Although a specific length of time and experience is not required for most blue-collar positions, you must meet any screen-out element listed, and show through experience and training that you possess the level of knowledge and skill necessary to perform the duties of the position.

The approved job elements for this occupation are listed as follows:

(1) Ability to do the work of the position without more than normal supervision (SCREEN OUT)

(2) Knowledge of Equipment, Assembly, Installation and Repair, etc.

(3) Ability to operate boilers, chillers and incinerators.

(4) Knowledge of Technical Practices (theoretical, precise, artistic).

(5) Ability to use measuring instruments.

(6) Ability to interpret instructions, specifications, etc (other than blueprints).

(7) Ability to perform work with dexterity and safety.

View Assessment Questions

Males born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with Selective Service.


Evaluation Method


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The federal government offers a comprehensive benefits package including vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.  For more information, check out New Employee Benefits at NIH and OPM's Employee Benefits Information.


You may need to lift and move heavy items up to 100 pounds.

You may need to stand for prolonged periods on concrete floors and walk over rough and uneven terrain.

You may need to bend, stoop, walk, stand, and climb, and work in cramped and tight crawl space.

You may need to open and close large high pressure steam and water valves.

You may need to work in confined spaces (tight boiler passage ways, drums and breeching) and awkward locations.

This position involves regular and recurring exposure to potentially dangerous or hazardous situations and contaminants while working in laboratory areas, chemical transport and storage rooms.  There is potential for exposure to ionizing radiation and chemical and biological agents associated with biomedical research.  There is also potential for exposure to pathogens/disease organisms.

This position requires the handling and disposal of Select Agents and/or materials that may have been exposed to Select Agents.

You will be required to be trained for handling biohazard, chemical, and radioactive materials and to obtain training to fulfill the duties of medical waste incinerator and hazardous material technician.

This position requires completion of a 6 month apprentice program.  You will be required to obtain and maintain certification as a licensed Incinerator Operator, involving 40 hours of initial training with 4 hours of annual training and successful completion of annual examination meeting 40 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 60, Subpart Ec, Section 60.53c certification requirements.

We are unable to pay relocation expenses.

A one-year probationary period may be required upon selection/ placement.

Additional selections may be made through this vacancy announcement.  The National Institutes of Health participates in the USCIS Electronic Employment Eligibility Verification Program ( E-Verify ).  E-Verify helps employers determine employment eligibility of new hires and the validity of their Social Security numbers.  The NIH maintains a tobacco free work environment and campus .


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Submission of a resume alone IS NOT a complete application.   You must provide a complete online Application Package which includes:

  • Your Resume (Please provide sufficient details in your resume to enable us to determine if you meet the requirement for qualifying experience (as stated in the Qualifications section) and to support your answers to the online questionnaire.   Providing insufficient details in your resume may result in a lower or ineligible rating.)  
  • A complete Assessment Questionnaire, View Assessment Questions.
  • Other required supporting documents (See the Required Documents section for any additional forms and/or supplemental materials required.)
  • If you would prefer to submit a Curriculum Vitae (CV) for consideration, you may submit a skeletal online resume and Fax your CV.   Submission of a resume/CV alone IS NOT a complete application.   You must complete the online questionnaire that will appear when you begin your application on USAJOBS.   (See the Required Documents section for any additional forms and/or supplemental materials required.)

To begin the online application process, click the "Apply Online" button at the bottom of this screen to log in to your existing USAJOBS account or to create an account if you do not already have one.

  • Follow the prompts to complete the Assessment Questionnaire. Please ensure you click the "Submit My Answers" button at the end of the process.
  • To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, you must use the fax coversheet found at .    Include the vacancy announcement number for the job to which you are applying, 634653.   Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you have questions or require reasonable accommodation during the application process,  please contact the HR staff member listed below.   If you cannot apply online, these are the steps to follow:

  1. Click the following link to view and print the assessment questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, View Occupational Questionnaire.
  2. Print this 1203-FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire
  3. In Section 25 of the Occupational Questionnaire, you may notice that the numbering restarts with number one. When entering your responses on the 1203-FX form please continue to enter your responses on the next available number within this section. The numbers on the 1203-FX will not match the Occupational Questionnaire once it restarts with number one. This issue has been identified and will be resolved as soon as possible.
  4. Fax the completed 1203-FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203-FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

If you have difficulties with hearing and are seeking assistance, please call a relay operator at 1-800-735-2258 or visit Maryland Relay or AT&T Relay.

For technical difficulties, contact HR Systems Support between 8 AM and 4:30 PM ET Monday through Friday at 301-451-1436 or

Additional Information on How to Apply

Information on Reasonable Accommodation

To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select "My Applications", and click on the "more information" link under the application status for this position.


The following information must be received by 11:59pm on the closing date of the announcement, Sunday, April 08, 2012.  

  1. Resume via USAJOBS.
  2. Responses to online questionnaire.
  3. If applicable, supporting documentation (including DD214 to support Veterans' Employment, CTAP/ICTAP, Schedule A, or other information requested in the announcement such as transcripts). To ensure your information is secure, please block out any Social Security numbers (SSNs). Clean copies may be requested if you are hired.
  4. If submitting a copy of your Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50), or equivalent, submit one that shows the effective date of your current position and the full performance level. You may obtain a copy of your SF-50 from your HR Office or, if you are an HHS employee, from eOPF. If you have separated from Federal Government employment, you may obtain a copy of your SF-50 via: Federal Records Center, National Archives and Records Administration, 111 Winnebago Street, St. Louis, MO 63118-4126 or Email CPR, or visit the National Archives Website.


John Barr
Phone: (406)375-9601
Agency Information:
National Institutes of Health
2115 E Jefferson St
Bethesda, MD


Within 15 business days of the closing date, Sunday, April 08, 2012, you may check your status online at USAJOBS We will update your status after each key stage in the application process has been completed.

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