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Job Title:  Laborer (Heavy Duty)
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Bureau of Reclamation
Job Announcement Number:  BR-UC-2012-35 (DE-car)

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$21.03 to $21.03 / Per Hour
Monday, December 17, 2012 to Monday, January 07, 2013
Full-time - Permanent
2 vacancies in the following location(s):
Page, AZ, USView Map
86040View Map

All United States Citizens and Nationals.


Reclamation is a contemporary water management agency. Reclamation is best known for Hoover Dam on the Colorado River, Grand Coulee Dam on the Columbia River and Folsom Dam on the American River.  Today we are the largest wholesaler of water in the country and the second largest producer of hydroelectric power in the western United States.  Visit:

View our DVD titled "Traditions, Talent, and Teamwork" at:

Position is being advertised concurrently under BR-UC-2012-65 (MP-car) for current permanent federal employees serving under a career or career-conditional appointment in the competitive service, reinstatement eligibles, CTAP/ICTAP eligibles, VEOA eligibles-veterans or persons eligible for non-competitive appointment under special appointing authorities (such as 30% Disabled Veterans).

If you are interested in applying under both announcement numbers, you must submit application packages for each.

Reclamation is seeking a career professional looking for an opportunity to capitalize on his/her expertise as a Laborer (Heavy Duty).  You can make a difference by assisting in a wide variety of industrial facility and equipment maintenance functions for the Glen Canyon Field Division. 

Page, AZ:  Population approx 8,000, elev. 4,300 ft.  Moderate, high desert climate.  Adjacent to Lake Powell, 150 miles north of Flagstaff.  High cost of housing, limited rentals.  Excellent schools, adequate medical and shopping facilities, churches of many denominations.  Cable TV available.  Scenic area with year-round boating, fishing, hiking, camping & 4-wheel drive exploring.  Near several national parks and monuments.  The Page, Arizona, area has been rated as one of the top 10 areas to live in for outdoor enthusiasts.

Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid by our agency.  Expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the individual selected.

Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement.


  • U.S. Citizenship or National; Valid State Driver's License is preferred;
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation
  • You must submit a resume and supporting documentation; (See How to Apply)
  • For veterans consideration, submit document(s) under Required documents;
  • You MUST Pass Pre-Employment Physical & Pulmonary Function Test;
  • Must Lift & Carry to 50 lbs, occasionally lift to 100, climb stairs&ladders


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- Incumbent performs a variety of tasks related to the operation and maintenance of facilities associated with the Glen Canyon Dam.

- Assists in the installation of spiral staircases inside the powerplants located at the damsite.

- Performs unskilled maintenance tasks such as: changing light bulbs and door knobs; replacing guard rails; painting buildings, structures, gates, equipment, and other related items.

- Operates and maintains hand tools and operates a chain saw. - Performs general building and grounds maintenance.

- Exerts moderately heavy physical effort, with lifting and carrying heavy objects over 50 pounds and up to 100 pounds.

- Majority of work is accomplished inside a powerplant with exposure to high levels of noise and the usual hazards associated with heavy machinery. Some work is also required to be performed in close, restricted and confined quarters as well as at high heights from suspended scaffolding and motorized man-lifts.

- Must be able to bend, stoop, stand, or kneel for long periods of time.

Working conditions:  Accomplished in and around dams, powerplants, and related facilities with exposure to high levels of noise, moving parts, hazardous materials, and electrical hazards.  Work is also performed outside under prevailing weather and terrain conditions, with some work assignments performed in confined spaces, closed, and restricted quarters and at substantial heights.

Physical effort:  Exerts moderately heavy physical effort which involves lifting and carrying items weighing up to 100 pounds.  Climbing ladders and stairs, walking, standing, kneeling, crawling, or bending for long periods of time may be required in performing maintenance duties.  Work may involve suspending scaffolding and motorized man-lifts at substantial heights and working in closed, restricted quarters and confined spaces.


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Minimum qualifications for trades and labor positions are determined by evaluation of job elements. You must meet the screen-out element(s) by receiving a minimum rating of 2 points on the screen-out element(s) and an average of at least 2 points on all job elements in order to be considered for this position. 

You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement. 


Category rating and selection procedures will be used for evaluating this position.  If you meet the basic qualification requirements, your on-line responses to the vacancy assessment questionnaire will be used to determine the quality and extent of your experience, education, training, etc., for placement in one of the following categories:  1)  Best Qualified, 2) Well Qualified and 3) Qualified.  Qualified candidates will be assigned a numerical score on a scale of 70-100 and Veterans with preference will be placed at the top of their respective category.  The assessment questionnaire will take you approximately 30 minutes to complete.

Applicant’s answers to questions will be verified against information provided in their online resume. Be sure that the resume clearly supports the responses to all the questions by addressing experience, education and/or training relevant to this position.  Applicants must make a fair and accurate assessment of their qualifications.  Applicants who exaggerate or falsify their experience and/or education may be removed from employment consideration.

Applicants will be further evaluated on the following Job Elements through your resume and responses to the online questions:

1. Ability to perform the work of a Heavy Duty Laborer without more than normal supervision (SCREEN-OUT).

2. Ability to follow directions.

3. Knowledge of technical practices.

4. Ability to lift and handle tools.

5. Ability to use appropriate equipment and tools safely.

6. Ability to function as a member of a team.

To preview questions please click here.


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Working for the Bureau of Reclamation offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.  To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit:


REFERENCES:  On your application, please include the names and current phone numbers for at least 3 supervisory references. If any individual is no longer available for contact, you are requested to provide the name and current phone number of another person with the company (team lead, acting supervisor, etc.) that would know your work history.

PHYSICAL EXAMINATION (MEDICAL SCREENING):  If selected, you are required to obtain and successfully pass a pre-employment physical examination and Pulmonary Function Test (PFT) by a licensed physician certifying to your ability to perform the duties of the position. This is not required if a comparable examination was required for placement in your current position and was completed within the last year; however, verifiable documentation of a comparable physical/PFT is required. Periodic (annual or biennial) physical examinations and PFTs are required to be successfully passed for continued employment.
Work involves occasional travel to various powerplants, travel for meetings, training, etc. Driving between facilities within the project is required of the job and is a regular and recurring requirement to accomplish the work; therefore, you will be expected to possess and maintain a valid, State-issued driver's license. There will be occasional overnight travel, up to a week at a time. You will be required to carry a government-issued cell phone and be available for emergency call-outs.

SELECTIVE SERVICE:  If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. For more information visit:

EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY:  The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability and genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.


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Applications (resume and assessment questionnaire) for this vacancy MUST be received online BEFORE midnight Eastern Time (Washington D.C. time) on the closing date of this announcement. When you're ready to apply, click the blue APPLY ONLINE button at the top of the page.  

This vacancy is being announced through Bureau of Reclamation's Hiring System--HireMe.  For more information about the HireMe system and the registration process, visit:  As part of the on-line application process, applicants may be required to submit supporting documents.  Failure to submit the requested supporting documents may result in your not being considered for this position. 

Options for submitting supporting documentation include Auto Requested Fax or uploading from your USAJOBS profile - instructions provided during the online application process.  In addition, you may E-mail your supporting documentation to, fax directly to the HR Office at 801-524-3187, mail to Bureau of Reclamation, Human Resources Office, Attn: UC-552, 125 South State Street, Room 6107, Salt Lake City, UT  84138-1147 OR hand-deliver to 125 South State Street, Room 7402-Human Resources, Salt Lake City, UT. BE SURE TO INCLUDE YOUR NAME AND THE VACANCY NUMBER ON THE SUPPORTING DOCUMENT(S). 

This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us at the phone number shown at the bottom of this page.  The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.


To be considered for this position, applicants are required to submit a resume (with dates of employment, i.e. years and months), an on-line assessment questionnaire, and the following supporting documents, as appropriate:

-- DD-214, CERTIFICATE OF RELEASE FROM ACTIVE DUTY:  If you are entitled to veterans’ preference, you must provide a copy of your DD-214, and you should indicate the type of veterans’ preference you are claiming on your resume.  Your veterans’ preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.

-- For 5-point veterans' preference, submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4 Copy), or an official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.

-- For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation requested by this form.

--For information on veteran's eligibility visit:

--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 SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with their application.  To be considered under CTAP/ICTAP, applicants must be well-qualified, i.e. meet the minimum qualification requirements, including selective factors, education and experience requirements and score at least  on the 90 assessment questionnaire as established, and be able to perform the duties of the position upon entry.  For information on CTAP/ICTAP, visit:


Lyn Lacson
Phone: 801-524-3631
Fax: 801-524-3187
TDD: 1-888-735-5906
Agency Information:
125 S. State St., Room 6107
Attn: UC-552
Salt Lake City, UT
Fax: 801-524-3187


After all application packages have been received, resumes and transcripts will be reviewed to ensure applicants meet the basic qualification requirements.  Each applicant who meets the basic qualifications will be further evaluated on the information provided in the Assessment Questionnaire.  Best-qualified applicants will be referred to the selecting official.  After making a tentative job offer, a suitability and/or security background investigation will be conducted.  A final job offer is typically made within 40 days after the deadline for applications.  Applicants should monitor their status for positions with the Bureau of Reclamation, by regularly checking their public status notifications in their USAJOBS profile.

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