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Job Title:  Engineering Equipment Operator
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service
Job Announcement Number:  R8-13-810097-MS

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$21.96 to $25.61 / Per Hour
Monday, January 07, 2013 to Friday, January 11, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Delano, CA United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


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As an Engineering Equipment Operator for the Kern National Wildlife Refuge Complex, located in Delano, California, your responsibilities will include conducting water management activities, operating, servicing, and maintaining light and heavy equipment and associated implements, and maintaining and repairing Refuge structures.

For more information about Kern National Wildlife Refuge, visit


  • U.S. Citizenship and Background Investigation
  • Pre-employment and random drug testing
  • Pesticide Applicator's Certificate within 90 days of appointment
  • Must have current Commercial Driver's License
  • Must wear official U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service uniform
  • Pre-employment medical examination


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As an Engineering Equipment Operator, you will help design, plan, organize, carry out, and evaluate a wide variety of construction, rehabilitation, wetland, water control, and levee projects. 

  • Operate and transport a variety of engineering/construction equipment and attachments such as 4 and 8 wheeled tractors, backhoe, excavator, bulldozer, grader, dump truck, forklift, mower, disc, plow, and box scraper.  This equipment is used to: accomplish levee and dirt/gravel road construction; maintain and repair dams, wells, and pumps; disc, plow and mow to achieve wetland management activities; excavate, backfill, grade, level, and spread materials on levees, roads, and water control structures;
  • Conduct water management activities including the operation and adjustment of pumps, installation of water control structures, and the monitoring of flow rates to achieve seasonal wetland and riparian habitat goals.
  • Perform maintenance and minor repairs to engineering/construction equipment, structures, and implements using basic mechanical skills and basic arc and acetylene welding.
  • Coordinate the refuge safety program. Schedule safety meetings and annually update the refuge safety program.
  • Assist with Refuge integrated pest management program, including application of herbicides to control non-native vegetation.  Completes monthly and annual pesticide use reports. Annually completes required training to maintain a valid Pesticide Applicators Certificate.


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You must meet all qualification requirements outlined in this vacancy by 11:59 PM (EST) on the closing date of the announcement.

There is no specific length of training or experience required. However, you must be able to demonstrate through experience shown in your written application materials that you possess the knowledge, skills and ability to successfully perform the work of this Engineering Equipment Operator position as described under Major Duties. Failure to address this adequately in your resume will result in your disqualification for this position.

To be found qualified for this position, your resume must show you have the ability to do the work of an Engineering Equipment Operator without more than normal supervision, to include: 1) conducting water management activities; 2) operating a variety of gasoline or diesel powered engineering or construction equipment with associated implements; 3) performing operator service and maintenance of equipment and implements.

SELECTIVE FACTOR (SCREEN OUT): In addition to the qualifying experience listed above, this position requires applicants to possess a current Commercial Driver's License (CDL) or be able to obtain one prior to employment and submit proof.

OTHER KEY REQUIREMENTS (conditions of employment)

Valid driver's license.
Direct deposit of salary payment.

Initial probationary period.
Must apply for Government travel charge card if expected to travel on official business.
Physical Effort: Heavy physical effort is required in the operation of equipment and attachments.  Considerable strain may be caused by the constant vibration of equipment.  Location of the controls and attachments frequently require working in awkward and strained positions.

Working Conditions: Work is done in and around standing and running water in all types of weather.  Operator is subject to noise, vibration, dust, and fumes from machinery.  A variety of safety gear will be worn as appropriate and may include eye and hearing protection, hard hat, coveralls, respirator mask, and gloves.


Your application will be evaluated and rated under the Category Rating and Selection Procedures.

If you meet the minimum qualifications for this job, your evaluation will be based on a review of your complete application package and the extent to which your responses to the Questionnaire relate to the knowledge, skills and abilities listed below:

  • Ability to do the work of an Engineering Equipment Operator without more than normal supervision (Screen out).
  • Possession of a Commercial Driver's License (Screen Out).
  • Ability to operate engineering/construction equipment.
  • Knowledge of work practices pertaining to operation of engineering/construction equipment.
  • Ability to interpret and follow directions.
  • Ability to safely operate engineering/construction equipment.

We will then place you in one of three categories:
Qualified:  Meets minimum qualifications established for the position, but fails to meet the benchmark definition for the Well Qualified category
Well Qualified:  Demonstrates overall competency in the knowledge, skills, and abilities of the position.
Best Qualified:  Demonstrates high proficiency and comprehensive level of knowledge, skills, and abilities of the position. 

Please make sure that your responses to the questionnaire are supported in your resume. Also, follow all instructions carefully as errors and omissions may affect your score.

Note: If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is apparent in your description of experience and/or education, OR that your application is incomplete, you may be rated ineligible, not qualified, or your score may be lowered.

Application of Veterans’ Preference: Category rating and selection procedures place those with veterans’ preference above non-preference eligibles within each category. Veterans who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent are listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-9 grade level or higher.



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The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees.  For more information about these benefits, please visit

Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses WILL NOT be paid by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Any moving expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee.



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Your complete Application Package must be received by 11:59 PM (EASTERN STANDARD TIME) Friday, January 11, 2013.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

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

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following link  The vacancy ID for this job is 810097. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot apply online:

1. Click the following link to view and print the Occupational Questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, and

2. Print this OPM Form 1203-FX  to provide your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire, and

3. 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.


Ensure your application materials DO NOT include your date-of-birth or contain photograph(s).

For this job announcement, the following documents are required:

1) 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.
2) Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire.
3) Veteran’s documentation (Member 4 copy of DD-214, or equivalent, SF-15  and VA letter, as appropriate), if applicable.
4) Proof of eligibility for priority placement as a surplus or displaced Federal employee under the Career Transition Assistance Program / Interagency Career Transition Program, if applicable.  CTAP/ICTAP applicants who meet the definition of well-qualified will be referred.  See

If you do not submit all the required materials, we will not be able to fully process your application, and you may lose consideration for this position.  No additional information will be solicited or accepted after the closing date.

If you have any problems submitting your application, contact the online help at

If you have questions about the vacancy, contact Human Resources at the phone number or email address listed below and reference R8-13-810097-MS.


Mary Anne Szulist
Phone: (503)231-6136
Agency Information:
US Fish and Wildlife Service Oregon
911 NE 11th Ave
Portland, OR


After you've successfully submitted the online Occupational Questionnaire, you will automatically receive an e-mail acknowledging receipt.

After the vacancy closes, your application will be reviewed. Within approximately 20 business days, we will notify you of your rating and/or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.

REMINDER: It is your responsibility to maintain access to your e-mail account; undelivered e-mails may cause you to lose consideration or not receive information about your application. Be sure to include your full name and vacancy number (R8-13-810097-MS) in any inquiries regarding this job. Let us know if your contact information changes, or you decide you no longer wish to be considered for the position. If we're unable to contact you, or you do not respond to requests for information, it may be grounds for not selecting you

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