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Job Title:  Water Treatment Plant Operator
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  National Park Service
Job Announcement Number:  AZSHRO 13-044 DEU

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$23.54 to $27.45 / Per Hour
Thursday, January 17, 2013 to Thursday, February 07, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
Few vacancies in the following location:
Page, AZ United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


Experience your America and build a fulfilling career by joining the National Park Service. Become a part of our mission to unite our past, our cultures and our special places, to establish important connections to the present and build a rich and lasting legacy for future generations. For more information about the National Park Service, click National Park Service.

WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: This announcement is being advertised under delegated examining procedures and is open to all U.S. citizens. The vacancy is concurrently advertised under merit promotion procedures under announcement number AZSHRO 13-019 MP. Candidates who wish to be considered under both procedures must apply and submit complete application packages to both vacancies.

This is a permanent Full-time appointment.

Area Information:  Lee's Ferry is a tiny settlement next to the Colorado  River at the end of a side road 6 miles from ALT US 89. Lee's Ferry is probably best known today as the launching area for river rafting trips through the Grand Canyon gorge.  Lee's Ferry offers a ranger station, campground, launch ramp, courtesy dock, fish-cleaning station and access to 15 miles of the Colorado River (upriver only).  A restaurant, service station, post office and store are available at the town of Marble Canyon on Highway 89A, 3.5 miles south of Lee's Ferry. Temperatures can be extreme, ranging from 0 degrees F in the winter to 110 degrees F in the summer.  Complete medical, dental and shopping services are available in Page, Arizona (45 miles west) or Kanab, Utah (85 miles southeast).  Occupancy of government quarters is required.  Contact housing officer, Candy Poulson, at 982-603-6342 for further information. 


  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication.
  • Must pass a pre-employment drug test and is subject to random drug testing.
  • Must be able to obtain a Class A Commercial Drivers License.


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Operates and maintains a water treatment plant capable of supplying up to 100 GPM, conventional and package filtration media, high lift pumps, a 175,000 gallon elevated water storage tank, 100 GPM water intake pumps, various sizes and types of water distributions system piping, various types and sizes of water pumps, valves, pressure regulators and backflow devices. Records daily and monthly readings of water treatment plant operation. Operates and maintains eight wastewater collection and treatment systems. Others duties will include plumbing, electrical, painting, and janitorial work. 

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The incumbent must be able to lift, push, pull and carry a variety of tools and equipment; must be able to handle items/materials weighing up to 100 pounds. Is responsible to request assistance or use appropriate equipment when lifting/moving items, to avoid injury to self or others or damage to materials/equipment, etc. Does considerable walking, standing, bending, kneeling, stretching, climbing, crawling and working in confined spaces and tiring positions. Required to climb 120' high water tower as many as ten times per year.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: Works inside and outside in all types of weather, with temperatures ranging from 100+ degrees Fahrenheit in the summer to mid-teens in the winter. Works in and around open bodies of water (e.g. river, lake, sewer lagoons and water clarifier). Is exposed to waves and wind. Will be exposed regularly to temperatures in excess of 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Works with dangerous chemicals while performing operation, maintenance and evaluation of water and wastewater systems. Operates a variety of motor vehicles and equipment including inboard and outboard boats. Works with and around power driven tools and hand tools; a variety of pumps, meters and valves; greases; oils; paints; thinners and solvents. May be exposed to infectious diseases, electrical shocks, cuts and bruises. Personal protective clothing and equipment is available and must be worn when warranted. Must wear personal flotation device (PFD) while working on or near water. May be required to fly as a passenger in light aircraft. Will be called upon for emergency duty.


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All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement, Thursday, February 07, 2013.  Qualifying experience may be obtained in the private or public sectors.  

Applicants must be physically fit and, as required in Office of Personnel Management Qualifications Handbook X-118C, must possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities of the elements listed in Section 25 of the Online Occupational Questionnaire to perform the duties of the position at the level for which they are applying. A specific length of time and experience is not required; however you must be able to demonstrate the rough experience shown in your written application, that you possess sufficient knowledge, skill and ability to perform the duties of the position without more than normal supervision.

Examples of experience for this position include: performing journeyman level work with all water and waste water operator duties to include troubleshooting, repairs and replacement of wastewater lift station systems, water pressure pumps, systems and controls; perform water and waste water distribution functions which include water testing, reporing, monitoring, and routine preventative maintenance, etc; Other duties include: carpentry or woodworking jobs, comletion of special rehabilitation and construction projects, installing cabinets and hinges on cabinets, cutting and nailing boards, and building concrete frames without assistance. I have painted interior and exterior surfaces. Performed major and minor electrical installations or repairs, such as repair lift station pump controls, water system pump controls, replacing fuses and light bulbs, and installing light switches without assistance, pull wire and install conduit and electric boxes. Performed plumbing work, such as replacing washers in faucets and unclogging sinks, install plumbing lines for new facilities, replace existing lines, install sinks, toilets, and faucets. As well as serviced and maintain waste water lift pumps and water pressure and treatment systems without assistance. Performed janitorial services, including cleaning sinks, toilets, sweeping and mopping floors, and insuring that there are adequate supplies of soap, towels and toilet paper for a public restroom. Performed general landscaping and grounds maintenance such as cutting grass with push/riding mowers, weed eaters and pruners. As well as repair, replace, and install irrigation systems. 

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. You must meet level 2 on the screen out factor/element and an average of level 2 on all factors/elements.


1. If new to Federal Civil Service, you will be required to serve a probationary period of 1 year.

2. National Park Service (NPS) uniformed position. Employee will be required to wear a uniform and comply with NPS uniform standards. A uniform allowance will be provided to defray the cost of the uniform.

3.  Applicants must possess a valid state driver's license. This position requires that you operate a government (or private) motor vehicle as part of your official duties. A valid State driver's license is required. As a condition of employment, you will be required to submit a completed GSA Form 3607, Motor Vehicle Operator's License and Driving Record. You must also submit (within a State sealed envelope or submitted directly by the State authorities), and at your own expense, all certified driving records from all States that discloses all valid driver's licenses, whether current or past, possessed by you. If you are tentatively selected for employment in this position, you will be required to complete GSA Form 3607 and submit the above State issued documents. Your employment, after your tentative selection, will be contingent upon receipt of these documents in a timely manner and that those documents establish, to the satisfaction of the selecting official, that you possess a valid driver's license.

4. Incumbent is required to obtain a valid Arizona Water Treatment 2, Water Distribution 1, Wastewater Collection 1, and Backflow Tester certification within one year of entrance of duty.

5. Must obtain a valid Class A Arizona Commercial Drivers License (CDL) with Hazardous Materials and Tanker endorsements within six months of entrance of duty.


Your rating will be based on your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume. The assessment questions relate to the following competencies that are required to perform the work of this position.
Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics).  

  • Ability to do the work of a Water Treatment Plant Operator without more than normal supervision (Screen-out)
  • Ability to Maintain and repair water and wastewater treatment systems and equipment.
  • Dexterity and Safety
  • Ability to use and maintain tools and equipment.
  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions.
  • Knowledge of all materials used in carpentry, plumbing, electrical and general maintenance work. (i.e. painting, carpentry,  janitorial, etc.

Category rating procedures will be used to rate and rank candidates. Candidates will be ranked into 3 categories:
Category Group I (Best Qualified) - applicants who possess experience and/or education that well exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position, including all selective factors and all quality ranking factors. Applicants considered best qualified must be highly proficient in all requirements of the job and be able to perform effectively in the position. 
Category Group II (Well Qualified) - applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the requirements of the job.
Category Group III (Qualified) - applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all of the requirements of the job.

VETERANS PREFERENCE: Veterans Preference applies to category rating. Within each quality category, veteran's preference eligibles are listed first, including CP, CPS, XP, and TP. In addition, veterans who have a 10% or more service-connected compensable disability (CP or CPS) are placed at the top of the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 level or above or if they fail to meet positive education requirements, training, selective placement factor, etc.). Applicants referred are listed on the selection certificate alphabetically (veteran's preference eligibles before non-veterans) without scores.

Order of Consideration:  Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications required by the position will be considered in the following order:   (1) best qualified applicants entitled to 10-point veterans' preference who have a compensable service-connected disability of 10 percent or more (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 level or above or if they fail to meet positive education requirements, training, selective placement factor, etc.), best qualified applicants entitled to 10-point or 5-point veterans' preference, and then all other best qualified applicants, (2) well qualified applicants entitled to 10-point or 5-point veterans' preference and then all other well qualified applicants, (3) qualified applicants entitled to 10-point or 5-point veterans' preference and then all other qualified applicants.


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The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees.  Such as: Flexible Spending Accounts; Health Insurance; Leave; Life Insurance; Long Term Care Insurance; Retirement Program


1. CTAP/ICTAP: If you are an eligible Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) applicant you may apply for special selection over other candidates for this position. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 90 or above on the rating criteria for this position. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must submit one of the following as proof of eligibility for the special selection priority: a separation notice; a "Notice of Personnel Action" (SF-50) documenting separation; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; OR a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456. For additional information go to

2. If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.

3. If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must attach legible a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must attach an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form. You must submit the required documentation to verify/confirm your claim, or you will NOT be given veteran's preference. Additional veteran's information is found at

4. You can apply for a non-competitive appointment if you meet the basic eligibility requirements and you are eligible for special appointment such as those authorized for the severely disabled; certain Vietnam era and disabled veterans; returned volunteers from the Peace Corps or Vista, etc. Please indicate the type of special appointment you are seeking, if any, on your application and follow all other instructions for applying shown in this announcement. For additional information regarding Schedule A appointment eligibility visit:

5. Relocation expenses may be paid if the person selected for the position is from outside the local commuting area and is otherwise eligible for reimbursement of relocation expenses under the current Federal Travel Regulations; however, there will be no guaranteed home sale. Expenses may be limited in some cases if new to the government.

6. Number of Vacancies: This announcement may be used to fill additional similar vacancies if necessary.

7. NOTE: Applicants must submit their application packages electronically or by fax. Applications/resumes and supporting documentation sent by mail (including email) WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

Applicants are advised that a variety of public facilities such as schools, public libraries, state employment offices and regional job centers provide access to computers at no charge. Help may also be available to targeted groups through a variety of public assistance agencies.


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes:

1.Your Resume - We encourage you to use the USAJobs online resume builder to ensure that all required information is in your resume.  If you choose to use your own resume make sure it lists all of the required information needed.
2.A complete Occupational Questionnaire
3.Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below)

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, February 07, 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.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 826822. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

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.

Note:  If you receive an email stating that there was a technical problem uploading your documents, you should fax the applicable documentation to OPM at 478-757-3144.  Be sure to use the fax cover sheet that was linked in the vacancy announcement, include the appropriate Office Code (JY) and VIN (six digit code) so that the fax is processed properly and promptly. For further questions regarding applying online or by fax, please contact OPM at

If you cannot apply online:

1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire and
2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire and
3. Fax 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.
Note: If you are only submitting supporting documents see the Submitting Documents instruction in Step 2 below.


Step 2

  • Resume -- We encourage you to use the USAJobs online resume builder to ensure that all required information is in your resume.  If you choose to use your own resume make sure it lists all of the required information needed (including hours per week worked and month and year of employment).
    Transcripts -- if qualifications are based on education
  • Qualifications -- example, typically used for licenses or other documents that attest to the qualifications of the applicant.
  • Veterans Preference documentation -- Legible copy of DD-214 that shows honorable discharge, VA letter dated 1991 or later, SF-15 plus proof required by that form, if applicable.
  • Response to Assessment Questionnaire
  • Miscellaneous -- any supporting document that does not already have its own type listed

DO NOT SEND PHOTOGRAPHS.  Any resumes with these attachments cannot be forwarded to the hiring official.

Submitting Documents: If you upload your documents using Application Manager, DO NOT FAX the same documents. To verify uploaded documents have been processed, please wait one hour to ensure they have cleared the virus scan. You can verify that your uploaded documents are attached to your application by checking the Details tab of your Application Manager account for this vacancy announcement. Your documents will display under the Details tab in the Document area.


Faxed documents will take 2-3 business days to process. To fax documents, you MUST use the special cover page. Print the pre-populated fax cover page at  When faxing documents, follow the procedures outlined below.  

Include the 8-character Vacancy Identification Number 826822

  • Provide your Social Security Number and full name in the spaces provided or we will not be able to associate your document(s) with the rest of your application.
  • You may submit multiple documents for the same vacancy announcement using one cover page.
  • Fax your cover page and documents to 1-478-757-3144.

Faxed documents submitted with missing information will not be processed. The following will prevent your documents from being processed: 

Not using the special cover page mentioned above.

  • Missing, incomplete, or invalid Vacancy Identification Number
  • Missing or incomplete Social Security Number or name

Note: If you have documents in your Application Manager account from a previous vacancy announcement they can be opened, copied and saved then reused as an upload file for this vacancy. Uploading your documents will speed the processing of your application for this announcement.


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Phone: (928)638-7405
Agency Information:
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Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your rating and or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.

Instructions for answering the questions in the Occupational Questionnaire: If you are applying to this announcement by completing the OPM 1203-FX form instead of using the Online Application method, please use the following step-by-step instructions as a guide to filling out the required questionnaire. You will need to print the vacancy announcement and refer to it as you answer the questions. You may omit any optional information; however, you must provide responses to all required questions. Be sure to double check your application before submission.

View Occupational Questionnaire

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