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Job Title:Maintenance Worker

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service

Job Announcement Number:R8-13-828624-MG

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$21.71 to $33.78 / Per Hour


Tuesday, January 22, 2013 to Monday, January 28, 2013




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Gardnerville, NV United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


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This position is located at the Lahontan National Fish Hatchery Complex, Gardnerville, Nevada. The incumbent will perform a variety of maintenance and repair tasks on the grounds, buildings, vehicles, equipment, and facilities at the Complex.


For more information about the Lahontan National Fish Hatchery Complex, visit:


  • U.S. Citizenship and Background Investigation
  • One-year Initial Probationary Period
  • Work schedule may include evenings, weekends, and holidays.
  • Required to wear a uniform.
  • Valid State driver's license and CDL


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More than one position may be filled through this announcement should the need arise.


Major duties include, but are not limited to:

-Mechanical tasks to install and maintain outdoor water systems, clean plugged water pipes and sewer lines, and replace worn plumbing fixtures.

-Operate, maintain, and repair various water distribution equipment, such as water valves, fish pumps, filters, water chilling and water sterilization equipment.  

-Maintenance of hatchery grounds (mowing and trimming) and operation and maintenance of water irrigation sprinkler system.

-Perform plumbing duties related to fish culture, water distribution, residential housing, hatchery facilities and offices; install, modify, and repair new and existing utility, supply, and disposal systems for sewage and water; operate hoist and boom lift to remove and service well pumps and other water pumps.

-Maintain and repair electrical systems, such as lighting and power fixtures, wiring, fire or water alarm systems, and emergency power systems at an intermediate level following instructions from a certified electrician.·        

-Perform routine preventative maintenance on heating systems, refrigeration systems and air conditional units.

-Plan and perform welding and sheet metal constructions using hand and power tools.

-Operate gas or diesel-powered trucks with gross vehicle weights of 32,000 pounds or more. Operate heavy equipment, such as backhoe, forklift, front-end loader, grader, or bulldozer to move materials such as sand, gravel, earth, or refuse. Requires commercial driver's licenses.

-Train and demonstrate work methods for volunteers performing maintenance tasks.

-Assist with a variety of duties for fish hatchery production, such as caring for brood stock and spawning fish, incubating eggs, caring for and feeding and assisting with preventative and curative treatment for fish diseases, cleaning tanks, raceways, ponds, and facilities used in fish culture.

-Obtain certification to serve as the Collateral Duty Safety Officer for the Complex and maintain safety records for the facility.

Physical Demands: Standing, walking, stooping, bending, kneeling, and climbing are involved. Work is occasionally done in cramped and other uncomfortable positions.  There is much tiring movement of arms and lifting and carrying of tools and equipment is involved.  Items weighing 40 pounds are lifted frequently. Good hand, foot and eye coordination is required for operation of equipment. Also involves periods of sustained exertion when participating in emergency operation (i.e. cleaning and adjustment of water intake structure during high water or leaf drop). Must be able to discern colors, contrast, and depth.

Work Environment:  Work is performed indoors and outdoors in adverse weather conditions, near running water, and in locations with noise, fumes, or dusty, greasy, dirty environments, and around moving vehicles and equipment.




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You must meet all qualification requirements outlined in this vacancy by 11:59 PM (ET); 08:59 pm PACIFIC TIME on Monday, January 28, 2013 the closing date of the announcement.  Applicable regulatory requirements must also be met by the closing date.

The Office of Personnel Management Job Qualification System for Trade and Labor Occupations (X-118C) will be used to determine qualification requirements. You must meet qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.  There is no specific length of training or experience required. However, you must be able to demonstrate, through experience or training shown in your written application materials, that you possess sufficient knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of this Maintenance Worker position as described under Major Duties.

To be found qualified for this position, your resume must provide sufficient information to show you have the ability to do the work of this Maintenance Worker position without more than normal supervision, to include 1) maintaining facilities, structures, plumbing, heating, refrigeration and electrical systems, and operations of systems; 2) planning the sequence of work and determining the nature of maintenance or repair needed; 3) determining the effects that alterations will have on the facility, and equipment functions properly; 4) diagnosing and determining corrective action on equipment, such as switch gears, transformer banks, and circuit breakers in substations and power-generating facilities.

Credit will be given for all appropriate qualifying experience regardless of whether it was paid or unpaid, full-time or part-time, military or civilian. If you have had training related to this position, you must provide full information on your resume including name and location of school, subjects completed, credit hours completed, and dates attended.


It is your responsibility to provide evidence that educational provisions are met when applying.

OTHER KEY REQUIREMENTS (conditions of employment)

Ability to obtain and maintain a commercial driver's license for the operation of heavy equipment.

Shift work, overtime; may be required to work other than normal duty hours, which may include evenings, weekends, and holidays.

May be called to work in emergencies, rotate weekend work and call back duty during which employee must remain within fifteen-minutes of the hatchery.

Direct deposit of salary payment.
Must apply for Government travel charge card if expected to travel on official business.



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 this Maintenance Worker position without more than normal supervision (screen-out).

-Knowledge of equipment assembly, installation, repair, etc.

-Technical practices (theoretical, precise, artistic).

-Use of measuring instruments.

 -Ability to interpret instructions, specifications, etc. (includes blueprinting reading).

-Ability to use and maintain tools and 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 application's status.   Assessment Questions preview:   View Assessment Questions

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.  For more information about Veterans, visit:


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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); 08:59 pm PACIFIC TIME Monday, January 28, 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 828624. 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: 

-Resume or Application. Your work history must contain at a minimum employer names, job titles (include job series and grades, if Federal), employment periods starting and ending dates (month and year), average hours worked per week, and salary rates. Descriptions of your experience relating to this position must contain enough information to substantiate you satisfactorily meet experience requirements. (Note: the USAJOBS template ensures a complete resume.)

-Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire. Online Questionnaire

Transcripts required when education/training is needed to meet minimum qualifications requirements (unofficial or copies are acceptable with application packages).

Also submit, if applicable:

-Veteran's documentation, if claiming veteran's preference (Member 4 copy of DD214 or equivalent, and SF 15, VA letter, or other support documents as appropriate). 

-Proof of eligibility for priority placement as a surplus or displaced Federal employee under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)/Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), if applicable.  You must provide proof when you apply that you meet the requirements as described in 5 CFR 330.605. (This includes a copy of the official agency notice, copy of your most recent Performance Rating, and a copy of your most recent SF 50 showing current position, grade level, and duty location.) ICTAP/CTAP 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 828624


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


After you have successfully submitted the online Occupational Questionnaire, you will receive an automatic email 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 name and the vacancy number (828624) in any inquiries regarding this job. Let us know if your contact information changes or you no longer wish to be considered for the position. If we are 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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