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Job Title:  Laborer
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  National Park Service
Job Announcement Number:  GETT-13-44DEU

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$14.55 to $20.19 / Per Hour
Thursday, January 24, 2013 to Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Full Time - Temporary NTE 1039 Hours
Few vacancies in the following location(s):
King of Prussia, PA United StatesView Map
Elverson, PA 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.

These positions are being re-advertised to correct the pay range.  Hopewell Furnace National Historical Site and Valley Forge National Historical Park are on two different pay tables. 

Hopewell Furnace National Historical Site 14.55 to 16.99

Valley Forge National Historical Park    17.31 to 20.19

Applicants who applied to announcement GETT-13-30DEU do not need to reapply. 


These positions are located within the Division of Maintenance at both Hopewell Furnace National Historical Site and Valley Forge National Historical Park. The primary purpose of the position is to perform moderately heavy physical labor requiring the use of common hand tools and power equipment.  We hope to fill these positions as soon as possible. This is a Temporary Appointment not-to-exceed 1039 hours in a service year. The employment season is expected to last 1039 hours.   Core hours are 7:00-3:30.  Maintenance Operations are 7 days a week.  Employee may be expected to work weekends.   The work schedule may be adjusted due to fluctuating work demands or budgetary reasons.  Selectee may only work 1,039 hours in a service year.   This position may be terminated at any time due to lack of work or lack of funds.   Selectee may be eligible for non-competitive rehire in future seasons depending on work demands and budget resources.


Later selections may be made from this vacancy announcement as the need arises.  This announcement is being advertised under delegated examining procedures and is open to all US citizens.  You do not have to be a current or former government employee to be considered for this position.  APPLICANTS WHO DO NOT SUBMIT THE REQUIRD DOCUMENTATION WILL NOT RECEIVE FULL CONSIDERATION.  Please click on the "Print Preview" to view the full announcement.  You are encouraged to read the entire announcement before you submit your application package.  Your application will not get full consideration if you do not follow the instructions as outlined.


  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • If claiming Veterans Preference, you must attach supporting documentation
  • Must wear a National Park Service uniform, Gov't Housing may be available
  • Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication
  • This position works holidays, evenings, and weekends


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*Operate heavy power equipment, power tools, and light hand tools such as lawn mowers and snow blowers, shovels, rakes, and lawn edging equipment to maintain buildings, grounds, roads, trails, etc.

*Loads and unloads supplies.

*Digs ditches, cuts trees, or performs other duties requiring moderate to very  physical effort.

*Performs janitorial duties.

Physical demands – The work performed requires the exertion of moderate to very heavy physical effort.  The work involves lifting and moving objects over 50 pounds, and in some cases, carrying 80 to 100 pounds (or more) with assistance. 

Working conditions – Outside work is usually performed under all kinds of weather conditions and/or extreme temperatures.  Indoor work is often accomplished in office building or in well-lighted, heated, and ventilated areas such as warehouses, loading docks, or trade shops.  Frequently exposed to weather and temperature extremes, drafts, noise, dust, and dirt with the possibility of bruises, muscle, strains, cuts, and scrapes.  Work requires the employee to follow proper safety procedures, and use standard safety equipment such as gloves, ear protection, safety glasses, and steel toe shoes to avoid possible hazards. 

AREA INFORMATION: -   Of all the places associated with the American War for Independence, perhaps none has come to symbolize perseverance and sacrifice more than Valley Forge. The hardships of the encampment claimed the lives of one in ten, nearly all from disease. Despite the privations suffered by the army at Valley Forge, Washington and his generals built a unified professional military organization that ultimately enabled the Continental Army to triumph over the British. - Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site is one of the finest examples of a rural American 19th century iron plantation. The buildings include a blast furnace, the ironmaster's mansion, and auxiliary structures. Hopewell Furnace was founded in 1771 by Ironmaster Mark Bird. The furnace operated until 1883.


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All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement,  Wednesday, January 30, 2013.  Qualifying experience may be obtained in the private or public sectors.


QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must meet the requirements of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Handbook X118c, Job Qualification System for Trades and Labor Occupation. To be eligible for this position, you must meet the screen-out element as described in the occupational/assessment questionnaire and as outlined below. Applicants who fail to meet the screen out element will be rated ineligible, without further review.


The Screen-Out Element for this position is:  The ability to do the work of a Laborer without more than normal supervision. 


Although a specific length of time and experience is not required, you must show that you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA's) necessary to perform the duties of the position at the level for which you are applying.   Qualification requirement emphasis is on the quality of experience, not necessarily the length of time.


Credit will be given for all appropriate qualifying experience regardless of whether compensation was received or whether the experience was gained in a part-time or full-time occupation.


1. National Park Service (NPS) uniformed position. Employee will be required to wear a uniform and comply with NPS uniform standards.

2.  Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication.


Your rating will be based on both your responses to the Job Assessment Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume. The assessment questions relate to the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs)/competencies that are required to perform the work of this position. Only education and experience acquired by the closing filing deadline will be considered.


Please Note : All answers provided in the on-line process must be substantiated in your application package. View Assessment Questions  Upon review, if it is determined that your work history, competencies/KSAs (knowledge, skills, and abilities), and/or supporting documents do not support your answer choices, you may be rated ineligible, not qualified or your score may be modified. Please ensure that your work history provides enough detail to support your answers to the KSAs/competencies.   Errors and/or omissions may affect your rating. 

1. Ability to do the work of a Laborer without more than normal supervision (Screen-Out Element)

2. Dexterity and Safety.
3. The ability to use and maintain tools and equipment.

4. Work practices (keeping things neat, clean, and in order).

5.  The ability to interpret instructions, specifications, etc (other than blueprints)


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: Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference are ranked in their appropriate categories without points but receive selection priority over non-veterans within their category.   In addition, qualified preference eligibles with a compensable service-connected disability of at least ten percent (CP/CPS) are moved to the highest (Best Qualified) category (except for scientific and professional positions at the GS-9 level or higher).   In order to receive preference appropriate documentation to verify eligibility (i.e. DD-214, SF-15, VA Letter, etc.) must be provided with the application.  


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The Department of the Interior, National Park Service offers a variety of employee benefits available to Federal service employees including annual leave, sick leave, health benefits, life insurance and retirement plan benefits.  For more information, go to


1.  If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must attach 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.

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 (see )

3. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review in our office, in other Federal agency personnel offices, and on OPM's web site at

Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will 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 Federal Travel Regulations. 

Form DI-1935 (U.S. Department of the Interior Background Survey) - voluntary and can be accessed at   To be used for statistical purposes.  Please send this form directly to the above mailing address


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
1. Your Résumé - We encourage you to use the USAJOBS 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 (job title, job pay system/series/grade, dates of employment including the month and year, duties, hours per week, schools attended, degrees earned/total credit hours, and any other job-related training/skills/honors/certificates, licenses.)
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 Wednesday, January 30, 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 817666.  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,
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.

When faxing documents, follow the procedures outlined below:

  • Include the 6-character Vacancy Identification Number:  817666
  • 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.

The following will prevent your documents from being processed:

  • Not using the 1203FX cover page mentioned above.
  • Missing, incomplete or invalid Vacancy Identification Number
  • Missing or incomplete Social Security Number or name.

Faxed document will take 2-3 business day to process. Faxed documents with missing information will not be processed.
Note: If you have documents in your Application Manager account from a previous vacancy announcement then can be opened, copied and saved then reused as an uploaded file for this vacancy. Uploading your documents will speed the processing of your application for this announcement.

Note:  If you receive an email stating that there was a technical problem uploading your documents, you should fax the documents following the instructions above.  Be sure to use the fax cover sheet that was linked in the vacancy announcement, include the appropriate 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

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.  APPLICATION MATERIALS CANNOT BE ACCEPTED BY MAIL OR EMAIL SENT TO THIS OFFICE.  IF YOU DO SEND THEM DIRECTLY TO THIS OFFICE BY MAIL OR EMAIL, YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE CONSIDERATION


1.  Your Résumé - We encourage you to use the USAJOBS 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 (job title, job pay system/series/grade, dates of employment including the month and year, duties, hours per week, schools attended, degrees earned/total credit hours, and any other job-related training/skills/honors/certificates, licenses).

2.  Complete Occupational Questionnaire
3. Veterans Documentation (DD-214, SF-15, VA letter)
4. Include the 6 character Vacancy Identification Number 

5. ICTAP/CTAP Documentation (if eligible, see below).

Veterans Documentation   

  • If you are claiming a 5-point preference you must submit a copy of your DD-214, which includes character of service, or a Statement of Service/Proof of Service, which includes service dates, nature of separation and character of service. You can access to your DD-214 here .
  • If you are claiming a 10-point preference  you must submit the SF-15 and the documentation required by that form substantiating your claim. SF-15 Application for 10-point Preference can be obtained here .  NOTE : You will not receive veterans preference for this announcement if you fail to provide any of the documents mentioned above.   

ICTAP/CTAP Applicants

Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be "well qualified" for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. CTAP and ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if he/she meets all qualification requirements for the position and is rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position. Applicants must provide proof of program eligibility in order to receive consideration under CTAP/ICTAP (i.e., agency notice of separation, most recent performance rating, SF-50 reflecting current position, grade level, and duty station). Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible.   


National Park Service
Phone: (267)528-3190
Agency Information:
National Park Service
Northeast Region
200 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA


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. It is your reponsibility to ensure that your resume supports the answers you claim in the questionnaire.  View Occupational Questionnaire


If you have questions about this position please use the phone number or email address above.  Be sure to include the job announcement number in the email subject line or reference the job announcement and title when leaving a message on the employment line. 





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