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Job Title:  Utility Systems Repairer Operator, WG-4742-08 MP
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  National Park Service
Job Announcement Number:  PWROPI-13-27 MP

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$25.11 to $29.27 / Per Hour
Friday, January 25, 2013 to Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Kalaupapa, HI United StatesView Map
Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)


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.

About the position: 


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN):831664


This is a permanent position. 


Work Schedule:


Position is Full time, Career Seasonal.  Employee will work at least 13 pay periods but no more than 25 pay periods in a service year.


This position is subject to shift rotation, night and/or weekend work.


Number of Vacancies:  We expect to fill 1 vacancy at this time; however, this announcement may be used to fill additional similar vacancies.


This announcement is open to applicants eligible for consideration under National Park Service merit promotion procedures (current Federal/NPS employees with career/career conditional status, former Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility, or persons eligible for non-competitive appointment under Special Authorities. VEOA eligibles may apply.  (to be eligible for a VEOA appointment, a veteran must be honorably separated and either a preference eligible or have substantially completed three or more years of continuous active service)


KALAUPAPA HANSEN'S DISEASE PATIENTS AND NATIVE HAWAIIANS PREFERENCE POLICY:  Preference in filling vacancies is given to qualified Kalaupapa Hansen's Disease patients and to Native Hawaiians In accordance with PL 96-565.  (For the purposes of this preference, "Native Hawaiians" are persons who are not less than one-half of the blood of the races inhabiting the Hawaiian Islands previous to the year 1778.) In order to receive this preference, applicants must submit ONE of the following at the time of application for this position: *Certificate reflecting applicant's Hansen's Disease patient status at Kalaupapa; OR *Documentation reflecting applicant's acceptance by the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, State of Hawaii for lease of Hawaiian Home Lands, having at least 50% "Hawaiian blood"; OR *Birth certificate and/or other documentation of applicant and Hawaiian parent(s) back to applicant's full Hawaiian ancestors showing applicant is at least 50% "Native Hawaiian.") Preference eligibles not currently employed in the Federal service will be appointed under the Excepted Service appointment authority Schedule A, 213.3102.  Consideration will be given to non-preference applicants in the absence of a qualified Preference eligible. 


Park Contact: Mark Rentz, Facility Manager
Kalaupapa National Historic Site
Historic Preservation, Maintenance Division


Area information:  Kalaupapa NHP is located on the peninsula of Kalaupapa on the island of Molokai.  It is an isolated duty station in a settlement of about 100 people with limited access.  Park housing may be available for the incumbent and spouse (provided the spouse is employed at Kalaupapa). Due to long-standing Settlement rules, children are not permitted to live on the peninsula.  Further, by state statute, children under the age of 16 are not permitted to even visit the peninsula.  There is no road access into the peninsula.  Access can only be made by air (daily flights) or by a 2.4 mile 1700 vertical foot trail.  There are no clothing or drug stores on the peninsula; 1 small grocery store provides a limited selection of goods.  Arrangements for these items must be made personally with “topside or other merchants. Current rental at the park is approximately $120/month, 1-bedroom; $190/month, 2-bedroom.  Extremely basic emergency room care is available on the peninsula for bona fide emergencies.  Entertainment is very limited.  The National Park Service has committed to protecting the privacy and lifestyle of the remaining patient population including traditional rules and customs.  It is not expected that these rules will change in the immediate future.


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This position is being announced concurrently under VIN# 828361 (DEU).  Applicants wishing to be considered under both recruitment sources must apply separately to each announcement.





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The position is supervised by the Facility Manager.   This position is solely responsible for the potable water quality and quantity of an isolated community of 150 residents.   There is no alternative source of drinking water.   Independently plans and schedules all work pertaining to the operation, maintenance and repair of the pump station and water distribution systems.   This position is responsible for conforming to all applicable state and federal guidelines and procedures concerning drinking water standards.


This position is also solely responsible for the repair and maintenance of quarters, office and shop electrical systems.   Incumbent receives general instructions from the Facility Manager and then has complete latitude to select tools and techniques to accomplish the work.   Incumbent receives instructions on more complicated work from supervisors and works alongside NPS electrician.   Wire routing, type and sizes, switch, panel and receptacle sizes and locations are generally determined by engineering services.


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OPM Job Qualifications System for Trades and Labor Occupations will be used in determining applicant's qualifications.   There is no specific length of training or experience required; however, the applicant must be able to demonstrate through experience shown in the resume materials, that they possess the skill level that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of a Utility Systems Repairer Operator, WG-4742-09 without more than normal supervision.


Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is directly related to the work of the position to be filled.    


Performs maintenance and repair of water treatment plant, pumping station, and water distribution system.   Installs and modifies equipment, systems and components, recognizes faulty equipment and make extensive repairs on a variety of equipment and operating systems.   Uses a variety of tools and complex test equipment and performs journeyman level duties as an electrician and plumber.



Time in Grade: Status applicants must meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement.  The time in grade requirement for this position is at least 52 weeks of employment as a federal civilian career or career conditional employee at the next lower grade level. 


Applicants must meet qualifications as specified in the Office of Personnel Management Handbook X-118C Job Qualification System for Trades and Labor Occupations.  All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.


Selective Placement Factor: Possess a minimum of a Grade 1 Water Treatment Operator license or current licenses from other states that share reciprocity agreements with the State of Hawaii.


Selective Placement Factor: Ability to perform the work of a Utility System Repairer Operator, WG-4742-09. Experience operating wastewater treatment facilities and water treatment facilities with little or no supervision.


Applicants must meet qualifications as specified in the Office of Personnel Management Handbook X-118C Job Qualification System for Trades and Labor Occupations.  All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.




Background Investigation: If you have not had one, completion of a background investigation with favorable adjudication is required prior to entry on duty.


Probationary Period: A probationary period of one-year shall apply to all new federal employees.


Selective Service: Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System or provide proof that they are exempt from Selective Service Law.


Uniform: Incumbent must wear the prescribed National Park Service Uniform.


Driver's License: You may be required to operate a government motor vehicle as part of your official duties. Please indicate in your application whether you possess a valid state driver’s license.


Physical Effort


The incumbent makes repairs and installations from ladders, scaffolding, platforms and other hard-to-reach places.  Incumbent is required to stand, stoop, bend, kneel, climb or work in tiring and uncomfortable positions.  Frequently lifts and carries tools and equipment weighing up to 50 pounds and, less often, up to 90 pounds.


Working Conditions


Work is performed inside and out, in good and bad weather, in temperatures ranging from 60’-95’F.  Work areas are sometimes noisy, dirty, dusty and greasy.  Work from scaffoldings and ladders up to 30’ in height; and in cramped quarters such as attics or crawl spaces.  Incumbent is occasionally exposed to the possibility of injury from falling and electrical shock.  Incumbent is frequently exposed to the possibility of cuts and bruises.


Area Information


Generally, work is performed at the Kalaupapa NHP.  Often the structures are extremely deteriorated and are structurally unsound and are therefore considered hazardous.  The work is often extremely dirty in such a nature that protective equipment and clothing such as hard hats, shoes, respirators, and ear protectors are required whether working indoor or outdoor.  Work outside is in all types of weather or in greasy, noisy, dirty, drafty, or otherwise unpleasant conditions.  Much of the work performed outdoors is in non-air conditioned structures with extremes in temperatures and oppressive heat and humidity.  Other environmental factors such as stinging and biting insects and poison plants can be encountered.


Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the eligibility requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The numeric score you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills and abilities required of this position. Your ratings are subject to change if discrepancies exist between your responses and supporting documents.


Ratings will be based on responses to the occupational questions in this document. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your score. To receive credit, information submitted in your Occupational Questionnaire MUST relate to specific work/experience block in your resume. Your answers to the occupational questionnaire must be documented in your resume. Only educational and experience acquired by the filing deadline will be considered.


Your rating will be based on both your responses to the Job Specific Assessment Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume.   The Job Specific questions relate to the following knowledges, skills abilities and/or competencies (KSAC's) required to do the work of this position:


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities/Job elements:


1. Knowledge or Equipment assembly, Installation and Repair.

2. Technical Practices (Theoretical, precise, artistic)

3. Ability to interpret instructions, specifications, etc. (includes blueprint reading)

4. Ability to use and maintain tools and equipment.

5. Knowledge of materials.


NOTE: DO NOT respond to the KSAs listed above.   Your application will be evaluated using your resume and responses to the Assessment Questionnaire to determine if you possess the required KSAs.  


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Pay and Benefits:


Salary Range for WG-4742-08: $25.11 per hour to $29.27 per hour

NOTE: New Federal employees with no prior paid Federal civilian experience will start at the lowest step of the salary range for the grade for which they qualify.


* Recently passed legislation provides that federal salaries in Hawaii will transition from base pay plus a cost-of-living allowance (COLA) to the locality pay-based system that already applies in the 48 contiguous states.  The locality pay will be phased in over 3 years (2010-2012); COLA will be phased out through annual reductions over a longer period. In 2012, the COLA pay in Hawaii is 12.25%, with the exception of the island of Hawaii which is 6.24%. In 2013, the COLA pay in Hawaii is the same as it was in 2012.


The NPS may use certain incentives, currently offered by the Federal government to attract high quality candidates.


All Federal employees are required by PL 104-134 to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit.


The Federal government offers a number of benefits to its employees. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees.


This is a permanent SEASONAL appointment.  It is expected that the incumbent will work at least 26 weeks (13 pay periods) per year, but not more than 50 weeks or 25 pay periods on a full-time basis.  The incumbent will be eligible for health and life insurance, annual (vacation) and sick leave, and coverage under a Federal Retirement system.  Incumbent’s service will not be required at certain times due to lack of work, lack of funds, weather conditions or for other reasons.  During these periods, incumbent will be placed in a non-work, non-pay status.


Travel, transportation and relocation expenses will NOT be paid by the Department of Interior.  Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee.


Government Housing is available. (Dormitory)


This position requires extensive travel, extended hours, and widely varied work environments, including remote physical areas, high altitudes, and some degree of physical danger.


Government facilities are required to provide a smoke free environment for their employees. Smoking will be permitted only in designated areas.


Career Transition Assistance Plan and Interagency (CTAP/ICTAP): Current surplus and current or former displaced Federal individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Agency 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.  For CTAP and ICTAP, well-qualified means that the applicant is eligible, qualified, and clearly exceeds qualification requirements for the position as demonstrated by either:  (1) meeting selective and quality ranking factor levels as specified by the agency; or (2) being rated above minimally qualified under the agency’s specific rating and ranking process. 


Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP.  This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating, and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location.  Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible.


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


1.  Your Résumé

2.  A complete Assessment Questionnaire

3.  Other required Supporting Documents (see Required Documents section below)


A complete Application Package must be received by 11:59 PM, Eastern Time, on the closing date of Wednesday, February 13, 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 assessment questionnaire.  Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application you may use the following link:

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 831664.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.


If you cannot apply online:


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

2.     Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment 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.


ALL REQUIRED DOCUMENTS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY THE CLOSING DATE.  Failure to submit required documents, if applicable, will result in you not being considered.  You will not be contacted for additional information.  If you have questions regarding what is considered appropriate supporting documentation, email


  1. Resume (complete with documentation that supports your questionnaire responses)
  2. Transcripts – If qualifying based on education, you MUST submit a copy of your college transcripts.
  3. SF-50 – All status candidates and reinstatement eligibles (current and former government employees) must submit a copy of your SF-50, “Notification of Personnel Action”, which shows your status; career, career-conditional or reinstatement eligible.  Note - The following items must be listed on the SF-50 you submit:  position, series, grade level, duty station and if applicable, highest grade held.
  4. DD-214 – Veterans’ Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) of 1998 allows preference eligibles or veterans to compete for vacancies under merit promotion procedures.  VEOA eligibles are veterans who have been separated under honorable conditions from the armed forces with 3 or more years of continuous active service.  You must submit Member Copy 4 of your DD-214 to verify eligibility.  The veterans will be rated and ranked with other merit promotion eligibles.  Those who are among the best qualified may be selected by the appointing official, but veteran’s preference is NOT a factor.
  5. Special Hiring Authorities - If you are applying for consideration under a special hiring authority such as a person with a disability (Schedule A), Peace Corp or VISTA volunteer, you MUST submit the appropriate supporting documentation to be considered.


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 cover page on the upload documents screen of Application Manager. Or, you may click this link to print a copy of the cover page.


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.


Colleen L. Stone
Phone: (206)220-4070
Fax: (206)220-4077
Agency Information:
NPS Pacific West Regional Office
333 Bush Street
Human Resources
San Francisco, CA
94104 Fax: (206)220-4077


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. Once this announcement closes, candidates will be evaluated using the automated system.  If you are found to be a highly qualified candidate, you will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration and possible interview.  You will be notified by email of the outcome.

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