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Job Title:Cemetery Caretaker Supervisor

Department:Department Of Veterans Affairs

Agency:Veterans Affairs, National Cemetery Administration

Job Announcement Number:RP-13-KLM-839496-901

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$27.34 to $31.91 / Per Hour


Wednesday, February 13, 2013 to Friday, March 01, 2013




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Riverside, CA United StatesView Map


Open only to current, permanent employees of the National Cemetery Administration and 30% or greater Disabled American Veterans.


Vacancy Identification Number (VIN):  839496  

To fulfill President Lincoln's promise - "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow and his orphan" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans.  How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?


The National Cemetery Administration honors Veterans with final resting places in national shrines and with lasting tributes that commemorate their service to our nation. The National Cemetery Administration will serve all Veterans and their families with the utmost dignity, respect, and compassion. Every national cemetery will be a place that inspires visitors to understand and appreciate the service and sacrifice of our Nation's Veterans. For more information about the National Cemetery Administration, visit

This position is located at Riverside National Cemetery in Riverside, CA. The Cemetery Caretaker Supervisor serves as the Foreman for all field interment activities at the cemetery.

For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to 

Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible under 5 CFR 213.3102 "u", Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities  (i.e. intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities) and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more.  

This announcement is a solicitation for applications from current employees and 30% DAV applicants.   Please note that the FIRST area of consideration for this position will be permanent employees of the National Cemetery Administration, the SECOND area of consideration will be 30% or greater Disabled American Veterans.


  • Must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Pass a pre-employment medical examination.
  • Must possess a valid state's drivers license.


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The incumbent serves as Assistant Cemetery Caretaker Foreman for all field interment activities of the Riverside National Cemetery.  He/she assists with all the interment activities, headstone, inventory of vehicles and equipment.  The incumbent also contributes to the overall quality of cemetery grounds maintenance by observing and reporting problems with contractor grounds maintenance activities to the Cemetery Foreman.  The incumbent performs routine activities related to the core mission of  the cemetery, interments, preventive building and equipment maintenance. The incumbent may be required to provide coverage of the duties for the Motor Vehicle Operator and/or Cemetery Caretaker when necessary.

The full performance level of this position is WS-07.

* Work Schedule: May be required to work Monday through Friday to include occasional weekends. Due to the mission of the National Cemetery, the cemetery cannot be closed for more than 2 consecutive days at any given time. Additionally, when a Federal holiday falls on a Monday or Friday, staff may be required to work on that holiday or a Saturday. All staff is required to work Memorial Day each year. Staff will be required to work overtime, weekends and holidays when necessary to meet the needs of the cemetery. Occasionally staff may be called back to the facility to perform emergency overtime work. 

Relocation expenses are not authorized.


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Your background must demonstrate work involved in a wide range of cemetery operations, engineering equipment operation, and show the ability to supervise other employees in the execution of these cemetery operations.

PHYSICAL EFFORT: The work requires moderate effort in maneuvering large vehicles and in hooking up heavy equipment attachments to tractors. This position requires the incumbent to lift weights up to 100 pounds on a recurring basis. Items weighing greater than 50 pounds will be lifted with assistance. Most of the work involves twisting, climbing lifting, bending, crouching, kneeling, leaning, stretching, bouncing, sitting, standing, stooping and carrying.

WORKING CONDITIONS: Works outside in all kinds of weather. In addition, when operating vehicles, drives in all types of weather and traffic and is exposed to the possibility of accidents. Work is performed both indoors and outdoors in all types of weather. Incumbent is exposed to heat, cold, wind, dirt, dust, mud, and water in the performance of the duties of this position.

A specific length of training and experience is not required, but you must show evidence of training or experience of sufficient scope and quality of your ability to do the work of this position. Evidence which demonstrates you possess the knowledge, skills, and ability to perform the duties of this position must be supported by detailed descriptions of such on your resume. Applicants will be rated in accordance with the OPM Qualification Standard Handbook X-118C (

SCREEN-OUT ELEMENT: Your qualifications will first be evaluated against the prescribed screen out element, which usually appears as question 1 in the on-line questionnaire. Those applicants who appear to possess at least the minimal acceptable qualification requirement are considered for further rating; those who do not are rated ineligible and are eliminated. The potential eligibles are then rated against the remainder of the questions.

The screen-out element for this position is:

  • Ability to lead and supervise cemetery and maintenance operations. 

Other job elements:

  • Ability to safely operate and drive motor vehicles and engineering equipment.
  • Ability to interpret instructions, specifications, etc. (including blueprint reading, parts manuals etc).
  • Knowledge of work practices.
  • Knowledge of technical practices.

You must possess and provide proof of a valid state driver's license.

IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.  If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).


Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) and/or documentation related to your active duty service which shows dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), or dates of impending separation.
Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veterans Preference" with required proof as stated on the form.  For more information, please review the information for disabled Veterans in the application checklist or visit



You will be evaluated based upon the responses you provide on the job specific questionnaire that is required as part of the application process for this position.  

Your résumé and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.


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VA offers a comprehensive benefits package This link is an overview of the benefits currently offered: . 


This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

You may be required to complete a one year supervisory probationary period.


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package (See "Required Documents" section below).  The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, March 01, 2013. 

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button at the bottom of this screen to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Be sure to upload the required documents before you submit your application.  Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.  Mailed/emailed applications will not be accepted. 

Note: To change or update your application, simply reapply through My USAJOBS, before the closing date.  To check the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account (, select Application Status and click on the more information link under the application status for this position. 

If you cannot apply online: you will need to complete the Occupational Questionnaire ( View Occupational Questionnaire) by submitting your answers on the 1203FX form and faxing the completed form along with all supporting documents to (478)757-3144. Your 1203FX form  will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission. Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed. 

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload:  Complete this cover page using 839496.  You must use this fax cover sheet in order for your documents to be matched with your online application.  Fax your documents to (478)757-3144Keep a copy of your fax receipt in case verification is needed.


The following documents are required:·

  • Résumé
  • Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire
  • Proof of a valid driver's license
  • Veterans' Preference documentation such as DD-214 or equivalent that shows character of discharge, SF-15 and VA Letter, as appropriate.
  • Current federal employees must provide a current SF-50 and the most current performance appraisal.
  • Use this checklist to ensure you've submitted everything.  You will not be contacted for additional information. 


Human Resources
Phone: (317)916-3660
Fax: (478)757-3144
Agency Information:
NCA HR Center
Thank You, IN
Fax: (478)757-3144


After the vacancy announcement closes and a referral certificate is issued, an electronic notification letter - or e-mail - will be sent to applicants who provide an e-mail address.  Otherwise, you will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service within 2 to 4 weeks.

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