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Job Title:  Laborer (Motor Vehicle Operator), WG-3502-05 (DEU-LL)
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Bureau of Reclamation
Job Announcement Number:  BR-MP-2013-045

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$20.95 to $24.45 / Per Hour
Friday, February 15, 2013 to Monday, February 25, 2013
Full-time - Temporary. Not-To-Exceed anywhere from Two to Six Months.
6 vacancies in the following location:
Napa, CA, USView Map
All United States Citizens and Nationals


Reclamation is a contemporary water management agency. Reclamation is best known for Hoover Dam on the Colorado River, Grand Coulee Dam on the Columbia River and Folsom Dam on the American River. Today we are the largest wholesaler of water in the country and the second largest producer of hydroelectric power in the western United States. Visit: View our DVD titled "Traditions, Talent, and Teamwork" at:

Do you have experience in trades and crafts? If so, we may have just the opportunity for you! We are seeking Laborers with experience maintaining and repairing grounds areas, signs, picnic tables, wooden railings, trails and walkways using mowers, weed-whackers, chain saws and common hand tools to complete repairs or assist with repairs by retrieving needed supplies and tools. Come, join us, and become a vital part of a team that provides water to the west!

This position is located with the Bureau of Reclamation, Central California Area Office, Recreation Resources Division, Lake Berryessa Recreation Resources Branch in Napa, CA. Napa is well-known as the great wine producing region in California. The San Francisco Bay Area is 70 miles to the south. The area has warm summer temperatures and mild winters. For more information on the Napa area visit: vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement.


  • U.S. Citizenship required.
  • Suitability for employment determined by a background investigation.
  • Subject to working weekends, holidays, irregular hours and shift work.
  • Key duties of this position include trash removal and janitorial services.
  • A valid driver's license is required.
  • A pre-appointment physical examination is required.


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Performs custodial and routine maintenance duties at the Lake Berryessa day use areas which includes up to 28 comfort stations, picnic sites, portable toilets, swimming areas and parking areas. Maintains comfort stations. Performs landscaping duties to include mowing lawns, clearing overgrown areas using weed whackers, clearing or pruning trees using chain saw, pulling weeds, raking leaves, emptying refuse cans and removing debris from picnic areas and other public grounds. Maintains and repairs grounds areas, signs, picnic tables, wooden railings, trails and walkways. Uses common hand tools to complete repairs or assists by retrieving needed supplies and tools. Performs touch up painting, adjusts doors and windows. Cleans administration and maintenance buildings, dormitory and visitor center. Assists with the operation of the sewer pumping equipment. Regularly operates pickup truck, crew cab pickup truck and diesel powered six wheel all terrain open utility truck to transport personnel, supplies, materials, or equipment in rural and urban areas over Federal, state, county roads and city streets in all traffic conditions.


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Minimum qualifications for trades and labor positions are determined by evaluation of job elements. You must meet the screen out elements and obtain an average of at least 2 points on all job elements in order to be considered basically qualified for this position.

Applicants must meet all qualification, and as applicable, selective factor requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


Human Resources will review resumes to ensure applicants meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided in the assessment questionnaire. The assessment questionnaire will take approximately 60 minutes. Applicants determined best-qualified will be referred to the selecting official. Category Rating and Selection procedures are being used for this position. If you meet the basic qualification requirements, your on-line responses to the vacancy's assessment questions will be used to determine the quality and extent of your experience, education, training, etc., for placement in one of the following categories: 1) Best Qualified, 2) Well Qualified, 3) Qualified. Veterans with preference will be placed at the top of their respective group. Best Qualified candidates are those who meet minimum qualifications, are highly proficient in the major requirement(s) of the position, and proficient in most of the remaining aspects of the position. Well Qualified candidates are those who meet minimum qualifications and are proficient in most aspects of the position. Qualified candidates are those who meet minimum qualifications and possess only a few aspects of the position. Minimum qualifications for trades and labor positions are determined by evaluation of job elements. You must meet at least 2 points on the screen-out element(s) and obtain an average of at least 2 points on all of the job elements in order to be considered qualified for this position. Applicants will be further evaluated on the following Job Elements through their resume and responses to the online questions. 1. Skill to operate a diesel powered riding lawn mower, uses hand tools such as shovels, rakes, trimmers, pruning shears, drills, handsaws, paint sprayers, post hole diggers and edges; operate simple power tools such as push mowers, weed eaters, hedge trimmers and light power saws. 2. Ability to read signs and instructions and to follow oral instructions. Ability to complete assignments involving several processes which requires remembering directions and sequences (e.g., mixing cleaning solutions). 3. Knowledgeable and capable of informing the general public of Federal regulations relating to safety, use of public grounds and buildings, and the like. Applicant's answers to questions will be verified against information provided in their online resume. Be sure that the resume clearly supports the responses to all the questions by addressing experience, education and/or training relevant to this position. Applicants must make a fair and accurate assessment of their qualifications. Applicants who exaggerate or falsify their experience and/or education may be removed from employment consideration.
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Temporary employees earn sick and annual leave and contribute to the Social Security (FICA) system.


RELOCATION: Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses are not authorized for payment by the Bureau of Reclamation. Any cost incurred in reporting for duty will be the responsibility of the selectee. Pre-Employment Physical: Selected applicant for this position is required to obtain a successful reimbursable pre employment physical examination by a licensed physician certifying to his/her ability to perform the duties of the position. Driver's License: Operation of a Government vehicle required; therefore, a valid State driver's license is required. Selectee will be required to submit a copy of his/her driving record from the Department of Motor Vehicles. Physical Effort: Employee frequently lifts and carries objects weighing up to 50 pounds. Standing, bending, reaching, climbing for long periods of time may be required. Working Conditions: Field work is required, exposing the employee to the outdoor environment to include both land and water. The work requires the operation of vehicles and boats, arduous walking in steep, uneven terrain, exposure to biting insects (including ticks), venomous snakes, skin irritating plants, dust and extreme heat.

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

Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. For more information visit: Optional Form 306 (OF-306):  Before final appointment and again before you begin work, you will be required to sign and certify the accuracy of the information in your application.  If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or you may be subject to fine, imprisonment, or other disciplinary action. Equal Employment Opportunity: The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability and genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor. For a list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding the Federal hiring process visit: Legal and Regulatory Guidance:


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Applications (resume and assessment questionnaire) for this vacancy MUST be received online BEFORE midnight Eastern Time (Washington D.C. time) on the closing date of this announcement. When you're ready to apply, click the blue APPLY ONLINE button at the side of any page. This vacancy is being announced through Bureau of Reclamation's Hiring System--HireMe. For more information about the HireMe system and the registration process, visit: As part of the on-line application process, applicants may be required to submit supporting documents. Failure to submit the requested supporting documents may result in your not being considered for this position. Options for submitting supporting documentation include Auto Requested Fax or uploading from a USAJOBS profile (instructions are provided during the online application process.) In addition, applicants may E-mail their supporting documentation to, fax directly to the HR Office at 916-978-5563, or mail or hand-deliver to USBR/ATTN: HR, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825. Include your name and the vacancy number on the supporting document(s). Applicants needing assistance in applying online should contact the HR Office at 916-978-5476. If applying online poses a hardship contact the HR Office prior to the closing date of the announcement for an alternative method of applying. This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us at the phone number shown at the bottom of this page. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.


To be considered for this position, applicants are required to submit a resume (with dates of employment, i.e. years and months), an on-line assessment questionnaire, and the following supporting documents, as appropriate: --DD-214, CERTIFICATE OF RELEASE FROM ACTIVE DUTY: If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you must provide a copy of your DD-214, and you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency. --For 5-point veterans' preference, submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4 Copy), or an official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions. --For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation requested by this form. --For information on veteran's eligibility visit: --CTAP/ICTAP provides placement assistance to permanent Federal employees who are surplus, displaced or involuntarily separated. Applicants claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit a copy of their most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility and most current SF-50, noting position, grade level, and duty location with their application. To be considered under CTAP/ICTAP, applicants must be well-qualified, i.e. meet the minimum qualification requirements, including selective factors, education and experience requirements and score at least 95 on the assessment questionnaire as established, and be able to perform the duties of the position upon entry. For information on CTAP/ICTAP, visit:


Human Resources Office
Phone: 916-978-5476
Fax: 916-978-5563
Agency Information:
2800 Cottage Way
Attn: MP-500
Sacramento, CA
Fax: 916-978-5563


After all application packages have been received, resumes will be reviewed to ensure applicants meet the basic qualification requirements. Each applicant who meets the basic qualifications will be further evaluated on the information provided in the Assessment Questionnaire. Best-qualified applicants will be referred to the selecting official. After making a tentative job offer, a suitability and/or security background investigation will be conducted. A final job offer is typically made within 40 days after the deadline for applications. Applicants should monitor their status for positions with the Bureau of Reclamation, by regularly checking their public status notifications in their USAJOBS profile.

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