Applicants will be rated in accordance with the OPM Qualification Standard Handbook X-118C (www.opm.gov/qualifications/x-118c). For this position, the job element method is used to match what you, the applicant, can do against what the work calls for. Your knowledge, skills and abilities will be compared to the knowledge, skills and abilities (called job elements) needed for success. Your qualifications will first be evaluated against the prescribed screen out element (WG-2 and higher only; screen-outs are not applicable to WG-1). Applicants who appear to meet the screen out element are considered for further rating; those who do not are rated ineligible and are eliminated from consideration. The potential eligibles are rated against the remainder of the job elements. While a specific length of training and experience is not required, your responses to the questionnaire must be supported by detailed descriptions of your experience on your resume.
You will be rated on the following Job Elements as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position:
- Possession of a valid Class "B" Driver's License (CDL) with passenger endorsement. (SCREEN-OUT)
- Ability to do the work of an Engineering Equipment Operator without more than normal supervision. (SCREEN-OUT)
- Ability to operate motor vehicles.
- Ability to adhere to work practices.
- Ability to safely operate grounds maintenance equipment.
- Knowledge of equipment used for grounds maintenance.
Physical effort and work conditions:
Physical Effort: Must be able to perform manual labor, lifting heavy objects and changing component parts of equipment including clam shells, buckets, and heavy rigging such as cables and chains. Continuous physical activity and muscular effort required for simultaneous and continuous action of numerous levers, brakes and valves required to operate equipment.
Work may require standing, stooping, bending, kneeling and climbing. Frequently handles, lifts, carries and sets up parts and equipment that weigh over 50 pounds. Functional requirements that may be performed on a daily, weekly or occasional basis include:
- Heavy lifting, 50 pounds and over;
- Heavy carrying, 50 pounds and over;
- Reaching above shoulder;
- Use of fingers;
- Walking, standing, crawling, kneeling, repeated bending;
- Climbing with legs only or climbing with the use of legs and arms;
- Operation of crane, truck, tractor or motor vehicle;
- Ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously.
Working Conditions: Work is performed outside under extreme weather conditions including, cold, heat, snow and rain. If proper precautions are not followed, may be regularly subjected to the possibility of heat exhaustion, heat stroke, dehydration, frostbite and other weather related problems. Work demands adherence to written and oral instructions. May work alone or with others. Works in close or cramped positions, high places, or in ditches and may be performed in uncontrolled environments and in confined, uncomfortable spaces. Required to wear appropriate personal protective equipment as necessary to accomplish assigned tasks in a safe manner. May be exposed to the following environmental factors on a daily, weekly, occasional or seasonal basis:
- Excessive heat, cold, humidity, dampness or chilling;
- Dry atmospheric conditions;
- Excessive intermittent noise or constant noise;
- Dust, fumes, smoke or gases, solvents, grease and oils;
- Radiant energy and electrical energy;
- Slippery or uneven walking surfaces;
- Working around machinery with moving parts;
- Working around moving objects or vehicles;
- Working below ground;
- Working with hands in water.
May work overtime when deemed necessary by supervision. Must provide an after-hours contact number for the purpose of responding to emergency callbacks.
IN DESCRIBING YOUR KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS. If your resume does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your responses.
When applying for Federal jobs, eligible veterans should claim preference on the Occupational Questionnaire in the section provided and provide a legible copy of DD-214(s) showing all dates of service as well as character of service (honorable, general, etc.). Additionally, veterans with service-connected disability of 10% or more must also submit a copy of their official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying their service-connected disability and/or their receipt of compensation for service-connected disability. If the military member is within 120 days of separation and does not yet have a DD214, the member may instead submit any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.
Veterans with service-connected disability of less than 10%, non service-connected disability, and Purple Heart recipients, as-well-as those claiming derived preference for a spouse, widow or widower, or natural mother, should refer to and submit a completed " SF15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference ," (go to http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf) and required documentation with your application materials. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/veterans.aspx.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Applicants will be ranked based on three quality groups, as follows:
- Best Qualified - applicants possessing knowledge, skills and abilities that substantially exceed the minimum qualifications of the position and who are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position;
- Well Qualified - applicants possessing knowledge, skills and abilities that exceed the minimum qualification of the position and who are proficient in most of the requirements of the job;
- Qualified - applicants possessing knowledge, skills and abilities that meet the minimum qualifications of the position.
After the vacancy announcement closes, reviewed applications are evaluated against the questionnaire responses and placed in the appropriate quality group. Qualified veterans will be afforded preference by being placed at the top of the appropriate quality group. Qualifying veterans with a service-connected disability of 10% or more will be placed at the top of the best-qualified group. The best-qualified group is the first to be referred to the hiring facility for further consideration and possible interview. The remaining groups may be referred based on the number of applicants available.