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Department:  Department of the Army
Agency:  U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Job Announcement Number:  WTHG13523039880707D

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$21.21 to $24.76 / Per Hour
Friday, May 03, 2013 to Thursday, May 16, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
Few vacancies in the following location:
Ahsahka, ID United StatesView Map
United States Citizens


Civilian employees serve a vital role in supporting the Army mission.  They provide the skills that are not readily available in the military, but crucial to support military operations.  The Army integrates the talents and skills of its military and civilian members to form a Total Army.

About the Position:
Duty Location: Dworshak Project, Ahsahka, ID.

Dworshak Dam and Reservoir is a multi-purpose hydropower project, with missions that include operation and maintenance of the facility for flood control, hydroelectric power generation, recreation and natural resources management. Dworshak Project has approximately 50 employees.

Dworshak Dam and Reservoir, found in North Central Idaho along the North Fork of the Clearwater River, is located in scenic forested and mountainous country. Orofino, ID islocated seven miles from the dam and has a population of approximately 4,000 and is at an elevation of 1,025 feet. With an average temperature of 29 degrees in January and 73 degrees in July, Orofino is known for it mild weather andlong growing season. Additional information about Orofino and the area may befound at:

 Who May Apply: US Citizens


  • Permanent Change of Station (PCS) is authorized IAW the Joint Travel Reg.
  • Defense National Relocation Program will not be authorized.
  • TDY (Temporary Duty travel) may be required: 5%


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Works as qualified backup Operator, under direction of the Operator-in-Charge, of multiple watersystems at a multi-purpose hydropower project. May operate any or all of the following: water wells, reservoirs, high lift pumps, chlorinators, chemicalfeed pumps and vacuum pumps. Cleans and maintains equipment to include pumps, buildings, well houses, reservoirs, and operates water distribution systemvalves and hydrants to maintain good water quality for the Project and for thepublic. Collects a variety of water samples for analysis including bacteriological, pesticides, VOCs, asbestos, lead and copper, phosphates, nitrates and inorganic compounds. Services and adjusts chlorine feeders,analyzers for chlorine gas and sodium hypochlorite. Performs analysis of water samples such as pH, chlorine residual and total phosphorous. Prepares daily operating logs for wells, high lift pumps, and monthly operating logs for the water well systems. Performs water distribution system operation of valves and hydrants and maintenance of them. Repairs chemical feed pumps and equipmentrelated to water plant operation. Troubleshoots plant operation and makes necessary routine repairs while on shift. Disassembles and reassembles plant equipment, making repairs when required. Orders parts, chemicals and supplies to maintain continuous service. Investigates customer complaints regarding water problems. Works with other shop personnel to change well pumps and keep up records. Must possess and maintain the state-required operator certificationand ensure systems' compliance and certification with local, state, and federal regulations.

Serves as qualified backup Operator, under the direction of theOperator-in-Charge, of wastewater treatment plants with primary and secondary treatment with phosphorous removal. Operates and maintains sewage treatment plant equipment such as filters, chemical feed pumps, digestors, sampling equipment,macerator system, high-pressure progressive cavity sewage lift pumps, varioussumps, mains, and lagoons, manual and digital control systems, variable drive pumping units, sewage lift stations, storm water collection systems, oil/water separators, culvert silt boxes, and high-pressure hot water system for washrack. Operates sampling equipment to collect influent and effluent waste watersamples for testing. Documents laboratory sample results on daily laboratory logs, and describes why laboratory results are bad. Checks for and corrects equipment malfunctions, process problems, and documents procedural errors. Uses State approved methods for performing analysis, and Standard Methods for other tests not requiring State approval. Determines quality of treatment, and makes determinations of what process changes are required. Must be able to react to process problems, and react to the situations where plant effluent does not meet the requirements of the Discharge Monitoring Report. Manages sludge management plan to dry digested sludges in the drying beds, or freeze-dryingbeds. Works with various state, Federal and Project personnel to coordinate activities.

Records daily logs for wells, pump stations, water production, waste waterinfluent and effluent parameters, and quality assurance program for thelaboratory.

Routine maintenance work may include, but is not limited to, minor welding and fabrication, sewage pump-out and handling from recreation sites, heavy equipment operation and support, snow removal, floating debris removal, road maintenance.


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SCREEN-OUT ELEMENT: The ability to perform the duties as a qualified operator of a Drinking Water Treatment Plant and a Wastewater Treatment Plant without more than normal supervision. The ability to operate and maintain wells, filters, valves, pumps, transport lines, reservoirs, and water distribution system to insure supply of potable water is maintained. The ability to operate and maintain a sewage treatment plant and collection system equipment such as mechanical feed pumps, sampling equipment, various sewage lift pumps and sumps.The ability to perform water quality sampling following proper chain of custody procedures. 

Failure to meet the screen-out element will result in an ineligible rating. Application packages will be reviewed and screeed for experience and/or training which provided the knowledge of:

  • Knowledge of equipment assembly, installation, repair
  • Operation of Water Plant equipment and operation of Wastewater Treatment Plant
  • Technical Practices, (theoretical, precise, artistic)
  • Use of measuring instruments
  • Ability to interpret instructions, specifications, etc. (other than blueprint reading)
  • Dexterity and safety


PHYSICAL EFFORT: Incumbent operators perform considerable walking, standing on concrete floors, climbing stairways, and working outdoors under adverse conditions. Moderate to heavy physical effortis required to turn valves, operate equipment, and lift bags of chemicals. Operators are required to lift up to 60 pounds occasionally, and carry heavier items with assistance of other workers, or with lifting devices.

WORKING CONDITIONS: Operators will work outdoors undera dverse conditions for periods of time. They must drive outside under wintry conditions, and are required to clear snow to plant basins, wells, and the water plant. They are subject to cuts, bruises and abrasions from use of tools and equipment. Subject to chemical burns and exposure during laboratory work, and in specific locations at the wastewater Treatment Plant, and Water Plant. Operators are required to follow safety practices and use safety and personal protection equipment.





Other Requirements:
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Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.

You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.

One year trial/probationary period may be required.

Direct Deposit of Pay is Required

A medical exam is required.

Personal Security Investigation is required.

License/Certification: Valid statedriver's license.

Position may require employee to wear protective clothing/gear.

SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR: The incumbent is required by Idaho state regulation to possess the following certifications: Idaho Drinking Water Treatment Operator Grade II, Idaho Drinking Water Distribution Operator GradeI, Idaho Wastewater Treatment Operator Grade II, Idaho Wastewater CollectionsSystem Operator Grade I -OR- possess certifications from another state which can be transferred to Idaho through reciprocal agreement. Operators are required to annually qualify and renew Idaho water treatment and waste watercertifications to include continuing education requirements.

You MUST submit a copy of your certifications in order to receive consideration for this position. Failure to provide the required certifications with your application package will result in an ineligible rating.


Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be reviewed to verify that you meet the basic eligibility and qualification requirements.  Your responses to the questionnaire will be used to evaluate your relevant personal, educational, and work experiences.

Basis for RatingQualified candidates will be assigned to one of three quality categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified and Qualified. Veteran preference eligibles are listed ahead of non-preference eligibles within each quality category.  

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP).  The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies.  If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if:  1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility, 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy.  Well-qualified is defined as meeting all of the minimum qualification standards and eligibility requirements as well as possessing skills that clearly exceed the minimum qualification requirements for the position. Under competitive delegated examining, an ICTAP eligible will be considered well-qualified if they attain an eligibility rating of 90 or higher, not including points for veterans' preference. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority.  Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form.  Information about ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at



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The Department of Defense offers excellent benefits programs some of which may include:


  • Comprehensive health and life insurance
  • Competitive salaries
  • Generous retirement programs
  • Paid holidays, sick leave, and vacation time
  • Flexible work environment to include use of telework and alternate work schedules
  • Paid employment related training and education
  • Possible student loan repayment
  • Payment of licenses, certification, and academic degrees as applicable
  • Bonuses, incentives, and awards as appropriate for the job.


    Click here for more information.  

    Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees.

    The Department of Defense (DoD) policy on employment of annuitants will be used in determining eligibility of annuitants. The DoD policy is available at

    In accordance with section 9902(h) of title 5, United States Code, annuitants reemployed in the Department of Defense shall receive full annuity and salary upon appointment. They shall not be eligible for retirement contributions, participation in the Thrift Savings Plan, or a supplemental or redetermined annuity for the reemployment period. Discontinued service retirement annuitants (i.e. retired under section 8336(d)(1) or 8416(b)(1)(A) of title 5, United States Code) appointed to the Department of Defense may elect to be subject to retirement provisions of the new appointment as appropriate. (See DoD instructions 1400.25, Volume 300, at


    Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.




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

    1. Your resume: If you submit a resume with inappropriate material e.g. photos, you will not be considered for this vacancy. Your resume may be submitted in any format.
    2. Your responses to the questionnaire
    3. Additional required documents (see Required Documents section below)

    The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, May 16, 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 questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process. 

    To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID880707.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.


    If you cannot apply online, you will need to provide the same information obtained in the online process.  You will need three documents to complete this process:  the Occupational Questionnaire, the scan response form, U.S. Office of Personnel Management Occupational Questionnaire (OPM Form 1203-FX), and a separate document described in item #3. below. 

    1. Download the scan response form, OPM Form 1203-FX, from View Occupational Questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire Use this information to guide you in completing the OPM Form 1203-FX.  Note that you may be instructed to leave some responses blank on the scan response form.

    3.  On a separate document, identify which position(s) on your resume (include title, organization, and employment dates) support any response of “E” ("I am considered an expert in performing this task...."). 

    4. Fax the completed OPM Form 1203-FX, along with your required and supporting documents, to 1-478-757-3144. Your OPM Form 1203-FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

    PLEASE NOTE: The numbering on the OPM Form 1203-FX will not match the Occupational Questionnaire.  Section 25 of the OPM Form 1203-FX continuously numbers from number one, while the Questionnaire starts each section of questions with number one.  When entering your responses please continue regardless of number sequence.  This issue has been identified and will be resolved as soon as possible.

    It is your responsibility to verify that information entered, uploaded, or faxed (i.e., resume) is complete, accurate, and submitted by the closing date.  Uploaded documents may take up to one hour to clear the virus scan.  Faxed documents must be completely transmitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on the closing date of the announcement.


    The Department of the Army provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the servicing civilian personnel unit. Requests for reasonable accommodation are made on a case-by-case basis.


    The following documents are required:

    • Resume: If you submit a resume with inappropriate material e.g. photos, you will not be considered for this vacancy. Your resume may be submitted in any format.
    • If the position has an education requirement or you are qualifying based on a combination of education and experience or solely on education, you must submit your college transcripts with your application
    • If you are claiming Veterans Preference or Military Spouse preference (MSP), to verify your preference claim you MUST submit supporting documents with your application package. These documents may include, but are not limited to:   for MSP claims, PCS orders and marriage certificate; for verification of Veteran Preference, DD214 (which indicates character of service) SF-15, VA Letter and/or Activation/Deactivation orders.
    •  If you are currently serving on active duty:  You MUST submit a certification 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. If you supply a certification at this stage, your preference/eligibility will be verified prior to appointment. For more information about Veteran's Preference, please click this link:   Please upload veteran's documents under the appropriate category.

    If you fail to provide these documents, you will be marked as having an incomplete application package and will not be considered any further.


    PLEASE NOTE:   Documents submitted as part of the application package, to include supplemental documents, may be shared beyond the Human Resources Office.   Some supplemental documents like military orders and marriage certificates may contain personal information for other than the applicant.   These documents may be sanitized to remove such personal information before submission with the application.   Applicants may be asked to provide an un-sanitized version of the documents upon selection to confirm eligibility.


    Central Resume Processing Center
    Phone: (410)306-0137
    Agency Information:
    DA WER USACE Walla Walla District
    314 Johnson Street
    Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD


    Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job 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 rating 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. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.

    To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select My Applications, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.

    For questions regarding the status of your application, eligibility or qualifications determination contact the Army Applicant Helpdesk at

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