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Job Title:Lock and Dam Operator

Department:Department of the Army

Agency:U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Job Announcement Number:SWGY13629519918562

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$19.58 to $22.83 / Per Hour


Monday, July 01, 2013 to Monday, July 08, 2013




Full Time - Agency Employees Only




1 vacancy in the following location:
New Orleans, LA United StatesView Map


Current Permanent Civilian Department of Army Employees within the commuting area


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:


The US Army Corps of Engineers, New Orleans District, provides for navigation, flood and hurricane protection, environmental stewardship, and other water resources needs to benefit the people of southern Louisiana and the nation. Duty station is Harvey, LA at Harvey Lock. Harvey Lock is located 3 miles above Canal Street on the West Bank of the Mississippi River. It is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and has a high volume of marine traffic (approximately 8,500 lockages per year). There is public transportation available; however the employee would be required to walk ½ to 1 mile to the lock gates.


The position is located at Algiers Lock.  Algiers Lock is located below New Orleans on the west bank of the Mississippi River. There is public transportation available; however the employee would be required to walk 1/2 to 3/4 mile to the lock gates. The lock provides an alternate waterway connection from the Mississippi River to the GIWW at mile 6 west of Harvey Lock. It is operated 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  For additional information on the U.S. Army Engineer District - New Orleans, please access the site at USACE New Orleans District



Who May Apply:


Current Civilian Department of Army Employees within the local commuting area



  • A medical examination is required
  • Must comply with Drug Abuse Testing Program requirements
  • Completion of Lock and Dam certification program may be required


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As a Lock and Dam Operator, WY-5426-09, employee exercises primary authority over use of lock through issuance of instructions to tow boat captains and other craft operators, setting of precedence of entry, and through maintaining proper procedural operation. Serves alone or as responsible lead man of two-man crew responsible for making lockages. Handles bow or stern lines, walks lines to proper locations along wall and snubs lines to assist pilot in maneuvering craft into position. Secures lines on wall. Operates electrical, electronic, and/or hydraulic gate controls to open and/or close gates at one end of lock chamber. As necessary during operation removes debris or ice in path of moving gates or in lock wall recesses to avoid equipment or machinery damage. Operates electrically, electronically, and/or hydraulically controlled valves controlling flow of water for emptying and filling operations, and as necessary during double lockages operates electric tow haulage unit to move barges into and out of lock chamber. Observes weather conditions, condition of craft desiring entry, etc., to determine propriety of entry from safety standpoint. Operates controls necessary to provide for by-pass of defective circuits controlling lock operation. Operates light and horn signals to vessels entering or leaving lock chamber. Operates electrical or electronic controls to raise or lower dam gates in accordance with specific instructions and/or own judgment. Operates radio for voice communication with tows or other craft. Obtains and/or directs others to obtain and record required statistical data relative to each lockage.


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Qualified applicants must show in their resume the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the work of a Lock and Dam Operator, WY-5426 without more than normal supervision.  You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency (knowledge, skill, and ability) in the following areas:


  • Knowledge of Lock and Dam Equipment and Machinery Preventative Maintenance
  • Operation of Lock and Dam Equipment and Machinery
  • Ability to Follow Instructions
  • Technical Practices (Theoretical, Precise, Artistic)
  • Ability to Operate Lock and Dam Equipment and Machinery Safely
  • Use of Measuring Instruments



Eye and hand coordination for operating various controls and handling lines while observing traffic and personnel, during crane lifting operations, lifting dam gates, etc. There is standing, stooping, bending, occasional lifting in excess of 50 pounds, stretching, working in cramped positions and spaces, handling or maneuvering bulky items or equipment, and general continuous moderate to arduous physical effort required.



Preponderance of work is performed outside subject to extremes of temperature and weather. There is exposure to injuries associated with working in restricted areas, occasionally cramped and/or uncomfortably hot or cold areas, from falling objects, from working with electrical power tools and wiring or other equipment, from working with normal manual tools and from falls while working on lock walls, dam service bridge, etc. While possibility of drowning exists as result of falls while working around water, hazard is practically eliminated through observance of safety procedures and use of safety equipment. During maintenance operations is occasionally exposed to unpleasant fumes, dust, etc.

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.
  • This position is subject to the Department of the Army Drug-Free Workplace Program. Applicants will be required to sign a statement agreeing to testing under this program, both as a condition of pre-employment and periodic unscheduled testing as a condition of continued employment. Refusal to sign this form or a confirmed urinalysis test will cause applicants to be denied further consideration for this position. Applicants will be required to take a urinalysis during the pre-employment physical.
  • A medical examination is required.
  • Personnel security investigation required.
  • Payment of Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs are not authorized, based on a determination that a PCS move is not in the Government interest.
  • Defense National Relocation Program (DNRP) will not be authorized.
  • Completion of IMTS Lock and Dam Operator training and certification program may be required.
  • This is a career program position CP 18
  • Failure to provide all required information as stated in the vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating of your application.



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. Only the most recently submitted resume will be considered.



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The Department of Defense offers an excellent benefits program. In addition to your take-home pay, your comprehensive compensation/benefits package will include most of the benefits described at


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.  Annuitants reemployed in the Department of Defense receive full annuity and salary upon appointment. They are not eligible for retirement contributions or to participate in the Thrift Savings Plan, nor to 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 for up to 180 days after the closing date of this announcement.


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package.
Your complete application packages must include:

1. Your resume:


  • Your resume may be submitted in any format.
  • If you submit more than one copy of your resume, only the most recent version will be reviewed. The latest timestamp will be used to determine which version of your resume is "most recent." It is your responsibility to check the status and timestamp of all documents you submit as part of your application.
  • If your resume includes a photograph or other inappropriate material or content, you will not be considered for this vacancy.
  • For qualifications determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e., HRS per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). If your resume does not contain this information, your application will be marked as insufficient and you will not receive consideration for this position.


2. Your responses to the online questionnaire
3. Documents to support your eligibility category(ies)
(see Required Documents section below)

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, July 08, 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.


If you upload your documents, do not fax the same documents. If you are unable to upload your documents, you may submit them by fax.  Download and complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 918562.  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

2. 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, please 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...."). 

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 in Section 25 of the OPM Form 1203-FX, which 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 11:59p.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. Your requests for reasonable accommodation will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.


As described above, your complete application includes your resume, your responses to the online questionnaire, and documents which support your eligibility category or categories. If your eligibility category is listed below, you must provide the documents described for that category.  If your eligibility category is NOT listed below, contact the Central Resume Processing Center for assistance.  If you fail to provide these documents, you will be marked as having an incomplete application package and you will not be considered any further.

Eligibility Categories

Current Department of Army Employees: You are required to submit a copy of your most recent Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) showing your current Pay Plan/Pay Schedule, Series/Occupational Code, and Grade/Pay Band.

Military Spouse Preference referred via the DoD Priority Placement Program: You are required to submit a copy of your most recent SF-50 and a copy of your Military sponsor's PCS orders.


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 someone other than yourself. You may sanitize these documents to remove another person's personal information before you submit your application. You may be asked to provide an un-sanitized version of the documents if you are selected, to confirm your eligibility.



Central Processing
Phone: (410)306-0137
Agency Information:
W2R902 OD Ops Proj Mgr GIWW Algiers Lock
7400 Leake Ave
New Orleans, LA


If you provided an email address, you will receive email notification as soon as you submit your application.  Your responses to the online questionnaire will be used to determine your eligibility, qualifications, and quality ranking for this position.  Based on your responses, if you are determined to be ineligible or not qualified, you application will receive no further consideration.

Your responses may be compared to the documents you submit.  The documents you submit must support your responses to the online questionaire.  If your application contradicts or does not support your questionnaire responses, you will receive a rating of "not qualified" or "insufficent information" and you will not receive further consideration for this job.  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.
If you do not provide an email address, you are responsible for checking status updates and notifications in USAJOBS. Hard copy notifications will not be sent to you.

For questions regarding the status of your application, eligibility or qualifications determination contact the Central Resume Processing Center

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