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Job Title:  Materials Handler (Fork Lift Operator)
Department:  Department of Defense
Agency:  Defense Commissary Agency
Job Announcement Number:  FEFK13925134S

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$16.78 to $19.60 / Per Hour
Monday, August 05, 2013 to Friday, January 17, 2014
Multiple Schedules - Multiple Appointment Types
Many vacancies in the following location(s):
Atsugi, JapanView Map
Camp Courtney Okinawa, JapanView Map
Camp Foster, JapanView Map
Iwakuni, JapanView Map
Kadena Air Base Okinawa, JapanView Map
More Locations  (10)
Status Candidates (Merit Promotion Eligibles)
Not Applicable


DeCA's mission is to deliver a premier Commissary benefit to the Armed Services Community that:

  • Encourages an exciting shopping experience
  • Satisfies customer demand for quality grocery and household products
  • Delivers exceptional savings


This announcement is a Standing Register. Applications will be reviewed and referred for selection as vacancies occur within the organization.

This announcement may be used to fill full-time, part-time, or intermittent work schedules.

Position is located in a Central Distribution Center (CDC) at a Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) facility in the Western Pacific Region, Japan. The purpose of this position is to perform a variety of duties involved with receiving, prepositioning, assembling for issue, and distributing a wide variety of merchandise, products, and supplies peculiar to a commissary store operation.

DeCA Commissaries Homepage

Who May Apply:

Only applicants in the local commuting area in the categories listed below are eligible to apply for this position:

  • Current Civilian DeCA employees with competitive status
  • DoD Transfer
  • Non-DoD Transfer
  • Reinstatement eligibles
  • Non-Appropriated Fund (NAF) Interchange Agreement eligibles
  • Military Spouse Preference for Overseas Employment
  • Family Member Preference for Overseas Employment
  • Executive Order 13473 for Certain Military Spouses
  • Excepted Service Family Member for Overseas Employment
  • Postal Service/Peace Corps and Other Unique Authorities
  • OPM Interchange Agreement
  • Interagency Career Transition Assitance Program (ICTAP)

Eligible veterans may apply regardless of geographical location:

  • Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA)
  • Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA)
  • 30% Disabled Veterans


NOTE: As a result of sequestration and budget shortfalls, Army is furloughing most of its employees for some amount of time during fiscal year 2013. An employee in this position MAY be subject to furlough. If applicable, specific information regarding the administrative furlough will be provided to the individual selected for this position.


  • Not Required


  • No


  • Payment of Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs is NOT authorized.
  • Must be able to lift and carry weights up to 70 pounds.
  • May be required to work rotating shifts, weekends, and/or holidays.
  • Must obtain &maintain Material Handling Equipment proficiency certification
  • Must satisfy the requirements of the July 26, 2012 DoD 1400.25, Volume 1230


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You will serve as a Materials Handler (Fork Lift Operator) responsible for receiving, unloading, and processing incoming shipments of items arriving via various modes of transportation. You will assemble items, grouping material according to receiving vouchers and, as necessary, into subgroups based on property class, condition, and type of transaction. You will store, stack, and palletize items based on precedent and/or established procedures. You will use handcarts, dollies, forklifts, and other manual and automated equipment to move stock. You will select and assemble items for shipment or issue. You will assemble items for shipping according to information on receiving vouchers. You will check the condition of shipping containers prior to loading and ensure shipments are loaded into proper conveyances. You will assist in determining the reasons for overages, shortages, or misplaced items. You will follow general safety practices in operating equipment and perform operator's maintenance on equipment.


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Screen Out Element: In order to receive consideration for this position, applicants must possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform the duties of this position consistent with accepted practices of the trade.

Applicants must meet the required screen out element: Ability to do the work of the position without more than normal supervision. This includes, but is not limited to: Ability to receive shipments; Ability to properly store and handle stock; Ability to preposition and assemble delivery shipments; and Ability to operate Material Handling Equipment.

Physical effort: Stands, stoops, bends, and works in tiring and uncomfortable positions. May be required to work at a rapid pace for prolonged periods while receiving, stocking, unloading, and/or loading trucks. Frequently lifts and carries materials that weigh up to 70 pounds and at times may handle items weighing over 70 pounds.

Working Conditions: Works inside and outside subject to heat, cold, damp, drafty, or poorly lighted areas; works on open docks or storage areas. Work may be dirty, dusty, and greasy. Frequently exposed to the possibility of cuts, scrapes, and bruises, or injury from material handling 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. (NOTE: if you are applying for a Spouse or Family Member appointment in Japan, you do not have to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.)

One year trial/probationary period may be required.

Direct Deposit of Pay is Required.

Personnel security investigation may be required.

You may claim Military Spouse Preference.

Applicant's claiming veteran's preference must clearly show an entitlement to such preference in supporting documents submitted along with the application package.

Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid experience or volunteer work.

May require shift work and/or work on rotating shifts to provide coverage on evenings, weekends, holidays, and in other situations.

Required to obtain a Material Handling Equipment (MHE) proficiency certification within 30 days of entrance on duty and maintain MHE certification for the duration of appointment.

This position may be non-competitively converted to permanent without further competition.


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.  You must demonstrate this experience in a narrative format in your resume to be found qualified for this position.


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 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.
  • For more information on benefits and entitlements please visit:


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  • Payment of Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs is not authorized based on a determination that a PCS move is not in the Government interest.
  • Living Quarters Allowance (LQA) and/or Government Quarters will not be authorized.
  • Separate Maintenance Allowance (SMA) will not be granted.
  • Transportation Agreement will not be negotiated.
  • Special Note to NSPS Applicants: If you apply for and accept a GS position, your GS pay will be set differently than if you transition out of NSPS with your organization. If you apply for and accept a position and your pay cannot be set within the GS grade range, you may not be eligible for pay retention. Be sure to refer to the NSPS web site ( for more details on how this might affect your specific situation.
  • 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 .)
  • Applicants must comply with the Exceptional Family Member Program requirements as outlined in the DoD Instruction 1315.19 at .
  • U.S. citizens overseas under ordinarily resident status are not eligible for appointment under the Status of Forces Agreement.
  • Locality pay does not apply in the overseas area.
  • On this overseas accompanied tour, medical and DoDDS special education services may not be available in the immediate location of this position.
  • In the overseas areas, access for civilian employees and their families to military medical and dental treatment facilities is on a space-available and reimbursable basis only. Medical care may be provided by host nation providers. The availability and level of care at host nation medical facilities will vary by location. Movement overseas may require you to initiate a change in your health benefits plan to ensure coverage.
  • Pay retention may be offered to successful applicants for positions at overseas locations. For this provision to apply to employees already overseas, the selected individual would have to require a permanent change of station move and would have to be selected as a result of a recruitment effort that had been extended outside of the overseas command involved.
  • This announcement may be used to fill full-time, part-time, or intermittent work schedules.
  • This announcement will be used to fill multiple positions at various locations.


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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 Friday, January 17, 2014.

    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 ID 925134.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

    If you cannot apply online:

    1. Click the following link to view and print the questionnaire  View Occupational Questionnaire,
    2. Print the 1203FX form to provide your response to the questionnaire, and
    3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

    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:

    ·         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.  You must list your current contact information.

    ·         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.

    ·         You MUST submit documents verifying your eligibility with your application package. These documents may include, but are not limited to:

             1. Current employee verification - a SF-50 (Appropriated Fund Notification of Personnel Action) or DD3434 (Non-Appropriated Fund Employee).

             2. Married Spouse Preference (MSP) claims - Spouse's PCS orders with your name listed on them and marriage certificate.

             3. Verification of Veteran status -  DD214 (which indicates character of service), SF-15 (Application for 10 point Veterans Preference), VA Letter and/or Activation/Deactivation orders.


      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: (000)000-0000
    Agency Information:
    DECA Western Pacific Region


    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 no email address is provided, applicant is responsible for checking status updates and notifications in Applicant Manager.   Hard copy notifications will not be sent to applicant.


    For questions regarding the status of your application, eligibility or qualifications determination contact:

    Additional Duty Location Info

    Many vacancies in the following locations:
    Atsugi, JapanView Map
    Camp Courtney Okinawa, JapanView Map
    Camp Foster, JapanView Map
    Iwakuni, JapanView Map
    Kadena Air Base Okinawa, JapanView Map
    Kure, JapanView Map
    Misawa AFB, JapanView Map
    Okinawa Island, JapanView Map
    Sagami, JapanView Map
    Sagamihara, JapanView Map
    Sasebo, JapanView Map
    Yokohama North Dock, JapanView Map
    Yokosuka, JapanView Map
    Yokota Air Base, JapanView Map
    Zama, JapanView Map

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