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Job Title:  Drill Rig Operator Helper
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Bureau of Reclamation
Job Announcement Number:  BR-UC-2013-12 (DE-gb)

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$16.11 to $18.77 / Per Hour
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 to Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Full-time - Permanent
2 vacancies - Pleasant Grove, UT, US  View 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:

Reclamation is seeking a new professional looking for an opportunity to capitalize on his/her expertise as a Drill Rig Operator Helper. You can make a difference in the West by assisting in meeting increasing water demands while protecting the environment. Would you enjoy supporting the geotechnical investigations work at various sites throughout the 17 Western States? Here is a great opportunity to join a great organization with excellent growth potential!

Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid by our agency.  Expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the individual selected.



  • US Citizenship or National; Must submit a resume and supporting documents;
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation;
  • Must pass pre-employment physical exam and drug test;
  • Must possess and maintain a Class A CDL;
  • Work Schedule: 10 days out-of-town travel/4 days off;
  • For veterans consideration, submit document(s) under required documents.


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Assists a Drill Rig Operator in performance of assigned duties.  Helps set up, align, operate and maintain drilling machines, drilling support equipment and drilling systems, including a variety of top head rotary drill rigs, rig tenders, core barrels and drill rods.  Sets casing or reinforcing materials. Fuels and lubricates before or during operations and helps clean, lubricate, adjust and repair equipment when not operating.

Safety is a critical component of this job.  Work requires wearing personal protective equipment such as hardhat, steel-toed boots, safety glasses, sleeved shirts and long pants even in extreme heat.  A safety harness will be worn at all times while working in the crow’s nest, helper’s deck or while more than 4 feet above the ground.  The incumbent is responsible for complying with safety instructions and regulations, ensuring individual’s safety, and promptly reporting unsafe acts, unsafe conditions and accidents to supervisor.

Training Requirements
You will be given 90 days from the day you enter on duty to obtain both a forklift certification and a fall protection and rescue certification.  Your appointment will be terminated if you fail to obtain either one of these certifications within the given time period.

Working Conditions
Work is performed primarily outdoors, and therefore the employee is exposed to temperature extremes from -20 to 110 degrees, and dirt, dust, mud, rain, snow and ice (field work 95% of time).  There is a constant possibility of injury to self and other employees of the work crew if proper safety procedures are not followed. Travel is an integral part of this position and the incumbent will drive long hours to mobilize and set up drill equipment at remote locations; be in travel status a majority of the time (95% of time); and will work a variety of schedules, including longer than normal workdays, and weekends and holidays as required (usually shifts are 10 days on/4 days off, 10 hour days).

Physical Effort
Work is extremely physical and involves handling, lifting, bending, pulling, pushing, lifting, carrying and moving heavy drilling equipment.  There are also prolonged periods of standing, walking, bending, pushing, climbing, reaching and pulling.  Pre-employment, as well as periodic, physical exams and drug testing are required.


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This position requires you to currently possess and maintain a valid, Commercial Drivers License, Class A.

You must meet all qualification requirements and any selective factors, by the closing date of this announcement.


Category rating and selection procedures will be used for evaluating this position.  If you meet the basic qualification requirements, your on-line responses to the vacancy assessment questionnaire 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 and 3) Qualified.  Qualified candidates will be assigned a numerical score on a scale of 70-100 and Veterans with preference will be placed at the top of their respective category.  The assessment questionnaire will take you approximately 30 minutes to complete.

Applicants will be further evaluated on the following "Job Elements" through your resume and responses to the online questions:

1. Ability to do the work of the position without more than normal supervision (SCREEN-OUT);
2. Operation of motor vehicles;
3. Ability to interpret instructions and specifications, etc.;
4. Ability to drive safely;
5. Reliability and dependability as Drill Rig Operator Helper.

Minimum qualifications for trades and labor positions are determined by evaluation of job elements.  You must meet at least 2 points of 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.

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. If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is apparent tin your description of experience, competencies, skills, and/or education/training OR that your resume/application is incomplete, you may be rated ineligible or your score may be lowered.
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Working for the Bureau of Reclamation offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.  To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit:


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:

Telework: Reclamation has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework only during an emergency or natural disaster.

Equal Employment Opportunity: The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, 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 factors.

REFERENCES: On your application, please include the names and current phone numbers for at least 3 supervisory references. If any individual is no longer available for contact, you are requested to provide the name and current phone number of another person with the company (team lead, acting supervisor, etc.) that would know your work history.


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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 your USAJOBS profile - instructions provided during the online application process. In addition, you may E-mail your supporting documentation to, fax directly to the HR Office at (801) 524-3187, mail to 125 South State Street, Room 6107 (UC-549), Salt Lake City, Utah 84138, OR hand-deliver to 125 South State Street, Room 7402 (UC-549), Salt Lake City, Utah 84138. Include your name and the vacancy number on the supporting document(s).

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:


--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 90 on the assessment questionnaire as established, and be able to perform the duties of the position upon entry. For information on CTAP/ICTAP, visit:

--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:


Angelica Sotelo
Phone: 801-524-3794
Fax: 801-524-3187
Agency Information:
125 S. State St., Room 6107
Attn: UC-549
Salt Lake City, UT
Fax: 801-524-3187


After all application packages have been received, resumes and transcripts 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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