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Job Title:  Utility Systems Repairer Operator, WG-4742-10
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  National Park Service
Job Announcement Number:  MWW-MP-13-029 (967864)

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$22.38 to $26.10 / Per Hour
Thursday, September 26, 2013 to Tuesday, November 05, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Interior, SD View Map
Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)


Experience your America and build a fulfilling career by joining the National Park Service. Become a part of our mission to unite our past, our cultures and our special places, to establish important connections to the present and build a rich and lasting legacy for future generations. For more information on the National Park Service, click:

This is a full time permanent position duty stationed at Badlands National Park, near Interior, South Dakota.

AREA INFORMATION : Badlands National Park is located in southwestern South Dakota 75 miles east of Rapid city (population 57,000), and 30 miles from Wall, Kadoka, and Philip. Limited grocery shopping, service station, K-8 school, and post office are located in Interior, 2 miles from park headquarters. Shopping, medical and dental facilities, and schools K-12 are available in Wall, Kadoka, Philip, and Rapid City. The area is a beautiful place to live and raise a family but winters can be harsh with occasional cold temperatures, high winds, and blizzard like conditions. Summers can be hot and dry with temperatures topping 100 degrees. For additional information, contact (605) 433-5361.

WHO MAY APPLY : Government-wide career or career-conditional employees; Transfer and Reinstatement Candidates, 30% or More Compensable Disabled Veterans, Veterans Recruitment Act (VRA) Eligibles, Qualified Handicapped Individuals, Veterans who are Preference Eligibles or who have been separated from the Armed Forces under honorable conditions after three years or more of continuous active service (VEOA) and returned volunteers from the Peace Corps or Vista, etc. You must submit proof of this eligibility with your application.

This announcement is being advertised under merit promotion procedures, the candiates listed above may apply. 

Review the complete job announcement to assure you have submitted all requested documentation.  Failure to submit ALL application materials may result in a low or ineligible rating.

YOU MUST SUBMIT YOUR SF-50 AND CURRENT/MOST RECENT PERFORMANCE APPRAISAL IN ORDER TO BE CONSIDERED UNDER MERIT PROMOTION PROCEDURES. Status candidates must submit proof of their status (SF-50 showing current grade and tenure) and an SF-50 showing highest (permanent) grade ever held, if different. Award SF50's will not be considered as proof of status. You must submit a copy of your current/most recent Performance Appraisal (must be within 15 months from the closing date of the announcement). If no evaluation is enclosed, a written justification must be provided for its absence.


Number of Vacancies: One position will be filled from this job opportunity announcement.


  • U.S. citizen
  • Appt contingent upon background investigation and favorable adjudication
  • Must be able to obtain within one year a Class A CDL
  • Must wear a NPS uniform and comply with uniform standards
  • This is a required occupancy position
  • Must be able to work holidays, evenings, weekends and overtime


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This position is located in a National Park Service Cedar Pass Unit. The primary purpose of the position is the operation and maintenance of HVAC systems, electrical systems, plumbing, wastewater and utility systems on a main campus of 25 buildings plus four satellite locations up to 50 miles distant.  The Systems operate 24/7 365 days per year, work will include installation and repair plus performing preventive maintenance to all system listed below.  Weekend, some nights and overtime will be required.  This is one of two positions needed to attain appropriate coverage.  All work must meet applicable Federal, State and NPS regulatory statutes. This position may be required occupancy position and is considered emergency essential.


There are 40 Air Conditioning Equipment systems throughout the park.  Main Campus upon completion of this current upgrade will be a networked complex (fiber optic) of 25 buildings. Critical systems includes:  The visitor center, which includes a museum (artifacts from 23 to 30 million years old requiring specific climate control), Park Wide Secured Network Hub, telecom central office of our partner Goldenwest, theater, retail space, visitor contact station, and offices. This large building sees in excess of half a million people per year. It also serves as the designated storm and emergency shelter. Further it is provided with backup power from a standby generation facility. Next the museum storage building is a repository and archival storage for artifacts from the same period plus documents for more recent periods that also require special climate controls.  Lastly is the Law Enforcement, Emergency Services building house critical communications and prisoner holding cells.  As the exterior temperatures are in a range from -30 degrees F to in excess 115 degrees F air conditioning and heating are extremely critical.


Further, this is the primary electrician in the park for all the secondary power distribution systems.  Park Systems include:  Variable Frequency Drives (VFD's) on lift stations, power distribution panels up to 800 amps 3 phase 480 volts; motor control panels up to 100 amps 3 phase 480; lighting protection systems on buildings and lift stations. Operates and maintains the galvanic protection system on the semi-buried propane fuel farm.  Operates, installs, and maintains switch gear for backup power for mission critical systems detailed in air conditioning system section, switch gear is 800/400 amps at 3 phase 240.  Installs operates and maintains transformers with 3 phase 480 VAC primary to 208 VAC 3 phase.   Troubleshoot and maintains fire alarm and electrical intrusion monitors.  


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All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement TAG:Closing Date.  Qualifying experience may be obtained in the private or public sectors.  Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook for Trades and Labor Occupations (X118C) for the WG-0000 series at To qualify for this position, you must possess the basic qualifying specialized experience as required and selective factors as described in the occupational questionnaire.

Applicants must be physically fit and, as required in the Office of Personnel Management Qualifications Handbook X-118C, and must possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities of the elements listed in Section 25 of the Online Occupational Questionnaire to perform the duties of the position at the level for which they are applying. Qualification requirement emphasis is on the quality of experience, not necessarily the length of time.

EXPERIENCE:  There is no specific length of training or experience required. However, you must be able to demonstrate, through your experience shown in your written application, that you possess sufficient knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. In addition to your application or resume, you MUST submit the Occupational Questionnaire form described further in this announcement in order to be considered for this position. The qualification (screen-out) statement is designed to assess the degree to which your experience and/or training meet the qualification requirements.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The nature of this position requires making installation from ladders, scaffolds, and platforms where parts of the systems are in cramped places. This requires standing, bending, stooping, kneeling, climbing and working in tiring and cramped positions.  Frequently lifts, and carries equipment that weighs up to 50 pounds unassisted and occasionally over 100 pounds with assistance.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The Utility Systems Operator is expected to work outside in all types of weather with temperatures varying from -20 to 90+ degrees; often works inside in dusty, dirty and occasionally greasy locations where there is a possibility of cuts and bruises. Works on man lifts and scaffolding up to 9 meters (30 feet). Required to work in confined spaces. Various types of specialized clothing and personal protective equipment (hard hats, eye and ear protection, etc.) are required due to occasional exposure to hazardous working conditions and materials.


COMMERICAL DRIVER'S LICENSE: Must possess or be able to obtain within one year, a Class A commercial driver's license (CDL)with tanker and hazardous material endorsement.

SOUTH DAKOTA CLASS I, WASTEWATER OPERATOR'S CERTIFICATION: Must possess or be able to obtain withon one year, a South Dakota Class I, Wastewater Operator's License.

PROBATIONARY PERIOD: You will be required to serve a probationary period of one year, dependent upon your method of selection, if you have not yet met this requirement.

Males born after 12-31-1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service see for additional information.

Federal employment requires direct deposit of pay.

Travel may be required up to six nights per month.


Applicants will be rated according to responses to the occupational questionnaire. A review of the resume and other supporting documentation of the highest scoring applicants will be conducted and compared against the responses to the occupational questionnaire.  The applications with the highest scores will be referred to the selecting official. The score, based on responses to the questionnaire, is a measure of the degree to which an applicant's background matches the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for the position.  If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that qualifications and/or experience have been inflated, your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. If you meet the qualification requirements, based on your score you will be rated against other eligible Merit Promotion applicants and the Best Qualified applicants, as determined by the cut off score, will be referred to the selecting official for further review.  Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempts to conceal information may be grounds for rating you ineligible, not hiring you, or for firing you after you begin work.

The occupational questionnaire is designed to measure your ability in the following areas needed to successfully perform the duties of this position:

- Minimum qualifications for the position – Screen Out

- Install, operate and maintain HVAC system

- Install, operate and maintain a secondary electrical system

- Perform plumbing installation, modification and repair

- Communication


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The federal government offers a comprehensive benefits package.  Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at

Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will be paid if the person selected for the position is from outside the local commuting area and is otherwise eligible for reimbursement of relocation expenses under the Federal Travel Regulations. However, there will be NO guaranteed home sale.




If you are an eligible Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) or Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) applicant you may apply for special selection over other candidates for this position. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position. To receive preference you must submit proof of eligibility. For information on how to apply as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible see

VETERANS PREFERENCE:  If claiming preference, submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4 Copy) showing honorable or general discharge, that they entered the military service prior to 10-14-1975; served on active duty during the Gulf War between 8-2-1990 and January 2, 1992, regardless of where the person served; or, served in a military action for which they received a campaign badge or expeditionary medal.  Medal holders and Gulf War veterans must have served continuously for at least 24 months or the full period for which called or ordered to active duty.  Disabled Preference will be granted to the eligible veterans who provide a SF-15 and appropriate documentation as listed on the SF-15, Purple heart recipients; spouses, widowers, or mothers of a deceased veteran.  You must submit the appropriate veterans preference documents by the closing date to be granted preference.  Veteran preference points are not applied under a Merit Promotion announcement.  The SF-15 can be obtained by clicking this link  Applications lacking a DD-214 and/or associated SF-15 documentation will not receive veteran's preference.

VEOA:  The Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 provides the opportunity for veterans with preference eligibility or three years of honorable active duty service to receive equal consideration with status Federal employees.  Veterans seeking VEOA eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of a preference eligible or a veteran separated after three or more years of continuous active service.  Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a VEOA eligible.  Veteran's preference points are not assigned under VEOA; therefore VEOA eligibles will be rated and ranked with the other candidates without regard to preference.  More information and eligibility requirements for VEOA can be found in the OPM Vet Guide by clicking this link

Special Hiring Authority (non-competitive) Eligibles:  Applicants eligible under a non-competitive hiring authority (VRA, Peace Corps, SCEP, etc.) indicate the type of special appointing authority you are seeking and submit documentation supporting your eligibility for the special hiring authority.  Applications lacking documentation will not be considered for a special hiring authority. You can apply for a non-competitive appointment if you meet the basic eligibility requirements and you are eligible for special appointment such as those authorized for the severely disabled; certain Vietnam era and disabled veterans; returned volunteers from the Peace Corps or Vista, etc. Please indicate the type of special appointment you are seeking, if any, on your application and follow all other instructions for applying shown in this announcement. For additional information regarding Schedule A appointment eligibility visit:

Financial disclosure required.

Travel may be required six nights per month.

Additional vacancies for the same position title, series, and grade may be filled from this announcement.


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NOTE: Applicants must submit their application packages electronically or by fax.  Applications/resumes and supporting documentation sent by mail (including email) WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.  The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Applicants are advised that a variety of public facilities such as schools, public libraries, state employment offices and regional job centers provide access to computers at no charge.  Help may also be available to targeted groups through a variety of public assistance agencies.

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes all the following parts:
1. Resume/Application
2. Complete Occupational Questionnaire
3. Other Supporting Documents (See Required Documents Section Below)

To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.

Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.

It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.

To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.

Faxing Applications or Supporting Documents:

You are encouraged to apply online. Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.

NOTE: If you applied online and your application is complete, do not fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s):

1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information. The Vacancy Identification Number is 967864.

2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on Tuesday, November 05, 2013 to receive consideration. Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:

1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.

2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items

3. Fax all six pages of 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.

DO NOT SEND PHOTOGRAPHS Any resume or documents with photographs cannot be forwarded to the hiring official.


Resumes should include personal information, education, work experience (including dates of employment-month and year, and hours worked per week), and other qualifications pertinent to the position.  Applications lacking required information may be considered ineligible.

The following documents are required and must be received by the closing date of this announcement:

  • Resume - Showing detailed relevant experience. Your experience must verify the answers given on the assessment questionnaire. You MUST use your FULL LEGAL NAME (Do not use nicknames or shortened names).
  • Qualifications (occupational questionnaire).
  • SF-50: Federal employees must submit proof of their status (SF-50 showing current grade and tenure) and an SF-50 showing highest (permanent) grade ever held, if different. Awards SF50 will not be considered as proof of status.
  • Performance Appraisal: You must submit a copy of your current Performance Appraisal (must be within 15 months from the closing date of the announcement). If no evaluation is enclosed, a written justification must be provided for its absence.
  • Veterans Preference Documentation (DD-214 (Member 4 copy), VA Letter, SF-15, etc) see veterans preference under the other information section.  
  • CTAP/ICTAP Documents, if applicable.
  • Selective Factors, if applicable. 


Phone: (605)745-3620
Agency Information:
Midwest West SHRO
National Park Service
please email or call with questions
Thank You, SD


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful.  Based upon your score, you may/or may not be referred to the hiring official.  You will be notified of your rating and/or referral to the hiring official.  If further evaluation or interviews are required you may be contacted directly.  You will receive notice via email or by mail, if no email address was provided by you during the application process, once this process is completed.

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