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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.


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.  

Travel Required

  • Not Required