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Job Title:Facilities Operations Specialist

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Agricultural Research Service

Job Announcement Number:CK-13-984938-TW

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$51,630.00 to $81,204.00 / Per Year


Monday, October 28, 2013 to Friday, November 08, 2013




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map


US Citizens and Status Candidates


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This position is located in the Facilities Services Unit, U.S. National Arboretum and reports to the USNA Director or Associate Director.  The incumbent will perform administrative work that involves operating and maintaining buildings, utilities, roadways, grounds, and other facilities at the 446-acre U.S. National Arboretum.  The work requires administrative knowledge and skills and broad technical knowledge of the operating capabilities and maintenance requirements of various kinds of facilities and typically involves coordinating and directing work performed by a variety of trades and labor employees and requires broad knowledge of such work.  The incumbent will be the first line technical supervisor for the Facilities Services Unit and will be responsible for supervising the operation, maintenance and repairs to grounds and buildings; brickyard composting facility; and, vehicle and heavy equipment operation, maintenance and repair for the USNA.  The incumbent will provide technical oversight and day-to-day supervision of at least three USNA WG employees (one Motor Vehicle Operator; two Maintenance Workers).  Facility operations includes programs and services essential to maintain a safe, healthy, and comfortable facility for both staff and visitors.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.


  • Must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this position
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service


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The incumbent:

  • Plans and directs conventional facilities operations and maintenance for the US National Arboretum.
  • Assists the USNA Director or Associate Director and USNA Unit Leaders to develop criteria for facilities improvement and construction priorities.
  • Works with the Management Team and communicates with staff to prepare and submit reports based on analysis of major USNA needs to the USNA Director for use in overall planning, development, and coordination of USNA facilities and grounds.
  • Maintains, repairs, or modifies facilities by: upgrading or replacing utility systems; inspecting physical structures, utilities, roadways, and surrounding grounds; and planning and overseeing work performed by a variety of trades and labor employees.
  • Operates facility programs and services efficiently.


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Minimum Qualifications:

GS-9: Must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 level. Specialized experience is fulfilled by the following: (1) Knowledge of various skilled trades work, building repair and facilities maintenance. (2) Skill in applying facilities management principles and practices in order to plan, conduct, and direct a facilities maintenance program. and (3) Skill using personal computers including basic software such as Word, Excel and basic facilities maintenance program software.

Must have two full years of progressively higher level graduate education, or master's or equivalent graduate degree in engineering, industrial arts, property management, or business administration.


Must have a combination of specialized experience and graduate level education as described above, such that the percentage of required experience plus the percentage of required education equals 100%. (Note: only education in excess of the first year is creditable.) To calculate, first determine your total number of graduate semester hours beyond the first 18, and divide that number by 18. Next, divide the total number of months of qualifying experience by 12. Now add your percentages of education and experience. The two percentages must total at least 100% for you to qualify based on your combination of education and experience.

GS-11: have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 level. Specialized experience is fulfilled by the following: 1. Ability to use building operation and maintenance procedures to prepare specifications and perform contractor oversight. 2. Ability to oversee the operation and maintenance of facilities using energy evaluation principles to assess consumption and make alterations to meet government standards. 3. Ability to use standard trade practices, inspection procedures, shop productions, material usage, and design practices to develop and design layouts, plans, and work specifications for safe and economical operations.


Must have three full years of progressively higher level graduate education, or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in engineering, industrial arts, property management or business administration.


Must have a combination of specialized experience and graduate level education as described above, such that the percentage of required experience plus the percentage of required education equals 100%. (Note: only education in excess of the first year is creditable.) To calculate, first determine your total number of graduate semester hours beyond the first 18, and divide that number by 18. Next, divide the total number of months of qualifying experience by 12. Now add your percentages of education and experience. The two percentages must total at least 100% for you to qualify based on your combination of education and experience.

Time-in-grade restrictions apply for all candidates considered under merit promotion procedures: One year or 52-weeks at the GS-7 level is required for the GS-9.  One year or 52-weeks at the GS-9 level is required for the GS-11.  (MUST SUBMIT AN SF-50 THAT SHOWS TIME-IN-GRADE ELIGIBILITY AS SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION)

Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

Applicants must be available to report for duty at the time a selection is made.  Selections are typically made within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.


Your application will be evaluated and rated under Category Rating Procedures.  Qualified candidates will be placed for selection consideration into three categories:  Best Qualified, Well Qualified or Qualified.  Within these categories, applicants eligible for veterans' preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans.  Your resume will be reviewed and compared against your responses to the online questionnaire.  We strongly encourage you to answer every question that accompanies this vacancy, as your responses will better highlight your specific qualifications. 

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies:


  • Ability to plan, develop, and execute a facility operations or maintenance program.
  • Knowledge of trades materials and equipment applicable to facility operations.
  • Ability to perform project supervision and management.
  • Knowledge of safety plans, job hazards, medical monitoring, and personal protection programs.


Please note that your resume must thoroughly support your responses to the assessment questionnaire.  High self-assessment in the applicant questions that is not supported by information in your resume may eliminate you from best-qualified status and subsequent referral to the selecting official.

Displaced/Surplus Employees:  Individuals eligible under the USDA Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection.  CTAP and ICTAP eligibles within the local commuting area will be considered well qualified if the applicant meets the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors, and is rated in the Well Qualified Category as described in the How You Will Be Evaluated section.  Employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent performance rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location.  Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible.   CLICK HERE for additional information on CTAP and ICTAP.


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The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees.  The following link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees:


Financial Disclosure Requirement:
The Research, Education and Economics (REE) agencies inspire public confidence in our missions by maintaining high ethical principles. Employees are subject to Federal government-wide regulations and statutes as described on the REE Ethics Webpage.  You may be required to submit a financial disclosure report if hired for this position.

False Statements:
If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; may be fired after beginning work; or may be fined or jailed.

Reasonable Accommodation:  Reasonable accommodation is provided to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, or have questions regarding reasonable accommodation and/or accessibility for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the Disability Program Manager on 202-720-6161 or through the DC Relay Service on (202) 855-1234 (TDD). The decision to grant reasonable accommodation is made on a case-by-case basis.


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Your application package must be complete by 11:59 p.m. (EST) on Friday, November 08, 2013.  You must apply online or by fax (see below for details).  Applications sent by mail (including e-mail) or hand-delivered will not be accepted.  Certain individuals are entitled to file a late application and must contact the Agency Contact listed below for details and application instructions. 

Choose either Option A or Option B to apply for this position:

Option A:  Online Application

Click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire and upload (or reuse) supporting documents.  You must click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

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.

To fax supporting documents that you are unable to upload:
1. Click here to print a fax cover page 
2. Complete all blocks on the cover page using Vacancy ID 984938.  Documents will not be processed if information is missing.
3. Fax the completed cover page and your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

Option B:  Fax
If you cannot apply online, follow these steps to fax your complete application package.
1. Click the following link to print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire;
2. Click here to print the 1203FX form, which you will use to provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire; and  
3. Fax the completed 1203FX (all 6 pages), your resume, and supporting documents (including those specified in the Required Documents section below) to 1-478-757-3144.  The 1203FX will serve as the cover page for your fax transmission and must be placed on top of all other documents.


The following documents are required:  
   - Assessment questionnaire (completed online or submitted by fax using the 1203FX) 
   - Resume

In addition, you may need to submit supplemental documentation (as outlined below).  Failure to submit supplemental information by the closing date of this announcement will result in the loss of the particular consideration you are requesting.

Veterans' Preference:  To claim 5-point veterans' preference, submit Member 4 copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility.  To claim 10-point veterans' preference, submit an SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference, plus the documentation required by that form.

Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA):  If you are applying to this position based on your eligibility through the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998, you must submit documentation to support your eligibility.  Generally, this will be your Member 4 copy of the DD-214. 

Active Duty Service Members:  You must submit a statement of discharge/certification of release or an official written document from the armed forces that certifies you are expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions no later than 120 days from the date the certification is signed. Enlisted Record Briefs and military identification do NOT qualify as official documentation.

Merit Promotion:  If you are a current or previous Federal employee with competitive status and would like to be considered for this position, you must submit a copy of your most recent SF-50 which indicates you have competitive status and performance appraisal.  Additionally, if you are requesting consideration for non-competitive eligibility, but do not yet hold the full performance level of this position, you must submit an SF-50 that documents your full performance level.  Failure to do so may cause you to lose consideration for this position.

Non-Competitive Authorities:  Military spouse (Military spouses are eligible if their active duty military spouse: 1) receives a Permanent Change of Station (PCS) move, 2) has a 100% disability rating, or 3) died while on active duty); Severely Physically Handicapped Schedule 'A' Appointment; Former Peace Corps or VISTA Volunteers Appointment;  Interchange Agreements and other Miscellaneous Authorities.  To be considered under special hiring authorities, you must submit documentation that provides evidence of this eligibility.  For further information click here.

  If you indicate that you possess any form of post-secondary education, you must submit transcripts detailing your coursework and/or degree(s). At the time your education was obtained, the entire institution, applicable school within the institution, or the applicable curriculum must have been appropriately accredited by an accrediting organization recognized by the Secretary, U.S. Department of Education. You may lose consideration for this position if you fail to provide this information.

Foreign Education:  To receive credit for education outside the U.S., you must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and that such education has been deemed to be at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.


Midwest Services Branch
Phone: (816)426-5706
Agency Information:
Recruitment Effort for OPM and FSA
Call or e-mail us with your questions
Thank You, MO


Once your complete application package (including all required documents) is received, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking.  The best qualified candidates will be referred for further consideration and possible interview.  You will be notified of the outcome.

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