Job Overview


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These positions are located within the Division of Maintenance at Valley Forge National Historical Park. The primary purpose of the position is to perform moderately heavy physical labor requiring the use of common hand tools and power equipment.  In order to accomplish the laborer duties you must on a regular and recurring basis also operate light duty motor vehicles weighing up to 10,000 pounds (such as pick-up trucks, panel trucks, etc).  We hope to fill this position as soon as possible.  This is a Temporary Appointment not-to-exceed 1039 hours in a service year. The employment season is expected to last 1039 hours.   Core hours are 7:00-3:30.  Maintenance Operations are 7 days a week.  Employee may be expected to work weekends.    The work schedule may be adjusted due to fluctuating work demands or budgetary reasons.    Selectee may only work 1,039 hours in a service year.   This position may be terminated at any time due to lack of work or lack of funds.   Selectee may be eligible for non-competitive rehire in future seasons depending on work demands and budget resources.

Later selections may be made from this vacancy announcement as the need arises.  This announcement is being advertised under delegated examining procedures and is open to all US citizens.  You do not have to be a current or former government employee to be considered for this position.  APPLICANTS WHO DO NOT SUBMIT THE REQUIRD DOCUMENTATION WILL NOT RECEIVE FULL CONSIDERATION.  Please click on the "Print Preview" to view the full announcement.  You are encouraged to read the entire announcement before you submit your application package.  Your application will not get full consideration if you do not follow the instructions as outlined.


*Operate heavy power equipment such as lawn mowers, chain saws, brush cutters, brush chippers, portable snow blowers, and all types of light hand and light power tools (such as shovels, rakes, axes, chainsaws, etc) to maintain buildings, grounds, roads, trails, etc.

*Loads and unloads supplies.

*Digs ditches, cuts trees, or performs other duties requiring moderate to very  physical effort.

*Transports personnel, material, or equipment to work sites.

*Performs janitorial duties.

Physical demands – The work performed requires the exertion of moderate to very heavy physical effort.  The work involves lifting and moving objects over 50 pounds, and in some cases, carrying 80 to 100 pounds (or more) with assistance. 

Working conditions –    Outside work is usually performed under all kinds of weather conditions and/or extreme temperatures.  Indoor work is often accomplished in office building or in well-lighted, heated, and ventilated areas such as warehouses, loading docks, or trade shops.  Frequently exposed to weather and temperature extremes, drafts, noise, dust, and dirt with the possibility of bruises, muscle, strains, cuts, and scrapes.  Work requires the employee to follow proper safety procedures, and use standard safety equipment such as gloves, ear protection, safety glasses, and steel toe shoes to avoid possible hazards. 

AREA INFORMATION: -   Of all the places associated with the American War for Independence, perhaps none has come to symbolize perseverance and sacrifice more than Valley Forge. The hardships of the encampment claimed the lives of one in ten, nearly all from disease. Despite the privations suffered by the army at Valley Forge, Washington and his generals built a unified professional military organization that ultimately enabled the Continental Army to triumph over the British.

Travel Required

  • Not Required

Relocation Authorized

  • Yes
  • 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