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Job Title:  Custodial Worker
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  National Park Service
Job Announcement Number:  MWE-14-OC-INDU-023

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$14.69 to $17.12 / Per Hour
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 to Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Full Time - Temporary NTE 1039 hours
5 vacancies in the following location:
Porter, IN View Map
United States Citizens
Not Applicable


About the Agency

WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: Open to all qualified U.S. citizens. You do not have to be a current or former government employee to be considered for this position.  This position is restricted to veterans with preference eligibiity and may not be filled by a non-veteran unless no qualifed veteran is available.

This is a temporary full time position, not to exceed 1039 hours in a twelve month period.  Positions may be terminated sooner or extended longer depending on management needs and funding.

If you have any questions regarding the duties of this position, please contact Lorena Nelson, Custodial Supervisor, at 219-395-8109.


  • Not Required


  • No


  • U.S. citizenship
  • Favorable background investigation
  • Valid state driver's license required
  • Required to wear NPS uniform
  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs. on a daily basis


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MAJOR DUTIES: This is a temporary full-time summer seasonal position. Duties include the daily cleaning of office buildings, visitor use areas such as beach bathhouse, restrooms, picnic shelters and campground, emptying of trash and recycle bins, litter pick-up, beach clean-up, and grounds maintenance such as mowing, weed eating, blowing and shoveling.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT:  Must be in excellent physical condition, be able to do considerable walking, standing, bending, kneeling, stretching, climbing, crawling, working outdoors in high humidity, wind, dust and temperatures that can reach 100+ degrees.  Employee frequently lifts and carries moderately heavy objects up to 50 lbs on a daily basis.
AREA INFORMATION:  Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore is located on the southern shores of Lake Michigan and is comprised of approximately 15,000 acres of beaches, sand dunes, and oak savannah forest throughout a three county area.  Protecting the park from boundary encroachments, poaching, injury to endangered species, pollution, and unauthorized construction are important management goals. The park encompasses 15 miles of shoreline and hosts one of the most diverse plant communities in the National Park System. Swimming, fishing, boating, canoeing, cross-country skiing, hiking, horseback riding, and camping all occur within the park.
At Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, experience the mid-west and great lakes region while enhancing your professional development.  Indiana Dunes is in the Chicago locality pay area.


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To be eligible for this position, you must possess the qualifying specialized experience as described in the occupational/assessment questionnaire.  A specific length of time and experience is not required to be considered qualified for this position.  However you must be able to demonstrate in your resume and supporting application materials that you possess sufficient knowledge, skill and ability to perform the duties of the position without more than normal supervision.  Your qualifications may have been obtained in the private or public sectors and they may have been gained from paid or unpaid work or training.  All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement Tuesday, February 11, 2014 

Applicants must be physically fit and, as required in Office of Personnel Management Qualifications Handbook X-118C, 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. A specific length of time and experience is not required; however you must be able to demonstrate the rough experience shown in your written application, that you possess sufficient knowledge, skill and ability to perform the duties of the position without more than normal supervision.

To meet the minimum qualification requirements, applicants must receive a minimum of 2 points on the screen-out element (the critical knowledge, skills, and abilities that are essential for satisfactory job performance) AND receive an average rating of 2 points on all the job elements (FACTORS).


1. You will be required to have a favorably adjudicated background investigation, including an FBI fingerprint check prior to entrance on duty.

2. You will be required to wear a uniform and comply with National Park Service uniform standards.  A uniform allowance will be provided to defray the cost of the uniform.

3. A valid state drivers license is required.

4. New employees of the Department of Interior are required to enroll and participate in Direct Deposit Funds Transfer.

5. If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/1959 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.

6. Work Schedule:  7:00 am to 3:30 pm.  This is a temporary, full-time position not to exceed 1039 hours.

7. Overtime, weekend and holiday work is required.



Your application will be evaluated based upon the following job elements:

1. Ability to do the work of a Custodial Worker WG-02, without more than normal supervision. (Screen-out)

2. Ability to lift more than 50 lbs. on a daily basis. (Screen-out)

3. Ability to use and maintain equipment.

4. Dexterity and safety.

5. Ability to interpret instructions, specifications, etc.


Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.  Your application and listed job experience identified in your application package must support your responses to the questionnaire. If your self-assigned rating on the occupational questionnaire is not supported by the information contained in the rest of your application package, you may be placed in the next lower category or you may be considered not qualified. Please make sure that your self-assessment of your qualifications is well supported by the information in your resume.

Category rating procedures will be used. Veterans Preference applies to category rating.  Candidates will be ranked into 3 categories based upon your responses to the occupational questionnaire:

-       Best Qualified - Applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position.

-       Well Qualified - Applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the requirements of the job.

-       Qualified - Applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all of the requirements of the job.


Order of Consideration: Candidates who meet the minimum qualifications required by the position will be considered in the following order: (1) Qualified applicants entitled to 10-point veterans' preference who have a compensable service-connected disability of 10 percent or more and best qualified applicants entitled to 10-point or 5-point veterans' preference; (2) Well Qualified applicants entitled to 10-point or 5-point veterans' preference; (3) Qualified applicants entitled to 10-point or 5-point veterans' preference; (4) Best Qualified non veterans; (5) Well Qualified non veterans; (6) Qualified non veterans.  Note:  All veterans will be considered before non veterans.


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- This announcement may be used to fill additional similar vacancies if necessary and funding is available.

- Travel, transportation and relocation expenses are not authorized.

- Government housing is not available.


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Applying for this position you must submit a complete application package which includes the following parts:

1.     Resume

2.     Online Questionnaire

3.     Applicable supporting documentation (see "Required Documents" section).

Your Application Package must be completed and submitted by midnight (EST) on Tuesday, February 11, 2014

To Apply Online:

1.  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.

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

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s) you can fax your documents using the following cover page and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is 1037014.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

Note:  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 Application with Supporting Documents:

If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials.  The complete application package must be submitted by 11:50 PM (EST) on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 to receive consideration.   Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.   (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).

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 the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.  Your 1203FX form will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


1. APPLICATION OR RESUME - Must include the following information:

- Personal Information: Full name, mailing address, email address, phone numbers with area code.

- Education:  High school name, city, state and zip code, date of diploma or GED; College or Universities attended, city, state and zip code; major field(s) of study, type and year of degree(s) received.  If no degree received, show total credit hours received in semester or quarter hours.

- Work Experience:  For each paid or non-paid position held related to the job for which are are applying:   Job title, duties and accomplishments, number of hours per week, employers name and address, supervisor's name and phone number, starting and ending dates of employment (month and year), salary, indicate if your current supervisor may be contacted.

- Other Qualifications:  List job related training courses; list of job-related skills (e.g., other languages, computer software, tools, machinery, etc.); list of job-related certificates and licenses; list of job related honors, awards and special accomplishments (e.g., publications, memberships in professional or honor societies, leadership activities, public speaking, performance awards, etc.)

2. ONLINE QUESTIONNAIRE – See above instructions “HOW TO APPLY”  (REQUIRED) 

3. VETERAN'S PREFERENCE -  If you are claiming veteran's preference, you MUST clearly identify your claim for veteran's preference on your application, and must provide the specific required documentation. Required documents include: your most recent DD-214 (Member Copy 4); and if claiming 10 point preference, Standard Form 15 (SF-15), “Application for 10-Point Veterans Preference” and the document supporting your claim as indicated on the SF-15. (REQUIRED IF APPLICABLE)

For more information on Veteran's preference, visit: To gain access to your DD-214 online visit:  

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 e 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.  If the appropriate information is not submitted to confirm the discharge status, dates of service, etc. you will not be considered for this job opportunity under Veteran Preference procedures.   

4. ICTAP/CTAP DOCUMENTATION:  If you are a displaced permanent federal employee, you must submit the required documents to support your claim for ICTAP/CTAP consideration or to support your claim for non-competitive or excepted service consideration.   If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP/CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP/CTAP eligibility, 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. Eligibles will be considered well qualified if they meet all qualification requirements and receive a rating of at least 90. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP/CTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form. Information about ICTAP/CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website:


It is your responsibility to provide documentation of claimed qualifications, education, and veteran's preference. Failure to submit the necessary documents may result in you not being considered further.  Applicants will not be solicited for further data if documents provided are found to be inadequate or incomplete.




Michele A. Hofer
Phone: (330)657-2370x302
Agency Information:
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore
1100 N Mineral Springs Rd
Porter, IN


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. Based upon the determination of your eligibility for this position and upon the category in which you are placed, your application may be referred to the hiring official. If your application is referred to the hiring official, you may be contacted directly by that office for a possible interview. Interviews are not a required part of our hiring process, so we encourage you to communicate your knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies for this position in your resume and supplemental documents.

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