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Job Title:  Utility Systems Operator
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  National Park Service
Job Announcement Number:  IMSF-14-218 1132733SQ

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$19.22 to $22.42 / Per Hour
Friday, May 30, 2014 to Friday, June 13, 2014
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Del Rio, TX View Map
Qualified United States Citizens


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 about the National Park Service, click National Park Service.



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 announcement is being advertised under delegated examining procedures and is open to all U.S. citizens. The vacancy is also concurrently advertised under merit promotion procedures under announcement number IMSF-14-215 1130038SQ. Candidates who wish to be considered under both procedures MUST apply and submit complete application packages to both vacancies.


  • Occasional Travel
  • One to two trips per year


  • Yes
  • As allowed per Agency regulations


  • U.S. Citizenship Required.
  • Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication.
  • Must possess a valid state driver's license.
  • Pre-employment and random drug testing required.


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Will perform all associated inspections and repairs to the water and waste water system infrastructure in the park. Will perform all inspections and testing of equipment, meters, valves, lift stations, chlorinators, etc, associated with water and waste water systems. Will perform testing of water and waste water systems to ensure EPA and/or State Environmental standards are kept in compliance. Will perform minor electrical work to ensure equipment and other associated appurtenances are functioning properly.  For additional information regarding this position, please contact Juan Gomez at 830-775-7492.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT:  Will be required to do considerable walking and standing on concrete floors and climb stairways and ladders.  Moderate physical effort is necessary to turn valves and controls, and to frequently lift and carry items weighing up to 40 pounds.  Work is usually indoors and occasionally outside for short periods and could be subject to prevailing weather conditions.  Exposed to infections or diseases such as typhoid and dysentery while cleaning equipment or shoveling sludge, and the presence of hazardous gases such as methane, chlorine, hydrogen sulfide, and carbon monoxide.  Subject to electrical shock, loud noises, and hydraulic fluids.  Must wear safety equipment such as face shields, gloves etc. 


AREA INFORMATION/HOUSING INFORMATION:  Situated on the United States-Mexico border, Amistad National Recreation Area is known primarily for excellent year-round water-based recreation including boating, fishing, swimming, scuba diving, and water-skiing.  Amistad NRA also provides opportunities for picnicking, camping and hunting.  Amistad Dam created the reservoir, at the confluence of the Rio Grande, Devils and Pecos rivers, in 1969.  In addition to excellent recreation, this area is rich in archeology and rock art, and contains a wide variety of plant and animal life.  Headquarters is located in Del Rio, Texas, population 35,000.  Del Rio offers all amenities.  The nearest cities of any size are San Angelo (150 miles), Laredo (180 miles, and San Antonio (153 miles).  This part of South Texas has sunny, humid and hot summers and mild winters.  July and August are the hottest months with average high temperatures in the mid-90’s and overnight lows in the 70’s.  Coolest months are December and January when average lows are around 40 degrees.  GOVERNMENT HOUSING IS NOT AVAILABLE.  Houses for sale and rent are available in Del Rio as well as the surrounding communities.



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All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement, Friday, June 13, 2014. Qualifying experience may be obtained in the private or public sectors. 

To be eligible for this position, you must possess the qualifying specialized experience and/or education as well as selective factors as described in the occupational/assessment questionnaire and as outlined below.

Applicants must be physically fit 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. 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. Examples of experience for this position include work related to the following areas:  the operation and maintenance of a potable water treatment plant and wastewater treatment facility and the related distribution and collection systems.  Perform day to day activities for process control, lab testing and repairs/preventive maintenance, and various electrical duties related to the maintenance of the equipment.  All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. You must meet level 2 on the screen out factor/element and an average of level 2 on all factors/elements in the occupational assessment questionnaire.

Only education directly related to this position will be considered.  To qualify based on education, you must submit a legible copy of transcripts from an accredited institution with your name, school name, credit hours, course level, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking. Applicants can verify accreditation HERE 

Transcripts do not need to be official but if you are selected for this position and you used your education to qualify then you will need to provide official transcripts before you enter on duty.

You can receive credit for education received outside the United States if you provide evidence that it is comparable to an accredited education institution in the United States when you apply. For further information click HERE.


1. If new to Federal Civil Service, you will be required to serve a probationary period of 1 year.

2. National Park Service (NPS) uniformed position. Employee will be required to wear a uniform and comply with NPS uniform standards. A uniform allowance will be provided to defray the cost of the uniform.

3.  In accordance with Executive Order 12564 and Department of Interior guidelines, all applicants tentatively selected for this position are required to submit to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. In addition, this position is a drug testing designated position subject to random testing for illegal drug use throughout the tenure of this appointment.

4.  In accordance with PL 104-134, new employees of the Department of the Interior must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of net pay within 30 days of entrance on duty.

5.  Selective Service Registration Status: To be eligible for Federal employment, male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must certify at the time of appointment that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service law. To ensure registration or to register, go to

6. Must obtain and maintain a Class D Texas water/waste water operator certification within 3 to 6 months of entering on duty.  This will require attending a training course and passing a test administered through Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.  You will be required to obtain and maintain a Class C certification within 3 years.   If you have a Texas certification, please provide the information in your resume.


We will review your application package, including the online assessment questionnaire, to ensure you meet the job requirements and assess your ability to perform this job. Your ratings are subject to change if discrepancies exist between your responses and your supporting documents.
All applicants will be rated on the following Skills or Competencies:

-Ability to do the work of a Utility Systems Operator, WG-5406-09 without more than normal supervision. (Screen-out)

-Ability to operate and maintain a water treatment system.

-Ability to operate and maintain a wastewater system.

-Ability to perform plumbing installation, modification and repair.

-Ability to interpret and follow instructions, specifications and perform work with dexterity and safety.

If you meet the qualification requirements based on your online application and are found to be among the top candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for further review.

Although not a requirement, to assist in determining your qualifications, please include months, years and hours per week worked to receive credit for your work experience.

Category rating procedures will be used to rate and rank candidates. Candidates will be ranked into 3 categories:

Category Group I (Best Qualified) - applicants who possess experience and/or education that well exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position, including all selective factors and all quality ranking factors. Applicants considered best qualified must be highly proficient in all requirements of the job and be able to perform effectively in the position.

Category Group II (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.

Category Group III (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) best qualified applicants entitled to 10-point veterans' preference who have a compensable service-connected disability of 10 percent or more (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 level or above or if they fail to meet positive education requirements, training, selective placement factor, etc.), best qualified applicants entitled to 10-point or 5-point veterans' preference, and then all other best qualified applicants, (2) well qualified applicants entitled to 10-point or 5-point veterans' preference and then all other well qualified applicants, (3) qualified applicants entitled to 10-point or 5-point veterans' preference and then all other qualified applicants.


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The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees.  Such as:

Flexible Spending Accounts

Health Insurance


Life Insurance

Long Term Care Insurance

Retirement Program


1. If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 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.

2. Relocation expenses may 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 current Federal Travel Regulations; however, there will be no guaranteed home sale. Expenses may be limited in some cases if new to the government.

3. Number of Vacancies: This announcement may be used to fill additional similar vacancies within 90 days if necessary.

4. Applicants must possess a valid state driver's license. This position requires that you operate a government (or private) motor vehicle as part of your official duties. A valid State driver's license is required. As a condition of employment, you will be required to submit a completed GSA Form 3607, Motor Vehicle Operator's License and Driving Record. You must also submit (within a State sealed envelope or submitted directly by the State authorities), and at your own expense, all certified driving records from all States that discloses all valid driver's licenses, whether current or past, possessed by you. If you are tentatively selected for employment in this position, you will be required to complete GSA Form 3607 and submit the above State issued documents. Your employment, after your tentative selection, will be contingent upon receipt of these documents in a timely manner and that those documents establish, to the satisfaction of the selecting official, that you possess a valid driver's license.
5. 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.


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To apply for this position, you must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.
The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, June 13, 2014 to receive consideration.
* 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 ID is 1132733.
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 (EST) on Friday, June 13, 2014 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 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.


Resume -- We encourage you to use the USAJobs online resume builder to ensure that all required information is in your resume. If you choose to use your own resume make sure it lists all of the required information needed (including hours per week worked and month and year of employment).
Transcripts -- If qualifications are based on education.
Qualifications -- Example, typically used for licenses or other documents that attest to the qualifications of the applicant.
Veterans Preference Documentation -- Legible copy of DD-214 that shows honorable discharge, VA letter dated 1991 or later, SF-15 plus proof required by that form, if applicable. You must submit the required documentation to verify/confirm your claim, or you will NOT be given veteran's preference. Additional veteran's information is found at
Response to Assessment Questionnaire
-- Any supporting document that does not already have its own type listed.
CTAP/ICTAP -- If you are an eligible Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) applicant you may apply for special selection over other candidates. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must submit one of the following as proof of eligibility for the special selection priority: a separation notice; a "Notice of Personnel Action" (SF-50) documenting separation; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; OR a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456. For additional information go to

: If you receive an email stating that there was a technical problem uploading your documents, you should fax the applicable documentation to OPM at 478-757-3144. Be sure to use the fax cover sheet that was linked in the vacancy announcement; include the VIN (seven digit code) so that the fax is processed properly and promptly.

DO NOT SEND PHOTOGRAPHS. Any resumes with these attachments cannot be forwarded to the hiring official.


Sara A. Quirarte
Phone: (602)794-3805
Agency Information:
Intermountain Region Santa Fe
Human Resources Office
Apply Online or by FAX only
Please call with questions
Thank You, NM


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your rating and/or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.


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