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Job Title:Automotive Worker-WG-5823-08

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:National Park Service

Hiring Organization:Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Prserve

Job Announcement Number:WRST1191230DEKD

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$27.26 to $31.83 / Per Hour


Wednesday, August 20, 2014 to Wednesday, September 3, 2014




Full Time - Permanent


1 vacancy in the following location:
Glennallen, AK View Map


United States Citizens


Q - Nonsensitive




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.

This position is located at Wrangell-St. Elias National Park & Preserve Maintenance Facility in Glennallen, Alaska.  Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve is located in the SE portion of South Central Alaska. Glennallen is a small rural community, with low population, and basic amenities as well as clinic, chiropractor, and a dental office. Elementary and high schools and a Jr. College are located within the community. Recreational opportunities exist all times of the year.  Climate:  Summers are relatively cool but hot days are not uncommon in July. Average snow cover in winter is two feet. In the spring, clear skies, increasingly longer days and warming temperatures break winter's hold on the land with dramatic quickness. Throughout the year, the weather can be “unseasonable” at times. Transportation: The park is accessible from Anchorage (approximately 200 miles distant) via the Glenn Highway (Alaska 1), or from the Canadian border at Tok. The Tok Cutoff coming south from the Alaska Highway borders the northwestern corner of the park. Additional information about the park can be found at:  

Permanent Subject to Non Pay Status means you will work full-time at least 26 weeks (13 pay periods) per year, and will be in non pay status for up to 26 weeks (13 pay periods). When your services are not required due to lack of work, lack of funds, weather conditions or for other reasons, you will be placed in a non-work, non-pay status.

Government housing may be available. 

The start date of this position is not till March 2015.

More than one position may be filled with this vacancy; if needed.


  • Not Required


  • Yes
  • Travel, transportation and relocation expenses are authorized as described in the Federal Travel Regulations and Departmental policy.


  • U.S. Citizenship Required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation required.
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must register with the selective service.
  • Be sure to read the "How to Apply" & "Required Documents" sections.


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The work at this grade involves safely performing repairs that can be accomplished by removing, replacing, adjusting or cleaning defective parts. For example: You will replace sensors, water pumps, spark plugs, brake shoes, engine gaskets, a variety of belts and hoses, and complete assemblies such as engines or transmissions; adjust brakes, transmission linkages, engine idle, voltage and control valves; clean and replace filters, hoses, cables, clamps, engine components, heating and cooling devices. You will repair, replace and balance tires, service and flush cooling systems; diagnose automotive electrical and computer problems and follow through with effective repairs. You will locate worn or poorly adjusted parts through visual and auditory checks; use a variety of test equipment such as timing lights, multimeters and test lamps and use on-board computers to help diagnose problems, and electronic analyzers to test automotive computers and emission controls. You should have knowledge of various techniques for safely removing, replacing or cleaning and installing a variety of parts, accessories and components; full understanding of electricity, mechanical powertrain, braking and suspension, fuel, exhaust and cooling system functions; knowledge of manuals and diagrams, and be experienced in their use; skilled in the use of basic tools common to the occupation (wrenches, sockets, impact wrenches, torque wrenches, pliers, brake tools, floor jacks); able to use on-board computer and diagnostic systems, and have the ability to test automotive computer control systems and emission systems.

Physical requirements: You will make repairs which often requires you to work in tiring, awkward and uncomfortable positions, and the work performed frequently involves standing long periods of time bending, stooping, crawling under vehicles and making repairs in other tight spaces. You will frequently lift, handle and carry parts and equipment weighing up to 40 pounds and occasionally move moderately heavy items weighing up to 50 pounds with assistance or with mechanical devices.

For questions regarding the duties of this position, please call Wayne Challoner at (907) 822-7216.


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Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Job Qualifications System for Trades and Labor Occupations (X-118-C) will be used in determining applicants' qualifications. There is no specific length of training or experience required; however, you must be able to demonstrate through the experience shown in your written resume and your responses to the questionnaire that you possess sufficient competencies to perform the duties of this position without more than normal supervision.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

To meet the basic eligibility and minimum qualification requirements, you must meet at least the two (2) point level in the screen-out elements and the average rating of all job elements must equate to at least the two (2) point level on a scale of 1 to 4.

Listed below are the JOB ELEMENTS you will be rated on:

1 Ability to do the work of the Automotive Mechanic without more than normal supervision. You must be able to perform basic automotive mechanic tasks, which includes providing reliable repairs for a variety of motorized equipment such as: fleet vehicles which include gasoline, diesel, electric, and/or hybrid sedans, vans, 4x4 pickups, and SUV’s, snow blowers, snow machines, ATVs. (Screen-out)

Knowledge of equipment assembly, installation, troubleshooting and repair.

Technical Practices.

Ability to interpret instructions, specifications, etc. (includes blueprint reading).

5 Ability to use and maintain tools and equipment.

Trouble shooting.

7 Use of Measuring Instruments.

8 Ability to work safety.

Applicants must meet the experience, and qualifications specified in the announcement, by the closing date, Wednesday, September 03, 2014.

Unless previously served, you must complete a one year probationary period.

THIS IS A DRUG TESTING DESIGNATED POSITION under the Department's Drug Free Workplace Program.  Applicant who is tentatively selected for this position will be required to submit to a drug test and receive a negative result prior to entering on duty. You will be subject to random drug testing.

You must have a current valid driver’s license.

There will be frequent overtime.


Your rating will be based on your application package and the responses to the Assessment Questionnaire. A panel may be used to review and rank your application. The answers you select in the on-line process must be substantiated in your application package.  If your described work history, competencies, and/or supporting documents do not support your answer choices, you may not be referred to the selecting official. Please ensure that your work history provides enough detail to support your answers for a panel or subject specialist to score your application 

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

       Best Qualified - 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 - 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 - 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.

VETERANS PREFERENCE: Veterans' Preference applies to category rating. Within each quality category, veteran's preference eligibles are listed first, including CP, CPS, XP, and TP. In addition, veterans who have a 10% or more service-connected compensable disability (CP or CPS) are placed at the top of the highest quality category.   Applicants referred are listed on the selection certificate alphabetically (veteran's preference eligibles before non-veterans).


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You can review our benefits at:

Alaska currently does not have a state income tax or statewide sales tax.

Working for the National Park Service offers a comprehensive benefits package that may include, in part, sick and personal leave, holidays, life and health insurance, retirement benefits, and participation in the Thrift Savings Plan which includes a percentage of government matching contributions. You may even be able to work a flexible schedule.


Direct Deposit: All new employees of the National Park Service must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of pay prior to appointment.  This includes your salary and other federal payments.

In the event of an accident while traveling in a government aircraft, the payable benefits of a private life insurance policy may be affected. 


Return Rights (for NPS employees only)  The Return Rights policy as outlined in HR Bulletin Number 03-8 dated 10/28/03 is in effect for this position. This policy is designed to help attract a larger pool of highly qualified employees to remote areas. It applies to all current NPS career and career-conditional employees who transfer from a NPS unit within the 48 contiguous United States and the District of Columbia to certain remote sites.  Under this policy, employees will be given the opportunity to return to the region they were in prior to accepting the position in Alaska. To be eligible for return rights, the employee must complete a minimum tour of three calendar years at the Alaska park, and may elect a possible two year extension.


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To begin the process:

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 View Assessment Questions.  Ensure you 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.

If you are unable to upload your required documents, complete this cover page using the following vacancy ID 1191230.  Fax your documents by the closing date and time to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot apply online: 

Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.

Print this 1203-FX form to provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire and fax the completed 1203FX form along with the required documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Time or 7:59 PM Alaska Time on Wednesday, September 03, 2014

If you have questions about this announcement call Kim M. Doty at (303)985-6806 or email KIM_DOTY@NPS.GOV prior to Wednesday, September 03, 2014. Please include the Vacancy ID number 1191230 when emailing or calling.


-Resume showing relevant experience - must include month, year and hours per week worked. (Cover letter optional) For help with writing your resume click here. To understand how to use USA JOBS click here.


-Online Assessment Questionnaire


-Veterans' Preference Documentation- Copy of your DD214(s) that shows type of discharge (i.e. honorable) from service, (usually the member 4 copy); or Report of Separation from Activity Duty (if separation was prior to 1 July 1979). If you fail to supply the required documents(s) and type of discharge cannot be confirmed, veterans' preference will not be awarded. If claiming 10 points preference, you must also provide a completed SF15 and verification documents listed on the SF15). If you are separated and do not have a DD214 yet you may use an official statement of service from your command that you have completed active service and are being discharged under honorable conditions, or provide other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.

Notice to Veterans: Link is provided so you can see if you are eligible for veteran’s preference.


-CTAP/ICTAP Eligibles- copy of your agency's notice of Reduction In Force and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location.


The CTAP/ICTAP is a federal program that gives priority selection rights to federal employees in the local commuting area who have lost their positions, been given notice that they will be separated due to reductions in force, or who are unable to return to their position due to a job related injury. Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Agency 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, and earn a final score on the job examination questions of 90.0 or higher. Employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of your most recent Performance Rating and SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location; 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. 8837(h) or 8456.


Kim M. Doty
Phone: (303)985-6806
Agency Information:
NPS Alaska Regional Office
240 W 5th Avenue
Anchorage, AK


Once the online questionnaire and documents are received you will receive an automated acknowledgement email. 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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