Bureau of Reclamation Utilityman in Hungry Horse, Montana

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THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT HAS BEEN EXTENDED.

Reclamation is seeking a career professional looking for an opportunity to capitalize on his or her expertise as a Utilityman. Make a difference in the West by assisting in meeting increasing water demands while protecting the environment.

Here is an opportunity to join a great organization with excellent growth potential!

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Responsibilities
  • Performs unskilled and semi-skilled maintenance duties in a hydroelectric powerplant, dam, and related facilities, including semi-skilled mechanical, plumbing and carpentry work.
  • Operates a variety of common electrical, pneumatic or gasoline powered tools, such as table and chain saws, concrete mixers, tampers, mowers, tuggers, winches, small pumps, and impact wrenches.
  • Required to operate equipment and other vehicles or water craft in the performance of his/her duties and is completely responsible for their safe operation. Operates such equipment in compliance with applicable Bureau, Federal, State, County and Municipal laws and regulations.
Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

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Requirements
Conditions of Employment
  • U.S. Citizenship or National
  • Suitability for Federal employment determined by a background investigation
  • For veterans consideration, submit documents under Required Documents
  • Subject to drug testing
  • Must have a valid Class A Commercial Driver's License (CDL)
  • Must submit a resume and supporting documentation - See How to Apply

Applicants must meet all qualification requirements and any selective factors by the closing date of the announcement.

Qualifications

Application materials must demonstrate sufficient experience and training to perform the duties of this position without more than normal supervision. Qualifications will be determined on the basis of information submitted in the applicants resume and responses to the assessment questions. For information about qualifications for Federal Wage System positions please visit: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/x-118c/index.asp

Minimum qualifications for trades and labor positions are determined by evaluation of job elements. Applicants must meet at least 2 points on the screen-out element(s) and obtain an average of at least 2 points on all of the job elements in order to be considered qualified for this position.

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; spiritual; 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. Applicants will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

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Additional information

Position is being advertised concurrently under BR-PN-VA-HH-18-294 for current Federal employees serving under a competitive service career or career-conditional appointment or reinstatement eligible. Applicants interested in applying under both announcement numbers, must submit application packages for each.

Reclamation has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework only during an emergency or natural disaster.

The Utilityman position has a 3 step pay system and applicants initially hired into this position/pay system will be hired at the step 1 wage rate of $29.85 per hour. After a one year period from the date of hire and upon performing successfully in this position and approved by the supervisor, the incumbent may be advanced to the step 2 wage rate of $31.09 per hour. Again, after a one year period, successful job performance and supervisory approval, the incumbent may be advanced to the step 3 wage rate of $32.33 per hour. Annual wage adjustments are reviewed and adjusted the first full pay period in May of each year.

Location – Hungry Horse, MT; http://www.usbr.gov/pn/about/hr/area-information.html

Additional Information on Relocation Expenses: The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), signed into law this past December, suspends the moving expense deduction and the exclusion from income of qualified employer reimbursements of moving expenses that was allowed under previous tax laws. As a result, employer reimbursements for moving costs are now generally taxed at the same rate as ordinary income.

At the present time, we have 1 vacancy; however, this announcement may be used to fill additional, equivalent positions at this duty location.

Applicants initially appointed to a career-conditional position must serve a 1-year probationary period.

Current permanent Federal employees who are selected from this announcement may be required to serve a 1-year probationary period.

DOI uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including applicant rights and responsibilities, please visit www.dhs.gov/E-Verify.

Selective Service: Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must certify registration with the Selective Service System or that the applicant is exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. Go to: http://www.sss.gov

If selected, the selectee will be required to obtain a successful pre-employment physical examination by a licensed physician certifying to his/her ability to perform the duties of this position. A physical exam may not be required if a comparable agency approved examination was performed within the last 12 months. The cost of the exam will be reimbursed by the agency.

A valid Class A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) is required at the time of application and is a condition of employment. Failure to maintain a CDL will result in the termination of appointment.

Applicants tentatively selected for this position will be required to submit to a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment as a condition of employment. This position is also subject to random drug testing.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Category rating and selection procedures will be used to evaluate applications from this announcement. If an applicant meets the basic qualification requirements, his/her on-line responses to the vacancy assessment questionnaire will be used to determine the quality and extent of his/her experience, education, training, etc., for placement in one of the following categories: 1) Best Qualified, 2) Well Qualified, and 3) Qualified. Qualified candidates will be assigned a numerical score on a scale of 70-100 and veterans with preference will be placed at the top of the respective category. The assessment questionnaire will take approximately 45 minutes to complete.

  1. Ability to do the work of a Utilityman without more than normal supervision* (Screenout).*
  2. Ability to use and maintain tools/equipment.
  3. Ability to interpret instructions/ specifications in oral and written form.
  4. Ability to work safely.
  5. Ability to operate all varieties of trucks, tractor-trailer combinations and forklifts.

Applicant’s answers to questions will be verified against information provided in their online resume. Be sure that the resume clearly supports the responses to all the questions by addressing experience, education, and/or training relevant to this position. Applicants must make a fair and accurate assessment of their qualifications. If a determination is made that an applicant has rated themselves higher than is apparent in his/her description of experience, competencies, skills, and/or education/training OR that his/her resume/application is incomplete, the applicant may be rated ineligible or his/her score may be lowered.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Other

Drug test required

Yes

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Required Documents

To be considered for this position, applicants are required to submit a resume (with dates of employment, i.e. years and months), an on-line assessment questionnaire, and the following supporting documents, as appropriate.

DD-214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty: Applicants who are entitled to veterans’ preference must submit a copy of his/her DD-214 (Member 4 Copy), or an official statement of service from his/her command if he/she is currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves the applicants military service was performed under honorable conditions. If the applicant has a compensable service connected disability, submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and the required documentation requested by this form, in addition to the DD-214.

For information on veteran's eligibility visit: https://www.fedshirevets.gov/hire/hrp/vetguide/index.aspx

CTAP/ICTAP: CTAP/ICTAP provides placement assistance to permanent Federal employees who are surplus, displaced, or involuntarily separated. Applicants claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit a copy of their most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility, and most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with their application. To be considered under CTAP/ICTAP, applicants must be well-qualified (i.e., meet the minimum qualification requirements, including selective factors, education and experience requirements) and score at least 85.0 on the assessment questionnaire as established, and be able to perform the duties of the position upon entry.

For information on CTAP visit: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/unique-hiring-paths/federal-employees/ctap/

For information on ICTAP visit: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/unique-hiring-paths/federal-employees/ictap/

Class A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL):Applicants must submit a copy of a valid Class A Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) at the time of application. FAILURE TO SUBMIT PROOF OF A VALID CDL WILL RESULT IN THE APPLICANT NOT BEING CONSIDERED FOR THIS POSITION.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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Benefits

A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.

Working for the Bureau of Reclamation offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit: http://www.opm.gov/insure/fastfacts/quickguide.pdf

Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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How to Apply

Applications (resume and assessment questionnaire) for this vacancy MUST be received online BEFORE midnight Eastern Time (Washington, DC time) on the closing date of this announcement. To apply, click the blue APPLY ONLINE button at the top of the page.

This vacancy is being announced through Bureau of Reclamation’s Hiring System—HireMe. For more information, please visit: https://www.usbr.gov/hr/

As part of the on-line application process, applicants may be required to submit supporting documents. Failure to submit the requested supporting documents may result in the applicant not being considered for this position. Options for submitting supporting documentation include:

  • Auto Requested Fax or uploading from the applicants USAJOBS profile – instructions provided during the online application process
  • E-mail to bgardiner@usbr.gov
  • Fax directly to the HR Office at (208) 378-5023
  • Mail to the Bureau of Reclamation, ATTN: PN-1443, 1150 North Curtis Road, Suite 100, Boise, Idaho 83706-1234 – or –
  • Hand deliver to the Bureau of Reclamation, Human Resources – Room 109, 1150 North Curtis Road, Boise, Idaho.

Include the applicant name and vacancy number on supporting documents.

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Agency contact information
Human Resources
Phone

208-378-5155

Fax

208-378-5023

Email

bgardiner@usbr.gov

Address

BUREAU OF RECLAMATION 1150 N. Curtis Road, Suite 100 Boise, Idaho 83706-1234 United States

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Next steps

Once you have successfully submitted your application packet, you will receive a confirmation email from USAJOBS. If you have not received this email confirmation, your application has not yet been accepted by the system.

After all application packages have been received, resumes and transcripts will be reviewed to ensure applicants meet the basic qualification requirements. Each applicant who meets the basic qualifications will be further evaluated on the information provided in the Assessment Questionnaire. Best-qualified applicants will be referred to the selecting official. After making a tentative job offer, a suitability and/or security background investigation will be conducted. A final job offer is typically made within 40 days after the deadline for applications. Applicants should monitor their status for positions with the Bureau of Reclamation by regularly checking their public status notifications in the USAJOBS profile.

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Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

  • Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants

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Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency.

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Legal and regulatory guidance
  • Financial suitability
  • Social security number request
  • Privacy Act
  • Signature and false statements
  • Selective Service
  • New employee probationary period

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/509956200. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 09/05/2018 to 10/15/2018

Service: Competitive

Pay scale & grade: WB 00

Salary: $29.85 to $29.85 per hour

Appointment type: Permanent - This is a PERMANENT position.

Work schedule: Full-Time - This is a FULL TIME position.