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National Park Service Laborer (MVO) in Lowell, Massachusetts


A selectee receiving a first appointment to the Federal Government (Civil Service) is entitled only to the lowest step of the grade for which selected The display of a salary range on this vacancy shall not be construed as granting an entitlement to a higher rate of pay. The typical seasonal entry-on-duty period is approximately May to October, but can be variable during these months due to weather conditions, project needs, or funding. Anticipated Entry on Duty: May 2021


The incumbent of this position will be required to perform moderately heavy general grounds maintenance duties, including operating common tools and simple power equipment such as lawn mowers, snow blowers and types of hand tools such as shovels, rakes, lawn edging equipment, seeders, spreaders, hedge trimmers and pruning shears. Will also use heavy type power mowers and small walk behind mowers, weed trimmers, chain saws and perform minor maintenance on equipment such as fueling, lubricating and changing blades. The incumbent operates and performs minor operator maintenance on light duty motor vehicles such as pickup trucks, panel trucks, flatbed trucks, carryalls, sedans, crew cab pickup trucks, which typically have an approximate gross vehicle weight of up to 40,000 pounds. The incumbent will move furniture, remove/set up signs, paint platforms and rails, rake and mulch planter beds and lawns, remove graffiti from walls, buildings and signs, pick up litter and empty trash cans and clean canals by working from docks and boats, dig ditches, trenches and occasionally break up pavement, soil or concrete. Will load and unload supplies and materials from trucks, trailers, dollies; will move heavily loaded wheelbarrows and hand trucks; lift and move objects over 50 pounds; and in some cases carry 80-100 pounds or more with assistance. Will perform janitorial/custodial duties on an as needed basis.


Conditions of Employment

U.S. Citizenship required. Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication. Meet Selective Service Registration Act requirement for males Selectee will be required to participate in the Direct Deposit Electronics Funds Transfer Program. You will be required to operate a government (or private) motor vehicle as part of your official duties; a valid driver's license is required. You will be required to submit a 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 disclose all valid driver's licenses, whether current or past, possessed by you. You will be required to wear a uniform and comply with the National Park Service uniform standards. A uniform allowance will be provided. You may be required to work on-call, evenings, weekends, holidays, overtime and shift work.


To qualify for this position, you must have sufficient knowledge and ability in the following job-related factors: Ability to Do the Work of the Position without More Than Normal Supervision; (Screen Out) Dexterity and Safety(JE#-86) Work Practices (includes keeping things neat, clean and in order) (JE#-25-A); Ability To Interpret Instructions, Specifications, etc. (other than blueprints) (JE#-75B); Ability To Use and Maintain tools and Equipment (JE#-81). If your knowledge and ability in the SCREEN OUT factor above is not sufficient, you will receive no further consideration. In preparing your application, describe in detail the experience and training which you have had that specifically prepared you for this job and to perform the duties described for this job. Experience should be clearly described and documented in your resume. The qualifications reviewer will not assume performance of such duties by Job Titles alone. Address your knowledge, skills and/or abilities in the areas shown in the job-related factors. Screen-out Element: "Ability to Do the Work of the Position Without More Than Normal Supervision" For this position, work is defined as operating heavy power equipment, such as single-function power lawn mowers with one or more cutting decks and mechanical controls, hand power equipment, such as chain saws, jackhammers, and a variety of types of common hand tools and light power tools (such as shovels, racks, lawn edging equipment, circular saws, electric drills, etc.), to maintain buildings, grounds, roads, and trails. I have also been responsible for operating light duty motor vehicles weighing up to 10,000 pounds (such as pick-up trucks, panel trucks, flatbed trucks, etc.) to safely transport personnel, materials, or equipment to work sites. Dig ditches and trenches with pick and shovel where soil is hard and compact; break up pavement or concrete; mix and pour concrete, asphalt, and hot / cold mix; fill and level holes in damaged roads. Load and unload supplies and materials from trucks, trailers, dollies, etc. Move furniture, paint picnic tables and signs, trim trees and shrubbery, picks up litter and clean fire pits. Perform basic equipment maintenance on mowers and other similar equipment including adjusting blades, cleaning, lubricating and oiling. Lift and move objects weighing over 50 pounds, and in some cases, carrying 80 to 100 pounds (or more) with assistance. Volunteer Experience: 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. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


There is no substitution of education for experience for Wage Grade (WG) positions.

Additional Information

This announcement may be used to fill additional positions if identical vacancies occur within 90 days of the issue date of the referral certificate.

Non-Competitive Rehire Eligibility: Temporary seasonal employees can only maintain their non-competitive rehire eligibility if they work no more than a combined total of Temporary NTE less than 1040 or 1730 hours anywhere in the National Park Service (NPS) within their established service year. Accordingly, non-competitive rehire eligibility allows for re-appointment to the same position or another position appropriate for temporary appointment with the same qualification requirements (5 CFR 316.402[b][7]), based on series and grade, anywhere in the major subdivision (NPS). If you have held a temporary seasonal appointment in the past 12 months and have already worked the maximum temporary appointment less than 1040 hours during that period, you are still welcome to apply. However, please be aware that exceeding the limit of 1040 hours in your established service year will result in the loss of your non-competitive rehire eligibility. The limit can be exceeded by working multiple temporary seasonal positions that result in a combined total greater than 1040 hours. The limit also can be exceeded by working a single temporary seasonal appointment that exceeds 1040 hours, unless granted an exception by OPM. Employment may be terminated at any time due to fluctuations in funding levels, project needs, employee performance, or other considerations.

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: Works both inside and outside and is frequently exposed to weather and temperature extremes, drafts, noise, dust, dirt and the possibility of bruises, muscle strains, cuts and scrapes. Work requires the employee to follow proper safety procedures and use standard safety equipment. If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document that you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application. Click the following link for more information,