This position closed on 11/26/18
Department of Veterans Affairs
$22 to $25
11/27/2017 to 11/26/2018
Position is under the supervision of the Maintenance Supervisor and works with minimal supervision to accomplish duties related to tractor operation, snow removal and grounds maintenance. Incumbent is a member of the Snow Removal team and is required to dress appropriately to the task assigned using government furnished uniforms and clothing. Duties include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Sidewalk, street, and parking lot maintenance, such as cleaning and sweeping surfaces to keep them clear of leaves, branches, dirt, and all debris to ensure safe passage of foot traffic, auto, and parking lots
- Repair holes in the streets, sidewalks, and parking lots
- Remove ice, snow, from sidewalks, streets, and parking lots in the winter to prevent slipping and sliding
- Apply ice melt to sidewalks and sanding street to keep ice from forming after removing snow
- Operate mowing equipment, farm equipment, and industrial type tractors through 50 hp and 4x4 truck through 1 ½ ton Includes dual and triple hydraulic control systems which control length, depth load, draft and control speed of the equipment and attachments
- Coupling these systems to the equipment which includes three-point hitch, both manual and hydraulic, and power take-off shafts which exceed 540 RPM
- Make necessary adjustments to establish correct length, depth and angle lateral movement of equipment and accessory equipment such as snow blades, disk-scarifies, and aerators
- Control forward and reverse movement of the vehicle up and down and one angle of the attached accessories simultaneously
- Maneuver the vehicle in and around curbs, shrubs, trees and other obstructions which may be encountered whether on flat or hilly terrain;
- Select the proper speed on industrial Mowers and Tractors up to eight gears forward and reverse and select the proper gear with P.T.O. speed, and be able to use lock differential and Syncro-Mesh transmissions
- Operate the Tractor and equipment so as to avoid damaging shrubs, trees, building, and other obstacles
- Operate in a safe manner at the work site
- Service and make minor repairs such as checking for loose bolts and nuts, greasing and checking oil in all types of equipment operated
- Responsible for tools and equipment assigned to the section, care and security of same
- Responsible for ensuring that tools and equipment are kept clean and in safe working condition at all times
- Responsible for preventative maintenance on vehicles and equipment and minor repairs
- Prune trees and shrubs for health appearance to assure low hanging limbs do not present a safety problem
- Performs lawn maintenance tasks, such as mowing, trimming, seeding and fertilizing without cause damage to lawn, trees, shrubs, or equipment.
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00AM - 4:30PMPosition Description Title/PD#:Tractor Operator, PD# 04702-A
Conditions of Employment
- You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
- Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
- Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
PHYSICAL EFFORT/REQUIREMENTS: heavy lifting (45 lbs and over), heavy carrying (45 lbs and over), pushing (1-3 hours), reaching above shoulder, use of fingers, both hands required, walking (1-2 hours), standing (1 hour), crawling (1 hour), kneeling (1 hour), repeated bending (1-2 hours), climbing - legs only (1 hour), climbing - use of legs and arms, both legs required, operation of tractor, ability for rapid mental and muscular coordination simultaneously, both eyes required, depth perception, hearing (aid permitted).
WORKING CONDITIONS: Working conditions are sometimes difficult working with grease, in extreme heat or cold, unventilated areas, near steam and hot water lines, in rain, high winds, snow, and ice, etc. Incumbent is expected to work in adverse weather conditions depending on requirements of the job incumbent is assigned. Incumbent may be required to report for duty in all emergencies that may occur at the Medical Center. Incumbent enters and exits heated buildings in all types of weather.
Your background must demonstrate experience in a variety of tractor operator duties including tractor operation and maneuvering, performing service and routing maintenance on tractors, hooking up coupling devices between tractor and towed vehicles, knowledge of safety precautions and judging tractor operator functions such as proper gears, turning angles, speeds, stopping distances and load weight.
EXPERIENCE: A specific length of training and experience is not required, but you must show evidence of training or experience of sufficient scope and quality of your ability to do the work of this position. Evidence which demonstrates you possess the knowledge, skills, and ability to perform the duties of this position must be supported by detailed descriptions of such on your resume or OF-612. Applicants will be rated in accordance with the OPM Qualification Standard Handbook X-118C ( www.opm.gov/qualifications/x-118c ).
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; religions; 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.
SCREEN-OUT ELEMENT: Your qualifications will first be evaluated against the prescribed screen out element, which usually appears as question 1 in the on-line questionnaire. Those applicants who appear to possess at least the minimal acceptable qualification requirement are considered for further rating; those who do not are rated ineligible and are eliminated. The potential eligibles are then rated against the remainder of the questions. The screen-out element for this position is Ability to do the job of a Tractor Operator without more than normal supervision.
JOB ELEMENTS: Those who meet the minimum level of experience and training for the screen-out element will then be evaluated in each of the following job elements:
How to Apply
All applicants are encouraged to apply online.
The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, November 26, 2018 to receive consideration.
1. 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.
2. Click Submit My Answers to submit your application package.
NOTE: 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, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, 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.
Agency contact information
Mark P. Scanlon
AddressVHA Eastern Kansas HCS 2200 Southwest Gage Boulevard Topeka, KS
After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.
You may also check the status of your application at any time by logging onto your USAJobs account and clicking on "Application Status." For a more detailed update of your status, click on "more information." Information regarding applicant notification points can be found in the USAJobs Resource Center.
The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more before any Veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website.
Receiving Service Credit for Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave : Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee.
It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.
This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.
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