This position is located at the Fort Sill National Cemetery in Elgin, OK.
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The Cemetery Caretaker performs jobs requiring mainly manual skills and physical strength. Performs a variety of tasks, such as operating small tractors and riding lawn mowers; transplanting shrubs; digging graves to the proper level; cutting and removing sod, tamping and leveling dirt using hand and power tools; digging and squaring graves using pneumatic equipment, picks and shovels; assisting in lifting and placing caskets on lowering devices; loading and unloading materials; aligning headstones; cleaning and clearing cemetery grounds of debris using power trimmers, chainsaws, axes, shovels, rakes, blowers, vacuums etc.; weeding, mulching, and applying fertilizer; pruning shrubs and low level dead branches; removing snow and ice; cleaning headstones using sprayer and hand brush; and cleaning service and administrative areas.
Work schedule: May be required to work Monday through Friday to include occasional weekends. Due to the mission of the National Cemetery, the cemetery cannot be closed for more than 2 consecutive days at any given time. Additionally, when a Federal holiday falls on a Monday or Friday, staff may be required to work on that holiday or a Saturday. All staff is required to work Memorial Day each year. Staff will be required to work overtime, weekends and holidays when necessary to meet the needs of the cemetery. Occasionally staff may be called back to the facility to perform emergency overtime work.
Compressed/Flexible Schedule: Not Available
Position Description Title/PD#: Cemetery Caretaker/ 12726A
The full performance level of this position is WG-05.
Relocation Expenses: Not Authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not Authorized
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.
HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment
Subject to a background/security investigation.
Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
You may be required to serve a probationary period.
You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
Pass a pre-employment medical examination.
Must possess a valid state driver's license.
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To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement,09/14/2018.
Your background must demonstrate work involved in interment activities, including layout and excavation of new grave sites, and reopening occupied gravesites which require extreme caution to avoid damage to previously interred containers.
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. Applicants will be rated in accordance with the OPM Qualification Standard Handbook X-118C ( www.opm.gov/qualifications/x-118c).
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 Job Elements.
The screen-out element(s) for this position are/is:
Ability to do the job without more than normal supervision.
Must possess and maintain a valid state driver's license.
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:
Dexterity and Safety
Interpret Instructions, Specifications (includes blueprint reading)
Use and Maintain Tools and Equipment
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; 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.
Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.
Operation of equipment requires moderate effort to maneuver larger vehicles, requiring leg and arm movement to operate controls, and moderately heavy physical effort in hooking up attachments to cemetery vehicles. Work requires prolonged standing, walking, frequent bending, stooping, kneeling, pushing, and exposure to vibration and jolting caused by movement of equipment over undulating terrain. Employee is required to lift objects in excess of 50 pounds and lowering objects, with assistance, weighing over 240 pounds.
Working Conditions: Work is performed outside in all types of weather, ranging from moderate cold to extreme heat. Incumbent is subject to normal hazards of cemetery operations, involving rough terrain and operation of power equipment. There is a chance of minor injury such as bruises, cuts, and scrapes. Incumbent is subject to discomfort of heat, cold, rain, wind, dust, and muddy conditions. Incumbent is exposed to noise, vibration, dirt, dust, exhaust fumes and agricultural chemicals. Incumbent is required to wear safety shoes at all times and is required to wear safety and protective clothing or equipment for various tasks as specified by the cemetery's Wage Leader, Cemetery Director and applicable policies/directives. In addition, a neat appearance and courteous attitude are required when working with other employees and assisting visitors in the field.
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.
Department Of Veterans Affairs