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Engineering Equipment Operator

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Forest Service Alamogordo , NM 88310

Posted 2 months ago

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This position is located within Lincoln National Forest. Incumbent operates and maintains 3 or more pieces of engineering heavy equipment. Up to but not exceeding twenty percent (20%) this position as equipment operator is required to participate in firefighting activities such as operating equipment or working in fire camp on a fire assignment.

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Operates dozers

, backhoes, motor graders, loaders, excavators and other heavy gasoline or diesel powered wheeled or crawler type engineering and construction equipment. Duties will include the excavation, backfilling, and grading of construction materials to specifications as required on such projects as roads, ditches, campgrounds, minor and major culverts and other construction projects.

Work will be performed in a variety of settings including mountains with steep, rocky terrain. Operates specialized equipment used in road construction and maintenance and operates a dump truck and semi-truck with trailer with maximum GCVWR of 80,000 lbs. and may reach up to 120,000 lbs. to haul specialized equipment. Assures agency safety rules and policies are complied with, limits of safe equipment operation are not exceeded and all tools are properly used. Other duties may include placement of concrete low water crossings, construction of boat ramps, erecting fences, rough carpentry and other miscellaneous construction work.

Possess the ability to read blueprints, use a hand level and to understand, and read construction grading stakes.

Performs preventive maintenance and makes minor repairs and adjustments on automobiles, trucks and heavy equipment. Reports major mechanical repairs to supervisor. Services equipment, makes equipment inspections, and maintains proper records.

Fire Assignment Equipment Operator

  • Up to but not exceeding twenty percent (20%) of the time, this position as equipment operator is required to obtain a PMS 310-3, Incident Qualification Card for firefighting activities such as operating equipment on a fire assignment. The individual will be required to provide necessary support as an equipment operator on fire assignments and occasional extended assignments in fire suppression activities or be part of the fuel reduction program on the Forest.

    The individual will be required to meet all training and qualifications for a Dozer Operator (DZOP - FSFAQG), as well as pass physical fitness standards for moderate level as required by the Forest Service. The individual will be required to obtain training, experience and physical fitness requirements for fire qualifications.

Travel Required

Occasional travel

  • Position(s) may involve work away the official duty location to remote worksites within commuting distance (49 miles) and may also require overnight travel and/or camping per work assignment.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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5716 Engineering Equipment Operating

  • Requirements



Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. National

  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be Selective Service registered or exempt

  • Satisfactory background investigation and/or fingerprint check

  • Must possess and maintain Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

  • Subject to a negative drug test prior to entrance on duty

  • Position requires a Work Capacity Test (WCT)

  • Must possess and maintain Class A (CDL) with tanker endorsement

  • Required to obtain a PMS 310-3

  • Meet all training/qualifications for a Dozer Operator

  • Must be able to lift 50 lbs

BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK:Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation.

Direct Deposit

  • Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of your choosing.

E-Verify: Federal law requires agencies to use the E-Verify system to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires.

If you are selected as a newly hired employee, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS E-VERIFY system. Under the system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment.


Must be 18 years of age.

Must possess and maintain a valid drivers license.

This position requires the selectee to possess a Commercial Drivers License (CDL) and Class A (CDL) with tanker endorsment therefore, is a Testing Designated Position (TDP) under the Department of Transportation (DOT)/Forest Service Alcohol and Controlled Substance Testing Program. Applicant tentatively selected for this position will be required to submit to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use.

Final appointment is conditional on a negative drug test. This announcement constitutes 30 days advance notice.

WORK CAPACITY TEST (WCT) for Wildland Firefighters: This position participates in wildland firefighting activities.

Based on the type of work performed, TAKING and PASSING the WCT at the MODERATE level is a "condition of employment." The Moderate fitness (Field) test requires completing a two (2) mile hike within thirty (30) minutes, while carrying a twenty-five (25) pound pack. You are strongly encouraged to consult with your physician and begin training immediately if applying for this position. This announcement constitutes the required 30 days advanced notice for testing requirements.

Upload a standalone copy of your CDL to your application package when applying to this position for qualification purposes.


You must possess the Basic Requirements identified below to be considered eligible for this position

. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. Your application or resume must clearly show that you possess the appropriate experience requirements.

Applicants will be evaluated on their ability to perform the duties of the position rather than length of experience. Eligibility will be determined by the relevance, scope and quality of all experience and training, regardless of where or how acquired.

Applicants will be ranked and rated based on their knowledge of the job elements identified in this announcement.

Job Elements:
Ability to do the work of an Engineering Equipment Operator without more than normal supervision
Reliability and dependability as an Engineering Equipment Operator
Ability to drive safely
Ability to interpret instructions, specifications, etc. (related to mobile equipment operation)
Operation of Motor Vehicles
Work Practices (includes keepting things neat, clean and in order)

There is no substitution of education for this position.

To receive consideration for this positon, you must meet all qualification requirements on the closing date of this announcement.

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 this position


Additional information

PLEASE NOTE:This vacancy is being used to fill positions for FY2019 Temporary Employment Hiring Season.

This position is temporary, has a Not-to-Exceed date and will be filled for up to 6 months or as a not to exceed (NTE) 1 year, however an extension of the appointment may be possible without further competition. The appointment may also end early due to lack of work or funds. The number and location of positions to be filled will be dependent upon individual until needs.

Some positions will have varying work schedules. Some positions may have irregular and protracted hours of work. Tours of duty include full-time or less than full-time and will involve working weekends or irregular work hours.

The duty station for this position will be at one of the duty locations listed in this announcement. Final determination of duty station will be made by the selecting official at the time of job offer.

Salary range as shown is the locality pay area of Rest of U.S. (RUS). Pay rates vary depending on location and may be higher or lower than the amount shown. Please visit the Office of Personnel Managements website for additional information on pay rates.

The USDA Forest Service has legislative authority to recruit and fill Permanent (Career/Career-Conditional), Temporary, and Term Appointments under the USDA Demonstration Project. Under this authority, any U.S. citizen may apply.

Bargaining Unit Status: Not Eligible

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL), or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must meet the agencys definition for a quality candidate as provided in the How You Will Be Evaluated section of this announcement to be considered.

If you are retired from the Federal Government and are selected for this vacancy, your retirement annuity may be offset from your pay.

This position is not eligible for telework.

Availability of government housing and federal day care facilities will vary by location.

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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


You will be evaluated in accordance with the category rating procedure as defined in the USDA Demonstration Project Plan. Applicants who meet the basic minimum qualification requirements established for the position will be placed in the Eligible category.

Eligible applicants will be further evaluated against criteria for placement in the Quality category. This evaluation is based on the level of your experience, education, and/or training as determined by your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire. Applicants with veterans preference are listed ahead of applicants who do not have veterans preference within each category.

Note: If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your rating may be lowered to more accurately reflect the submitted documentation.

Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Providing inaccurate information on Federal documents could be grounds for non-selection or disciplinary action up to including removal from the Federal service.

Clicking the link below will present a preview of the application form; i.e. the online questionnaire. The application form link below will only provide a preview and does not initiate the application process. To initiate the online application process, click the "Apply Online" button to the right.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance


Drug test required


  • Required Documents


Required Documents

The following documents are required for your applicant package to be complete

. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service, your system failure, etc. Encrypted documents will not be accepted. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.

  • Resume that includes: 1) personal information such as name, address, contact information; 2) education; 3) detailed work experience related to this position as described in the major duties including work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment; title, series, grade (if applicable); 4) supervisor's phone number and whether or not the supervisor may be contacted for a reference check; 5) other qualifications.

  • If education is required or you are using education to qualify, you must submit a copy of your college transcripts. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, if you are selected, you will be required to submit official transcripts prior to entering on duty.

    Education must have been successfully obtained from an accredited school, college or university. If any education was completed at a foreign institute, you must submit with your application evidence that the institute was appropriately accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as equivalent to U.S. education standards.

    There are private organizations that specialize in this evaluation and a fee is normally associated with this service. All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation.

  • If claiming veteran's preference, you must submit a DD214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty, which shows dates of service and discharge under honorable conditions. If currently on active duty you must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty service under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted.

    Veteran's preference must be verified prior to appointment. Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's preference and your application will be evaluated based on the material(s) submitted.

  • If claiming 10-point veteran's preference you must provide the DD214 or certification requirements (see above bullet), plus the proof of entitlement of this preference as listed on the SF-15 Application for 10-point Veterans' Preference. The SF-15 should be included but is not required. Failure to submit these documents could result in the determination that there is insufficient documentation to support your claim for 10-point preference.

  • Surplus or displaced employees eligible for CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP priority must provide: proof of eligibility (RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a transfer of function or directed reassignment to another commuting area, notice of disability annuity termination), SF-50 documenting separation (as applicable), and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with your application per 5 CFR 330.

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.

  • 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.

As a temporary employee you may be eligible for health benefits. To be eligible for health coverage as a temporary employee, you must be scheduled to work at least 130 hours per month (30 hours/week

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Engineering Equipment Operator

Expired Job

Forest Service