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Tree Worker

Expired Job

National Park Service Arlington , VA 22201

Posted 4 months ago



These positions are located at George Washington Memorial Parkway in the Maintenance Support Division.

Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid. All travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the sole responsibility of the selected employee.


Use tools and equipment such as chainsaws, stump grinders, brush chippers, aerial platforms, and spray equipment to perform all facets of tree maintenance work.
Climb trees up to 120 feet.
Use industry standard climbing methods in scaling trees, such as ladders and safety ropes.
Inspect, diagnose, and identify hazardous trees for annual tree condition assessment and corrective action determinations.
Perform rigging and removal techniques in topping, sectioning, and lifting of large or technical trees.
Perform mature tree pruning, hazard reduction pruning, and vista pruning.
Incorporate the techniques of Integrated Pest Management, (cultural, mechanical, biological, and chemical) to control pest problems.
Operate a crane to remove trees and limbs and maneuver large trees for planting.
Operate equipment such as a stump grinder, brush chipper, or wood chipper.
Operate various motorized heavy equipment (e.g. winch, chipper, stake body, aerial lift, crew cab, and heavy duty forklifts).
Perform preventive maintenance and safety inspections for: pickup trucks, winch trucks, chipper trucks, crane trucks, stakebody trucks, dump trucks, aerial lift trucks, crew cab trucks, and heavy duty forklifts.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position to work at different sites within the park and to attend meetings or training

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Job family (Series)


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 submit to a drug test and receive a negative drug test result prior to appointment. In addition, this position is subject to random testing for illegal drug use.
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 must possess and maintain a current Class B, (or higher) Commercial Driver's License .
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.
If you are a new employee or supervisor in the Federal government, you will be required to complete a one-year probationary period.
This position is designated as an Emergency Essential, the employee and is required to work during hazardous weather conditions and emergencies.
Applicants must be at least (1)18 years old or (2) at least 16 years old and: (a) Have graduated from high school or been awarded a certificate equivalent to graduating from high school; or (b) Have completed a formal vocational training program; or (c) Have received a statement from school authorities agreeing with their preference for employment rather than continuing their education; or (d) Be currently enrolled in a secondary school and either work only during school vacation periods or work part-time during the school year under a formal student employment program.


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)
Technical Practices: theoretical precise, artistic
Ability to Interpret Instructions, specifications; other than blueprints.
Ability To Use and Maintain Tools and Equipment
Knowledge of Materials
Dexterity and Safety
Use of Measuring Instruments 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.

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.

Physical Demands: The incumbent frequently carries and/or moves objects of various sizes and shapes, up to 100 pounds, with assistance as required.

Incumbent is required to climb and work from rope rigging, ladders, and lift mechanisms. Work requires walking, climbing, bending, and standing for extended periods of time. The incumbent may be required to work in cramped areas and awkward positions.

Working Conditions: The incumbent usually works outdoors, and frequently handles items weighing up to 50 pounds.

Is exposed to herbicides and other poisonous chemicals. The work involved in climbing is very demanding physically, and the incumbent is frequently exposed to serious injury from falls.

The nature of the work requires the incumbent to consistently work along park roadways where, throughout the day, there can be very high traffic volume and traffic speed in excess of 55 miles per hour (MPH). This poses immediate danger and requires the employee to be completely knowledgeable and skilled to operate and maneuver vehicles and equipment, and conduct proper traffic control operations.

Incumbent is required to work outside in all types of weather, and is subject to discomfort from heat, humidity, and cold: The incumbent's clothing may become soiled from chemicals, dirt, and medium generated from the tree pruning or removal process.

Incumbent is frequently exposed to the possibility of cuts, bruises, burns, and broken bones. Incumbent is subject to noxious fumes, dust, and residue from use of power tools and chemical sprays. Incumbentis required to wear all appropriate and required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and clothing. The incumbent adheres to safety regulations and standards set by OSHA.

Other significant working conditions of this position are that the incumbent is designated as an Emergency Essential employee and may be required to work Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. Also, may be required to work in other crews as needed and deemed necessary by the supervisor and will be subject to call back and emergency overtime.

The National Park Service has determined that the duties of this position are not suitable for telework.

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, .

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 for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above. A review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. If your resume is incomplete or does not support the responses provided in the Occupational Questionnaire, or if you fail to submit all required documentation, you will be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted accordingly. If a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully; errors or omissions may affect your rating.

Candidates will be rated and ranked using Category Rating procedures. These procedures place candidates with veteran's preference above non-preference eligibles within each category. Veterans with a service connected disability of at least 10 percent are listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher. Under Category Rating, candidates will be rated and ranked into one of three categories:
Best Qualified - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors and are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position
Well Qualified - applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors and are proficient in most of the requirements of the job
Qualified - applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors and are proficient in some, but not all of the requirements of the job.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required


Required Documents

The following documents are required and must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 09/28/2018:

Resume which includes a list of all significant jobs held and duties performed. If military or civilian, please include your rank and/or grade.
A complete Occupational Questionnaire
Other Supporting Documents, if applicable, such as:
If you are a Discharged, Non-Disabled Veteran, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 showing character of discharge (Member 4 copy), or other Documentation of Service and Separation under Honorable Conditions, as listed on the . If you don't have your DD-214, you may request it after discharge from the .
If you are a veteran within 120 days of discharge, you must submit signed documentation from the Armed Forces certifying: 1) your expected release/retirement from active duty, 2) under honorable conditions, 3) your pay grade/rank/rate at time of discharge, 4) dates of active duty service, 5) any campaign or expeditionary medals received, & 6) dated within 120 days of your separation.
If you are a Disabled Veteran, Purple Heart Recipient, or, you must submit all additional proof required by the, and if applicable, a completed . You may request a copy of your Department of Veterans Affairs letter from or call to establish proof of disability.
Copy of a Valid CDL.
Documentation for consideration if you are a displaced Federal employee within the local commuting area. You must include: 1) Proof you are a displaced Federal employee, e.g., RIF Separation Notice, Notice of Proposed Removal, etc; 2) SF-50s (Notifications of Personnel Action) showing career/conditional tenure competitive status, promotion potential and duty location; and 3) your most recent performance appraisal. To exercise selection priority, displaced or surplus Federal employees must be rated well-qualified or above 85 on the rating criteria for this position. Do not submit photographs with your application package. Documents with photographs may not be seen by hiring officials - you must remove your image from any badges, licenses, etc.

Do not upload Adobe portfolio documents. Adobe portfolio documents are not viewable by our agency's staffing offices.

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 .
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.

This job originated on . For the full announcement and to apply, visit . Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

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Tree Worker

Expired Job

National Park Service