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Tractor operator (gardener)

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Department of Defense - Dept. of the Air Force
United States Citizens Summer NTE 09/30/2014 Full Time
The mission of the United States Air Force is to _fly, fight_ and _win_...in air, space and cyberspace.
To achieve that mission, the Air Force has a vision of Global Vigilance, Reach and Power. That vision orbits around three core competencies: Developing Airmen, Technology-to-Warfighting and Integrating Operations. Core competencies and distinctive capabilities are based on a shared commitment to three core values -- integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do.
WHO MAY APPLY: Applications will be accepted from United States citizens (U.S. citizenship required at time of application).
Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service. For additional information, clickhere.
For information on veterans' preference clickhere.
MILITARY SPOUSE PREFERENCE: Click here for specific program requirements. To request MSP hiring preference, you must submit the follow documents:
Application or resume;
Statement requesting MSP; and
Copy of military sponsor''s PCS orders
90-Day Competitive Certificate: This vacancy announcement may be used to fill like vacancies for 90-days from the closing date. Applicants may be referred for consideration as/if additional vacancies occur during this period.
U.S. Citizenship is required Must be registered for Selective Service, see Legal & Regulatory Guidance Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid This position is drug testing designated A pre-employment physical examination is required This is a Summer Hire position Not To Exceed 09/30/2014
HOURLY RATE $19.04 - $22.21
Operatesfarm-type tractors and towed or attached equipment on steep or rough terrain and performs seasonal gardening and grounds maintenance work.
Operates such equipment as earth augers, front-end loaders and rear blades, snow removal equipment, seeders, fertilizer and plow spreaders, various mowers, sweepers, front-end forks and grapples.
Makes adjustments for various job requirements; such as setting mower blade height, depth of plow blades, and rate of application for seeders and sprayer attachments.
Plans and carries out gardening work according to the schedule or project assignment, keeping within the framework of established gardening practices.
Performs clean-up duties, such as cleaning equipment, sweeping, straightening, and lining up tools and other property in the assigned area.
EXPERIENCE: Applicants will be rated in accordance with the OPM Qualification Standard Handbook X-118C; for additional information click here. Although a specific length of time and experience is not required for most trade and labor occupations, you must meet any screen-out element(s) listed, and show through experience and training that you possess the quality level of knowledge and skill necessary to perform the duties of the position at the level for which applying. Qualification requirements emphasis is on the quality of experience, not necessarily the length of time. An example of experience includesoperating tractors, mobile equipment, attached equipment and other powered equipment used to perform grounds maintenance work.
The screen out element for this position is the Ability to do the work of a Tractor Operator without more than normal supervision.
_PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE_ : Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.
JOB ELEMENTS REQUIRED:
1. Ability to do the work of a Tractor Operator without more than normal supervision (Screen Out).
2. Knowledge of equipment to make multiple connections from equipment to the tractor: and of operating characteristics and skill to operate tractors and manipulate equipment controls simultaneously to compensate for steep and rough uneven terrain features.
3. Knowledge of safety practices, regulations and procedures.
4. Knowledge of seasonal gardening tasks, such as fertilizing, preparing seedbeds, transplanting, laying sod, aerating, pruning, trimming, and applying chemicals to plants.
5. Knowledge of grounds maintenance, such as mowing grass and trimming trees and shrubs, and how to apply chemicals and fertilizers.
6._ _Skill in using and maintaining hand and power tools, such as seeders, spreaders, edger's, hedge trimmers, pruning shears, sprayer, spades, hoes, rakes, and mowers; in judging clearances, heights, and turning angles of tractor and towed vehicles/equipment; and to adjust equipment for various job requirements.
7. Ability to recognize obvious plant diseases, plant insects, and unusual or poor plant growth: to follow instructions, work orders, specifications, etc. and to document actions taken: and to perform operator maintenance on tractors and associated equipment.
_ADDITIONAL CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT_
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1. Anappropriate,validdriver'slicenseisrequiredfortheposition.
2. Theemployeemayberequiredtoworkotherthannormal workhours,whichmayincludeevenings,weekends,and/or holidays.
3. The employee may be required to provide training and guidance to lower graded workers.
4. Thisisadrugtestingdesignatedposition.The employeeissubjecttorandomtestingfordruguse.
5. Pre-employmentphysicalisrequired.
PHYSICAL EFFORT:
Physical effort is light to moderate. Exerts additional effort in operating the tractor and manipulating equipment controls to compensate for difficult terrain. Performs more exacting work such as digging with a backhoe to close tolerances, requiring considerable manipulation of controls. Work requires frequent walking, standing, pushing of carts and wheelbarrows, bending, and stooping, as well as reaching,turning or moving hands, arms, feet, and legs to operate hand and foot controls. Occasionally climbs ladders to prune or trim vegetation. Frequently lifts and carries parts and equipment weighing up to 50 pounds, and occasionally moves heavier objects with assistance.
WORKING CONDITIONS:
Works primarily outside or in a greenhouse and is exposed to all kinds of weather conditions, vibrations and jolts from the tractor and towed equipment. Employees are exposed to chemical dust, sprays, dust, dirt, mud, grease, and/or fumes daily. Work typically requires wearing protective clothing such as gloves, safety shoes, and boots. Follows prescribed safety practices and uses safety equipment to avoid injury and possible hazards in the work area. Works on steep slopes and in rough terrain, and may be subject to injury from falls or overturned tractors and equipment.
Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be used to determine your eligibility, qualifications, and quality ranking for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.
Your responses to the questionnaire may be compared to the documents you submit. The documents you submit must support your responses to the online questionnaire. If your application contradicts or does not support your questionnaire responses, you will receive a rating of "not qualified" or "insufficient information" and you will not receive further consideration for this job.
Applicants who disqualify themselves will not be evaluated further.
Your application will be rated under the Category Rating procedures based on the extent to which the quality, depth, and complexity of your experience and education relate to the qualifications requirement. Additional points are not added for Veteran''s Preference; however, Veteran Preference is still applied.
_Category 3_ , Best Qualified: Candidates in this category possess exceptional skills and experience to exceed well above the minimum requirements.
_Category 2_ , Highly Qualified: Candidates in this category possess good skills and experience above the minimum requirements.
_Category 1_ , Qualified: Candidates in this category meet the minimum education and/or experience requirements.
Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire. The numeric rating you received is based on your responses to the questionnaire. The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills and abilities required of this position. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating.
To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
1. Your Resume (your latest resume will be used to determine your qualifications)
If you submit more than one copy of your resume, only the most recent (latest) version will be reviewed. the latest timesstamp will be used to determine which version of your resume is "most recent". It is your responsiblity to check the status and timestamp of all documents you submit as part of your application.
If your resume includes a photograph or other inappropraite material or content, you will not be considered for this vacancy.
For qualification determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and dates of employment (i.e., hours per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). If your resume does not contain this information, your application may be marked as insufficient and you will not receive consideration for this position.
2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire
3. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below). Ensure all submitted documents contain your full name, address, phone number and last four digits of your social security number.
The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Thursday, May 15, 2014
To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.
To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, clickhere for the required cover page. This Vacancy ID is 1114982. Fax your documents to . All supporting documents should be uploaded to your USAJOBS account and included with your application package. Faxing documents should be used as a last resort; do not fax duplicate documents.
If you cannot apply online:
1. Click the following link to view and print the questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire
2. OPM Form 1203-FX must be provided to show your responses to the occupational questionnaire. Please note: The numbering on the OPM Form 1203-FX will not match the Occupational Questionnaire in Section 25 of the OPM Form 1203-FX, which continuously numbers from number one, while the Questionnaire starts each section of questions with number one. When entering your responses please continue regardless of number sequence. Applicants are responsible for ensuring their responses are transferred accurately.Clickhere for the OPM Form 1203-FX.
3. Fax all required documents to . Your OPM Form 1203-FX will be the cover page for your fax transmission.
PLEASE NOTE: It is the applicant's responsibility to verify that information entered, uploaded, or faxed (i.e., resume) is received, accurate and submitted by the closing date. You may verify your documents have been processed with your application package successfully by clickinghere. Uploaded documents may take up to one hour to clear the virus scan. Faxed documents take 2-3 business days to process.
Human Resources WILL NOT modify or change any answers submitted by an applicant.
The following documents are required and must be provided by the closing date of the announcement. __
Online Application (Questionnaire)
Resume - If your resume includes a photograph or other inappropriate material or content, you will not be considered for this vacancy. Your resume may be submitted in any format. For qualifications determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e., hours per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). Resumes that do not contain this information will be marked as insufficient and applicants may not receive consideration for this position.

Veterans' Preference - a copy of your DD Form 214 which must include character of service or a Statement of Service/Proof of Service which must include service dates and character of service. In addition, if claiming 10 point preference you must submit a VA Letter or a disability determination from a branch of the Armed Forces (or documentation of purple heart, if applicable) and a SF 15 (Application for 10-point veteran preference).
IF APPLICABLE: A military service member''s statement of service/certification will be accepted IF a terminal leave form or DD214 cannot be provided. The statement/certification should indicate member''s separation from active duty is within 120 days of the closing date of this announcement. It must be signed by, or by direction of, the adjutant, personnel officer, or commander of your unit or higher headquarters and must indicate when your terminal leave will begin, your rank, dates of active duty service, the type of discharge and character of service (i.e. honorable). Your preference and/or appointment eligibility will be verified prior to appointment. Military members may be appointed before the effective date of their military retirement/separation if member is on terminal leave.
Once the online questionnaire is received an acknowledgement email wil be sent.
If you provided an email address, you will receive an email message acknowledging receipt of your application. Your application package will be used to determine your eligibility and qualifications for consideration. If you are determined to be ineligible or not qualified, your application will receive no further consideration.
To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select My Applications, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.
If you do not provide an email address, you are responsible for checking status updates and notifications in USAJOBS. Hard copy notifications will not be sent to you.
The Department of Defense offers an excellent benefits program . In addition to your take-home pay, click here for an overview of benefits currently offered to Federal employees.
Direct Deposit : All federal employees are required to have direct deposit.
Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible click _here_. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated in the "Highly Qualified" or above "Best Qualified" Category on the rating criteria for this position.
Employed Annuitants (Reemployed Annuitants) : Applicants in receipt of an annuity based on civilian employment in the Federal Service are subject to the DoD Policy on The Employment of Annuitants. Clickhere for more information.
T emporary and Term Appointments: If you are selected for a temporary or term position, your appointment may be extended to the maximum period allowed by law without further competition.

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