National Park Service Arborist (Tractor Operator), WG-5001-9 in Saint Louis, Missouri

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This position is located in Gateway Arch National Park, in the Maintenance Division. Please visit find a park for additional park information. FOR MORE INFORMATION REGARDING THE AREA OR THE DUTIES OF THIS POSITION, PLEASE CONTACT SUPERVISOR MICHELLE ROYER AT 314-655-1781.

Who May Be Considered:

This announcement is open to current competitive permanent employees of the National Park Service and those qualifying under the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA).

Current Department of Interior (DOI) employees in the local commuting area who has been identified as surplus and eligible for priority consideration under the Career Transition Program (CTAP); OR current or former displaced Federal employees in the local commuting area and eligible for consideration under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP). For more information, select the following link(s): Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) and/or 2) Career Transition Program (CTAP).

Current or former time-limited (temporary and term) employees of a land management agency eligible for permanent positions under the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA). For more information, select the following link: Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA).

This is a Career/Career-Conditional Full-Time appointment.

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.

This position is concurrently open to all U.S. citizens under Announcement Number MW-1544-JEFF-10164705-DE.

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Responsibilities

The incumbent of this position serves as a certified Arborist at a National Park Service unit and provides proper care and maintenance of trees and shrubs located in a maintained landscape with high visitation. Incumbent performs annual and comprehensive condition assessments of trees to determine health and vigor, and structural stability of trees through the knowledge of tree identification, components, and structure. Provides treatment recommendations to improve the health and vigor and maintain the structural stability. Prunes trees and shrubs in accordance with industry standards. Removes desired trees using a chainsaw and "directional felling" techniques.

Incumbent must be experienced in tree climbing skills using a rope and work positioning saddle while performing tree condition assessments, pruning, installing tree support systems & lightening protection systems. Incumbent must have knowledge of construction preservation of trees including site protection, pre-construction/post-construction mitigation and remediation. Incumbent must have the ability to perform compound rigging techniques to execute advanced limb removal, heavy wood removal, and top removal to dismantle trees.

In addition, incumbent must have knowledge of tree health and performance; knowledge of tree nutrition; as well as knowledge of insects, diseases, biotic and abiotic disorders associated with trees.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

No

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5001 Miscellaneous Plant And Animal Work

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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 may be required to operate a government (or private) motor vehicle as part of your official duties. Prior to your first official motor vehicle operation, and again every year thereafter (or more frequently if management determines such need exists), you will be required to sign an affidavit certifying to your possession of a valid State issued driver's license that is current and has not been revoked, suspended, canceled, or otherwise disqualified in any way to prohibit your operation of a motor vehicle. You will also submit a photocopy of your valid State issued driver's license prior to your first official motor vehicle operation, and again every year, or more frequently if management determines such need exists. Lastly, you may be required to 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 discloses all valid driver's licenses, whether current or past, possessed by you. Please indicate in your application whether you possess a valid State 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 evenings, weekends, holidays, and overtime.
  • If you are a new employee in the Federal government, you will be required to complete a one-year probationary period.
  • You may be required to travel overnight away from home. You must obtain a government charge card for travel purposes.
  • Government Charge Card: You may be required to complete training and obtain/maintain a government charge card with travel and/or purchase authority.
Qualifications

To qualify for this position, you must meet both of the following screen-out factors: * Ability to do the work of a Arborist (Tractor Operator) without more than normal supervision (Screen-out) * Must have achieved and maintained Professional Certification in Arboriculture (Screen out) In addition, you must have sufficient knowledge and ability in the job-related factors. If your knowledge and ability in the SCREEN OUT factors are 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.

A specific length of time and experience is not required to be considered qualified for this position. However you must be able to demonstrate in your resume and supporting application materials that you possess sufficient knowledge, skill and ability to perform the work of this position without more than normal supervision. Note: You must demonstrate that you have experience of PERSONALLY performing this type of work. Supervising, managing, planning or contracting this type of work which does not demonstrate that you can also personally do the work will not be considered as qualifying.

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.

Education

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: Ability to work at heights up to 100 feet. Ability to lift weights up to 75 pounds. Long periods of physical exertion. Prolonged exposure to repetitive motion. When tractor operator duties are performed moderate effort is exerted to manipulate equipment controls.

Working Conditions: This type of work is inherently dangerous and may result in serious injury from slips, trips, or falls and could, in the unlikely event; result in death when performed incorrectly. This work is performed outside and is subject to weather conditions ranging from high heat and humidity to sub-zero temperatures. The incumbent may be exposed to a variety of site hazards including extreme environmental conditions; poisonous plants, insects, and/or reptiles; electrical conductors; uneven terrain; pedestrian/vehicular traffic, etc. The incumbent may be exposed to prolonged exposure to noise in excess of 85 decibels (db) when working with or in close proximity to chainsaws, wood chippers, etc. Will be required to wear protective clothing during pesticide/herbicide application; as well as, normal safety items such as boots, glasses, etc. When vehicles are operated there is additional exposure to risk due to traffic accidents, overturning or boom accidents aloft.

AREA INFORMATION: The Gateway Arch National Park is located in downtown St. Louis, Missouri, on the banks of the Mississippi River. The park memorializes the city's role in westward expansion through the 630 foot Gateway Arch and underground Museum of Westward Expansion. The Old Courthouse commemorates the site where the slave Dred Scott began his freedom suit, ultimately leading to the divisive U. S. Supreme Court decision that polarized the nation and became a leading cause of the Civil War. "Whether you're single or have a family, a sports fan or connoisseur of the arts, a fitness fanatic or a film aficionado, St. Louis has something for you." -St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association. A sports lover's paradise, fans are kept on the edge of their seats all year by a host of professional teams. With remarkable low cost of living for all the comforts and attractions it affords, St. Louis has a small-town feel, yet offers all the amenities you'd expect in a major metropolitan area, including top-notch health care and education resources. The City of St. Louis is relatively small, but the surrounding metropolitan area with nearly two million residents in both Missouri and Illinois offers many suburban and rural counties for easy commutes. Cultural institutions abound; in Forest Park alone, you'll find the Zoo, Art Museum, History Museum, Science Center, the Municipal Opera and more. There are over 100 parks and some 200 miles of cycling, running and walking trails. Visit the website: http://www.stlrcga.org for more information.

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, https://help.usastaffing.gov/Apply/index.php?title=AlternateApplicationInformation.

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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.

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 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 who apply under Competitive Merit Promotion procedures will undergo a quality review to determine if they are highly qualified based on the content of their resume and their responses to the questionnaire. Best qualified candidates will be referred if all required supporting documentation has been provided.

Candidates who apply under Noncompetitive Merit Promotion procedures will undergo a quality review to determine if they are minimally qualified based on the content of their resume and their responses to the questionnaire. Qualified candidates will be referred if all required supporting documentation has been provided.

You will be evaluated on the following competencies and/or job elements:

  • Ability To Do The Work Of The Position Without More Than Normal Supervision (SCREEN OUT)
  • Ability To Interpret Instructions, Specifications, etc. (other than blueprints)
  • Ability To Use and Maintain Tools and Equipment
  • Dexterity and Safety
  • Knowledge of materials
  • Technical Practices (theoretical precise, artistic)

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Required Documents

The following documents are required and must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 04/27/2018.

  1. Resume which includes a list of all significant jobs held and duties performed. If military or civilian, please include your rank and/or grade.
  2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire
  3. Merit Promotion Eligibility Documentationsuch as:
  4. Federal employees must submit a copy of their latest SF-50"Notification of Personnel Action" that reflects career or career-conditional tenure showing position title, series, grade and tenure (please do not submit an Award SF-50 as it does not provide the needed information) and, if different, an SF-50 showing highest permanent grade ever held or you may not be considered under the merit promotion process.
  5. Veterans Preference Documentation (e.g. DD-214, SF-15, VA Letter as appropriate)
  6. Documentation for the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) eligibility, which includes Appointment AND Termination SF-50s AND Performance evaluation, for EACH qualifying period of temporary employment claimed. When providing the necessary documents, scan your documents in ONE file for each period of service, for example: One file should have the Appt NTE start date SF-50, the Termination or Resignation SF-50, and Performance Appraisal (first page only!) or a letter signed by the supervisor of that position stating that your performance was acceptable in that position for the period of xx/xx/xx to xx/xx/xx. Do this for EACH period of service (i.e. one file for each period of service).
  7. Other Supporting Documents, if applicable, such as:
  8. Due Weight for Performance Appraisals and Awards:
  9. Please submit a copy of your most recent performance appraisal/evaluation and a list of any incentive awards (e.g. superior performance awards, special act or achievement awards, quality step increase, etc.) you received in the last 5 years. You must provide performance appraisal/evaluation and incentive award documentation which will be forwarded to the selecting official. The selecting official will use this documentation to assign a due weight point value to be considered during the overall selection process. If you do not have a current performance appraisal, please submit a statement as to why it is not available, and if it was at an acceptable level. If you fail to submit this documentation, it will result in no points being assigned by the selecting official during the selection process.
  10. If you do not have a current performance appraisal, please submit a statement as to why it is not available, and if it was at an acceptable level. If you fail to submit this documentation, it will result in no points being assigned by the selecting official during the selection process.
  11. Documentation that you meet Selective Factor (Professional Certification for Arboriculture).
  12. Documentation for Interagency/Career Transition Assistance Plan 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 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.

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To apply for this position: You must complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. To receive consideration, the complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 04/27/2018. * WE DO NOT ACCEPT HARD-COPY OR E-MAIL APPLICATION PACKAGES.*

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  6. Select documents you want included in this application.
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  8. Select if you want to include your demographic information.
  9. After reading and certifying the application is true and submitted in good faith, select "Continue to Agency Site."
  10. Follow onscreen prompts and instructions to complete your application.
  11. Add the supporting documents by indexing your documents with the dropdown.
  12. Upload any missing required documents or optional documents.
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Agency contact information
Terry Martin
Phone

(219) 395-1775

Email

terrylmartin@nps.gov

Address

Gateway Arch National Park 11 North 4th Street Saint Louis, MO US

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Once the Occupational Questionnaire is received you will receive acknowledgement that your submission was successful. If you are among the most qualified candidates and your name is referred to the hiring official, you may be contacted directly for a possible interview. You will be notified of the status of your Application Package at the time candidates are referred for consideration, and when the selection process is complete.

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The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/496865400. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 04/16/2018 to 04/27/2018

Salary: $26.15 to $30.54 per hour

Pay scale & grade: WG 9

Work schedule: Full-Time

Appointment type: Permanent