Job opening: Engineering Equipment Operator
Salary: $26 - 30 per hour
Published at: Dec 07 2023
Employment Type: Full-time
This position is located at the Biloxi National Cemetery in Biloxi, Mississippi.
The Work Leader coordinates closely with the Maintenance and Operations Supervisor (Foreman) WS- 08 and assists in the planning and implementation of projects, changes, work method improvement, quality assurance, and the general overall smooth operation of the cemetery from the field perspective. The Work Leader performs under the direct supervision of the Maintenance & Operations supervisor and ensures that daily and weekly work schedules established by the Maintenance & operations supervisor are accomplished, reporting any problems or variances. Incumbent serves as the Work Leader over a permanent crew of one (1) WG-08 Equipment Operator, one (1) WG-08 Gardener, one (1) WG-8 Maintenance worker, one (1) WG-8 Automotive worker, One (1) WG-7 Tractor Operator, one (1) WG- 6 Cemetery Caretaker Technician five (5) WG-06 Cemetery Caretakers, one (1) WG-4 Cemetery Apprentice Caretaker.
The Work Leader is responsible for personally performing or overseeing a variety of tasks, including, but not limited to the following: Identifying and opening new gravesite burial sections, identifying monumentation and other pertinent layout guidelines, including the physical measuring and determination of gravesites; Operates excavators and mini excavators to open and excavate graves; Moves equipment to various locations in cemetery, places equipment in vicinity of gravesite for excavation or backfilling; Operates hydraulic digging attachments and also front end loader bucket; Operates controls to turn, lift, and lower bucket in excavation and filling of gravesites and other projects; Loads and unloads dirt to and from truck or spoils pile, pushes or picks up dirt; Exercises caution to avoid damage to gravesites, markers, shrubbery, visitors, and personnel working in the area; May instruct workers in squaring out corners of graves, leveling bottom, and removal of excess dirt, etc.
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 Not Available
Position Description Title/PD#: Engineering Equipment Operator/ PD1621615
The full performance level of this position is WL - 08
Relocation Expenses: Not Authorized
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required
- 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.
- Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement,12/14/2023.
Your background must demonstrate work involved in leading work pertaining to the operation of equipment such as graders, tractors with bulldozer or angledozer blades, front-end loaders, backhoes, trench diggers, and large industrial tractors with pan or scraper attachments.
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:
Interpret Instructions, Specifications (mobile equipment operations)Lead or SuperviseOperate Safely (Non-Motor Vehicle)Technical PracticesWork Practices
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.
Physical Requirements: This position requires heavy physical effort with reaching, bending, turning, and moving hands, arms, feet and legs to operate the different sets of controls while operating the equipment and attachments. The Incumbent may be subjected to considerable strain caused by vibration, jerking, and jolting of the equipment over rough surfaces and the need to operate controls in awkward positions. Heavy effort is frequently exercised when performing duties such as tamping, carrying caskets/urns, lifting/moving grave planks, setting headstones, etc. Incumbent must be able to walk on hilly, flat, or rolling terrain. This position requires the employee to life weights up to 50 lbs. Occasionally items weighing more than 50 lbs are lifted with assistance from co-works. Employee may be exposed to noise levels exceeding 85 dBA for up to eight (8) hours per day. This exposure may adversely affect hearing.
Working Conditions: Work must be performed outdoors, and incumbent will be exposed to all types of weather throughout the year. Incumbent will be exposed to the sun, noise, extreme hear, and humidity, cold, snow, rain, wind, and is subject to dirt, dust, fumes (from motor and exhaust) mud, and water. Work is performed in areas where pesticides, insecticides, and fertilizers are applied. Appropriate protective equipment will be worn. The operator is exposed to injury from mishaps that may be involved in the operation of grounds maintenance equipment.
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.
All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drugs use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA.
This job does not have an education qualification requirement.
- Address Biloxi National Cemetery
400 Veterans Avenue Bldg. 1001
Biloxi, MS 39531
- Name: NCA Human Resources Center
- Phone: (317)916-3660
- Email: [email protected]