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Utility Systems Operator (Waste Water Treatment/Water Distribution) Full-time

at US Department of the Army in Oregon (Published at 20-09-2019)

    Duties

    Summary

    About the Position: In this position, you will serve as operator in charge of a sewage disposal plant and remotely located pumping stations. You will operate and monitor the fresh water system requiring non-filtration processes.


    Responsibilities

    • Operate valves, pumps, gates, comminutors, and other controls and equipment to move sewage through various stages of treatment.
    • Provide for disposition of digested sludge.
    • Collect and test samples of sewage/sludge at prescribed stages in the treatment cycle.
    • Test water and add chemicals, such as chlorine, to change the taste, odor, color, chemical or bacteriological content of the water.
    • Determine proper amounts of chlorine required to achieve and maintain acceptable quality standards.
    • Maintain daily logs and record for results of wells, pump stations, water production, wastewater in fluent and effluent parameters, and quality assurance program for the laboratory.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    None

  • Job family (Series)

    5406 Utility Systems Operating

  • Requirements

    Requirements

    Conditions of Employment

    • Appointment may be subject to a suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a completed background investigation.
    • This position may require you to lift up to 50 pounds.
    • A pre-employment physical and annual physical thereafter may be required.
    • You must be able to obtain and/or maintain a valid state driver's license.

    Qualifications

    Who May Apply: All US Citizens

    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). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
    There is no specific length of training or experience required. However, you must be able to demonstrate, through experience shown in your written application materials that you possess the sufficient knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the work of this position without more than normal supervision.
    Minimum Qualifications (Screen Out Element): To qualify for this position, you must show in your resume that you have performed the majority of the following duties without more than normal supervision: As an operator of a drinking Water Treatment Plant, you must possess skills to operate and maintain wells, filters, valves, pumps, transport lines, reservoirs, and water distribution system to insure supply of potable water is maintained. You must show that you can perform water quality sampling following proper chain of custody procedures. Failure to meet this screen out element will result in an ineligible rating.
    The following knowledge, skills, and abilities will be assessed to ensure applicants are adequately qualified for this position.

    • Ability To Do The Work Of The Position Without More Than Normal Supervision (Screen-out Element)
    • Ability to Interpret Instructions, Specification, etc. (includes blueprint reading)
    • Dexterity and Safety
    • Knowledge of Equipment Assembly, Installation, Repair, etc.
    • Operation of Equipment and Machinery
    • Technical Practices (theoretical, precise, artistic)
    • Use of Measuring Instruments

    Physical Effort: Work requires moderate physical effort: Lift and carry equipment and supplies normally up to 50 lbs. and on occasion up to 75 lbs. Must have sufficient agility and mobility to do work which requires prolonged standing, walking, climbing, bending, stooping, twisting, pulling, pushing, and kneeling all of which can cause exertion of the lower back. The employee must maintain good lower back physical condition.
    Working Conditions: Work is performed both inside and outside in all kinds of weather for substantial amount of time. Incumbent is exposed to possible infection or contagious diseases (typhoid), asphyxiation and injury from plant equipment or contact with sewage. The presence of gases and fumes may require protective clothing and the use of safety equipment such as respirators. Cuts, bruises or more severe injuries may result from falls into open tanks. Incumbent is subject to a complete history and annual physical examination including liver function tests due to chlorine exposure.

    At the time of application, you must have the following certifications:
    a) Oregon State Wastewater Treatment Plant Certification: Grade Two for both Collection and Treatment

    -AND-

    b) Oregon State or Washington State Water Distribution Level One Certification

    -OR-

    You must possess certifications with another state or province with a recognized certification program. If selected, you must apply for and be approved for reciprocity from the Oregon Health Authority" within six months of date of hire. For more information on these certifications (or reciprocity of certifications from other states or provinces), please visit the Oregon Health Authority website.
    If selected, reimbursement of application fees incurred to transfer certifications to Oregon will be considered by the agency.

    Education

    This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

    Additional information

    • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
    • You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
    • Two year trial/probationary period may be required.
    • Direct deposit of pay is required.
    • Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees.
    • If you have retired from federal service and you are interested in employment as a reemployed annuitant, see the information in the Reemployed Annuitant information sheet.
    • This is a Career Program (CP) 18 position.
    • Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.
    • If you receive reimbursement for a Civilian Permanent Change of Station (PCS) with the government, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) considers the majority of your entitlements to be taxable. Visit https://www.gsa.gov/cdnstatic/FTR%20Bulletin%2018_05%20Relocation%20Allowances_0.pdf for more information.
    • Payment of Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs is authorized, subject to the provisions of the Joint Travel Regulations.
    • A relocation bonus of up to 25% of base pay may be authorized.
    • A recruitment bonus of up to 25% of base pay may be authorized.
    • An Advanced In-Hire Rate may be authorized.
    • Enhanced Annual Leave may be authorized.
    • If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    Once the announcement has closed, a review of your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be used to determine whether you meet the qualification requirements listed on this announcement. If you are minimally qualified, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully when applying, errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.
    You should list any relevant performance appraisals and incentive awards in your resume as that information may be taken into consideration during the selection process. If selected, you may be required to provide supporting documentation.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Not Required

    Drug test required

    No

    Position sensitivity and risk

    Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

    Trust determination process

    Suitability/Fitness

  • Required Documents

    Required Documents

    As described above, your complete application includes your resume, your responses to the online questionnaire, and documents which prove your eligibility to apply. If you fail to provide these documents, you will be marked as having an incomplete application package and you will not be considered any further.

    1. Your resume:

    • Your resume may be submitted in any format and must support the specialized experience described in this announcement.
    • If your resume includes a photograph or other inappropriate material or content, it will not be used to make eligibility and qualification determinations and you may not be considered for this vacancy.
    • 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). If your resume does not contain this information, your application may be marked as incomplete and you may not receive consideration for this position.
    • For additional information see: What to include in your resume.
    2. Other supporting documents:
    • Cover Letter, optional
    • This position requires a job-related license or certification. You MUST submit a copy of your certifications with your application package or you will be rated ineligible. See: Transcripts and Licenses
    NOTE: Documents submitted as part of the application package, to include supplemental documents, may be shared beyond the Human Resources Office. Some supplemental documents such as military orders and marriage certificates may contain personal information for someone other than you. You may sanitize these documents to remove another person's personal information before you submit your application. You may be asked to provide an un-sanitized version of the documents if you are selected to confirm your eligibility.
  • Benefits

    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.

    Review our benefits

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.



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