Maintenance Mechanic

Department of the Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service - Hilo, HI4.5

This position is part of the Big Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex. As a Maintenance Mechanic, you will be responsible for maintenance and repair work on refuge equipment, grounds, exterior structures, buildings, and related fixtures and utilities.


Constructs, repairs or modifies building structures and related facilities;
Reads and interprets blueprints and schematics for troubleshooting and repairing building systems;
Performs routine maintenance on station's off-grid electrical systems, and maintains and repairs electrical systems;
Performs routine maintenance and service on domestic water system;
Performs routine maintenance and service on propane appliances;
Performs a variety of automotive, small gas engine, and equipment inspection, maintenance, repairs and service, including diesel and gasoline generators and electric water pumps;
Performs a variety of maintenance and repair on major components and assemblies such as engines, transmissions, and differentials on motor, all-terrain, and utility-terrain vehicles, as well as minor repairs and preventive maintenance;
Maintains a computer database on work performed and associated costs;
Applies a variety of electric, gas, or other manual welding processes or methods to carry out standard welding operations;
Operates a variety of gasoline or diesel-powered wheeled or tracked equipment such as dump truck, bulldozers, excavators, road graders, backhoe, front-end loaders, farm tractors or other heavy equipment; and
Attaches, detaches, and operates mounted implements such as a posthole auger, mowers, discs, plows, scrapers, or sprayers.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You can expect to travel for this position. (See Working Conditions in the Additional Information section)

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Job family (Series)

4749 Maintenance Mechanic


Conditions of Employment
Must be a U.S. Citizen or National
Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply)
Suitability for employment, as determined by background investigation
Drug testing position
Medical Requirements
Official U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service uniform required
May be required to successfully complete a probationary period
Valid state driver's license required
Valid state Class A commercial driver's license required
By the closing date of this announcement, you must meet the requirements of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Handbook X118C, Job Qualification System for Trades and Labor Occupation.

Although no specific amount of experience, education or training is required, applicants must meet a minimum level of ability in relation to the position and the Assessment Questionnaire in order to be rated qualified for consideration. To be qualified candidates must meet any screen out element(s) listed at an "acceptable" level, and must achieve an average rating of at least "acceptable" on all of the elements. Only education, training, or experience acquired before the closing date will be considered.

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.

Additional information

This announcement is being advertised concurrently under R1-18-10312581-BP-MP for current and former federal employees serving under a competitive service career or career-conditional appointment or reinstatement eligible. You must apply to each announcement separately if you wish to be considered under both recruitment methods.

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): These programs apply to current or former career-conditional or career Federal Service employees ONLY who have been or may be involuntarily separated (e.g. reduction in force, declining to relocate/transfer outside their local commuting area) from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: (1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; (2) be rated well-qualified for the position; and, (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility (e.g., Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal or Removal Notice; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; or Removal and most recent performance appraisal.). For more information visit:

To register or verify your registration go to the Selective Service System at

FWS has determined that the duties of this position are not suitable for telework.

We may use this announcement to fill additional vacancies within 90 days of 10/02/2018.

A PCS move reimbursement is not authorized.

TESTING DESIGNATED POSITION - All applicants tentatively selected for this position will be required to submit to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment.
MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS - You must pass a DOT medical examination pursuant to CDL A requirements.
DRIVER'S LICENSE - You must possess and maintain a valid state driver's license at all times during your tenure. You must possess a valid Commercial Driver's License A (CDL-A) within six (6) months of employment in order to operate various vehicles up to and including a semi-tractor/trailer and lowboy trailer with GVW of 80,000 lbs. and a certification endorsement of air brakes, tank, pull trailer, and wide loads.

Terrain may be rough and muddy with dense vegetation;
Weather may include heavy rain, unusually wet climates, and varying temperatures from cool to hot and humid;
Areas may be dirty, greasy, bad smelling, or smoky at times;
Possible injuries occur such as cuts, burns, infections or broken bones and electrical shock;
Exposure to herbicide sprays and dust does exist;
Welding involves fumes, radiation, sparks, torch glare, and possible eye injury;
Discomfort may be encountered from wearing required protective clothing and equipment;
Living at the refuge during the work week is required and will include nights in tents or cabins;
Weekend and evening work is occasionally required.
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 resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the basic qualification requirements listed on this announcement. If you meet the basic qualifications, 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 which resulted in you being listed in the highest quality category, you may lose consideration, or be assigned to a lower quality category for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully when applying, errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):

Knowledge of the make-up, operations, and installation of a variety of electrical systems, circuits, equipment, and controls;
Knowledge and skill in using any of the accepted carpentry methods and techniques;
Knowledge of how various supply, disposal, and utility systems and equipment are installed and operate;
Skill in interpreting and applying building plans, codes, specifications, blueprints, engineering drawings, and work instructions;
Skill with standard tools and equipment used in roofing, gypsum board, painting, flooring, plumbing, electrical, and welding crafts;
Knowledge and skill in using controls to adjust and operate a variety of engineering equipment on flat or rolling terrain, rocky or soft ground, hilly forests, or other surfaces with similarly rough features, sometimes in confined areas;
Knowledge of soil and features of terrain to determine proper approach in performing work; and
Skill in adjusting attachments to make adjustments while equipment is in motion.
All qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category. The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position. The category ratings for this position are:
Best Qualified: High proficiency and comprehensive level.
Well Qualified: Overall competency.
Qualified: Meets minimum qualifications for the position, but fails the benchmark definition for the Well Qualified category.
The Category Rating Process does not add veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three" but protects the rights of Veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each quality category. Veterans' preference eligibles who meet the basic qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent will be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the
GS-09 level or higher).

If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must attach a copy of your DD-214 showing you were honorably discharged. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must attach an SF-15," Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" in addition to the proof required by that form.

Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Q - Nonsensitive

Drug test required


Required Documents

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must submit a complete application package that includes:

Resume or Application. At a minimum, your resume MUST contain job title (include job series and grade, if federal), duties, starting and ending dates (month and year), hours worked per week, and salary. USAJOBS has a template to ensure a complete resume.

Other supporting documents:
Cover Letter, optional
Official or unofficial College Transcript(s), if the position has education requirements, or if you are using your education to qualify. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. A copy of your official transcripts will be required if you are selected. If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit:
Veterans' Preference documentation, if applicable (e.g., DD-214 Member Copy 4 showing type of discharge/character of service, SF-15 Form and related documentation, VA letter, etc.)
If applicable, documentation/proof that you are eligible Career Transition Assistance Program/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program documentation, if applicable (e.g., Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; and most recent performance appraisal.)

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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