Toxic Materials Handler (Explosives Operator)

Department of the Army - Pueblo, CO (30+ days ago)4.4

About the Position: You will serve as a Toxic Material Handler (Explosives Operator) WG-6511-05 at the Pueblo Chemical Depot in Pueblo, Colorado. This is a developmental position with a full performance target to the WG-6511-08 level.

Pueblo is located in southern Colorado along the southern edge of the state's major growth corridor. Pueblo is known for its historic transportation junction. The city lies 120 miles south of Denver at the crossroads of two major highways, I-25 and US Hwy 50. Pueblo Chemical Depot (PCD) is east of Pueblo. Pueblo Chemical Depot operates on a ten hour work day, four day a week (Monday thru Thursday) work schedule. For additional information in regards to Pueblo go to the following website:

Inspect, transport, monitor, and physically handle the receipt, storage, reconditioning, transfer, issue, and preparation of bombs, projectiles, rockets, drums, and tanks filled with toxic chemicals and/or hazardous waste material.
Perform decontamination of various toxic chemical agents that may have spilled or are leaking.
Mix various types of chemicals and compounds, such as calcium hypochlorite and sodium hypochlorite, which are used in the neutralization of toxic chemicals (liquid or vapor) encountered on the job.
Utilize field testing equipment and re-agents; and operate the detector kit to test for toxic chemical leakage.
Operate pressure gauges, torque wrenches, temperature gradient sets, and adapters to release and re-apply pressure to containers to perform mechanical and physical tests on equipment to determine if functioning and serviceability.
Operate forklifts to load/unload and transport chemical or conventional munitions.
Travel Required
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential

Job family (Series)
6511 Missile/Toxic Materials Handling


Conditions of Employment
This position is subject to the requirements of the Army Chemical Personnel Reliability Program (CPRP).
This position is covered by the 1996 LAUTENBERG AMENDMENT.
This position is Non-Critical Sensitive. Incumbent must obtain and maintain a SECRET security clearance.
This position is a Testing Designated Position (TDP).
Incumbent must pass an initial and annual MEDICAL EXAMINATION to perform the essential functions of this job (physical such as hearing/visual, emotional, mental stability, etc.).
Incumbent is required to operate a Government vehicle therefore, must obtain and maintain a valid state DRIVER'S LICENSE.
Incumbent is required to operate a commercial vehicle therefore, must obtain and maintain a valid COMMERCIAL DRIVER'S LICENSE (CDL).
Incumbent must meet the requirements of PCD 350-400, Training and Certification Program for Personnel Working in Toxic Chemical Ammunition Operations.
Incumbent must meet the requirements of AR 50-6, Chemical Surety.
Incumbent must be cleared IAW requirements of AR 190-11, Physical Security of Arms, Ammunition and Explosives (AA and E).
Incumbent must wear government furnished SAFETY EQUIPMENT and/or CLOTHING funded by or supplied by the government (i.e., chemical protective masks must be snug to the face for personal protection).
Incumbent must successfully complete TRAINING in hazardous waste management procedures within six (6) months after initial appointment, and annually. Incumbent will work in supervised situations until all training requirements have been met.
Who May Apply: 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 a Toxic Materials Handler without more than normal supervision as stated below.

Minimum Qualifications (Screen Out Element): Ability to do the work of a(n) Toxic Materials Handler (Explosives Operator)~ without more than normal supervision. This includes determining the presence of toxic agent vapors from leaking munitions; operating equipment to test and sample various chemical munitions; and assuring proper blocking and bracing is done to prevent load shifts under close supervision of a work leader who observes tasks in progress and upon completion to make sure they are properly performed. I work under close supervision of a work leader or journey-level employee who observes tasks in progress and upon completion to make sure they are properly performed. - Failure to meet this Screen Out Element will result in an ineligible rating.

Ability To Do The Work Of The position Without More Than Normal Supervision
Ability To Interpret Instructions, Specifications, etc. (related to mobile equipment operation)
Dexterity and Safety
Knowledge of Equipment Assembly, Installation, Repair, etc.
Knowledge of Materials
Technical Practices (theoretical, precise, artistic)
Use of Measuring Instruments
Work requires prolonged standing and continuous physical activity in handling, pulling, or pushing objects. As a team member, lifts items weighing 15-44 pounds approximately 20-50 percent of the time.
Work is performed outside or inside. When working outside, toxic materials handlers are often exposed to the sun or to inclement for extended periods of time. The worker is required to wear protective clothing which is specially made and treated for working on explosives and toxins, including full-length underwear, safety shoes, glasses, gas masks, impermeable rubber suits, apron, rubber gloves, and coveralls, when working in the chemical storage areas. Is subject to profuse perspiration and extreme fatigue when working in protective clothing. Visibility is restricted during operations due to the necessity of wearing the gas mask while handling toxic agents. Clothing must be removed and decontaminated and showers taken before eating and before going home.
There is no education substitution for experience at this grade level.

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.
This position requires you to submit a Public Financial Disclosure Report (OGE 278) or a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE450) upon entry, and annually thereafter.
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) 33 position.
You may claim military spouse preference.
Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.
Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP). If you are a Federal employee in the competitive service and your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: (1) meet ICTAP eligibility criteria; (2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 90 or above; and, (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your ICTAP eligibility. Additional information about the program is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website .

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 résumé and supporting documentation will be compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. If, after reviewing your résumé 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.

Basis for Rating: Qualified candidates will be assigned to one of three quality categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified and Qualified. Veteran preference eligibles are listed ahead of non-preference eligibles within each quality category.

Best Qualified. Candidates in this category possess exceptional skills and experience to exceed well above the minimum requirements for the announced position.
Highly Qualified. Candidates in this category possess good skills and experience above the minimum requirements for the announced position.
Qualified. Candidates in this category meet the minimum experience requirements for the announced position.

Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Required Documents

Required Documents
The documents you are required to submit vary based on whether or not you are eligible for preference in federal employment. A complete description of preference categories and the associated required documents is in the Applicant Checklist (External) .

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., HRS 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 will not receive consideration for this position.
For additional information see: What to include in your resume .

2. Other supporting documents:
Cover Letter, optional
Most recent Performance Appraisal, if applicable
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.
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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