Motor Vehicle Operator

U.S. Federal Government - Landover, MD4.3

This position is located in the Office of Facilities Management and Reliability (OFMR), Smithsonian Facilities (SF), Smithsonian Institution. The incumbent works under the supervision of the Motor Vehicle Operator Supervisor. The incumbent responsibility is to operate gasoline and diesel powered vehicles with gross vehicle weights of 22,000 lbs. or more that transport supplies and materials.

Smithsonian Facilities provides unparalleled stewardship of Smithsonian buildings, gardens, and facilities – operating, maintaining, and ensuring a safe, secure, healthy environment that enhances the Smithsonian experience for all. As the largest and most diverse organization within the Smithsonian Institution, Smithsonian Facilities’ employees are located throughout the 19 world-class museums, galleries, gardens, research and cultural centers, as well as the National Zoological Park. Our team is comprised of professionals from every facet of facilities management, performing the majority of projects and requirements with our own workforce. Responsible for the planning, design, construction, maintenance, and safety of the Smithsonian’s world-wide facilities, we accomplish our mission and vision through four Strategic Goals:

Partnering with the Smithsonian Community
Caring for Distinctive Buildings and Grounds
Providing Exceptional Experiences for Internal and External Customers
Cultivating a Highly Motivated and Dedicated Workforce
For more information about Smithsonian Facilities, Click Here .

Operates a stake truck with a hydraulically-operated tail/lift gate and uses the power takeoff to transfer engine power to the tail/lift gate.
Operates buses with a capacity of more than 20 passengers, regardless of gross vehicle weight.
Operators drives a bus over predetermined routes and arrives at and departs from pick up and discharge points at scheduled times.
Operates loads and unloads the vehicle by hand, sometimes requiring help from other workers.
Operates passenger-carrying vehicles, such as shuttle buses or sedans and station wagons, on fixed routes or as directed.
Travel Required
Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential

Job family (Series)
5703 Motor Vehicle Operating

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Motor Vehicle Operators

Conditions of Employment
Pass Pre-employment Background Investigation.
May need to complete a Probationary Period.
Maintain a Bank Account for Direct Deposit/Electronic Transfer.
Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with Selective Service.
Must have a driver's license for CDL Class B with Passenger Endorsement.

Physical Requirements:
As a Motor Vehicle Operator, more than moderate physical effort is used in reaching, bending, turning, or moving hands, arms, feet, and legs to operate hand and foot controls. More than moderate physical effort is required in the operation of additional controls, the frequent handling of objects weighing up to 20 pounds and the occasional handling of objects weighing over 50 pounds while loading and unloading cargo.

Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the job opportunity announcement.

For information on the Job Qualification System for Trades and Labor Occupations, see OPM’s web site at

Your overall experience and training must indicate that you have the minimum knowledge, skills, abilities needed to perform the duties of this position. There is no substitution of education for experience for this position. Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

Additional information on the Job Qualification System for Trades and Labor Occupations can be found on OPM's web site at


Additional information
Flexible Spending Accounts -

Health Insurance -

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Life Insurance -

Long Term Care Insurance -

Retirement Program -

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

Applications will first be evaluated to determine whether the following screen out element is met:

Ability to do the work of the Motor Vehicle Operator without more than normal supervision.
If an applicant meets the screen-out element, the following Job Elements will be evaluated:

Ability to do the work of a motor vehicle operator.
Ability to operate a motor vehicles.
Knowledge of work practices (including keeping things neat, clean, and in order).
Ability to interpret instructions, specifications, etc. (related to mobile equipment operation).
Ability to safely drive motor vehicles.
Ability to be reliable and dependable.
BASIS OF RATING: Once the announcement closes, your application will be automatically evaluated and rated by the system and a Human Resources Specialist. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your application and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills, and abilities required of this position. If, after the Human Resources Specialist reviews your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that the score you have received is not a true reflection of your qualifications and/or experience, your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect the information you provided that support your abilities. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Your resume should provide detailed information regarding how your education and experience relate to this position, including the major duties and qualifications criteria listed.

Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA): If you are applying for a VEOA appointment, you must be a veteran and must be honorably separated and either a preference eligible or have substantially completed 3 or more years of active service. ("Active Service" under this law means active duty in a uniformed service and includes full-time training duty, annual training duty, full-time National Guard duty, and attendance, while in the active service, at a school designated as a service school by law or by the Secretary concerned.) A veteran who is released under honorable conditions shortly before completing a 3-year tour is also eligible.

Noncompetitive Appointment Authorities: The following links contain information on the eligibility requirements to be considered under a noncompetitive appointing authority:

Primary Appointing Authorities for Career and Career-Conditional Appointments
Hiring Authorities for Veterans
People with Disabilities

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Required Documents

Required Documents
Your application package should include the following documents:

Resume - Your resume can be uploaded and attached to your application or created using the USA Jobs on-line resume builder. If you want to receive full credit for relevant experience your resume MUST contain the job title (including the occupational series and grade if it is Federal), duties, starting and ending dates (month and year), hours worked per week, and salary.

USAJOBS has guidance on how to ensure that you submit a complete resume: If you have not written a Federal resume before, you may watch this Resume Writing Tutorial video on the USAJOBS YouTube channel , or read through a helpful Resume Writing FAQ article on the USAJOBS Site to learn what details you should, and should not, include in your resume. If any of the above information is not included in your resume we may not be able to fully credit you for your experience.

A copy of your most recent SF-50 which shows your position title, series, grade, step, salary, position occupied, and tenure to verify Time-in-Grade/competitive status. If you have previously held a higher grade and are applying based on that grade you must provide a copy of the SF-50 showing you held the higher grade and/or have promotion potential to the grade being advertised. Do NOT submit award SF-50s.
Most current Performance Appraisal.
MUST submit a copy of your valid CDL Class B with Passenger Endorsement.
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.


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 .

The Smithsonian offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, vacation and sick leave, holidays, health/life insurance, accident insurance, and excellent retirement program options.

Please see Benefits at for a complete description.

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.