Federal Emergency Management Agency
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The ideal candidate will have skills in utilities operation and monitoring of industrial type equipment such as electrical switchgear, large commercial chillers, and power control systems. This position starts at a salary of $27.60 (WG-10) with promotion potential to the $30.50 (WG-12). Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of the Mount Weather Emergency Operations Center team within FEMA.
Promotion Potential: Future promotions will be dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and administrative approval.
Every FEMA employee has regular and recurring emergency management responsibilities, though not every position requires routine deployment to disaster sites. All positions are subject to recall around the clock for emergency management operations, which may require irregular work hours, work at locations other than the official duty station, and may include duties other than those specified in the employee's official position description. Travel requirements in support of emergency operations may be extensive in nature (weeks to months), with little advance notice, and may require employees to relocate to emergency sites with physically austere and operationally challenging conditions.
In this position, you will perform technical work of higher graded operators on all installed utility systems.
Typical assignments include:
Operating and monitoring multiple Building Management Control Systems (BMCS).
Serving as an electrical power controller for the power generation and distribution system.
Operating diesel power generation equipment necessary to provide continuous electrical power to critical facilities and activities.
Occasional travel - This position may require non-emergency travel (5%)
Who May Apply
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This announcement will close at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) (Friday, 04/27/2018) OR at 11:59 p.m. ET on the date the 200
application is received, whichever comes first.
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Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
You must successfully pass a background investigation.
Selective Service registration required.
You must be able to obtain and maintain a Government credit card.
Please review Other Information section for additional key requirements.
Please ensure you meet the qualification requirements described below.
The qualification requirements listed below must be met within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.
Applicants will be rated in accordance with the . Although a specific length of time and experience is not required for most trade and labor occupations, you must meet any screen-out element listed, and show through experience and training that you possess the quality level of knowledge and skill necessary to perform the duties of the position at the level for which you are applying. Qualification requirements emphasis is on the quality of experience, not necessarily the length of time.
Work is usually performed in an office setting or in industrial areas, at times under conditions of extreme stress caused by the need to keep all equipment fully operational. There are exposures to adverse conditions such as dust, dirt, extremes of temperature and high noise levels. May perform duties under extreme mental tension and stress and must be emotionally capable of working in confined spaced for prolonged periods of time. There is the possibility of exposure to toxic refrigerants, noxious gases, fumes or acids. Employee is exposed to the dangers of moving equipment, energized electric circuits, sharp metal edges and toxic fumes. Employee is required to operate large valves, lift grates/hatches and other job requiring up to 75 pounds of pulling or turning force.
Works on a rotating shift, inside, in well-lighted work areas. Works outdoors for short periods with exposure to climate extremes. Occasionally works in proximity to high voltages and currents. Exposed to equipment and machinery noises, and is subject to the discomfort of wearing safety equipment such as hard hats, ear plugs and breathing apparatuses. Must wear appropriate safety equipment and protective clothing. Work is also performed on uneven surfaces, outdoor and indoor, including steep inclines on rock or gravel surfaces and unimproved areas. Required to work in hot, cold, damp drafty areas and confined spaces, crawlspaces, an under floors.
The heaviest weight handled by the employee unassisted will normally be 50 pounds and with assistance, 100 pound or more. Work requires hand-eye coordination and manual dexterity to manipulate tools. Work may require stooping, stretching, bending and kneeling.
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 provides valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.
Qualifications are based on breadth/level of experience. In addition to describing duties performed, applicants must provide exact dates of each period of employment (from MM/YY to MM/YY) and the number of hours worked per week if part time. As qualification determinations cannot be made when resumes do not include the required information, failure to provide this information may result in disqualification. Applicants are encouraged to use the USAJOBS Resume Builder to develop their federal resume. For a brief video on How to Create a Federal Resume, click .
Current or former FEMA Reservists/DAE employees:
To accurately credit your experience for these intermittent positions, make sure to list the dates (from MM/YY to MM/YY) of each deployment, along with the job title and specific duties you were responsible for during each deployment. Failure to provide this information may result in disqualification.
To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo, successfully pass, and maintain a background investigation for Top Secret
clearance as a condition of placement into this position. This may include a credit check after initial job qualifications are determined (), review of financial issues, such as delinquency in the payment of debts, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.
For more information on background investigations for Federal jobs please visit the OPM website at
If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete an , and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application, prior to entry on duty. False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after beginning work, fine, or imprisonment.
DHS uses E-verify, an internet based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about , including your rights and responsibilities.
, /volunteers, and possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not have to compete with the public for federal jobs. To determine your eligibility for non-competitive appointment and to understand the required documentation, click on the links above or contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement.
This announcement may be used to fill one or more vacancies.
All candidates must be able to deploy with little or no advance notice to anywhere in the United States and its territories for an extended period of time.
A one year probationary period is required for new Federal competitive service employees and new supervisors and managers.
This is a Bargaining Unit position.
This position has been identified as a Testing Designated Position (TDP) because of its security, public health, and/or public safety sensitivity, therefore you are subject to random drug testing under FEMA's Drug-Free Workplace Plan (DWP). Refusal to be tested will result in disciplinary action up to and including removal from federal service.
You must be able to obtain, possess, and maintain a valid driver's license in your state of residence.
All applicants are required to pass a pre-employment medical examination provided at government expense.
You must be able to obtain a universal refrigerant license within one year.
Subject to change in shift assignment on a regular schedule.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. If you meet minimum qualifications, your experience, education, and training will be rated using a job questionnaire that is based on the following competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this job:
Ability to do the work of a utility systems repairer/operator without more than normal supervision.
Knowledge of Equipment Assembly, Installation, Repair, etc
Technical Practices (theoretical, precise, artistic)
Use of Measuring Instruments.
Ability to Interpret Instructions, Specifications, etc
Ability to Use and Maintain Tools and Equipment
Knowledge of the Materials.
If you meet minimum qualifications, you will be placed in one of the following categories:
Applicants possess experience that substantially exceeds minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrates high proficiency in all of the critical competencies, including all Screen Out Factors and appropriate Job Elements as determined by the job analysis.
Applicants possess experience that exceeds minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrates acceptable proficiency in all of the critical competencies, including all Screen Out Factors and appropriate Job Elements as determined by the job analysis.
Applicants possess experience that meets minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrates basic proficiency in most of the critical competencies, including all Screen Out Factors and appropriate Job Elements as determined by the job analysis.
Best qualified candidates may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview.
Qualified veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% are listed in the best-qualified category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level, or higher. This position is not considered scientific/professional. Other 10-point preference eligibles and veterans with 5-point preference who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements are placed above non-preference eligibles within the category in which they qualify. View information on .
Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) Eligibles
: If you have never worked for the federal government, you are not ICTAP eligible. View information about on OPM's website. To be considered ICTAP eligible, you must be placed in the well-qualified category for this position, as described above. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement.
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Background checks and security clearance
Your responses to the job questionnaire
- You will be directed to the online job questionnaire once you begin the application process for this position.
Are you a veteran?
Submit Member Copy 4 of your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) or notice form. Those applying for 10-Point preference may fill out the and/or provide documentation that demonstrates preference eligibility. If applying based on eligibility under the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act, you must submit certification from the Armed Forces that you will be discharged or released from active duty within 120 days from the date on the certification. This must indicate your dates of service, your rank, and confirm that you will be separated under honorable conditions. View more .
Are you claiming special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)?
a copy of your agency notice,
a copy of your most recent performance rating, and
a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, noting your current position, grade level, and duty location.
Are you a current or former federal employee?
Submit a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action.
Are you a current or former political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee?
Submit a copy of your applicable SF-50, along with a statement that provides the following information regarding your most recent political appointment:
Type of appointment (Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES, or Presidential Appointee)
Beginning and ending dates of appointment
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 .
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. .
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.
How to Apply
To begin your online application, click the Apply Online
button and follow the prompts to register or sign into USAJOBS, take the online questionnaire, and submit the required documents. See Required Documents
section for more detail.
We strongly encourage you to apply online. If you cannot apply online or do not have access to the internet (e.g., applicant experiencing documented system issues, applicant does not have access to the internet, etc.), you may be able to submit a paper application and the required forms. To do so, please contact the Human Resources Specialist listed in the Agency Contact Information prior to the close of this announcement.
Agency contact information
FEMA - Federal Emergency Management Agency
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Once you submit your application, we will assess your experience and training, identify the best qualified applicants, and refer those applications to the hiring manager for further consideration and interviews. We will notify you by email after each of these steps has been completed. We expect to make a tentative job offer within 30 days after the deadline for applications. If you are selected, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.
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Any offers of employment made pursuant to this announcement will be consistent with all applicable authorities, including Presidential Memoranda, Executive Orders. interpretive U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) guidance, and Office of Management and Budget plans and policies concerning hiring. These authorities are subject to change.
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Equal Employment Opportunity Policy
The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.
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Reasonable Accommodation Policy
Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.
Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when: An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.
You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.
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FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.