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Airfield Clearing Equipment Operator

Company name
Air Force Global Strike Command

$43,472.00 to $50,777.00

Ellsworth Afb, SD

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$43,472 to $50,777 per year

Pay scale & grade

WG 8

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Appointment type



Few vacancies in the following location:

Ellsworth AFB, SD

Ellsworth AFB, SD

Relocation expenses reimbursed


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Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)

Federal employees who meet the definition of a surplus or displaced employee.

Federal employees - Competitive service

Current or former competitive service federal employees.

Individuals with disabilities


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The primary purpose of this position is to operate airfield clearing equipment and auxiliary equipment and to operate engineering and construction equipment and perform functions as cutting, moving, digging, grading, and rolling earth, sand, stone, and other materials.

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The primary purpose of this position is to operate airfield clearing equipment and auxiliary equipment and to operate engineering and construction equipment and perform functions as cutting, moving, digging, grading, and rolling earth.

Operates one or more types of gasoline or diesel powered special purpose airfield clearing equipment, including snow removal equipment and vacuum type sweepers to clear runways, taxiways, ramps, and aprons of snow, ice, or foreign objects.

Operates one or more types of heavy equipment to push, pull, pile, or load materials, such as sand, gravel, earth, coal, moving and covering refuse, and clearing brush, rocks, tree stumps, and other material. Utilizes safety practices.

Uses and maintains tools and equipment. Performs operator maintenance on vehicles, such as cleaning vehicles, checking and replenishing fluids to proper levels, examining and changing filters, lubricating equipment, and making necessary adjustments.

Maintains records and documents action. Initiates or annotates forms or reports, such as Operator?s Inspection Guide and Trouble Report, Temporary Issue Receipt Form, Base CE Work Clearance Request Form, and up-dates.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Job family (Series)

5767 Airfield Clearing Equipment Operating



Conditions of Employment

U.S. Citizenship Required

Males must be registered for Selective Service, see

A Nonsensitive security clearance is required

This posn is subject to provisions of the DoD Priority Placement Program

This is a drug testing designated position. The incumbent is subject to random testing for drug use.

Employee may be required to work other than normal duty hours, to include evenings, weekends and/or holidays

Shift work and Flight line testing is required

Disclosure of Political Appointments

May be required to train and/or guide lower grade employees

The work requires the employee to drive a motor vehicle. An appropriate, valid driver?s license is required for the position. Must have a State Class B Commercial Driver?s License




QUALIFICATIONS: The following summarizes the qualification standard for this position found in the Job Qualifications System for Trades and Labor Occupations (Handbook X-118C); for additional information click here

. To qualify, there is no specific length of training or experience required; however, you must be able to demonstrate enough experience in your application to show you possess sufficient knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position at the level for which applying. Qualification requirements emphasis is on the quality of experience, not necessarily the length of time.

The screen out element for this position is to operate airfield clearing equipment and auxiliary equipment and to operate engineering and construction equipment and perform functions as cutting, moving, digging, grading, and rolling earth, sand, stone, and other materials.

JOB ELEMENTS: Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:

1. The primary purpose of this position is to operate airfield clearing equipment and auxiliary equipment and to operate engineering and construction equipment and perform functions as cutting, moving, digging, grading, and rolling earth, sand, stone, and other materials.

2. Knowledge of special purpose airfield clearing equipment, such as snow removal equipment and vacuum type sweepers and attachments used to clear taxiways, runways, aprons, and ramps.

3. Knowledge of engineering equipment, such as graders, tractors with bulldozer or angle dozer blades, front-end loaders, backhoes, and trench diggers.

4. Knowledge of the different sets of controls and operation of special purpose airfield clearing and engineering equipment and attachments.

5. Skill in manipulating the controls of equipment and attachments to adjust attachments, blades, and auxiliary equipment.

6. Knowledge of safety regulations, practices, procedures, and policies related to records maintenance and documentation.

7. Ability to use and maintain power/hand tools required for operator maintenance of equipment.

Physical Effort

Heavy physical effort is used by the operator in constantly climbing on and off vehicles; reaching, bending, turning, and moving hands, arms, feet, and legs to handle different sets of controls to operate the equipment and attachments while sitting for extended periods of time. Requires physical and mental coordination and depth perception. Must be capable of lifting 75-100 pounds in changing attachments on vehicles. Considerable strain is caused by the constant vibration of the equipment and the jerking and jolting from operating over rough surfaces. Frequently required to work in awkward or strained positions. Eyestrain is probable when operating vehicles during adverse weather conditions. In addition, work involves frequent movement and maneuvering of large, heavy equipment using hoists, holders, and pulleys, attaching and disconnecting tow bars, as required.

Working Conditions

The employee works outside in all kinds of weather, often in an open driver's seat. Works near moving parts of equipment and machinery. The operator is exposed to injury due to the possibility of the equipment overturning, and to slipping and sliding on ice or snow. Employee is subject to noise, vibration, dust, dirt, and fumes from the motor and exhaust. May be required to wear protective clothing, such as parkas, hard hats or other head coverings, steel- toed shoes, gloves, masks, and eye protection.

PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.

VOLUNTEER WORK EXPERIENCE: Refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service Programs (i.e., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student and social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge and skills that 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

You MUST have one or more listed eligibilities (click Learn more about this agency button above) to be considered. Eligibility claims must be supported with required documentation submitted with each application package to be considered. Transfer and Reinstatement or equivalent eligibles must provide their most current SF-50 and the SF-50 reflecting the highest grade held if not reflected on most current/separation SF-50. *Air Force is not responsible for erroneous eligibilities you list or fail to list.

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible click here

. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated well qualified or above for this position. You must submit a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location.

Employed Annuitants (Reemployed Annuitants): Applicants in receipt of an annuity based on civilian employment in the Federal Service are subject to the DoD Policy on The Employment of Annuitants. Click here

for more information.

90-Day Register: This announcement may result in a 90-day register that may be used to fill like vacancies for 90 days after the closing date. Applicants may be referred for consideration as vacancies occur.

Direct Deposit: All federal employees are required to have direct deposit.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be used to determine your eligibility, qualifications, and quality ranking for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

The resume/documents you submit must support your responses to the online questionnaire. If your application contradicts or does not support your questionnaire responses, you will receive a rating of not qualified or insufficient information and you will not receive further consideration for this job.

All Federal Wage Schedule (FWS) applicants must complete the assessment questionnaire in its entirety or it will result in an ineligible rating. Applicants who meet the requirements for and apply as a non-competitive eligible that meet minimal qualifications and other requirements of this position, will be given consideration as a non-competitive candidate and will be referred unless blocked by an individual with priority/preference.

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

1. Your Resume (your latest resume will be used to determine your qualifications)

If you submit more than one copy of your resume, only the most recent (latest) version will be reviewed. The latest timestamp will be used to determine which version of your resume is most recent. It is your responsibility to check the status and timestamp of all documents you submit as part of your application.

If your resume includes a photograph or other inappropriate material or content, you will not be considered for this vacancy.

For qualification determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and 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 insufficient and you will not receive consideration for this position.

2. A complete Application Questionnaire

3. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below). Ensure all submitted documents contain your full name, address, phone number, and last four digits of your social security number.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Q - Nonsensitive

Required Documents

Required Documents

The following documents are required and must be provided with your application. Other documents may be required based on the eligibility/eligibilities you are claiming. Click here

to view the AF Civilian Employment Eligibility Guide and the required documents you must submit to substantiate the eligibilities you are claiming. Online Application - Questionnaire

Resume - must include beginning and ending month and year for each employment period, hours worked and supervisor

Transcripts - if qualifying based on education or positive education series (can be a copy)

Registration/License - active, current registration/license if applicable for the position

Veterans' Preference - a copy of your DD Form 214 which must include character of service or a Statement of Service/Proof of Service which must include service dates and character of service. In addition, if claiming 10-point preference you must submit a VA Letter or a disability determination from a branch of the Armed Forces (or documentation of purple heart, if applicable) and a SF 15 (Application for 10-point veteran preference).

ACTIVE DUTY SERVICE MEMBERS: The VOW Act Chapter 21 of Title 5, United States Code (U.S.C.), Section 2108a, requires Federal agencies treat active duty service member as veterans, disabled veterans, and preference eligible, when they submit, at the time they apply for a Federal job, a certification of active service in lieu of a DD-214, assuming the service member is otherwise eligible. A certification letter should be on letterhead of the appropriate military branch of the service and contain (1) the military service dates including the expected discharge or release date; and (2) the character of service. The service member's military service dates are necessary in order to determine whether he or she meets the definition of veteran under 5 U.S.C. 2108(1). The certification must reflect the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date of submission. The certification must be signed by, or by direction of, the adjutant, personnel officer, or commander of your unit or higher headquarters and must indicate when your terminal leave will begin (if applicable), your rank, dates of active duty service, the type of discharge and character of service (i.e. honorable). Further, under paragraph (h) of the rule, agencies are required to verify a qualifying separation from military service prior to appointment, through the DD-214 or other appropriate documentation. Your preference and/or appointment eligibility will be verified prior to appointment. Active duty members that fail to provide a valid certification of service with their initial application will be found not eligible. Military members may be appointed before the effective date of their military retirement/separation if member is on terminal leave.

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

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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

How to Apply

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on 03/20/2018

To preview the Application Questionnaire, please click the following link:

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the application questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Application button at the end of the process.

If you are unable to apply online, view the following link for information regarding Alternate Application

. The Vacancy ID is 10159185

PLEASE NOTE: It is the applicant's responsibility to verify that information entered and/or uploaded, (i.e., resume) is received, accurate, and submitted by the closing date. You may verify your documents have been processed with your application package successfully. You can access your USAJOBS account to do so by clicking here

. Uploaded documents may take up to one hour to clear the virus scan.

Human Resources WILL NOT modify or change any answers submitted by an applicant.

Agency contact information

Total Force Service Center Total Force Service Center






GBS Ellsworth AFB

1000 Ellsworth Street Ste 2300

Ellsworth AFB, SD


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Next steps

Once your application package is received an acknowledgement email will be sent.

If you provided an email address, you will receive an email message acknowledging receipt of your application.Your application package will be used to determine your eligibility and qualifications for consideration. If you are determined to be ineligible or not qualified, your application will receive no further consideration.

To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select My Applications, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.

If you do not provide an email address, you are responsible for checking status updates and notifications in USAJOBS. Hard copy notifications will not be sent to you.

Fair & Transparent

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

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.

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants

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.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations

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Financial suitability

Social security number request

Privacy Act

Signature and false statements

Selective Service

New employee probationary period

Note: We cannot accept applications on behalf of Federal Agencies. Application instructions are listed within the Job Description.

Company info

Air Force Global Strike Command
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