Laborer (Recycler)

Washington, D.C
Jun 02, 2023
Jun 09, 2023
Full Time

Tour of Duty: evening and night shifts

The position is Laborer (Recycler) with responsibility for performing a wide range of duties such as setting up and arranging furniture; moving furniture, supplies, boxes and construction materials; operating floor care equipment; and performing other cleaning and maintenance tasks.

  • Loads and unloads heavy boxes, bulky supplies, and heavy construction building materials and supplies to and from trucks. Moves heavy boxes and cartons by hand, hand truck, or dolly. Collects trash and debris from Congressional Buildings and surrounding grounds. Empties trash, garbage and other debris from receptacles located throughout the building and the grounds. Performs other tasks such as clearing snow and ice from building entrances, spreading salt, and picking up litter.
  • Use, maintain and operate powered floor machines and hand tools such as vacuums, brooms, buffers, mops, and squeegees for the cleaning and general maintenance of floors, walls, carpets, and furniture to perform laborer and cleaning duties.
  • Empty wastebaskets, collect and dispose of refuse. Sweep, mop and wax floors; wash walls and windows, dust and perform other cleaning duties.
  • Collects and sorts recyclable material, including aluminum cans, plastic and glass bottles, newspaper, and paper, from various locations with the buildings. Relines recycle containers with plastic bags. Places recycled material in appropriate locations as determined by management. Collects all wet waste material from various locations within buildings and relines all wet waste containers and disposes of all wet waste materials. Cleans recycling containers as necessary.
  • Provides set-up and support for special events. Sets up dining areas, meeting rooms, auditoriums, classrooms, etc., in various configurations for many types of events. Moves and arranges furniture and equipment for changes in room assignments or room configurations. Moves items that may weigh more than 80 lbs.
  • Assists the shop offices' trades' personnel with short-term repair and construction projects, such as tearing down walls or ceilings using hand tools, in accordance with detailed oral or written instructions.
  • Follows all relevant safety rules, regulations, and standard operating procedures and complies with all OSHA safety rules and regulations.


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be able to pass a drug test.
  • Your resume and question responses must demonstrate job-related elements.

  • A citizen of the United States;
  • A person who is lawfully admitted for permanent residence and is seeking citizenship as outlined in 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3)(B);
  • A person who is admitted as a refugee under 8 U.S.C. 1157 or is granted asylum under 8 U.S.C. 1158 and has filed a declaration of intention to become a lawful permanent resident and then a citizen when eligible;
  • A person who owes allegiance to the United States (nationals of American Samoa, Swains Island, and the Northern Mariana Islands, and nationals who meet other requirements described in 8 U.S.C. 1408); or
  • You must be able to pass a drug test and background check.
  • Your resume and question responses must demonstrate the job-related Elements.
  • You must meet the definition of specialized experience.


You must meet all eligibility and qualification requirements by the closing date of the job announcement.

You must meet the following SCREEN-OUT(S) required for this position.
  • SCREEN-OUT: Ability to perform the work of the position without more than normal supervision.

Your application must show that you have sufficient training and/or experience to perform the duties of the position as described in the vacancy announcement.


There are no educational requirements for this position.

Additional information

Welcome Veterans. The Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) gives veterans' preference rights in the legislative branch to certain veterans as applied by the Congressional Accountability Act. Veterans' preference is applied on this vacancy announcement. If you are a veteran and have been separated under honorable conditions, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility; SF-15, if applicable; and Department of Veterans Affairs documentation of disability, if applicable. For more information, please visit OPM vet guide

If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System. If you are exempt from registration under Selective Service Law, you must provide appropriate proof of exemption. Please visit the Selective Service System website for more information.

DRUG TESTING: The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) is a Drug Free Workplace. As part of the AOC's suitability assessment, a candidate tentatively selected for a position who is not currently an AOC employee is required to submit to screening for illegal drug use. Satisfactory completion of a drug test is a condition of employment with the Agency. A candidate must test negative prior to being eligible for appointment into a position. We will schedule, provide and cover the cost for the drug test.

The selectee(s) under the vacancy announcement for this position is subject to a criminal record check by the U.S. Capitol Police and satisfactory adjudication to be eligible for employment at the Architect of the Capitol.

The Architect of the Capitol is an E-VERIFY Participant. E-VERIFY is an Internet-based system that compares information from an employee's Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, to data from U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Social Security Administration records to confirm employment authorization in the United States. If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the DHS Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-VERIFY" electronic system. For more information on E-Verify, please visit

The Architect of the Capitol is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information and/or disability.

This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Moving expenses are not authorized.

Relocation expenses are not authorized.

Probationary Period - A newly appointed selectee is subject to the completion of a one-year trial/probationary period, regardless of whether or not a trial/probationary period has been completed previously with the Architect of the Capitol or another Federal agency.

This vacancy announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies in any of the jurisdictions of the Architect of the Capitol.

All application materials become the property of the Architect of the Capitol.