Tree Worker

Arlington, Virginia
Apr 18, 2019
Apr 18, 2019
Full Time

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position to various sites within the park and to attend meetings or training.

Relocation expenses reimbursed No


  • U.S. Citizenship required.
  • Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication.
  • Meet Selective Service Registration Act requirement for males.
  • Selectee will be required to participate in the Direct Deposit Electronics Funds Transfer Program.
  • You will be required to submit to a drug test and receive a negative drug test result prior to appointment. In addition, this position is subject to random testing for illegal drug use.
  • You must possess and maintain a current Class B, or higher Commercial Driver's License..
  • You will be required to wear a uniform and comply with the National Park Service uniform standards. A uniform allowance will be provided.
  • You may be required to work on-call, evenings, weekends, holidays, overtime and shift work.
  • If you are a new employee or supervisor in the Federal government, you will be required to complete a one-year probationary period.
  • Government Charge Card: You may be required to complete training and obtain/maintain a government charge card with travel and/or purchase authority.
  • Applicants must be at least (1)18 years old or (2) at least 16 years old and: (a) Have graduated from high school or been awarded a certificate equivalent to graduating from high school; or (b) Have completed a formal vocational training program; or (c) Have received a statement from school authorities agreeing with their preference for employment rather than continuing their education; or (d) Be currently enrolled in a secondary school and either work only during school vacation periods or work part-time during the school year under a formal student employment program.

To qualify for this position, you must have sufficient knowledge and ability in the following job-related factors:
  1. Ability to perform the duties of the position without more than normal supervision (SCREEN OUT)
  2. Technical Practices: theoretical precise, artistic
  3. Ability to Interpret Instructions, specifications; other than blueprints
  4. Ability To Use and Maintain Tools and Equipment
  5. Knowledge of Materials
  6. Dexterity and Safety
  7. Use of Measuring Instruments
If your knowledge and ability in the SCREEN OUT factor above is not sufficient, you will receive no further consideration. In preparing your application, describe in detail the experience and training which you have had that specifically prepared you for this job and to perform the duties described for this job. Experience should be clearly described and documented in your resume. The qualifications reviewer will not assume performance of such duties by Job Titles alone. Address your knowledge, skills and/or abilities in the areas shown in the job-related factors.

Volunteer Experience: 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 can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

There is no substitution of education for experience for Wage Grade (WG) positions.

This announcement may be used to fill additional positions if identical vacancies occur within 90 days of the issue date of the referral certificate.

Physical Demands: The incumbent frequently carries and/or moves objects of various sizes and shapes, up to 100 pounds, with assistance as required. Incumbent is required to climb and work from rope rigging, ladders, and lift mechanisms. Work requires walking, climbing, bending, and standing for extended periods of time. The incumbent may be required to work in cramped areas and awkward positions.

Working Conditions: The incumbent usually works outdoors, and frequently handles items weighing up to 50 pounds. Is exposed to herbicides and other poisonous chemicals. The work involved in climbing is very demanding physically, and the incumbent is frequently exposed to serious injury from falls.

The nature of the work requires the incumbent to consistently work along park roadways where, throughout the day, there can be very high traffic volume and traffic speed in excess of 55 miles per hour (MPH). This poses immediate danger and requires the employee to be completely knowledgeable and skilled to operate and maneuver vehicles and equipment, and conduct proper traffic control operations.

Incumbent is required to work outside in all types of weather, and is subject to discomfort from heat, humidity, and cold: The incumbent's clothing may become soiled from chemicals, dirt, and medium generated from the tree pruning or removal process. Incumbent is frequently exposed to the possibility of cuts, bruises, burns, and broken bones. Incumbent is subject to noxious fumes, dust, and residue from use of power tools and chemical sprays. Incumbent is required to wear all appropriate and required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and clothing. The incumbent adheres to safety regulations and standards set by OSHA.

Other significant working conditions of this position are that the incumbent is designated as an Emergency Essential employee and may be required to work Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays. Also, may be required to work in other crews as needed and deemed necessary by the supervisor and will be subject to call back and emergency overtime.

The National Park Service has determined that the duties of this position are not suitable for telework.

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document that you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application. Click the following link for more information,

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

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above. A review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. If your resume is incomplete or does not support the responses provided in the Assessment Questionnaire, or if you fail to submit all required documentation, you will be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score will be adjusted accordingly. If a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications or experience, you can lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully; errors or omissions can affect your rating.

Candidates will be rated and ranked using Category Rating procedures. These procedures place candidates with veteran's preference above non-preference eligibles within each category. Veterans with a service connected disability of at least 10 percent are listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher. Under Category Rating, candidates will be rated and ranked into one of three categories:

  • Best Qualified - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors and are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position
  • Well Qualified - applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors and are proficient in most of the requirements of the job
  • Qualified - applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors and are proficient in some, but not all of the requirements of the job.

Read more Security clearance Not Required

Drug test required Yes

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