Maintenance Mechanic

Laurel, Maryland
Jul 14, 2019
Jul 16, 2019
Full Time


This Maintenance Mechanic position is part of the R5-Patuxent Research Refuge located in Laurel, Maryland.

This is a full-time term position not-to-exceed one year and one day and which may be extended for an additional 3 years without further advertisement.
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As a Maintenance Mechanic, you will be responsible for performing a variety of maintenance and repair work on the Refuge; your duties will include but are not limited to the following:

Maintenance and repair work of grounds, exterior structures, buildings, and related fixtures & utilities on the refuge.
Install, modify, repair, and maintain new and existing electrical lines, circuits, systems, fixtures, controls, and equipment. Works from as-built and engineering drawings, manufacture's wiring diagrams, and repair manuals.
Routine maintenance and repair of trailers, farm implements and other non-motorized equipment; work may consist of replacing worn parts including hydraulic and electrical components as well as welding to maintain structural integrity.
Mix and apply herbicides to the facilities and grounds.
Apply a variety of electric, gas, or other manual welding processes or methods to carry out standard welding operations such as repairing, modification, fabrication, or rebuilding of various types of metal, alloy and equipment parts.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position to attend training and to perform field work.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service
  • Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply)
  • Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of the background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination
  • TESTING DESIGNATED POSITION: All applicants tentatively selected for this position will be required to submit to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment, and will participate in random drug testing after appointment
  • May be required to successfully complete a trial period
  • Incumbent is required to possess/maintain an unrestricted Class A Commercial Driver's License (CDL) while employed. A copy of your license must be uploaded with resume or you will not be given further consideration. This is a Screen-out Factor.
  • Required to apply herbicides/pesticides and be willing to obtain and maintain a pesticide applicators license in the state of Maryland.
  • Wearing of the official U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service uniform is a requirement
  • New employees who are expected to travel on official business are required to apply for a Government travel charge card within 30 days of their appointment
  • New employees of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of pay prior to appointment


By the closing date of this announcement, you must meet the requirements of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Handbook X118C, Job Qualification System for Trades and Labor Occupation.

Minimum Qualifications:
In order to qualify for this Maintenance Mechanic WG-4749-09 position you must meet the following screen-out factor.

Screen-out Factor:
This is a Screen-out Factor:
To be qualified for this position, you must possess the ability to perform, independently and without more than normal supervision, the duties of this position. Applicants who do not clearly demonstrate on their resume that they possess this screen-out factor will not receive further consideration. Duties of this position include: maintenance and construction tasks; repair of mechanical vehicles, tools, heating and ventilation systems, plumbing systems and electrical systems; construction and finish carpentry; operation of trucks and heavy equipment; the use and operation of common hand and power tools and measuring devices of the carpentry and plumbing trades used to perform maintenance tasks; construction and repair; operation and repair of trucks, tractors, and heavy equipment.

Screen-out Factor:
This position requires the incumbent to possess and maintain an unrestricted Class A Commercial Driver's License (CDL) for the duration of appointment. A copy of your license must be uploaded with your resume or you will not be given further consideration.

Although no specific amount of experience, education or training is required, applicants must meet a minimum level of ability in relation to the position and the Assessment Questionnaire in order to be rated qualified for consideration. To be qualified candidates must meet any screen out element(s) listed at an "acceptable" level, and must achieve an average rating of at least "acceptable" on all of the elements. Only education, training, or experience acquired before the closing date will be considered.

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.



Additional information

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): These programs apply to employees who have been or may be involuntarily separated (e.g. reduction in force, declining to relocate/transfer outside their local commuting area) from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: (1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; (2) be rated well-qualified for the position (score of at least 85); and, (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility (e.g., Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal or Removal Notice; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; or Removal and most recent performance appraisal.). For more information visit:

To register or verify your registration go to the Selective Service System at
  • FWS has determined that the duties of this position are NOT suitable for telework.
We may use this announcement to fill additional vacancies within 90 days of 07/15/2019; OR More than one position may be filled from applications received under this announcement in the advertised office or other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service offices in the local commuting area
  • A PCS move is not authorized.
If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application: .

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Once the announcement has closed, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the basic qualification requirements listed on this announcement. If you meet the basic qualifications your resume and supporting documentation will be compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience which resulted in you being listed in the highest quality category, you may lose consideration, or be assigned to a lower quality category for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully when applying, errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):
  • Knowledge of equipment assembly, installation and repair.
  • Technical practices (theoretical, precise, artistic)
  • Ability to interpret instructions and specifications, etc. (includes blueprinting reading)
  • Ability to use and maintain tools and equipment
  • Knowledge of materials
All qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category. The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position. The category ratings for this position are: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, and Qualified.

The Category Rating Process does not add veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three" but protects the rights of Veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each quality category. Veterans' preference eligibles who meet the basic qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent will be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-09 level or higher).

If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must attach a copy of your DD-214 showing you were honorably discharged. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must attach an SF-15," Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" in addition to the proof required by that form.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

Trust determination process

Required Documents

To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:
  • Resume or Application. At a minimum, your resume MUST contain job title (include job series and grade, if federal), duties, starting and ending dates (month and year), hours worked per week, and salary. USAJOBS has a template to ensure a complete resume.
  • Other supporting documents:
    • Cover Letter, optional
    • Official or unofficial College Transcript(s), if the position has education requirements, or if you are using your education to qualify. Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. A copy of your official transcripts will be required if you are selected. If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit:
    • Veterans' Preference documentation, if applicable (e.g., DD-214 Member Copy 4 showing type of discharge/character of service, SF-15 Form and related documentation, VA letter, etc.)
    • If applicable, documentation/proof that you are eligible Career Transition Assistance Program/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program documentation, if applicable (e.g., Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; and most recent performance appraisal.)
    3. In addition to your resume, to apply to this position, you must possess and maintain an unrestricted Class A Commercial Driver's License (CDL) for the duration of appointment. A copy of your license must be uploaded with your resume or you will not be given further consideration.

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