Materials Handler

Salem, Virginia
Sep 16, 2020
Sep 18, 2020
Full Time


The primary purpose of this position is to provide warehousing , distribution and receiving of supplies goods and equipment. Assignments will include conveying or retrieving recurring supplies, goods or equipment to/from off-site locations, i.e., Outpatient Clinic (s), National Cemetery, and VA Regional offices. This may require the driving of a vehicle, truck, or van not exceeding 26000 Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR). vehicular weight, with electrical or hydraulic lift.

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Major Duties
  • Works in the Receiving/Distribution area of Logistics located in the warehouse.
  • Receives incoming shipments and checks the items against the electronic purchase orders and other related documentation to verify correctness prior to completing the receiving process.
  • Records, annotates and forwards all appropriate information in accordance with current procedures and notes discrepancies such as shortages and damages while ensuring all are resolved in a timely manner.
  • Maintains the flow of the warehouse by moving, delivering, shelving, storing and inventorying materials and equipment per appropriate procedure.
  • Handles delivering and warehousing materials including hazardous, flammable, and temperature sensitive products.
  • Places items appropriately on shelving, pallets on bins so as to ensure adequate safeguards and access.
  • Ensures product and shelving are marked with corresponding ID numbers.
  • Ensures items are pulled using the First In First out (FIFO) method.
  • Maintains spreadsheets; works within responsible area to rotate stock, check for outdates, and maintains the appropriate safeguards and temperature controls.
  • Works with the Warehouse supervisor and Equipment Inventory Management Specialists to ensure the appropriate disposition of equipment.
  • Works with the Inventory Management Specialists to ensure timely stocking of primaries,
  • participating in a variety of inventories and communicating discrepancies as appropriate.
  • Handles direct issue products and ensures each are processed out in a timely fashion, with special attention given to time sensitive and emergency requests; any failed delivery or product not delivered timely should have corresponding documentation, signatures may be required per request of cardholder or current procedures.
  • Makes off-site deliveries in motor vehicles typically with a gross weight not exceeding 26000 Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR).
  • Prepares authorized materials for shipment both small package and bulk; ensures that all items are packages or palletized correctly to prevent damage; ensures labeling and shipping documents are in order.
  • Maintains warehouse in a neat, clean, and orderly manner; works with Warehouse Supervisor to plan space layout and make changes according to need.
  • Sorts and delivers incoming mail, picking up intra-office and processing outgoing mail, supporting the mail center with off campus deliveries, understanding and adhering to all facility and federal postal regulations.
  • Loads and secures supplies, materials, and equipment for both on and off site deliveries, ensuring items are transported safely to prevent damage, with special attention given to hazardous and oversized loads.
  • Operates and maintains a variety of powered industrial vehicles, including powered hand trucks, fork lifts, and other vehicles. Adheres to all Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) operating and safety standards.
  • As needed, works in the distribution area, with duties which include but are not limited to: electronically receiving items into inventory, scanning floor stock, picking and filling orders, putting and stocking shelves in primary and secondary inventory points in a clean/sterile environment.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.
  • Work Schedule: Monday - Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
  • Compressed/Flexible Schedule: N/A
  • Virtual: This is not a virtual position
  • Position Description Title: Materials Handler/PD#: 2163
  • Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period
  • Subject to a background/security investigation
  • Pre-employment physical required
  • Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 09/17/2020.

EXPERIENCE: A specific length of training and experience is not required, but you must show evidence of training or experience of sufficient scope and quality of your ability to do the work of this position. Evidence which demonstrates you possess the knowledge, skills, and ability to perform the duties of this position must be supported by detailed descriptions of such on your resume. Applicants will be rated in accordance with the OPM Federal Wage System Qualification Standards .

SCREEN-OUT ELEMENT: Your qualifications will first be evaluated against the prescribed screen out element, which usually appears as question 1 in the on-line questionnaire. Those applicants who appear to possess at least the minimal acceptable qualification requirement are considered for further rating; those who do not are rated ineligible and are eliminated. The potential eligibles are then rated against the remainder of the Job Elements:
  • Attention to Detail
  • Dexterity and Safety
  • Interpret Instructions, Specifications (mobile equipment operations)
  • Technical Practices
  • Without more than normal supervision
  • Work Practices

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; religions; 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.

Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.

Physical Requirements: Work involves considerable walking, pushing, and pulling a variety of carts and materials handling equipment. Works offloading and loading trucks, lifting products on and off-shelves, handling boxes frequently weighing over 40 pounds. Will frequently handle equipment, furniture, and materials of an awkward and heavier nature in excess of 100 pounds. These items are typically handled using specialized equipment and/or assistance of co-workers. Greater physical effort may be required on projects involving the movement of large quantities of product over an extended period of time including, but not limited to, turn-ins, large shipments and deliveries. While operating vehicles, may be required to exert a greater level of physical exertion while backing and turning trucks, operating forklifts, or hand trucks on uneven terrains and uncertain conditions.

Working Conditions: Required to work in storage buildings, pods, trailers, vehicles and warehouses that may be hot, cold, drafty, and poorly lighted. Employees work outdoors, on docks, making deliveries in all types of weather conditions during all seasons. Hazardous materials may be encountered in daily work activities. Duties will be subject to the possibility of trips, falls, scrapes, cuts, bruises, or injury from the use of equipment. All types of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) may be required. May be subject to conditions that could result in serious accidents; precautions will be taken.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position.

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members.

Financial disclosure not required.

For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document.

If you are unable to apply online 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.


Narrative responses are not required at this time. If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but not limited to; responses to the knowledge, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or contact for an interview. Your resume and/or supporting documentation will be verified. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.

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 provide a complete Application Package which includes:
  • Resume

The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), SF-50's (current/former Federal employees), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.
  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • SF-50/ Notification of Personnel Action

Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit .

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