Motor Vehicle Operator

Salem, Virginia
Jun 11, 2021
Jun 18, 2021
Full Time


The position is organizationally aligned under the Grounds and Transportation Unit, Maintenance and Operations, Facilities Management Service at the Salem Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC), Salem, Virginia.

Must possess and maintain a Class "A" Commercial Driver's License with passenger bus endorsement issued through the Commonwealth of Virginia.
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Required to operate the following types of equipment; a 36-passenger bus, vans (including wheelchair vans), trucks (including 2 ½ ton), station wagons, sedans and other necessary equipment in order to carry out the functions of the Transportation Unit. Incumbent transports patients, medical records, medical equipment, supplies, linen, mail, VAMC personnel and other items essential to the operation of this Medical Center. Incumbent will be required to operate all vehicle types both on and off-station; this is a regular and recurring function of this position. Incumbent operates gasoline, diesel, electric or alternative fuel powered vehicles of all types with heavy loads and is required to load and unload vehicles. Incumbent is required to routinely operate passenger buses loaded with patients and employees and will frequently make special touring trips to different locations as requested by Recreation Service. Incumbent may operate special purpose vehicles equipped with a power take off and levers, buttons, pedals, etc. to control the equipment.

Preforms other directly related duties as assigned.

Must possess and maintain a Class "A" Commercial Driver's License with passenger bus endorsement issued through the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Must be well versed in state, federal, municipal and VAMC laws and regulations governing the operation of motor vehicles.

Must be qualified and experienced to operate vehicles which have a gross weight of more than 26,000 pounds and operate passenger buses or passenger ambulances regardless of gross vehicle weight.

Must have knowledge of administering first aid, including the use of oxygen in emergencies and use sound judgment in the absence of professional advice in transporting of handling patients.

Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 9:30am - 6pm. Must have the flexibility to work outside the normal tour of duty which may include weekends and holidays.
Position Description Title/PD#: Motor Vehicle Operator/PD018810
Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

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
  • Must possess and maintain a Class "A" Commercial Driver's License with passenger bus endorsement issued through the Commonwealth of Virginia.


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 06/23/2021.

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:

Ability To Do The Work Of The Position Without More Than Normal Supervision (Screen-out Element)
6A - Operation of Motor Vehicles
25A - Work Practices (includes keeping things neat, clean, and in order)
75C - Ability To Interpret Instructions, Specifications, etc. (related to mobile equipment operation
86A - Ability to Drive Safely (Motor Vehicles)86B - Ability To Operate Safely (Non-Motor Vehicle)

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. Daily duties performed by incumbent consist of climbing in and out of vehicles in all weather conditions, pushing and pulling laundry carts and ambulance stretchers; sometime lifting heavy freight, equipment, supplies, etc., climbing steps, loading and unloading patients on stretchers in ambulance, and driving long hours on trips.

Must be physically sound and be able to successfully pass the required annual Department of Transportation commercial driver physical. Critical duties require the incumbent to have good coordination of eyes, hands, feet, and good vision and depth perception. Must be mentally alert to traffic hazards and dangers of the highway.

Working Conditions. While driving vehicles incumbent is exposed to all types of hazards of the highway and is subject to all types of weather. Incumbent is also exposed to patients with all types of diseases, viruses, etc. while transporting in closed vehicles. Performs any other duties properly assigned, which may include snow and ice removal during extreme circumstances or emergency situations.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

Receiving Service Credit or Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed.

Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. Contact the Agency Contact for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator.

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal/VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at .

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:
  • CDL
  • 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.
  • DD-214/ Statement of Service
  • Disability Letter (Schedule A)
  • Disability Letter (VA)
  • CDL
  • Proof of Marriage Status
  • Resume
  • Separation Notice (RIF)
  • SF-15
  • 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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