Tractor Operator

Hampton, Virginia
Jul 29, 2021
Jul 31, 2021
Full Time


This position is located in the Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration, Mid-Atlantic Health Care Network
(VISN 6), Hampton VA Medical Center (VAMC), in Hampton, VA. The position is organizationally aligned under Environmental Management Service (EMS). This position serves in the Grounds Section in the Environmental Management Service at the VA Medical Center in Hampton, VA.
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Must possess and maintain a valid state driver's license.

Operate field type tractors and mowers with attached tow and push type equipment; backhoes; forklifts; lawn mowers;
grounds maintenance vehicles; weed eaters; blowers; chainsaws; hedge trimmers; various portable generators; spreaders;
edgers; shovels; and other equipment related to grounds maintenance. Equipment may be direct drive, hydraulic or
mechanically operated and controlled.

Operates snow plows, snow blowers, chemical spreaders, shovels and other related equipment to remove snow and ice
from sidewalks, roadways and parking lots.

Safely operates GSA and VA owned vehicles such as sedans, station wagons, vans (includes wheelchair and 15 passenger
vans), trucks (dump truck) up to 26,000 pounds Gross Vehicle Weight, as well as other equipment necessary to carry out
the functions of the Grounds section.

Observes and enforces safety regulations as it pertains to using hand tools, power equipment, motorized equipment, motor
vehicles and machinery to prevent injury to self and others.

Inspects equipment and vehicles during use to ensure they are in safe operating condition. Must possess a general knowledge of equipment and automotive mechanics, and first echelon in order to identify and report problems for necessary repairs.

Performs daily duties in all weather conditions, which includes, but is not limited to lifting of heavy freight, equipment and
supplies. Must be in good physical condition and have good coordination of eyes, hands and feet, as well as good vision
and depth perception.

Consistently communicates and treats customers while supporting VA missions (i.e., veterans, their representatives, visitors,
and all VA staff) in a courteous, tactful, and respectful manner.

Other duties as required.

Work Schedule: Seasonal May through September (Spring-Summer) Mon-Fri 06:00 to 2:30PM and October through April (Fall-Winter) Mon-Fri 07:00AM to 3:30PM. Maybe required to work Federal Holiday and weekends.
Compressed/Flexible Schedule: Not applicable
Position Description Title/PD#: Tractor Operator/PD027220
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, 07/30/2021.

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:
  • Customer Service
  • Drive Safely
  • Equipment Assembly, Installation, Repair
  • Operation of Equipment/Machinery
  • Physical Strength and Agility

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 include climbing into and out of vehicles in all weather conditions, lifting of heavy freight, equipment, supplies, etc.; climbing stairs, loading/unloading equipment and supplies. Incumbent must be of good physical condition and have good coordination of eyes, hands, and feet, as well as good vision and depth perception. Incumbent must be mentally alert to traffic hazards and dangers of the highway. Physical efforts require lifting, climbing, stooping, and working in cramped positions possibly lasting for long periods of time.

Working Conditions: The majority of work is performed outdoors. Incumbent is exposed to all types of weather including extreme heat and cold, wind, rain, ice, and snow. Incumbent is exposed to dust and fumes often requiring use of dust masks and/or respirators and falls when using hand tools, ladders, chain saws, or any type of motorized equipment. Incumbent is subject to cuts, bruises and minor electrical shacks in addition ta physical discomfort and injuries associated with the application of fertilizer, herbicides and fungicides as utilized in agricultural applications Incumbent has the potential of being exposed to patients with all types of diseases, colds, and viruses while transporting in closed vehicles. Universal infection control precautions shall be practiced.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

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 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.


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
  • DD-214/ Statement of Service
  • Disability Letter (Schedule A)
  • Disability Letter (VA)
  • Proof of Marriage Status
  • Resume
  • Separation Notice (RIF)
  • 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 Feds Hire Vets - Veterans - Job Seekers - Veterans' Preference .

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