Materials Handler (Forklift Operator)

Washington, D.C
Oct 13, 2021
Oct 19, 2021
Full Time


This position is located in the Architect of the Capitol, House Office Buildings, Labor and Custodial Branch. The selectee will operate a fork lift (certification required) to transport compressed bales of cardboard, magazines, newspapers, books and other materials compressed by a baling machine. Will also receive and unload incoming vendor shipments and assists with disposal of waste materials.

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Tour of Duty: The hours range from 7:00 am - 6:00 pm, (Monday-Friday)

Major Duties

Materials Handling
  • Receives and unloads delivery trucks and other designated conveyances. Palletizes and stacks material. Opens containers and checks materials received against invoice report or receipt document, comparing short titles, stock numbers, register numbers and quantity. Separates material received in accordance with serviceability condition and forwards accordingly.
  • Assembles material for disbursement from selected bulk storage areas. Checks for and ensures the correctness of register numbers, stock numbers, quantity, short titles and classification of each item ordered for shipment. Initials shipping document assuming responsibility for accuracy.
  • Participates in periodic inventories which include updating pricing information, storage and retention rates. Receives materials and supplies, personally stores and monitors the receipt of supplies and materials purchased and stored for trades and crafts shops.
  • Ensures committee rooms and other areas where access is restricted to day operations are cleaned. Operates industrial vacuum cleaners, floor polishers and other cleaning tools and equipment to vacuum rugs, clean floors, base-boards and performs other routine cleaning tasks. Loads, transports, unloads and assembles tools, parts and materials.
  • Sorts and disposes of recyclable materials and separates hazardous materials for disposal.

Fork Lift Operating
  • Inspects Fork Lift equipment before operating to confirm that it is in safe operating condition.
  • Operates an electric or gasoline fork lift truck to move items from one location to another within the baling machine and loading dock areas. Maneuvers trucks to lift, stack and/or move baled materials from the baling machine to flatbed trucks.
  • Checks batteries and adds distilled water as needed. Performs lockout-tag out procedures to ensure that equipment is properly shut off and not started up prior to the completion of maintenance or servicing work.
  • Operates a fork lift to transport compressed bales of cardboard, magazines, newspapers, books, bottles, cans and other recyclable materials compressed by the baling machine.
  • Independently determines loading and unloading sequences to maximize space utilization. Moves construction materials from dock to bin and from storage to shipping areas.
  • Unloads and uncrates vendor delivered construction related items, such as electrical, lumber and other building material, masonry materials, plumbing supplies, etc.
  • Verifies receipt of documents and indicates the quality and quantity of items received. Places inventory stickers on material. Performs data entry to update inventory records and maintain an accurate inventory of on-hand and issued stock.
  • Operates hand truck, pallet jacks, dollies and cherry picker. Performs incidental driving of flatbed trucks weighing less than 26,000 lbs. May utilize a shrink wrap machine, banding machine and other material handling equipment to deliver stock to storage areas or job sites.
  • Operates a Fork Lift with a load capacity of more than 10,000 pounds and a height capacity of 168 inches or more. Controls stack movement, being careful to avoid overloading or improper stacking or movement of supplies and materials.
  • May operate a gas or electric powered forklift for scrap metal recovery and recycling of ferrous and non-ferrous metals, such as wiring, cables and metal equipment requiring sorting.
  • Ensures safe receipt, storage and movement of hazardous materials, such as paint and varnish removers, lacquer thinners and varnish in accordance with facility and regulatory requirements. Receives formal and on-the-job training to ensure the safe handling of hazardous materials in accordance with AOC and OSHA regulations.
  • Is responsible for utilizing a thorough knowledge of and compliance with applicable AOC and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) safety rules and regulations to ensure that work progresses in a safe manner and to initiate or take corrective action on unsafe conditions in managed areas. Provides or receives training, either on the job or through classroom training, to ensure that required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is utilized.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Your resume and question responses must demonstrate job-related elements.
  • You must be able to pass a drug test.

This position requires the following:

1.) A valid District of Columbia (D.C.) or State Driver's License

2.) Certificate as a Powered Industrial Truck Operator to operate a Forklift in accordance with 29 CFR 1910.178 (l) (6)

Note: The Forklift certification MUST be Current.



You must meet all eligibility and qualification requirements by the closing date of the job announcement.

You must meet the following SCREEN-OUT(S) required for this position.
  • Ability to independently store, deliver (load and unload), and operate a forklift without more than normal supervision.


Additional information

Welcome Veterans. The Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) gives veterans' preference rights in the legislative branch to certain veterans as applied by the Congressional Accountability Act. Veterans' preference is applied on this vacancy announcement. If you are a veteran and have been separated under honorable conditions, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility; SF-15, if applicable; and Department of Veterans Affairs documentation of disability, if applicable. For more information, please visit OPM vet guide

If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System. If you are exempt from registration under Selective Service Law, you must provide appropriate proof of exemption. Please visit the Selective Service System website for more information.

DRUG TESTING: The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) is a Drug Free Workplace. As part of the AOC's suitability assessment, a candidate tentatively selected for a position who is not currently an AOC employee is required to submit to screening for illegal drug use. Satisfactory completion of a drug test is a condition of employment with the Agency. A candidate must test negative prior to being eligible for appointment into a position. We will schedule, provide and cover the cost for the drug test.

The selectee(s) under the vacancy announcement for this position is subject to a criminal record check by the U.S. Capitol Police and satisfactory adjudication to be eligible for employment at the Architect of the Capitol.

The Architect of the Capitol is an E-VERIFY Participant. E-VERIFY is an Internet-based system that compares information from an employee's Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, to data from U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Social Security Administration records to confirm employment authorization in the United States. If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes of completing the DHS Form I-9 will be verified through the DHS "E-VERIFY" electronic system. For more information on E-Verify, please visit

The Architect of the Capitol is an Equal Opportunity Employer and prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information and/or disability.

This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Moving expenses are not authorized.

Relocation expenses are not authorized.

Probationary Period - A newly appointed selectee is subject to the completion of a one-year trial/probationary period, regardless of whether or not a trial/probationary period has been completed previously with the Architect of the Capitol or another Federal agency.

This vacancy announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies in any of the jurisdictions of the Architect of the Capitol.

All application materials become the property of the Architect of the Capitol.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Review your resume and responses carefully. Your eligibility for consideration and qualifications for the position will be determined based upon a review of your detailed resume and your responses to job specific self-assessment questions.

Your resume will be evaluated based on evidence of your ability to demonstrate the job elements for this position, possession of any specialized experience, and how well your background and experience relates to the self-assessment questions in the job announcement. The self-assessment questions relate to the following job elements and competencies:

-- Ability to independently store, deliver (load and unload), and operate a forklift without more than normal supervision. (SCREEN OUT)

-- Ability to apply technical methods to perform assignments such as carrying out limited projects which involves use of specialized complicated techniques.

-- Ability and knowledge of operating material, moving equipment such as fork lifts, pallet jacks, hand lifts, hand trucks and mechanized platform lifts.

-- Ability to follow established safety rules and regulations and maintain a safe and clean environment.

Your responses to the self-assessment questions serve as the basis for your initial rating. You will receive a numerical score based on your responses to these questions. Next, your responses will be evaluated by a Human Resources Specialist and/or a subject matter expert against the information provided in your resume and optional cover letter. Your resume must support your answers to the self-assessment questions. Falsifying your background, education and/or experience is cause for non-selection or disqualification from further consideration.

Please note that a complete application is required for consideration. (Please review the "Required Documents" section of this job announcement to see what must be included in a complete application).

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

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

Trust determination process

Required Documents

The Architect of the Capitol's (AOC) job application process is designed to ensure you only provide information necessary to evaluate your qualifications and eligibility for the position vacancy.

To apply for this position, you only need to submit: a) your resume and b) answers to the online vacancy assessment questionnaire. The online questionnaire contains eligibility and screening questions and other relevant information. No additional documentation or attachments are required at the time of application.

Your resume should list your education, training and work experience including job titles, employment dates, duties and accomplishments.

Nothing further is required until it is requested by AOC's Human Capital Management Division. If additional documentation is required for the position, you will be asked to provide it during the interview or selection process. At that time, you may be asked to submit documentation to support statements made in your resume.

For example, you may be asked to provide a copy of your diploma, college transcripts, or proof of Federal employment status. If the position requires licensure or certification, you will be asked to provide proof at the time of selection.

If Veterans' preference is claimed, you will be asked to submit proof (DD-214, and, if claiming a 10-point preference, a SF-15 and the proof required by that form).

Failure to provide the required documents will end further consideration and/or result in the withdrawal of any tentative job offers.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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