National Park Service Utility Systems Operator in 2 vacancies Bartlett Cove, Alaska

Job Overview

Job Overview

About the Agency

These positions are located in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, in the Maintenance Division. Please visit find a park for additional park information.

Current and former Federal employees with status, or who are reinstatement eligible; veterans eligible under the VEOA authority, or who are 30% or more disabled; applicants eligible under special appointing authorities such as individuals with targeted disabilities, certain military spouses, former Peace Corps and Vista Volunteers, Land Management Eligible etc. For more information, select the following link(s): 1) Merit Promotion, 2) Status Candidate, and/or 3) Veteran Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA).

Current or former displaced Federal employee in the local commuting area eligible under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), current Department of Interior (DOI) employees in the local commuting area eligible under the Career Transition Program (CTAP), and Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) eligibility. For more information, select the following link(s): 1) Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP), 2) Career Transition Program (CTAP), and/or 3) Veteran Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA).

These positions are Career/Career-Conditional Full-Time appointment.

Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will be paid if the selectee lives outside of the local commuting area and is otherwise eligible for reimbursement of relocation expenses in accordance with the Federal Travel Regulation.


The incumbent will, under the supervision and direction of the USRO Supervisor (USROS), operate, maintain, and provide preventative and cyclic maintenance to water plant systems and equipment to include sand and nano filtration, disinfection systems, raw water supply sources, storage tanks and the associated distribution systems for Bartlett Cove and Gustavus Water Treatment Facilities. Troubleshoot, repair systems, and equipment failures and malfunctions. Other water treatment systems duties include the collection, analysis and recording of test data on finished and raw water. This data is to be used for process control, reporting and regulatory compliance purposes. The incumbent will assist in developing and managing water resources, and provide direction to lower graded personnel. The incumbent will under the supervision and direction of the USROS, operate, maintain, repair, and provide preventative/cyclic maintenance to the wastewater treatment plant at Bartlett Cove/Glacier Bay (an biological aeration sludge treatment plant at .040 MGD system) and the septic system in Gustavus, and their respective collection systems. On weekends, holidays and when covering for others on leave the incumbent will be called upon operate solid waste incinerator, diesel-fired electrical generation system, tank farm, and to collect trash/recyclables.

Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • You may be expected to travel for this position.
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • Travel, transportation and relocation expenses are authorized as described in the Federal Travel Regulations and Departmental policy.

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • U.S. Citizenship required.
  • Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication.
  • Meet Selective Service Registration Act requirement for males.

To qualify for this position, you must have sufficient knowledge and ability in the following job-related factors:

  1. Ability to do the work of Utility Systems Operator without more than normal supervision(SCREEN OUT)
  2. Knowledge of Equipment Assembly, Installation, Repair, etc
  3. Technical Practices (theoretical, precise, artistic)
  4. Use of Measuring Instruments
  5. Ability to Interpret Instructions, Specification, etc. (other than blueprinting reading)
  6. Dexterity and Safety If your knowledge and ability in the SCREEN OUT factor above is not sufficient, you will receive no further consideration. In preparing your application, describe in detail the experience and training which you have had that specifically prepared you for this job and to perform the duties described for this job. Experience should be clearly described and documented in your resume. The qualifications reviewer will not assume performance of such duties by Job Titles alone. Address your knowledge, skills and/or abilities in the areas shown in the job-related factors.

Volunteer Experience: 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.

There is no substitution of education for experience for Wage Grade (WG) positions.

You may be required to operate a government (or private) motor vehicle as part of your official duties. Prior to your first official motor vehicle operation, and again every year thereafter (or more frequently if management determines such need exists), you will be required to sign an affidavit certifying to your possession of a valid State issued driver's license that is current and has not been revoked, suspended, canceled, or otherwise disqualified in any way to prohibit your operation of a motor vehicle. You will also submit a photocopy of your valid State issued driver's license prior to your first official motor vehicle operation, and again every year, or more frequently if management determines such need exists. Lastly, you may be required to submit (within a State sealed envelope or submitted directly by the State authorities), and at your own expense, all certified driving records from all States that discloses all valid driver's licenses, whether current or past, possessed by you. Please indicate in your application whether you possess a valid State driver's license.?

  • You will be required to wear a uniform and comply with the National Park Service uniform standards. A uniform allowance will be provided.
  • You may be required to work on-call, evenings, weekends, holidays, overtime and shift work.
  • If you are a new employee or supervisor in the Federal government, you will be required to complete a one-year probationary period.
  • You may be required to travel overnight away from home up to 2 nights per month. You must obtain a government charge card for travel purposes.
  • Government Charge Card: You may be required to complete training and obtain/maintain a government charge card with travel and/or purchase authority.
Security Clearance

Q - Nonsensitive

Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

Once the Occupational Questionnaire is received you will receive acknowledgement that your submission was successful. If you are among the most qualified candidates and your name is referred to the hiring official, you may be contacted directly for a possible interview. You will be notified of the status of your Application Package at the time candidates are referred for consideration, and when the selection process is complete.


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Other Information

This position require applicants to have Water Treatment 1 certification and Wastewater Treatment 1 certification. Your certification must be submitted with your application or you will be mark ineligible.

This announcement may be used to fill additional positions if identical vacancies occur within 90 days of the issue date of the referral certificate.

Physical Demands: The incumbent will be required to do considerable walking, standing on concrete floor, and climbing stairways and ladders. Light to moderate physical effort is necessary to turn valves and controls, and to frequently lift and carry items weighing up to 40 pounds.

Working Conditions: Work is usually indoors and occasionally outside for short periods where the incumbent is subject to prevailing weather conditions. Incumbent is exposed to infections or diseases such as typhoid and dysentery while cleaning equipment or shoveling sludge, and the presence of hazardous gases such as methane, chlorine, hydrogen sulfide, and carbon monoxide. Incumbent is also subject to electrical shock, loud noises, battery acids, and hydraulic fluids while working around motors and pumps. There is frequent exposure to shock, burns, and strains. Incumbent follows prescribed safety practices and uses safety equipment such as face shields, gloves, har toe shoes, respirators, and protective clothing. Some of the safety items may be uncomfortable to wear and worn or used for long periods of time.

The National Park Service has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework only during an emergency or natural disaster.

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document that you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application. Click the following link for more information,

This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Salary Range: $28.90 to $33.70 / Per Hour

Series & Grade: WG-5406-9/9

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)

Control Number: 472177600

Job Announcement Number: AK-1537-GLBA-17-10016162-ST