National Park Service Utility Systems Repairer Operator in Grand Canyon, Arizona

Job Overview

Job Overview

About the Agency

These positions are located in Grand Canyon National Park, in the Facilities Maintenance Division. Please visit find a park for additional park information.

These 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.

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

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


The Utility System Repairer/Operator performs all journey-level assignments associated with the operations and maintenance of the water treatment systems, wastewater treatment systems, reclaim water systems, water distribution systems and the wastewater collection systems located throughout Grand Canyon National Park. Assignments at these locations include the operations, flow configurations, monitoring, adjustments, preventative maintenance and repair to all water treatment systems and to all wastewater systems at the major developed areas within the park. Equipment and facilities associated with these water treatment systems and wastewater treatment systems includes the South Rim waste water treatment plant, North Rim waste water treatment plant, Phantom Ranch waste water treatment plant, Desert View waste water treatment plant, Roaring Springs pumping station, Indian Gardens pumping station and the sewage collection systems and potable water distribution systems located throughout the Grand Canyon National Park. The operator is experienced and familiar with the proper operations and the preventative and corrective maintenance requirements to all of these systems and equipment. The operator will perform all specialized and certified assignments associated with the operations, maintenance and repair to these public utilities systems in order to insure their compliant operation through a 365 day operation. Collateral duties will include pipeline repair, water haul operations, and occasional assignments to sanitation duties which are associated with pumper truck operations, chemical toilet maintenance and the other associated facilities.

Area Information: These positions are stationed at the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park located in Northwest Arizona approximately 60 miles north of Williams and 85 miles Northwest of Flagstaff at an elevation of 7,000 feet. Temperatures range from approximately 85 degrees in the summer to 17 degrees in the winter. Grand Canyon Village has schools K-12, a daycare center, post office, general store, banking facilities. churches, a recreation center, a clinic with resident physicians and several restaurants. The park community consists of some 2,000 people, including employees of the NPS and concessionaires and their family members. There are often employment opportunities for family members in the park and surrounding areas. The park community is small enough that many employees choose to walk or bike from their homes to work. Complete shopping, educational, medical and professional services are available in Williams and Flagstaff. Recreational opportunities include hiking, river rafting, fishing, cross-country and downhill skiing, and golfing in nearby communities.

7 positions will be filled in the South Rim. One of the 7 positions will be assigned to the Phantom Ranch area of the South Rim. The incumbent will be assigned housing at Phantom Ranch. Phantom Ranch is a remote location approximately 9 miles down the canyon and is only accessible by hiking in and out. Supplies are carried in by mule or helicopter.

Supervisory Status


Promotion Potential


Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • You may be expected to travel for this position.
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • You may qualify for reimbursement of relocation expenses in accordance with agency policy.
Who May Apply
This job is open to…

United States Citizens

Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

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 a Utility Systems Repairer Operator without more than normal supervision (SCREEN OUT)
  2. Technical Practices
  3. Knowledge of Equipment Assembly, Installation, Repair, etc. 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.

  • Selectee will be required to participate in the Direct Deposit Electronics Funds Transfer Program.
  • You will be required to submit to a drug test and receive a negative drug test result prior to appointment. In addition, this position is subject to random testing for illegal drug use.
  • You will be required to operate a government (or private) motor vehicle as part of your official duties; a valid driver's license is required. You will be required to submit a Motor Vehicle Operator's License and Driving Record. You must also 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 disclose all valid driver's licenses, whether current or past, possessed by you.
  • Occupancy of government quarters is required.
  • 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.
  • You may be required to complete training and obtain/maintain a government charge card with travel and/or purchase authority.
  • Applicants must be at least (1)18 years old or (2) at least 16 years old and: (a) Have graduated from high school or been awarded a certificate equivalent to graduating from high school; or (b) Have completed a formal vocational training program; or (c) Have received a statement from school authorities agreeing with their preference for employment rather than continuing their education; or (d) Be currently enrolled in a secondary school and either work only during school vacation periods or work part-time during the school year under a formal student employment program.
Security Clearance

Not Applicable

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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Physical Effort:The physical effort may be from light to heavy. The Operator may frequently lift up to 50 lbs and at times will lift or move materials heavier than 100 lbs with the help of other personnel or with the use of materials handling equipment. Work performed on the trans-Canyon pipeline and on the North Rim water supply line will require flying, hiking, climbing, hanging by ropes and restraint lines, manual excavation of dirt and rock, and use of industrial power equipment in order to make repairs to these pipelines wider conditions of extreme heat and other desert conditions. Work may require hiking long distances on steep trails in high heat conditions in order to arrive and to depart the assigned duty station or remote site, and will require hiking to and from the pumping stations within the inner-Canyon. Work schedules far inner-Canyon and remote site personnel differ significantly from the work schedules of personnel assigned to the South Rim. Work requires considerable standing, stooping, bending, pulling, pushing, crawling, and working in confined spaces. Frequent use of manual excavation tools like picks, rock bars, and shovels are required. Work can be dusty and dirty, and personnel will be exposed to raw sewage and other contaminants frequently. WORKING CONDITIONS:Work will be both inside of facilities and buildings and outside in temps that can range from IOO degrees F. during the summer to-10 degrees F. in the winter. Exposure to rain and snow can occur. Work in the inner-Canyon of the Park is conducted in a desert environment with exposure to temps that can exceed 120 degrees F in the summer. The Operator is subject to recall and may be called out at any time of the day or night to respond to system failures and to other emergencies as the situation might dictate. The Operator may be exposed to insect bites, bruises, cuts, falls, burns, and scrapes. Will be exposed to raw and treated sewage. Will be constantly exposed to moving machinery and chemical feed systems and equipment typical of work performed in the water/ wastewater industry. Must work around hazardous chemicals, gases, liquids, and reagents and must have a solid working knowledge of safety practices and procedures when working with these chemicals. Will be exposed to confined spaces, biological hazards, hearing hazards, electrical hazards, moving machinery, trenching hazards, and other potentially dangerous conditions and must at all times adhere to all safety practices and procedures when exposed to these hazards. May be exposed to loud and high pitched noises, slippery surfaces above and below ground level, moving vehicles and equipment, and noisy power tools and machinery. Incumbent of this position the incumbent is required to occupy Gov't furnished quarters or trailer sites within the Park, depending upon the work assignment location. As a condition of this occupancy, the employee will be required to respond to emergency situations or alarms at any time and thus is subject to call-out to respond to Utility System problems and failures, to render visitor aid, to provide information, and to assist others in the protection of life and property. Housing can be extremely limited and in many cases, modest. Some assigned housing is shared with one or two other roommates.

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.

Open & closing dates: 2017-08-02 to 2017-08-23

Salary: $24.93 to $29.07 / per hour

Pay scale & grade: WG 9

Series: 4742 Utility Systems Repairing-Operating

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full-Time

Job announcement number: IM-1541-GRCA-17-10030080-DE

Control number: 475972900