Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Tractor Operator in Hines, Illinois

Job Overview

Job Overview

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN) 1998896

OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise – "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" – by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?


Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital (, located 12 miles west of downtown Chicago on a 147-acre campus, offers primary, extended and specialty care and serves as a tertiary care referral center for VISN 12. Specialized clinical programs include Blind Rehabilitation, Spinal Cord Injury, Neurosurgery, Radiation Therapy and Cardiovascular Surgery. The hospital also serves as the VISN 12 southern tier hub for pathology, radiology, radiation therapy, human resource management and fiscal services.

Hines VAH currently operates 483 beds and six community based outpatient clinics in Aurora, Hoffman Estates, Joliet, Kankakee, LaSalle, and Oak Lawn. Over 800,000 patient visits occurred in fiscal year 2016 providing care to over 59,000 veterans, primarily from Cook, DuPage and Will counties.

Hines VAH is affiliated with 70 colleges and universities and 40 associated health professions. The primary medical school affiliation is with the Stritch School of Medicine at Loyola University of Chicago. There are over 1,300 students educated annually at Hines.

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 on the last page of the JOA for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator.

For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitionsdocument.


The Tractor Operator positions are located within EMS at the Edward Hines Jr. Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Hines, IL. You will:

•operate field type tractors with attached towed equipment, large riding lawn mowers, light and medium duty 2x4 all-wheel drive trucks with attached/towed equipment, self-propelled street sweeping machines, front end loaders and related equipment utilized for the maintenance of grounds and removal of snow and ice; •operate sedans, vans, and straight trucks with various body configurations and accessory equipment to transport passengers and cargo; •perform seasonal gardening tasks such as fertilizing, preparing seed beds, transplanting, laying sod, aerating, pruning, and trimming; •move furniture, beds, medical equipment, and various other items between building on the medical center grounds and off site at other locations such as CBOC's; •remove trash/debris from the grounds and empties trash receptacles, as necessary; •serve as a member of the Emergency Snow Removal team and must report for snow removal duty on nights, evenings, weekends and holidays, as directed by the supervisor; and •perform other related duties as assigned.

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 6:00AM to 2:30PM, however days and hours may vary due to weather conditions and may include Weekends and Holidays, must be flexible.

*Position Description: *Tractor Operator, PD # 9919A

Supervisory Status


Promotion Potential


Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Who May Apply
This job is open to…

Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)

Questions? This job is open to 2 groups.

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

Your background must demonstrate experience in operating various field type tractors.

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 Qualification Standard Handbook X-118C ( ).

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. **

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 questions. The screen-out element for this position is ability to do the work of a tractor operator without more than normal supervision. You must also possess a valid driver's license (copy must be provided).

JOB ELEMENTS: Those who meet the minimum level of experience and training for the screen-out element will then be evaluated in each of the following job elements:

  1. Ability to operate a variety of tractors and attached or towed equipment.
  2. Knowledge of work practices (including attaching and adjusting equipment and performing operator maintenance).
  3. Ability to interpret instructions, specifications, related to mobile equipment operations.
  4. Ability to drive safely (motor vehicles).
  5. Reliability and dependability as a tractor operator.

Note: Only education or degrees recognized by the U.S. Department of Education from accredited colleges, universities, schools, or institutions may be used to qualify for Federal employment. You can verify your education here: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.

PHYSICAL EFFORT/REQUIREMENTS:The person in this position is regularly required to perform duties which involve frequent arm and leg movements, climbing, and working from ladders, walking, standing, pushing carts, and wheelbarrows, bending, stooping, stretching, reaching, kneeling, and lifting heavy objects.

WORKING CONDITIONS:The work of the position is usually performed out of doors with exposure to extremes of temperature, inclement weather, mud, snow, ice, and severe jolting from equipment operation. The person in this position is frequently exposed to dangerous/toxic chemicals, fumes, vapors, sprays, and gases and to the possibility of cuts, bruises, burns, scrapes, and falls.

Security Clearance


Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive your complete application package (including all required documents), your qualifications will be reviewed and assigned an initial rating.

We will also review your application to make sure that your résumé supports the answers given in the questionnaire. If your résumé does not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. Based on your ranking or numerical score, you may be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified when your rating is determined.


VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides is an overview of the benefits currently offered:

Other Information

The Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 90 or more before any Veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

This position is not eligible for telework.

This position is not required to file a financial disclosure report.

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: 2017-08-11 to 2017-08-25

Salary: $21.25 to $24.76 / per hour

Pay scale & grade: WG 06

Series: 5705 Tractor Operating

Appointment type: Excepted Service Term NTE 3 years

Work schedule: Full Time

Job announcement number: HN-17-MRH-1998896-BU

Control number: 476790300