National Park Service Engineering Equipment Operator in Yosemite National Park, California

Job Overview

Job Overview

About the Agency

This position is located in Yosemite National Park, in the Facility Management Division. Please visit find a park for additional park information.

Area Information: Yosemite National Park, California, known worldwide for its spectacular natural beauty is the backdrop for this position. Sitting astride the Sierra Nevada Mountains, the park covers 1,182 square miles of varied wilderness ecosystems, from river valleys to alpine meadows to lofty 13,000 foot high peaks. Yosemite Valley is located 208 miles from San Francisco, 81 miles from Merced, and 94 miles from Fresno. Shopping, medical, postal and laundry services are available in the park. Elevation at the Valley floor is approximately 4,000 feet and 2,200 feet in El Portal. The park is open year-round with the majority of activities occurring during the busy season March through October.

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, etc, and Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act. For more information, select the following link(s): 1) Merit Promotion, 2) Status Candidate, 3) Veteran Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA), and/or 4)

This is a 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.

  • Operates hydraulic front loading refuse compactor collection truck (up to 60,000 lbs. G.V.W.) for refuse collection, removal and disposal.

  • Operates a refuse compactor trailer and truck/tractor (80,000lbs, G.V.J.) combination to transfer compacted refuse.

  • Operates semi-truck to haul heavy equipment on trailers connected by fifth wheel or pintle hook.

  • Operates gasoline or diesel powered engineering and construction equipment with wheeled or crawler type traction, including some vehicles equipped with auxiliary attachments.

  • Operate up to 14 cubic yard straight dump truck or truck tractor with belly or side dump trailers.

  • Operate equipment to push, pull, pile, excavate, back fill, grade, or level earth and refuse.

  • Use equipment to perform such functions as cutting, moving, digging, grading, and rolling earth, sand, stone, and other materials and maintain ditches, road shoulders, and beds.

  • Operates vehicles on steep grades and winding narrow roads, in all weather conditions including snow and ice.

  • Apply knowledge of road and weather conditions to ensure safety is practiced at all times.

  • Apply knowledge of the nature of the soil and features of the terrain to determine the proper approach to complete the work.

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.

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.
  • Class A CDL is required.
  • This is a drug testing position.
  • Occupancy of government furnished housing is required.

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 the position without More than Normal Supervision (SCREEN OUT)
  2. Operation of motor vehicles
  3. Work Practices (including keeping things neat, clean and in order)
  4. Ability to interpret instructions, specifications, etc. (related to mobile equipment operation)
  5. Ability to operate safely (heavy equipment and motor vehicles). In addition to the qualification requirements listed, the following Selective Placement Factor is required and must be met:
  6. Possess and maintain a valid Class A Commercial Driver's License with Tank Vehicle endorsement and current medical examiners certificate 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 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 as a condition of employment. If selected, 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.
  • You must possess and maintain a current Class A Commercial Driver's License with Tanker endorsement.
  • You may be required to complete training and operate a four-wheel drive vehicle.
  • 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 1-2 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.
  • 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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Other Information

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: Heavy physical effort is required in constantly reaching, bending, turning, and moving hands, arms, feet, and legs to handle different sets of controls to operate the equipment and attachments. Considerable strain is caused by the constant vibration of the equipment and the jerking and jolting from operating over rough surfaces. Frequently lifts and carries items weighing up to 50 pounds and often puts forth similar effort when pushing, pulling, turning and positioning parts, assemblies, equipment and tools.

Working Conditions: Works both inside and outside with the majority of work being performed outside. When working outside, is frequently exposed to inclement weather. Incumbent works in rain, mud, snow, and in extreme hot and cold temperatures. Is frequently exposed to irritation or discomfort from dust, fumes, oils, solvents, cold and dampness. Frequently exposed to the possibility of receiving cuts, abrasions, bruises and strains while servicing and operating equipment. Follows prescribed safety practices and uses safety equipment such as protective hearing devices and hard hats.

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: $24.25 to $28.28 / Per Hour

Series & Grade: WG-5716-9/9

Promotion Potential: 9

Supervisory Status: No

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

Control Number: 472453500

Job Announcement Number: PW-1548-YOSE-17-10019524-KL