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

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.

This position is concurrently open to all U.S. citizens under Announcement Number PW-1548-YOSE-17-10036782-DE.


At the WG-5 level: this position is considered to be at the Utility Systems Repairer Operator Helper level, and will assist operators in performing maintenance and repair of mechanical, electrical, and pneumatic equipment pertaining to water production and treatment functions and lift station operations. This equipment includes, but is not limited to: grinders, blowers, pumps of various types and capacities, mechanical and static mixers for solutions, chlorinators, sewage lift stations and associated wastewater collection systems, and water distribution systems.

In addition, will assist the operators in the following tasks pertinent to controlling operation of water production facilities and wastewater collection facilities: monitoring real-time SCADA trends, gauges, meters, and control panels; assist in operating valves and gates, manually or remotely to adjust treatment processes; assisting in the start-up and shut-down of outlying water and sewage systems.

At the WG-8 level: this position is intermediate in responsibility between the WG-5 Helper and the full performance level of WG-10 Operator-in-Charge. The incumbent is expected to be at a level of proficiency to allow for the completion of work assignments under less supervision than the Helper WG-5, and will be expected to work alone under some circumstances. The incumbent will be expected to operate and troubleshoot lift station functions to include pulling and clearing clogged submersible sewage pumps and grinders, use ladder logic diagrams to determine cause and effect of control errors and equipment failure. Operate water production systems to include turbine and centrifugal pumps and assist USRO's in the adjustment of Well flow control equipment such as blow-off valves, surge anticipators, as well as perform maintenance on chemical injection feed pumps and CL17 chlorine analyzers. Operate government vehicles.

At the WG-10 level: Performs maintenance and repair of mechanical, electrical, and pneumatic equipment pertaining to water treatment functions and lift station operations. Lubricates equipment and inspects for malfunctions. Installs and repairs new and existing piping systems of many different types and sizes. Troubleshoot, repair and calibrate a variety of multi-component industrial and precision measurement instruments. Keeps accurate and detailed records of repair and preventive maintenance performed. Observes variations in operating conditions and interprets SCADA data trends, meters and gauges to determine process requirements. Adjusts valves and gates and starts and stops pumps and generators to control and adjust processes. Also starts up and shuts down outlying seasonal water and wastewater systems. Operate various types of vehicles and equipment.

If selected at the WG-5 or WG-08 grade level, you will be expected to complete the training and obtain the certifications required to advance to the next higher grade level, up to the full performance grade of WG-10. In addition, you will be required to update and maintain these certifications as required by the State of California. Duties will be developmental in nature when filled below the full performance level.

Supervisory Status


Promotion Potential


Travel Required
  • 50% or Greater
  • 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…

Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)

Questions? This job is open to 2 groups.

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.
  • Some grade levels have license requirements.
  • Valid state driver's license 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. Ability to interpret instructions, specifications, etc. (includes blueprint reading)
  3. Knowledge of equipment, assembly, installation, repair, etc.
  4. Use of measuring instruments
  5. Technical Practices
  6. Ability to use and maintain tools and equipment.
  7. Knowledge of Materials
  8. Ability to work safely. In addition to the qualification requirements listed above, the following Selective Placement Factor is required and must be met:
  9. Possess and maintain a valid state driver's license 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 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 may be required to complete training and operate a four-wheel drive vehicle.
  • 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 10-12 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.

Promotion to the full performance level is neither guaranteed nor implied and will be based solely on your ability to satisfactorily perform the work of the position, existing work at the higher grade level, and recommendation by the position's supervisor.

Physical Demands: Regularly lifts, carries and handles items weighing up to 50 pounds. Uses mechanical equipment to handle heavy items over 50 pounds. Works in uncomfortable positions for extended periods. There is frequent standing, walking, bending, climbing, reaching and stooping. Extreme effort is occasionally required in the operation of large hand tools.

Working Conditions: The incumbent services numerous widely separated treatment facilities and/or utility systems. May be exposed to the possibility of burns, scrapes, and infection. May be exposed to hazardous chemicals. The incumbent may be required to work in adverse weather conditions in temperatures from zero to 120 degrees Fahrenheit and at elevations from 1,500 to 12,000 feet.

Housing information: Government housing (some accessible to persons with disabilities) within the park MAY be available on a limited/bid basis, and assigned based on management needs.

Nongovernment housing: may be available for rent in the local communities of Groveland, Mariposa, Midpines, Bootjack, Oakhurst, and Catheys Valley. El Portal is a small community bordering the west side of Yosemite National Park and 15 miles west of Yosemite Valley.

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.

Open & closing dates: 2017-08-10 to 2017-08-24

Salary: $19.23 to $29.58 / WG-05: $19.23 - 22.43 PH; WG-08: $22.99 - 26.81 PH; WG-10: $25.25 - 29.58 PH

Pay scale & grade: WG 5 - 10

Series: 4742 Utility Systems Repairing-Operating

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full-Time

Job announcement number: PW-1548-YOSE-17-10036783-MP

Control number: 476618100