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Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration Tractor Operator in Columbia, South Carolina


The Incumbent will serve as a Tractor Operator in the Grounds Shop under the general supervision of the Fleet/Grounds Supervisor, with second level direction provided by the Maintenance Control Manager.


Performs duties associated with ground maintenance operation such as irrigation system repairs to include using backhoes to remove soil to repair lines. Operates equipment not limited to: zero turn riding mowers, farm tractor with and without attachments, skid steer loader with and without attachments, forklift, 5-ton dump truck, tillers, edger, weed-eaters, trimmers, clippers, chain saws, commercial pressure washer, aerators and sprayers. Perform repairs on difference types of fence, replacing/repairing/patching concrete sidewalks, repairing/patching holes in roadways, etc. Incumbent must have knowledge of building concrete forms, mixing, placing and finishing concrete for repairing sidewalks. May be called upon to perform other duties associated with grounds maintenance operation such as irrigation system repairs, chemical and fertilizer spraying, clearing ice, snow and other debris during inclement weather, raking leaves, trash and debris pickup, emptying trash containers, cutting down and trimming trees, shrubs, removing stumps. During the course of work, incumbent remains observant to notice and report to supervisor any situation which may have an impact on grounds maintenance operations, such as fallen trees, plant disease, pest activity, low supplies, damaged or inoperable equipment, etc. Incumbent may occasionally operate various types of vehicles, gasoline or diesel in all types of weather and traffic. Performs other related duties as assigned. Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 06:00am - 2:30pm (subject to change based on agency needs)

Compressed/Flexible Schedule: Not available

Position Description Title/PD#: Tractor Operator/PD014030

Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not authorized


Conditions of Employment


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 10/02/2020. 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 Federal Wage System Qualification Standards. 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 Job Elements:

Drive SafelyInterpret Instructions, Specifications (mobile equipment operations)Operate Safely (Non-Motor Vehicle)Without more than normal supervisionWork Practices 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. Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment. Physical Requirements/Working Conditions:

Incumbent will often be required to make repairs that will require great physical efforts to lift, pull, push, and carry objects of varying weights, sizes and shapes. He/she will be required to climb, crawl, bend and may be subjected to standing, crouching and stooping for extended periods of time, as well as lifting 50 pounds or more. Incumbent will work inside and outdoors in conditions that will often be dirty, dusty and greasy. He/she will be required to work in areas with poor lighting and ventilation and will often be exposed to very hot and cold temperatures and will experience soiling of his/her clothing and skin surfaces. Incumbent will work in areas where unpleasant fumes and odors are present. He/she will be exposed to hazardous materials, chemicals and infectious diseases and will be required to use all personal protective equipment available to him and follow all policies and procedures dealing with confined spaces, hazardous materials and infection control.


Additional Information

Receiving Service Credit or Earning Annual (Vacation) Leave: Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. VA may offer newly-appointed Federal employee's credit for their job-related non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which they earn annual leave. Such credit must be requested and approved prior to the appointment date and is not guaranteed. 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 for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator. The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal/VA competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation (a copy of the agency notice, your most recent performance rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location) and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at Placement Policy: The posting of this announcement does not obligate management to fill a vacancy or vacancies by promotion. The position may be filled by reassignment, change to lower grade, transfer, appointment, or reinstatement. Management may use any one or any combination of these methods to fill the position. It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment. This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies. Veterans and Transitioning Service Members: Please visit the VA for Vets site for career-search tools for Veterans seeking employment at VA, career development services for our existing Veterans, and coaching and reintegration support for military service members. Financial disclosure not required. For more information on the "Who may apply" eligibility requirements, please refer to the OHRM Status Candidates and Other Candidate Definitions document. If you are unable to apply online view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.