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Bureau of Reclamation Engineering Equipment Operator - TERM in Pleasant Grove, Utah


The closing date for this announcement has been extended to April 23, 2020Reclamation is a contemporary water management agency. Reclamation is best known for Hoover Dam on the Colorado River, Grand Coulee Dam on the Columbia River and Folsom Dam on the American River. Today we are the largest wholesaler of water in the country and the second largest producer of hydroelectric power in the western United States. View our video titled "Traditions, Talent, and Teamwork" here.


THESE ARETERM APPOINTMENTS, NOT-TO-EXCEED 13 MONTHS, THAT CANNOT BE MADE PERMANENT. THE APPOINTMENTS MAY BE EXTENDED BY 1-YEAR INCREMENTS WITHOUT FURTHER COMPETITION, HOWEVER, APPOINTMENTS MAY NOT EXCEED A TOTAL OF 4 YEARS.Reclamation is seeking a few skilled and experienced Engineering Equipment Operators looking for an opportunity to capitalize on their expertise. You can make a difference in the West by assisting in meeting increasing water demands while protecting the environment. Would you enjoy operating several different types of heavy equipment to move earth and grade surfaces in order to construct embankments, break new ground for access roads, and contour large areas of land for wetland rehabilitation projects?A few positions located in Interior Region 7,Bureau of Reclamation, Upper Colorado Basin, Provo Area Office, Field Engineering Division, Construction Services Group, Engineering Equipment Team, duty stationed in Pleasant Grove,Utah. For living conditions in Pleasant Grove, UT, please click here.Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement.MAJOR DUTIESIncumbent operates several different types of heavy equipment including D-6 Caterpillar tractors with 6-way adjustable angle dozer blades and hydraulic rippers, rubber-tired backhoes with front-end bucket loaders, tracked excavators of various sizes and models, 10-wheeled dump trucks, articulated rock trucks, earth augers mounted on all-wheel drive diesel trucks, semi-trucks for hauling equipment, and various others. The equipment is used to move earth in order to construct embankments, break new ground for access roads into remote areas, and contour large areas of land for wetland rehabilitation projects. Equipment is also used to compact earth materials to rough specifications on flat or rolling terrain. Incumbent adjusts attachments to various types of equipment for proper level, angle, or depth, according to the work to be done and the equipment being used. Incumbent steers and operates by using clutches, levers, brakes, and valves; according to the surface conditions. Operates equipment close to trees, rocks, and other obstructions. Exercises judgment in operation of all equipment. Performs other duties as assigned.Physical Effort: Heavy physical effort is used by the operator in constantly reaching, bending, turning, and moving hands, arms, feet, and legs to handle different sets of control 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.Work Environment: Work is performed in all types of weather, on hills, slopes, grades, rolling surfaces, and forested areas. The operator is exposed to injury due to the possibility of the equipment overturning. Incumbent is subject to noise, vibration, dust, dirt, and fumes from the motor and exhaust. The incumbent must pay close attention to the equipment, attachments, and terrain.This position requires carrying a government cell phone.Some remote area may require temporarily living onsite in government supplied camp trailers.


Conditions of Employment

U.S. Citizenship or National

Must submit resume & supporting documents (See How to Apply)

For veterans consideration, submit document(s) under required documents

Work Schedule=10 days out-of-town travel/4 days off (Travel 95% of time)

Subject to 1-year trial period

Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation.

You must meet all qualification requirementsby the closing date of this announcement.


Minimum qualifications for trades and labor positions are determined by evaluation of job elements. You must meet at least 2 points of the screen-out element(s) and obtain an average of at least 2 points on all of the job elements in order to be considered qualified for this position.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.


Additional Information

Telework: Reclamation has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework only during an emergency or natural disaster.References: On your application, please include the names and current phone numbers for at least 3 supervisory references. If any individual is no longer available for contact, you are requested to provide the name and current phone number of another person with the company (team lead, acting supervisor, etc.) that would know your work history.Physical Examination (Medical Testing): This position MAY require periodic post-employment testing related to OSHA-mandated medical surveillance monitoring for occupational exposures, such as exposure to lead or heavy metals, hearing conservation, and/or use of a respirator.E-Verify: DOI uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit: E-Verify.