Maintenance Worker
Bureau of Land Management - Fort Benton, MT

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About the Agency

BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to join the team to serve as a Maintenance Worker in the Central Montana District Office, Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument. This position is located in Fort Benton, Montana. Information about the Fort Benton area can be found at the Fort Benton Chamber of Commerce website.

Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource. The BLM manages more land – approximately 253 million acres - than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estates throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. For additional information about the BLM, please visit our website

This position is also being advertised under vacancy announcement MT Merit-2014-0059. Only one person will be selected from these announcements.

  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel for field work and to attend training and meetings will be required.

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DUTIES: Back to top The incumbent is responsible for maintenance of the Upper Missouri Breaks Interpretive Center and surrounding grounds, maintenance of recreation facilities and campsites along a 149-mile stretch of the Missouri River including boat launch areas, historical homesteads, buildings, and other structures.
The incumbent is responsible for performing a variety of duties including, but not limited to, the following:
  • Maintaining developed and undeveloped recreation sites, buildings, and grounds which include the Upper Missouri Breaks Interpretive Center and the Fort Benton River Management Station administrative site, Coal Banks Landing, Judith Landing, and Kipp Recreation Area.
  • Mowing lawns, collecting trash, constructing and repairing fences, cleaning and installing fire rings, cleaning and maintaining vault and composting toilets,
  • Making minor repairs such as installing vehicle barrier posts, and installing and maintaining electrical and solar powered drip irrigation systems and water pumps.
  • Maintaining and making minor mechanical repairs on power equipment such as mowers, boats, and weed eaters.
  • Operating and maintaining well and drinking water systems.
  • Inspecting vehicles and providing reports on a monthly basis.
  • Communicating with the public and providing information regarding river recreation opportunities, regulations, and resource management practices.
  • Documenting violations and preparing complete incident reports and recommendations for further action by professional resource and law enforcement personnel.
  • Operating passenger, pick-up, and four-wheel drive vehicles, jet boats and other motorized and non-motorized watercraft, and lawn mowing tractors.
Physical Demands and Work Environment: The work is primarily outdoors and requires moderate to strenuous physical exertion, including walking in excessive mud, water, and steep, rocky, uneven terrain, prolonged periods of sitting or kneeling in watercraft, or paddling a canoe or kayak. The job also involves climbing, crouching, bending, crawling, and stooping, and lifting, carrying, and loading equipment, tools, and materials that weigh up to 100 pounds. Working in the outdoors and field will expose the incumbent to temperature extremes (ranging from -30 to 100 degrees F.), rainy or snowy conditions, often violent thunderstorms, and hazardous driving and boating conditions.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Back to top OPM Job Qualifications System for Trades and Labor Occupations will be used in determining applicants' qualifications. There is not specific length of training or experience required; however, the applicant must demonstrate through experience shown in the resume materials that they possess the skill level that equips the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.

SCREEN OUT ELEMENT: This position requires the ability to do the work of the position without more than normal supervision.

Selective Placement Factors: This position requires special qualifications that have been determined to be essential to perform the duties and will be used as screen out elements. Those who do not provide evidence they possess the following selective factor(s) will be rated not qualified:
  • A valid state driver's license.
  • Ability to drive ½ to 1 ton, 4-wheel drive vehicles on rough roads.
  • Ability to operate various types of watercraft to include motorized and non-motorized vessels.
  • Ability to function in remote, rugged back country environment over multi-day periods in all weather conditions.

You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: Upon receipt of your complete application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your rating will be based on your responses to the Job Specific Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume. If you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified . Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans. In addition, interviews may be conducted for this position. The interviews may be conducted on a pass/fail basis or may be scored. The job specific questions relate to the following knowledge, skills, and abilities required to do the work of this position:
  • Ability to do the work without more than normal supervision.
  • Knowledge of equipment assembly, installation, and repair.
  • Knowledge of technical practices (theoretical, precise, artistic) and concepts of natural resource management, outdoor recreation management, visitor services and interpretation.
  • Skill in use of measuring instruments.
  • Ability to interpret instructions, specification, etc.
  • Ability to use and maintain tools and equipment.
  • Knowledge of materials.
On-line Questionnaire:
Please make sure that your responses to the on-line questionnaire are supported in your resume.

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BENEFITS: Back to top You can review our benefits at:

To explore the benefits typically offered to most federal employees in permanent positions, visit the Office of Personnel Management's website at the above link.

  • Passage of a pre-employment physical is required
  • At times, occasional travel will be required.
  • Appointment is subject to meeting one-year probationary requirements.
  • RELOCATION EXPENSES: Travel, transportation and relocation expenses will not be paid by the Department of the Interior. Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee.
  • This is a LONG-TERM CAREER SEASONAL position (6 to 11 1/2 months). It is expected that the incumbent will work at least 6 months per year, but not more than 11 1/2 months. The initial tour of duty will be full-time on a WHEN ACTUALLY EMPLOYED BASIS.
  • This position requires procurement duties. Applicants selected for this position must sign a certification of compliance with the requirement of Public Law 101-189.
  • This position requires regular and recurring overtime and shift work.
  • This position requires you to wear an officially-approved uniform while in a duty status.
  • Government facilities are required to provide a smoke free environment for their employees. Smoking will be permitted only in designated areas.
  • You must possess a valid automobile driver's license at the time of appointment and at all times during their appointment in this position.
  • SELECTIVE SERVICE: Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. To register or verify your registration go to the Selective Service System website.

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