Materials Handler
Department Of Agriculture - McCall, ID

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A career with the Forest Service will challenge you to manage and care for more than 193 million acres of our nation's most magnificent lands, conduct research through a network of forest and range experiment stations and the Forest Products Laboratory, and provide assistance to State and private forestry agencies.

It's an awesome responsibility - but the rewards are as limitless as the views.

The incumbent performs work of materials handling on a Forest Unit. The position involves work in receiving, storing, and shipping a variety of supplies, equipment and materials. Duties also include packing and repacking a variety of stock items.

For questions regarding this position please contact Philip Lievsay at 208-634-0429 or at

Temporary Appointment: Some positions will have varying work schedules. Some positions may have irregular and protracted hours of work. Tours of duty include full-time or less than full-time and will involve working weekends or irregular work hours. Considerable travel may be required. Some positions involve work that requires travel away from the official duty location to remote worksites within commuting distance (49 miles).

Positions may be filled as a temporary appointment up to 6 months.

Hourly wage as shown is Rest of U.S. (RUS). Specific wage rate will vary by location and may be higher or lower than the amount shown on the vacancy announcement. Please click the following link to search for a specific location on the Federal Wage System Scale.

The USDA Forest Service has legislative authority to recruit and fill Permanent (Career/Career-Conditional), Temporary, and Term Appointments under the USDA Demonstration Project. Under this authority, any U.S. citizen may apply.

To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements on the closing date of this announcement.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen to apply.
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be registered with the Selective Service.

DUTIES: Receives, marks, and stores a variety of bin and bulk supplies, materials, equipment and commodities. Inspects incoming shipments for quantity, and quality; sorts and segregates material for storage. Loads, unloads, stacks, bins, rotates, and marks stock in accordance with standardized operating instructions. Completes forms relating to stock description, quantity, unit of issue, and labeling requirements for incoming and outgoing materials, equipment, and commodities. Checks shipping documents to verify incoming and outgoing shipments. Identifies obvious damage to equipment and materials through visual inspection. Reports discrepancies and damage to the supervisor or higher grade employee. Uses hardcopy or automated material identification equipment such as bar code wands, computer terminals, and laser scanners to select storage location. Stocks, moves, rotates, and arranges warehouse items. Reviews approved requisition documents. Determines stock locations and makes selections for shipment or distribution by quantity and stock number. Prepares materials for orders and packs for delivery. Obtains signatures to acknowledge delivery. Uses common hand tools including hammers, screwdrivers and/or pliers, as well as strapping tools, and stapling and banding machines. Operates hand trucks, hand lifts, pallet jacks, dollies, and/or electric jack lifts. May use warehouse tractors, tugs and/or forklifts, and general purpose vehicles under close supervision or in developmental capacity. Adheres to all safety regulations, security of the materials in storage, and safeguarding the keys to storage areas. May use computerized equipment to compile, input and reconcile information.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: You must possess the Basic Requirements identified below to be considered eligible for this position.

Your application or resume must clearly show that you possess the appropriate experience requirements. Applicants will be evaluated on their ability to perform the duties of the position rather than length of experience.

Eligibility will be determined by the relevance, scope and quality of all experience and training, regardless of where or how acquired. Applicants will be ranked and rated based on their knowledge of the job elements identified in this announcement.

There is no substitution of education for this position.

To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements on the date a certificate of candidates is issued from the Open Continuous Announcement.

No Additional Requirements

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: You will be evaluated based on the category rating procedure as defined in the USDA Demonstration Project Plan. Applicants who meet the basic minimum qualification requirements established for the position will be placed in the Eligible category. Eligible applicants will be further evaluated against criteria for placement in the Quality category. This evaluation is based on the level of your experience, education, and/or training as determined by your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire. Applicants with veterans’ preference are listed ahead of applicants who do not have veterans’ preference within each category.

Clicking the link below will present a preview of the application form; i.e. the online questionnaire. The application form link below will only provide a preview and does not initiate the application process. To initiate the online application process, click the “Apply Online” button to the right.

To view the application form, visit:

BENEFITS: Health Insurance Coverage: As of July 17, 2012 certain temporary employees who are firefighters or who are qualified to provide direct on-site support to fire incidents are eligible for coverage under the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) program. Upon appointment you will be notified if you are eligible to enroll under the FEHB program.

For more information on the available federal health insurance plans go to:

OTHER INFORMATION: Relocation expenses are not authorized.

Bargaining Unit Status: Eligible - Coverage is dependent upon unit location.

Career Transition Assistance Plan(CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, provide proof of eligibility. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must meet the agency's definition for a quality candidate to be considered. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at .

BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK: Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation.

If you are retired from the Federal Government and are selected for this vacancy, your retirement annuity may be offset from your pay.

Government housing and federal day care facilities are not available at this location.

Applications received become the property of the USDA Forest Service and will not be returned.

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