Materials Handler
Department Of Commerce - Newington, VA

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Work for the largest Intellectual Property Rights Entity in the United States - United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has been serving the economic interests of America for more than 200 years. We are responsible for granting US intellectual property rights for patents and trademarks. Our efforts have provided inventors exclusive rights over their discoveries. It's an effort that continues to contribute to a strong global economy, to encourage investment in innovation and to cultivate an entrepreneurial spirit for the 21st century.

The USPTO is headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia and has over 9,500 employees, including engineers, scientists, attorneys, analysts, IT specialists, etc. all dedicated to accomplishing the USPTO 's mission, vision, strategic goals and guiding principles. For more information about the USPTO, please visit our website at www.usptocareers.gov . The position is located in the Property Management, Employment and Office Services Division, Office of Administrative Services, Chief Administrative Office, USPTO. The branch is responsible for printing and graphics service, forms design, the reproduction program, personal property management, warehouse services, and supply program.
    KEY REQUIREMENTS
  • You must be a U.S. citizen to be eligible to apply.

DUTIES: The incumbent will perform duties including:
  • Verifiying shipments by checking shipping documents.
  • Matching specific item identification by name, stock number, letter, code, quantity, or unit of issue on containers.
  • Unloading and processing incoming shipments.
  • Examining all items received and informing the supervisor of any damage or defected items.
  • Transporting materials from receiving areas to storage.
  • Performing a broad range of standard storage assignments.
  • Storing, stacking, palletizing, and/or rotating items considering their use, size, shape, quantity, and special handling requirements.
  • Applying material handling techniques in storing items providing for easy retrieval, convenience in handling, protection from damage, and ease of movement.
  • Matching, checking, and comparing data on storage instruments with materials to be stored against materials already in storage locations.
  • Consolidating and arranging items in accordance with the warehouse plan keeping aisles and other traffic areas clear of obstructions.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Applicants will be rated in accordance with the OPM Qualification Standard Handbook X-118C ( www.opm.gov/qualifications/x-118c ). For this position, the job element method is used to match what you, the applicant, can do against what the work calls for. Your knowledge, skills and abilities will be compared to the knowledge, skills and abilities (called job elements) needed for success. Applicants who appear to meet the screen out element are considered for further rating; those who do not are rated ineligible and are eliminated from consideration. The potential eligibles are rated against the remainder of the job elements. While a specific length of training and experience is not required, your responses to the questionnaire must be supported by detailed descriptions of your experience on your resume.

You will be rated on the following Job Elements as part of the assessment questionnaire for this position. This measures knowledge, ability and personal charactersitics directly associated with this job:

Element 1: Ability To Do The Work With Normal Supervision.

Element 2: Knowledge of Materials -Experience screening property (SCREEN OUT ELEMENT)

Element 3: Work Practices - Ability to manage and screen the availability of property and make decisions on the serviceability required before redistribution and skill in making sure the paperwork for acquiring and distributing excess/surplus property is complete and accurate.

Element 4: Ability to Interpret Instructions.

Physical effort and work conditions : Works on hard surfaces and in work areas that require standing, stooping, bending, and working in tiring and uncomfortable positions. Frequently lifts and carries weights up to 40 pounds. Dexterity and strength are also required occasionally when the employee pushes a cart weighing up to 200 pounds from one building to another, sometimes in crowded quarters. Must lift cart onto or off of an elevator that is not level with the floor. May handle heavier items with weight handling equipment or with assistance from other workers. Assists in loading and unloading trucks.

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HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you rate yourself higher than what is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. If you are found to be among the top candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration.

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BENEFITS: The United States Patent and Trademark Office offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, paid holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. Alternative Work Schedule (AWS) and Telework Program are available to eligible employees.

Please visit USPTO New Employee Information for additional information.

Visit Working for the Federal Government to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees.

OTHER INFORMATION: Applicants applying for this position must be a United States Citizen.

If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System. If you are exempt from registration under Selective Service Law, you must provide appropriate proof of exemption. Please visit the Selective Service System website for more information.

This is a Bargaining Unit position.

This is a Public Trust position and has a risk level designation of “moderate”.

Except as prohibited by law, all applicants tentatively selected for positions needing a Top Secret Clearance will be required to submit to a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment and, if appointed, the incumbent will be subjected to random drug testing procedures.

Background Investigation - If selected for this position, you may be required to complete a Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306), which includes a fingerprint and credit check, to determine your suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation.

The USPTO participates in E-Verify. For more information on E-Verify, please visit the Department of Homeland Security Website .

Probationary Period- If selected, you may be required to complete an initial one-year probationary period.

All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choice.

Relocation Expenses are not authorized and will not be paid.

Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transaction Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) will be eligible if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management’s Career Transition Resources website

CTAP/ICTAP documentation requirements are listed in the ‘Required Documents’ section of this announcement.

More than one selection may be made from this announcement if additional identical vacancies in the same title, series, grade, and unit occur within 90 days from the date the certificate was issued.

All application materials become the property of the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

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