Materials Handler
Department Of The Interior - Carson City, NV

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BLM is seeking dynamic and energetic individuals to join our temporary seasonal workforce. 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.

Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource. For additional information about the BLM, please visit Our website . All positions may not be filled or they may be filled at different times depending on budget, hiring needs, and requirements. These positions are temporary and are expected to last for approximately 6 months. These positions have no promotion potential, if you want to be considered for a higher grade you must apply for the higher grade.
  • Security Clearance/Background Investigation is required;
  • Direct Deposit Required;
  • U.S. Citizenship is required;
  • Read the "How to Apply" and "Required Documents" Sections;
  • You cannot hold an active real estate license; nor can
  • you have an interest or hold stocks in firms with interest in Federal Land.

DUTIES: Materials Handlers receive, store, and package for shipment of firefighting/operational equipment and supplies to the Bureau of Land Management organization, Forest Service, National Park Service and other agencies. Cleans, reconditions, restores and performs minor repairs on fire/operations equipment and tools such as portable pumps, backpack pumps, shovels, pulaskis, McLeods, rakes, axes and chainsaws. Certain positions may require the operation of light to medium trucks, such as pick up trucks, super trucks from 7,500 GVW to 26,000GVW. Most work requires the regular use of forklifts and motor vehicles and the heavy lifting of objects weighing more than 70 pounds; handling, storage and the proper shipping of hazardous materials. Work is usually done in a warehouse which can be hot, cold, dry, dusty and poorly lighted. The work is dirty, dusty and greasy. Floor surfaces are usually hard, polished concrete. Some work will be performed in the field such as delivering supplies to fire stations or to emergency incidents. Some work requires extended driving time, often on out of the way, unpaved roads and trails.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: THE SCREENOUT FACTOR FOR THIS POSITION for all grade levels: You must be able to do the work of this position without more than normal supervision. WG-04 Materials Handlers : At this level, materials handlers work under the guidance of a supervisor or higher graded worker who provides general instructions on repetitive assignments and specific guidance including written instructions on new operations or procedures. They follow detailed procedures or instructions to perform warehouse work which involves receiving, storing, and shipping a variety of bin and bulk supplies, material, equipment, and commodities. The work is usually repetitive and involves unloading, stacking, binning, rotating, and marking stock in accordance with standardized operating instructions. They check shipping documents to verify incoming and outgoing shipments and may use automated material identification equipment such as bar code wands, computer terminals, and laser scanners tied into a central computer to select storage locations of items being shipped or received. They use common handtools such as hammers, screwdrivers, and pliers as well as handtrucks, handlifts, pallet jacks, dollies, and electric jack lifts. They may also use automated stock selector equipment such as mechanized platform lifts, automated mini-stackers, and guided material movement vehicles. In some work situations, material handlers at this level operate warehouse tractors, fork lifts, tugs, and general purpose vehicles under close supervision. WG-05 Materials Handlers : At this level, materials handlers usually work independently in a wide range of warehousing activities, including receiving, storing, selecting, and shipping general or specialized bulk and bin materials and equipment. Using a broad general knowledge or warehouse plans and procedures, they are able to independently load and unload materials, check, assemble, and process documents, and route materials and equipment to correct locations or storage areas. They also locate, access, load and move material for shipment and verify or prepare documents either manually or by using automated equipment such as computer terminals and bar code wands to read, store, track, and prepare materials documentation. They prepare shipping and inventory documents with required data for manual or automated inventory systems. In some work situations, they load and unload shipments from trucks, rail cars, and other material conveyances using fork lifts, manual and mechanized pallet jacks, side loaders, stacker cranes, and automated guided vehicles in mechanized warehouses. When operating automated storage vehicles they may use remote terminals and keyboards to receive and transmit "pick and stow" data into a central computer. They may operate warehouse tractors, fork lifts, tugs and trucks, and other general purpose vehicles and perform routine operator maintenance. They may work in hazardous materials storage areas requiring them to learn and follow specialized handling and storage procedures as required by regulatory and safety requirements.

PHYSICAL EFFORT REQUIRED: Work involves standing, stooping, bending and lifting heavy objects (over 70 lbs.). May require long working hours with few days off during the fire season; walking and climbing will also be required to gain access to certain work areas; may also require extended driving of vehicles.

Please be sure that you state your qualifying education and experience in your resume.

You will be rated on your experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of the position. In addition, interviews may be conducted for this position.

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.
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BENEFITS: Pay may vary depending on the location of the position. Typically new Federal employees with no prior paid Federal civilian experience will start at the lowest step of the salary range for the grade for which they qualify. Government facilities are required to provide a smoke free environment for their employees. Smoking will be permitted only in designated areas. You will not be eligible for benefits under this temporary appointment.


As a condition of employment, 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. Click here to register or verify your registration.

Direct Deposit: All new employees of the Bureau of Land Management must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of funds prior to appointment.

If appointed to this position, while a BLM employee you cannot hold an active real estate license, and you cannot have an interest in Federal lands, or hold stocks in firms that have interest in Federal lands. Employees of the Federal Government are prohibited by criminal statute, 18 USC 208(a) and 5 CFR section 2635 subpart D, from participating personally and substantially in an official capacity in any matter in which, to his/her knowledge, he/she or any person whose interests are imputed to him/her under this statute has a financial interest, if the particular matter will have a direct and predictable effect on that interest. In accordance with 43 USC section 11 and 43 CFR section 20 subpart D all employees of the Bureau of Land Management are prohibited from obtaining and holding, directly and indirectly, an interest in any Federal Lands. This includes the obtaining and holding, directly and indirectly, a financial interest in an entity that hold an interest in Federal Lands.

If tentatively selected for this position you will be required to complete and submit a OF-306 Declaration for Federal Employment prior to being appointed to determine your suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation. The person tentatively selected for this position is subject to completion of a favorable background investigation. Failure to satisfy the preliminary background check will result in cancellation of the tentative job offer. Failure to satisfy the full investigation requirements may be grounds for termination, once you are placed in the position.

A valid driver's license is required for some positions. If you are selected for one of these positions you must be 18 years old and have a current driver's license.

MINIMUM AGE REQUIREMENT: Employees required to operate a motor vehicle must be 18, otherwise, you must be 16 at the time you report for work.

A pre-employment physical may be required.

Overnight travel may be required on a regular and recurring basis and employee will be required to obtain and use a government charge card, when travel is necessary.

If you are selected for this position, prior to appointment, you may be subject to a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use.

Travel 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.

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