Department Of The Interior 274 reviews - Saint Mary, MT
Full-time, Part-time, Temporary

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Experience your America and build a fulfilling career by joining the National Park Service. The National Park Service preserves unimpaired, the natural and cultural resources and values of the national park system for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations.

The Northern Rockies Human Resources SHRO is currently soliciting applications to fill some temporary Engineering Equipment Operator, WG-5716-08 positions at Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks. Engineering Equipment Operator, WG-5716-10 positions are available at Yellowstone National Park. The area of consideration is ALL SOURCES. These are temporary positions not to exceed 1039 hours in a service year. Positions may exceed this limitation if workload dictates and funding allows. Positions are expected to filled approximately April through September. Work schedule will be 40 hours per week. Weekend and holiday work may be required.

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Please refer to the “How to Apply” section for information on how to submit your resume, supporting documentation (SF-50, DD-214, etc.), and responses to the online Occupational Questionnaire. Incomplete applications may lose consideration for these positions.

APPLICANTS WHO DO NOT SUBMIT THE REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION WILL NOT RECEIVE FULL CONSIDERATION. It is the applicant's responsibility to provide at time of application documentation of claimed qualifications, education (transcripts), veterans' preference, and status (SF-50), when applicable. We will not solicit for any documentation after close of announcement. Veterans claiming preference MUST submit the appropriate documentation at the time of application.


You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply

Pre-appointment background/security investigation required

Pre-appointment drug test required, random testing after reporting date

Pre-appointment physical is required

Class A, Type 1 CDL-GLAC-with tanker endorsement, YELL-no tanker endorsemen

Wearing of the National Park Service uniform is required

Individuals work for the Roads Branch of Glacier and/or Yellowstone National Parks. Incumbent operates gasoline and diesel powered trucks and engineering and construction equipment such as motor graders, tractors, rotary snow plows, snow blowers, front-end loaders, track and wheel backhoes, sanders, dozers, road rollers, trucks (dump and garbage trucks) and tractor trailer combinations, etc. Operation is to repair and maintain road surfaces, assist in spring road opening, ditch and water control, snow and ice removal, bridge maintenance, dirt removal, etc. Selectees will be required to drive over and work on narrow mountainous roads with heavy traffic and poor visibility. Individuals must be capable of working on steep rocky terrain with sheer drop-offs. Performs preventative maintenance to include checking and changing fluids, belts, wiper blades, hoses, etc. Checks cutting edges and shoes for wear and adjustments. Minor repairs may include replacing tires, cutting edges, plowshoes, hydraulic hoses and couplings, oil and fuel filters, batteries and chain cross links. Completes daily work reports and is assigned other duties such as hazard tree removal, using striping equipment, culvert cleaning, sign maintenance, mowing, sanitation services, etc.

Physical Demands: Physical requirements involve constant reaching, stooping, bending, kneeling, lifting, turning, moving, and coordination of arms, hands, feet and legs to handle controls, equipment, attachments, tools, and materials. Required to perform repetitive and strenuous tasks in elevations between 5,000 - 12,000 feet. Lifting objects weighing up to 50 lbs (unassisted) is required and up to 100 lbs (assisted). Applicants selected for these positions will be required to obtain a physical examination from a medical doctor prior to appointment. The government will reimburse the cost of the physical after individuals report to work.

Area Location:
Glacier National Park:
Duty Station Location is West Glacier: West Glacier has seasonal food and gas services. All services are available in Columbia Falls (17 miles), Kalispell (32 miles) or Whitefish (28 miles).

Duty Station Location is St. Mary: St. Mary, Montana has seasonal food and gas services. Most amenities are available in Browning, Montana (35 miles). Medical facilities are available in Browning and Cardston, Alberta, Canada (31 miles).

Government housing may be available. Payment for government quarters is through payroll deductions. Seasonal employees occupying government housing are not permitted to have pets.

Information on Glacier National Park is available at .

Yellowstone National Park:
Vacancies may be located throughout Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming. Elevations at the various duty stations range from 5300 to 7800 feet. Many duty stations are 40-50 miles from the nearest gateway community with services including grocery stores, motels, restaurants, medical offices, etc. Medical clinics are available at Mammoth Hot Springs, Lake Village, and Old Faithful. Schools are available at Mammoth Hot Springs or outside the park, none in the interior. Dormitory housing may be available.

West Yellowstone: These positions are located at the West Entrance in West Yellowstone, Montana located 49 miles south of park headquarters. Elevation at West Yellowstone is 6,667 feet. Temperatures vary from an average of less than 70 degrees in the summer to sub-zero in the winter. The West Yellowstone area provides many community services (medical services, grocery shopping, banking, entertainment, UPS, etc.). Schools are available in West Yellowstone. The larger towns of Bozeman, Montana and Rexburg, Idaho are both 90 miles driving distance from West Yellowstone.

There is no park housing available at West Yellowstone. If an applicant requires park housing then do NOT mark West Yellowstone, Montana as a location that you would like to be considered for.

Information on Yellowstone National Park is available at

  • Ability to do the work of an Engineering Equipment Operator without more than normal supervision.
  • Glacier National Park -Montana Class A, Type 1 (or equivalent from another state) CDL with tanker endorsement
  • Yellowstone National Park - Wyoming Class A, Type 1 (or equivalent from another state) CDL
Although no specific amount of experience, education, or training is required, applicants must meet a minimum level of ability in relation to the positions. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Handbook X-118C for the WG-5716 series is used as a basis for qualifications. Applicants must possess the knowledges, skills, and abilities of the elements listed in Section 25 of the Online Occupational Questionnaire to perform the duties of the position. The job elements of an Engineering Equipment Operator are listed below. You must possess skills and/or abilities in the following areas and will be evaluated accordingly:

  • Ability to drive safely
  • Ability to operate motor vehicles in excess of 26,000 GVW up to 80,000 GVW
  • Skill in road practices and methods
  • Skill in engineering equipment maintenance
  • Ability to interpret instructions, specifications, operating manuals, maintenance manuals, etc.
Credit will be given for all appropriate qualifying experience regardless of whether the experience was gained as a part-time or full-time occupation. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position they have held. Work experience must contain dates and hours worked per week.

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

To be eligible for this position, you must possess the education, training, and/or experience as described in questions 1, and/or 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 of the Online Occupational Questionnaire.

Veterans’ Preference: Veterans’ Preference: If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-poionts veterans’ preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans’ preference, you must submit a DD-214 and an SF-15 (Application for 10-point Veterans’ Preference) plus the proof required by that form (i.e., letter from the Veteran’s Administration). For more information on veterans’ preference visit:

Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see ).

Information for Surplus or Displaced Federal Employees: Information for Surplus or Displaced Federal Employees: If you are an eligible Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) applicant you may apply for special selection over other candidates for this position. For information on how to apply under CTAP/ICTAP please visit: . To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated in the “best” qualified group.

Other Information:
Under Executive Order 11935, only United States citizens and nationals (residents of American Samoa and Swains may compete for civil service jobs. Proof of citizenship is required at time of appointment.

A tentative selectee must undergo a background investigation and favorable results must be received prior to an entrance-on-duty date.

In accordance with Executive Order 12564, applicants selected for these positions are required to submit to a drug test and receive a negative drug test result prior to appointment. In addition, these positions are drug-testing designated positions subject to random testing for illegal drug use.

Glacier National Park-these positions require that you operate a government (or private) motor vehicle as part of your official duties. A valid Class A, Type 1 CDL driver’s license with tanker endorsement is required at time of application. Please provide this information in your resume/application.

Yellowstone National Park-these positions require that you operate a government (or private) motor vehicle as part of your official duties. A valid Class A, Type 1 CDL driver’s license is required at time of application. Please provide this information in your resume/application.

If you are tentatively selected, and as a condition of employment, you will be required to submit a completed GSA Form 3607, Motor Vehicle Operator’s License and Driving Record. You must also submit, at your own expense, (within a state-sealed envelope or submitted directly by the state authorities), certified driving records from all states disclosing all valid driver’s licenses, whether current or past, possessed by you. Your employment, after your tentative selection, will be contingent upon receipt of these documents in a timely manner and that those documents establish, to the satisfaction of the selecting official, that you possess a valid driver’s license. Failure to provide proof of a valid driver’s license may be grounds for termination.

The wearing of the National Park Service uniform is a requirement of these positions. The uniform must be worn in accordance with applicable policies, and the selectee will be required to sign an acknowledgement letter.

Applicants must be 18 years of age or at least 16 years of age and a high school graduate at the time he/she reports for work.

If you are selected for Federal employment, you will be required to fill out a Declaration of Federal Employment, OF-306, prior to being appointed to determine your suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation. Failing to answer all questions truthfully and completely or providing false statements on your application may be grounds for not hiring you, or for firing you after you begin work. Also, you may be punished by fine or imprisonment (U.S. Code, Title 18, section 1001).

Ratings will be based on your responses to the occupational questions in this document. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your score. To receive credit, information submitted in your Online Occupational Questionnaire MUST relate to a specific work/experience block in your resume/application. Your answers to the Online Occupational Questionnaire must be documented in your resume/application. Only education and experience acquired by the filing deadline will be considered. Category rating is being used for this position. Category rating combines the applicant’s total qualifying experience, competencies, skills, and education/training into a single category. If you meet the basic qualification requirements, your responses to the Online Occupational Questionnaire will be used to determine the quality and extent of your experience, competencies, skills, education, training, etc., for placement in one of the three following categories: 1) Best Qualified, 2) Well Qualified, and 3) Qualified. This evaluation determines which candidates will be referred to the selecting official for final consideration.

Best Qualified candidates are those who meet minimum qualifications, are highly proficient in the major requirements(s) of the position, and proficient or highly proficient in most of the major aspects of the position. Well qualified candidates are those who meet minimum qualifications, but are less proficient in most aspects of the position. Qualified candidates are those that meet minimum qualifications, but their experience doesn't contain many aspects of the positions.

Once evaluated and placed in one of the qualified groups, applicants will be considered for appointment in the following manner: Best Qualified Group - applicants entitled to 10-point veterans’ preference who have a compensable service-connected disability of 10 percent or more AND all candidates (veterans and non-veterans) that rated high on the questionnaire; Well Qualified Group - other candidates (veterans and non-veterans) that rated fairly high on the questionnaire; and Qualified Group - all remaining qualified candidates (veterans and non-veterans). Supervisors must work through the names in the Best Qualified Group before they may consider the names in the Well Qualified Group. Supervisors must work through the names in the Well Qualified Group before they may consider the names in the Qualified Group.

Please note: If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is apparent in your description of experience, competencies, skills, and/or education/training OR that your resume/application is incomplete, you may be rated ineligible or your score may be lowered.

EVALUATION OF EXPERIENCE: Please include ALL applicable work experience that relates to the position for which you are applying. You must include months, years, and hours per week to receive credit for your work experience. You may use additional sheets to describe your work experience. One year of specialized experience is equivalent to 12 months at 40 hours per week. Part-time hours are prorated. You will not receive any credit for experience that indicates hours per week “varies”. List exact hours per week on each job experience block you list.

1. Federal employees, depending on the type of appointment, may earn annual (vacation) leave (from 4 to 8 hours) for every 80 hours worked according to the number of years (civilian plus creditable military) they have in the Federal service. Sick leave is earned at a rate of 4 hours for every 80 hours worked regardless of length of service.

2. Employees are paid every two weeks. Depending on tour of duty, an employee may be paid Sunday pay, holiday pay and shift differential or hazard pay. All Federal employees are required by PL 104-134 to have Federal payments made by direct deposit.

These positions may require weekend and/or holiday work.

Work may be performed outdoors, often under adverse weather conditions.

Travel, transportation and relocation expenses will not be paid by the National Park Service. Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in the position will be the responsibility of the selected applicant.

In accordance with PL 104-134, new employees of the Department of the Interior must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of net pay within 30 days of entrance on duty.

SPECIAL WORKING CONDITION: The National Park Service has adopted a no smoking policy. Smoking is prohibited within all government buildings and all government owned/leased vehicles.

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