Drill Rig Operator, WG-5729-08 (KP-DEU)
Department Of The Interior - Henderson, NV

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USGS - Science for a Changing World. Be a part of a team of professionals committed to provide reliable scientific information to describe and understand the Earth; minimize the loss of lives and property from natural disasters; manage biological, water, mineral and energy resources; and enhance and protect our quality of life. Join the USGS and be on your way to a rewarding future.

Will Travel and Relocation Expenses be Paid? NO

Why Is It Great To Work For The USGS? Embark on an exciting future! From the peaks of the highest mountains to the depths of the deepest seas, the U.S. Geological Survey has career opportunities that make a difference in both the lives of others and in the environment. Would you like to join the more than 10,000 scientists, technicians, and support staff of the USGS who are working in more than 400 locations throughout the United States? Apply today! As the Nation's largest water, earth, and biological science and civilian mapping agency, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) collects, monitors, analyzes, and provides scientific understanding about natural resource conditions, issues, and problems. The diversity of our scientific expertise enables us to carry out large-scale, multi-disciplinary investigations and provide impartial, timely, and relevant scientific information to resource managers, planners, and other customers related to: the health of our ecosystems and environment; natural hazards that threaten us; natural resources we rely on, and; the impact of climate and land-use changes. For more information about the USGS please visit http://www.usgs.gov .

What General Information Do I Need To Know About This Position?

This is a TERM appointment for which all qualified applicants with or without Federal status may apply and be considered. Appointment to this position, however, will not convey permanent status in the Federal service and will be for a period not to exceed 13 months with possible extensions up to a total of 4 years without further competition.

There is one vacancy; however, this announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies if they become available. KEY REQUIREMENTS

Applicants must be U.S. Citizens.
Suitable for Federal employment, as determined by background investigation.
Overnight travel of 20 nights per month may be required.
Selectee may be subject to serving a one-year trial period.
More requirements are listed under Qualifications and Other Information. DUTIES:

As a Drill Rig Operator with the California Water Science Center (CAWSC), located at Henderson, NV, major duties include but are not limited to:

Directs and assists in the setting up, operation, and maintenance of a large portable drilling rig and ancillary equipment used for earth science research investigations.

Sets up rig and drills holes. Uses geophysical techniques to log holes.

Constructs borehole with wells or other instruments to collect scientific data.

Obtains geologic cores using different core barrels.

Performs preventive maintenance and overhaul on drill rig and accessory equipment.

Use welding techniques to fabricate and repair equipment.

NOTE: Work involves long hours working outdoors in remote locations, under adverse weather conditions (cold, heat, or rain) where rigs must be set up and operated in rough terrain such as mountain slopes, stream channels or in deserts. Strenuous effort is required to manipulate and maintain equipment with occasional demands of extreme physical exertion. Equipment frequently weighs up to 150 lbs.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
There is no specific length of training or experience required, however, applicants must be able to demonstrate the ability to perform the basic work of the position without more than normal supervision through experience shown in the written resume and responses to the job related task statements in this announcement. To be basically qualified for this position, applicants must be able to demonstrate the ability to perform Drill Rig Operator duties without more than normal supervision and meet the following selective factor: I possess a valid Class A state Commercial Driver's License (CDL). Examples of experience may include: Operating, setting up, and maintaining drilling equipment. Operating large vehicles and auxiliary power equipment. Applicants must address all job elements in their resume in order to determine qualifications for this position.

You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements for the position by the closing date of the announcement.

If this position requires specific educational course work to qualify, or you are qualifying based in whole or part on education, you are required to provide all unofficial transcripts (undergraduate, graduate, etc.) or list of course work, which includes semester hours earned and grade received, by the closing date of this announcement or you will be disqualified from further consideration. This proof may be faxed, document uploaded, or hand delivered to the servicing Human Resources Office (see "Required Documents" and/or "Contact Information"). Please ensure that all documentation is legible. If you are currently employed by the Federal government in the same occupational series as the advertised position, you are not required to submit transcripts at this time.

Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the above requirements. You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. For more information on how foreign education is evaluated, visit: http://www.usgs.gov/ohr/oars/quals/foreign.html .

Are There Any Special Requirements For This Position?

A background investigation will be required for this position. Continued employment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.

You will be required to operate a government-owned or -leased vehicle in the performance of your official duties. Applicants for this position must meet the following requirements: (1) possess a valid State license, and (2) possess a safe driving record. If selected, you will be required to provide proof of a valid State license and a copy of your driving record.

You must possess a valid Class A state Commercial Driver's License (CDL) to operate large vehicles to include large capacity water trucks and tractor trailer combinations.

You must be able to weld in any and all positions. Must possess or be able to obtain within 60 days, certification with the American Welding Society in shielded metal arch welding and shield arch metal welding with gas flux core in the vertical and overhead positions. Also must possess or be able to obtain within 60 days, certification in Parker, Gates, and Weatherford hydraulic high pressure fitting makeup and maintenance.

Prior to appointment, the person selected will be required to take and pass (both at Federal expense): 1) a physical exam and 2) a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use. From thereon, the incumbent may be subject to random drug testing.

Throughout the recruitment and hiring process we will be communicating with you via email; therefore it is imperative that the email address you provide when applying for this vacancy remains active. Should your email address change, please notify the point of contact identified in the vacancy announcement as soon as possible so that we can update our system. HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Vacancy Related Questions: As part of the online application process, you will need to respond to a series of questions designed to assess your possession of the following knowledge skills, abilities and/or competencies: Equipment Operation, Maintenance, and Repair, Collect Scientific Data, Operate Motor Vehicles, Tools and Equipment, Equipment Assembly, Installation and Repair, Technical Practices, Use Measuring Instruments, Read and Interpret, Safety Procedures, Interpersonal Communication.

Basis of rating: Category rating will be used in the ranking and selection process for this position. The quality categories are Best Qualified, Well Qualified, and Qualified. You will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of the position. If you are eligible, your on-line responses to the application questions will determine your placement in the appropriate quality category described above. Your responses must be substantiated by your resume. If you do not respond to the application questions you may be rated ineligible. Veterans' preference rules for category rating will be applied.

NOTE: If it is determined that you have rated yourself higher than is supported in your description of experience and/or education as described in your resume/application, or that your resume or application is incomplete, you may be rated ineligible, not qualified, or your score may be lowered.
To preview questions please click here .

BENEFITS:
Working for the U.S. Geological Survey offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees. To find out more click here . OTHER INFORMATION:

Under Executive Order 11935, only United States citizens and nationals (residents of American Samoa and Swains Island) may compete for civil service jobs. Agencies are permitted to hire non-citizens only in very limited circumstances where there are no qualified citizens available for the position.

USGS employees are subject to Title 43, USC Section 31(a) and may not: (a) have any personal, private, direct or indirect interest in lands or mineral wealth of lands under survey; (b) have any substantial personal, private, direct or indirect interests in any private mining or mineral enterprise doing business with the United States; or (c) execute surveys or examinations for private parties or corporations.

The application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine qualifications for employment, and is authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361.

THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER.

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