Maintenance Worker
International Boundary and Water Commission: United States and Mexico - Del Rio, TX

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The mission of the U.S. International Boundary & Water Commission is to provide binational solutions to issues that arise during the application of United States - Mexico treaties regarding boundary demarcation, national ownership of waters, sanitation, water quality, and flood control in the border region.

This position is located at the Amistad Field Office, Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Division, Operations Department, United States Section, International Boundary and Water Commission (USIBWC). As a Maintenance Worker, you will perform basic preventative maintenance of buildings, grounds, and related dam structures. In addition, you will perform repair work on the internal and external components of the dam along with features such as roadways, guardrails, riprap, water system, sewage system and hoists.
  • U.S. Citizenship or Naturalized U.S. Citizen
  • Resume' and supporting documents (See How to Apply)
  • Travel/Relocation Expenses will not be paid

    As a Maintenance Worker, you will perform the following duties:

    · Use hand and power tools to maintain facilities and equipment’s in order to repair leaks in plumbing, repair corroded metal and wood surfaces, change parts on hoisting equipment and recoat surfaces.

    · Operate grounds maintenance equipment to perform tasks such as mowing grass, cutting trees, trimming weeds on a road way and chipping wood branches.

    · Perform carpentry work such as working on roofs and repairing leaks.

    · Assist with electrical work such as replacing worn switches, receptacles and light fixtures.

    · Use standard methods to apply paint such as brushing, rolling and using paint sprayers.

    · Assist with repairing or replacing rigid water pipes, leaks, thread pipe and install new water lines.

    · Assist with basic welding, using oxyacetylene torches, to perform basic maintenance on fences and metal equipment.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: There is no specific length of training or experience required. However, you must be able to demonstrate, through experience shown in your written application materials that you possess the sufficient knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the work of this position without more than normal supervision.

SCREEN-OUT ELEMENT: To qualify, you must have the ability to do the work of a Maintenance Worker, WG-4749-05 without more than normal supervision. This includes performing preventative maintenance and repair work that involves plumbing; mechanical work; carpentry; painting; concrete work; and electrical work.


Physical Effort:

Assignments typically require heavy physical exertion. The work requires the following: unassisted lifting and carrying of items weighing up to 50 pounds (e.g., tools and equipment components); assisting lifting and carrying of items weighing over 100 pounds; prolonged standing; climbing and working on ladders and scaffolding up to twenty feet; and frequently climbing three to five flights of stairs. Duties require normal hearing acuity to discern equipment noises and normal visual acuity to conduct inspections in dark, confined areas and to read technical documents and manuals. Works below ground (in dam corridors up to 186 feet in depth); works on high structures, including cranes on the dam up to 120 feet and works above water at the dam intake.

Working Conditions:

The incumbent works indoors and outdoors in all types of weather conditions. Exposed to the following: noise from generating equipment, hydroelectric turbines and generators; welding fumes; chemicals such as cleaning solvents; potential electrical shock from generating and electrical distribution equipment; slippery, wet, and uneven walking surfaces at the dam penstocks and valves; eye hazardous from dust, welding and grinding particles; machinery with dangerous moving parts including drills, saws and various machine shop equipment; and machinery in motion very close to the incumbent, including motor shafts, pumps and compressors. The incumbent uses protective devices such as ear plugs, safety hats, nonconductive gloves and footwear, etc.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: CATEGORY RATING : Your application will be evaluated and rated under Category Rating selection procedures. Once the application process is complete, a review of resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your eligibility. Qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category. The quality categories are: 1) Best Qualified, 2) Well Qualified and 3) Qualified. Your qualifications will be evaluated on the the following Knowledge, Skills, Abilities or Competencies:

· Knowledge of Equipment Assembly, Installation, Repair, etc.

· Use of Measuring Instruments

· Ability To Interpret Instructions, Specification, etc. (includes blueprinting reading)

· Ability To Use and Maintain Tools and Equipment

Your rating will be based on both your entire application package as well as the responses to the assessment questionnaire. Please note that if, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your category rating can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities, or you may lose consideration for this position.

The Category Rating Process does not add veterans’ preference points or apply the “rule of three”, but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each category. Preference eligibles who meet the minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 per cent must be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 level or higher).

BENEFITS: This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees: h ttp: //

OTHER INFORMATION: If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (member-4 copy) or other proof of eligibility that shows the dates you were on active duty and your character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are claiming Disabled Veterans' preference you must also submit documentation of disability (i.e. VA Disability Verification Letter) and the SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference." For more information on veterans’ preference see .

Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service (see ).

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible see . To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated Well Qualified or above on the rating criteria for this position. - 23 months ago - save job