National Park Service Maintenance Worker in Buxton, North Carolina

National Park Service
5 vacancies in the following locations:
  • Buxton, NC
  • Kill Devil Hills, NC
  • Manteo, NC
  • Nags Head, NC
  • Ocracoke, NC
Work Schedule is Full Time - Temporary NTE 1039 Hours

Opened Friday 10/7/2016 (14 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 10/21/2016 (0 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Experience Your America and build a fulfilling career by joining the National Park Service as we prepare for a second century of Stewardship and Engagement. Become a part of our mission to connect with our past and create important connections to the future by building a rich and lasting legacy for the next generation of park visitors, supporters and advocates.* The employees of the National Park Service care for the special places that are the heritage of all Americans. Since its inception in 1916, the National Park Service has been dedicated to the preservation and management of this country's outstanding natural, historical, and recreational resources.*

Who May Apply: All U.S. Citizens

Temporary not to exceed 1039 hours: This is an announcement for a temporary seasonal position, with full-time work not to exceed 1039 hours in a service year. Under this type of appointment, selectee(s) may be eligible for rehire in future seasons.

Number of Vacancies: We expect to fill multiple positions at this time; however, this announcement may be used to fill additional similar vacancies within any of these locations listed.

Full Performance Level: 04* Please read the entire announcement before you apply. To view the entire announcement, select "Print Preview" at the right hand side of this screen.*

"This vacancy announcement will be open from October 7, 2017 to October 21, 2017 OR when 100 *applications have been received. The vacancy will close on whichever day the first of these conditions are met. Any application received prior to midnight Eastern Time of the day the application limit is reached will be accepted and considered. *You are strongly encouraged to submit all required supporting documents at the time of application should the vacancy close earlier than stated in this announcement due to the applicant limit being reached. Supporting documents will be accepted once the vacancy announcement closes."


*Major Duties: *

1) Performs routine maintenance and repair of grounds, walkways, exterior structures, campgrounds, buildings and related utilities. Work includes custodial and laborer duties in association with masonry, carpentry, gardening, plumbing, roofing, painting and other trades.

2) Performs elementary carpentry repairs using simple measures and hand tools.

3) Performs simple operational maintenance on heating, venting and air conditioning equipment.

4) Replaces toilet seats, installs soap and paper towel dispensers, unplugs sinks and toilets using a plunger. Tightens simple connections to stop leaks.

5) Prepares ground to lay sod or plant flowers and shrubs using provided and simple drawings. Uses a variety of gardening hand and powered tools. Assists with various landscape activities/routing maintenance operations.

6) Mows lawns using large, complex industrial type power mowers and small domestic power mowers. Performs routing maintenance on equipment. Operates power edger and trims along walkways and curbs.

7) Under direction of higher graded worker, removes deteriorated roofing materials and applies new materials. Uses hand tools related to roofing repairs.

8) Cleans and prepares buildings, walls, trim and floor surfaces for painting. Performs touch-up painting on tools and equipment, wood or metal surfaces. Stains slats in benches or on waste baskets. Paints garbage cans, gates, sign posts and other features.

9) Inspects, maintains, and replaces light bulbs in a variety of fixtures both inside and outside.

Area Information:

This position is located at Cape Hatteras National Seashore, (, in the Division of Maintenance, and supports the maintenance of park structures within the maintenance program. Ocracoke, Buxton, Nags Head, Kill Devil Hills and Manteo, NC are among several small villages located on the islands of the Outer Banks of North Carolina—a beach vacation destination. These villages all have homes for sale or rent and are within reasonable driving distance. These villages all contain grocery stores, banks, and multiple restaurants. The local medical center provides basic treatment. The nearest hospital, as well as national chain department/drug stores and restaurants, may be located over two hours away and may require a ferry to access. Cost of living on the Outer Banks is somewhat expensive. There is no public transportation available in the area—it is strongly recommended that employees have a private vehicle available for personal use. The Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce ( and the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau ( websites can provide additional community information.

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Background and/or security investigation is required.
  • All documents must be received by closing date.
  • Social Security Number is required to process your application.
  • Wearing the NPS Uniform is required.
  • Valid state issued drivers license is required.
  • ### Qualifications

Applicants must meet qualifications as specified in the Office of Personnel Management Handbook X-118C Job Qualification System for Trades and Labor Occupations.

Although no specific amount of experience, education or training is required, applicants must meet a minimum level of ability in relation to the Major Duties of this position and the Job elements listed below, under "How You Will Be Evaluated." Applications should provide enough information to show that the applicant possesses sufficient knowledge and experience to perform the duties. More information on qualification standards can be found at

Volunteer experience: experience refers to paid and unpaid Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Your application will be reviewed to ensure you meet the basic job requirements. In addition, we will evaluate your responses to the attached online Assessment Questionnaire to measure the degree to which your background matches the requirements for the position. To preview the Assessment Questionnaire click here: View Assessment Questions

The Assessment Questionnaire is designed to measure your ability in the following competencies needed to successfully perform on the job:

  1. Ability To Do The Work Of The Position Without More Than Normal Supervision (screen-out element 1)

  2. Work Practices (includes keeping things neat, clean and in order) (Job Element 25-A)

  3. Ability To Interpret Instructions, Specifications, etc. (other than blueprints) (Job Element 75-B)

  4. Ability To Use and Maintain tools and Equipment (Job Element 81)

  5. Dexterity and Safety (Job Element 86)

Basis for rating:

Applicants who meet the qualification requirements specified above for this position will be evaluated, and a score assigned, based upon the responses provided on the job specific questionnaire that is required as part of the application process for this position.

Applicants who meet the qualification requirements based on responses provided in the Applicant Assessment Questionnaire will be placed in one of three categories:

Best Qualified - applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are highly proficient in all requirements of the job and can perform effectively in the position.

Well Qualified - applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in most of the requirements of the job.

Qualified - applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position including all selective factors, and who are proficient in some, but not all of the requirements of the job.

Within these categories, applicants referred to the selecting official that are eligible for Veteran's Preference will receive selection priority over Non-Veterans.

DO NOT SEND Application materials by mail or email to the HR Office.


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Additional Information
What To Expect Next

Once you complete application is received, we will verify your responses provided in the Assessment Questionnaire against the other supporting application materials you submit, and your final score will be assigned. Based on applicant scores, the best qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified when referral has been made and what the final outcome is. We expect to make a selection within 45 working days of the closing date of this announcement.


Working for the National Park Service offers a comprehensive benefits package that may include, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, telework, holidays, flexible work schedule, life and health insurance, retirement benefits, and participation in the Thrift Savings Plan which includes a percentage of government matching contributions. The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees:

Effective January 2015, temporary, seasonal, and intermittent employees on appointments expected to last at least 90 days, and expected to work a schedule of 130 hours or more a calendar month, will be eligible to enroll in a Federal Employee Health Benefit (FEHB) health plan upon notification from their employing office. Temporary, seasonal, and intermittent employees for whom the expectation of hours of employment changes to meet the above requirement would become eligible to enroll in an FEHB health plan upon notification from their employing office. Eligible employees who elect to participate will receive the same government contribution as permanent employees and will be responsible for the employee share of the premium while on the official agency roles; the employee share is deducted from bi-weekly earnings.* To find out more about the benefits listed above, please visit:*

Other Information


Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be authorized in accordance with Federal Travel Regulations and current National Park Service permanent change of station policy.

Government housing is not available.

Overtime work may be required.

Applicants must possess a valid state driver's license.

Wearing a uniform is required.

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 Selective Service Law.

Physical demands: The work performed requires the exertion of very heavy physical effort in operating large riding mowers; or lawn and garden tractors on grades and in areas with bushes, trees and other visible obstacles that require significant maneuvering and lever control. The work involves lifting and moving objects over 50 pounds, and in some cases, carrying 80 to 100 pounds (or more) with assistance.

Work environment: Outside work is usually performed under all kinds of weather conditions. Indoor work is often accomplished in office buildings or in well-lite, heated and ventilated areas such as warehouses, loading docks, or trade shops. Frequently exposed to weather and temperature extremes, drafts, noise, dust, and dirt and the possibility of bruises, muscle strains, cuts and scrapes. The equipment, tools, and tasks involved frequently require extreme care and use of safety gloves, ear plugs, safety glasses, or respirators to avoid severe injuries.

CTAP/ICTAP - Qualified individuals applying based on special priority consideration rights under Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well-qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. To be considered well-qualified for this purpose, you must clearly meet all qualification requirements specified for this position including any selective factors, and must also clearly meet the fully satisfactory or equivalent level for each of the rating factors (job elements) required for this position as specified above.

Individuals claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of your most recent Performance Rating, and a copy of your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible.

Veteran's Preference - If you are claiming Veteran's Preference, you MUST clearly identify your claim on your application and provide specific required evidence such as: DD-214, "Certificate of Release of Discharge from Active Duty", or Standard Form 15 (SF-15), "Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference" and proof requested on the form. Failure to submit appropriate supporting documentation will result in NOT granting Veteran's Preference.

Salary Range: $16.00 to $18.68 / Per Hour

Series & Grade: WG-4749-04/04

Promotion Potential: 04

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 452435700

Job Announcement Number: SERO-16-1815454-DEU