Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation Trades Helper (Linehandler Relief) - WG - 5201 - 05 (Open to U.S. Citizens) - BP- SR in Massena, New York

Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation
Many vacancies in the following locations:
  • Massena, NY
  • Massena, NY
Work Schedule is Full Time - - Permanent and Temporary

Opened Tuesday 3/1/2016 (238 day(s) ago)

** Closes Tuesday 1/31/2017 (98 day(s) away)

Job Overview

About the Agency

This announcement establishes one (1) open continuous Standing Register for Temporary and Permanent Trades Helper (Linehandler Relief) positions. When completing your application you can choose which appointment you want to be considered for or you can choose to be considered for both, temporary and permanent, opportunities. Brief details describing each appointment are listed in this section, for more information go to the ‘Duties’ section.

This position is located in the Office of Engineering and Maintenance and/or the Office of Lock Operations and Marine Services, Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, Massena, NY.

Permanent appointments serve as both Trades Helper and Linehandler Relief and may be assigned to either Maintenance or Lock Operations. Permanent appointees are also required to train as reliefs for Lock & Dam Operator’s (LDO) and Lock & Dam Operator Leader’s (LDOL). Additionally, they may also be assigned to the Marine Crew when helper assistance is required.

Temporary appointments are primarily for Linehandler Relief and are assigned to Lock Operations to cover for scheduled and unscheduled absences of permanent Trades Helper (Linehandler Relief’s). Appointments made to temporary positions are limited to 1039 hours (six months) in a service year and may be terminated at any time. Appointments under this announcement are eligible for rehire and/or extension (when initial appointment is less than 1039 hours) if workload and funding allow. Individuals selected under this announcement are eligible for rehire in subsequent service years. A temporary appointment doesn’t confer eligibility for hire or promotion into any other Federal position.

Both appointments require successfully completing the Linehandler Training Program.

When assigned to Locks Operations, work is performed during the navigation season (mid-March through December). Linehandler work is performed on an as needed basis for emergency or operational needs and is subject to working on a 24 hour basis, seven days a week, on rotating day and night 12 hour shifts, with rotating days and weekends off. You will be subject to work schedule changes with a minimum of 12-hours notice. This position is used to cover for scheduled and unscheduled absences of other lock employees.

The ideal candidate for this position has experience in the electrical and/or mechanical maintenance trades.


SOME E*ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONSARE (not all functions apply to temporary appointments):*

If assigned to Trades Helper duties*:*you will assist journey level trades workers by performing the duties associated with improvements to, and maintenance of, electrical and mechanical equipment. You may also assist journey level employees in other trades. Trades Helper work is performed primarily on Monday through Friday, day shift.

  • Obtains appropriate tools, blueprints, schematics, supplies, and materials applicable to the assigned job. Assists during set-up, shifts and aligns material and parts, and cuts, threads, bends, and glues pipe, conduit, angle, rod, flatstock,etc. Fastens and installs/pulls cable and wire.
  • Changes/installs bulbs, ballasts, thermostats, switches, outlets, and electrical boxes. Splices wire, trips/resets breakers, changes fuses, and cleans contacts and control devices.
  • Assists in tearing down and assembling machinery and steam cleans or solvent cleans parts and machinery. Adjusts, inspects, cleans, and changes oils and filters on equipment and machinery. Lubricates machinery according to maintenance schedules.
  • Removes rust, wax, dirt, old paint, etc. from surfaces by sand blasting, wire brushing, and scraping. Applies paint with roller brush and sprayer. Cleans and maintains brushes and painting equipment.
  • Measures, cuts and assembles lumber and other materials constructs forms, installs reinforcement and anchor bolts, and mixes and places concrete. Assembles and erects staging.
  • Operates pick-ups, fork lifts, skid-steer loaders, stake rack trucks, etc. to move equipment and materials. After appropriate training, may be assigned to perform asbestos abatement duties as an additional pay assignment, at the WG-6 level. If assigned to*Linehandlerduties:*

  • Passes/receives messenger/mooring lines or wires to/from vessels to secure them in the lock chamber or on approach walls. Operates an electrically powered capstan to pull-up a commercial vessel's mooring wires.

  • Observes for unusual occurrences during a lockage, may assist leader in positioning vessels or signaling for the opening or closing of gates. Remains on the lockwall during lockages. Secures pleasure craft and may assist with collecting tolls.
  • As required, performs related tasks which include but are not limited to: handling lines and mooring cables from vessels approaching the guidewalls prior to lockage; operating a pick-up truck and electric lock vehicle(ELV); assisting ship's personnel in securing vessels to the outer guidewalls; assisting pilots on/off vessels; preparing witness statements concerning incidents occurring during your tour of duty; reading and recording vessel drafts and registration numbers; operating small outboard work boat; and assisting in the training of new employees. Additional required training for Permanent Appointees:

  • After successful completion of the Linehandler Training Program, you will be trained as a relief for Lock& Dam Operator(LDO). You must have a minimum of six months of linehandling experience at the Seaway Locks prior to beginning the LDO portion of this training program. Upon completion of the training, you will be reassigned to a new position description, titled Trades Helper (Linehandler/LDO/LDOL Relief) and will also be required to complete the LDO Leader (LDOL) training.

  • After appropriate certification training, may be assigned to perform asbestos abatement duties as an additional pay assignment, at the WG-6 level.
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Applications will be accepted from any U.S. Citizen.
  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date.
  • Provide all required documents by closing date.
  • Announcement also advertised merit promotion: SLSDC.LO-2016-0003.
  • Applicants will be referred when vacancies occur.
  • Announcement may be used to fill similar positions within 30 days.

Qualifications for the position are based on the training, experience, or other requirements that determine which applicants would be able to perform satisfactorily in the position to be filled.

For the Wage Grade 05, to qualify, your experience should include experience equal or equivalent to the following job elements:

  • Ability to do the work of the position.
  • Work Practices (Ability to work safely).
  • Technical practices.
  • Ability to Use and Maintain Tools and Equipment.

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.

Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement. If you do not meet the minimum levels in the ability to do the work OR if you do not meet the minimum level overall, you will be disqualified.


SELECTIVE SERVICE: Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for the Selective Service.

TEMPORARY APPOINTMENT:Temporary employees may only be employed/paid for up to 1039 hours during a 12 month period.

PHYSICAL EXAM REQUIRED: This position has strenuous physical requirements. You will be required to successfully complete a physical exam and a functional capacity test, at the expense of the Saint Lawrence Seaway, before being placed in the position. You may be assigned to duties requiring the use of a respirator. You will be fit tested for a respirator upon entering the position. You will be required to be clean-shaven for the initial fit-testing, and for any future assignments requiring the wearing of the respirator.

PRE-EMPLOYMENT BACKGROUND CHECK: You will be subject to a pre-employment and post-employment background investigation process which includes a fingerprint check.

DRIVER'S LICENSE REQUIREMENT:You must also be able to obtain and maintain a driver’slicense.

REQUIRED TRAINING:you will be required to complete all phases of the Linehandler/Lock & Dam Operator training program as applicable to your appointment.

DRUG TESTING: When you complete Lock & Dam Operator (LDO) training, if selected for a permanent appointment, you will be assigned to a position that is designated as safety sensitive under the provisions of DOT'S Drug and Alcohol-Free Workplace Program. You will be tested for illegal drugs prior to being utilized as LDO relief and will be subject to periodic random testing for illegal drugs.

PROBATIONARY PERIOD:You must complete a one-year probationary period.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

A selection may be made at any time while this Standing Register is open. After the initial review for early consideration, applications will only be reviewed when a selection certificate is requested from the agency. Please keep your application updated with current information during the open period. You may check your application status into by logging into your USAJOBS account. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration. If you are selected for an interview, the hiring manager will contact you directly. Once a hiring decision is made, we will notify all applicants of their final status.


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Other Information

Displaced employees may be eligible for ICTAP or CTAP priority consideration. For more information, please review the OPM Employee's Guide to Career Transition.

R*EIMBURSEMENT:*Reimbursement for pre-employment interview expenses are not authorized. Applicants are responsible for all costs involved with traveling to Massena, NY for an interview. If you do not live in the local commuting area, phone interviews are conducted prior to confirming an on-site interview. Relocation expenses are not authorized.

*PHYSICAL EFFORT FOR ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:*Frequently lifts and turns while handling lines weighing up to 100 pounds, generally with another Lock Operations employee. Frequently required to climb ladders, walk over rough terrain, climb towers, reach, twist, turn, bend, and squat, often while wearing uncomfortable or awkward safety equipment. May be required to stand for long periods or to board craft from lock walls, docks, or shoreline areas. Perception of distance and motion and coordination of hands and eyes are necessary for operating the lock equipment, tying up vessels and for performing electrical/electronic maintenance work. For general maintenance work, is required to expend moderate to heavy effort for extended periods of time, such as mowing lawns behind a walking mower, shoveling snow, sweeping walkways, jack hammering, etc.

*WORKING CONDITIONS FOR ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:*Work assignments are both inside and outside. When inside, employee is frequently exposed to drafts, changing temperatures, and noise that is difficult to talk above. When outside, may work in bad weather, in mud or snow, in wet or icy areas, and on slippery decks. Both inside and outside, employee is frequently exposed to irritation or discomfort from dust, heat, fumes, and from hard, damp floors or ground. Typically works on parts and systems that are dirty, oily, or greasy. May work from ladders, staging, man baskets, decks, or rafts, on or over water. Work may be performed in open areas at 90+ feet above land or water. Some work is performed in narrow areas, with low ceilings, and often with limited lighting. Employee must be able to work at or adjacent to such heights and in cramped areas. May be exposed to the possibility of receiving cuts, burns, including electrical burns, and/or shocks, bruises, and sprains while repairing, positioning, and moving equipment. May be exposed to the possibility of receiving burns and skin irritations from acid, fluids, and lubricants. May be exposed to hazardous materials, such as, but not limited to, asbestos, lead, or silica; or chemicals such as paint, paint thinner, mineral spirits, and other agents such as naphtha, toluene, liquid anode, etc. which may be listed on the hazardous chemicals list. To reduce the dangers and irritations from the above conditions, the employee is required to follow prescribed safety practices and use prescribed safety equipment for each assignment, such as protective ear devices, hard hats, hard-toe shoes, floatation devices, respirators, and protective clothing. Some of these safety items may be uncomfortable to wear or use, and may be worn or used for long periods.

Salary Range: $22.40 to $25.40 / Per Hour

Series & Grade: WG-5201-05/05

Promotion Potential: 05

Supervisory Status: No

Control Number: 431140500

Job Announcement Number: SLSDC.LO-2016-0004