This position is located in the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS), Foreign Disease Weed Science Research Unit in Frederick, MD. In this position, you will be responsible for performing general trades work including heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC), electrical, plumbing, carpentry, and painting.



In order to qualify for this position you must meet the following by the closing date of the vacancy announcement: 01/25/2023. Qualifications will be determined under the Job Element Rating System X-118C, Qualifications Standard Handbook. While a specific length of time and experience is not required for most Wage Grade positions, you must show through experience and training that you possess the best qualified level of knowledge and skill necessary to perform the duties of this position. Qualification requirements emphasize the quality of experience, not necessarily the length. The responses to the questionnaire and your resume should be in significant detail to provide the person rating your application with a good understanding of your ability to do the job, technical knowledge, work, and training experience, etc. (For example You must have the ability to perform the duties of a Maintenance Mechanic without more than normal supervision (Screen Out)). Applicants who do not meet the SCREEN OUT ELEMENT will not be given further consideration. Working Conditions Work is performed in extremes of temperature conditions inside and outside the buildings. Occasionally, the incumbent must work on top of tall buildings in drafty attic spaces and cramped areas with low overheads. The incumbent is subjected to risks associated with exposure to dust, dirt, mud, harmful or toxic fumes, grease, and other hazards. Outside work is sometimes performed under adverse weather conditions, including wet and windy weather. Work is often done in confined, cramped, and otherwise difficult-to-access areas, including crawl spaces below the building. The incumbent is subject to the possibility of infections, cuts, bruises, broken bones, and other injuries. The incumbent must follow prescribed safety practices and use safety equipment such as personal protective equipment, hard hats, and hard-toed shoes to avoid injury and possible hazards in the work areas. Exposures to plant pathogens contained within the facilities are generally harmless to humans, but occasionally the plants grown at the FDWSRU are noxious or could cause allergic reactions. Physical Effort Many of incumbent’s duties require moderate to heavy physical labor in lifting, carrying, and positioning heavy components. Incumbent works atop ladders, scaffolding, and in crawlspaces and other confined areas. The work requires close hand and eye coordination, active walking, climbing, bending, and prolonged periods of actively working on concrete floors and in muddy or otherwise slick areas. Considerable physical effort is used when working on parts or systems that are in hard-to-reach places. Work requires bending, stooping, kneeling, and working in tiring and uncomfortable positions, and using the arms for long periods of time when using hand tools, shop tools, and equipment. Must frequently carry and set up tools, parts, and equipment weighing up to 50 pounds using equipment or hand trucks for safe handling. The incumbent may perform repairs and installations from ladders, scaffolding, platforms, and other hard-to-reach places both indoors and outdoors.

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