Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Bureau of Land Management
Position Title:
Engineering Equipment Operator
Open Period:
12/08/2016 - 12/15/2016 Format MM/DD/YYYY
WG - 5716 10
USD $24.35 - USD $28.42
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Schedule is Full Time.
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
4 Vacancy in

Cuba, NM, US
Las Cruces, NM, US
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
Joann Leon


Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
All U.S. Citizens - No previous Federal Service is required.
Security Clearance Required:
Appointment Type
Appointment Type Details:
Appointments: Cuba, NM are permanent positions; Las Cruces, NM are Term NTE 13 months positions.
Marketing Statement:
BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to join the team as a heavy equipment operator in Cuba, NM, or maintenance mechanic in Las Cruces, NM.

The BLM manages more land - approximately 253 million acres - than any other Federal agency.  This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska.  The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estates throughout  the nation.  The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.
Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource.

For additional information about the BLM, please visit Our website.

These positions are located in Cuba, NM and Las Cruces, NM.  Information about Cuba and the Cuba area can be found at Cuba Chamber of Commerce. Information about Las Cruces and the Las Cruces area can be found at Las Cruces Chamber of Commerce.

Physical Demands: Work is very physical, involving use of hands, arms, feet and legs in lifting, bending, walking, climbing, shoveling, etc. and operating equipment. Considerable strain is caused by the constant vibration of the equipment and by hazardous work conditions on steep slopes and rough terrain.  Shall wear all appropriate  protective devices when operating noisy and dusty machines and on construction/maintenance sites. Will frequently be required to work in awkward or strained positions.

Work Environment: Engineering Equipment Operator duties are primarily field related and extended periods of time in the field are to be expected.  Work is performed in all types of weather often in an open driver’s seat on hills, steep slopes or grades in timbered areas.  The incumbent will be exposed to fuel, grease, fumes, smoke, noise, vibration, dust, mud, and ice.  Clothing and skin will become dirty, muddy, and greasy. There are many potential hazards while performing construction and maintenance work.  The operator is exposed to injury due to the possibility of the equipment over turning, cave ins, falling rocks or tree branches.  Incumbent should be alert to these hazards and be prepared to cope with them before they become a problem. The incumbent must be able to operate heavy equipment under extreme temperatures ranging from well below 0 to above 105 degrees Fahrenheit.
Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
Travel Required:
25% or less

Cuba, NM - Up to 11 months per year.
Las Cruces, NM - Up to 5 nights per month.


The overall broad schedule of work includes, but is not limited to, the construction and maintenance of erosion control structures, roads, trails, signs, buildings, and recreational areas on public lands.  The incumbent will operate, service, and maintain heavy equipment, which will include, but not be limited, to the following: Truck-tractor with tandem axle drive and rear mounted winch to load low-boy trailer with triple axles and collapsing goose neck. (125,000 lbs.GVW); Truck and trailer combinations for hauling equipment and materials. (63,00lbs.GVW); Crawler-tractor with hydraulic controls to operate VPAT blade dozer and ripper; Wheeltractor, both articulated and straight frame with front end loader, bucket, and Backhoe on straight frame tractor. (3 cu. yd. bucket); Dumptruck, single and tandem axle drive. (Up to 12 cu. yd.).  This equipment will be used to load, haul and unload equipment and construction materials.  It will also be used to excavate, backfill, fine grade, and compact to staked lines, grades, and slopes on straight and curved sections.  The equipment will be operated close to buildings, drainage structures, trees, dropoffs, rocks, pipelines, powerlines or other obstructions.
Constant physical exertion is required of the operator in reaching, bending, turning, lifting, and moving hands, arms, feet, and legs to operate various controls and make adjustments to attachments on the heavy equipment.  Will have to withstand the vibration of the equipment along with the jerking and bouncing from operating equipment over rough surface.  Duties are primarily field related and extended periods of time in the field are to be expected.  Able to operate heavy equipment under extreme temperatures ranging from below 0 to above 105 degrees Fahrenheit.  Will be exposed to fuel, grease, fumes, smoke, noise, vibration, dust, mud, and ice. 

Qualifications and Evaluations

OPM Federal Wage System Qualifications for Trades and Labor Occupations will be used in determining qualifications.
Screen-out Element for Cuba, NM: 1) Ability to do the work of the position without more than normal supervision and 2) Must possess a valid Class A Commercial Drivers License (CDL).

Screen-out Element for Las Cruces, NM: 1) Ability to do the work of the position without more than normal supervision and 2) Must possess a valid Drivers License.
Key Requirements:
  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • Be sure to read the "How to Apply" and "Required Documents" Sections
  • You cannot hold an active real estate license, nor can you
  • Have an interest or hold stocks in firms with interest in Federal Land
  • Direct Deposit Required
  • Education Requirements:
     Upon receipt of your complete application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements.  Your rating will be based on your responses to the Job Specific Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume.  If you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of three categories:  Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified.  Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans.  In addition, interviews may be conducted for this position.  The interviews may be conducted on a pass/fail basis or may be scored.  The job specific questions relate to the following job elements required to do the work of this position. 

    1) Ability To Do The Work Of The Position Without More Than Normal Supervision (Screen-Out Element)
    2) Operation of Motor Vehicles
    3) Work Practices (includes keeping things neat, clean, and in order)
    4) Ability To Interpret Instructions, Specifications, etc. (related to mobile equipment operation)
    5) Ability to Drive Safely (Motor Vehicles)
    6) Ability To Operate Safely (Non-Motor Vehicle)
    7) Reliability and Dependability as an Engineering Equipment Operator.
    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.

    You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

    Selective Placement Factors: This position requires a special qualification that has been determined to be essential to perform the duties and will be used as a screen out element. Those who do not provide evidence they possess the following selective factor(s) will be rated not qualified. Selective Factors for Cuba, NM is:  1) Ability To Do the Work Of The Position Without More Than Normal Supervision and 2) Must possess a valid Class A Commercial Drivers License (CDL). Selective Factor for Las Cruces, NM is:  1) Ability To Do the Work Of The Position Without More Than Normal Supervision and 2) Must possess a valid Drivers License .

    Benefits and Other Info

    To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit the Office of Personnel Management's website at Federal Benefits at USAJOBS.
    Other Information:
    SELECTIVE SERVICE:  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 the Selective Service Law.  To register or verify your registration go to the Selective Service System website.

    May require completion of a 1 year probationary period;

    Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid by the Department of the Interior. Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee.

    Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP):  CTAP provides eligible surplus and displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at CTAP or ICTAP. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration or that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) This vacancy is within your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility; 2) You apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) You are found well qualified for this vacancy. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, or a copy of your separation personnel action form.

    CTAP and ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if they fall within the Well or Best Qualified categories on the rating criteria for this position.

    Reemployment Priority List (RPL): The RPL is the mechanism agencies use to give reemployment consideration to their former competitive service employees separated by a RIF or who have fully recovered from a compensable injury after more than one year. If you are currently on a Reemployment Priority List, you may be given priority consideration.

    Las Cruces, NM, are term positions for which all qualified U.S. citizens with or without Federal Status may apply and be considered. Appointment to this position will not convey permanent status in the Federal service, and will be for a period not-to-exceed 13 months with possible extension up to a total of 4 years (or longer if approved by the Office of Personnel Management) without re-announcement.

    These positions are not eligible for telework.

    Government facilities are required to provide a smoke free environment for their employees. Smoking will be permitted only in designated areas.

    You must be 18 years of age or older to be assigned to a hazardous position.

    These positions are subject to drug testing.

    Passage of a pre-employment physical is required.

    Cuba, NM, positions must have and maintain a valid driver's license/CDL.

    Las Cruces, NM, positions must have and maintain a valid driver's license.

    How to Apply

    How to Apply:
    To receive consideration for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes ALL of the following items: 1. Your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire; 2. Your resume; and 3. Applicable supporting documents specified in the Required Documents section of this job announcement.

    Click on the button "Apply Online" and login to MY USAJOBS.

    If you haven't already registered with USAJOBS, the system will require you to create a user name and password, complete a questionnaire and upload, paste or type a resume into USAJOBS.

    If you have already registered with USAJOBS and forgot your login information, select the "Did you forget your username and/or password" link from the right side menu.

    Your application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Time by the closing date of this announcement.

    If you need assistance in applying on-line, please contact the HR Office at (505) 954-2223 or email blm_nm_hr_vacancies@blm.gov.  If applying on-line poses a hardship for you (i.e. you do not have access to the internet) you must contact us prior to the closing date of the announcement for an alternative method of applying.
    Required Documents:
    Resumes must show relevant experience and other information.  Your resume must list your education and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week and salary information.  Your resume will be used to validate your responses to the assessment tool(s).   You are welcome to submit a cover letter (optional).   If you wish to do so, include it with your resume.

    In addition to the online application (resume and responses to the questionnaire), you are required to submit the following forms:

    Copy of Transcripts or a list of college courses that include hours and grades from an accredited U.S. college/university.  If your degree is from a Foreign Institution See Foreign Education.

    Veterans' Preference: If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the level of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be adjudicated (verified) by the employing agency using the documents you provide. 
    • For 0-point Sole survivorship veterans’ preference (SSP), please provide the documentation you received granting this preference. 
    • For 5-point veterans' preference, please provide your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions. 
    • For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation. 
    For more information on which type of preference is applicable please visit VetGuide

    Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) eligibles: documentation verifying your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility - this includes a copy of the agency notice and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location.

    You may submit your documents either via Auto-Requested Fax or by uploading your documents from your USAJOBS Profile.

    Auto-Requested Fax: allows you to submit required documentation that will be electronically displayed along with your resume.  The opportunity to do this will be provided during the application process by a pop-up message option to generate an auto-requested fax cover sheet.

    UPLOADING DOCUMENTS: Instead of faxing your documents you may use the uploading procedures thru Applicant Manager.  Do not use both options.

    Hard copy paper supplemental documents, submitted without prior Human Resources approval, will be considered as an incomplete application.

    Required documentation must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.
    Next Steps:
    You will be notified of the status of your application as the qualification review process is conducted.

    You may also check the status of your application by viewing your MY USAJOBs account.