Bureau of Land Management Laborer in El Centro, California

  • Duties



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All positions may not be filled or they may be filled at different times depending on budget, hiring needs, and requirements. These positions are temporary and are expected to last for approximately 6 months. These positions have no promotion potential, if you want to be considered for a higher grade you must apply for the higher grade.

Physical Demands / Work Environment: The work is performed outdoors in rugged terrain; to include very steep, wet, muddy, rough, uneven or rocky surfaces; positions require physical exertions, such as, bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, reaching, or similar activities. Individuals should be capable of working alone, or with other people, during early morning hours, night, or during the day. Weather conditions include rain, wind, sunshine and extreme temperature variations. Outdoor work conditions include muddy, dusty conditions that may soil clothes and skin. Work Conditions include loud noises and vibrations from working with power tools and survey equipment. Contact with stinging and biting insects and toxic plants.

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Laborers perform manual tasks involving little or no specialized skill or prior work experience. Typical work includes grounds maintenance to include lawn mowing, trimming, fertilizing, and watering. It also includes custodial duties to include laundry, cleaning, stripping, waxing and buffing floors, vacuuming, removing stains, washing walls and windows, collecting and discarding trash and debris. This position requires a motor vehicle over primitive, unpaved roads in a rural setting in all types of weather conditions. It will also perform administrative duties. In some locations, Laborers will be handling chemical compounds and operating noxious weed spraying equipment for the benefit of wildlife and livestock. Laborers will locate and spray noxious weeds by gas powered pump mounted on vehicle or by backpack. Involves the safe handling of chemicals used for spraying noxious weeds; and maintenance of spray equipment. In some locations laborers will be a member of a Cadastral Survey crew. Work will involve surveying, re-surveying and subdividing sections of the Public Land Survey System; including loading, unloading, packing, unpacking equipment and supplies including technical equipment; performing minor repairs and maintenance of equipment and tools; operating chain saws and other power tools to clear brush and small trees along random survey lines; can include digging holes for survey monuments, blazing, tagging, posting and painting trees along a survey line to mark the true boundary line. In some locations laborers will be a member of a trail crew. Work will involve the construction and reconstruction of trails with hand tools; repairing drainage structures with hand tools; constructing or repairing rock and lumber retaining walls; operating chain saws and other power tools to clear brush and trees along the trails; hiking long distances carrying hand tools and power tools performing trail maintenance activities; and performing minor repairs and maintenance of equipment and tools.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply
This job is open to…

All U.S. Citizens - No previous Federal Service is required.

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3502 Laboring

  • Requirements


Conditions of Employment
  • Direct Deposit Required
  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • 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

You will be rated on your experience, education, and training relevant to the duties of the position. In addition, In addition, your responses to the questions must be adequately reflected in your resume. Interviews may be conducted for this position.


You will be evaluated on your ability to perform the duties of the position rather than the length of experience. Qualifications will be determined by the relevance, scope, and quality of all experience and training, regardless of where or how acquired. We must be able to determine that you meet the experience requirement- please be sure to include this information in your resume. Qualifications will be determined based on your ability, experience and/or training in the following job elements:

  1. Ability to keep the work area neat, clean and in order.
  2. Ability To Interpret Instructions, Specifications, etc. (other than blueprints).
  3. Ability to Use and Maintain Tools and Equipment
  4. Knowledge of basic safety regulations, such as the proper handling of power tools. This position also requires special qualifications that have been determined to be essential to perform the duties and will be used as screen-out element. Those who do not provide evidence they possess the below screen out element will be rated not qualified.
  • Ability to Do the Work of the Position without More Than Normal Supervision You must meet all qualification requirements by the early consideration / closing date of the announcement. Please be sure that you state your qualifying education, training and/or experience in your resume.
Additional information

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.

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.

If tentatively selected for this position you will be required to complete and submit a OF-306 Declaration for Federal Employment prior to being appointed to determine your suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation.

The person tentatively selected for this position is subject to completion of a favorable background investigation. Failure to satisfy the preliminary background check will result in cancellation of the tentative job offer. Failure to satisfy the full investigation requirements may be grounds for termination, once you are placed in the position.

A valid driver's license is required for some positions. If you are selected for one of these positions you must be 18 years old and have a current driver's license.

MINIMUM AGE REQUIREMENT: Employees required to operate a motor vehicle must be at least 18; otherwise, you must be at least 16 at the time you report for work.

A pre-employment physical may be required.

Overnight travel may be required on a regular and recurring basis and employee will be required to obtain and use a government charge card, when travel is necessary.

If you are selected for this position, prior to appointment, you may be subject to a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use. If drug testing is required for this position, it will be provided at Government direction and expense. Once hired, you may also be subject to random drug testing during employment. This is in accordance with Executive Order 12564 and under the Department’s Drug Free Workplace Program.

This position is not eligible for Telework.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Upon receipt of your complete application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. If qualified, your application will be placed in the following veterans’ preference order:

  • CPS / CP
  • XP
  • TP
  • SSP
  • Non Veteran / No Veterans’ Preference Applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

  • Required Documents


Required Documents

Different locations begin hiring at different times. The following cutoff dates are interim dates before the closing date of the vacancy announcement when candidates can be referred to the different locations for consideration. Therefore, ALL required documentation must be received at the time you apply, or before 11:59 P.M. Eastern Time on the following cutoff dates: December 31, 2017; January 31, 2018; February 28, 2018; March 31, 2018; April 30, 2018; May 31, 2018; June 30, 2018.

This vacancy is limited to a certain number of applicants and may close before the close date listed here if that limit is reached.

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).

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

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.

You may submit your documents either via Auto-Requested Fax or by uploading your documents from your USAJOBS Profile. Do not use both options. Auto-Requested Fax: allows you to submit required documentation that will be electronically displayed along with your resume. Uploading Documents: instead of faxing your documents you may use the uploading procedures thru Applicant Manager. 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 early consideration / closing date of this announcement.

READ THIS: It is the responsibility of the applicant to illustrate that all eligibility requirements are met. This includes ensuring your resume / application documents specific information on each employment listed. Specifically, you must document Agency/Company Name, supervisor's name and contact information, position title, grade/series/salary, and employment dates to include month, day and year. Failure to do so may result in your application being disqualified. If you have questions regarding the necessary documentation to include, contact the HR Specialist listed on this announcement prior to the closing date of the announcement.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

  • Benefits



A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.

Temporary seasonal employees are eligible for the following:

  • Annual and Sick Leave

  • Depending on tour of duty – Sunday, holiday, shift differential

  • Paid Federal Holidays

  • Participation in the Federal Employees Health Benefit (FEHB) program - Employees electing to participate in the FEHB will be responsible for the employee share of the premium while on the official agency roles, which is deducted from bi-weekly earnings. After separating from federal employment, employees will be offered to continue participation in FEHB under the Temporary Continuation of Coverage (TCC) option. Employees electing to continue coverage under the TCC provision will be responsible for the full premium amount plus a 2% administration fee.

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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

  • 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 to this Vacancy" at the bottom of this Screen and login to MY USAJOBS. If you haven't already registered with USAJOBS, select the “Create a new account” link. You will be required 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 Forgot your username or password? link.

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

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.

If you need assistance in applying on-line, please contact the appropriate State Coordinator identified in the "What to Expect Next" section of this job announcement. 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.

Note: It is the responsibility of the applicant to illustrate that all eligibility and qualifications requirements are met. Failure to do so may result in your application being disqualified. If you have questions regarding the necessary documentation to include or if you would like to verify your documentation has been received, contact the HR Specialist listed on this announcement. It is recommended that you contact our office prior to the closing date of the announcement.

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Agency contact information
Ashley Halsell







Bureau of Land Management 2800 Cottage Way W-1600 SAcramento, California United States

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Next steps

This temporary seasonal job announcement is designed to collect applicants' names for potential seasonal hiring throughout the Bureau of Land Management. There are no specific vacant positions waiting to be filled. Lists of eligible applicants will only be sent to a manager when it has been determined there is a need to hire someone and there are funds available. Applications are not routinely processed until a manager requests a list of eligible applicants. You will only be notified through e-mail when you are referred; no other notifications will be sent.

For assistance, contact Ashley Halsell 916-978-4475.

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

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Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

  • Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants

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Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency.

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Legal and regulatory guidance
  • Financial suitability
  • Social security number request
  • Privacy Act
  • Signature and false statements
  • Selective Service
  • New employee probationary period

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/486317200. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 12/08/2017 to 06/30/2018

Salary: $11.95 to $19.80 per hour

Pay scale & grade: WG 03 - 04

Work schedule: Full-Time - Work Schedule is full-time.

Appointment type: Seasonal - This is a temporary appointment. These positions have no promotion potential.