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Agricultural Research Service Mobile Equipment Servicer in Ames, Iowa


This position is located in the Agricultural Research Service (ARS), National Animal Disease Center (NADC), in Ames, IA. The incumbent will perform a variety of duties involving the preventative maintenance and repairs of fleet and service vehicles and on-and-off road equipment.


Perform preventative maintenance and repair to vehicles and equipment (i.e., tractors, forklifts, buses, spreaders, end loaders, skid loaders, snow blowers, hedge trimmers, lawns mowers, trenchers, motor graders, sprayers, tillers, shredders).

Change oil and filters on hydraulic systems which operate hoists and tailgates, services fifth wheel on tractors or mechanisms for locking and holding tractors, and repairs all sizes of tires.

Rotate, replace, and repair tube and tubeless tires with a plugger or a hot or cold patch.

Drain and change lubricants in crank cases, differentials and transmissions.

Record amounts of gasoline, oil, and other supplies issued.

Ability to read and use blueprints, technical publications and manuals.

Check spark plugs, fan belts, tail pipes, hoses and similar items.

Select proper tools to replace or adjust vehicle components.

Test batteries with a battery tester and a battery hydrometer.


Conditions of Employment


Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement including time-in-grade restrictions, specialized experience and/or education, as defined below. In order to qualify for this position you must meet the following by the closing date of the vacancy announcement:

04/15/2021 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 Mobile Equipment Servicer, without more than normal supervision (Screen Out)). Applicants who do not meet the SCREEN OUT ELEMENT will not be given further consideration. Physical Effort: Frequent standing, walking, bending, reaching, working in awkward positions and lifting of objects up to 50 lb. May work on top of equipment at heights up to 18 feet above ground and underneath vehicles by use of a creeper. Working Conditions: Work is performed inside in areas that are dirty, oily, greasy, and constant exposure to minor cuts, bruises and bums, or outside in various weather conditions. Must wear a full face respirator when working in biological control settings; facial hair restrictions may be required to comply with proper operation of personal protective 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 and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


This position does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional Information

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL), or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): Visit the OPM website for information on how to apply as a CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP eligible. To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP/ICTAP candidates must be rated and determined to be well qualified (or above) based on an evaluation of the competencies listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. When assessed through a score-based category rating method, CTAP/ICTAP applicants must receive a rating of at least 85 out of a possible 100. Veterans who are preference eligible or who have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after three years or more of continuous active service are eligible for consideration under the Veteran's Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA). Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Employees: Permanent County employees without prior Federal tenure who are selected for a Civil Service position under Public Law 105-277 will be given a career-conditional appointment and must serve a 1-year probationary period. For more information on applying under special hiring authorities such as the Veteran's Recruitment Act (VRA), 30 percent disabled veterans, certain military spouses, Schedule A Disabled, etc., explore the different Hiring Paths on the USAJOBS website. Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) provides current or former temporary or term employees of federal land management agencies opportunity to compete for permanent competitive service positions. Individuals must have more than 24 months of service without a break between appointments of two or more years. Service must be in the competitive service and have been at a successful level of performance or better. Refer to PUBLIC LAW 114-47-AUG. 7, 2015 for more information. Recruitment or Relocation Incentive may be authorized. Final determination to pay an incentive will be made by the hiring official at time of job offer. This position is covered by a bargaining unit.