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Job Title: Cemetery Caretaker
Company Name: Veterans Affairs, National Cemetery Administration
Location: Johnson City, TN
Position Type: Full Time
Post Date: 09/12/2018
Expire Date: 11/11/2018
Job Categories: Agriculture, Forestry, & Fishing, Finance/Economics, Government and Policy, Information Technology, Nonprofit and Volunteer Services, Energy / Utilities
Job Description
Cemetery Caretaker

The Cemetery Caretaker performs jobs requiring mainly manual skills and physical strength. Performs a variety of tasks, such as operating small tractors and riding lawn mowers; transplanting shrubs; digging graves to the proper level; cutting and removing sod, tamping and leveling dirt using hand and power tools; digging and squaring graves using pneumatic equipment, picks and shovels; assisting in lifting and placing caskets on lowering devices; loading and unloading materials; aligning headstones; cleaning and clearing cemetery grounds of debris using power trimmers, chainsaws, axes, shovels, rakes, blowers, vacuums etc.; weeding, mulching, and applying fertilizer; pruning shrubs and low level dead branches; removing snow and ice; cleaning headstones using sprayer and hand brush; and cleaning service and administrative areas.

Work schedule: May be required to work Monday through Friday to include occasional weekends. Due to the mission of the National Cemetery, the cemetery cannot be closed for more than 2 consecutive days at any given time. Additionally, when a Federal holiday falls on a Monday or Friday, staff may be required to work on that holiday or a Saturday. All staff is required to work Memorial Day each year. Staff will be required to work overtime, weekends and holidays when necessary to meet the needs of the cemetery. Occasionally staff may be called back to the facility to perform emergency overtime work.
Compressed/Flexible Schedule: Not Available

Position Description Title/PD#: Cemetery Caretaker/ 12897A
The full performance level of this position is WG-5.

Relocation Expenses: Not Authorized

Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement,09/13/2018.
Your background must demonstrate work involved in interment activities, including layout and excavation of new grave sites, and reopening occupied gravesites which require extreme caution to avoid damage to previously interred containers.

EXPERIENCE: A specific length of training and experience is not required, but you must show evidence of training or experience of sufficient scope and quality of your ability to do the work of this position. Evidence which demonstrates you possess the knowledge, skills, and ability to perform the duties of this position must be supported by detailed descriptions of such on your resume. Applicants will be rated in accordance with the OPM Qualification Standard Handbook X-118C ( www.opm.gov/qualifications/x-118c).

SCREEN-OUT ELEMENT: Your qualifications will first be evaluated against the prescribed screen out element, which usually appears as question 1 in the on-line questionnaire. Those applicants who appear to possess at least the minimal acceptable qualification requirement are considered for further rating; those who do not are rated ineligible and are eliminated. The potential eligibles are then rated against the remainder of the Job Elements.
The screen-out element(s) for this position are/is:

  • Ability to do the job without more than normal supervision.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid state driver's license.
JOB ELEMENTS: Those who meet the minimum level of experience and training for the screen-out element will then be evaluated in each of the following job elements:
  • Dexterity and Safety
  • Interpret Instructions, Specifications (includes blueprint reading)
  • Technical Practices
  • Use and Maintain Tools and Equipment
  • Without more than normal supervision

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; religions; 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.

Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.

Physical Requirements: Incumbent must be able to perform tasks requiring moderate and various body strengths, such as lowering caskets, "walking"headstones to headstone socked and setting them, unloading headstones, holding a string trimmer and trimming for extended periods. This requires strength, e.g. the ability to lift/lower 70 pounds or more, and stamina, i.e. the ability to endure repetitious physical tasks. Field operations work requires frequent walking, bending, stooping, standing, kneeling, pushing, pulling, and carrying.

Operation of equipment requires considerable effort to maneuver large vehicles, frequent arm and leg movement to operate controls, exposure to constant vibration caused by movement of equipment over rough terrain, and effort to hook up heavy attachments to tractors.

Working Conditions: Work is typically performed outside in the sun, wind, rain, cold, or snow and under period muddy conditions. Incumbent is exposed to all types of natural elements and must be able to endure in all types of weather (except in extreme conditions such as floods or blizzards). Incumbent is exposed to noise, vibration, dirt, dust, exhaust fumes, and occasionally agricultural chemicals. These conditions are considered normal for this occupation. Incumbent is also exposed to traffic and the possibility of accidents.

The incumbent may operate machinery that causes noise and vibrations, emit carbon monoxide, has moving parts which may cut or harm the body and requires the use of safety-protective clothing and devices. This work may be performed over uneven terrain.

Incumbent is required to wear government issued protective clothing and follow safety rules and regulations requiring the use of items such as a hard hat, safety boots, respirator, face mask, hearing protection devices, safety glasses, gloves and rain gear.

Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.

None

To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

  • Resume


The following documents are accepted, and may be required if applicable to your eligibility and/or qualifications for this position. Please use this checklist to make sure you have included other documents required for your application, such as a copy of your transcript (if using education to qualify), documentation to support Veterans Preference claims, or ICTAP/CTAP documentation (for displaced Federal employees). You will not be contacted for additional information.
  • Cover Letter
  • DD-214
  • OF-306
  • Other
  • Other Veterans Document
  • Resume
  • SF-15
  • SF-50
  • Transcript


Veterans' Preference: When applying for Federal Jobs, eligible Veterans should claim preference for 5pt (TP), 10pt (CP/CPS/XP), or for Sole Survivor Preference (SSP) in the questionnaire. You must provide a legible copy of your DD214(s) which shows dates and character of service (honorable, general, etc.). If you are currently serving on active duty and expect to be released or discharged within 120 days you must submit documentation related to your active duty service which reflects the dates of service, character of service (honorable, general, etc.), and dates of impending separation. Additionally, disabled veterans and others eligible for 10-point preference (such as widows or mothers of eligible Veterans) must also submit an SF-15 "Application for 10 Point Veteran Preference" with required proof as stated on the form. Documentation is required to award preference. For more information on Veterans' Preference, please visit http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/vetpref/index.aspx.
Qualifications & Requirements

To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement,09/13/2018.
Your background must demonstrate work involved in interment activities, including layout and excavation of new grave sites, and reopening occupied gravesites which require extreme caution to avoid damage to previously interred containers.

EXPERIENCE: A specific length of training and experience is not required, but you must show evidence of training or experience of sufficient scope and quality of your ability to do the work of this position. Evidence which demonstrates you possess the knowledge, skills, and ability to perform the duties of this position must be supported by detailed descriptions of such on your resume. Applicants will be rated in accordance with the OPM Qualification Standard Handbook X-118C ( www.opm.gov/qualifications/x-118c).

SCREEN-OUT ELEMENT: Your qualifications will first be evaluated against the prescribed screen out element, which usually appears as question 1 in the on-line questionnaire. Those applicants who appear to possess at least the minimal acceptable qualification requirement are considered for further rating; those who do not are rated ineligible and are eliminated. The potential eligibles are then rated against the remainder of the Job Elements.
The screen-out element(s) for this position are/is:

  • Ability to do the job without more than normal supervision.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid state driver's license.
JOB ELEMENTS: Those who meet the minimum level of experience and training for the screen-out element will then be evaluated in each of the following job elements:
  • Dexterity and Safety
  • Interpret Instructions, Specifications (includes blueprint reading)
  • Technical Practices
  • Use and Maintain Tools and Equipment
  • Without more than normal supervision

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; religions; 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.

Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.

Physical Requirements: Incumbent must be able to perform tasks requiring moderate and various body strengths, such as lowering caskets, "walking"headstones to headstone socked and setting them, unloading headstones, holding a string trimmer and trimming for extended periods. This requires strength, e.g. the ability to lift/lower 70 pounds or more, and stamina, i.e. the ability to endure repetitious physical tasks. Field operations work requires frequent walking, bending, stooping, standing, kneeling, pushing, pulling, and carrying.

Operation of equipment requires considerable effort to maneuver large vehicles, frequent arm and leg movement to operate controls, exposure to constant vibration caused by movement of equipment over rough terrain, and effort to hook up heavy attachments to tractors.

Working Conditions: Work is typically performed outside in the sun, wind, rain, cold, or snow and under period muddy conditions. Incumbent is exposed to all types of natural elements and must be able to endure in all types of weather (except in extreme conditions such as floods or blizzards). Incumbent is exposed to noise, vibration, dirt, dust, exhaust fumes, and occasionally agricultural chemicals. These conditions are considered normal for this occupation. Incumbent is also exposed to traffic and the possibility of accidents.

The incumbent may operate machinery that causes noise and vibrations, emit carbon monoxide, has moving parts which may cut or harm the body and requires the use of safety-protective clothing and devices. This work may be performed over uneven terrain.

Incumbent is required to wear government issued protective clothing and follow safety rules and regulations requiring the use of items such as a hard hat, safety boots, respirator, face mask, hearing protection devices, safety glasses, gloves and rain gear.

Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.
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