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Engineering Equipment Operator

Company: Department Of Agriculture
Location: Santa Maria
Posted on: June 12, 2021

Job Description:

  • Duties




This position serves as an operator of heavy equipment on initial attack, fire and fuels management activities and operates this equipment in support of other natural resource projects, is located on a forest unit and is responsible for the operation of a variety of heavy equipment for fire suppression activities.

Information on specific locations where jobs are being filled and the dates applications are due for these locations can be found on theForest Service website.

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  • Operates engineering equipment, such as grades, tractors with bulldozer or angledozer blades, front-end loaders, backhoes, trench diggers and large industrial tractors.
  • Operates engineering equipment on all types of terrains, close to buildings, trees, drop offs, rocks or other obstructions and obstacles.
  • Excavates, backfills, grades or levels earth to rough specifications on all types of terrain.
  • Moves earth on mountains and steep slopes, graded curves and shoulders, rocky or soft ground, hilly forests, and other similar rough features to grade the earth to the general contour desired on trails, roads, canals, tunnels or construction sites.
  • Performs rough grading as well as fine surfacing on flat or rolling terrain.
  • Operates a variety of heavy equipment for fire suppression activities.
  • Has an understanding of fire behavior, fuels, weather and topography to safely and effectively perform initial attack on wildland fires.
  • Work is generally performed in steep, hilly, rocky and other types of adverse terrain.
  • Suppression activities may be under immediate supervision, however, incumbent may be required to conduct suppression activities independently.
  • Adjusts equipment attachments for proper positioning and working order, making adjustments without stopping the power unit or the equipment.
  • Steers and operates by using clutches, levers, brakes and valves according to the slope or tilt.
  • Transports heavy equipment to job site.
  • Performs wildfire suppression support as directed within training and physical capabilities and other duties as assigned.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional overnight travel may be required for fire suppression or fire related assignments.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

5716 Engineering Equipment Operating

  • Requirements



Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service or exempt.
  • Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigation and/or fingerprint check.
  • Successful completion of one-year probationary period, unless previously served.
  • Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial institution.
  • Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit E-Verify.
  • Must be 18 years of age.
  • Initial appointment is subject to satisfactory completion of training.
  • This is a Test Designated Position. You will be tested for illegal drugs prior to appointment and randomly thereafter. Appointment and continued employment is conditional on negative results.
  • Must pass the Work Capacity Test for certain Interagency Fire Program Management or Fire Program Management positions.
  • Must possess and maintain a Valid Driver's License.
  • Must possess and maintain a Commercial Driver's License (CDL).
  • Wiling to live/work in remote locations (volatile/unpredictable).
  • There may be additional Conditions of Employment not listed here, however applicants will be notified of any specific requirements at the time a tentative job offer is made.
  • Under age 37; less than age 37 after subtracting the months of Permanent Federal Service in a primary or secondary firefighter/law enforcement position or a veteran preference eligible, older than age 37 and is requesting a waiver to the requirement.


In order to qualify, you must meet the eligibility and qualifications requirements as defined below by the closing date of the announcement. For more information on the qualifications for this position, visit the Office of Personnel Management's Federal Wage System Qualifications Standards.

Primary firefighter positions include the following age requirements: Under age 37 -OR- less than age 37 after subtracting the months of Federal Service worked in a primary or secondary firefighter/law enforcement position -OR- a veteran preference eligible, older than age 37 and is requesting a waiver to the maximum age requirement.

To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

WORK CAPACITY TEST (WCT) for Wildland Firefighters: This position participates in wildland firefighting activities. Based on the type of work performed, TAKING and PASSING the WCT at the MODERATE level is a "condition of employment". The moderate fitness (Field) test requires completing a two (2) mile hike within thirty (30) minutes, while carrying a twenty-five (25) pound pack.

FIREFIGHTER RETIREMENT COVERAGE: This is a primary/rigorous position covered under the special retirement provisions of 5 USC 8336(c) for the Civil Service Retirement System and of 5 USC 8412(d) for the Federal Employees Retirement System.

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.


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Keywords: Department Of Agriculture, Santa Maria , Engineering Equipment Operator, Other , Santa Maria, California

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