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Air Force Civilian Service Grand Forks Afb, ND

Job Description


HOURLY RATE $18.16 $21.18

-  Operate farm-type tractors and towed or attached equipment on level or rolling terrain such as open fields, parks, orchards, lawns, and along roadways.

-  Determine equipment operations for maneuvering over level or rolling terrain that are appropriate to the operating characteristics of the tractor and towed or attached equipment.

-  Plant/transplant specific flowers, shrubs, grass, and trees according to instructions.  Landscapes assigned areas by spreading topsoil, fertilizing, liming, seeding, planting, laying sod, and watering.  Prepares seedbed, plants flowers, lays sod for new lawns, or repairs lawns by tillage and/or top soiling. 

-  Perform operator maintenance such as checking and replenishing fluids to proper levels, examining and changing filters, changing and sharpening blades, lubricating equipment, and making necessary adjustments.

-  Utilize safety practices and procedures following established safety rules and regulations and maintains a safe and clean work environment.


EXPERIENCE: Applicants will be rated in accordance with the OPM Qualification Standard Handbook X-118C; for additional information click here.  Although a specific length of time and experience is not required for most trade and labor occupations, you must meet any screen-out element(s) listed, and show through experience and training that you possess the quality level of knowledge and skill necessary to perform the duties of the position at the level for which applying.  Qualification requirements emphasis is on the quality of experience, not necessarily the length of time. Ability to operate farm-type tractors and to perform manual labor.  Knowledge of grounds maintenance work and seasonal gardening.


1.  Ability to do the work of a Tractor Operator (Gardener) without more than normal supervision (Screen Out).

2. Knowledge of and ability to make connections from equipment to the tractor,

3. Knowledge of operating characteristics and skill to operate tractors and manipulate equipment controls simultaneously.

4. Knowledge of safety practices, regulations, and procedures. Knowledge of seasonal gardening tasks, grounds maintenance, and how to apply fertilizer  

5. Skill in judging clearances, heights, and turning angles of tractor and towed vehicles/equipment. Skill and ability to adjust equipment for various job requirements.

6. Skill in using and maintaining hand and power tools, such as seeders, spreaders, edgers, hedge trimmers, pruning shears, etc.

7. Ability to follow instructions, work orders, specifications, etc., and to document actions taken. Ability to perform operator maintenance on tractors and associated equipment.

PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work.  You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.

VOLUNTEER WORK EXPERIENCE:  Refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service Programs (i.e., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student and social).  Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge and skills that can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment.  You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


1. An appropriate, valid drivers license is required for the position.

2. The employee man be required to work other than normal duty hours, which may include holidays.

3. The employee may be required to provide training and guidance to lower grade workers.

4. This is a drug testing designated position. The incumbent is subject to random testing fro drug use.

5. This is a Temporary position not to exceed 31 Oct 2017. The individual selected for this position may be extended up to two years without further competition.



The Department of Defense offers an excellent benefits program.  In addition to your take-home pay, click here for an overview of benefits currently offered to Federal employees.

 Direct Deposit: All federal employees are required to have direct deposit.

Other Information

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP):  For information on how to apply as an ICTAP eligible click here.  To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated in the "Highly Qualified" or above "Best Qualified" Category on the rating criteria for this position. 

Employed Annuitants (Reemployed Annuitants): Applicants in receipt of an annuity based on civilian employment in the Federal Service are subject to the DoD Policy on The Employment of Annuitants.  Click here for more information.

Temporary Appointments:  If you are selected for a temporary, your appointment may be extended to the maximum period allowed by law without further competition.  Note: Current federal civilian employees may apply for this position and if selected, a break in service of at least 3 days may be required prior to appointment to this position.