National Park Service Heavy Mobile Equipment Mechanic in Kalaupapa, Hawaii

Job Overview

Job Overview

About the Agency

*The open period for this announcement has been extended to June 28, 2017.*

This position is located in Kalaupapa National Historical Park, in the Maintenance Division - as a Heavy Mobile Equipment Mechanic (WG-5803-10) you will maintain and repair vehicles and equipment. Kalaupapa National Historical Park (NHP) was established in 1980, and is located midway along the north coast of the island of Molokai, in the State of Hawaii. The park is situated entirely within Kalawao County, which is governed by the Director of the State Department of Health. The County includes the historic Hansen's disease isolation settlements of Kalawao and Kalaupapa. The park was established to commemorate and preserve the story of those afflicted with this dreaded disease and their forced exile from family and friends. Hansen's disease patients were physically isolated from society. For more information, please visit the park's Facebook page.

Access to Kalaupapa is very restrictive, not only for tourists, but also for your friends and family. By State Law, friends and family may only visit the park 13 days each quarter of the year and they must wear a visitor ID tag throughout each visit. The cost to travel by plane from Kalaupapa to Honolulu is approximately $160 round trip for residents and $320 round trip for non-residents, including your family members. The other transportation alternative to flying is to hike 3.5 miles up a very steep trail from the park to topside Molokai. Once you reach the top of the trail, you will still need to find transportation to get to the airport and/or the only large town on Molokai, which are both about 10 miles from the trail head. Please visit find a park for additional park information.

This is a permanent Career/Career-Conditional Full-Time appointment.

Government housing may be available.

RELOCATION EXPENSES: Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will be paid if the selectee lives outside of the local commuting area and is otherwise eligible for reimbursement of relocation expenses in accordance with the Federal Travel Regulation.

*This position is being announced concurrently under Merit Promotion Procedures under vacancy PW-1546-KALA-17-10019432-MP. You must submit a full application package to that vacancy if you wish to be considered under Merit Promotion. Open and closing dates may vary between the two announcements - you must apply before the closing date stated in the announcement to be considered.*


You perform heavy mobile equipment mechanic work including troubleshooting malfunctions, determining the type and extent of repair required, repairing, and maintaining equipment. Duties include:

  • Repair, overhaul, tear down/rebuild, modify, and maintain a variety of systems and components including diesel, multifuel, and gasoline engines (both supercharged and turbocharged); transmissions and gear reduction systems, including those with torque converters; planetary gears and power take offs; drive line assemblies including differentials, power dividers, and dual speed axles; electrical and electronic systems and accessories including ignition systems, charging and starting systems, and wiring and lighting systems; carbureted and fuel injection systems; and emission control systems;
  • Perform welds using oxy/acetylene, mig and arc technologies;
  • Interpret and apply manufacturers' repair manuals and technical specifications, schematics, engineering drawings, diagnostic codes, and environmental and safety manuals;
  • Conduct functional and performance tests on completed work products using a variety of test procedures and equipment;
  • Perform automotive mechanic work including troubleshooting malfunctions, determining the type and extent of repair required, repairing, and maintaining vehicles including forklifts, tow tractors, truck tractors and trailers, wreckers, busses, vans, ambulances, pickup trucks, and sedans;
  • Repair, tear down/rebuild, overhaul, and maintain a variety of systems such as gasoline and diesel engines, transmission and gear reduction systems, drive line and rear axle assemblies, transaxles, hydraulic power-assist systems, fuel injection systems, exhaust and emission control systems, and related electrical, electronic, hydraulic, fuel, and other assemblies. Connect, mesh, align, and adjust components and systems to ensure proper operation of vehicles. Conduct functional and performance tests on completed work products using a variety of test procedures and equipment;
  • Use diagnostic tools, order parts, complete documentation, and provide training and assistance to others; and
  • Use a computer and associated programs to compile data, research and order parts, control inventory, and track equipment and vehicle information.
Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel up to 5 nights per month may be required
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will be paid if the selectee lives outside of the local commuting area and is otherwise eligible for reimbursement of relocation expenses in accordance with the Federal Travel Regulations

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • U.S. Citizenship required.
  • Appointment subject to background investigation and favorable adjudication.
  • Meet Selective Service Registration Act requirement for males.

To qualify for this position, you must have sufficient knowledge and ability in the following job-related factors:

  1. Ability to do the work of a WG-5803-10 Heavy Mobile Equipment Mechanic Without More than Normal Supervision. (SCREEN OUT)
  2. Knowledge of Equipment Assembly, Installation Repair, etc.
  3. Technical Practices (theoretical precise, artistic)
  4. Use of Measuring Instruments
  5. Ability to Interpret Instructions, Specification, etc. (includes blueprints reading)
  6. Ability to Use and Maintain Tools and Equipment
  7. Trouble Shooting If your knowledge and ability in the SCREEN OUT factor above is not sufficient, you will receive no further consideration. In preparing your application, describe in detail the experience and training which you have had that specifically prepared you for this job and to perform the duties described for this job. Experience should be clearly described and documented in your resume. The qualifications reviewer will not assume performance of such duties by Job Titles alone. Address your knowledge, skills and/or abilities in the areas shown in the job-related factors.

Volunteer Experience: 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.

There is no substitution of education for experience for Wage Grade (WG) positions.


DRIVING: You will be required to operate a government (or private) motor vehicle as part of your official duties; a valid driver's license is required. You will be required to submit a Motor Vehicle Operator's License and Driving Record. You must also submit (within a State sealed envelope or submitted directly by the State authorities), and at your own expense, all certified driving records from all States that disclose all valid driver's licenses, whether current or past, possessed by you.

UNIFORM: You will be required to wear a uniform and comply with the National Park Service uniform standards. A uniform allowance will be provided.

WORK SCHEDULE: You may be required to work on-call, evenings, weekends, holidays, overtime and shift work.

PROBATIONARY PERIOD: If you are a new employee in the Federal government, you will be required to complete a one-year probationary period.

TRAVEL: You may be required to travel overnight away from home up to 5 nights per month. You must obtain a government charge card for travel purposes.

Security Clearance

Q - Nonsensitive

Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

Once the Occupational Questionnaire is received you will receive acknowledgement that your submission was successful. If you are among the most qualified candidates and your name is referred to the hiring official, you may be contacted directly for a possible interview. You will be notified of the status of your Application Package at the time candidates are referred for consideration, and when the selection process is complete.


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Other Information

KALAUPAPA HANSEN'S DISEASE PATIENTS AND NATIVE HAWAIIANS PREFERENCE POLICY:Preference in filling vacancies is given to qualified Kalaupapa Hansen's Disease patients and to Native Hawaiians in accordance with PL 96-565. For the purposes of this preference, "Native Hawaiians" are persons who are not less than one-half of the blood of the races inhabiting the Hawaiian Islands previous to the year 1778. Preference eligibles not currently employed in the Federal service will be appointed under the Excepted Service appointment authority Schedule A, 213.3102. Consideration will be given to non-preference applicants in the absence of a qualified Preference eligible. In order to receive this preference, applicants must submit ONE of the following at the time of application to this position:

  • Certificate reflecting applicant's Hansen's Disease patient status at Kalaupapa; OR
  • Documentation reflecting applicant's acceptance by the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, State of Hawaii for lease of Hawaiian Home Lands have at least 50% "Hawaiian blood," OR
  • Birth certificate and/or other documentation of applicant and Hawaiian parent(s) back to applicant's full Hawaiian ancestors showing applicant is at least 50% "Native Hawaiian." ADDITIONAL SELECTIONS: This announcement may be used to fill additional positions if identical vacancies occur within 90 days of the issue date of the referral certificate.

Physical Demands: Physical effort is active, requiring walking, standing, lifting (up to 50 pounds), stooping, and working in cramped positions. Occasionally strenuous physical effort is exerted in climbing and carrying hand tools and in the repair of powered equipment.

Working Conditions: Work in areas that are frequently dusty, dirty, and greasy and is exposed to solvents, noxious gases and fumes that could result in burns, infections, and cuts. Works indoors and outdoors and must be capable of working satisfactorily in adverse conditions of rain and in high insect density.

TELEWORK: The National Park Service has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework only during an emergency or natural disaster.

If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document that you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application. Click the following link for more information,

This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Salary Range: $29.56 to $34.50 / Per Hour

Series & Grade: WG-5803-10/10

Promotion Potential: 10

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 472479400

Job Announcement Number: PW-1546-KALA-17-10017903-DE