Facility Operations Specialist

Facility Operations Services

GS-1640

Position Overview

Facilities Operations Specialists have broad responsibility for construction, maintenance, repairs and general upkeep of grounds, security systems, utilities, reservoirs, trails, roads, buildings and other structures.  They oversee and ensure expert stewardship of DOI assets and facilities to ensure the public can continue to use, enjoy and benefit from them far into the future.

This position is represented at the following bureaus

Bureau of Indian Affairs
Bureau of Land Management
Bureau of Reclamation
Department of the Interior Offices
National Park Service
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
U.S. Geological Survey

Candidate Description

The ideal candidate applies knowledge of trades including mechanical, electrical, HVAC, plumbing, and carpentry with an understanding of contracting, budget and project planning.  Decisiveness, strong communication skills, and attention to detail are important.

Work Environment

Work is performed both in an office setting and outdoors operating, repairing and maintaining equipment and managing employees involved in construction, maintenance and repair work at various sites.

Minimum Education Requirements

Please see the Individual Occupation Requirements and the Administrative and Management Positions Group Qualification Standard on the OPM websites.

Career Level Requirements

Responsibilities by Level

  • Mid:

    • Inspecting buildings, roads, grounds to assess conditions
    • Identifying and prioritizing need for preventive and corrective maintenance
    • Coordinating funding for maintenance requirements
    • Leading seasonal staff assigned to specific repair, improvement or installation projects

  • Journey:

    • Developing annual and long-range plans for repairs and preventative maintenance for fleet vehicles such as trucks, van, backhoes, boats, and excavators
    • Coordinating and implementing plans for projects involving requirements for managing hazardous materials and ensuring environmental compliance
    • Investigating and evaluating the design and construction of specialized buildings and support systems at a facility
    • Negotiating and collaborating with representatives of state agencies and historical groups on restoration projects
    • Developing and managing budgets for construction or maintenance

  • Senior:

    • Overseeing large, complex maintenance departments for sites with multiple and diverse facilities
    • Advising top management officials and developing high level policies, recommendations and initiatives for facility management

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Strengths by Level

Mid 9-11
Journey 12-13
Senior 14-15
  • Accountability
    Holds self and others accountable for measurable high-quality, timely, and cost-effective results. Determines objectives, sets priorities, and delegates work. Accepts responsibility for mistakes. Complies with established control systems and rules.
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  • Compliance
    Knowledge of procedures for assessing, evaluating, and monitoring programs or projects for compliance with Federal laws, regulations, and guidance.
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  • Conflict Management
    Manages and resolves conflicts, grievances, confrontations, or disagreements in a constructive manner to minimize negative personal impact.
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  • Customer Service
    Works with clients and customers (that is, any individuals who use or receive the services or products that your work unit produces, including the general public, individuals who work in the agency, other agencies, or organizations outside the Government) to assess their needs, provide information or assistance, resolve their problems, or satisfy their expectations; knows about available products and services; is committed to providing quality products and services.
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  • Decision Making
    Makes sound, well-informed, and objective decisions; perceives the impact and implications of decisions; commits to action, even in uncertain situations, to accomplish organizational goals; causes change.
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  • Flexibility
    Is open to change and new information; adapts behavior or work methods in response to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles; effectively deals with ambiguity.
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  • Interpersonal Skills
    Treats others with courtesy, sensitivity, and respect. Considers and responds appropriately to the needs and feelings of different people in different situations.
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  • Oral Communication
    Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.
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  • Planning and Evaluating
    Organizes work, sets priorities, and determines resource requirements; determines short- or long-term goals and strategies to achieve them; coordinates with other organizations or parts of the organization to accomplish goals; monitors progress and evaluates outcomes.
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  • Problem Solving
    Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.
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  • Teamwork
    Encourages and facilitates cooperation, pride, trust, and group identity; fosters commitment and team spirit; works with others to achieve goals.
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  • Technical Competence
    Uses knowledge that is acquired through formal training or extensive on-the-job experience to perform one's job; works with, understands, and evaluates technical information related to the job; advises others on technical issues.
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Common Pathways

Candidates who made this career change most commonly held these occupations...

35.9%

Maintenance Mechanic

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14.9%

Equipment, Facilities, and Services

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7.1%

Engineering Equipment Operating

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Less Common Pathways (<2%)

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