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Maintenance Mechanic


Position Overview

Every DOI site-- from the Grand Canyon to the Cape Hatteras lighthouse, from scenic Parkways to campgrounds to fish hatcheries—needs skilled and dedicated Maintenance Mechanics to repair and maintain grounds, walkways, campgrounds, all types of buildings, roads, and trails. Some operate motor vehicles, mowers, forklifts, and engineering equipment like bulldozers or dump trucks. Others apply energy and skill to all types of custodial, masonry, carpentry, gardening/landscape, plumbing, heating and air conditioning, roofing, painting, electrical, leaf and snow removal, welding, pest control, cement and asphalt work.

This position is represented at the following bureaus

Bureau of Indian Affairs
Bureau of Indian Education
Bureau of Land Management
Bureau of Reclamation
National Park Service
Office of the Secretary
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
U.S. Geological Survey

Candidate Description

The ideal candidate is someone who wants to apply trade skills to preserving and improving National lands, Parks, Historic buildings and sites, likes working with their hands and doing physical labor, enjoys being outdoors, and takes pride in a job well done while wearing a DOI uniform.

Work Environment

Work is performed both inside and outside, in all types of weather, and often in remote or backcountry areas.

Career Level Requirements

Responsibilities by Level

  • Entry:

    • Repairing benches or picnic tables
    • Performing touch up painting
    • Mowing and trimming grassy areas
    • Repairing potholes, roofs, faucets
    • Removing debris from trails
    • Replacing light fixtures

  • Mid:

    • Interpreting instructions, plans and specifications
    • Constructing or repairing buildings
    • troubleshooting electrical problems
    • Making plumbing repairs
    • Performing masonry work on historic buildings

  • Journey:

    • Acting as work leader and/or at the supervisory level developing work plans
    • Answering questions and providing guidance to workers
    • Ensuring safety rules are followed
    • Preparing budget recommendations
    • Requesting and ensuring materials are available when and where needed

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Strengths by Level

Entry 4-6
Mid 7-8
Journey 9-11
  • 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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    Entry 4-6
    Mid 7-8
    Journey 9-11
  • Attention to Detail
    Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail.
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    Entry 4-6
    Mid 7-8
    Journey 9-11
  • Physical Strength and Agility
    Ability to bend, lift, climb, stand, and walk for long periods of time; ability to perform moderately heavy laboring work.
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    Entry 4-6
    Mid 7-8
    Journey 9-11
  • Self-Management
    Sets well-defined and realistic personal goals; displays a high level of initiative, effort, and commitment towards completing assignments in a timely manner; works with minimal supervision; is motivated to achieve; demonstrates responsible behavior.
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    Entry 4-6
    Mid 7-8
    Journey 9-11
  • Stamina
    Exerts oneself physically over long periods of time without tiring (which may include performing repetitive tasks such as data entry or coding).
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    Entry 4-6
    Mid 7-8
    Journey 9-11
  • Teaching Others
    Helps others learn through formal or informal methods; identifies training needs; provides constructive feedback; coaches others on how to perform tasks; acts as a mentor.
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    Entry 4-6
    Mid 7-8
    Journey 9-11
  • 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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    Entry 4-6
    Mid 7-8
    Journey 9-11

Common Pathways

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


Engineering Equipment Operating

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4607 - Carpentry 5.8%
5705 - Tractor Operating 3%
4701 - Misc Gen Maint And Oprtns Work 2.8%
1603 - Equipment,facilities And Services Asst 2.5%
0462 - Forestry Technician 2.5%
5803 - Heavy Mobile Equipment Mechanic 2.3%
0459 - Irrigation System Operation 2%
5201 - Miscellaneous Occupations 2%
Less Common Pathways (<2%)

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