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FWS Vacancy Announcements

January 18, 2021 8:57 AM | Anonymous

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Career & Internship Vacancies
To view and apply for FWS positions, please click here: FWS Vacancy Announcements. If you have a question about a specific position vacancy, please contact the Human Resources point of contact listed at the bottom of the announcement.

For more information about FWS careers and available internship opportunities, please visit our FWS Recruitment Opportunities page. You can also explore and learn more about the careers we have at FWS and others within the Department of the Interior by clicking here.

Wage Grade Positions

Maintenance Mechanics (series: 4749), Engineering Equipment Operators (series: 5716), Tractor Operators (series: 5705), Laborers (series: 3502), and Small Craft Operators (series: 5786) make up a significant portion of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service workforce. These positions are Federal blue collar employees who are paid by the hour, although can still be permanent, full-time employees and are classified under the Federal Wage System or Wage Grade. These positions are not classified on the General Schedule (GS) scale on USAJobs, but instead on the Wage Grade (WG) scale. Under this uniform pay system, your pay will be the same as the pay of other Federal jobs like yours in your wage area, and your pay will be in line with pay for private sector jobs like yours in your wage area.  

In the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, these positions work at National Wildlife Refuges and National Fish Hatcheries and generally have a diversity of duties like the ones below. 

  • Extensive maintenance and alterations for facilities, vehicles, equipment, and infrastructure. You will be conducting manipulations on a variety of habitat types, using agriculture and construction equipment. 
  • Perform a variety of automotive, pump, chiller/heater, generator and equipment maintenance and repairs. Determine the nature and extent of repairs required, cleans, replaces, or makes adjustment to such parts as fuel, electrical, brakes, steering, regulators, water/fuel pumps, carburetors, cooling systems and attachments to equipment. Perform minor tune-ups; replace mufflers, gaskets, shocks, bearings, and oil seals, etc. 
  • Use farm-type tractors and towed or attached equipment as appropriate to maintain grounds, road medians and trails 
  • Install, maintain, troubleshoot, or repair sewage or drainage systems 
  • Operate powered (walking type) lawn mowers, digs fence posts holes with hand or powered post hole diggers; clear trees and brush from fence construction areas using an axe, brush hook, hatchet, handsaw, or similar hand tool; washes and waxes cars and trucks by hand or using power buffer. 

To view wage schedules for Wage Grade employees, visit this site.

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