This position is located at the Calverton National Cemetery in
This announcement is a solicitation for applications from
current Calverton NC employees and other eligible applicants.
Please note that as provided for in the AFGE/VA Master Agreement
the FIRST area of consideration for this position will be permanent
employees of the Calverton National Cemetery and the SECOND area of
consideration will be other eligible applicants.
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The Cemetery Caretaker performs jobs requiring mainly manual
skills and physical strength. Performs a variety of tasks, such as
operating small tractors and riding lawn mowers; transplanting
shrubs; digging graves to the proper level; cutting and removing
sod, tamping and leveling dirt using hand and power tools; digging
and squaring graves using pneumatic equipment, picks and shovels;
assisting in lifting and placing caskets on lowering devices;
loading and unloading materials; aligning headstones; cleaning and
clearing cemetery grounds of debris using power trimmers,
chainsaws, axes, shovels, rakes, blowers, vacuums etc.; weeding,
mulching, and applying fertilizer; pruning shrubs and low level
dead branches; removing snow and ice; cleaning headstones using
sprayer and hand brush; and cleaning service and administrative
Work schedule: May be required to work Monday through Friday to
include occasional weekends. Due to the mission of the National
Cemetery, the cemetery cannot be closed for more than 2 consecutive
days at any given time. Additionally, when a Federal holiday falls
on a Monday or Friday, staff may be required to work on that
holiday or a Saturday. All staff is required to work Memorial Day
each year. Staff will be required to work overtime, weekends and
holidays when necessary to meet the needs of the cemetery.
Occasionally staff may be called back to the facility to perform
emergency overtime work.
Compressed/Flexible Schedule: Not Available
Position Description Title/PD#: Cemetery Caretaker/ 136120
The full performance level of this position is WG-06. WG-06
Relocation Expenses: Not Authorized
Financial Disclosure Report: Not Required
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this
4754 Cemetery Caretaking
- Caretakers, Lawn
Conditions of Employment
- Subject to a background/security investigation.
- Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
- Selective Service Registration is required for males born after
- You may be required to serve a probationary period.
- You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
- Pass a pre-employment medical examination.
- Must possess a valid state driver's license.
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all
requirements by the closing date of this
Your background must demonstrate work involved in landscaping,
grounds keeping, or other related trades experience that includes
the use of hand tools and/or power tools, and the safe operation of
related machinery and equipment used in cemetery caretaking
practices, as described in the duties section of the
EXPERIENCE: A specific length of training and experience is not
required, but you must show evidence of training or experience of
sufficient scope and quality of your ability to do the work of this
position. Evidence which demonstrates you possess the knowledge,
skills, and ability to perform the duties of this position must be
supported by detailed descriptions of such on your resume.
Applicants will be rated in accordance with the OPM Qualification
Standard Handbook X-118C ( www.opm.gov/qualifications/x-118c).
SCREEN-OUT ELEMENT: Your qualifications will first be evaluated
against the prescribed screen out element, which usually appears as
question 1 in the on-line questionnaire. Those applicants who
appear to possess at least the minimal acceptable qualification
requirement are considered for further rating; those who do not are
rated ineligible and are eliminated. The potential eligibles are
then rated against the remainder of the Job Elements.
The screen-out element(s) for this position are/is:
- Ability to do the job without more than normal
- Must possess and maintain a valid state driver's license.
JOB ELEMENTS: Those who meet the minimum level of experience and
training for the screen-out element will then be evaluated in each
of the following job elements:
- Dexterity and Safety
- Interpret Instructions, Specifications (includes blueprint
- Technical Practices
- Use and Maintain Tools and Equipment
- Without more than normal supervision
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; religions; 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.
Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of
work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis
of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants
wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly
the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position
and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.
Physical Requirements: This position requires heavy physical
effort with reaching, bending, turning, and moving hands, arms,
feet and legs to operate the different sets of controls while
operating the equipment and attachments. The Incumbent may be
subjected to considerable strain caused by vibration, jerking, and
jolting of the equipment over rough surfaces and the need to
operate controls in awkward positions. Heavy effort is frequently
exercised when performing duties such as tamping, carrying
caskets/urns, lifting/moving grave planks, setting headstones, etc.
Incumbent must be able to walk on hilly, flat, or rolling terrain.
This position requires the employee to lift weights up to 50 lbs.
Occasionally items weighing more than 50- lbs. are lifted with
assistance from co-workers. Employee may be exposed to noise levels
exceeding 85 dBA for up to eight (8) hours per day. This exposure
may adversely affect hearing.
Working Conditions: Work must be performed outdoors, and
incumbent will be exposed to all types of weather throughout the
year. Incumbent will be exposed to the sun, noise, extreme heat.
and humidity, cold, snow, rain, wind, and is subject to dirt, dust,
fumes (from motor and exhaust) mud, and water. Work is performed in
areas where pesticides, insecticides, and fertilizers are applied.
Appropriate protective equipment will be worn. The operator is
exposed to injury from mishaps that may be involved in the
operation of grounds maintenance equipment.
Selected applicants will be required to complete an online
This job does not have an education qualification