Maintenance Fellowship

Maintenance and Infrastructure Fellows Program:

Maintenance Cohort Position Description

General Description:

Through mentorship, training, and career development a Maintenance Fellow will gain the skill level of

WG05 or WG06. Upon successful competition they will have a Public Lands Authority Certificate and be

eligible to compete for any internal, merit vacancy announcements for appointment to General

Schedule or Federal Wage Schedule competitive positions for which they qualify and are otherwise


The fellow receives detailed oral and occasionally written instructions, orders, and guidance on new

assignments. Supervisor outlines work to be done and specifies methods, techniques, materials and

tools to be used. Work is closely supervised during progress and upon completion is reviewed in detail.

The simple routine tasks are performed without supervision after they are learned.

Specific Tasks and Learning Goals:

To successfully complete the Maintenance Fellows program as a maintenance professional the student

will complete five major tasks.

1. Attend and pass Heavy Equipment Safety Training for Tier 1 heavy equipment. (Backhoe,

Skidsteer, Agriculture Tractor).

2. Gain a working knowledge of the trades per the WG 05 position description (see below).

3. Participate in one Great American Outdoors Act Strike Force infrastructure project or one

Maintenance Action Team (MAT) project every six months. These are larger-scale projects that

bring maintenance professionals together from across the region to collaborate and accomplish

a goal.

4. Lead or co-lead a small MAT or infrastructure project where they plan for equipment, labor,

supplies and develop a site safety plan at their station.

5. Complete and present a final report of the project that includes photos, cost estimation versus

actual expenses, and summary of the work done.

We have numerous existing Service programs that would provide the candidate with the experience

needed to be successful in the tasks above. The heavy equipment safety training program provides them

with curriculum-based equipment and safety training. A Maintenance Action Team project’s first goal is

staff training; thus, the individual would gain valuable project management experience in this already

well-developed program. Finally, through local skills workshops and one-on-one time spent with local

wage grade employees, the individual will attain essential trade skills needed to be qualified as a

maintenance worker.

Qualifications / Skills and Knowledge:

• Ability to interpret oral and occasionally written instructions and specifications and follow safety


• Skill in or ability to learn operation of push lawn mower, simple power tools.

• Skill in or ability to learn use of a variety of hand tools, such as wrenches screwdrivers,

hammers, shears, rakes, shovels.

• Ability to operate vehicles, such as cars, trucks, tractors.

Major Duties from WG 5 Maintenance Student Trainee:

• Assists maintenance worker by lifting, carrying, holding materials and performing other related

tasks in installing outdoor water systems, cleaning plugged water pipes and sewer lines, and in

renovation of building interiors and the replacement of worn plumbing fixtures; performs minor

and simple tasks in the removal and replacement of broken windowpanes and old roofs on

buildings, warehouses, offices and dwellings.

• Aids in the installation, repair and alteration of cabinets, doors, hardware (such as hinges,

catches), interior trim. i.e., sheetrock, baseboards, tile, linoleum. etc., by holding bracing

materials, handling tools, materials or fittings.

• Assists in mixing and pouring cement and in the construction of very simple forms. Performs

simple and routine tasks in the leveling of concrete projects such as walls, slabs, walks, curbs.

Fellow is not responsible for determining proper mixture to achieve structured strength,

appearance, nor prescribed longevity.

• Prepares surfaces and paints interior and exterior of buildings using brush, roller or spray gun

when work is completely outlined by supervisor, including materials, methods and tools to be

used. Mixing or blending of paint for desired application consistency it usually done by

immediate supervisor.

• Operates gasoline and diesel vehicles, such as cars, pickups, trucks or tractors, with gross vehicle

weight of up to and including 7,000 lbs.

• Washes and fuels vehicles, preforms services such as checking fluid levels e.g., oil, water /

coolant, power steering fluid, brake fluid, transmission, and hydraulic. Checks tires, fan belts,

hoses, lights, air filters, and similar items. Assists Supervisor with services and maintenance on

systems such as battery maintenance, brake systems, oil changes, replacement of hoses, filters,

fan belts, and lights.

• Maintains station grounds by mowing lawns, mulching, weed eating, trimming shrubs, and

spraying weeds with chemicals. Utilizing hand tools or tractors and skid steer type loaders

performs work of spreading gravel or soils to rough grades. Assists in snow removal using hand

tools, snow blowers, snowplows and tractor loaders.

• Assist in preventive and corrective maintenance on traditional and alternative (e.g., wind, solar,

geothermal) heating, refrigeration and air- conditioning systems.

• Assists in machinery and equipment preventive maintenance to include cleaning, greasing,

refilling of fluids, and rust prevention as instructed by immediate supervisor.

• Installs and maintains display panels, visitor information and traffic control signage, and exhibits

to assist station visitors.

• Keeps work areas clean by sweeping, mopping, replacing tools used in work, etc.

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