Tractor Operator

National Park Service | Bushkill, PA

Posted Date 1/14/2022
Description Temporary positions not-to-exceed 1039 regular hours in a service year may be terminated sooner or extended depending on management needs. The typical seasonal entry-on-duty period is April to September, but can be variable during these months due to weather conditions, project needs, or funding. Anticipated Entry on Duty: April Although work is performed all through the park, employee will report to work at the Maintenance Compound in Dingmans Ferry, PA.

Operate Zero Turn Mowers. Operate truck (platform truck, van trucks, stake trucks, dump trucks, cargo vans) to tow mowers and tractors to various locations in the park.
On a recurring basis, operates farm-type tractors and towed or attached equipment to maintain grounds and road medians. Operate the tractors in all types of terrain (steep and level) and along roadways. Operates mowers, front-end loading devices, movable dozer blades and backhoes.

Area Information: Located in the Pocono Mountains, just 80 miles west of New York City and 100 miles north of Philadelphia, the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area attracts over 45-million visitors each year. The 70,000-acre park also includes the Middle Delaware National Scenic and Recreation Area and 26 miles of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. Nearby towns of Stroudsburg, PA, Port Jervis, NY, and Newton, NJ provide all services, including K-12 school, college, medical services and other community needs. Additionally, several smaller communities are adjacent to the park. Summers and winters are generally mild with average summer temperatures about 80 degrees, with some humidity, and average winter temperatures about 30 degrees. Housing in nearby communities is available for both purchase and renting. Visit the park website at for more information.

PARK CONTACT: For additional information about the park and the duties, email Jon Mee at and include Tractor Operator in the subject line

Applicants must meet the qualification requirements as specified in the X-118-C, Job Qualification System for Trades and Labor Occupations, 5705 Series. There is no specific length of training or experience required for this position; however, the experience and training in your application and response to the Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs or job elements) below must show that you possess sufficient knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position . To qualify for this position, you must have sufficient knowledge and ability in the following job-related factors:
  1. Ability to do the work of a tractor operator without more than normal supervision (SCREEN OUT)
  2. Operation of motor vehicles
  3. Ability to interpret instructions, specifications, etc
  4. Ability to operate safely (non-motor vehicle)
  5. Work practices
  6. Ability to drive safely (motor vehicles)
  7. Reliability and Dependability as a tractor operator
If your knowledge and ability in the SCREEN OUT factor above is not sufficient, you will receive no further consideration. In preparing your application, describe in detail the experience and training which you have had that specifically prepared you for this job and to perform the duties described for this job. Experience should be clearly described and documented in your resume. The qualifications reviewer will not assume performance of such duties by Job Titles alone. Address your knowledge, skills and/or abilities in the areas shown in the job-related factors.

Volunteer Experience: 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; religious; 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.

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