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Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation Trades Helper Linehandler (Relief) in Massena, New York

Trades Helper Linehandler (Relief)

Department of Transportation

Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation

  • ##### Open & closing dates

01/18/2019 to 01/17/2020

  • ##### Service


  • ##### Pay scale & grade

WG 05

  • ##### Salary

$23.95 to $26.95 per hour

  • ##### Appointment type

Permanent - Permanent, Temporary or Term positions.

  • ##### Work schedule

Full-Time - Full Time -


Many vacancies in the following location:


Massena, NY

Relocation expenses reimbursed


Telework eligible


- Duties

These positions are located in Massena, NY. You will serve as both a Trades Helper and a Linehandler relief for our Maintenance and Lock Operations Divisions. This announcement creates a register that will be used to fill permanent, term or temporary vacancies as needed. It is advised that you keep your USAJOBS account information up-to-date while the register is open to ensure that, if you are deemed qualified, you can be contacted if there are openings.

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  • Trades Helper work is performed primarily on Monday through Friday, day shift.
  • Assists journey level trades workers by performing the duties associated with improvements to, and maintenance of, electrical and mechanical You may also assist journey level employees in other trades.
  • Linehandler work is performed during the navigation season (March through December) on an as needed basis for emergency or operational needs. All work is performed on a 24-hour basis, seven days a week, on rotating day and night 12 hour shifts, with rotating days and weekends off.
  • Passes/receives messenger/mooring lines or wires to/from vessels to secure them in the lock chamber or on approach walls as necessary. Operates an electrically powered capstan to pull-up a commercial vessel's mooring wires. Observes for unusual occurrences during a lockage, positions vessels in the chamber and communicates with all personnel involved with the lockage evolution.
  • Subject to work schedule changes with a minimum of 12-hours’ notice. This position is used to cover for scheduled and unscheduled absences for other employees.
  • Lock & Dam Operator work is primarily from a computer console to actuate lock machinery, such as gates, valves, fender booms, air curtains, hands-free mooring units, etc. Monitors multiple visual indicators and gathers critical information from computer data to determine proper positioning of hands-free mooring equipment and to safely control the rate of water flow in and out of the lock chamber, preventing danger to equipment or vessels due to excessive surge or turbulence.
  • If selected for Marine Helper work as a deckhand on the Corporation’s tugs, barges and workboats, work is generally performed during fall and spring commissioning and decommissioning of navigation aids (buoy runs), which may require a significant amount of overtime and travel.
  • Required to perform housekeeping and maintenance work inside and outside buildings and grounds in your work area.
  • Operates pick-up trucks, side by side four-wheel drive vehicles with plow attachments, electric lock vehicles (ELVs), and may operate fork lifts, skid-steer loaders, stake rack trucks, etc. to move equipment and materials.
  • Observes and follows all safety rules and regulations set by OSHA and the Corporation.
  • After appropriate training, may be assigned to perform asbestos abatement duties.

The ideal candidate will have trades experience in carpentry (building repair) and/or basic electrical, and also have basic computer skills.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


  • #### Job family (Series)

5426 Lock And Dam Operating

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- Requirements
Conditions of Employment
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Provide all required documents with your application.
  • Announcement also advertised Status & VEOA Applicants: SLSDC.LO-2019-0006.
  • Applicants will be reviewed and referred only when vacancies occur.
  • Keep your application up to date during the open period of this register
  • May be used to fill similar positions within 90 days for this location.


SELECTIVE SERVICE: Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for the Selective Service.

TEMPORARY APPOINTMENT: Temporary employees may only be employed/paid for up to 1039 hours during a 12 month period.

TERM APPOINTMENT: Exceeding 1 year and lasting no more than 4 years.

PHYSICAL EXAM REQUIRED: This position has strenuous physical requirements. You will be required to successfully complete a physical exam and a functional capacity test, at the expense of the Saint Lawrence Seaway, before being placed in the position. You may be assigned to duties requiring the use of a respirator. You will be fit tested for a respirator upon entering the position. You will be required to be clean-shaven for the initial fit-testing, and for any future assignments requiring the wearing of the respirator.

PRE-EMPLOYMENT BACKGROUND CHECK: You will be subject to a pre-employment and post-employment background investigation process which includes a fingerprint check.

DRIVER'S LICENSE REQUIREMENT: You must also be able to obtain and maintain a driver’s license.

PROBATIONARY PERIOD: You must complete a one (1) year probationary period.

REQUIRED TRAINING: You must successfully complete all three phases of the following required training within two years: Linehandler, Lock & Dam Operator and Hands-Free Mooring.

DRUG TESTING: This position has been designated as safety sensitive under the provisions of DOT'S regulated workplace drug and alcohol program. You will be tested for illegal drugs prior to being placed in this position, and will be subject to periodic random testing for illegal drugs.

TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS: For marine helper work, due to the location of our agency, you must be able to enter Canada in accordance with Canadian law and re-enter the United States.


Qualifications for the position are based on the training, experience, or other requirements that determine which applicants would be able to perform satisfactorily in the position to be filled.

For the Wage Grade 05, to qualify, your application and resume will be rated on the following job elements:

  • Ability to do the work of the position.
  • Dexterity and Safety.
  • Technical practices.
  • Use of measuring instruments.
  • Ability to interpret instructions, specifications, etc.

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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Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement. If you do not meet the minimum levels in the ability to do the work OR if you do not meet the minimum level overall, you will be disqualified.

Additional information

*EEO STATEMENT:* The Department of Transportation (DOT) maintains a model federal work environment that is free of discrimination. DOT ensures equal employment opportunity for employees and applicants for employment, regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), genetic information, age, disability, sexual orientation, or protected activity.

REIMBURSEMENT: Reimbursement for pre-employment interview expenses are not authorized. Applicants are responsible for all costs involved with traveling to Massena, NY for an interview. If you do not live in the local commuting area, phone interviews are conducted prior to confirming an on-site interview. Relocation expenses are not authorized.

*PHYSICAL EFFORT FOR ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: * Frequently lifts and turns while handling lines weighing up to 100 pounds, generally with another Lock Operations employee. Frequently required to climb ladders, walk over rough terrain, climb towers, reach, twist, turn, bend, and squat, often while wearing uncomfortable or awkward safety equipment. May be required to stand for long periods or to board craft from lock walls, docks, or shoreline areas. Perception of distance and motion and coordination of hands and eyes are necessary when spotting vessels entering and leaving the locks, in handling lines during marine work, and in performing Trades Helper duties. For general maintenance work, is required to expend moderate to heavy effort for extended periods of time, such as mowing lawns behind a walking mower, shoveling snow, sweeping walkways, sandblasting, hammering, using a chain saw, or jack hammering.

*WORKING CONDITIONS FOR ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: *Work assignments are both inside and outside. When inside, employee is frequently exposed to drafts, changing temperatures, and noise that is difficult to talk above. When outside, may work in bad weather, in mud or snow, in wet or icy areas, and on slippery decks. Both inside and outside, employee is frequently exposed to irritation or discomfort from dust, heat, fumes, and from hard, damp floors or ground. Typically works on parts and systems that are dirty, oily, or greasy. May work from ladders, staging, man baskets, decks, or rafts, on or over water. Work may be performed in open areas at 90+ feet above land or water. Some work is performed in narrow areas, with low ceilings, and often with limited lighting. Employee must be able to work at or adjacent to such heights and in cramped areas. May be exposed to the possibility of receiving cuts, burns, including electrical burns, and/or shocks, bruises, and sprains while repairing, positioning, and moving equipment. May be exposed to the possibility of receiving burns and skin irritations from acid, fluids, and lubricants. May be exposed to hazardous materials, such as, but not limited to, asbestos, lead, or silica; or chemicals such as paint, paint thinner, mineral spirits, and other agents such as naphtha, toluene, liquid anode, etc. which may be listed on the hazardous chemicals list. To reduce the dangers and irritations from the above conditions, the employee is required to follow prescribed safety practices and use prescribed safety equipment for each assignment, such as protective ear devices, hard hats, hard-toe shoes, floatation devices, respirators, and protective clothing. Some of these safety items may be uncomfortable to wear or use, etc.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

*DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE: PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. *If your resume/ application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s). Your resume must contain sufficiently detailed information upon which to make a qualification determination. Please ensure that your resume contains specific information such as position titles, beginning and ending dates of employment for each position, average number of hours worked per week, and if the position is/was in the Federal government, you should provide the position series and grade level.

If you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of two categories: Highly Qualified and Qualified which is based upon your responses to the vacancy questions. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference that have provided supporting documents will receive selection priority over non-veterans. The top rated applications will be reviewed for the quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the position. If your resume does not support the specialized experience or if your application does not support your answers to the Vacancy Specific Questions, your final rating may be modified and/or you may be disqualified from consideration.

Your application will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the position. The answers you select in the on-line process must be substantiated in your application package. If upon review, it is determined that your described work history, competencies, and/or supporting documents do not support your answer choices, your application may be updated or you may not be referred to the selecting official. Please ensure that your work history provides enough details to support your answers. The Automated Staffing Office is ultimately responsible for determining your final rating.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance


Drug test required


- Required Documents

ALL Applicants must provide a resume that fully supports the required specialized experience and was created within USA Jobs Resume Builder and respond to the vacancy questions.

The following is a list of documents that are only required based on the type of position and consideration for which you are applying. Please review each of the following sections to determine which, if any, additional documents you need to provide with your application.

VETERANS: Your last DD214, Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, that shows the type of discharge and all dates of active duty is required to verify your eligibility. it need not be official.

  • If you are applying to a vacancy opened to all US Citizens under category rating and wish to be considered as a preference eligible, you need to submit a copy of your DD214.
  • If you are claiming preference eligibility as a disabled veteran, you must submit proof of entitlement of this preference which is normally a valid letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability. An SF-15 is desired, but not required.
  • If you are applying to a vacancy opened Status and you are requesting consideration under Veteran's Employment Opportunity Act(VEOA) (, you need to provide a copy of your last DD214,which verifies your military service dates, reason for separation, and eligibility for consideration under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act.

STATUS APPLICANTS: If seeking eligibility consideration as status/agency/DOT employee, you must provide proof of eligibility in the form of an SF-50. Your SF-50 must verify the highest grade held competitively, full performance level of position, and eligibility as a status applicant. Please do not submit an Award SF-50, as these are often incomplete and do not verify grade or status eligibility.

NON COMPETITIVE APPLICANTS: If requesting concurrent consideration for Non-competitive (NC) appointment eligibility, you must provide the appropriate SPECIAL APPOINTING AUTHORITY DOCUMENTS, such as PCS orders (military spouse) describing move & marriage certificate; letter from VA or DD214 describing 100% disability of spouse; letter from State Vocational Office certifying disability (schedule A), etc. For more information, visit military spouse NC appointments or Persons with Disabilities NC appointments.

DISPLACED EMPLOYEES: If requesting consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency CTAP program (ICTAP), you must meet the well qualified standards for this vacancy (meeting minimum requirements for position and scoring at least an 85 or falling in the Gold Category) and provide all of the following documents:

  • your most recent performance appraisal,
  • the proof of eligibility letter from the Agency, and
  • your most current SF-50, displaying current series and grade.

Failure to submit any of the required documents will result in your removal from consideration for this position. Please review your application prior to final submission and ensure you have submitted all appropriate documents. Uploading documents to USAJobs does NOT ensure inclusion with your application to our system. You must verify that the documents are in the system with your application prior to final submission.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

- Benefits

A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.

Displaced employees may be eligible for ICTAP or CTAP priority consideration. For more information, please review the OPM Employee's Guide to Career Transition.

The Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation is a wholly owned government corporation created by statute May 13, 1954, to construct, operate and maintain that part of the St. Lawrence Seaway between the Port of Montreal and Lake Erie, within the territorial limits of the United States.

Our mission is to serve the marine transportation industries by providing a safe, secure, reliable, efficient, and competitive deep draft international waterway, in cooperation with the Canadian St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation.

The Department of Transportation (DOT) is ranked #4 in the 2018 best places to work in the Federal Government!

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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

- How to Apply

You must submit a complete application package (including resume, vacancy questions and supporting documents).

  • To begin, click the Apply Online button on the job announcement.
  • Follow the directions to register, submit all required documents and complete the assessment questionnaire.
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  • To make edits, proceed to the section to edit and make changes. The new information will replace the original entry.

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  • Access, click on My Account and log in
  • Click on Application Status and click the ‘Notification Settings’ link located below your displayed applications
  • Select your notification preference and click ‘Submit’ (you may also select to unsubscribe)

These alerts will automatically notify you that your status has changed and remind you to check your USAJOBS profile for the specifics.

Agency contact information
Automated Staffing Office






DOT, SAINT LAWRENCE SEAWAY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION Submit Application and Documents Online 1200 New Jersey Ave SE / HAHR - 50 Washington, District of Columbia 20590 United States

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Next steps

A selection may be made at any time while this Standing Register is open. After the initial review for current openings, applications will only be reviewed when a selection certificate is requested from the agency. Please keep your application updated with current information during the open period.

You may check your application status into by logging into your USAJOBS account. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration. If you are selected for an interview, the hiring manager will contact you directly. Once a hiring decision is made, we will notify all applicants of their final status.

- Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

  • Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants
Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency.

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  • Financial suitability
  • Social security number request
  • Privacy Act
  • Signature and false statements
  • Selective Service
  • New employee probationary period

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