Air Cargo Specialist Title Job in PEORIA, IL

Vacancy No. IL-10968439-AF-20-325 Department Air National Guard Units
Salary $21.70 to $31.79 Grade 5 to 10
Perm/Temp Temporary FT/PT Full-time
Open Date 11/20/2020 Close Date 5/31/2021
Job Link Apply Online Who may apply Status Candidates

Job Description (Please follow all instructions carefully)
  • Open & closing dates

    Opening and closing dates 11/20/2020 to 05/31/2021

  • Service


  • Pay scale & grade

    WG 5 - 10

  • Salary

    $21.70 to $31.79 per hour

  • Appointment type

    Temporary - Indefinite position/ Temporary promotion

  • Work schedule



1 vacancy in the following location:

  • Peoria, IL 1 vacancy
Relocation expenses reimbursed


Telework eligible


This job is open to
  • National Guard & Reserves

    Current members, those who want to join, or transitioning military members.

  • The public

    U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.

Clarification from the agency

Recruitment will continue until the position is filled.

Announcement number


Control number


  • Duties
    Duties Summary


    This National Guard position is for a AIR CARGO SPECIALIST (Title 32), Position Description Number D1965000 and is part of the IL 182 AW, National Guard.

    About the Position: Recruitment will continue until the position is filled.

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    As an AIR CARGO SPECIALIST (Title 32), WG-5201-5/8/10, you will you will Inspect a variety of airdrop equipment such as parachutes, multi loop lines, extraction transfer force couplings, latch assembly couplings, cable assembly couplings, actuator assembly, release cargo parachute M-1, lanyard arming wire, connector parachute, timer delay assembly, link lower suspension, link assembly single suspension type IV, link assembly heavy duty, link 4 point, parachute release single knife, bracket suspension, and tie down cargo quick release. Perform visual, dimensional, and operational inspection of the above mentioned equipment at the prescribed times, in accordance with warnings, cautions, and notes and ground precautionary messages (GPM), for safety of flight. Make judgmental decisions on proximity to tolerances and interrelated dimensions on timer delay systems of M-1 release, latch assembly couplings, cable assembly couplings, and actuator assembly. Inspect for burrs, rough spots, corrosion, pits, cracks, welds, cuts, foreign material, bends, damaged threads, adjusting collars, set screws, shank pins, and that timers activate within specifications. Use a wide variety of inspection processes and techniques, and many unique and specially designed instruments and gauges (i.e., tension meters, scales, micrometers, gauges, torque wrenches, and protractors). Apply a variety of sophisticated techniques to inspect specialized and complex aircraft systems in accordance with Load Master's Manual. Perform drop zone control operations as Drop Zone Controller/Safety Officer. Ensure items offered for transport by air meet proper specifications to maximize safety and security of the aircraft, aircrew, cargo and passengers. Plan, schedule, and train Air Transportation Operations Element Drill Status Guardsmen on the inspection and operations of aircraft loading equipment; mobility/contingency functions (i.e., load planning, pallet buildup, cargo courier responsibility and hazardous cargo preparation); and all core Career Field Education and Training Plan tasks. Monitor and administrate data systems, within the technical and functional parameters and standards established by USTRANSCOM and in coordination with the Assistant Under Secretary of Defense for Transportation Policy, to integrate DOD transportation information worldwide and provide transportation and In-Transit Visibility (ITV) data for commanders at all levels. Utilize automated systems, such as the Global Transportation Network (GTN), Cargo Movement Operation System (CMOS), Global Air Transportation Execution System (GATES), Global Decision Support System (GDSS), and Single Mobility System (SMS) for In-Transit Visibility.) Analyze operational plans, policies, and procedures for air terminal activities and facilities essential to air passenger and cargo movement processes. Coordinate with explosive safety and other appropriate agencies on areas designated for parking, loading, and servicing of aircraft with explosive/hazardous cargo. Interprets higher headquarters policies and implements actions of the air terminal management function within the Readiness Flight. Coordinate on development and application of base-wide air terminal operation plans supporting wartime operations, contingencies, natural disasters, and incidents on/off base. Control all aircraft cargo space allocated to each mission and is responsible for obtaining maximum utilization on each mission. Plan, select, sequence, and monitor each aircraft cargo load and initiates and ensure all cargo manifests are prepared. Obtain maximum utilization of space using automated programs such as Automated Air Load Planning System (AALPS). Determine helicopter employment considerations, coordinate with supporting aviation units, and safely plans and executes sling load operations. Rig and prepare equipment for recovery by helicopter sling load. Inspect sling load equipment that includes reach pendant, sling set, and static discharge wand. Establish and prepare area for pickup and landing zone. Maintain air to ground radio communications with supporting aircraft. Determine sling attachment points, taking into consideration structural integrity of equipment of equipment to be sling loaded. Perform safety briefing with aircrew and sling load team coordinating normal and emergency evacuation locations for aircraft and sling load team. Direct and supervise all ground crew on rigging and de-rigging operations. Direct and control helicopter pre-positioning over load. Assign hook up team duties and determines hook up equipment requirements. Perform inspection and certification of sling loads on DA Form 7382- R (Sling Inspection Record).

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


  • Requirements
    Requirements Conditions Of Employment
    • NATIONAL GUARD MEMBERSHIP IS REQUIRED. If you are not sure you are eligible for military membership, please contact a National Guard recruiter prior to applying for this position.
    • This is an excepted service position that requires membership in a compatible military assignment in the employing state's National Guard, required prior to the effective date of placement.
    • Selectee will be required to wear the military uniform.
    • Acceptance of an excepted service position constitutes concurrence with these requirements as a condition of employment.
    • Applicants who are not currently a member of the National Guard must be eligible for immediate membership and employment in the National Guard in the military grade listed in this announcement.
    • Males born after 31 December 1959 must be registered for Selective Service.
    • Federal employment suitability as determined by a background investigation.
    • May be required to successfully complete a probationary period.
    • Participation in direct deposit is mandatory.
    • Indefinite position/ Temporary promotion
    • Recruitment and relocation incentives may be available for this position.
    • PCS expenses may be authorized.

    AREA OF CONSIDERATION: The areas of considerations for this position, Title 32 Excepted Service (32 U.S. Code ยง 709), will be in the following manner and sequence,

    • The FIRST area of consideration for this position will be all excepted permanent and indefinite temporary technicians in the Peoria Air National Guard at Wayne A. Downing International Airport.
    • The SECOND area of consideration will be all members of the Illinois Air National Guard.
    • The THIRD area of consideration will be all those eligible for membership in the Illinois Air National Guard.

    Military Grades: Enlisted Only - May not exceed the rank of MSgt.

    GENERAL EXPERIENCE: Experience or training which demonstrates the knowledge of equipment and practices associated with the type of work to be done.

    SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: WG-10 level: Must possess 18 months: (1) Experience in verifying cargo against manifest and inspecting for damage or unusual condition of shipment; (2) Experience which demonstrates the applicant's knowledge of appropriate cargo locations considering factors such as use, size, shape of cargo. Knowledge of storing and handling of hazardous cargo; (3) Experience in weight and balance computations, distribution and palletizing of loads. Experience in using forklifts; (4) Experience in using automated or manual means to complete air movement records or reports; (5) Experience in operating sewing machines, punch presses, and stenciling machines. Experience in inspecting parachutes and identifying defective equipment; (6) Experience in using navigational aids to determine timing points and marking drop zones. WG-08 Level - Must possess 12 months experience as listed above. WG-05 Level - Must possess 6 months experience as listed above.

    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.

    Verbiage displayed on your resume or application must contain your own words. You may refer to position descriptions, i.e. the general and specialized experience located within the vacancy announcement, to assist with describing work experiences; however, resumes or applications received in verbatim will not be considered. In your resume you will need to address the general and specialized experience listed below. Please use as much detail as needed, giving dates (months and years) of the experience, position title and how the experience was gained. This information is needed to determine if you are qualified for the position.


    Additional information

    If you are needing some extra information regarding Federal Resumes, you should consider the additional resources provided on IL HRO Staffing's Page:

    If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/1959 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency (

    If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Once the announcement has closed, your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine if you meet the qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are minimally qualified, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application package, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this position. If you are found to be among the top qualified candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration.

    Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):

    • Attention to Detail
    • Dexterity and Safety
    • Information Management
    • Judgement and Decision Making
    • Planning and Evaluating

    Background checks and security clearance
    Security clearance


    Drug test required


  • Required Documents
    Required Documents

    To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:

    1. Your resume showing work schedule, hours worked per week, dates (including Month and Year, e.g., 02/2017, Feb 2017, etc.) of employment and duties performed.

    2. Other supporting documents:

    • DD-214
    • SF-50
    • Transcript
    • NGIL Form 73

    *NGIL Form 73 - Illinois National Guard Technician Program Supplement to Application for Dual Status (DS), to reflect military qualifications. Complete and accurate data is essential to ensure fair evaluation, applicants with no military qualifications must submit form stating "not applicable" and signature on page 2 of the NGIL Form 73.

    Documents NOT accepted: photographs, copies of position descriptions, training certificates, performance ratings, awards and letters of appreciation.

    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.

    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
    How to Apply

    To apply for this position, you must complete the online application/Occupational Questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. To view the Occupational Questionnaire, click the following link:

    A complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on the closing date of the announcement to receive consideration.

    To begin, click Apply to access the online application. You will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account to apply. If you do not have a USAJOBS account, you will need to create one before beginning the application.

    Follow the prompts to select your resume and/or other supporting documents to be included with your application package. You will have the opportunity to upload additional documents to include in your application before it is submitted. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.

    After acknowledging you have reviewed your application package, complete the Include Personal Information section as you deem appropriate and click to continue with the application process.

    You will be taken to the online application which you must complete in order to apply for the position. Complete the online application, verify the required documentation is included with your application package, and submit the application.

    To verify the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account (, all of your applications will appear on the Welcome screen. The Application Status will appear along with the date your application was last updated. For information on what each Application Status means, visit:

    Agency contact information Ashley Jackson Ashley Jackson

    IL 182 AW
    2416 S Falcon Blvd
    Peoria, IL 61607
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    Next steps

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