Lineman (Electric Power) Job

Vacancy No. DE-24-12405650-CAWX-DK Department Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs
Salary $55.90 to $55.90 Grade 00 to 00
Perm/Temp Permanent FT/PT Full-time
Open Date 5/22/2024 Close Date 12/31/2024
Job Link Apply Online Who may apply Public
Coolidge, AZSan Carlos, AZ

Job Description (Please follow all instructions carefully)


Click here for more information. These positions are located with the Bureau of Indian Affairs, San Carlos Irrigation Project in Coolidge, Arizona and San Carlos, Arizona. Location to be determined on job offer.

This vacancy is also being announced concurrently with vacancy announcement ST-24-12398522-CAWX-DK under merit promotion procedures. Please review this announcement to see if you are eligible for consideration under merit promotion procedures.

This job is open to

Clarification from the agency

• United States Citizens • Indian Preference Eligibles (must submit a BIA Form 4432)


  • New construction/rehabilitation of transmission/distribution overhead/underground electrical utility facilities.
  • Understanding and knowledge of transformers size application for single and three phase installations.
  • Ability to troubleshoot overhead and underground outages and restore power.
  • Installs, constructs, maintains, troubleshoots, and repairs equipment in transmission/distribution systems and substations.


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Indian Preference applies
  • You will be required to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit
  • You may be required to successfully complete a probationary/trial period
  • A background security investigation will be required for all new hires. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication.
  • If you are a male applicant 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.
  • Incumbent is required to operate a government motor vehicle, must possess a valid driver's license, and have a safe driving record within the 3 year period immediately preceding submittal of GSA Form 3607.
  • You must be able to climb poles up to 75 feet tall and climb towers up to 150 feet tall.
  • You must be able to distinguish colors.
  • A Lineman Apprentice program of four (4) years OR 8000 hours of electrical type training equivalent to such a program is required.
  • Must possess and maintain a Class "A" Commercial Driver's License.
  • The position is subject to both pre-employment and random drug testing as a condition of employment. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test is received.


EXPERIENCE: Applicants will be rated in accordance with the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standard Handbook X-118C. For additional information, click here:

Although a specific length of time and experience is not required for most trade and labor occupations, you must show through experience and training that you possess the quality level of knowledge and skill necessary to perform the duties of the position at the level for which you are applying. Qualification requirements emphasis is on the quality of experience, not necessarily the length of time.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs): Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the job elements and screen out(s) listed in the following areas:
  • Ability to do the work of the Lineman without more than normal supervision (SCREEN-OUT)
  • Knowledge of electrical equipment.
  • Theory and Instruments (Electrical, Electronic) Used in Shop and Trade Practices.
  • Technical Practices (theoretical, precise, artistic).
  • Ability To Use Electrical Drawings.
  • Ability to Use and Maintain Hand Tools (Electrical Work).
  • Trouble shooting (electrical).
  • Dexterity and Safety
If your knowledge and ability in the factors listed 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.

To qualify for this Lineman (Electric Power) position, you must meet ALL of the following:
  • Have the ability to perform the work of a Lineman (High Voltage Lineman) without more than normal supervision performing routine installation, maintenance, and repairs on High Voltage electric transmission or distribution lines. Work must reflect experience with underground installation, wood pole, steel tower lines and maintenance work on lines of 12.5 kV or higher.
  • Possess a current, valid U.S. State issued Commercial Driver's License (CDL - Class A) in order to drive and operate U.S. government owned and leased vehicles and equipment
  • Have completed either 1.) a 4-year Lineman Apprenticeship program approved by the U.S. Department of Labor or 2.) 8,000 hours of electrical type training equivalent to such a program to perform the task of a Lineman for an electrical utility industry.
Physical effort: Work under conditions of continuing high physical demand related to climbing and frequent lifting of items weighing over fifty pounds in order to install, inspect, and repair transmission and underground/overhead distribution lines. Works in the air on poles and metal structures, or at ground level, and in trenches. Work requires bending, stooping, climbing, and standing for long periods. Coordination of eyes, hands, legs, and body is needed in installing and repairing equipment in confined spaces and on overhead structures. Candidates must be able to distinguish between various color coded cable wires or pairs.

Working Conditions: Subject to extremes of weather conditions including dust and lightning storms, high winds and temperature range of near freezing to 120 degrees F while in close proximity to high voltage lines and equipment. Work requires extensive pole climbing at heights up to 75 feet and climbing steel towers up to 150 feet.

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.


This position does not have a education requirement; however, if you are using education or training to support meeting the qualifications or other requirements for this position, you must submit proof of education or training.

If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education which shows the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: FOREIGN EDUCATION

Additional information

**An incentive may be available to to highly qualified candidates**

This position is at the full performance level.

Indian Affairs has determined that the duties of the position are not suitable for telework.

Career Transition Assistance Programs: These programs apply to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: (1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; (2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 85 or above; and, (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility. For more information visit: .

LAND MANAGEMENT WORKFORCE FLEXIBILITY ACT: If applying under the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act, you must provide documentation to support your eligibility (SF-50) and performance (references and/or performance appraisal). Under the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) two groups of individuals are eligible to apply under this announcement: current and/or former employees serving or who have served under time-limited competitive appointments at land management agencies. Land Management Agencies include: Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, and U.S. Forest Service.

  • Current appointees: 1) must have been hired under competitive examining procedures to a time limited appointment with a land management agency; 2) must have served under one or more time limited appointment(s) by a land management agency for a period totaling more than 24 months without a break in service of 2 or more years; AND 3) must have performed at an acceptable level during each period of service.
  • Former appointees: 1) must have been hired under competitive examining procedures to a time limited appointment with a land management agency; 2) must have served under one or more time limited appointment(s) by a land management agency for a period totaling more than 24 months without a break in service of 2 or more years; 3) must have separated for reasons other than misconduct or performance; AND 4) must have performed at an acceptable level through the service period.
Certain candidates may be eligible to apply under a special hiring authority including those for disabled individuals, Peace Corps employees, Foreign Service employees, veterans, etc. For more information, visit the following OPM websites: USAJOBS Information Center:; Vets Info Guide:

Former Federal Employees are required to indicate whether they received a Voluntary Separation Incentive Payment (VSIP) buyout in their previous employment with the Federal government, and are required to submit a copy of the applicable Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) regarding the VSIP. Most individuals who accept reemployment with the Federal government within 5 years of receiving the VSIP amount, must repay the gross amount of the separation pay prior to reemployment.


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How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Your resume will be evaluated after the closing date to determine whether you meet the minimum qualification requirements for this position described above. Qualified candidates will then be further evaluated to assess the quality, depth, and complexity of your accomplishments, experience, and education in relation to the competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities required for the position as demonstrated by your responses to the assessment questions. Competencies measured include:

  • Ability to Use and Maintain Hand Tools (Electrical Work)
  • Ability to Use Electrical Drawings
  • Dexterity and Safety
  • Knowledge of Electrical Equipment
  • Technical Practices (theoretical, precise, artistic)
  • Theory and Instruments (Electrical, Electron) Used in Shop and Trade Practices
  • Trouble shooting (electrical)

We will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses on the assessment questionnaire. If your responses to the assessment questions cannot be supported by your resume, your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your experience. Qualified applicants will be evaluated, rated and referred to the selecting official under category rating procedures, and placed in one of the following categories:

BEST QUALIFIED: Applicants possess all of the job related competencies identified above.

WELL QUALIFIED: Applicants possess a majority of the job related competencies.

QUALIFIED: Applicants meet the basic eligibility and minimum qualification requirements but do not meet the definition of Best Qualified or Well Qualified.

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.

You may preview the assessment questions here in the Additional selections may be made from this announcement if identical vacancies occur within 90 days from the date the certificate was issued.

Required Documents

The following documents are required for this position:

  1. Resume which details work experience including dates worked (mm/yy-mm/yy), position title, Grade (if federal service), and hours worked per week.
  2. On-line Assessment Questionnaire
  3. Transcripts (if using education to qualify) - Unofficial transcripts are acceptable; however, an official transcript may be requested at a later time.
  4. BIA Form 4432 (if claiming Indian preference)
  5. Veteran's documentation - (if applicable) VA letter on VA letterhead stating your overall combined rating, SF-15, DD-214 (copy 4) reflecting an honorable discharge and dates of active duty military service.
  • For 5-point veterans' preference, please provide your DD-214, Copy 4 that MUST show an Honorable Discharge (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., copy of military orders, campaign documents as or expeditionary award citation, etc.) proving your military service was performed under honorable conditions.
  • For 10-point veterans' preference, you must submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference and the supporting documentation required by that form.
  • If you are a disabled veteran you must submit a Veterans Affairs (VA) letter on VA letterhead that states your overall combined rating and a DD214 (copy 4) reflecting an honorable discharge.
ALL DOCUMENTS MUST BE RECEIVED BY 11:59PM Eastern Time ON THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT. If your application package is incomplete in any way, you will not be considered for this position, and requests for extensions will not be granted. Please double check your application package before you submit it. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION WILL NOT BE SOLICITED FROM OR ACCEPTED BY THIS OFFICE.

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.

How to Apply


To apply for this position, you must complete the online application and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

- 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 resumé 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

Debra Knox


BIA Center for Recruitment Rocky Mountain Regional
BIA Center for Recruitment Rocky Mountain Regional
2021 4th Avenue North
Billings, MT 59101
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Next steps

Once your online application is submitted you will receive a confirmation notification by email. Your application will be evaluated by the Human Resources Office to determine your eligibility for the position. After the evaluation is complete, you will receive another notification regarding the status of your application.

Note: We cannot accept applications on behalf of Federal Agencies. Application instructions are listed within the Job Description.