New job Lock and Dam Operator in Louisiana

Lock and Dam Operator

Company : US U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Salary : $22.54 - $26.26 an hour
Location : Louisiana

Full Description



About the Position:
Serve as Lock & Dam Operator at the Port Allen Lock. The Lock is located in the town of Port Allen, LA across the Mississippi River from Baton Rouge, LA, in an industrial area. It is on the west bank of the Mississippi River at the beginning of the Gulf lntracoastal Waterway, Port Allen/Morgan City route. It is approximately 90 miles north of New Orleans, LA and about 45 miles east of Lafayette, LA. The lock is operated 24 hours each day 7 days a week.


  • Exercise authority over use of lock through issuance of instructions to craft operators.
  • Serve as lead man of two-man crew responsible for making lockages, direct lower graded employees in the operation of lock and dam equipment, explain work assignments, new procedures, and safe operation methods to other lock men.
  • Conduct a thorough shift turnover with the oncoming shift, and lock vessels through a lock and dam site and perform overall project security.
  • Perform and/or direct the repair of equipment and perform maintenance of equipment at a Lock and Dam Facility along with performing operational or functional checks on machinery to avoid equipment breakdowns.
  • Perform maintenance of lock and dam features by following written documentation or oral instructions.
  • Operate tow haulage unit to move barges in and out of the lock chamber; control valves controlling flow of water for emptying and filling operations; controls to raise or lower dam gates in accordance with specific instructions and/or own judgment.
  • Follow established guidelines and lock operating procedures during lockages, and respond appropriately to equipment breakdowns which may affect locking capability.
  • Respond appropriately to accidents to immediately assist and make safe the situation, and perform proper notifications once an accident occurs, and observe weather (and ice) conditions and conditions of craft desiring entry.
  • Enforce safety regulations and methods to avoid hazards to personnel, property, or vessels, and complete accident and incident reports within established timeframes.
  • Perform tasks and instruct others on safe lock and dam operating procedures, ensure safety equipment and clothing (personal protective equipment) is worn properly to ensure proper protection, and recognize safety hazards in the working environment.
  • Read monitor and record river gauge readings and determine that water level in the lock chamber is proper for gate operation.

Travel Required

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

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    5426 Lock And Dam Operating

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  • Requirements


    Conditions of Employment

    • Appointment may be subject to a suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a completed background investigation.
    • Drug Screen
    • Physical
    • Moderate to Heavy Lifting
    • Shift Work
    • Mission Essential - Employee is required to report for, or remain at, work in emergencies based on inclement weather conditions, or other emergency situations, as appropriate.
    • Probationary Period


    Who May Apply: Only applicants who meet one of the employment authority categories below are eligible to apply for this job. You will be asked to identify which category or categories you meet, and to provide documents which prove you meet the category or categories you selected. See Proof of Eligibility for an extensive list of document requirements for all employment authorities.
    • Current Department of Army Civilian Employees
    • Domestic Defense Industrial Base/Major Range and Test Facilities Base Civilian Personnel Workforce
    • Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan
    • Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act
    • Military Spouses, under Executive Order (E.O.) 13473
    • Priority Placement Program, DoD Military Spouse Preference (MSP) Eligible
    • Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) of 1998

    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). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

    There is no specific length of training or experience required. However, you must be able to demonstrate, through experience shown in your written application materials that you possess the sufficient knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the work of this position without more than normal supervision.

    Minimum Qualifications (Screen Out Element): Ability to do the work of a(n) Lock and Dam Operator without more than normal supervision. Operating lock and dam gates and control valves. I am skilled in providing locking instructions to others when needed. I determine whether craft desiring lockage can be locked safely; read, interpret and follow operating instructions for most equipment without supervisory assistance; recognize and avoid potential work hazards; and perform repairs necessary to keep lock in operation. - Failure to meet this Screen Out Element will result in an ineligible rating.

    • Ability To Do The Work Of The Position Without More Than Normal Supervision (Screen-out Element)
    • Ability to Interpret Instructions, Specification, etc. (includes blueprint reading)
    • Dexterity and Safety
    • Knowledge of Equipment Assembly, Installation, Repair, etc.
    • Operation of Equipment and Machinery
    • Technical Practices (theoretical, precise, artistic)
    • Use of Measuring Instruments
    • PHYSICAL EFFORT: Eye and hand coordination for operating various controls and handling lines while observing traffic and personnel, during crane lifting operations, lifting dam gates, etc. There is standing, stooping, bending, occasional lifting in excess of 50 pounds, stretching, working in cramped positions and spaces, handling or maneuvering bulky items or equipment, and general continuous moderate to arduous physical effort required.
    • WORKING CONDITIONS: Preponderance of work is performed outside subject to extremes of temperature and weather. There is exposure to injuries associated with working in restricted areas, occasionally cramped and/or uncomfortably hot or cold areas, from falling objects, from working with electrical power tools and wiring or other equipment, from working with normal manual tools and from falls while working on lock walls, dam service bridge, etc. While possibility of drowning exists as result of falls while working around water, hazard is practically eliminated through observance of safety procedures and use of safety equipment. During maintenance operations is occasionally exposed to unpleasant fumes, dust, etc.


    Inland Marine Technology System (IMTS) Lock and Dam Operator Training and Certification Program: Newly-Appointed Lock and Dam Operators (LDOs) must successfully complete certification requirements. Certification is not a condition of employment. However, failing to meet certification requirements could result in adverse consequences. Certification is voluntary for Current LDOs. Although not required, current LDOs are encouraged to obtain certification as it may be helpful when seeking advancement through competitive or noncompetitive opportunities. IMTS-Certified LDOs must successfully complete refresher training, as required, to maintain certification.

    Additional information

    • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
    • You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
    • Two year trial/probationary period may be required.
    • Appointment is subject to the completion of a favorable suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a background investigation.
    • Direct deposit of pay is required.
    • Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees.
    • If you have retired from federal service and you are interested in employment as a reemployed annuitant, see the information in the Reemployed Annuitant information sheet.
    • Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.
    • Salary includes applicable locality pay or Local Market Supplement.
    • Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP). If you are a Federal employee in the competitive service and your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority for this position. To receive selection priority, you must: (1) meet ICTAP eligibility criteria (2) be rated well-qualified for the position and; (3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your ICTAP eligibility. To be considered well-qualified and receive selection priority applicants must satisfy all qualification requirements for the position and receive a score of 90 or above. Additional information about the program is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website.
    • 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.
    • Payment of Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs is not authorized, based on a determination that a PCS move is not in the Government interest.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be used to determine whether you meet the qualification requirements listed on this announcement. If you are minimally qualified, your résumé and supporting documentation will be compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. If, after reviewing your résumé and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully when applying, errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

    You should list any relevant performance appraisals and incentive awards in your resume as that information may be taken into consideration during the selection process. If selected, you may be required to provide supporting documentation.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Not Required

    Drug test required


    Position sensitivity and risk

    Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

    Trust determination process


  • Required Documents

    Required Documents

    The documents you are required to submit vary based on the authority you are using to apply (i.e., applying as a veteran, applying as a current permanent Federal employee, applying as a reinstatement, etc). Please review the following links to see which documents you need to provide to prove your eligibility to apply: Applicant Merit Checklist and Proof of Eligibility.

    As described above, your complete application includes your resume, your responses to the online questionnaire, and documents which prove your eligibility to apply. If you fail to provide these documents, you will be marked as having an incomplete application package and you will not be considered any further.

    1. Your resume:

    • Your resume may be submitted in any format and must support the specialized experience described in this announcement.
    • If your resume includes a photograph or other inappropriate material or content, it will not be used to make eligibility and qualification determinations and you may not be considered for this vacancy.
    • For qualifications determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e., HRS per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). If your resume does not contain this information, your application will be marked as incomplete and you will not receive consideration for this position.
    • For additional information see: What to include in your resume.

    2. Other supporting documents:
    • Cover Letter, optional
    • Most recent Performance Appraisal, if applicable
    • Proof of Eligibility to Apply: Your application must include the documents which prove you are eligible to apply for the vacancy. The Proof of Eligibility document describes authorities commonly used in merit promotion recruitment and what document(s) are required to prove you meet the requirements of the authority. You must meet the requirements of at least one of the authorities listed in the Who May Apply section above to receive further consideration.
    NOTE: Documents submitted as part of the application package, to include supplemental documents, may be shared beyond the Human Resources Office. Some supplemental documents such as military orders and marriage certificates may contain personal information for someone other than you. You may sanitize these documents to remove another person's personal information before you submit your application. You may be asked to provide an un-sanitized version of the documents if you are selected to confirm your eligibility.

  • Benefits


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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.


This job is open to

  • Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)

    Federal employees who meet the definition of a "surplus" or "displaced" employee.

  • Federal employees - Competitive service

    Current or former competitive service federal employees.

  • Federal employees - Excepted service

    Current excepted service federal employees.

  • Land & base management

    Certain current or former term or temporary federal employees of a land or base management agency.

  • Military spouses

Clarification from the agency

See "Who May Apply" in the "Qualifications" section for more information on who is eligible to apply for this position.

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