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    Summary

    Reclamation is seeking a career professional looking for an opportunity to capitalize on his/her expertise as a Civil Engineer (Hydrologic). You can make a difference in the West by assisting in meeting increasing water demands while protecting the environment. 

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    Responsibilities

    -Conducts discharge-frequency studies of peak and volume, for small and large basins.

    -Conducts hydrologic studies and develops appropriate methodologies for use in stochastic hydrology investigations, flood frequency relationships, extreme precipitation and extreme floods, and related areas.

    -Assesses and develops complex computerized mathematical and statistical models used in hydrology.

    -Supports analyses for water resources planning studies.

    -Computes probable maximum floods and other extreme events using the hydrologic and meteorological report series to determine probable maximum precipitation estimates or using precipitation data developed within the Group.

    -Experience with project management practices to complete projects on schedule and within budgets.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Travel for field work and meeting attendance.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    11

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    0810 Civil Engineering

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    Requirements

    Conditions Of Employment

    • U.S. Citizenship or U.S. National
    • Suitable for Federal Employment, determined by background investigation.
    • You must submit resume and supporting documentation (See How to Apply)
    • You must meet specialized experience requirements; (See Qualifications)
    • For veterans consideration, submit document(s) under Required documents
    • Submit transcript(s) to verify education requirements

    You must meet all qualification requirements, including time-in-grade restrictions by the closing date of this announcement.

    TIME-IN-GRADE: Current career or career-conditional employees of the Federal government, or former career or career-conditional employees, who have a break in service of less than one year, are required to meet the time-in-grade restriction of one year of Federal experience at the next lower grade, with few exceptions outlined in 5 CFR 300.603(b).



    Qualifications

    MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: Applications must first meet the Basic Education Qualification Requirements listed below:

    BASIC REQUIREMENTS:

    A. Degree: Engineering. To be acceptable, the program must: (1) lead to a bachelor’s degree in a school of engineering with at least one program accredited by ABET; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.

    OR

    B. Combination of education and experience -- college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following:

    1. Professional registration or licensure -- Current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), Engineer in Training (EIT)1, or licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE) by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions) are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration. For example, an applicant who attains registration through a State Board's eminence provision as a manufacturing engineer typically would be rated eligible only for manufacturing engineering positions.

    2. Written Test -- Evidence of having successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE)2 examination or any other written test required for professional registration by an engineering licensure board in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.

    3. Specified academic courses -- Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and that included the courses specified in the basic requirements under paragraph A. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of an engineering program as described in paragraph A.

    4. Related curriculum -- Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in an appropriate scientific field, e.g., engineering technology, physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a bachelor’s degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. Ordinarily there should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering-type experience, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions. (The above examples of related curricula are not all inclusive.)

    ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENT: In addition to meeting the Basic Education Qualification Requirements, applicants must have additional specialized experience as defined below:

    DEFINITION OF SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: To meet specialized experience, your resume must describe experience that demonstrates the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities as follows:

    GS-09: One year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-07 level in the Federal Government. Specialized experience for this position includes with any consideration of the following: performing flood-frequency analyses with associated hydrographs for extreme events and characterizing the associated uncertainties; developing flood related rainfall-runoff models using GIS and relevant tools; knowledge of applying statistical methods; awareness of climate change concepts related to hydrology; ability to develop Probable Maximum Floods (PMFs) for drainage basins; ability to author computer code to support the efficient development of flood frequency, rainfall frequency, flood rainfall-runoff models and similar models; and ability to apply probabilistic as well as deterministic concepts using statistical and physical representation of natural systems.

    GS-11: One year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-09 level in the Federal Government. Specialized experience for this position includes with any consideration of the following: performing flood-frequency analyses with associated hydrographs for extreme events and characterizing the associated uncertainties; developing complex flood related rainfall-runoff models using GIS and relevant tools; experience in applying statistical methods; integrating climate change concepts into extreme event hydrology; developing Probable Maximum Floods (PMFs) for complex drainage basins; authoring computer code to support the efficient development of flood frequency, rainfall frequency, flood rainfall-runoff models and similar models; and probabilistic as well as deterministic analyses which require statistical and physical representation of natural systems, provide complex hydrologic analysis.

    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.

    SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE: Applicants may also qualify on the basis of education as follows:

    GS-09: 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree.

    GS-11: 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.

    Education

    This position has a mandatory education requirement; you must furnish a copy of your transcript of college work completed (unofficial copy is acceptable). Transcripts must include the name of the college or university and date the degree was conferred.  Non-submission will result in you being rated not qualified for the position.

    Foreign Education:  To receive credit for education completed outside the United States, applicants must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.

    Additional information

    Position is being advertised concurrently under BR-DO-2018-269 for all US Citizens and Nationals. If you are interested in applying under both announcement numbers, you must submit application packages for each.

    For this announcement the referral process will be conducted in two phases. Phasing will be used in conjunction with HireMe for greater Subject Matter Expert (SME) input in evaluating the quality of candidates after the initial online application and assessment has been reviewed.  Applicants found to be well-qualified, having met the initial qualification requirements outlined in the announcement, will be sent a separate email and required to respond to additional questions in order for the SME's to further assess their KSA's after the initial online application. Failure to submit a response to the additional questions will result in the applicant not being considered for this position. 

    Would you enjoy serving as a Civil Engineer (Hydrologic) performing analysis related to flood hydrology? Responsibilities include developing frequency flood analyses, rainfall-runoff modeling, conducting special studies in statistical flood hydrology, determining inflow design floods, performing cross drainage studies, and providing technical support in risk-based design.

    Here is a great opportunity to join a great organization with excellent growth potential!

    You can progress from $73K to $88K in 2 years! Year 1 - $73,097 (GS-09), and Year 2 - $88,442 (GS-11). Promotions to the next grade/salary level are neither guaranteed nor automatic, but based on supervisor initiation.

    LOCATION: Technical Service Center; Water, Environmental, and Ecosystems Division; Water Resources Engineering & Management Group; Lakewood, Colorado.

    Recruitment and/or relocation incentives may be authorized. The selectee(s) for the vacancy, if otherwise eligible and qualified, may be offered a recruitment or relocation incentive. The decision to offer an incentive to the selectee(s) of this vacancy will be made on a case-by-case basis and is neither promised nor guaranteed. For information on recruitment incentives visit: http://www.opm.gov/3rs/fact/RECBONFS.asp

    DOI uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit www.dhs.gov/E-Verify.

    --This position is designated as a NON-SENSITIVE position. It requires a fully completed and favorable adjudicated Low Risk Background Investigation (T1 (NACI)) that is current.  This is a condition of employment.

    --The Bureau of Reclamation has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.

    --Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. For more information visit: http://www.sss.gov.
     
    --Equal Employment Opportunity:  The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability and genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Human Resources (HR) will review resumes and transcript(s) if applicable, to ensure applicants meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided in the assessment questionnaire.  The assessment questionnaire will take approximately 20 minutes to complete.  Applicants determined best qualified will be referred to the selecting official.

    Applicants will be further evaluated on the following “Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs) through your resume and responses to the online questions.

    1. Knowledge of the principles and practices of deterministic and probabilistic aspects of flood hydrology and climatological processes as they relate to planning, design, construction, operation, and assessment of major water resource development projects. Ability to develop, adapt, modify, and/or apply (1) complex mathematical models that simulate hydrologic and meteorological systems, e.g. snowmelt, rainfall-runoff, and (2) statistical and data analysis programs applicable to hydrologic problems. 

    2. Ability to complete special hydrology project studies with other team members in other technical groups within Reclamation's Technical Service Center, regional and area offices, and with staffs of other Federal agencies.

    3. Knowledge and demonstrated ability to prepare written technical reports, deliver oral presentations, to work with others in a team setting, and to apply Project Management practices within a professional work environment.

    Applicants must make a fair and accurate assessment of their qualifications. If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is apparent in your description of experience, competencies, skills, and/or education/training OR that your resume/application is incomplete, you may be rated ineligible or your score may be lowered.  


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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Other

    Drug test required

    No

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    Required Documents

    To be considered for this position, applicants are required to submit a resume (with dates of employment, i.e. years and months, schedule, i.e. hours worked, and grade if federal employment), an on-line assessment questionnaire, and the following supporting documents, as appropriate:

    --TRANSCRIPT(S): All applicants MUST furnish a copy of your college transcript(s), if applicable.  If selected, you will be required to provide official college transcripts to verify your educational qualifications prior to reporting for work.

    --SF-50, NOTIFICATION OF PERSONNEL ACTION: Status applicants (transfer, reassignment, reinstatement, promotion, etc.) MUST submit a copy of their SF-50s), verifying all of the following: highest rate of pay held, the full performance grade level obtained or competed for, and documentation of your current career or career-conditional status in the competitive service (Tenure 1 or 2) for which you are claiming eligibility. This could result in more than one SF-50 to be submitted. DO NOT SUBMIT AWARD SF-50s. FAILURE TO SUBMIT AN SF-50 VERIFYING STATUS WILL RESULT IN THE APPLICANT NOT BEING CONSIDERED FOR THIS POSITION.

    --For candidates eligible under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) you must submit the appropriate DD-214 (Member 4 Copy) documenting your eligibility.

    --SPECIAL NON-COMPETITIVE APPOINTING AUTHORITIES: For more information on special non-competitive appointing authorities visit:  https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/hiring-information/hiring-authorities/

    --DD-214, CERTIFICATE OF RELEASE FROM ACTIVE DUTY: If you are entitled to veterans’ preference, you must provide a copy of your DD-214, and you should indicate the type of veterans’ preference you are claiming on your resume.  Your veterans’ preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.

    --For 5-point veterans' preference, submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4 Copy), or an official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.

    --For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation requested by this form.

    --For information on veteran's eligibility visit: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/veterans-services/vet-guide/.

    --CTAP/ICTAP provides placement assistance to permanent Federal employees who are surplus, displaced or involuntarily separated. Applicants claiming CTAP-ICTAP eligibility must submit a copy of their most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility and most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with their application. To be considered under CTAP/ICTAP, applicants must be well-qualified, i.e. meet the minimum qualification requirements, including selective factors, education and experience requirements and score at least 90 on the assessment questionnaire as established, and be able to perform the duties of the position upon entry. For information on CTAP/ICTAP, visit: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/.

    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.

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    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.

    https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/benefits/

    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.

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    How to Apply

    Applications (resume and assessment questionnaire) for this vacancy MUST be received online BEFORE midnight Eastern Time (Washington D.C. time) on the closing date of this announcement. When you're ready to apply, click the blue APPLY ONLINE button at the side of the page. This vacancy is being announced through Bureau of Reclamation's Hiring System--HireMe. For more information about the HireMe system and the registration process, visit: http://www.usbr.gov/hr/hireme.html.

    As part of the on-line application process, applicants may be required to submit supporting documents. Failure to submit the requested supporting documents may result in your not being considered for this position.

    Options for submitting supporting documentation include Auto Requested Fax or uploading from your USAJOBS profile - instructions provided during the online application process. In addition, you may E-mail your supporting documentation to codo@usbr.gov, fax directly to the HR Office at 303-445-6349, mail to (DFC) 6th and Kipling Building 67, Rm 348, Denver, CO 80225, OR hand-deliver to HR Office: Denver Federal Center (DFC), Bldg 40, Rm 348, Denver, CO 80225. Include your name and the vacancy number on the supporting document(s).

    This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us at the phone number shown at the bottom of this page. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

    Agency contact information

    HR Service Center

    Phone

    303-445-2684

    Fax

    303-445-6349

    Email

    codo@usbr.gov

    Address

    BUREAU OF RECLAMATION
    P.O. Box 25007
    DFC, Bldg. 67
    Attn: 84-52200
    Denver, Colorado 80225-0007
    United States
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    Learn more about what it's like to work at Bureau of Reclamation, what the agency does, and about the types of careers this agency offers.

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    Next steps

    After all application packages have been received, resumes and transcripts will be reviewed to ensure applicants meet the basic qualification requirements. Each applicant who meets the basic qualifications will be further evaluated on the information provided in the Assessment Questionnaire.  Best-qualified applicants will be referred to the selecting official.  After making a tentative job offer, a suitability and/or security background investigation will be conducted.  A final job offer is typically made within 40 days after the deadline for applications.  Applicants should monitor their status for positions with the Bureau of Reclamation, by regularly checking their public status notifications in their USAJOBS profile.

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.

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.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/513554000. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.