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    Duties

    Summary

    Join the staff of the Bureau of Reclamation and serve as the Klamath Basin Area Office Chief of the Water Operations Division. 

    This position is located with the Bureau of Reclamation, Mid-Pacific Region, Klamath Basin Area Office, Water Operations Division and located in Klamath Falls, OR. For more information on the Klamath Falls area visit: https://www.klamathfalls.city/

    Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement.

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    Responsibilities

    This is an interdisciplinary position and may be filled in any of the following series GS-0401, GS-0810, or GS-1315 depending on the qualifications of the selected candidate.

    Supervisory Civil Engineer (0810) salary range: $99,691-$122,695

    Supervisory Natural Resources Specialist (0401), Supervisory Hydrologist (1315) salary range:  $88,704-$115,313

    -Serves as the Chief, Water Operations Division, responsible for the operation of the water supply facilities of the Klamath Project (Project) in accordance with flood control regulations, contractual agreements, water rights, and Endangered Species Act requirements.
    -Responsible for the identification and evaluation of operating problems requiring analysis or affecting the achievement of Bureau objectives including optimum efficiency and effectiveness. Initiates analysis and studies of reservoir operations, inflow and release measurements and computations, availability of water and other aspects necessary for Project operations.
    -Directs intensive utilization of computer programming, systems analysis and operations research techniques in the development and implementation of centralized system data handling, real-time operating strategy models and other modernization efforts within the field of water operations.
    -Prepares annual operating budget for the Water Operations Division and in cooperation with other program managers submits activity plans supporting future funding needs.
    -Responsible for the oversight and direction of the Fisheries Resources Branch. Ensures that Project operations are consistent with Endangered Species Act and other biological resource requirements.
    -Represents KBAO in meetings or correspondence dealing with water resource and operational issues with federal, state and local agencies, irrigation districts, and other agencies and private entities with highly controversial water resources issues related to KBAO’s interests.
    -Serves as a first and second level supervisor over a group of professional, technical, and administrative staff.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Travel is required approximately 10% of the time.

    Supervisory status

    Yes

    Promotion Potential

    13

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    Requirements

    Conditions Of Employment

    • Successful adjudication of security background investigation required.

    Applicants must meet all qualification, and as applicable, selective factor requirements, by the closing date of this announcement.

    Qualifications

    Minimum Education Requirement:
    Applicants must meet the Basic Education Qualification Requirements listed below: 

    MINIMUM EDUCATION (BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES DISCIPLINE, GS-0401):
    A. Degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position. *OR* B. Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

    MINIMUM EDUCATION (ENGINEERING DISCIPLINE, GS-0810):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 Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (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 (see U.S. Office of Personnel Management qualifications standards operating manual for specifics): (1) professional registration or licensure; (2) written test (FE exam or other written test required for professional registration); (3) specified academic courses; (4) related curriculum.

    MINIMUM EDUCATION (HYDROLOGY DISCIPLINE, GS-1315): A. Degree: physical or natural science, or engineering that included at least 30 semester hours in any combination of courses in hydrology, the physical sciences, geophysics, chemistry, engineering science, soils, mathematics, aquatic biology, atmospheric science, meteorology, geology, oceanography, or the management or conservation of water resources. The coursework must have included at least 6 semester hours in calculus (including both differential and integral calculus), and at least 6 semester hours in physics. Calculus and physics, as described above, are requirements for all grade levels. *OR* B. Combination of education and experience: course work as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. Acceptable experience must have included performance of scientific functions related to the study of water resources, based on and requiring a professional knowledge of related sciences and the consistent application of basic scientific principles to the solution of theoretical and practical hydrologic problems. The following is illustrative of acceptable experience: field or laboratory work that would require application of hydrologic theory and related sciences such as geology, geochemistry, geophysics, or civil engineering to making observations, taking samples, operating instruments, assembling data from source materials, analyzing and interpreting data, and reporting findings orally and in writing. In some cases, professional scientific experience that is not clearly water resource experience may be acceptable if such experience was preceded by appropriate education in hydrology or by professional hydrology experience.

    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. 
     
    In addition to meeting Basic Education, applicants must have specialized experience or additional education as defined below:

    GS-13: One year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-12 level in the Federal service.

    Definition of Specialized Experience: To meet specialized experience, your resume must describe experience that demonstrates the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities as follows:

    GS-13: Experience in the use of computer simulation models to monitor or forecast water and environmental conditions (e.g., hydrology, water temperature, water quality, ground water, watershed conditions, meteorology, sediment transport, geomorphic baseline monitoring, fish or wildlife populations or habitats); experience using relational data bases for water operations; experience analyzing a wide array of water and environmental data to evaluate existing conditions and recommend improvements to operational plans (e.g., for a watershed or river-basin) for complex conditions with limited or conflicting data; experience developing applications for specific or unusual conditions; analyzing and recommending solutions to complicated problems associated with water management, watershed restoration, fish and wildlife enhancement, or ecological improvements. These examples are not all inclusive.

    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.

    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 may result in you being rated not qualified for the position.

    Additional information

    Relocation: Travel and relocation expenses are authorized. Eligibility for specific relocation services will be determined at the time of selection. However, use of Relocation Services Contract (Guaranteed Home Sale) will not be authorized. Note that in accordance with the 2018 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Public Law 115-97, all relocation expenses are now classified as taxable.

    Recruitment or Relocation Incentive: A recruitment or relocation incentive may be authorized. If authorized, incentive amount and length of service agreement will be determined at the time of selection.

    Telework: Reclamation has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisory approval. This is not a virtual position.

    Conditions of Employment:
    -This position requires completion of a one-year probationary period.
    -This is a supervisory position. If appointed to this position, you must serve a one-year supervisory probationary period, unless you have previously met this requirement.
    -Successful adjudication of personnel security investigation required.
    -Travel is required approximately 10% of the time.
    -Operation of a government vehicle is required; therefore, you must possess and maintain a valid State’s driver’s license.
    -All Federal employees are required by PL 104-134 to have federal payments made by direct deposit.
    -Required to obtain and use a government-issued credit card for business travel.

    Optional Form 306 (OF-306): Before final appointment and again before you begin work, you will be required to sign and certify the accuracy of the information in your application. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or you may be subject to fine, imprisonment, or other disciplinary action.

    For a list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding the Federal hiring process visit: Federal Hiring Process FAQ

    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:http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Human Resources (HR) will review resumes and transcript(s) 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 60 minutes. Applicants determined best-qualified will be referred to the selecting official.

    Category rating and selection procedures will be used for evaluating this position. If you meet the basic qualification requirements, your on-line responses to the vacancy assessment questionnaire will be used to determine the quality and extent of your experience, education, training, etc., for placement in one of the following categories: 1) Best Qualified, 2) Well Qualified and 3) Qualified. Veterans with preference will be placed at the top of their respective category.

    Best Qualified candidates are those who meet minimum qualifications, are highly proficient in the major requirement(s) of the position, and proficient in most of the remaining aspects of the position.  

    Well Qualified candidates are those who meet minimum qualifications and are proficient in most aspects of the position.

    Qualified candidates are those who meet minimum qualifications and possess only a few aspects of the position.
     
    Applicants will be further evaluated on the following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs) through their resume and responses to the online questions.
    1. Mastery of the concepts, principles, and practices relevant to analysis required for planning and project management.
    2. Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing.
    3. Ability to organize and foster the efforts of technical and professional staff, teams, committees, and groups.

    Applicants must make a fair and accurate assessment of their qualifications. Applicants rating themselves higher than is apparent in their description of experience, competencies, skills, and/or education/training OR that copy vacancy announcement posting information verbatim into resume OR whose resume/application is incomplete may be removed from employment consideration.


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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Not Required

    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), an on-line assessment questionnaire, and the following supporting documents, as appropriate:

    Transcript(s): All applicants must furnish a copy of their 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.

    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 0-point sole survivorship preference, submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4 copy); the family member’s DD-214 (Member 4 copy) and documentation to support the family member was killed, died as a result of wounds, accident, or disease, is in a captured or missing in action status, or is permanently 100 percent disabled or hospitalized on a continuing basis (and is not employed gainfully because of the disability or hospitalization). 
    -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.fedshirevets.gov/hire/hrp/vetguide/index.aspx

    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 any page. When you have finished with your application, click the SUBMIT APPLICATION button on the bottom of the REVIEW PAGE. Your application will not be received unless you click SUBMIT APPLICATION.

    This vacancy is being announced through the 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 application not being considered for this position.

    Options for submitting supporting documentation include Auto Requested Fax or uploading from a USAJOBS profile (instructions are provided during the online application process.) In addition, applicants may e-mail their supporting documentation to mpjobs@usbr.gov, fax directly to the HR Office at 916-978-5563, or mail or hand-deliver to USBR/ATTN: HR, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825. Include your name and the vacancy number on the supporting document(s).

    Applicants needing assistance in applying online should contact the HR Office at 916-978-5476 or Federal Relay at http://www.federalrelay.us/. The Federal Relay website contains information for TDD/TTY users to receive free needed service. If applying online poses a hardship, contact the HR Office prior to the closing date of the announcement for an alternative method of applying.

    Agency contact information

    Human Resources Office

    Phone

    916-978-5471

    TDD

    www.federalrelay.us/

    Fax

    916-978-5563

    Email

    mpjobs@usbr.gov

    Address

    BUREAU OF RECLAMATION
    2800 Cottage Way
    Attn: MP-500
    E-1907
    Sacramento, California 95825-1898
    United States
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    Reclamation is a contemporary water management agency. Reclamation is best known for Hoover Dam on the Colorado River, Grand Coulee Dam on the Columbia River, Shasta Dam on the Sacramento River, and Folsom Dam on the American River. Today we are the largest wholesaler of water in the country and the second largest producer of hydroelectric power in the western United States. Visit: http://www.usbr.gov/

    View our video titled "Traditions, Talent, and Teamwork" at: http://www.usbr.gov/hr/Video/

    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 in the workplace or the way things are customarily done that provides an equal employment opportunity to an individual with a disability. Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) must provide reasonable accommodations:

  • 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.

Legal and regulatory guidance

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/534526200. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.