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    Duties

    Summary

    Reclamation is seeking a career professional looking for an opportunity to capitalize on his/her expertise as an Economist.  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 economic and financial analyses for water and related resources planning studies including benefit estimates of water used for irrigation, municipal and industrial, recreation, hydropower, water quality, fish and wildlife, and other uses, as well as regional economic analyses of implementing and operating project alternatives.

    - Conducts other economic and financial studies related to water management, including integration of surface and ground water, power system operations, ecosystem services, financial analyses of concession operations, risk-based analyses, cost allocations, rate and repayment studies, and ability-to-pay studies for irrigation and municipal and industrial water users.

    - Coordinates or provides recommendations to clients regarding the technical aspects of assigned phases of economic and financial analyses, including data collection, evaluation techniques, or other economic considerations to promote uniformity and maintain consistency in the technical quality of economic and financial analyses prepared for Reclamation planning programs.

    - Prepares reports, appendices, and supporting documents for economic investigations and financial analyses.

    - Reviews economic, financial, and repayment analyses prepared for various Reclamation projects or programs for technical adequacy, including benefit estimates, regional economic impact analyses, payment capacity studies, cost allocations, ability-to-pay studies, rate and repayment studies, concession operations, and hydropower operations.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Field trips for data collection and consultation.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    12

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    0110 Economist

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    Requirements

    Conditions Of Employment

    • U.S. Citizenship or National
    • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation
    • You must submit a resume and supporting documentation; (See How to Apply)
    • You must meet specialized experience requirements; (See Qualifications)
    • You must submit transcript(s) to verify education requirements

    You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

    Qualifications

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

    Basic Requirements: 

    1. Degree: economics, that included at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus.

      OR

    2. Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in economics, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

    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-12: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience include formulating and planning studies or projects which are problem oriented and/or involve the development of new or unconventional methods or approaches. Conducts economic studies related to development or management or operations and prepares reports. Reviews economic and financial studies including but not limited to: plan formulation studies, recreation, risk-based analysis, benefit estimates, ecosystem services, concession operations, hydropower operations, cost allocations, rate and repayment studies, financial feasibility, and cost sharing proposals.
     
    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 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

    Would you enjoy preparing and coordinating economic and financial aspects of planning, formulation, construction, and operation and maintenance studies? Responsibilities include serving as a senior staff specialist in the field of economics and providing guidance and training to other economists in the group.

    LOCATION: Technical Service Center, Water and Environmental Resources Division, Economics, Planning and Technical Communications 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.

    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. Applicants determined 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.  Advanced knowledge of economic concepts, principles, and procedures applicable to water resources planning and evaluation, including understanding of the relationship between economic criteria and engineering, environmental, social, and other technical disciplines.

    2.  Ability to organize, analyze, and interpret relevant economic and social data for water resources studies.

    3.  Ability to communicate effectively and present technical information, both orally and in writing.

    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.

    --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 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.

    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, 14th Floor, Denver, CO 80225, OR hand-deliver to HR Office: Denver Federal Center (DFC) 6th and Kipling, Bldg 67, 14th Floor, 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
    Learn more about this agency

    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 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. 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 meeting specialized experience requirement.  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/538318500. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.