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  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Geologist, GS-1350-7/9/11 (TC-DEU)

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Bureau of Reclamation

Job Announcement Number:BR-DO-2012-201

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$41,631.00 to $80,093.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, September 26, 2012 to Wednesday, October 17, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1350-07/11

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

11

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy - Lakewood, CO, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

All United States Citizens and U.S. Nationals. 

JOB SUMMARY:

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

Position is being advertised concurrently under BR-DO-2011-200 for current federal employees serving under a competitive service career or career-conditional appointment or reinstatement eligible.  If you are interested in applying under both announcement numbers, you must submit application packages for each.

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

Would you enjoy providing technical assistance and advice on Reclamation programs in ground water issues?  Responsibilities include conducting studies, performing research, designing water wells, well fields, dewatering systems, and subsurface drains and related structures; and provide guidance and coordination of Reclamation-wide groundwater quantity, aquifer storage, recovery, drainage, seepage studies, and laboratory programs.  

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

You can progress from $41K to 61K in 3 years!  Year 1 - $41,631 (GS-7), Year 2 - $50,923 (GS-9), and Year 3 - $61,612 (GS-11).  Promotions to the next grade/salary level are neither guaranteed nor automatic, but based on supervisor initiation. 

LOCATION: Technical Services Center; Geotechnical Services Division; Engineering Geology Group, Lakewood, CO.

Relocation expenses are not authorized.

Travel up to 25% of the time is required by the position.

Additional vacancies may be filled by this announcement.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship or U.S. 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)
  • Submit transcript(s) to verify education requirements;
  • For veterans consideration, submit document(s) under Required documents

DUTIES:

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- Formulates geology investigation programs and recommends revisions to programs with exploration teams, design teams and others.  Participates in field inspections and conferences to review results of prior investigations and to appraise additional investigation requirements.
- Performs field geology activities for design data collection, site characterization, and geological studies.  
- Assists in the preparation of specifications paragraphs and drawings, and drafts designated as milestone documents for major structures, recording the recommendations and conclusions made during the design and construction of the project or feature; or prepares drafts of the specifications paragraphs and drawings, and milestone documents for minor features and less geologically complex sites.
- Acts as or assists the Team Leader or Principal Geologist in the monitoring of construction activities and performs occasional site inspections to ensure that design parameters are compatible with geologic conditions and that foundation treatments are appropriate.  
- Conducts analyses and prepares drawings primarily for portraying geologic conditions and evaluations. Interprets engineering geology data and recommends revisions to investigation programs based on the review, interpretation, and analysis of data.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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In addition to meeting the basic education requirement, all applicants must possess one year of specialized experience. To meet specialized experience, your resume must describe experience that demonstrates the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities as defined below:

GS-7: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-05 grade level.  Examples of specialized experience for this position includes taking measurements and collecting information; learning to take proper samples, conducting routine calculations, plotting, and checking of numerical data; preparing graphs and data; and accomplishing routine analysis in the field of geology.

GS-9: one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 grade level.  Examples of specialized experience for this position includes performing observations, measurements, computations and analyses to assist geologists in carrying out assignments; following established methods and procedures, or detailed instructions using judgment in applying basic principles and procedures; possessing a good general working knowledge of geology.

GS-11: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 grade level. Specialized experience for this position includes performing field and office duties for the collection and analysis of geologic data.

SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE:

Applicants may also qualify on the basis of education as follows:

GS-07: 1 year of graduate-level education in geology or other directly related field or superior academic achievement.

GS-09: 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree in geology or other directly related field or master's or equivalent graduate degree.

GS-11:  3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree in geology or other directly related field or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.

COMBINATION OF GRADUATE EDUCATION AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

Combinations of successfully completed graduate level education and specialized experience may be used to meet total experience requirements.  Only graduate level education in excess of the amount required for the next lower grade level may be combined with experience.  For example, one-half of the requirement for a master's degree plus 6 months of experience equivalent to a GS-07 may qualify for the GS-09.


Degree: geology, plus 20 additional semester hours in any combination of mathematics, physics, chemistry, biological science, structural, chemical, civil, mining or petroleum engineering, computer science, planetary geology, comparative planetology, geophysics, meteorology, hydrology, oceanography, physical geography, marine geology, and cartography.

OR

Combination of education and experience -- course work as shown  above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

Evaluation of Experience: Acceptable experience may have been gained through geological field or laboratory work that provided a means of obtaining professional knowledge of the theory and application of the principles of geology and closely related sciences, e.g., geophysics, geochemistry, or hydrology. Such work generally must have involved making close observations, taking samples, handling various types of instruments and equipment, assembling geologic data from source materials, and analyzing and reporting findings orally and in writing. Experience that involved only one phase of geology work, e.g., collecting samples, would not be acceptable as providing the required professional knowledge of the theory and principles of geology. In some situations, professional scientific experience in other fields may be accepted in part as professional geological experience. Such experience must have been preceded by appropriate education in geology or by professional geological experience, and must have contributed directly and significantly to the applicant's professional geological competence. Examples include some positions in geophysics, mining engineering, soils science, physical oceanography, hydrology, climatology, biology, analytic or experimental chemistry, metallurgy, and comparable fields where the normal duties or results of investigations have been extended to the solution of geologic problems by the applicant. Ordinary functions of positions such as seismic, computer, petroleum or mining engineer, mine superintendent, or metallurgist generally are not considered professional geological experience. To receive credit for geological experience obtained in positions that are not full-time professional geological positions, the applicant is responsible for indicating clearly the actual time or percentage of time devoted to geologic duties within such positions, and for giving adequate descriptions of the geologic functions.

**If qualifying with education, 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.

You must meet all qualification requirements, including any selective factors, by the closing date of this announcement.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

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.  Qualified candidates will be assigned a numerical score on a scale of 70-100 and Veterans with preference will be placed at the top of their respective category.  The assessment questionnaire will take you approximately 20 minutes to complete.

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

1.  Professional knowledge of the principles and theories of geology and related sciences in the collection, measurement, analysis, evaluation, and interpretation of geologic information.

2.  Professional knowledge of geologic concepts, principles, and practices applicable to a full range of duties related to ground-water engineering and studies.

3.  Knowledge of field and office techniques for the collection and analysis of geologic data.

4.  Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.

Applicant’s answers to questions will be verified against information provided in their online resume. Be sure that the resume clearly supports the responses to all the questions by addressing experience, education and/or training relevant to this position.  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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BENEFITS:

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Working for the Bureau of Reclamation offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.  To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit: http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc.



OTHER INFORMATION:

-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.

--This position requires a favorably adjudicated Low-Risk SF-85 background investigation and is a condition of employment.



HOW TO APPLY:

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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/pmts/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 56, Rm 1545, Denver, CO 80225,  OR hand-deliver to HR Office:  Denver Federal Center (DFC) 6th and Kipling, Bldg 56, Rm 1545, 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.



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 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.

- 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/veterans/html/vetguide.asp.
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:  http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

HR Service Center
Phone: 303-445-2684
Fax: 303-445-6349
Email: codo@usbr.gov
Agency Information:
BUREAU OF RECLAMATION
P.O. Box 25007
DFC, Bldg. 56
Attn: 84-25200
Denver, CO
80225-0007
US
Fax: 303-445-6349

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

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.

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Job Announcement Number:

BR-DO-2012-201

Control Number:

327539600