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Job Title:Survey Technician, GS-0817-07 (DEU-JR)

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Bureau of Reclamation

Job Announcement Number:BR-MP-2012-254

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$41,522.00 to $53,983.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, October 10, 2012 to Wednesday, October 24, 2012




Full-Time - Permanent




1 vacancy - Sacramento, CA, USView Map


All United States Citizens and Nationals


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:    View our DVD titled "Traditions, Talent, and Teamwork" at:

Why search any longer - we have just the opportunity for you! Come, join us and become a vital part of our Surveys and Mapping Team. This is an excellent opportunity to apply your survey experience by performing  geodetic control, engineering, cadastral, topographic, cartographic and hydrographic surveys.   You will be a valued team member and your surveying work will support the planning, design and construction of  civil engineering structures and in geological and environmental projects. 

This position is located with the Bureau of Reclamation, Mid-Pacific Region, Division of Design and Construction, in Sacramento, CA.  Information about Sacramento can be found on the internet at:" .  Information on the Mid-Pacific Region visit:

Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement.


  • Travel required up to 75% of the time.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid state driver's license
  • Pre-employment physical examination will be required.
  • Must be able to left up to 50 pounds.


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  • Performs all types of surveys, such as; geodetic control, engineering, cadastral, topographic, cartographic and hydrographic surveys.
  • Uses the latest in surveying equipment technology, including; robotic total stations, electronic automated levels, Real Time Kinematic Global Positioning System (RTK-GPS) units, Differential Global Positioning System (DGPS) units, Echo Sounder units, laser scanners (terrestrial LiDAR), Terrestrial Photogrammetry equipment
  • Prepares survey data reports, survey descriptions, and mapping coordinates.
  • Performs data analysis, computation, compilation, and maintenance of basic control data and historical records of horizontal and vertical control.
  • Use computer aided design and drafting software to prepare standardized mapping products.
  • Provides drafting support on engineering and geologic drawings as needed


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Applicants must have one year of specialized experience as defined below:

GS-07: You need one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-06 in federal service is required; OR, one year of graduate level studies (18 semester units satisfies the one year requirement) in a field of study directly related to the position (i.e. engineering surveying, land surveying)

Definition of Specialized Experience: To meet specialized experience, your resume must describe experience that demonstrates the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities as follows:  experience gained as a engineering technician, soil conservation technician or construction inspector that required the use of instruments and techniques of surveying. Such experience would involve experience performing various specialized surveys, mathematical computations, using survey instruments and recording and presenting survey data.

This vacancy announcement allows substituting education for experience. You must submit a copy of your college transcript unofficial copy is acceptable) to support your education if you are substituting education for experience. Transcripts must include the name of the college or university and date the degree was conferred.


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


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. Knowledge of survey methods, procedures, and techniques to perform survey functions and to analyze survey data.
2. Knowledge of and ability to apply algebra, geometry trigonometry to calculate measurements and process survey data.
3. Skill to operate survey equipment and make operational adjustments to extract data and measurements.
4. Ability to use computer-aided design and drafting (CADD) programs to import survey data and to prepare mapping products, graphs and drawings.

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 whose resume/application is incomplete may be removed from employment consideration

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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:


Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses are not authorized for payment by the Bureau of Reclamation. Any costs incurred in reporting for duty are the responsibility of the selectee.

Employment Conditions:
-Travel is required approximately 75% of the time.
-Overtime and night work may be required due to project requirements.
-Operation of a Government vehicle required; therefore, a valid State driver's license is required.
-Work is indoors and outside, subject to prevailing weather and terrain.
-Frequent lifting, carrying, and handling of items weighing up to 50 pounds is required.
-Selectee will be subject to a pre-employment medical examination
-Position is represented by the National Federation of Federal Employees Local 951
-Selectee will be subject to successful completion of a one year probationary period.
-Selectee is required to obain and use a government-issued credit card.

Selective Service: Male applicants born on or after January 1, 1960, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service Law.  To register for Selective Service or to verify that you have registered, please visit:

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.

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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 any 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:

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 a USAJOBS profile (instructions are provided during the online application process.) In addition, applicants may E-mail their supporting documentation to, 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. If applying online poses a hardship contact the HR Office prior to the closing date of the announcement for an alternative method of applying.

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.


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:

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-50noting 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:


Human Resources Office
Phone: 916-978-5471
Fax: 916-978-5563
Agency Information:
2800 Cottage Way
Attn: MP-500
Sacramento, CA
Fax: 916-978-5563


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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