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Job Title:  Science Advisor - Office of the Commissioner, SL-1301-00 (GVKS-DEU)
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Bureau of Reclamation
Job Announcement Number:  BOR-SL-12-271

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$119,554.00 to $165,300.00 / Per Year
Thursday, November 08, 2012 to Tuesday, June 11, 2013
1 vacancy in the following location(s):
Lakewood, CO, USView Map
Washington DC Metro Area, DC, US

All U.S. Citizens and U.S. 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 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:

Position is being advertised concurrently under BOR-SL-12-270, 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.

The organizational title of this position is Science Advisor although the official title as prescribed by the Office of Personnel Management is Physical Scientist.

LOCATION: Office of the Commissioner; Lakewood, CO OR Washington, DC

Relocation expenses are authorized with the exception of the Guaranteed Home Sale Provision.  First-post-of-Duty relocation expenses are authorized for new appointments or reinstatement eligibles.


  • U.S. Citizenship or U.S. National
  • Suitable for Federal Employment, Determined by a Background Investigation
  • Top Secret Clearance Required
  • You Must Submit a Resume and Supporting Documentation (See How to Apply)
  • For Veterans Consideration, Submit Document(s) Under Required Documents
  • Frequent Travel - Approximately 25% of the time


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The Incumbent reports directly to the Senior Advisor, and will:    

-  Serve as a Science Advisor guiding Reclamation’s development of appropriate science for developing strategies and techniques to address water and power issues, including climate change adaptation, advanced water treatment, invasive species, renewable energy, and data management including scientific integrity and peer review. 

-  Coordinate partnership efforts involving Reclamation’s scientific initiatives in support of the Commissioner’s and Department of the Interior (DOI) goals and objectives in collaboration with regional and Denver officials, scientists from around the country, as well as Members of Congress and their staff.   

-  Develop Reclamation Manual and guidance documents as well as provides expert advice on data management, peer review and scientific integrity.

-  Represent Reclamation on a variety of inter-Departmental Committees composed of high level Departmental officials, scientists and engineers concerned with research and development programs.

-  Represent Reclamation on ad hoc science and policy working groups, federal science, resource agencies, and executive offices inside and outside the Department, as well as with external stakeholders, western states, science organizations, universities, and non-governmental organizations. 

-  Maintain current knowledge of the state of science as it relates primarily to the management of water and power resources in the Western U.S.


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All applicants must have one year specialized experience equivalent to the GS-14 or GS-15 grade levels.  Examples of specialized experience include management and/or technical experience in climate change adaptation management that included facets of hydropower and water resource development and conservation; developing and enhancing alliances with external groups; dealing with outside entities as a representative of an organization; presenting orally and in writing complex and detailed technical and policy information as it relates to climate change adaptation.

Examples of specialized experience noted above are not all inclusive but illustrate types and levels of experience that will be qualifying for this position.

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 this position.

4 year undergraduate course of study in an accredited university leading to a physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics; OR a combination of education and experience--education equivalent to one of the majors shown above that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

Additional documentation must be provided for any college courses, graduate work, research, thesis or other non-descriptive course titles listed on your transcript (such as "Independent Research") that is not easily recognizable.  This additional documentation, including number of semester hours credited, topic of study, grade earned, may include written course description(s) from the school catalog, official course syllabus, or course descriptions verified by the school or an academic official of the school (your own descriptions are not acceptable documentation) and must be submitted with your application by the closing date of the announcement for those classes to be credited.

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


Candidates will be evaluated on the basis of information contained in their application/resume, comprehensive statement of experience, and their responses to the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs). An applicant's total background including experience/outside activities/training/education/awards will be reviewed.

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. Applicants who exaggerate or falsify their experience and/or education may be removed from employment consideration.

A preliminary review of your application package will be made by the Human Resources Office to determine minimum qualifications. If you are determined to be minimally qualified, a subject matter panel will rate your application against the KSA's identified below to determine those that are among the best qualified and referred to the selecting official.

Failure to address the assessment questions within your resume or application packet will result in your not being considered for the subject position. 


1. Demonstrated experience in developing strategies and techniques to address water and power issues including climate change adaptation, advanced water treatment, invasive species, and/or renewable energy utilizing scientific integrity and peer review.

2. Ability to develop and maintain partnerships involving scientific initiatives in support of water and power issues.

3. Demonstrated knowledge and experience in intergovernmental relations in order to coordinate, negotiate, and communicate effectively at the Federal, state and local government level.

4. Ability to represent Reclamation’s science initiatives in support of  water and power issues with other organizations within the agency, other agencies, the legislative branch, state and local governments, and public groups. 

To preview questions please click here.


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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:


--The applicant selected for this position will be required to file a Financial Disclosure Report, SF-278, and the supplemental form, Confidential Statement of Employment and Financial Interest, DI-278.  All forms must be filed within 30 days after the selection for this position.

--The Bureau of Reclamation has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework only during an emergency or natural disaster.

--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:

--You may be required to serve a one-year probationary period depending upon the type of appointment.

--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 your USAJOBS profile - instructions provided during the online application process.  In addition, you may E-mail your supporting documentation to, fax directly to the HR Office at (303) 445-6349, mail OR hand-deliver to Denver Federal Center, 6th and Kipling, Bldg. 67, 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.


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:

--A copy of your most recent annual performance appraisal (from either the Federal or private sector). 

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

--For information on veteran's eligibility visit:

--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. 

--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.

--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:


Gayle Kunkel-Shields
Phone: 303-445-2662
Fax: 303-445-6349
Agency Information:
P.O. Box 25007
DFC, Bldg. 67
Attn: 84-58200
Denver, CO
Fax: 303-445-6349


We will conduct a qualifications evaluation of applicants who supply all requested material.  Qualified applicants will be rated and ranked by a panel.  Best qualified candidates will be referred to the selection official for further consideration and possible interview.  You will be notified of the outcome after completion of the selection process.

Selections for Senior Level positions are subject to approval by the Department of the Interior’s Executive Review Board.  After making a tentative job offer, a suitability and/or security background investigation will be conducted. 

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