Job Overview


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:

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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.


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.