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Job Title:  Natural Resources Specialist, GS-0401-07/09 (DEU)(LL)
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Bureau of Reclamation
Job Announcement Number:  BR-MP-2012-289

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 $66,022.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, November 20, 2012 to Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Full Time. - Permanent.
1 vacancy - Folsom, CA, US  View Map

All United States Citizens and Nationals


Announcement amended to include ability to be certified for motor boat operation.


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:

Want to work for a contemporary water management agency whose mission is to assist in meeting the increasing water demands of the West while protecting the environment and the public's investment? Join the staff of the Bureau of Reclamation as a Natural Resources Specialist, serving in a developmental capacity in resolving critical endangered species, water delivery, and NEPA compliance issues that influence all phases (planning, construction, and operations and maintenance) of Reclamation's programs. Come join our team today! This is a permanent full-time position located at the Bureau of Reclamation, Central California Area Office, Resources Management Division, in Folsom, CA. For more information on the Folsom area, please visit: Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement.


  • Successful adjudication of personnel security investigation required.
  • Frequent field work is required.
  • Ability to be certified in motor boat operation.


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Position may be filled at the GS-07 or GS-09 level. At the full performance GS-11 level, the incumbent serves as a journey level specialist. The duties of this position are developmental in nature, leading to the full performance level of GS-11. The incumbent may be non-competitively promoted to the next level of the position upon meeting all regulatory requirements; certification by the supervisor of successful performance; completion of all training requirements; and the availability of work at the next higher grade level. Note: promotion is not automatic.

-Works as a member of a professional team of natural resources specialists assigned to scientific and engineering projects, programs, and investigations under the jurisdiction of the Central California Area Office (CCAO).

-Provides scientific expertise, advice, and guidance to identify and resolve environmental issues.

-Recommends mitigation measures and provides management with scientific solutions to problems or conditions regarding the use, maintenance, and management of resources administered by CCAO.

-Assesses environmental commitments in NEPA and ESA documents.

-Evaluates land and water areas to analyze compliance with agreements and scientific mitigation measures.

-Using biological resource theories and assumptions, predicts the relationships and interactions of data, conducts land and water resource evaluations and other resource information to serve as the basis for resource management decisions.

-Evaluates data and provides analytical data summaries.

-Plans and implements scientific natural resource improvement projects.


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Minimum Education Requirement:

Applicants must meet the Basic Education Qualification Requirements listed below:

A degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position; OR

A combination of education and experience - courses equivalent to a major, as shown in above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

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.

Superior Academic Achievement: Applicants can qualify for GS-07 on the basis of Superior Academic Achievement in one of three ways: (1) high grade point average, (2) class standing, or (3) membership in a national scholastic honor society. (1) GPA: GPA 2.95 or above for all courses for the entire curriculum or for courses completed during the final 2 years. As an alternative, the GPA may be 3.45 or higher for courses in the major field of study either all major courses or major courses during the final 2 years. (2) Class Standing: Applicants must rank in the top third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision. (3) Honor Society Membership: Membership in one of more than 65 nationally recognized scholastic honor societies may qualify.

In addition to meeting Basic Education, applicants must have specialized experience or additional education as defined below:

GS-07: One year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-05 grade level in the Federal service OR 1 year of graduate level education OR superior academic achievement.

GS-09: One year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-07 level in the Federal service OR two years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or equivalent master's or graduate degree in the a field related this position.

Definition of Specialized Experience: To meet specialized experience, your resume must describe experience that demonstrates the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities as follows:

GS-07: Experience performing technical tasks, such as selecting samples, interpolating missing data, uncovering clear discrepancies, solving minor problems and performing scientific analyses in support of natural resource projects assigned to higher level engineers or scientists.

GS-09: Interpreting and applying federal and state environmental laws and regulations, such as NEPA and/ or CEQA compliance; wildlife management; wildlife habitat restoration, cultural resource management, watershed restoration; environmental planning.

These examples are not all inclusive.

This position has a mandatory education requirement; you must furnish 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 may result in you being rated not qualified for the position.

Applicants must meet all qualification requirements, including 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.  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.

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 Federal and State requirements and guides that affect the environment, such as statutes (e.g., National Environmental Policy Act, Endangered Species Act), regulations, Executive Orders, policies and procedures. 

2. Ability to prepare environmental documents for the development or management of water resources and related environmental concerns.

3.  Ability to develop and refine solutions or recommendations that improved or enhanced the environment, and/or ensured regulatory compliance with environmental directives.

4.  Ability to prepare and present technical information and to establish and maintain effective working relationships with others (e.g., peer groups, government organizations, tribal authorities, contractors, special interest groups, the public). 

5. Knowledge of contracting and negotiating procedures to serve as a contracting officer’s representative.

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:


Relocation: Travel and relocation expenses are not authorized and are the responsibility of the selectee.

Employment Conditions:

Travel is required approximately 10% of the time.

Operation of a government vehicle is required; therefore, you must possess and maintain a valid State’s driver’s license.  Driving record will be verified prior to final selection.

Frequent field work is required; occasional TDY is required to travel to various field locations and offices.

This position requires completion of a one-year probationary period.

Successful adjudication of personnel security investigation required.

Incumbent must possess or obtain certification as a Contracting Officer’s Technical Representative (CTR)/Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR).

Required to obtain and use a government-issued credit card.

All Federal employees are required by PL 104-134 to have federal payments made by direct deposit.

Work is indoors and outside, subject to prevailing weather and terrain.  Employee works in the vicinity of energized and high voltage sources and moving equipment.

Use of safety equipment, steel-toed boots, hardhat, safety glasses and other protective gear is required.


Selective Service: Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with the Selective Service or be exempt from having to do so under Selective Service Law.  To register for Selective Service or to verify that you have registered, please visit:


Optional Form 306 (OF-306):  Before final appointment and again before you begin work, you will be required to sign and certify the accuracy of the information in your application.  If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or you may be subject to fine, imprisonment, or other disciplinary action.


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-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 95 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: 916-978-5476
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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