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Job Title:  Emergency Management Specialist, GS-0089-07/09 (JW-DEU)
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Bureau of Reclamation
Job Announcement Number:  BR-DO-2012-236

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$41,631.00 to $66,195.00 / Per Year
Monday, November 26, 2012 to Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Full-Time - Permanent
1 vacancy - Lakewood, CO, US  View Map

All United States Citizens and United States 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:

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Position is being advertised concurrently under BR-DO-2012-235 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 Emergency Management Specialist.  You can make a difference in the West by assisting and providing support to Reclamation’s technical experts in the Emergency Management, Business Continuity and Disaster Response Programs.

Would you enjoy supporting the Group’s emergency management technical experts with the development of emergency planning and management documents relating to dam safety and emergency operations?  Responsibilities include ensuring technical adequacy, accuracy, and completeness and preparing a portion of these documents in less complex situations.   

LOCATION:  Technical Service Center, Water and Environmental Resources Division, Emergency Management and GIS Group, Denver, CO.

Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.

Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement.


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


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The primary responsibility of this position is to provide support to the technical experts in the Group.

Serves as the focal point for providing logistical support for EM exercises such as scheduling, facility identification, participant identification and notification. 

Responsible for preparation of annual schedules and cost tracking for emergency management and/or COOP related activities for Reclamation and other Interior agency dams. 

Provides and reviews documents, edits and processes reports and other documents through draft and final stages. Assists with the development of emergency planning and management documents related to dam safety and emergency operations and prepares a portion of these documents in less complex situations. 

Assists in the preparation of technical standards, guidelines, and procedures as needed for technical activities associated with the emergency management/COOP program.

Maintains current awareness of state-of-the-art techniques, principles, and practices in preparation of EAP and COOP plans, design and facilitation of emergency management/COOP exercises.


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QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENT: Applicants must meet specialized experience as defined below:

GS-07/09 - 1 year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-05/07 level in Federal service.

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: Examples of specialized experience include experience providing logistical and clerical support for the development of mitigation plans, emergency response plans  and/or recovery plans and for the design and development of exercises for response and/or recovery plans; experience supporting the development of results and recommendations from exercises or incidents such as an After Action Report to incorporate into response and/or recovery plans. Examples also include experience in using word processing software (MS Word); experience using spreadsheets (MS Excel); and in using software to formulate and track budgets for a large program.

GS-09: In addition to meeting specialized experience as described at the GS-07 level, examples of specialized experience for the GS-09 level include experience supporting the development of Emergency Action Plans (EAP) for dams and Continuity of Operations Plans (COOP plans); experience supporting the planning and implementing of exercises for EAPs for dams and COOP plans; experience developing After Action Reports (AAR) that documents results and recommendations from exercises or incidents; and experience incorporating AAR findings into EAPs and COOP plans.

SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE: Applicants may also qualify on the basis of education which must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work, as follows:

GS-07: 1 full year of graduate level education or superior academic achievement.

GS-09: master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related.

Combinations of successfully completed graduate level education and specialized 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 more information on quality of experience, substitution of education and/or a combination of education and experience, please visit:

This vacancy announcement allows substituting education for experience.  You must submit a copy of your college transcript (unofficial copy is acceptable for the application process) 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 by the closing date of this announcement. 


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.  Knowledge of supporting roles related to dam safety and/or emergency management programs, this includes supporting the development of multiple concurrent Emergency Action Plans (EAP) for dams and Continuity of Operations Plans (COOP plans); supporting the planning and implementation exercises for EAPs for dams and COOP plans; knowledge of Incident Command System (ICS), Incident Management Team (IMT) positions such as command or general staff (e.g. Section Chief or Unit Leader roles) for managing large incidents or planned events; knowledge of development of After Action Reports (AAR) documenting results and recommendations from exercises or incidents; and knowledge of how AAR findings are incorporated into EAPs and COOP plans.

2.  Ability to support and coordinate Dam Safety and/or Emergency Management projects with interdisciplinary teams; ability to manage schedule and budgets for multiple ongoing projects, and ability to identify and solve problems independently within deadlines and budget, specifically within a fast-past professional work environment.

3.  Ability to prepare written technical reports and to provide assistance in the preparation of technical standards, guidelines and procedures

4.  Ability to communicate orally in order to support the development of projects plans, coordinate planning meetings and to deliver oral presentations.

5.  Skills in using word processing software (MS Word), and in using spreadsheet (MS Excel) software typically to fix large corrupt documents and to formulate and track budgets for a large program.

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.

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:


- 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:

- All applicants substituting education for experience must furnish a copy of your college transcript(s) to verify graduate level education from an accredited college or university that appropriately meets amounts required and demonstration of the knowledge, skills, and ability necessary to do the work.  If selected, you will be required to provide official college transcripts to verify your educational qualifications prior to reporting for work.

- 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 application questions) for this vacancy MUST be received online BEFORE midnight Eastern Time (Washington, DC time) on the closing date of this announcement. When you're ready to apply, click the APPLY ONLINE button at the bottom of this 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, go to: 

You may be required to provide supporting documentation in addition to your on-line application. Auto-Requested Fax is a feature for submitting these supporting documents. Instructions appear automatically when you apply online. For more information about auto-requested Fax, go to:

OTHER OPTIONS to submit documentation (Include your name and vacancy number on the document(s): E-mail to, Fax directly to our HR Office at 303-445-6349, Mail to PO Box 25007, Denver, CO 80225-0007 -or- Hand-deliver to Denver Federal Center, Building 67, Lobby Level, Denver, Colorado.

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:

--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:

-- 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:


HR Service Center
Phone: 303-445-2684
Fax: 303-445-6349
Agency Information:
P.O. Box 25007
DFC, Bldg. 67
Attn: 84-58200
Denver, CO
Fax: 303-445-6349


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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