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Job Title:Civil Engineer

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Bureau of Reclamation

Job Announcement Number:BR-DEGP-IESG-12-107

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$57,408.00 to $89,450.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, December 06, 2012 to Thursday, December 20, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0810-11/12

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-Time - Full-Time Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Billings, MT, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

All United States Citizens and Nationals. 

JOB SUMMARY:

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: www.usbr.gov

View our DVD titled "Traditions, Talent, and Teamwork" at: www.usbr.gov/pmts/hr/video/

Position is being advertised concurrently under BR-GP-IESG-12-123 for current Federal employees serving under competitive service career or career-conditional appointments, former Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility, VEOA eligible veterans or persons eligible for non-competitive appointment under special appointing authorities (such as 30% disabled veterans).  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 Civil Engineer. You can make a difference in the West by assisting in meeting increasing water demands while protecting the environment.

Would you enjoy ensuring the safe and efficient operation of Government facilities? Responsibilities include implementing the operation, maintenance, and dam safety programs for existing Reclamation facilities. 

Here is a great opportunity to join an organization with excellent growth potential!

Promotion to the next grade/salary level is neither guaranteed nor automatic, but based on supervisor initiation.    

LOCATION: Great Plains Region, Regional Office, Infrastructure and Engineering Services Group, Facility Operation Services, Billings, Montana.

For living conditions go to: www.usbr.gov/gp/employment/living_conditions.pdf 

First-Post-of- Duty relocation expenses are authorized for new appointments and reinstatement eligibles.

Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement.    

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship or National. Transcripts Required. You must submit a
  • resume and supporting documentation (See How to Apply).
  • Professional Engineer Registration required at the GS-12 level.
  • Rural outdoor environment. You MUST pass a pre-employment physical.
  • A valid State driver's license is required. Travel 6 nights per month.

DUTIES:

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-Manages and coordinates Region-wide program related activities for one or more of the key program activities within Facility Operations Service.
-Reviews operation, maintenance, and replacement activities in accordance with instructions, prescribed schedules, contract obligations, standards, and guidelines for purposes of determining conformance with existing policy and program requirements.
-Conducts onsite operation, maintenance, safety, and security reviews of project facilities located throughout the Region.
-Reviews and updates Standing Operating Procedures for dams, reservoirs, powerplants, and pumping plants.
-Develops or provides technical review of Emergency Action Plans and Early Warning Systems in response to program requirements.
-Participates in or directs studies to identify corrective actions to address safety of dams deficiencies.
-Monitors structural performance of dams for compliance with Reclamation's Safety of Dams program.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must first meet the Basic Education Qualification Requirements listed below:

A. (1) Professional engineering degree from a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; or (2) include differential and integral calculus AND courses (advanced beyond first year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics;(b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.

-OR-

B. Combination of education AND experience - college level education, training AND/OR technical experience that furnished: (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering, AND (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following: (1) Professional registration; (2) Written test - evidence of having successfully passed the Engineer in Training exam or the written test required for professional registration; (3) Specified academic courses - successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering that included the courses specified in the basic requirements. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum as described in paragraph A; or (4) Related curriculum - successful completion of curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field, e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, provided the applicant has at least one year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENT: In addition to meeting the Basic Education Qualification Requirements, applicants must have education and/or specialized experience as defined below:

GS-11: 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D degree, or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree -or- 1 year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-9 level in the Federal service -OR- a combination of education and experience.

GS-12: 1 year of Specialized Experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-11 level in the 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-11: Specialized experience must include professional engineering work on water resources related projects such as dams, irrigation systems, or municipal water supply systems. 

GS-12: Specialized experience must include professional engineering work on water resources projects related to dams, irrigation systems, or municipal or rural water supply systems, and responsibility for review of engineering drawings.

GS-12 SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR: This position requires a current valid professional engineering license at the GS-12 level. Failure to provide proof of this license with your application will make you ineligible.


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 the position.

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.

You must meet all qualification requirements and any selective placement factors by the closing date of this announcement.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

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) Highly Qualified, 2) 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 30 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. Professional knowledge of engineering concepts, principles, and techniques related to water infrastructure, such as dams, irrigation systems, or municipal or rural water supply.
2. Ability to conduct examinations and inspections of water resources infrastructure to determine the condition of the facilities, and write reports with recommendations concerning their proper operation and maintenance and compliance with accepted standards.
3. Ability to prepare instructions and reports concerning safety of dams programs, operating procedures, instrumentation, and emergency action plans.
4. Ability to be a team player, to work with office staff and staff from other levels and offices in the organization, and to participate on formal and informal teams in evaluating infrastructure issues, determining alternatives to address facility problems, and briefing others on the recommended alternative.
5. Ability to communicate effectively with all levels and types of organizations and audiences to achieve collaborative solutions and resolve complex problems. 

Applicants’ answers to questions will be verified against information provided in their online resumes. 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. 


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BENEFITS:

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Working for the Bureau of Reclamation offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit: www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc



OTHER INFORMATION:

-At Government expense, the applicant selected will be required to complete and successfully pass a pre-employment physical examination conducted by a licensed physician certifying his/her ability to perform the duties of the position.

-Operation of a Government vehicle is required; therefore, a valid State driver's license is required. Driving record will be verified prior to final selection.

-Professional Engineer license required for GS-12.

-This position requires travel of approximately 6 nights per month.

-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: www.sss.gov

-Equal Employment Opportunity: The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political afflation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability and genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or any other non-merit factor.



HOW TO APPLY:

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Applications (resume, assessment questionnaire, and supporting documents) 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: www.usbr.gov/pmts/hr/hireme.html

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 gphireme@usbr.gov; fax directly to our HR Office at 406-247-7875; mail to P.O. Box 36900, Billings, MT. Include your name and 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.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

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 their college transcript(s). If you have foreign education you must also submit evidence that any education completed in a foreign institution is equivalent to U.S. educational standards. If selected, you will be required to provide official transcripts to verify your educational qualifications prior to reporting for work.

-P.E. LICENSE: GS-12 level requires a current valid professional engineering license. Provide proof of license with your application.

-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: www.opm.gov/staffingPortal/Vetguide.asp

-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 placement factors, education and experience requirements and score at least 85 on the assessment questionnaire as established, and be able to perform the duties of the position upon entry. For information on CTAP/ICTAP, visit: www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Human Resources Office
Phone: 406-247-7696
Fax: 406-247-7875
Email: gphireme@usbr.gov
Agency Information:
BUREAU OF RECLAMATION
P.O. Box 36900
Billings, MT
59107-6900
US
Fax: 406-247-7875

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After application packages have been received, resumes, assessment questionnares, and transcript(s), will be reviewed to ensure applicants meet the basic qualification requirements. Applicants who meet 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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Job Announcement Number:

BR-DEGP-IESG-12-107

Control Number:

333089600