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  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Civil Engineer

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Bureau of Reclamation

Job Announcement Number:BR-PN-DE-GC-13-059

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$44,176.00 to $74,628.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, December 14, 2012 to Friday, January 04, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0810-07/11

POSITION INFORMATION:

This is a FULL TIME position. - This is a PERMANENT position.

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy - Grand Coulee, WA, 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: http://www.usbr.gov  View our DVD titled “Traditions, Talent, and Teamwork” at: http://www.usbr.gov/pmts/hr/video/

Position is being advertised concurrently under BR-PN-VA-GC-13-058 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 Civil Engineer.  You can make a difference in the West by assisting in meeting increasing water demands while protecting the environment. This position is located in the Engineering and Project Management Branch.  Here is an opportunity to join a great organization with excellent growth potential!

Promotion to the Full Performance Level:  The career ladder promotion potential of this position is the GS-12 level.  However, this position may be filled at a lower grade. If so, when and if it is determined that a subsequent promotion is warranted, it may be made without further competition.  Promotion up to and including the GS-12 level is neither guaranteed nor automatic.

Location –  http://www.usbr.gov/pn/about/hr/area-information.html

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

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship or National
  • Suitability for Federal employment determined by a background investigation
  • You must meet specialized experience requirements - See Qualifications
  • For veterans consideration, submit documents under Required Documents
  • You must submit transcripts to verify education requirements
  • Your resume must support your answers to the self assessment questions

DUTIES:

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Major Duties include:

 

  • Civil engineering Designs for modifications and additions to project facilities.
  • Develop feasibility studies for restoring or modifying existing facilities.
  • Perform civil and structural engineering inspections, studies, and analyses.
  • Prepare architectural, civil, and structural engineering design, drawings, and specifications
  • Develop technical specifications and requisitions for procurement of materials and equipment.
  • Conduct investigations of traffic control features and conditions.
  • Assist Contracting Officer as technical representative in contract matters and evaluations of proposals.
  • Prepare communications, both verbal and written, to relay information in the form of briefings, reports, specifications, and correspondence.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: Applications must first meet the Basic Education Qualification Requirements listed below:
A. 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 physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of 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 (EIT) 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 a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or appropriate professional field provided applicant has 1 year professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance.
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENT: In addition to meeting the Basic Education Qualification Requirement, applicants must have additional education and/or specialized experience as defined below:

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

Specialized experience for GS-7 Is defined as experience that demonstrates knowledge of mathematical, physical, and engineering sciences applicable to Civil engineering and may have included assisting in the design and construction of civil engineering structures or systems using established criteria or specifications; monitoring civil engineering projects and resources; identifying civil engineering problems and recommend corrective action; or, reviewing technical civil engineering project design documents and submittals.

GS-09: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-07 level in the Federal service. –or- 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master’s degree or master’s or equivalent graduate degree.

Specialized experience for GS-9:  Is defined as experience that demonstrates knowledge of Mathematical, physical, and engineering sciences applicable to Civil engineering, and may have included assisting in the design of civil engineering structures at hydropower facilities.

GS-11: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-09 level in the Federal service. –or- 3 years progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D.  degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.

Specialized experience for GS-11: is defined as experience that demonstrates superior knowledge of Mathematical, physical, and engineering sciences applicable to Civil engineering.  A demonstrated specialized knowledge of the design requirements for structural features at hydropower facilities and preventive maintenance requirements associated with the complex features of a wide variety of systems and components.

This position has a mandatory education requirement; you must furnish a copy of your college transcript(s) (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.


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.

If you are claiming eligibility based on Superior Academic Achievement (only possible at grade 07), you must submit a copy of your college transcripts or equivalent documents to support your education. Transcripts must include the name of the college or university and date the degree was conferred.  For information on Superior Academic Achievement, visit:  http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/SEC-II/s2-e5.asp#e4f

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

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Category rating and selection procedures will be used to evaluate applications from this announcement. 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 60 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. 
  • Professional Knowledge of civil engineering concepts, principles, and practices as acquired through a Bachelors Degree program in civil engineering. 
  • Ability to evaluate raw data which is inconclusive or variable and, apply theoretical concepts in making assumptions to generate models which best represent the area being studied.
  • Professional knowledge of engineering concepts, principles, and practices concerned with the evaluation, design, and preventive maintenance requirements associated with the complex features of a wide variety of systems and components.
  • Knowledge of the requirements for the compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended.
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing.

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.


BENEFITS:

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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: http://www.opm.gov/insure/fastfacts/quickguide.pdf



OTHER INFORMATION:

If you are initially appointed to a career-conditional position, you must serve a 1-year probationary period.

If you are a current permanent federal employee and are selected from this announcement, you may be required to serve a 1-year probationary period.

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.  Go to: http://www.sss.gov

The referral list from this public notice may be used to fill subsequent positions (similar title, series and grade, location, and KSA requirements) within 180 days of the date the referral list was issued.

Related non-federal experience or related experience as retired members of the uniformed services may be credited towards computing entitlement to leave accrual, at managerial discretion, providing that experience meets certain criteria.  This provision allows new employees to earn annual leave at a higher rate than would otherwise be allowed. (5 Code of Federal Regulations, 630).

You must maintain a valid State Driver’s License at all times because you are required to drive government vehicles on government and public roads. If you fail to maintain a valid State Driver’s License at all times, you will be removed from your position.

The Bureau of Reclamation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Selection for positions is made solely on the basis of merit, fitness and qualifications without regard to race, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other non-merit factors.



HOW TO APPLY:

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Applications (resume and assessment questionnaire) 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 blue APPLY ONLINE button at the top of the 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: http://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

-- E-mail to tcarlton@usbr.gov

-- Fax directly to the HR Office at (208) 378-5023

-- Mail to the Bureau of Reclamation, ATTN: PN-1445, 1150 North Curtis Road, Suite 100, Boise, Idaho 83706-1234 – or –

-- Hand deliver to the Bureau of Reclamation, Human Resources – Room 109, 1150 North Curtis Road, Boise, Idaho.

Include your name and the vacancy number on the supporting documents.

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.

DD-214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty:  If you are entitled to 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. If you have a compensable service connected disability, submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and the required documentation requested by this form, in addition to the DD-214.

For information on veteran's eligibility visit: http://www.opm.gov/veterans/html/vetguide.asp

CTAP/ICTAP: 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 85 on the assessment questionnaire as established, and be able to perform the duties of the position upon entry.  For information on CTAP/ICTAP, http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp

Transcripts:  Applicants MUST furnish a copy of your college transcripts.  If selected, you will be required to provide official college transcripts to verify your educational qualifications prior to reporting for work.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Teresa Carlton
Phone: 208-378-6544
Fax: 208-378-5023
Email: tcarlton@usbr.gov
Agency Information:
BUREAU OF RECLAMATION
1150 N. Curtis Road, Suite 100
Attn: PN-1438
Boise, ID
83706-1234
US
Fax: 208-378-5023

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

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 the USAJOBS profile.

If you are determined to be in the Best Qualified group, you may be required to submit written, essay-style responses to additional assessment questions as a continuation of the evaluation process. Failure to respond to the additional assessment questions will result in loss of further consideration for this position.


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Job Announcement Number:

BR-PN-DE-GC-13-059

Control Number:

333628000