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Job Title:  Engineering Technician (Civil), GS-802-9
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Bureau of Reclamation
Job Announcement Number:  BR-UC-2012-36 (DE-LMA)

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$47,448.00 to $61,678.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 to Monday, January 07, 2013
Full-time - Permanent
1 vacancy - Albuquerque, NM, US  View Map

All United States citizens and 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: View our DVD titled "Traditions, Talent, and Teamwork" at:

Reclamation is seeking a mid-career professional looking for an opportunity to capitalize on his/her expertise as an Engineering Technician (Civil). You can make a difference in the West by assisting in meeting increasing water demands while protecting the environment.

Would you enjoy preparing engineering drawings; collecting and analyzing hydrologic data for use in construction projects; using engineering software; monitoring contracts; and surveying?  Here is a great opportunity to join a great organization with excellent growth potential!

Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid by our agency.  Expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the individual selected.

LOCATION: UPPER COLORADO REGION, Albuquerque Area Office, Major Projects Division, Projects Group 1, duty stationed in Albuquerque N.M. For living conditions go to:

Additional positions may be filled as needs of agency warrant.


  • You must be a United States citizen or National.
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation.
  • Must apply online, submit resume & supporting documents (See how to apply)
  • You must meet specialized experience requirements (See Qualifications).
  • For veterans preference, submit documents listed under Required Documents.
  • You may be subject to a one year probationary period.


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- Coordinates, plans, performs and reviews fieldwork to collect data for use in design of water resources engineering projects. Prepares specifications, work plans and cost estimates. Performs field surveys and hydrologic data collection.
- Participates in the design of engineering projects and reviews design reports. Determines material quantities and properties for projects. Produces maps and interprets spatial data with Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) and Geographic Information System (GIS) software.
- Develops specifications and/or delivery orders for construction and service contracts, cooperative agreements and memoranda of understanding. Performs contract administration and oversight.
- Coordinates with interested parties inside and outside the organization to convey relevant information through reports and technical data preparation.
- Fieldwork involves some travel, lifting up to 50 lbs and climbing ladders.


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GS-9 applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-8 level in Federal Service.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Examples of specialized experience include experience with potable water production, water quality testing or water delivery systems such as wells or water transmission piping systems.

Graduate education or an internship meets the specialized experience requirement if the education is directly related to the work of the position. Two full years of graduate education or a master's degree meets the requirements for GS-9.  If you are qualifying based on education, you must submit transcripts with your application.

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 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. Practical knowledge of, and skill in applying hydrologic principles, procedures and work techniques to perform field data collection and land surveys, and interpret data.
2. Knowledge of computer software including Word, Excel, GIS, CADD etc. to produce reports, spreadsheets, database queries and maps, organize and manipulate data, establish and maintain files and prepare technical reports.
3. Knowledge of, and skill in the area of contract administration to monitor compliance with specifications, and to prepare vouchers, change orders and other documents.
4. Ability to consistently develop and sustain cooperative working relationships.

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. Applicants who exaggerate or falsify their experience and/or education may be removed from employment consideration.

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:


References: On your application, please include the names and current phone numbers for at least 3 supervisory references. If any individual is no longer available for contact, you are requested to provide the name and current phone number of another person with the company (team lead, acting supervisor etc.) that would know your work history.

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:

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 factors.


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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 your USAJOBS profile - instructions provided during the online application process. In addition, you may E-mail your supporting documentation to, fax directly to the HR Office at (801) 524-3187, mail to 125 South State Street, Room 6107 (UC-549), Salt Lake City, Utah 84138, OR hand-deliver to 125 South State Street, Room 7402 (UC-549), Salt Lake City, Utah 84138. Include your name and the 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.


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, you must provide a copy of your DD-214, and you should indicate on your resume the type of veterans' preference you are claiming. 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 veterans' 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 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:

--TRANSCRIPT(S): If substituting education for experience, 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.



Angelica Rodriguez
Phone: 801-524-3794
Fax: 801-524-3187
Agency Information:
125 S. State St., Room 6107
Attn: UC-549
Salt Lake City, UT
Fax: 801-524-3187


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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