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Job Title:Safety Engineer, GS-0803-13 (Rob-DEU)

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Bureau of Reclamation

Job Announcement Number:BR-DO-2013-002

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$87,815.00 to $114,158.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, January 08, 2013 to Monday, February 04, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0803-13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy - Lakewood, CO, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

All United States Citizens and United States 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-DO-2013-003 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 Safety Engineer with a significant fire protection background.  You can make a difference in the West by providing specialized knowledge of safety and fire protection engineering practices.

Would you enjoy providing risk-based safety and fire protection expertise in the operations and maintenance of Reclamation's hydroelectric powerplants, pumping plants and other facitlities throughout the western United States.

LOCATION:  Security, Safety and Law Enforcement; Safety and Health Office; Denver, CO.

Reclamation has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.

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

NON-CRITICAL SENSITIVE (requiring Secret access):

This position is designated as a NON-CRITICAL SENSITIVE National Security position.  It requires a fully completed and favorably adjudicated National Security Background Investigation (BI, MBI or ANACI/NACLC or equivalent – specific level depends on Public Trust component of position designation) that is current (within last 10 years).  This is a condition of employment.

A Professional Engineering License, Certified Safety Professional, and/or Certified Industrial Hygienist is desirable but not required.

 This position requires the following:

-  frequent travel - approximately 25% of the time.

Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship or 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)
  • Submit transcript(s) to verify education requirements;
  • This position requires a ORE-450 Financial Disclosure statement

DUTIES:

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- Serves as the Reclamation lead for the life safety program, developing risk-based guidance and criteria for life safety assessments and National Fire Code compliance at Reclamation facilities and operations.

- Develops appropriate bureau-wide life safety and fire protection directives and standards and other related guidance. 

- Advises on, administers, or performs research or other professional and scientific work in fire investigation; the development of fire prevention projects; the design, construction, inspection, testing, or operation of firefighting or fire-prevention appliances, devices, and systems, or the testing of fire-resistant materials.

- Develops and conducts Reclamation-wide technical training and guidance in subject matter area.

- Develops and maintains Safety and Fire Protection Engineering technical information including, but not limited to, standard details and specifications.

- Prepares written technical or management reports for the Safety and Occupational Health Manager and the Security, Safety and Law Enforcement Director, for internal and external release.

- Reclamations representative in subject matter meetings and workshops with representatives from the private sector and other local, state, or federal agencies.  Make presentations in these and other settings.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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

GS-13:  1 year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-12 level in Federal service.

GS-13: Specialized experience includes any of the following -- 1) demonstrated experience with managing a safety program; 2) demonstrated experience with managing a Fire protection program; or 3) a combination of the two.

WHEN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC.  WE CANNOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. 


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.

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

Degree: professional engineering. To be acceptable, the curriculum must: (1) be in 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 (more advanced than 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
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 the following:

1) Professional Registration: Current registration as a professional engineer. Proof must be submitted with application. If you have achieved registration by means other than a written test, you will be eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the speciality field of your registration.

2) Written Test: Evidence of having successfully passed the Engineer in Training (EIT) examination, 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.

4) Related curriculum: Successful completion of a 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, may be accepted in lieu of a degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance.

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, including any selective 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)  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. Professional knowledge of Safety and Fire Protection Engineering theories, principles, practices, and techniques including state-of-the-art techniques and materials in order to assess, design, preserve or rehabilitate a wide array of new, existing, and historic structure types and complexities.

2. Mastery of, and skill in applying advanced theories, concepts, and principles practices in the science of professional Safety and Fire Protection Engineering sufficient to develop fire protection and safety system plans, fire safety reports, assessments, analyses, correspondence, and other technical documents, and to investigate fires with unusual causes, develop corrective actions, track trends, and share lessons learned.

3. Mastery of, and skill in applying advanced theories, concepts, and principles practices in the science of professional Safety and Fire Protection Engineering sufficient to prepare written technical or management reports for broad organizational release, and to make professional presentations to others.

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.


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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, 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.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc.  



OTHER INFORMATION:

- 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: http://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 affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability and genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.



HOW TO APPLY:

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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 the page.

This vacancy is being announced through Bureau of Reclamation 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. In addition, you may E-mail your supporting documentation to codo@usbr.gov, fax directly to the HR Office at 303-445-6349, mail to (DFC) 6th and Kipling Building 67, Columbia Room, Denver, CO 80225, OR hand-deliver to HR Office: Denver Federal Center (DFC) 6th and Kipling, Bldg 67, Columbia Room, Denver, CO 80225. 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.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

To be considered for this position, applicants are required to submit a resume (with dates of employment, i.e. years and months, part-time/full-time), 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.

--P.E. LICENSE:  A current valid professional engineering license.  Provide proof of license with your application. (Desirable but not a requirement)

- 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:  http://www.opm.gov/veterans/html/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 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:  http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

HR Receptionist
Phone: 303-445-2684
Fax: 303-445-6349
Email: codo@usbr.gov
Agency Information:
BUREAU OF RECLAMATION
P.O. Box 25007
DFC, Bldg. 67
Attn: 84-52200
Denver, CO
80225-0007
US
Fax: 303-445-6349

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 their USAJOBS profile.


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Job Announcement Number:

BR-DO-2013-002

Control Number:

335185000