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Job Title:  Civil Engineer, GS-0810-09/11 (DEU-LM)
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Bureau of Reclamation
Job Announcement Number:  BR-MP-2013-016

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$56,172.00 to $88,349.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, January 08, 2013 to Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Full-time - Permanent
1 vacancy - Byron, CA, US  View Map

United State Citizens


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, Shasta Dam on the Sacramento 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:

Want to work for a contemporary water management agency whose mission is to assist in meeting the increasing water demands of the West while protecting the environment and the public's investment? Join the staff of the Bureau of Reclamation as a Civil Engineer. Be involved in the design, installation, operations and maintenance of water control facilities and hydroelectric power plants.

This position is located with the Bureau of Reclamation, South-Central California Area Office, Tracy Engineering O & M Division, Facilities Engineering Branch, in Byron, CA (located near Tracy, CA). For more information on the Byron area visit: and


  • A pre-employment physical is required.
  • Required to file an annual financial disclosure agreement.


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Position may be filled at the GS-09 or GS-11 level and will serve as a Civil Engineer.  Duties at the GS-09 level are developmental in nature, leading to the full performance level of GS-11.

At the full performance GS-11 level, the incumbent prepares and reviews designs for portions of large projects or complete designs for smaller; Prepares technical portions of construction or procurement specifications; Reviews designs and specifications prepared in Project or Field Offices or by contractors under basic ordering agreements for technical adequacy; Prepares and coordinates the preparation of cost estimates; Provides technical assistance to Project Offices on the functional adequacy or safety of existing structures, features, or equipment; Participates in inspections of work sites to ascertain conditions, identify problems related to assigned work, and to develop and recommend possible solutions; Determines the construction period for proposed actions and prepares schedules.

The incumbent may be non-competitively promoted to the next level of the position upon meeting all regulatory requirements; certification by the supervisor of successful performance; completion of all training requirements; and the availability of work at the next higher grade level.  

Note: Promotion is not automatic.


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Minimum Education Requirement:

Applicants must meet the Basic Education Qualification Requirements listed below:
A. 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.
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 (see U.S. Office of Personnel Management qualifications standards operating manual for specifics): (1) professional registration; (2) written test (EIT); (3) specified academic courses; (4) related curriculum.
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.

In addition to meeting Basic Education, applicants must have specialized experience or additional education as defined below: 
GS-09: One year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-07 level in the Federal service; OR, two years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or equivalent graduate degree directly related to the work of the position.
GS-11: One year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-09 level in the Federal service; OR, three years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or equivalent doctoral degree directly related to the work of the position.

Definition of Specialized Experience: To meet specialized experience, your resume must describe experience that demonstrates the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities as follows:
GS-09: Applying detailed steps and processes in reviewing and adjusting engineering drawings, specifications, costs estimates; developing or analyzing detailed designs, contract drawings or specifications covering the site, size and layout of structures; preparing or analyzing contract specifications (e.g., items of work and units of measurement for payment, site preparation requirements, methods and process of construction and installation of equipment, performance requirements of materials and components, methods, and control of materials).
GS-11: Planning and carrying out various portions of complex civil engineering projects under general guidance from a higher level engineer; preparing, analyzing, and evaluating project plans, designs, specifications, cost estimates, engineering alternatives, proposals, and related engineering documents. These examples are not all inclusive.

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 may result in you being rated not qualified for the position.

Applicants must meet all qualification requirements, by the closing date of this announcement.


Human Resources will review resumes and transcripts to ensure applicants meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided in the assessment questionnaire. The assessment questionnaire will take approximately 20 minutes. Applicants determined well-qualified will be referred to the selecting official.

Category Rating and Selection procedures are being used for this position.  If you meet the basic qualification requirements, your on-line responses to the vacancy's assessment questions 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, 3) Qualified.  Veterans with preference will be placed at the top of their respective group.    
Best Qualified candidates are those who meet minimum qualifications, are highly proficient in the major requirement(s) of the position, and proficient in most of the remaining aspects of the position.  
Well Qualified candidates are those who meet minimum qualifications and are proficient in most aspects of the position.
Qualified candidates are those who meet minimum qualifications and possess only a few aspects of the position.

Applicants will be further evaluated on the following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs) through their resume and responses to the online questions.

1. Knowledge of professional engineering concepts, theories, principles and practices to perform assignments pertaining to the construction, rehabilitation, and repair of civil engineering projects.

2. Knowledge of design to prepare, review and analyze engineering drawings, plans, cost estimates and specifications.

3. Ability to communicate technical information in writing and verbally to prepare technical reports and correspondence and to coordinate project activities and documents with others.

Applicants must make a fair and accurate assessment of their qualifications. Applicants rating themselves higher than is apparent in their description of experience, competencies, skills, and/or education/training OR whose resume/application is incomplete may be removed from employment consideration.

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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:


Relocation Expenses: Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses (with the exception of the Guaranteed Home Sale provisions) may be authorized for payment by the Bureau of Reclamation. Specific entitlements will be determined at time of selection.

Employment Conditions:
-Travel is required approximately 5% of the time.
Position may be subject to successful completion of a one year probationary period depending.
-Required to file a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE Form 450 prior to final appointment and annually thereafter.
-Operation of a Government vehicle required; therefore, a valid driver's license is required.
-Successful adjudication of personnel security investigation required.-All Federal employees are required by PL 104-134 to have federal payments made by direct deposit.
Charge Card: The selectee will be required to obtain and use a government-issued charge card for any business-related travel and must adhere to the rules and regulations governing its use.
Optional Form 306 (OF-306):  Before final appointment and again before you begin work, you will be required to sign and certify the accuracy of the information in your application.  If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or you may be subject to fine, imprisonment, or other disciplinary action.
strong>Physical Effort: Employee frequently lifts and carries objects weighing up to 50 pounds. Standing, bending, reaching, climbing for long periods of time may be required.
Pre-Employment Physical: Selected applicant for this position is required to obtain a successful reimbursable pre employment physical examination by a licensed physician certifying to his/her ability to perform the duties of the position.
Working Conditions: Work is indoors and outside, subject to prevailing weather and terrain. Works around moving equipment and energized power sources. Employee is routinely exposed to dust, fumes, and noise and is subject to conditions which may cause injury.
Selective Service: Male applicants born on or after January 1, 1960, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service Law.  To register for Selective Service or to verify that you have registered, please 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 factor.
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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 a USAJOBS profile (instructions are provided during the online application process.) In addition, applicants may E-mail their supporting documentation to, fax directly to the HR Office at 916-978-5563, or mail or hand-deliver to USBR/ATTN: HR, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825. Include your name and the vacancy number on the supporting document(s).
Applicants needing assistance in applying online should contact the HR Office at 916-978-5476. If applying online poses a hardship contact the HR Office prior to the closing date of the announcement for an alternative method of applying.
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:
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.
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:

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:


Human Resources Office
Phone: 916-978-5476
Fax: 916-978-5496
Agency Information:
2800 Cottage Way
Room E-1907
Attn: MP-500
Sacramento, CA
Fax: 916-978-5496


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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