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Job Title:  Hydrologic Techician, GS-1316-7 (DEU-JR)
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Bureau of Reclamation
Job Announcement Number:  BR-MP-2013-025

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$38,790.00 to $50,431.00 / Per Year
Thursday, January 17, 2013 to Friday, February 15, 2013
Full-time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Willows, CA, USView 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, 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:

Do you want to serve in a pivotal technical support role? Do you have good hydrologic skills and like working outdoors? We have just the opportunity for you! Come, join us, and become a vital part of our Water and Lands Management Team who administer water service contracts for the sale of water to water users in Northern California. Be involved in carrying out hydrographic work required to measure water deliveries and computer quantities of water delivered to water customers along the Sacramento River. You will be a valued team member and your technical support will assist the Mid-Pacific Region in accomplishing its mission.

This position is located with the Bureau of Reclamation, Northern California Area Office, Water and Lands Division, in Willows, CA. For information on the NCAO visit: For more information about Willows, CA go to:

Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement.


  • Must possess and a valid state driver's license.
  • Subject to pre-employment physical


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  • Conducts, plans and carries out the hydrographic work required to measure water deliveries and compute quantities of approximately 60 meters at water diversions sites spanning 50 miles of the Sacramento River.
  • Determines daily need for field measurements. Measures actual water deliveries to verify meter accuracies, coefficients, and rating curves.
  • Makes water service compliance checks by identifying crops, the location, and the use of water from each diversion.
  • Uses a variety of equipment and methods, including digital, mechanical, venturi, acoustic Doppler and transit time meters, rated flumes, open-flow weirs, siphons, level transducer data loggers and pump curves, Sontek's Flow Tracker, River Surveyor, Marsh McBirney and Price double AA current meters.
  • Calibrates and maintains water measuring equipment to ensure accuracy of readings. Performs annual maintenance on water meters.
  • Ensures accurate recording and reporting of data collection. Computes quantities of water chargeable to water districts or individual water users using meter readings, pump hours, kilowatt hours, rating tables, and pump coefficients. Uses automation systems to create and maintain computer spread sheets, log sheets and generate reports.


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Applicants must have specialized experience or additional education as defined below:

GS-07: One year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-06 level in the Federal service OR one year of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or equivalent master's or graduate degree in a field 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-07: Field experience using a variety of water measuring devises to collect, compute, and process hydrologic data gathered from rivers, streams, wells etc., using software applications to compute and generate hydrologic data, charts and reports, and installing and maintaining water measurement instruments and devices to assure accuracy of data collection. These examples are not all inclusive.

This vacancy announcement allows substituting education for experience. You must submit a copy of your college transcript unofficial copy is acceptable) to support your education if you are substituting education for experience. Transcripts must include the name of the college or university and date the degree was conferred.

Applicants must meet all qualification, and as applicable, time-in-grade, and selective factor 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 60 minutes. Applicants determined well-qualified will be referred to the selecting official.

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. Veterans with preference will be placed at the top of their respective category.
-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 hydrologic methods, practices, instruments, and equipment to measure water deliveries and compute quantities of water released to water users.
2. Knowledge and skill to operate, test, repair and adjust field equipment and instruments to ensure accuracy of data and efficient operability of field equipment.
3. Ability to evaluate hydrologic data, and in using software applications to compile, calculate, and generate information in various technical and visual formats for reports, briefings and decision documents.
4. Ability to communicate orally and in writing and to gain cooperation with landowners and water management operations.

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:


Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses are not authorized for payment by the Bureau of Reclamation. Any cost incurred in reporting for duty are the responsibility of the selectee.

Employment Conditions:
-Travel is required approximately 10% of the time.
-Fieldwork requires some physical exertion to stand for long periods; walk over uneven surfaces; bend, crouch, stoop, stretch, reach, etc.; and lift moderately heavy items up to 50 pounds.
-Meter measurements are made by wading, from walkways or bridges.
-Work is indoors and outside, subject to prevailing weather and terrain.
-Operation of a Government vehicle required; therefore, you must possess a valid State's driver's license. Driving record will be verified prior to final selection. Will be required to obtain and maintain a valid California driver's license.
-Position may be subject to successful completion of a one year probationary period.
-Position is represented by the National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE Local 591).

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.

For a list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding the Federal hiring process visit: Legal and Regulatory Guidance:


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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): Applicants must furnish a copy of your college transcript(s), if using education to qualify for the position. 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-50noting 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: 916-978-5563
Agency Information:
2800 Cottage Way
Sacramento, CA
Fax: 916-978-5563


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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