Job Overview


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:

Position is being advertised concurrently under BR-PN-VA-HH-13-078 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 journeyman-level Mechanic looking for an opportunity to capitalize on his/her expertise as a Plant Mechanic/Operator. You can make a difference in the West by assisting in meeting increasing power demands.

Duty Location - Hungry Horse, MT

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

Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement.


Responsible for locating trouble and maintaining mechanical equipment in a hydroelectric generating station, switchyard, dam and appurtenant structures.  Installs, modifies, repairs and tests new and existing mechanical equipment and systems. Performs maintenance on turbines, generators, governors, motors, pumps, scrape babbitt bearings, educators, valves, pipes, penstocks, air compressors and elevators.  Installs new equipment and relocates existing equipment as necessary, using precision visual, audio and optical instruments to insure critical alignment. Erects scaffolds, platforms, hoisting frames and devices to repair and replace machinery. Cleans parts and/or area as directed.

Operates gantry cranes, bridge cranes and hoist, moving, dismantling, assembling, overhauling and repairing of hydroelectric plant machinery and related equipment. Rigs for overhaul and maintenance of powerplant and dam equipment.

When assigned as a powerplant operator, duties include starting and stopping hydroelectric generating units, operating valves, gates and all related electrical and mechanical equipment or as directed by dispatchers or directed by supervisors.

Performs other related duties as assigned.