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Job Title:Civil Engineer GS-0810-12 (DEU-JR)

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Bureau of Reclamation

Job Announcement Number:BR-MP-2013-031

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$73,655.00 to $95,750.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, January 29, 2013 to Friday, February 15, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0810-12

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy - Sacramento, CA, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

All United States Citizens and 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, 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: http://www.usbr.gov; and view our DVD titled "Traditions, Talent, and Teamwork" at: http://www.usbr.gov/pmts/hr/video/

Reclamation is seeking a mid-career civil engineer looking for an opportunity to capitalize on their expertise in an active design and construction environment. Be involved in the developing design, analysis, cost estimates and construction specificaitons for civil engineering features of water and power facilities and strucutes. 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, Mid-Pacific Region, Division of Design and Construction, duty station, Sacramento, CA. For information on Sacramento, go to website: http://www.saccounty.net

Additional positions may be filled through this announcement as vacancies occur.

Announcement updated to correct. (1) Position is a GS-12 only; no promotion potential to a higher grade.  (2) Financial disclosure not required.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Travel is required up to 10% of the time.
  • Position subject to a background investigation.

DUTIES:

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  • Prepares preliminary design studies, design memoranda, final designs calculations, plans, technical specification provisions and labor and materials estimates.
  • Establishes design, related data criteria, and requirements and methods for data collection.
  • Reviews design work prepared by others for acceptability, conformance to appropriate standards, instructions, policies and legal requirements, and cost effectiveness. 
  • Resolves conflicts and differences to assure compatibility with the project objectives.
  • Adapts or modifies design criteria to meet field conditions.  
  • Prepares task orders for work to be done under contract. Serves as Contracting Officer's Technical Representative.
  • Prepares correspondence, technical reports, estimates, fact sheets, status reports and schedules to complete project assignments.
  • Provides technical guidance to a team of engineers and technicians assigned on a project-by-project basis.  Coordinates and integrates work products with others and provides technical support, advice, and consultation to others in the regional office and in project or construction offices.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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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.
*OR*
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-12: One year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal service.

Definition of Specialized Experience: To meet specialized experience, your resume must describe experience that demonstrates the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities as follows:

GS-12: Professional engineering experience in civil engineering design and cost estimating which involved preparing preliminary and final designs and specifications or appraisal and feasibility designs, and costs estimates for the construction, repair or rehabilitation projects associated water storage or water conveyance structures or distribution facilities (e.g., dams, reservoirs, canals pumping plants, power generation systems, connected electrical facilities, switchyards, substations. These examples are not all inclusive.


This position has a mandatory education requirement; you must furnish 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

You must meet all qualification requirements, including time-in-grade restrictions and any selective factors, by the closing date of this announcement.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

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 best-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. Professional knowledge of civil engineering concepts, principles and practices and familiarity with other engineering disciplines to prepare and review engineering designs, cost estimates and specifications for new construction and repair/rehabilitation of existing water resources structures and facilities.
2. Skills in project management to prepare long and short range work plans, integrate and coordinate work with others; and adjust schedules and budgets to meet changing priorities.
3. Ability to communicate technical information orally and in writing.

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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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:

Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses 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 up to 10% of the time.
-Operation of a Government vehicle required; therefore, a valid State driver's license is required.
-Selectee may be subject to successful completion of a one-year probationary period.
-Required to obtain and use a government-issued charge card for any business-related travel.
-This posiitoni is includd in the bargaining unit representated by NFEE, Local 951.

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.

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: http://www.sss.gov/

For a list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding the Federal hiring process visit: http://www.opm.gov/employ/students/fedhire.asp#authorities

Legal and Regulatory Guidance: http://www.usajobs.gov/lrg/



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 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: 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 a USAJOBS profile (instructions are provided during the online application process.) In addition, applicants may E-mail their supporting documentation to mpjobs@usbr.gov, 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.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

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: http://www.opm.gov/veterans/html/vetguide.as http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.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:

Human Resource Office
Phone: 916-978-5471
Fax: 916-978-5563
Email: mpjobs@usbr.gov
Agency Information:
BUREAU OF RECLAMATION
2800 Cottage Way
Room E-1907
Attn: MP-500
Sacramento, CA
95825-1898
US
Fax: 916-978-5563

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-MP-2013-031

Control Number:

336696200