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Job Title:  Supervisory General Engineer, GS-0801-14 (DEU-JR)
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Bureau of Reclamation
Job Announcement Number:  BR-MP-2013-040

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$103,500.00 to $134,547.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, February 05, 2013 to Monday, February 25, 2013
Full-time - Permanent
1 vacancy - Sacramento, CA, US  View 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:

Embark on an exciting future! Reclamation is seeking a mid-career professional engineer looking for an opportunity to capitalize on their engineering expertise to manage an active engineering design and construction program. Be involved in new construction, repair, replacement and rehabilitation of water resource infrastructures e.g., hydroelectric generation plants, storage dams and reservoirs, pumping facilities, water conveyance/irrigation systems, facilities for fish and wildlife restoration and improvements, etc.

This position located with the Bureau of Reclamation, Division of Design and Construction in Sacramento, CA. For information on Sacramento, go to website:

Additional positions may be filled from this announcement.


  • Professional Engineering License required.
  • Selectee is subject to detailed background investigation.
  • Travel is required 5-10% of the time.
  • Selectee required to file financial disclosure report annually.


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  • Serves as the Regional Engineer and as Chief of Division of Design and Construction.
  • Exercises primary staff responsibility for advising the Regional Director and the Denver Technical Service Center (TSC) on Regional design, construction, geologic exploration, geotechnical engineering, safety of dams, value engineering and related activities.
  • Participates in the programming and scheduling of design and construction activities and provides assistance to Area Offices, Mid Pacific Construction Office, and other Regional Divisions in expediting and coordinating the Regional design and construction program.
  • Manages the Division staff in the preparation and review of engineering designs and specifications associated with new construction, repair, replacement and rehabilitation of water and power resource development facilities, environmental enhancement and restoration, and recreational projects.
  • Provides final review and approval of planning, pre-construction and specifications designs, estimates, construction considerations, schedules and related work.
  • Provides Region-wide geologic and geo-technical services necessary to support planning, design, construction, safety of dams and project operations.
  • Serves as Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) for supply and service procurements related to engineering, geology and photogrammetry work.
  • Supervises a staff of approximately 50 employees comprised of civil, electrical, mechanical and structural engineers, geologist, natural resource specialists, cartographic technicians, land surveyors, engineering technicians and administrative support staff. Performs the full range of personnel management duties.


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Selective Placement Factor: A current professional engineering license is required for the technical review/approval authority required on engineering design and construction documents.

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 the Selective Placement Factor and Basic Education, applicants must have specialized experience as defined below:

GS-14: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-13 grade level.

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

GS-14: Professional engineering experience responsible for reviewing/approving engineering designs, cost estimates, construction specifications required for the planning, design and construction of complex and difficult civil works projects related to power and/or the storage and conveyance of water such as canals, dams, pipelines or tunnels.  Work experience should be at the senior level and demonstrate most of the following: project management, planning and budgeting; maintaining contact and collaborative working relationships with state, federal and local agencies; providing counsel to project stakeholders and outside organizations concerning complex design and construction issues; and ability to lead and supervise a multi-discipline staff. 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.

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


Human Resources (HR) will review resumes and transcript(s) 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. Knowledge of professional engineering concepts, principles, and practices pertaining to engineering design, construction, and geotechnical engineering for water resources projects.
2. Knowledge of and experience reviewing and implementing engineering plans, designs, specifications, statements of work, and cost estimates for water resource and related projects.
3. Ability to communicate in writing to prepare technical engineering reports and documents.
4. Ability to represent the agency on highly controversial issues to develop support for water resources decisions and persuade others to accept particular actions, concepts, or approaches.
5. Ability to manage an engineering program and supervise a complex and technical organization composed of a diversified staff.

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.

To preview questions please click here.


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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 be authorized for payment by the Bureau of Reclamation. Specific entitlements will be determined at time of selection.

Employment Conditions:
- Travel is required approximately 10% of the time.
- Operation of a Government vehicle required; therefore, a valid State driver's license is required.
- Position requires selectee to file a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE Form 450 upon entry to the position and annually thereafter.
- This is a supervisory position. Selectee must serve a one-year supervisory probationary period, unless this requirement has previously been met.
- Selectee is required to complete a one-year probationary period, unless this requirement has previously been met.
- Successful adjudication of personnel security investigation required.
- Work is indoors and outdoors, subject to prevailing weather and terrain.
- Selectee is required to use a government-issued credit card for business related travel.
- All Federal employees are required by PL 104-134 to have federal payment made by direct deposit

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.

P.E. License:  A current valid professional engineering license.  Provide proof of license with your application.

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 candidates eligible under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) you must submit the appropriate DD-214 (Member 4 Copy) documenting your eligibility.
-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 Resource Office
Phone: 916-978-5471
Fax: 916-978-5563
Agency Information:
2800 Cottage Way
Room E-1907
Attn: MP-500
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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