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Job Title:  Security Guard (DEU-NW)
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Bureau of Reclamation
Job Announcement Number:  BR-LC-DE-13-10

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$31,315.00 to $40,706.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 to Friday, September 6, 2013
Full-Time - Permanent
few vacancies in the following location:
Hoover Dam, Boulder City, NV, USView Map
All United States Citizens and Nationals. Competition for the position of Security Guard is restricted by law to persons entitled to veterans' preference as long as such applicants are available for appointment.


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:
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Reclamation is seeking a career professional looking for an opportunity to capitalize on his/her expertise as a security guard.  You can make a difference in the West by assisting in protecting a National Critical Infrastructure. Responsibilities include the protection of property and lives in and around Hoover Dam from hazards such as terrorist or criminal activities, vandalism, sabotage, trespass, theft, fire accident, willful damage, and/or destruction.

LOCATION: Lower Colorado Region, Lower Colorado Dams Office, Security & Law Enforcement Office, Security & Law Enforcement Group, Hoover Dam, Boulder City, NV. 

Relocation expenses are not authorized.

Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement.

Be sure your resume meets the formatting requirements outlined in "How to Apply" and that your resume clearly reflects the specialized experience as defined in "Qualifications".


  • U.S. Citizenship or National.
  • You must hold a valid state driver's license.
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation.
  • You must apply online to be considered for this position.
  • Position requires a pre-employement physical.
  • Subject to working rotating shifts, evenings, weekends, and holidays.


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Duties include a broad range of communications, physical and electronic security, clerical, computer skills, and emergency management duties:

  • Protects Area Office facilities from hazards such as sabotage, espionage, trespass, theft, fire and accidental or willful damage and destruction, including controlling access to restricted areas within a National Critical Infrastructure facility.
  • Serves as the frontline in detection and assessment of intrusions into these highly secured areas.
  • Exercises courtesy and tact in the performance of all duties.
  • Monitors the Electronic Access Control and Surveillance System (EACSS), CCTV cameras, and ground-based radar for monitoring and protection of Hoover, Davis, and Parker Dams.


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You must meet all qualification requirements, including any applicable selective factors, by the closing date of this announcement.

To qualify at the GS-05 grade level, your resume must reflect one year of specialized experience in a Federal, State, municipal, local, or private protective organization that involved the protection of property.  Such experience must have provided a knowledge of protective systems and techniques and reflect experience utilizing electronic physical security systems. Acceptable experience includes service in the Armed Services or Coast Guard that involved the performance of guard duties on a regular or intermittent basis.



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.  Qualified candidates will be assigned a numerical score on a scale of 70-100 and Veterans with preference will be placed at the top of their respective category.  The assessment questionnaire will take you approximately 45 minutes to complete.

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

KSA 1.  Knowledge of a wide range of computer applications for the generation of reports, schedules, contracts, and analysis, and be skilled in the use of computer systems including electronic access control systems, electronic mail, Microsoft Office and or other word processing systems.

KSA 2.  Ability to effectively communicate both orally and in writing with diverse groups of customers.

KSA 3.  Knowledge of security, law enforcement, and emergency response procedures.

KSA 4.  Knowledge in a variety of areas, to include general physical security measures, general law enforcement measures, safety, and emergency operations.

Applicant’s answers to questions will be verified against information provided in their online resume. Be sure that the resume clearly supports the responses to all the questions by addressing experience, education and/or training relevant to this position.  Applicants must make a fair and accurate assessment of their qualifications.  If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is apparent in your description of experience, competencies, skills, and/or education/training OR that your resume/application is incomplete, you may be rated ineligible or your score may be lowered.

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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:


The position of Security Guard is restricted to Veterans Preference eligibles.  All qualified veterans preference eligibles will be considered before non-preference eligibles. 

Work Schedule: You may be subject to shift work and shift times are subject to be changed. You must be willing to accept a full time work schedule. You may be temporarily reassigned to other work sites with applicable compensation within the LC Region at management's discretion. You may be subject to abnormal work schedules and hours, weekend work, and working in all kinds of weather and temperatures.

Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. For more information 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. 

Probationary Period: Placement in this position requires you to complete a one-year probationary period.

Driver’s License/History: Operation of a Government vehicle required; therefore, you must possess a valid state driver’s license. A driving history check is required.

Working Conditions: This position will require regular and recurring physical exertion such as extended periods of standing, walking, driving and similar activities. You will engage in such exertions when climbing stairs while on both interior and exterior foot patrol. You will be required to climb in and around large commercial vehicles such as trucks with trailers and searching tour bus luggage compartments and inside the vehicles when assigned to various security checkpoints. A significant portion of the work is performed in an outdoor environment in extremely high temperatures, often as high as 120 degrees. Some of the work is performed in a power plant environment and will be exposed to high levels of noise.

Pre-employment Physical:  If selected, you are required to obtain and successfully pass a pre-employment physical examination by a licensed physician certifying to your ability to perform the duties of the position.  This is not required if a comparable examination was required for placement in your current position. Periodic physical examinations are required to be successfully passed for continued employment. 

Background Investigation/Security Clearance: If selected, you will be subject to a background investigation to determine fitness for employment and a security clearance.  A background investigation will be required for all new hires AND current employees who are not currently covered by a satisfactorily adjudicated Federal background investigation commensurate with the sensitivity designation of this position. Periodic reinvestigation is required.
Telework: Reclamation has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework only during an emergency or natural disaster.


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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 top of the 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.

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 that includes dates of employment, specifically years, months, and hours worked per week for each period of experience; an on-line assessment questionnaire; and the following supporting documents, as appropriate:

Veterans Preference:  If you are entitled to veterans' preference, 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, please provide your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), 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.

For information on veteran's eligibility, please visit:

CTAP/ICTAP Eligibles:  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:

The following link provides general resume formatting instructions:


Nicole Wilson
Phone: 702-293-8433
Fax: 000-000-0000
Agency Information:
P.O. Box 61470
Attn: LC-5413
Boulder City, NV
Fax: 000-000-0000


After all application packages have been received, resumes 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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