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Job Title:  Natural Resource Specialist
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Bureau of Reclamation
Job Announcement Number:  BR-DEGP-WY-13-08

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 $74,628.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, February 06, 2013 to Thursday, September 17, 2015
Full-time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Mills, WY, 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 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-GP-WY-13-11, for current Federal employees serving under competitive service career or career-conditional appointments, former Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility, VEOA eligible veterans or persons eligible for non-competitive appointment under special appointing authorities (such as 30% disabled veterans).  If you are interested in applying under both announcement numbers, you must submit application packages for each

Reclamation is seeking a career professional looking for an opportunity to capitalize on his/her expertise as a Natural Resource Specialist. You can make a difference in the West by assisting in meeting increasing water demands while protecting the environment.

Would you enjoy ensuring the safe and efficient operation of Government facilities? The incumbent works with irrigation districts developing and updating water conservation plans as well as assisting with the preparation and administration of contracts and agreements.

Here is a great opportunity to join an organization with excellent growth potential!

LOCATION: Great Plains Region, Wyoming Area Office, Water and Land Operations Division, Mills, WY.

For living conditions go to:

Relocation expenses will not be paid by the Government.  Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee.

Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement.


  • U.S. Citizenship or National.
  • You must submit a resume and supporting documentation (See How to Apply).
  • You must meet education and/or specialized experience (See Qualifications).
  • Submit transcript(s) to verify the education requirements.
  • Occasional travel required. Valid State driver's license is required.
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by background investigation.


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-  Works with multi-disciplinary teams regarding evaluation of natural resource usage and contract matters.
-  Works with irrigation districts regarding water management activities.
-  Works on plans involving land and water management activities.
-  Develops objectives, schedules, budgets, and plans for special project investigations involved water and natural resources.  Prepares or assists in the preparation of reports documenting the results of the special investigations.
-  Assists in the development and administration of water service and repayment contracts, grants, and agreements.
-  Represents WYAO in meetings and conferences regarding water and natural resource issues.


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MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must first meet the Basic Education Qualification Requirements listed below:

A. Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a Bachelor's or higher degree in Biological Sciences, Agriculture, Natural Resource Management, Chemistry, or related Biological Science disciplines appropriate to the position.


B. Combination of directly related education and experience. Education must include courses that are equivalent to a major, as shown in (A) above (24 semester hours of progressive courses in the Biological Sciences field leading to a degree). Experience must demonstrate the applicant possesses the appropriate knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the duties of the position.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS: In addition to meeting the Basic Education Qualification Requirements, applicants must have Specialized Experience and/or directly related education in the amounts below:

GS-7: 1 year of directly related, graduate-level education -or- Superior Academic Achievement -or- 1 year of Specialized Experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-5 level in the Federal service -OR- combination of education and experience.

GS-9: 2 years of directly related, progressively higher level graduate education -or- Master's or equivalent graduate degree -or- 1 year of Specialized Experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-7 level in the Federal service -OR- a combination of education and experience.

GS-11: 3 years of directly related, progressively higher level graduate education, -or- Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree -or- 1 year of Specialized Experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-9 level in the Federal Service -OR- combination of education and experience.

SUPERIOR ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT: Superior Academic Achievement is based on 1) class standing, 2)grade-point average, or 3) honor society membership. Specific requirements are: 1) Class Standing: Upper third of graduating class based on completed courses; 2a) Grade Point Average: 3.0 or higher as recorded on official transcript or as computed based on 4 years of education; 2b) based on courses completed during the final full 2 years of curriculum; -OR- 2c) 3.5 or higher based on average of courses completed in the specific major field of study; or 3) Honor Society Membership: Election to membership in a national scholastic honor society listed in the Association of College Honor Societies, Booklet of Information, and/or Baird's Manual of American College Fraternities (membership in a freshman honor society cannot be used to meet the requirements of this provision.)

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: Experience in one (01) of the following areas: water management, reservoir operation, irrigation delivery system operation, irrigation water conservation, management of natural resources, land management, contract administration, studies involving land and water resources, natural resources involving multi-disciplinary teams. 

GS-09: Experience in at least two (02) of the following areas: water management, reservoir operation, irrigation delivery system operation, irrigation water conservation, management of natural resources, land management, contract administration, studies involving land and water resources, natural resources studies involving inter-disciplinary teams.

GS-11: Experience in at least three (03) of the following areas: water management, reservoir operation, irrigation delivery system operation, irrigation water conservation, management of natural resources, land management, contract administration, studies involving land and water resources, natural resources studies involving inter-disciplinary teams.

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 will result in you being rated not qualified for the position.

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.

You must meet all qualification requirements and any selective placement factors by the closing date of this announcement.


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) Highly Qualified, 2) 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 60 minutes to complete.

Applicants will be further evaluated on the following "Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs)" through your resume and responses to the online question:

1.  Professional knowledge of the principles, concepts, and methodology of water and natural resource management. 

2.  Knowledge of Reclamation guidelines regarding water contracts, grants, and agreements.

3.  Ability to plan work in advance, prepare schedules, and monitor work accomplishments and budget expectations related to natural resources studies, contracts and agreements.  Ability to work on/with a variety of teams. 

4.  Skill in oral communications to effectively communicate with internal and external customers and the public.

5.  Skill in written communications to prepare correspondence, permits and letters; and to review and/or prepare reports, budgets, and environmental documents.  

Applicants' answers to questions will be verified against information provided in their online resumes. 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. 

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, and holidays; life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit:


-This position requires occasional travel.

-Operation of a Government vehicle is required; therefore, a valid State driver's license is required. Driving record will be verified prior to final selection.

-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.


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Applications (resume, assessment questionnaire, and supporting documents) 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 on the right 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 your USAJOBS profile - instructions provided during the online application process. In addition, you may E-mail your supporting documentation to; fax directly to the HR Office at 406-247-7875; mail to P.O. Box 36900, Billings, MT 59107-6900; OR hand-deliver to 316 North 26th St., Billings, MT. Include your name and the vacancy number on the supporting document(s).

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 you have foreign education you must also submit evidence that any education completed in a foreign institution is equivalent to U.S. educational standards. 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-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 placement factors, education and experience requirements and score at least 85 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: 406-247-7696
Fax: 406-247-7875
Agency Information:
P.O. Box 36900
Billings, MT
Fax: 406-247-7875


After application packages have been received, resumes, assessment questionnaires, and transcript(s) will be reviewed to ensure applicants meet the basic qualification requirements. Applicants who meet 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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