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Job Title:  Civil Engineer/Physical Scientist, GS-0810/1301-9/11 (JW-DEU)
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Bureau of Reclamation
Job Announcement Number:  BR-DO-2013-035

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$50,923.00 to $80,093.00 / Per Year
Thursday, February 07, 2013 to Thursday, February 28, 2013
Full-time - Permanent
Few vacancies in the following location(s):
Lakewood, CO, USView Map
80225View Map

All United States Citizens and United States 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:

our DVD titled "Traditions, Talent, and Teamwork" at:

Position is being advertised concurrently under BR-DO-2013-034, 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.

**This position may be filled by:  Civil Engineer, GS-0810 OR Physical Scientist, GS-1301.

Reclamation is seeking a career professional looking for an opportunity to capitalize on his/her expertise as a Civil Engineer/Physical Scientist. You can make a difference in the West by assisting in meeting increasing water demands while protecting the environment.  Would you enjoy conducting studies on river or reservoir sediment? Responsibilities include conducting studies on sedimentation transport and river hydraulics.

Here is a great opportunity to join a great organization with excellent growth potential!  Great Benefits Package: paid vacation, sick days, holidays, health and life insurance and an excellent retirement package.

LOCATION: Technical Resources, Technical Services Center, Water and Environmental Resources Division, Sedimentation and River Hydraulics Group, Denver, CO

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


  • U.S. Citizenship or U.S. National;
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation
  • You must submit a resume and supporting documentation; (See How to Apply)
  • You must meet specialized experience requirements; (See Qualifications)
  • Submit transcript(s) to verify education requirements;
  • For veterans consideration, submit document(s) under Required documents;


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- Conduct studies on sediment yields, sediment transport, river aggradation and degradation, reservoir sedimentation, and water surface profiles. Prepare written reports on findings and conclusions of these studies.

- Conduct field trips to gather scientific information and data for studies of sediment sources, reservoir sedimentation, and river channels with regard to aggradation, degradation, wetlands and other river morphological problems.

- Assists in development, analysis, and documentation of computer programs used in various areas and aspects of sedimentation and river hydraulic studies.

- Assists in special studies as a member of matrix teams, on any of a variety of topics to ensure that appropriate technical considerations are incorporated into plan formulation and decision-making processes.


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ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENT: In addition to meeting the Basic Education Qualification Requirements, applicants must have additional specialized experience as defined below:

GS-09: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-07 level in Federal service.

GS-11: 1 year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-09 level in 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-09:  Examples of specialized experience include work experience with at least three of the following six tasks:

1. Hydraulic modeling (numerical or laboratory modeling) of rivers or reservoirs (e.g., HEC-RAS or SRH-1D numerical models.

2. Surveys of river channels, canals, or reservoir (e.g., use of GPS or total station survey instruments, depth sounder, or velocity profiler).

3. Sediment measurements of bed-material size or sediment load.

4. Geomorphic assessment of river channels.

5. Sediment analysis or modeling of rivers or reservoirs.

6. Technical writing of reports, conference papers, or journal articles.

GS-11: Examples of specialized experience include work experience with at least five of the following seven tasks:

1. Hydraulic modeling (numerical or laboratory modeling) of rivers or reservoirs (e.g.,  HEC-RAS or SRH-1D numerical models.

2. Surveys of river channels, canals, or reservoir (e.g., use of GPS or total station survey instruments, depth sounder, or velocity profiler).

3. Sediment measurements of bed-material size or sediment load.

4. Geomorphic assessment of river channels .

5. Sediment analysis or modeling of rivers or reservoirs.

6. Technical writing of reports, conference papers, or journal articles.

7. Individual or team workload management including the ability to estimate costs, stay within agreed upon budgets, and meet deadlines.

SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE: Applicants may also qualify on the basis of education as follows:

GS-09: 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree in directly related education.

GS-11: 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in directly related education.

COMBINING EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Equivalent combinations of successfully
completed post-high school education and experience may be used to meet the total experience requirements.  One full academic year of study (30 semester hours) beyond the second year is equivalent to 6 months of specialized experience.

Combinations of successfully completed graduate level education and specialized may be used to meet total experience requirements.  Only graduate level education in excess of the amount required for the next lower grade level may be combined with experience.  For example, one-half of the requirement for a doctorate's degree plus 6 months of experience equivalent to a GS-09 may qualify for the GS-11.


Applicants must first meet the Basic Education Qualification Requirements for either the Civil Engineer or Physical Scientist listed below:

CIVIL ENGINEER: GS-0810: 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.


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 to meet basic qualifications based on a combination of education and experience must be demonstrated by one of the following
Professional registration -- Current registration as a professional engineer by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions) are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration. For example, an applicant who attains registration through a State Board's eminence provision as a manufacturing engineer typically would be rated eligible only for manufacturing engineering positions.
Specified academic courses -- Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering that included the courses specified in the basic requirements. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum as described in paragraph A.
Related curriculum -- Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field, e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. Ordinarily there should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering-type experience, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions. (The above examples of related curricula are not all-inclusive.)



PHYSICAL SCIENTIST: GS-1301:Degree: physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics.


Combination of education and experience -- education equivalent to one of the majors shown in A above that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education.


This position has a mandatory education requirement for each series advertised; you must furnish a copy of your transcript of college work completed (unofficial copy is acceptable for the application process).  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 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)  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 20 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.

1. Professional knowledge of, and skill in applying , a wide range of engineering or architectural theories, concepts, principles, standards, and methods sufficient to hydraulic engineering and/or hydraulic principles as related to open channel flow and sediment transport, river hydraulics, channel stability, and reservoir surveys.
2.  Working knowledge of computer techniques and ability to interpret results from mathematical models that simulate hydrologic and hydraulic systems.
3.  Ability to prepare written reports that clearly and concisely document data, methodology, and conclusions.

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.

For this announcement, Phasing will be used in conjunction with HireMe for greater Subject Matter Expert (SME) input in evaluating the quality of candidates. The referral process will be conducted in two phases. Applicants who are determined well qualified will be sent a separate email and invited to respond to additional questions to further assess their KSA's.

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:


- 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 and application questions) for this vacancy MUST be received online BEFORE midnight Eastern Time (Washington, DC time) on the closing date of this announcement. When you're ready to apply, click the APPLY ONLINE button at the side of this 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, go to: 

You may be required to provide supporting documentation in addition to your on-line application. Auto-Requested Fax is a feature for submitting these supporting documents. Instructions appear automatically when you apply online. For more information about auto-requested Fax, go to:

OHER OPTIONS to submit documentation (Include your name and vacancy number on the document(s): E-mail to, Fax directly to our HR Office at 303-445-6349, Mail to PO Box 25007, Denver, CO 80225-0007 -or- Hand-deliver to Denver Federal Center, Building 56, Room 1545, Denver, Colorado.

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 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 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:


HR Service Center
Phone: 303-445-2684
Fax: 303-445-6349
Agency Information:
P.O. Box 25007
DFC, Bldg. 56
Attn: 84-52200
Denver, CO
Fax: 303-445-6349


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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