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Job Title:Historian

Department:Department Of Energy

Agency:Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)

Job Announcement Number:FERC-DE-2013-0058

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$42,209.00 to $67,114.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 to Wednesday, February 27, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0170-07/09

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington, DC, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

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JOB SUMMARY:

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission assists consumers in obtaining reliable, efficient and sustainable energy services at a reasonable cost through appropriate regulatory and market means.  To learn more about the Commission, please visit www.ferc.gov. 

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is seeking a highly motivated and

qualified candidate for an exciting full-time permanent position within the

Division of Hydropower Administration and Compliance.  The position is located in the Washington Office, and the incumbent will serve as a Historian.  

More than one selection may be made from this announcement and the office for that selection may vary.

Position is included in the Bargaining Unit

Please note - Only your resume and cover letter will be forwarded to the selecting official.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Must meet specialized experience
  • One year probationary period may be required
  • Generally, male applicants must be registered with the Selective Service
  • A background investigation is required
  • Some travel is required

DUTIES:

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Major duties include:

 

  •  Conducts research and publishes broad historical studies of regional American energy development. Researches reports, maps, river basin studies, internet documents, project files, etc. to determine whether the Commission may assert jurisdiction over unlicensed existing or proposed hydroelectric projects. Applies various criteria that define the legal bases for jurisdiction such as existence of a Federal project upstream, use of government lands, Federal improvements on the stream, effect on downstream use of waters for power production or navigation and post-1935 construction. May also conduct research and prepare cultural resource reviews consistent with Section 106 of the National Historical Preservation Act of 1966. 
  •  Applies independent judgment in determining whether a jurisdictional finding can be suported. Analyzes information collected using research tools such as library holdings, archives, photographs, statistics, maps, etc. Consults secondary work, diaries, pamphlets, and old newspapers for evidence of commercial navigation on waterways. Ensures that all evidence collected is supportive of the same conclusion determines the potential impact jurisdiction and potentially on historic properties.
  •  Ensures compliance with Commission regulations and the terms and conditions of issued licenses and exemptions through monitoring, conducting investigations, dealing with compliance matters, into allegations of licensee's and exemptee's nonā€compliance with Commission requirements and terms and conditions of Commission orders. May participate in site inspections to gather information relating to complex issues at hydropower projects. Reviews and processes requests for time extensions to complete license or exemption requirements. Writes investigation reports including findings and recommendations for further compliance actions, and prepares orders and letters as required.
  • Conducts compliance investigations related to violations of the Federal Power Act and the Commissions regulations related to hydropower projects. Takes necessary action to resolve alleged violations of project terms and conditions. This includes conducting research on alleged violations and working with Commission staff, regulated entities, and the general public to determine license compliance. Prepares reports and orders relating to project compliance.

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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GS-7: To qualify at the GS-7, you must have one (1) year of specialized experience that is equivalent at least to the GS-5 grade level. Specialized experience for the GS-7 is described as work or academic experience in conducting research or investigations. Education may be substituted to meet the specialized experience. Education which may be substituted to meet the requirements for the GS-7 is one full year of graduate level education or Superior Academic Achievement. Graduate Education is education at the graduate level in an accredited college or university. Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of this position. One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 year of full-time study. If that information cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours should be considered as satisfying the 1 year of full-time study requirement.

 

GS-9: To qualify for the GS-9, you must have one (1) year of specialized experience that is equivalent at least to the GS-7 grade level. Specialized experience for the GS-9 is described as work or academic experience in conducting research or investigations and experience in writing to interpret or recommend public policies or programs. Education may be substituted to meet the specialized experience. Education which may be substituted to meet the requirements at the GS-9 is a Master's degree or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related. Your resume must clearly document how you meet the specialized experience for the grade in which you are applying for in order to meet the minimum qualification requirements for this vacancy. If you are substituting education to meet the specialized experience, you MUST submit your transcript with your application prior to the closing of the announcement. An unofficial transcript is acceptable. Credit for Part-time work experience will be prorated based on the number of hours worked. For example, 20 hours of work per week for a 12-month period will be credited as 6 months of work experience. Documents submitted after the closing date will NOT be accepted.


To be considered, candidates must meet the educational requirements for a Historian.  The link to the OPM Qualification Standard for Historian is: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0100/history-series-0170/

**You must meet these educational requirements by the closing date of this vacancy. 

**If you are using a combination of education and experience to qualify for this position, you must meet the educational requirements babove by the closing date of this vacancy. 

CANDIDATES MUST PROVIDE TRANSCRIPTS IN ORDER FOR COURSEWORK TO BE VERIFIED; FAILURE TO INCLUDE TRANSCRIPTS WILL RESULT IN CANDIDATES NOT BEING CONSIDERED; TRANSCRIPTS MUST BE SUBMITTED AT TIME OF APPLICATION.  Unofficial transcripts are acceptable for initial screening.

Your resume must clearly document how you meet the specialized experience in order to meet the minimum qualification requirements for this vacancy.  All required documents must be received by the closing date of this announcement.  If you do not submit a required document (e.g. transcripts, etc.) your application will be considered incomplete and you will not receive further consideration.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: If selected for this position, you will be required to: - Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment. - Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer. - Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9. Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

We will review your resume, responses to the questionnaire and required documents to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your resume must address the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed in the Qualifications Section. If you meet basic qualification requirements, your application will be further evaluated based on your answers to the on-line assessment. Your responses to the on-line assessment will be used to measure the degree to which your background matches the requirements for the position. You are being evaluated under the category rating method which means, if you are determined to be qualified, you will be placed into the 'Best Qualified', 'Well Qualified', or 'Qualified' Category. We will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses on the assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than what is supported by your application materials, your responses may be excluded from consideration for this job. We will evaluate your qualifications and eligibility and notify you if you meet minimum qualification requirements. NOTE: We do not require a separate statement responding to the competencies, also referred to as Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs). However, your resume should clearly show possession of these competencies. The Occupational Questions are used to evaluate your relevant educational and work experience. The questions are related to competencies/knowledge, skills, and abilities such as:

 

  • Knowledge of history and archaeology.
  • Skill in planning and conducting historical reviews and reports.
  • Ability to use software programs to produce work products.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally.
  • Ability to prepare clear, concise, and well organized written documents.

 

 


To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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We offer a workplace that is respectful, fair, and values diversity. Our comprehensive benefits are very generous - helping you to reach your personal goals by supporting your professional growth, health, well-being, and your family needs. Our benefits package includes: Challenging work, opportunities for advancement, competitive salaries, bonuses and incentive awards; Ten paid holidays, 13 days of sick leave, and 13 to 26 days of vacation time each year; Access to insurance programs that may be continued after you retire; A wide choice of health insurance plans, and coverage for pre-existing conditions. We pay a substantial amount (up to 75%) of the health insurance premiums; Flexible spending accounts for health care and for dependent care, employee assistance programs, flexible work schedules, and health and fitness programs. Learn more about Federal benefits programs by clicking here.



OTHER INFORMATION:

When promotion potential is shown, the agency is not making a commitment and is not obligated to provide future promotions to you if you are selected. Future promotions will be dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and administrative approval. You must submit all required information by the closing date. The materials you send with your resume will not be returned. If you are selected at a grade lower than the highest shown in this listing, you will be placed under a career development plan and can be non-competitively promoted when you successfully complete the requirements for the higher grade. Before entering on duty, you may be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-450. You will need to provide the information annually. Relocation expenses will not be paid.



HOW TO APPLY:

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You are strongly encouraged to read the entire announcement before you submit your application for this position.

Please click on the following link for detailed instructions on how to apply: How To Apply

Tips for Applying  For example, if the specialized experience requires presenting information to a large audience, your resume might include speeches or presentations  you've given. 

-Verify your resume clearly indicates possession of the competencies and required specialized experience listed under the Qualifications and Evaluations section of this announcement. 

-Submit all requested documentation; e.g., SF-50, performance appraisal, transcripts



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

Please note that if you do not provide all required information by the closing of the announcement, as specified in this announcement, you will not be considered for this position (or may not receive the special consideration, e.g. Vet's Preference, for which you may be eligible).

ICTAP PRIORITY PROVISIONS: Current or former Federal employees who are or were on career or career conditional appointments may have special priority selection rights under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP). To receive this consideration, applicants must be well qualified for the position to which applying. To be well qualified, applicants must receive a score of 90 or higher. You will need to provide the Federal Agency Name and date of your Reduction in Force notice, what your most recent performance rating was and your position, grade level and duty location of your last SF-50. At time of appointment, you will be required to provide a copy of agency Reduction in Force notice, a copy of most recent performance rating and a copy of most recent SF-50. You must provide a statement of eligibility at the point of application. VETERANS' PREFERENCE DOCUMENTATION If you are claiming veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD-214 (Member 4 copy), or other official documentation from a branch of the Armed Forces or the Department of Veterans Affairs showing dates of service and type of discharge. 10 point preference eligibles must also submit an Application for 10-point Veteran Preference, SF-15, along with the required documentation listed on the back of the SF-15 form. An SF-15 may be found at: http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/SF15.pdf. For more information on veterans' preference, click here.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Steven Eskin
Phone: 202-502-6164
Fax: 000-000-0000
Email: steven.eskin@ferc.gov
Agency Information:
FERC
888 First Street, NE
Washington , DC
20426
US
Fax: 000-000-0000

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once your complete application is received we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking. The best qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified of the status of your application up to four times throughout the application process. You may check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging onto the USAJOBS "My Account" tab and clicking on "Application Status." We also recommend you opt to receive status change emails through USAJOBS by logging into "Notification Settings." Please notify us if your contact information changes after the closing date of the announcement. Also, note that if you provide an email address that is inaccurate, or if your mailbox is full or blocked (e.g., spam-blocker), you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.


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Job Announcement Number:

FERC-DE-2013-0058

Control Number:

337767000