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Job Title:Hydrologic Technician (DEU-MC)

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Bureau of Reclamation

Job Announcement Number:BR-LC-DE-13-13

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$34,881.00 to $45,341.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, February 20, 2013 to Wednesday, March 06, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1316-05

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

09

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Blythe, CA, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

All United States Citizens and Nationals. 

JOB SUMMARY:

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: http://www.usbr.gov

View our DVD titled "Traditions, Talent, and Teamwork" at: http://www.usbr.gov/pmts/hr/video/.

Reclamation is seeking a professional looking for an opportunity to capitalize on his/her expertise as a Hydrologic Technician. 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?  Responsibilities include collecting, computing, adjusting, and processing data; developing and preparing charts and reports; and performing a wide variety of tasks related to the hydrologic field.

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

You can progress from $34K to 50K in 5 years! Year 1 - $34,881 (GS-5), Year 2 - $38,882 (GS-6), Year 3 - $43,208 (GS-7), Year 4 - $47,852 (GS-8), and Year 5 - $52,852 (GS-9). Promotions to the next grade/salary level are neither guaranteed nor automatic, but based on supervisor initiation. 

LOCATION: Lower Colorado Region, Boulder Canyon Operations Office, Operations Support Group, Blythe, California. For living conditions visit:

Blythe, CA: http://www.cityofblythe.ca.gov/.

Relocation expenses are not authorized.

Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship or National;
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation;
  • You must apply online to be considered for this position;
  • For veterans consideration, submit document(s) under Other Information;
  • You must pass a pre-employment physical;
  • You must hold/maintain a valid state driver's license.

DUTIES:

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  • Makes discharge measurements utilizing various devices depending upon the depth and velocity of the stream, channel profiles, and vertical velocity profiles at the assigned stations and monitors performance, accuracy, and appearance of any mechanical and/or electronic recording devices including gauging station structures and surrounding areas.
  • Takes suspended sediment and bed load and water quality samples at designated gauging stations, prepares samples for shipment or delivery to laboratories for further testing, and analyses and tracks laboratory results for trends and unusual results.
  • Visits field sites for the purposes of calibrating, adjusting, and repairing remote telemetry units (RTUs), AVMs, and data collection platforms (DCPs);  extracts, validates, and transfers data/information from the field site to the office and downloads data into the database; computes daily, monthly, and annual figures used for water accounting and/or operational needs.
  • Compiles meter measurements and develops stage-discharge curves by plotting discharge rates on a time-line and logarithm graph and/or through various forms of regression analysis.
  • Performs a variety of computations and analysis of water resource data to prepare the data for interpretive use or inclusion in reports.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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To qualify at the GS-05 grade level, your resume must reflect:

  • One year of specialized experience, OR
  • Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor’s degree with (a) major study in an appropriate field of science, engineering, construction, or industrial technology, or (b) that included at least 24 semester hours in any combination of courses such as engineering, industrial technology, construction drafting, surveying, physical science, biology, or mathematics.

Specialized Experience: Specialized experience is defined as experience collecting, computing or processing hydrologic data.


This vacancy announcement allows substituting education for experience. You must submit a copy of your college transcript (unofficial copy is acceptable) to support your education if you are substituting education for experience. Transcripts must include the name of the college or university and date the degree was conferred. 

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, including any selective factors, by the closing date of this announcement.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

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 30 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 hydrologic methodology, techniques, sciences to be applied to the construction, operation, maintenance, and limitations of instruments, equipment, and materials used in hydrologic investigations in order to gather and process hydrologic data.

KSA #2: Ability to use arithmetic, geometry, algebra, and trigonometry in conjunction with personal computers utilizing various types of software and peripherals in performing a variety of computations and analysis of water resource data.

KSA #3: Ability to assess field, office, and equipment situations/problems and contact appropriate personnel with sufficient information to allow accomplishment or corrective measures.

KSA #4: Ability to operate a motor vehicle and motor boat in order to travel to gauging stations.

Your answers to questions will be verified against information provided in your online resume. Be sure that your 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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BENEFITS:

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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: https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Pay_and_Benefits.



OTHER INFORMATION:

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:  http://www.sss.gov

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.

Working Conditions: The work regularly involves high risk associated with independently collecting hydrologic data in rapidly changing uncontrollable conditions including high traffic marine environments, climbing A-frames, working form single cable suspension cars and working around or in swift water environments in adverse weather or flood conditions. Work often requires the use of special clothing or gear such as masks, bug nets, coats, boots, goggles, respirators, leathers, waders and life jackets.

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 and was completed within the last year; however, verifiable documentation of a comparable physical is required. Periodic (annual or biennial) physical examinations are required to be successfully passed for continued employment.

Promotion Potential: If you are selected at the lower grades, promotions may be made at a later date without further competition. However, identification of promotion potential in this announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote you at some future date. Such promotions will depend upon administrative approval, the continuing need for an actual assignment and the demonstrated performance of higher level duties.  Full performance level is GS-09.

Optional Form 306 (OF-306): Before final selection, you will be required to sign and certify the accuracy of the information in your application.  If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or you may be subject to fine, imprisonment, or other disciplinary action.

Telework: Reclamation has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisory approval.



HOW TO APPLY:

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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:  http://www.usbr.gov/pmts/hr/hireme.html.

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.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

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: 

Transcript(s): If substituting education for experience, you must submit a copy of your college transcript(s) (unofficial).  If selected, you will be required to provide official college transcripts to verify your educational qualifications prior to reporting for work.

Veterans Preference: If you are entitled to veterans’ preference, you must provide a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, DD Form 214 (DD-214), member 4 copy, 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:  http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/shav/index.aspx.

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: http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp

The following link provides general resume formatting instructions:
http://www.usbr.gov/lc/region/g5000/ResumeFormat.pdf.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Megan Castaneda
Phone: 702-293-8390
Fax: 571-258-4052
Email: macastaneda@usbr.gov
Agency Information:
BUREAU OF RECLAMATION
P.O. Box 61470
Attn: LC-5420
Boulder City, NV
89006-1470
US
Fax: 571-258-4052

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

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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Job Announcement Number:

BR-LC-DE-13-13

Control Number:

338150100