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Job Title:  Environmental Protection Specialist
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Bureau of Reclamation
Job Announcement Number:  BR-UC-2013-09 (MP-LMA)

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$57,408.00 to $89,450.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 to Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Full time - Permanent
2 vacancies in the following location:
Albuquerque, NM, USView Map

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).


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

Reclamation is seeking a career professional looking for an opportunity to capitalize on his/her expertise as an Environmental Protection 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, efficient, and environmentally sound operation of Government facilities? Responsibilities include planning and coordinating environmental resource programs by working with multi-disciplinary teams, preparing environmental documents, and meeting with various interested parties.

This position is being announced at the GS-11 level and the GS-12 level. If selection is made at the GS-11 level, promotion may be made at a later date without further competition, however, such promotion will depend on the demonstrated performance of the incumbent and cannot be considered to be guaranteed or automatic. 

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

LOCATION: Bureau of Reclamation, Upper Colorado Region, Albuquerque Area Office, Environment Division, Environmental Compliance Group, duty stationed in Albuquerque N.M. For information on Albuquerque, visit

Travel and relocation will not be paid by our agency. Expenses associated with reporting for duty for this position will be the responsibility of the individual selected.

Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement.


  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation;
  • Apply online, submit resume and supporting documents; (See How to Apply)
  • You must meet specialized experience requirements; (See Qualifications)
  • For veterans consideration, submit document(s) under Required documents;
  • May be subject to a one-year probationary period.


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-- Implements the directives in Public Law 91-190, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for compliance studies and other land and water management studies;
--Prepares draft and final Service agreements and Memoranda of Understanding;
--Provides professional and technical direction, guidance and recommendations on environmental policy, preservation and activities related to planning, construction, and operation and maintenance activities;
--Coordinates activities on NEPA compliance and environmental permit activities, and related environmental documentation;
--Coordinates and consults with other Federal, State, Tribal governments and local agencies and the public concerning the effects of Reclamation activities on the environment, and mitigation efforts;
--Documents environmental analyses of new and existing water and related resource projects, including rehabilitation of regional water systems;
--Initiates and processes permit and license applications for NEPA compliance; and
--Reviews and provides final comment environmental compliance documents.


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To qualify for the GS-11 level, you must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-9 level in the Federal service.

To qualify for the GS-12 level, you must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal Service.

Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work to of the position to be filled.

Specialized experience for GS-11 can be further defined as preparing NEPA documents, including Categorical Exclusions and Environmental Assessments, or participating on Interdisciplinary Teams addressing environmental compliance for activities leading to the completion of an Environmental Assessment. Relevant experience also includes assisting a lead NEPA specialist in preparing an Administrative Record, working with other Federal Environmental Compliance laws, including Endangered Species Act (ESA), Clean Water Act (CWA), and National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), and preparing for and conducting public scoping sessions.

Specialized experience for GS-12 can be further defined as serving in a lead role on an interdisciplinary NEPA team, which includes, but is not limited to working on a natural resource related project or water development project that completed an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). Relevant experience also includes knowledge and expertise in preparing an Administrative Record, working with other Federal Environmental Compliance laws including the ESA, CWA, and NHPA, and leading public scoping sessions.

Please tell us in your resume where you gained this specialized experience and how you have used it.

You must meet all qualification requirements (including time-in-grade and any applicable selective factors) by the closing date of this announcement.

TIME-IN-GRADE: Current career or career-conditional employees of the Federal government, or former career or career-conditional employees, who have a break in service of less than one year, are required to meet the time-in-grade restriction of one year of Federal experience at the next lower grade, with few exceptions outlined in 5 CFR 300.603(b).


Human Resources (HR) will review resumes and transcript(s) to ensure applicants meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided in the assessment questionnaire. The assessment questionnaire will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. Applicants determined best qualified will be referred to the selecting official.

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

1. Knowledge of ecological and biological principles and practices, scientific research techniques and methodologies, and the ability to coordinate field and background investigations;
2. Knowledge of environmental laws, regulations, policies and guidelines related to ecological and biological values to interpret data;
3. High level of collaborative skill;
4. Substantial skill in oral and written communication and public relations techniques; and
5. Knowledge of creating, executing and managing contracts, grants and cooperative agreements.

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:



--OGE-450: As required by 41 U.S.C. 423, the selectee will be required to file an annual "Confidential Financial Disclosure Report", OGE-450.

--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.

--References: On your application, please include the names and current phone numbers for at least 3 supervisory references. If any individual is no longer available for contact, you are requested to provide the name and current phone number of another person with the company (team lead, acting supervisor etc.) who would know your work history.


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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 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 are provided during the online application process.

In addition, you may E-mail your supporting documentation to, fax to the HR Office at 801-524-3187, mail to Bureau of Reclamation, Human Resources Office, Attn: UC-549, 125 South State Street, Room 6107, Salt Lake City UT, 84138-1147, or hand deliver to 125 South State Street, Room 7402 - Human Resources, Salt Lake City Utah.

Be sure to include your name and the vacancy number on the supporting documents so we can match your documents to the correct vacancy.

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:

--SF-50, NOTIFICATION OF PERSONNEL ACTION: Status applicants (transfer, reassignment, reinstatement, promotion, etc.) MUST submit a copy of their SF-50, verifying highest rate of pay and documenting career or career-conditional status in the competitive service (Tenure 1 or 2) for which you are claiming eligibility.

--For candidates eligible under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) you must submit the appropriate DD-214 (member 4 copy) documenting your eligibility.

--Special non-competitive appointing authorities: For more information on special non-competitve appointing authorites 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:


Angelica Rodriguez
Phone: 801-524-3794
Fax: 801-524-3187
TDD: 1-888-735-5906
Agency Information:
125 S. State St., Room 6107
Attn: UC-549
Salt Lake City, UT
Fax: 801-524-3187


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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