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Job Title:  Geologist GS-1350-7/9/11 (DEU-JR)
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Bureau of Reclamation
Job Announcement Number:  BR-MP-2013-066

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$41,522.00 to $79,883.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 to Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Full-time - Permanent
1 vacancy - Sacramento, CA, US  View 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, Shasta Dam on the Sacramento 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: and view our DVD titled "Traditions, Talent, and Teamwork" at:

Why search any longer - we have just the opportunity for you! Come, join us and become a vital part of our Geology Team. Be involved in field investigations and studies involving geological and geohydrologic factors which influence the location or type of potential project features, design, and construction of major water resources structures and water conveyance distribution systems.

This is position is located in the Bureau of Reclamation's Mid-Pacific Region, Division of Design and Construction, Geology Branch, Sacramento, CA. For information on Sacramento, go to website:

Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement.


  • Frequent travel required approximately 50% of the time.
  • Selectee subject to pre-employment physical
  • Must possess and maintain a valid state driver's license


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Position may be filled at the GS-07, GS-09 or GS-11 level. At the full performance GS-11 level, the incumbent serves as a journeyman level Geologist. Work assignments at the GS-7 and GS-9 are limited in scope and complexity and performed under an appropriate level of supervision. The incumbent may be non-competitively promoted to the next grade level of the position upon meeting all regulatory requirements; certification by the supervisor of successful performance; completion of all training requirements; and the availability of work at the next higher grade level. Note: promotion is not automatic.

At the GS-11 level:

  • Performs geologic tasks, such as field mapping, preparing geologic maps and sections.
  • Performs both surface and subsurface field investigations.
  • Collects, prepares and processes material samples.
  • Prepares detailed field logs and final logs of subsurface conditions. 
  • Assists in the installation of drill hole instrumentation.
  • Prepares geologic drawings, maps, sections, and tables to depict the engineering geologic or geohydrologic conditions found in the field. 
  • Prepares technical memoranda and reports describing field investigations, as-excavated foundation conditions and materials investigations.


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Minimum Education Requirement:

Applicants must meet the Basic Education Qualification Requirements listed below:
A. Degree in geology, plus 20 additional semester hours in any combination of mathematics, physics, chemistry, biological science, structural, chemical, civil, mining or petroleum engineering, computer science, planetary geology, comparative planetology, geophysics, meteorology, hydrology, oceanography, physical geography, marine geology and cartography;
B. A combination of education and experience with course work as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

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.

In addition to meeting Basic Education, applicants must have specialized experience or additional education as defined below:

GS-07: Applicants who meet any of the following may qualify for the GS-7: (1)One year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-05 level in the Federal service; or, (2)completion of one-year graduate level education directly related to the work of the position; or, (3)Superior Academic Achievement: Applicants can qualify for GS 07 on the basis of Superior Academic Achievement in one of three ways: (1) GPA 2.95 or above for all courses for the entire curriculum or for courses completed during the final 2 years. As an alternative, the GPA may be 3.45 or higher for courses in the major field of study either all major courses or major courses during the final 2 years. (2) Class Standing Applicants must rank in the top third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision. (3) Honor Society Membership in one of more than 65 nationally recognized scholastic honor societies may qualify.

GS-09: One year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-07 level in the Federal service OR two years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or equivalent master's or graduate degree in the field of geology.

GS-11: One year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-09 level in the Federal service; or, three years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree OR a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in the field of geology.

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 assisting geologists in geological studies, planning or performing field investigations to obtain geological data needed for the design, construction, or monitoring site conditions of civil engineering structures. Experience interpreting geological field data and assisting in the preparation of exploration logs, geologic maps, and cross sections and statements of findings.

GS-09: Experience performing geological surface and subsurface field investigations needed for design, construction or monitoring site conditions of civil engineering structures; experience interpreting and evaluating field data and preparing drawings, maps, sections depicting engineering or geohydrologic field conditions.

GS-11: Experience planning and performing geological field investigations in support of the design and construction of engineering structures or in the operation and maintenance of dams, canals, and appurtenant works; experience in geologic evaluation of dam foundations and embankments; experience in geohydologic studies and investigations such as dewatering, safe yield studies, ground water models. These examples are not all inclusive.

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

Applicants must meet all qualifications, and as applicable, time-in-grade, and selective factor requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


Human Resources will review resumes and transcripts 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 60 minutes. Applicants determined best-qualified will be referred to the selecting official.

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.Veterans with preference will be placed at the top of their respective category.
- Best Qualified candidates are those who meet minimum qualifications, are highly proficient in the major requirement(s) of the position, and proficient in most of the remaining aspects of the position.
- Well Qualified candidates are those who meet minimum qualifications and are proficient in most aspects of the position.
- Qualified candidates are those who meet minimum qualifications and possess only a few aspects of the position.

Applicants will be further evaluated on the following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs) through their resume and responses to the online questions.
1. Knowledge of principles and theories of geology and geohydrology used in accomplishing exploration projects and resolving geological problems related to the design and construction of engineering structures, dam foundations and embankments, and ground and surface water considerations.
2. Knowledge of geotechnical exploration methods and techniques, including; geologic mapping, drilling methods; geophysical methods; geohydrologic investigations; instrumentation for monitoring facility performance.
3. Skill in written and oral communication to coordinate project data and prepare technical reports, memoranda, and letters.
4. Ability and skill in using various computer programs in performance of analysis of data, and preparation of reports.

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. Applicants who exaggerate or falsify their experience and/or education may be removed from employment consideration.

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:


Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses are not authorized for payment by the Bureau of Reclamation. Any costs incurred in reporting for duty are the responsibility of the selectee.

Employment Conditions:
-Operation of a Government vehicle required; therefore, you must possess and maintain a valid state driver's license. Driving record will be verified prior to final selection.
-Frequent travel will be required approximately 50% of the time. 
-Obtaining and using a government-issued charge card will be required for business-related travel.
-Work is indoors and outside, subject to prevailing weather and terrain.
-Lifting, carrying, and handling of items weighing up to 50 pounds is required.
-At government expense, the applicant selected will be required to obtain a successful pre-employment physical examination by a licensed physician certify his/her ability to perform the duties of the position.
-Selectee required to complete one-year probationary period unless this requirement has previously been met.
-This position is included in the bargaining unit represented by NFFE, Local 951.

Selective Service: Male applicants born on or after January 1, 1960, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service Law. To register for Selective Service or to verify that you have registered, please 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.

For a list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding the Federal hiring process visit: Legal and Regulatory Guidance:


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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 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 provide supporting documentation. 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 a USAJOBS profile (instructions are provided during the online application process.) In addition, applicants may E-mail their supporting documentation to, fax directly to the HR Office at 916-978-5563, or mail or hand-deliver to USBR/ATTN: HR, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825. Include your name and the vacancy number on the documents. Applicants needing assistance in applying online should contact the HR Office at 916-978-5476.

If applying online poses a hardship contact the HR Office prior to the closing date of the announcement for an alternative method of applying.

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): Applicants must provide a copy of their 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, Veterans: 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:


Human Resource Office
Phone: 916-978-5476
Fax: 916-978-5563
Agency Information:
2800 Cottage Way
Room E-1907
Attn: MP-500
Sacramento, CA
Fax: 916-978-5563


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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