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Job Title:Interdisciplinary - Civil Engineer (Hydrologic)/Hydrologist, GS-810/1315-11/12 (DEU-ES)

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Bureau of Reclamation

Job Announcement Number:BR-MP-2013-060

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

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SALARY RANGE:

$61,451.00 to $95,750.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, June 14, 2013 to Friday, July 05, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0810/1315-11/12

POSITION INFORMATION:

Permanent - Full Time

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy - Carson City, NV, 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, 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: http://www.usbr.gov View our DVD titled "Traditions, Talent, and Teamwork" at: http://www.usbr.gov/pmts/hr/video.

Want to work for a contemporary water management agency whose mission is to assist in meeting the increasing water demands of the West while protecting the environment and the public's investment? Join the staff of the Bureau of Reclamation as a Civil Engineer (Hydrologic) or as a Hydrologist. This position is located with the Bureau of Reclamation, Lahontan Basin Area Office, Special Studies Division, in Carson City, NV. For more information on the Carson City area visit: http://carson.org/ 

Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement.


KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Must possess and maintain a valid State's driver's license.
  • Subject to annual Confidential Financial Disclosure.
  • Successful adjudication of personnel security investigation required.

DUTIES:

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This is an interdisciplinary position and may be filled in either the GS-0810 or GS-1315 depending on the qualifications of the selected candidate. The position may be filled at the GS-11 or GS-12 grade level. At the full performance GS-12 level, the incumbent serves as a specialist responsible for the development and use of models in planning studies directed at increasing and managing the water supplies of Northern Nevada.  The incumbent is also responsible for general hydrologic forecasting and data analysis; applying water resource models to studies related to water supply, power, or environmental issues. Analyzes and interprets hydrologic information on water resources. Creates model data input, output and storage mechanisms. Models and studies are used to asess wate supply and to stabilize, protect, restore, and enhance river environments.


 

 

At the GS-11 level, the duties of this position are developmental in nature, leading to the full performance level of GS-12. The incumbent may be non-competitively promoted to the next 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.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Minimum Education Requirement: Applicants must meet the Basic Education Qualification Requirements listed below:

MINIMUM EDUCATION FOR CIVIL ENGINEER DISCIPLINE, GS-0810: A. 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. *OR* B. 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 must be demonstrated by one of the following (see U.S. Office of Personnel Management qualifications standards operating manual for specifics): (1) professional registration; (2) written test (EIT); (3) specified academic courses; (4) related curriculum.

MINIMUM EDUCATION FOR HYDROLOGIST DISCIPLINE, GS-1315: A. Degree: physical or natural science, or engineering that included at least 30 semester hours in any combination of courses in hydrology, the physical sciences, geophysics, chemistry, engineering science, soils, mathematics, aquatic biology, atmospheric science, meteorology, geology, oceanography, or the management or conservation of water resources. The course work must have included at least 6 semester hours in calculus (including both differential and integral calculus), and at least 6 semester hours in physics. Calculus and physics, as described above, are requirements for all grade levels. OR B. Combination of education and experience: course work as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. Acceptable experience must have included performance of scientific functions related to the study of water resources, based on and requiring a professional knowledge of related sciences and the consistent application of basic scientific principles to the solution of theoretical and practical hydrologic problems. The following is illustrative of acceptable experience: field or laboratory work that would require application of hydrologic theory and related sciences such as geology, geo chemistry, geophysics, or civil engineering to making observations, taking samples, operating instruments, assembling data from source materials, analyzing and interpreting data, and reporting findings orally and in writing. In some cases, professional scientific experience that is not clearly water resource experience may be acceptable if such experience was preceded by appropriate education in hydrology or by professional hydrology experience.

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-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 Ph.D. in a related field, i.e. civil engineering,  hydrology.

GS-12: One year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-11 level in the 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-11: Professional experience applying water resource models to studies related to reservoir operations and water supply, power or environmental issues; performing hydrologic research on water and water resources; collecting, measuring, analyzing, and interpreting hydrologic information on water resources; forecasting water supply and water flows; or developing new, improved or more economical hydrologic methods. These examples are not all inclusive.


GS-12: Professional experience in applying water resource models to studies related to reservoir operations and water supply, power or environmental issues; performing hydrologic research on water and water resources; collecting, measuring, analyzing, and interpreting hydrologic information on water resources; forecasting water supply and water flows; or developing new, improved or more economical hydrologic methods. This experience must have been gained in direct support of water resources facilities such as reservoirs and dams and their appurtenant structures or other significant water resources studies designed assess and manager water supply and to stabilize, protect, restore and enhance river or similar environments. These examples are not all inclusive.


Applicants must meet all qualification, and as applicable, selective factor requirements, by the closing date of this announcement.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

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 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.  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.

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 computer operation and modeling techniques to perform the development of simulation models for reservoir operations as well as complete river basin and multi‑ basin models for water supply evaluation.

2. Professional knowledge of water management polices and practices, water resources development, principles, practices, and techniques are needed to evaluate existing facilities and water control features to better manage water to meet demands with available supplies.

3. A working knowledge of how irrigation systems are operated so that decisions can be made concerning present conditions and how modifications in facilities or operations will affect the operation of the system.

4. Professional knowledge of the theories, principles, practices, and techniques of hydrology and hydraulics and/or hydraulic engineering involved in river systems.

5. Working knowledge of personal computers and professional software (such as RiverWare, etc.) so that changes to the water supply system can be evaluated using professional judgment, hydrologic simulation models, and other software.

6. Skills in use of various computer systems, software and language (i.e. UNIX, DOS, spreadsheets, Windows, databases, ArcInfo, C++, VBA, xml, html, etc.).


Applicants must make a fair and accurate assessment of their qualifications. Applicants rating themselves higher than is apparent in their description of experience, competencies, skills, and/or education/training OR whose resume/application is incomplete may be removed from employment consideration.


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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: http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc



OTHER INFORMATION:

Relocation: Travel and relocation expenses are authorized.  Eligibility for specific relocation services will be determined at the time of selection.  However, use of Relocation Services Contract (Guaranteed Home Sale) will not be authorized.

 

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

 

Conditions of Employment

-This position requires completion of a one-year probationary period.

-Successful adjudication of personnel security investigation required.

-Travel is required approximately 5% of the time.

-Operation of a government vehicle is required; therefore, you must possess and maintain a valid State’s driver’s license. 

-Required to file an annual Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE Form 450.

 

Selective Service: Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with the Selective Service or be exempt from having to do so under Selective Service Law.  To register for Selective Service or to verify that you have registered, please visit:  http://www.sss.gov.

 

Optional Form 306 (OF-306):  Before final appointment and again before you begin work, 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.

 

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: http://www.opm.gov/employ/students/fedhire.asp#authorities


Legal and Regulatory Guidance: http://www.usajobs.gov/lrg/



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 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: 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.

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 mpjobs@usbr.gov, 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 supporting document(s).

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.



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

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 applicable.  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:  http://www.opm.gov/veterans/html/vetguide.asp

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

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Human Resources Office
Phone: 916-978-5476
Fax: 916-978-5563
Email: mpjobs@usbr.gov
Agency Information:
BUREAU OF RECLAMATION
2800 Cottage Way
Attn: MP-500
Sacramento, CA
95825-1898
US
Fax: 916-978-5563

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-MP-2013-060

Control Number:

345609300