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Job Title:  Security Guard (Grand Coulee Protection Officer)
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Bureau of Reclamation
Job Announcement Number:  BR-PN-DE-GC-13-141

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$34,907.00 to $45,376.00 / Per Year
Monday, July 01, 2013 to Friday, July 19, 2013
This is a FULL TIME position. - Permanent
MANY vacancies - Grand Coulee, WA, 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 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:

Position is being advertised concurrently under BR-PN-VA-GC-13-140 for current federal employees serving under a competitive service career or career-conditional appointment or reinstatement eligible. If you are interested in applying under both announcement numbers, you must submit application packages for each.

 NOTE: In recruiting for Security Guard positions, competition under announcement BR-PN-DE-GC-13-141 is restricted by law to persons entitled to veterans' preference, as long as such applicants are available for appointment. If there are no veterans' preference candidates available, non-veterans may be selected for these positions. Reclamation is seeking a career professional looking for an opportunity to capitalize on his/her expertise as a security guard/officer.

You can make a difference in the West by assisting in meeting protecting a National Critical Infrasture. Here is an opportunity to join a great organization with excellent growth potential!

Work Schedule: Selectees will work 12 hour shifts, which includes working nights, weekends and holidays.

Not suitable for core or situational telework: Reclamation has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework only during an emergency or natural disaster.

The career ladder promotion potential of this position is the GS-7 level. However, this position will be filled at the lower grade. When and if it is determined that a subsequent promotion is warranted, it may be made without further competition. Promotion up to and including the GS-7 level is neither guaranteed nor automatic. Location - Grand Coulee, WA .

Payment of travel and relocation expenses will be your responsibility.


  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for Federal employment.
  • You must pass a preemployment physical and UA as a condition of employment.


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The position is an armed security guard in the Security Response Force (SRF) located at the Bureau of Reclamation's (BOR) Grand Coulee Dam and Power plant (Grand Coulee) located in Eastern Washington State, The primary mission of the Security Force is to protect property and lives in and around Grand Coulee from hazards that may include, but are not limited to, terrorist or criminal activities, vandalism, sabotage, trespass, theft, fire and/or accident, or willful damage and/or destruction.


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You must meet the following qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement. GS-6: At least one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-5 in federal service. Examples include security related experience serving in an armed or unarmed capacity. Specialized Experience: Work with a Federal, State, municipal, local, or private protective organization that involved the protection of property against such hazards as fire, theft, damage, accident, or trespass; or maintaining order and protecting life. Such experience must have provided a knowledge of protective systems and techniques. Acceptable experience includes service in the Armed Services or Coast Guard that involved the performance of guard duties on a regular or intermittent basis.

Physical Requirements: The duties of these positions require moderate to arduous physical exertion and/or duties of a hazardous nature. The following medical requirements apply to all applicants: good near and distant vision, ability to distinguish basic colors, and ability to hear the conversational voice. A medical condition or impairment is disqualifying only if the condition, for good medical reason, precludes assignment to or warrants restriction from the duties of the specific position. For some positions, the loss or impairment of a specific function may be compensated for by the satisfactory use of a prosthesis or mechanical aid. Reasonable accommodation shall also be considered in determining an applicant's ability to perform the duties of a position.

PRE-EMPLOYMENT SCREENING CRITERIA: All candidates who meet the minimum qualification requirements will be required to attend the pre-employment screening at the Grand Coulee Dam, on FRIDAY, AUGUST 16, 2013. If found qualified further information will be provided via email.

Applicants who reside at least 50 miles from Grand Coulee, WA; have NOT previously accepted reimbursement in the 2 years prior to this pre-employment screening; and have not been removed from federal service with the Grand Coulee Power Office in the last 5 years, are eligible to be reimbursed for lodging and meals. Any expenses incurred for en-route travel are the responsibility of the applicant. RECLAMATION WILL NOT PROVIDE ANY REIMBURSEMENT FOR EXPENSES ASSOCIATED WITH TRAVEL (e.g. airline tickets).

The following activities will be conducted at the pre-employment screening. The same criteria will be used for all ages of applicants and both male and female applicants. The standards that must be met are: 

-        Push-ups – 40 in 2 minutes

-        Sit-ups – 46 in 2 minutes

-        40 yard dash (from prone position)

-        Run/jog 1.5 miles in 14 minutes


You must meet all qualification requirements and any selective factors, by the closing date of the announcement.


Category rating and selection procedures will be used to evaluate applications from this announcement. 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 45 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. 

1. Knowledge of security principles, practices, procedures, regulations and policies of security programs.

2. Ability to detect, respond, delay, contain, and detain actions and participants of security violations and criminal or terrorist activities while executing duties involved in static or mobile security post.

3. Knowledge of special weapons and tactics involved in delaying, denying or containing security violations, or criminal or terrorist activities against critical components of a facility.

4. Ability to communicate orally in order to address public contact situations, enforce laws and regulations with the public, confront disorderly people or situations, etc.

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: .

NOTE: In addition to the per annum salary for these positions, the selectees will be paid an additional 25% of basic salary for working Sundays, 10% of basic salary for working nights and pay for working holidays. In addition, the selectees are expected to work approximately 11 hours of scheduled overtime per pay period. Payments are made in accordance with applicable Federal pay regulations.


If you are initially appointed to a career-conditional position, you must serve a 1-year probationary period.

If you are a current permanent federal employee and are selected from this announcement, you may be required to serve a 1-year probationary period.

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.  Go to:

The Bureau of Reclamation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  Selection for positions is made solely on the basis of merit, fitness and qualifications without regard to race, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other non-merit factors.

If selected, you will be required to obtain successful pre-employment physical examination by licensed physician certifying to your ability to perform the duties of this position.  A physical exam may not be required if a comparable agency approved examination was performed within the last 12 months.  The cost of the exam will be reimbursed by the agency.

Applicants tentatively selected for this position will be required to submit to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment as a condition of employment.  This position is also subject to random drug testing.

The referral list from this public notice may be used to fill subsequent positions (similar title, series and grade, location, and KSA requirements) within 180 days of the date the referral list was issued.

All security guard personnel hired for the Grand Coulee Power Office (Office) must meet all of the following mandatory Conditions of Employment for the position. If an employee cannot meet the requirements imposed by the agency, the employee will be removed from federal service. The Conditions of Employment are as follows:

You must successfully complete two sessions of intensive basic training that may be conducted either on or off Project property. The training provides the employee with defensive tactic skills and knowledge in order to protect government property, employees and visitors on project lands, and fellow security team members; hand gun and rifle training and qualification; hand-to-hand combat training; and planning and preparing appropriate reactions to a variety of situations in a fighting environment. These sessions and subjects require mental and physical proficiency. Each session builds on the previous instruction, and periodic tests are administered throughout the sessions. Each test must be passed to continue to the next phase of training, and failure to satisfactorily complete a training session will lead to removal from federal service. The above mentioned tests include both classroom instruction and a personal demonstration of his/her proficiency in the material taught, which includes at a minimum, demonstration of various falls, maneuvers and techniques of defensive tactics, including manual manipulation of various tools; i.e., expandable batons, loading, unloading and clearing malfunctions in rifles, pistols and shotguns. Firearms proficiency is demonstrated by attaining a certain score in a live fire qualification environment, both day and night, and by performance in individual and team tactics.  

Annual Physical Training Requirements: At the end of the first year of employment and every year thereafter, you will be required to successfully pass all segments of the Employment PT test, see requirements listed above. If you do not initially pass any part of the annual test, you will be given 30 additional days to successfully pass all segments of the test. If you cannot pass any part of the test during the annual test, you will be removed from federal service. 

Public Trust Background Investigation. You must successfully undergo a BI Public Trust background investigation. If you are found to be unsuitable for the position, either initially or upon the reinvestigation, you will be removed from your position.

The position requires you to carry a firearm. In order to be able to meet that requirement, the Lautenberg Amendment requires that you may not have any convictions of domestic violence and you will be required to certify that you have no convictions. This information will be verified through the Public Trust Background Investigation (see previous paragraph for further information).

Firearm Proficiency. Upon completion of the intensive basic training, you must meet marksmanship standards. In addition, you must successfully pass the annual firearms proficiency test. If you fail to demonstrate firearm proficiency initially or upon re certification, you will be removed from your position.

Valid State Driver's License. You must maintain a valid State Driver's License at all times because you are required to drive government vehicles on government and public roads. If you fail to maintain a valid State Driver's License at all times, you will be removed from your position.


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Applications (resume and assessment questionnaire) for this vacancy MUST be received online BEFORE midnight Eastern Time (Washington, DC 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:

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 provided during the online application process

-- E-mail to

-- Fax directly to the HR Office at (208) 378-5023

-- Mail to the Bureau of Reclamation, ATTN: PN-1425, 1150 North Curtis Road, Suite 100, Boise, Idaho 83706-1234 – or –

-- Hand deliver to the Bureau of Reclamation, Human Resources – Room 109, 1150 North Curtis Road, Boise, Idaho.

Include your name and the vacancy number on the supporting documents.

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.

DD-214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty:  If you are entitled to 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. If you have a compensable service connected disability, submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and the required documentation requested by this form, in addition to the DD-214.

 For information on veteran's eligibility visit:

CTAP/ICTAP: 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 well qualified on the assessment questionnaire as established, and be able to perform the duties of the position upon entry.  For information on CTAP/ICTAP,

Declaration of Federal Employment, OF-306: You will be required to complete an (OF-306),  prior to being appointed to determine your suitability for federal employment and to authorize a background investigation. Failure to answer all questions truthfully and completely or providing false statements on the application may be grounds for not hiring you or for dismissing you after you begin work, and may be punishable by fine or imprisonment (U.S. Code, Title 18, section 1001). 


Teresa Carlton
Phone: 208-378-5155
Fax: 208-378-5023
Agency Information:
1150 N. Curtis Road, Suite 100
Attn: PN-1438
Boise, ID
Fax: 208-378-5023


Once the job closes your qualifications will be evaluated which will determine your rating. Qualified candidates will be required to attend a pre-employment screening at the Grand Coulee Dam FRIDAY, AUGUST 16, 2013.  During the pre-screen, Physical Training (PT) tests will be administered followed by individual job interviews.  Those who pass PT will then be considered for referral to the hiring manager. See the Qualifications section of this job announcement for more detailed information regarding the pre-employment screening.

 Applicants should monitor their status for positions with the Bureau of Reclamation by regularly checking their public status notifications in the USAJOBS profile.

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