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Job Title:Irrigation System Operator, GS-0459-5/6/7 (DEU-JR)

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Bureau of Reclamation

Job Announcement Number:BR-MP-2013-108

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$31,315.00 to $50,431.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, July 01, 2013 to Friday, July 12, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0459-05/07

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

07

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Willows, 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, 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/

Do you want to serve in a pivotal technical support role? Do you like working outdoors? We have just the opportunity for you! Come, join us, and become a vital part of our Water and Lands Management Team who administer water service contracts for the sale of water to water users in Northern California. Be involved in carrying out irrigation system work required to distribute, control and measure water deliveries to water customers along the Sacramento River. You will be a valued team member and your technical support will assist the Mid-Pacific Region in accomplishing its mission.

This position is located with the Bureau of Reclamation, Northern California Area Office, Water and Lands Division, in Willows, CA. For information on the NCAO visit: http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ncao/ For more information about Willows, CA go to: http://www.willowschamber.com/

Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Must possess and a valid state driver's license.
  • Subject to pre-employment physical

DUTIES:

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  • Conducts, plans and carries out irrigation system work required to measure water deliveries and compute quantities of approximately 60 meters at water diversions sites along the  Sacramento River.
  • Determines daily need for field measurements. Measures actual water deliveries to verify meter accuracies, coefficients, and rating curves.
  • Makes water service compliance checks by identifying crops, the location, and the use of water from each diversion.
  • Uses a variety of equipment and methods, including digital, mechanical, venturi, acoustic Doppler and transit time meters, rated flumes, open-flow weirs, siphons, level transducer data loggers and pump curves, Sontek's Flow Tracker, River Surveyor, Marsh McBirney and Price double AA current meters.
  • Calibrates and maintains water measuring equipment to ensure accuracy of readings. Performs annual maintenance on water meters.
  • Ensures accurate recording and reporting of data collection. Computes quantities of water chargeable to water districts or individual water users using meter readings, pump hours, kilowatt hours, rating tables, and pump coefficients. Uses automation systems to create and maintain computer spread sheets, log sheets and generate reports.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Applicants must have specialized experience or additional education as defined below:

GS-05: One year of specialized experience in difficultly and complexity equivalent to the GS-4 grade level in the Federal service; or successful completion of a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor’s degree with a major study or at least 24 semester hours in any combination of courses such as civil engineering, agriculture, soil management or conservation, physical science, mathematics or range management or conservation.

GS-6: One year of specialized experience equivalent in difficultly and complexity to the GS-5 grade level in the federal service or successful completion of a bachelors degree plus 6 months of graduate level studties (9 semester units) leading to a master's degree that is directly related to the work of the position (e.g., agriculture,hydrology, soil management or conservation where the field of study is related to water irrigation systems)

GS-07: One year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-06 level in the Federal service; or one year (18 semester units) of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree in a field directly related to the work of the position (e.g. agriculture, hydrology,soil management or conservation where the field of study is related to water irrigation systems).

Definition of Specialized Experience: To meet specialized experience, your resume must describe experience that demonstrates the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities as follows:

GS-5: Experience with operating water control systems and using water measurement equipment pertaining to the distribution, control and measurement of water released from dams, reservoirs, canals or similar water control/conveyance structures. Farming or ranching work that deomstrates experience in water conservation practices and irrigation procedures used for a large geographical area with muliple water users. Experience controlling, maintaining irrigation ditches, canals and equipment, or soil conservation or engnineer technician experience where the duties involved the applicaiton of water irrigation procedures and methods. These examples are not all inclusive.

GS-6: Experience operating water control and irrigation systems to deliver water to multiple water users in a large geogrphaical area; or field experience measuring water flows, recording and reporting on the quantity of irrigation water released to water users and installing and calibrating water meter devises used to measure water for water irrigation purposes.These examples are not all inclusive.

GS-7: Experience operating, controlling and releasing water in a irrigation system with a network of canals and/or distribution systems for a large agricultural area or large rural community; or field experience covering a large agricultural or rural community monitoring water release stations, recording data from water meters, installing, repairing water measurement devises, and analyzing, computing and reporting on quantities of water delivered to water uses. These examples are not all inclusive.


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.

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

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

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 well-qualified will be referred to the selecting official.

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 water control operations, water measurement and water delivery methods used to monitor, measure and determine water schedules and qualities of water for release to water uses.
2. Ability to operate, maintain and use water measurement devises and hydrologic instruments to collect and analyze data output, prepare reports, and make operational decisions to meet water use criteria.
3. Ability to communicate orally and in writing and to gain cooperation with landowners and water management operations.

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 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.opm.gov/Ei/benefits.asp

OTHER INFORMATION:

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

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

Employment Conditions:
-Travel is required approximately 10% of the time.
-Satisfactory completion of a pre-medical examination is required before assignment to the position.
-Fieldwork requires some physical exertion to stand for long periods; walk over uneven surfaces; bend, crouch, stoop, stretch, reach, etc.; and lift moderately heavy items up to 50 pounds.
-Work is indoors and outside, subject to prevailing weather and terrain.
-Operation of a Government vehicle required; therefore, you must possess a valid State's driver's license. Driving record will be verified prior to final selection. Will be required to obtain and maintain a valid California driver's license.
-Position may be subject to successful completion of a one year probationary period depending on the type of appointment.
-Position is represented by the National Federation of Federal Employees (NFFE Local 591).

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: 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.

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): Applicants must furnish a copy of your college transcript(s), if using education to qualify for the position. 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-50noting 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
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-2013-108

Control Number:

346718000