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Job Title:  Engineering Technician (Contract Administrator)
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Bureau of Reclamation
Job Announcement Number:  BR-PN-DE-RTS2-13-107

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$38,790.00 to $55,844.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, July 02, 2013 to Thursday, August 01, 2013
This is a FULL TIME position. - This is a PERMANENT position.
1 vacancy - 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-RTS2-13-106 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.

If you:
- want to serve in the construction field supporting a major regional dam
- participate in developing and improving mission critical infrastructure
- enjoy providing construction contract administrative support
- have good communication, computing, research and tracking skills, Reclamation is seeking a career technician looking for an opportunity to capitalize on his/her expertise as a CONTRACT ADMINISTRATOR for the RR&TS, Construction Engineering Group at the Grand Coulee Field Staff (GSCS) branch office.

You can make a difference in the West by assisting in meeting increasing water demands while protecting the environment.  Here is a great opportunity to join a great organization with stellar growth potential!

Duty Location - Grand Coulee, WA

Promotion to the Full Performance Level: The career ladder promotion potential of this position is the GS-10 level. However, this position may be filled at a lower grade.  If so, 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-10 level is neither guaranteed nor automatic.

Relocation expenses are authorized with the exception of the Guaranteed Home Sale Provision. 
First-post-of-Duty relocation expenses are authorized for new appointment or reinstatement eligibles.

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

Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement.


  • U.S. Citizenship or National
  • You must possess & maintain a valid State driver's license.
  • You must apply on-line & submit supporting documents to be eligible.
  • Some travel to various regional sites may be required of this position.
  • You must meet specialized experience requirements (See Qualifications).
  • Position subject to occasional physical activity & exposure to outside.


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You will ultimately:
- Receive and disperse submittals, requests for information, and other contract related correspondence, monitor the government's review/comment process, verify payment requests, and prepare additional correspondence responding to construction contracts.
- Prepare monthly and weekly construction progress and technical reports and other reports as required.
- Serve as field support for engineers, inspectors, contract specialists and other personnel who are responsible for pre-award and/or post-award functions for a variety of construction contracts.


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You must have one year of specialized experience at a level close to the work of this job that has given you the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities required to successfully perform. This experience is typically within this field or a field that is closely related.

For the GS-7 level: 1 year of *specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-6 in federal service.

*For the GS-7, examples of qualifying specialized experience include, but are not limited to: familiarity with construction documents, interpreting construction drawings, or general construction from positions as: construction inspectors, powerplant electricians, powerplant mechanics, or contract administrators. Experience should also demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing with internal staff.

Combining Experience and Education: Equivalent combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and experience are also qualifying. Graduate education or an internship meets the specialized experience required for these grades and where it is directly related to the work of the position (i.e., engineering, engineering or industrial technology, construction, physics, drafting, surveying, physical science, or mathematics.).  One full year of graduate education meets the requirements for GS-7.

For the GS-8 level: 1 year of *specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-7 in federal service.

*For the GS-8, examples of qualifying specialized experience include, but are not limited to: reviewing construction documents, reviewing engineering drawings, analyzing cost proposals, estimating field costs, assisting in assembling responses to submittals and requests for information (RFIs).  Experience should also demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with contractors, designers, clients, contract personal, general public, and internal staff.

If selected, you will be required to provide official college transcripts to verify your educational qualifications.  An official transcript bears the University Seal and a signature certifying its authenticity and must be provided from the institution awarding the degree.  Academic transcripts certified by notary publics are NOT official. Official transcripts must be submitted prior to reporting to work as a condition of employment.  Failure to submit official transcripts may be grounds for dismissal or rescission of the job offer.  

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.

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. 

You must meet all qualification requirements, including time-in-grade restrictions and any selective factors, by the closing date of the announcement.

You will be required, at times, to climb terrain, bend, stoop, crawl, squat, and stand for long periods of time depending on equipment, materials, or personnel you may be inspecting/reviewing at various work sites, both indoors and outside.  Weather conditions may be severe at times while performing duties out in the field. 


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.  The assessment questionnaire will take you approximately 60 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 federal (or equivalent) standards and acquisition regulations for administering construction contracts.
2. Knowledge of commonly used contract principles, techniques, methods, procedures, and scheduling methods used to administer heavy mechanical, electrical, and civil construction contracts. (i.e., tracking and responding to submittals and Requests for Information (RFIs), tracking, verifying, and processing contractor progress invoices/payment, reviewing change orders, contract modification, and requests for equitable adjustment, producing independent construction costs estimates, and providing technical information and participating in contractor negotiations.)
3. Ability to use standard professional software. (i.e., Microsoft Excel, MS Word, MS Outlook, Primavera, etc. to record, edit, assemble, and transfer data typically associated with the management of heavy construction projects.)
4. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing to a variety of audiences. (i.e., contractors, engineers, operations and maintenance personnel, contracting officers, environmental regulators, 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. 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.

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: .


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.

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.


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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, on-line assessment questions and the following required 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 90 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). 

Applicants MUST furnish a copy of your college transcripts, if applicable.  If selected, you will be required to provide official college transcripts to verify your educational qualifications prior to reporting for work. 


Theresa Barton
Phone: 208-378-6541
Fax: 208-378-5023
Agency Information:
1150 N. Curtis Road, Suite 100
Attn: PN-7426
Boise, ID
Fax: 208-378-5023


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 the USAJOBS profile.

If you are determined to be in the Best Qualified group, you will be required to submit written, essay-style responses to additional assessment questions as a continuation of the evaluation process.  Failure to respond to the additional assessment questions will result in loss of further consideration for this position.

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