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Job Title:Civil Engineer, GS-0810-12 (DEU-ES)

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Bureau of Reclamation

Job Announcement Number:BR-MP-2013-110

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$73,655.00 to $95,750.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, July 10, 2013 to Wednesday, July 31, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0810-12

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-time - Permanent

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/

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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. This position is located with the Bureau of Reclamation, Lahontan Basin Area Office, in Carson City Nevada.  For more information on the Carson City area visit: http://www. carson-city.nv.us .


Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement.

 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Satisfactory completion of a medical examination required before assignment
  • Required to file an annual Confidential Financial Disclosure Report
  • Travel is required approximately 10% of the time.
  • Successful adjudication of personnel security investigation required.
  • Possess or obtain Contracting Officers Representative certification
  • Possess and maintain a valid State drivers license.

DUTIES:

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Plans and develops design data for the operation and maintenance of water control facilities and hydroelectric power plans. Engineering features involve concrete and earth embankment dams, hydroelectric powerplants, pumping plants, irrigation control facilities, fish conveyance, maintenance buildings, shops, offices and residences. Applies knowledge of civil and related engineering disciplines to prepare maintenance plans, technical specifications, contract documents, reports and evaluations; administer contracts; and inspect construction work and existing facilities, equipment and control systems. Operates water control equipment and systems. Serves as a Contracting Officer's Representative.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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

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.

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 one year of specialized experience as defined below:

 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-12:  Professional engineering experience associated with the design, construction, or operation and maintenance of water resource facilities; project management of operation and maintenance water resource projects through directing, monitoring and coordinating; developing and managing maintenance activities for power plants or related facilities; developing engineering plans (i.e. emergency action, standard operating plans related to operations and maintenance); preparing maintenance reports (i.e. dam safety, power generation, operations and maintenance, etc.); or conducting reviews of operations and maintenance. 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 qualification requirements, including any selective factors, 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.    

- Professional knowledge of, and skill in applying  a wide range of advanced civil engineering concepts, principles, standards, and methods associated with the planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of water resource facilities resources to determine and/or execute actions for a wide range of assignments involving combinations of complex features; formulate, execute, advise on, and explain recommendations or solutions to modify standard practices, equipment, devices, processes, and techniques and resolve a wide variety of complex problems; adapt precedents or existing strategies to meet unusual needs or special demands; act as a principal contributor on team-based projects or coordinate a team project and provide technical oversight and direction; and prepare, present, and evaluate plans, designs, reports, and correspondence.

 -Familiarity with related engineering fields including electrical and mechanical engineering.

 - Thorough knowledge of project management concepts, principles, methods and practices to meet project goals and alleviate project delays, scheduling conflicts, lack of funds or materials, or other associated challenges. 

 -Knowledge of local, state, and Federal laws related to operation of water resource systems and ability to resolve managerial and administrative problems encountered in operation and maintenance of complex water resource projects. 

- Skill in oral, written, and group communication to clearly explain and describe operations and maintenance issues.

 - Ability to serve as a Contracting Officer’s Representative

 
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.

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

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

This position is designated as a MODERATE RISK Public Trust position.  It requires a fully completed and favorably adjudicated Public Trust Minimum Background Investigation (MBI). As a condition of continued employment the individual will be reinvestigated every five years. 

Travel is required approximately 10% of the time.

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

Satisfactory completion of a medical examination is required before assignment to the position.

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

 All Federal employees are required by PL 104-134 to have federal payments made by direct deposit.

 Required to obtain and use a government-issued credit card.

 Incumbent must possess or obtain certification as a Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR).

 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 Resource Office
Phone: 916-978-5476
Fax: 916-978-5563
Email: mpjobs@usbr.gov
Agency Information:
BUREAU OF RECLAMATION
2800 Cottage Way
Room E-1907
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-2013-110

Control Number:

347148000