Job Overview


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:

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Reclamation is seeking a journey level operator looking for an opportunity to capitalize on his/her expertise in the power industry. You can make a difference in the West by assisting in meeting increasing water demands while protecting the environment.

Position is being advertised concurrently under BR-LC-13-35 for status applicants. If you are interested in applying under both announcement numbers, you must submit application packages for each.

LOCATION: Lower Colorado Region, Lower Colorado Dams Office, Operations Office, Power Operations Group, Hoover Dam, Boulder City, NV. Boulder City is a short drive from the Las Vegas Metropolitan area. For living conditions visit:

Boulder City, NV:
Henderson, NV:
Las Vegas, NV:

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

Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement.


  • Operates control boards, exciters, disconnects, power circuit breakers, load and voltage control equipment, and signal systems at all locations.
  • Operates high and low tension disconnect switches and places and removes protective tags/locks in all substations, switchyards, and generating stations.
  • Operates all equipment in the powerhouses, central section, dam, and associated structures as directed by the Control Center Operator including starting, stopping, synchronizing, and condensing generators; transmission line breakers; 120/480/2400VAC station service switchgear and lighting systems; large gates and valves to maintain proper river flow and for watering or unwatering penstocks, scroll cases, and draft tubes; transferring lubricating and transformer oil; draining and filling transformers, generator unit bearings, and governor oil systems.