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Job Title:Civil Engineer, GS-0810-9/11 (DEU-JR)

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Bureau of Reclamation

Job Announcement Number:BR-MP-2013-153

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$54,028.00 to $79,883.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 to Friday, September 20, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0810-09/11

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent.

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

11

DUTY LOCATIONS:

3 vacancies - Sacramento, 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 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/

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. Be involved in the design, construction, maintenance and rehabilitation of major water collection, storage, conveyance and power generation infrastructures and facilities throughout the Mid-Pacific Region.

Here is a great opportunity to join an organization with excellent potential! If selected at the GS-9 level you can progress up to the GS-11 after a year. Promotions are not guaranteed nor automatic, but based on supervisor initiation. GS-9 salary range: $54,028 to $66,493; GS-11 salary range: $61,451 to $79,883

This position with the Bureau of Reclamation, Division of Design and Construction, is located in Sacramento, CA. For more information on the Sacramento area visit: http://www.co.Sacramento.ca.us

Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Travel may be required including TDY 25% or more of the time.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid state driver's license.

DUTIES:

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Position may be filled at the GS-09 or GS-11.  If selected at the GS-09, the duties are developmental in nature, leading to the full performance level of GS-11. The incumbent may be non-competitively promoted to the next level of the position upon meeting all regulatory requirements; certification by the supervisor of successful performance; completion of all training requirements; and the availability of work at the next higher grade level. Note: promotion is not automatic. At the full perform level the incumbent performs the following:

  • Prepares engineering designs, drawings, specifications, and cost estimates for new construction of and the repair, replacement, and rehabilitation of water, power, and related facilities and equipment.
  • Coordinates work with other engineers on multi-disciplinary teams and directs and monitors the work of lower-grade engineers and technical support personnel. Reviews work of lower-grade engineers for technical accuracy and conformance to project requirements.
  • Establishes design data criteria and data collection methods. Prepares and maintains project schedules and budgets.
  • Reviews designs and estimates prepared by consultants or other agencies for acceptability and conformance with policies and legal requirements, and cost effectiveness.
  • Participates in meetings and conferences which related to project design, costs estimates, specifications and related project activities.
  • Conducts field inspections of project sites and construction sites. Inspects and monitors dams and other engineering structures impacted by foundation distress and documents findings.
  • The duty-station is Sacramento, CA. However depending on Reclamation's needs, the incumbent may be deployed on temporary assignments outside the duty-station. The venue of such deployment could be the Technical Service Center in Denver, an Area/Field Office or a project site anywhere within Reclamation's 5 regions any may extend up to 6 months.


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 specialized experience as defined below:

GS-09: One year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-07 level in the Federal service OR two years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or equivalent master's or graduate degree in the field of civil engineering.

GS-11: One year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-09 level in the Federal service OR three years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. in the field of civil engineering.

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

GS-09: Civil engineering experience performing specific engineering assignments and or/assisting higher grade engineers on small engineering projects or segments of larger projects. Such as, preparing engineering designs, reviewing designs for accuracy, preparing design criteria, developing scopes of work, developing technical data and performing detailed calculations regarding material sizes, dimensions, and qualities and costs for use in construction specifications.

GS-11: Civil Engineering experience planning and carrying out various portions of complex civil engineering projects under general guidance from a higher level engineer such as preparing and  analyzing civil engineering designs, cost estimates, construction specifications, and related engineering documents involved in the design and construction of civil works projects. These examples are not all inclusive.


This position has a mandatory education requirement; you must furnish 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.

You must meet all qualification requirements, including any time-in-grade restrictions and any selective factors 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 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. 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.
1. Knowledge of civil engineering concepts related to design and construction of civil engineering structures e.g.,dams, canals, pipelines, pumping plants, powerplants, water conveyance systems, etc.
2. Knowledge of construction contracting to prepare costs estimates and contract specifications.
3. Ability to communicate orally and in writing to prepare technical reports, communicate project objects and develop positive work relationships with project personnel.

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/EI/benefits.asp#icc

OTHER INFORMATION:

Relocation: Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses are not authorized and are the responsibility of the selectee.

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.

Employment Conditions:
-Travel is up to 25% of the time.
-Selectee may be subject to successful completion of a one year probationary period depending upon the type of appointment.
-Operation of a government vehicle is required; therefore, a valid State driver's license is required.
-Work is indoors and outside, subject to prevailing weather and terrain. Field work may involve exposure to energized and high voltage sources and moving equipment.
-Position is represented by the National Federation of Federal Employees, Local 951. Selective Service:

Slecteive Service: Male applicants born on or after December 31, 1959, must certify they have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service Law. For more information 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 questions) 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 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.

SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action: Status applicants (transfer, reassignment, reinstatement, promotion, etc.) must submit a copy of their SF-50, verifying highest rate of pay and documenting career or career-conditional status in the competitive service (Tenure 1 or 2) for which you are claiming eligibility. Failure to submit an SF-50 verifying status may result in the applicant not being considered for this position.

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 candidates eligible under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) you must submit the appropriate DD-214 (Member 4 Copy) documenting your eligibility.
-For information on veteran's eligibility visit: : http://www.opm.gov/veterans/html/vetguide.asp.

Special Non-Competitive Appointing Authorities documentation: For more information visit: http://www.opm.gov/wtw/html/except.htm

CTAP/ICTAP documentation: CTAP/ICTAP provides Federal employees placement assistance 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 (meet the minimum qualification requirements, including selective factors, education and experience requirements and score at least 90 (prior to veteran's preference being applied) on the application questions 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
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-2013-153

Control Number:

350531500