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Job Title:Irrigation System Operator

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs

Job Announcement Number:BIA-DEU-13-02

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 $40,706.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, August 30, 2013 to Monday, September 09, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0459-05

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Seasonal

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Fort Washakie, WY United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Open to all U.S. Citizens. You do not have to be a current or former government employee to be considered for this position.

JOB SUMMARY:

 

Established in 1824, Indian Affairs is the oldest bureau of the U.S. Department of the Interior.  Within the government-to-government relationship, Indian Affairs provides services directly or through contracts, grants, or compacts to 566 federally recognized tribes with a service population of about 1.9 million American Indians and Alaska Natives.

Are you interested in Joining;

·        An agency whose responsibilities touch the lives of all Americans, and contributes to the Nation's environmental quality, economic vitality, and the well-being of communities, including those of Native Americans, Alaska Natives and affiliated Islanders?

The U.S. Department of the Interior has a multifaceted mission that combines natural resource protection, recreation, natural resource use, services to communities and individuals, and biological and earth sciences.  Indian Affairs offers an extensive scope of programs that covers the entire range of Federal, State and local government services.  The Bureau of Indian Education administers an education system consisting of 183 schools and dormitories, educating approximately 42,000 elementary and secondary students and 28 tribal colleges, universities, and post-secondary schools.  The Bureau of Indian Affairs administers an extensive scope of  programs from social services, natural resources management on trust lands representing 55 million surface acres and 57 million acres of subsurface minerals, estates, economic development programs, law enforcement and detention services, land and water claim settlements, housing improvements, disaster relief, replacement and repair of schools, repair and maintenance of roads and bridges and operates a series of irrigation systems and provides electricity to rural Arizona.  Indian Affairs is seeking individuals who share a passion for our country's most valuable resources and a commitment to obtaining, training and retaining a highly skilled and diverse workforce needed to accomplish our exciting and challenging mission. 

 

This position is located in the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Rocky Mountain Regional Office, Branch of Water Resources/Irrigation with a duty station at Wind River Agency and you can find more information specific to our organization at http://www.bia.gov/WhoWeAre/index.htm

 

INDIAN PREFERENCEPreference in filling vacancies is given to qualified Indian candidates in accordance with the Indian Preference Act of 1934 (Title 25, USC, Section 472).  Verification Form BIA-4432 must be submitted with the application if claiming Indian Preference.  Indian preference eligibles that are not currently employed in the Federal service will be appointed under the Excepted Service Appointment Authority Schedule A, 213.3112(A) (7).

 

FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES: Former federal employees are required to indicate whether they received a Voluntary Separation Incentive Payment (VSIP) buyout in their previous employment with the Federal government, and are required to submit a copy of the applicable Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) regarding the VSIP. The majority of individuals, who accept reemployment with the Federal government within 5 years of receiving the VSIP amount, must repay the gross amount of the separation pay prior to reemployment.

 

NOTE:  This position is also being advertised under Merit Promotion Vacancy Announcement Number RMR-13-31 (Vacancy Identification Number: 952816).  Applicants who wish to be considered under both Merit Promotion and Competitive Procedures must submit a separate application for each announcement.  Your application under this notice will be considered only for the Competitive Service Vacancy Announcement.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • US CITIZENSHIP REQUIRED.
  • BACKGROUND SECURITY INVESTIGATION WILL BE REQUIRED FOR ALL NEW HIRES.
  • APPOINTMENT MAY INCLUDE A REQUIREMENT FOR ONE YEAR PROBATIONARY PERIOD.
  • APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED ONLINE OR BY FAX.
  • A VALID DRIVER'S LICENSE IS REQUIRED.

DUTIES:

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As a Irrigation System Operator, you will;

 

  • Schedule deliveries and shut-offs to the best interest of all water users.
  • Service water delivery demands to eligible water users on irrigated lands on designated units.
  • be required to deliver water within 48 hours and may be required to shutdown deliveries due to emergencies, water shortages, etc.
  • maintain records of all water deliveries including the amount, time delivered, crops irrigated and number of times irrigated.
  • repair or replace structures, ditches that need to be cleaned or repaired.

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:  (OPM Operating Manual, Qualification Standards for Technical and Medical Support Positions, GS-459-5 and Irrigation System Operation series, 0459).

 

Individual Occupational Requirements

Specialized Experience (for positions at GS-4 and above):

Examples of qualifying specialized experience include:

  • Farming or ranching work that provided knowledge of soil and water conservation practices and irrigation procedures used in the geographical area for which application is made.
  • Construction, maintenance, or operating work that provided a knowledge of the control, regulation, distribution, and measurement of water.
  • Controlling, clearing, repairing, and maintaining irrigation ditches, canals, and equipment; or soil conservation or engineering technician work where the duties provided a knowledge of irrigation procedures.

OR

Education and Training:

Grade Level

Education and Training

For GS-5: 

Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with 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-5:  1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-4 grade level OR 4-year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor’s degree with courses related to the occupation, if required.

 

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:  Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA’s) to perform successfully the duties of the position, and is typically in or related to the position to be filled.

 

GENERAL EXPERIENCE:  (1) Any type of work that demonstrates the applicant’s ability to perform the work of the position, or (2) experience that provided a familiarity with the subject matter or processes of the broad subject area of the occupation.

 

NOTE:  If you are not in the series for which applying, your application package must show evidence of meeting the OPM Qualification Standards; i.e., required course work (transcript/listing of courses); specialized experience; etc.

 

Part-Time or Unpaid Experience: Credit will be given for all appropriate qualifying experience regardless of whether compensation was received or whether the experience was gained in a part-time or full-time occupation. Full-time work is generally considered to be 35 to 40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.

 


Evaluation of Foreign Education: Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation upon request. Failure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration.

 

For more information regarding evaluation of foreign education for federal employment, please visit the U.S. Department of Education webpage.

 

SUITABILITY, CLEARANCE & REQUIREMENTS:  A background security investigation will be required for all new hires.  Appointment will be subject to the applicant’s successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication.  Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.

 

OTHER:  Incumbent is required, as an incidental duty, to operate a government-owned or leased motor vehicle, in the performance of duties, therefore, a valid driver’s license is required.  Incumbent must have a safe driving record within the three-year period immediately preceding submittal of GSA Form 3607 and be able to meet the safe driving requirements of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

 

CAREER SEASONAL-Selectee will be guaranteed a minimum of 26 weeks of FULL-TIME EMPLOYMENT each calendar year, maximum is 50 weeks.

 

Applicants for this position must pass a pre-employment medical examination

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your application will be evaluated and rated under the Category Rating and Selection Procedures. If you meet minimum qualifications for this job, your evaluation will be based on a review of your complete application package and the extent to which you respond to the Assessment Questionnaire as related to the knowledge, skills, and abilities, listed below: 

Knowledge of Irrigation Operation and Maintenance and Water Delivery

Knowledge of Irrigated Crops and Water Delivery

Knowledge of location of canals and lateral repairs.

Knowledge and ability to communicate, motivate and work independently 

We will then place you in one of three categories:

  • BEST QUALIFIED: Demonstrates high proficiency and comprehensive level of the knowledge, skills and abilities of the position.
  • WELL QUALIFIED:  Demonstrates overall competency in the knowledge, skills, and abilities of the position.
  • QUALIFIED: Meets minimum qualifications established for the position, but fails to meet the benchmark definition for Well Qualified.


BENEFITS:

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The Bureau of Indian Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered http://www.usajobs.gov/EI/benefits.asp#icc

 

Travel and relocation expenses are not authorized: Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid by the Department of the Interior. Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee.  



OTHER INFORMATION:

ICTAP/CTAP ELIGIBILITY

Federal employees seeking Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP.

CTAP/ ICTAP eligibles must submit the following (all four are required):

1.    An SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, or other official documentation, which shows that you were declared displaced or surplus while serving as a career or career conditional competitive service employee, in tenure group 1 or 2, OR are a current or former Executive Branch agency employee in the excepted service serving on an appointment without time limit, at grade levels GS-15 or equivalent and below, and who has been conferred noncompetitive appointment eligibility and special selection priority by statute for positions in the competitive service;

2.    An SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, or other official documentation which shows the position you may be or are being separated from has the same or higher promotion potential as that of the vacancy;

3.     

o   CTAP eligibles: a copy of your Reduction in Force (RIF) separation notice; a notice of proposed removal for declining a directed reassignment or transfer of function outside the local commuting area; a Certificate of Expected Separation; your agency's certification that you are in a surplus organization or occupation (this could be a position abolishment letter, a notice of eligibility for discontinued service retirement, or similar notice).

o   ICTAP eligibles: a copy of your RIF separation notice, a notice of proposed removal for declining a directed reassignment or transfer of function outside the local commuting area; an OPM notice that your disability annuity has been (or will be) terminated; certification from your former agency that it cannot place you after your recovery from a compensable injury; or certification from the National Guard Bureau or Military Department that you are eligible for a disability retirement and will receive the special OPM annuity.

4.    A copy of a current (or last) performance rating of record of at least fully successful or equivalent (not required if you are an ICTAP eligible due to compensable injury or disability retirement).

Download a copy of The Employee's Guide to Career Transition [PDF].

 

NOTICE TO ALL MALE APPLICANTS:  Section 1622 of the Defense Authorization Act of 1986, prohibits any male born after December 31, 1959, from being appointed to a position in an executive agency if he has knowingly and willfully failed to register with the Selective Service System.  Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, will be required to complete a certification document to confirm their Selective Service registration status, if selected for appointment.

 

VETERAN'S PREFERENCE: If you are entitled to veteran's preference, you should indicate the type of veteran's preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veteran's preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.

  • For 5-point veteran's preference, please provide your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), 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 veteran's preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran's Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation.

 

VETERANS EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES ACT (VEOA): Preference eligibles may apply for permanent positions (career or career-conditional appointments) under merit promotion procedures for VEOA appointments; however, veteran’s preference is not a factor in these appointments. To be eligible for a VEOA appointment, a veteran must be a preference eligible OR veteran separated after 3 or more years of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions. Applicants must submit a copy of their DD-214 for verification of eligibility. For more information, click here: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/shav/index.aspx#veoa



HOW TO APPLY:

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Vacancy Identification Number: 953182

 

To Apply Online:

·    Click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to log into or create your USAJOBS account

·    ANSWER the Questionnaire and click on SUBMIT my answers

·    UPLOAD all required documents and other supporting documents

·    To return to a previously saved or incomplete application go to https://applicationmanager.gov/

 

We strongly encourage you to apply online. However, if you cannot apply online, you may FAX your assessment questionnaire, resume and supporting documents to (478) 757-3144 by following the steps below.

 

To Apply by Fax:

·    Print a copy of the OPM Form 1203-FX

·    Answer the assessment questionnaire:  View Occupational Questionnaire

·    When faxing a completed OPM Form 1203-FX, this will serve as your fax cover and must be placed on TOP of your application and other supporting documents. No other fax cover page is required. Simply make sure that all six pages of the completed OPM Form 1203-FX are on top of all other documents being faxed.

 

Ensure the Vacancy Identification Number: 953182, is identified on the required fax cover page,

 

Combination Online/Fax:

·         Log into or create your Application Manager account at https://applicationmanager.gov/

·         ANSWER the Questionnaire and click on SUBMIT my answers

·         Print the United States Government Application Cover Page

·         Include the Vacancy Identification Number: 953182, SSN, and full name to ensure that your documents are associated with the rest of your application

·         Fax your United States Government Application Cover Page, application, and supporting documents to (478) 757-3144.

 

All application material and supporting documentation must be submitted and received by 11:59 PM (Eastern Time) on the Monday, September 09, 2013 of the announcement in order for you to be considered for this vacancy.

 

NOTE: It is the applicant's responsibility to verify that all information entered, uploaded, or faxed (i.e., assessment questions and answers, resume, and any supporting documents) are complete and accurate.

 

All electronic submissions and/or faxes must be completed by Monday, September 09, 2013.

 

NOTE: Submission of a resume alone is not a complete application. This position requires the submission of additional forms as described under the REQUIRED DOCUMENTS section. Failure to provide the required information and/or documentation may result in your application not being considered for employment.

 



REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

    1.  Resume - Must contain the following:

     

    ·                  Job Announcement Number

    ·                  Work Experience: include Position Title; Dates - From (mm/yy) To (mm/yy); Hours Worked per week;   

                 Current Supervisor's Name and Telephone Number; and Duties

    ·                  Education

    ·                  References

     

    2.  Form BIA-4432, Verification of Indian Preference for Employment, is required for claiming Indian Preference.  No other form will be accepted. 
               

    3.  Form DD-214, if claiming 5 pt. veteran's preference or Standard Form 15 with required proof of   entitlement, if claiming 10 pt. veteran's preference. 

    4.  College Transcript is required for verification/documentation of qualifying education.

    5.  Occupational Questionnaire, listed in announcement.  Failure to respond to the questionnaire will result in loss of consideration.

    6.  Most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, current or former Federal employees.

    7.  GSA Form 3607, Motor Vehicle Operator's License and Driving Record (optional during the application process; however, selectees will be required to submit as part of the pre-employment process).  

    8.  Copy of current state driver’s license. Failure to provide proof of current valid driver’s license will result in loss of consideration.

    NOTE: Persons submitting incomplete application will be given credit only for the information they provide. The applicant is responsible for submitting all required documentation in support of their application in order to receive full credit for their Indian preference, veteran preference, experience, training, and/or education. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION WILL NOT BE SOLICITED FROM THIS OFFICE.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Charles J. Walks Slow
Phone: (406)247-7956
Email: CHARLES.WALKSSLOW@BIA.GOV
Agency Information:
BIA Center for Recruitment Rocky Mountain Regional
AS-IA Office of Human Capital Mgmt
2021 4th Avenue North
Billings, MT
59101-1397

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

Once the online questionnaire is received, you will receive an acknowledgement email notifying you that your submission was successful. After a review of your application is made, you will be notified regarding your rating and referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. If you are rated as one of the most highly qualified candidates, you will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.  We expect to make a selection within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement. You will be notified via email of the outcome.


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Job Announcement Number:

BIA-DEU-13-02

Control Number:

350700000