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Job Title:Agricultural Engineer (DEU-FF) AMENDED

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Bureau of Reclamation

Job Announcement Number:BR-LC-DE-13-35

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$57,408.00 to $89,450.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, October 17, 2013 to Thursday, November 07, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0890-11/12

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Boulder City, NV View 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/

*THE CLOSING DATE OF THIS ANNOUNCEMENT HAS BEEN EXTENDED FROM 10/31/2013

Position is being advertised concurrently under BR-LC-13-51 for status applicants.  If you are interested in applying under both announcement numbers, you must submit application packages for each.

Reclamation is seeking a career professional looking for an opportunity to capitalize on his/her expertise as an Agricultural Engineer. You can make a difference in the West by assisting in meeting increasing water demands while protecting the environment.

Would you enjoy ensuring the safe and efficient operation of Government facilities? Responsibilities include serving as a technical specialist for the development, implementation, and evaluation of water management and conservation program actitivies administered within the Lower Colorado Region.

Here is a great opportunity to join a great organization with excellent growth potential!

LOCATION: Lower Colorado Region,  Boulder Canyon Operations Office, Water Accounting & Verifications Group.

Boulder City is a short drive from the Las Vegas Metropolitan area. For living conditions visit:
Boulder City, NV: http://www.bcnv.org.
Henderson, NV: http://www.hendersonchamber.com/.
Las Vegas, NV: http://www.lvchamber.com/.

Relocation expenses are not authorized.

Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship or National;
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation;
  • You must meet specialized experience requirements; (See Qualifications)
  • Submit transcript(s) to verify education requirements;
  • Position requires filing a financial disclosure report.

DUTIES:

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- Provides agricultural engineering expertise and related analysises, considering appropriate engineering, technical, scientific, legal and institutional guidelines and requirements in support of technical and policy decisions relating to the Inadvertent Overrun and Payback Policy (IOPP) program; Intentionally Created Surplus (ICS) program; Title 43 Code of Federal Regulations Part 417(Part 417) water order approval process; Water Accounting program, Consumptive Uses and Losses (CU&L) project; and Remotely-Sensed Data Collection (RSDC) program.
- Oversees the administration of Reclamation’s IOPP and ICS programs, and Part 417 consultation and water order approval process.
- Coordinates with stakeholders to ensure water management and conservation plans submitted under the IOPP, ICS, or Part 417 programs are technically adequate, and that field verification inspections of conservation measures performed pursuant to the IOPP and ICS are completed as required.
- Assists in the acquisition of ground reference data for the RSDC program, performs ground reference data entry, and completes routine updates of spatial features and associated attributes in a GIS database.
- Applies agronomic knowledge to develop a methodology to estimate crop consumptive use in the tributary basins of the Lower Colorado River.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:
Applicants must first meet the Basic Requirements listed below:

A. Professional Engineering Degree: 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) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (f) 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: 1. Professional registration; 2. Written test - Evidence of having successfully passed the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) examination, or the written test required for professional registration ; 3. Specified academic courses - Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering that included the courses specified in the basic requirements; 4. Related curriculum - Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field, e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENT: In addition to meeting the Basic Education Requirement, applicants must meet the following.

GS-11:  In order to qualify for the GS-11 grade level, your resume must reflect one year of specialized experience; OR A Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree; OR 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; OR LL.M., if related.

Specialized Experience for GS-11: defined as experience performing professional agricultural engineering work in order to complete assigned investigative, analysis, or design tasks in one or more of the following areas: agronomic, irrigation, systems design, water management or water conservation.

GS-12: To qualify for the GS-12 level, your resume must reflect 1 year of specialized experience.

Specialized Experience for GS-12: defined as experience performing professional agricultural engineering work in order to complete assigned investigative, analysis, or design tasks; and collaborating with stakeholders for meeting project needs in one or more of the following areas: agronomic, irrigation, systems design, water management or water conservation.


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 will result in you being rated not qualified for the position.

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 and any selective factors, by the closing date of this announcement.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

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 45 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.

KSA 1. Knowledge of professional concepts, principles, and methodology of irrigation and drainage engineering in order to complete assigned investigative, analysis, and design tasks. 

KSA 2.  Knowledge of soil properties, flow measurement, and agricultural equipment needed to conduct evaluations, interpret results, and make recommendations regarding technical adequacy of irrigation water management plans, conservation plans, and the verification of conservation yields.

KSA 3.  Knowledge of agronomic principles and practices needed to evaluate and assess crop water use on a district-wide basis.

KSA 4.  Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing. 

Your answers to questions will be verified against information provided in your online resume. Be sure that your 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.


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:  https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Pay_and_Benefits.

OTHER INFORMATION:

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. For more information visit:  http://www.sss.gov

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.

Driver’s License/History: Operation of a Government vehicle required; therefore, you must possess a valid state driver’s license. A driving history check is required.

Financial Disclosure:  If selected for this position, you will be required to file a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-450, within 30 days of entrance on duty.

Probationary Period:  Placement in this position requires you to complete a one-year probationary period.

Optional Form 306 (OF-306): Before final selection, 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.

Promotion Potential: If you are selected at the lower grade, promotions may be made at a later date without further competition. However, identification of promotion potential in this announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote you at some future date. Such promotions will depend upon administrative approval, the continuing need for an actual assignment and the demonstrated performance of higher level duties.  Full performance level is GS-12.

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.

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 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:  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.

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 that includes dates of employment, specifically years, months, and hours worked per week for each period of experience; 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 selected, you will be required to provide official college transcripts to verify your educational qualifications prior to reporting for work.

Veterans Preference: If you are entitled to veterans’ preference, you must provide a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, DD Form 214 (DD-214), member 4 copy, 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 Eligibles:  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.
 
The following link provides general resume formatting instructions:
http://www.usbr.gov/lc/region/g5000/ResumeFormat.pdf.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Faunta Finley
Phone: 702-293-8211
Fax: 000-000-0000
Email: FFinley@usbr.gov
Agency Information:
BUREAU OF RECLAMATION
P.O. Box 61470
Attn: LC-5014
Boulder City, NV
89006-1470
US
Fax: 000-000-0000

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-LC-DE-13-35

Control Number:

353495800