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Job Title:  Civil Engineer, GS-0810-11/12 (DEU-JR)
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Bureau of Reclamation
Job Announcement Number:  BR-MP-2013-184

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$57,408.00 to $84,913.00 / Per Year
Monday, October 21, 2013 to Friday, November 01, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location(s):
Weaverville, CA View Map
Weaverville, CA View Map
All United States Citizens and Nationals


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: and view our DVD titled "Traditions, Talent, and Teamwork" at:

Why search any longer - we have just the opportunity for you! Come, join us, and become a vital part of the team to restore the Trinity River and its populations of salmon, steelhead and other fish and wildlife. Your civil engineering and project management expertise will directly affect program success not only in the restoration, protection and use of natural resources but to the beneficiaries of a restored fishery such as sport, tribal and commercial fishing communities and the tourist and recreation industries along the Trinity River. For information on the TRRP, visit

This position is located with the Bureau of Reclamation, Northern California Area Office,Trinity River Restoration Division, Weaverville, California. For information on the Northern California Area Office visit: For information on Weaverville, Trinity County, CA visit:

Additional positions may be filled through this announcement.


  • Ability to be certified as a Contracting Officer's Technical Representative
  • Some travel required up to 10% of the time.


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Position may be filled at the GS-11 or GS-12 level. At the full performance GS-12 level, the incumbent serves as a Senior Design Engineer/Project Manager for the River Restoration Program (TRRP). The duties of the GS-11 position are developmental in nature, leading to the full performance level. The incumbent bay be non-competitively promoted to the next level of the position after 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 to is not automatic.

  • Manages and coordinates the Design Phase of river channel rehabilitation projects including the planning, data collection, and civil and hydrologic design analysis.
  • Performs the full range of project management activities to include program activities involving interdisciplinary or interagency teams; coordination and integration; fiscal planning and oversight; and regulatory compliance with laws and regulations. 
  • Develops civil engineering designs, digital surface terrain models, engineering construction drawings, cost estimates, and technical reports for complex river restoration projects.
  • Uses Computer Aided Drafting (CAD)/Terrain Modeling software, hydraulic analysis software (HEC-RAS), and Geographical Information System (GIS) software.
  • Performs technical review of documents prepared by the others for technical adequacy (e.g.,feasibility reports, design memoranda, design analyses, cost estimates, contract plans and specifications).
  • Serves as Contracting Officer's Technical Representative (COTR) or Grants and Cooperative Agreements Officer's Representative (GCAOR) in the execution of contracts or agreements.
  • Develops and carries out a public involvement plan for each project. Prepares for and makes presentations to a wide variety of technical, scientific and general audiences.


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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.
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 you 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 or additional education as defined below:

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.

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-11: Civil engineering experience with application of hydrologic concepts  preparing preliminary and final designs and specifications, appraisal and feasibility designs, costs estimates for construction of water resources projects (e.g., natural channels, dams, reservoirs, canals, power and pumping plants, tunnels, soil structures, bridges, irrigation systems; Civil engineering experience with application of hydrologic concepts performing technical reviews of design analysis, plans and specifications for construction contract documents, studies, reports, etc. of civil engineered water resources structures to assure technical accuracy, feasibility, and compliance with agency and other federal, state and local agencies. These examples are not all inclusive.

GS-12:Civil engineering experience performing technical analysis of hydrologic data, developing preliminary and final designs, plans and specifications, and data modeling for river restoration projects or water resource projects specific to the restoration or enhancement of riverine environments (e.g., natural channel restoration, fish/wildlife restoration, wetlands, flood plains).Civil engineering experience with application of hydrologic concepts in managing water resources projects specific to the restoration/enhancement of riverine environments through planning, design and construction to include technical reviews of design analysis, plans, specifications for technical adequacy, feasibility and compliance with environmental and government laws and regulations.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.

Applicants must meet all qualification, and as applicable, time-in-grade, and selective factor requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


Human Resources 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 criteria 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. Professional knowledge civil engineering concepts, theories principles and practices, including water resources, hydraulic engineering, and hydrology with emphasis on water and related natural resources.
2. Knowledge of project management concepts, principles, methods and practices.
3. Knowledge of civil engineering design to prepare, review and analyze engineering drawings, plans, cost estimates and specifications for design and construction projects.
4. Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing and in interpersonal relationships to promote effective management of engineering projects through public involvement, team building, conflict resolution, and negotiation techniques.
5. Ability to serve as a Contracting Officer's Technical 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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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:


Relocation: Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses (with the exception of the Guaranteed Home Sale provisions) may be authorized for payment by the Bureau of Reclamation. Specific entitlements will be determined at time of selection.

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:
-Selectee may be subject to successful completion of a one year probationary period depending upon the type of appointment.
-Operation of a Government vehicle required; a valid state driver's license is required.
-Some travel will be required to visit construction sites, attend meetings, conferences.
-Obtaining and using a government-issued charge card will be required for any business-related travel.
-Work is indoors and outside, subject to prevailing weather and terrain.
-Position is represented by the National federation of Federal Employees, Local 951.

Selective Service: Male applicants born on or after January 1, 1960, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service Law. To register for Selective Service or to verify that you have registered, please visit:

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:

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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 the Bureau of Reclamation's Hiring System--HireMe.  For more information about the HireMe system and the registration process, visit:

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, 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 or Federal Relay at  The Federal Relay website contains information for TDD/TTY users to receive free needed service.  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.


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 10Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation requested by this form.
-For information on veteran's eligibility visit

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-50noting 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:


Human Resources Office
Phone: 916-978-5476
Fax: 916-978-5563
Agency Information:
2800 Cottage Way
Attn: MP-500
Sacramento, CA
Fax: 916-978-5563


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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