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Job Title:  Physical Scientist, GS-1301-12 (JW-DEU)
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Bureau of Reclamation
Job Announcement Number:  BR-DO-2013-137

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$73,848.00 to $96,001.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 to Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Full-Time - This is a term opportunity not-to-exceed two years, but may be extended up 4 years is needed.
few vacancies in the following location:
Lakewood, CO View Map


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

Reclamation is seeking a career professional looking for an opportunity to capitalize on his/her expertise as a Physical Scientist.  You can make a difference by applying skills and knowledge in the area of data information consulting, computer programming, and data management services utilizing the latest GIS and Microsoft technologies for Windows and Web solutions in order to support Reclamation projects and programs. 

Would you enjoy designing, developing and implementing we applications and databases? Responsibilities include selecting specific approaches and methods of attacking or resolving technical assignments and problems in connection with activities in science and engineering which provide information consulting, computer programming and data management to personnel throughout Reclamation.

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

LOCATION: Emergency Management and GIS Group, Denver, CO.

Relocation expenses are authorized (or not authorized for this position) with the exception of the Guaranteed Home Sale Provision.  First-post-of-Duty relocation expenses are authorized for new appointments or reinstatement appointments.


  • U.S. Citizenship or U.S. National;
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation
  • You must submit a resume and supporting documentation; (See How to Apply)
  • You must meet specialized experience requirements; (See Qualifications)
  • You MUST submit transcript(s) to verify education requirements;
  • For veterans consideration, submit document(s) under Required documents.


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- Provides database design, web application development, computer programming, and data management consulting services for Reclamation projects and programs. 
- Utilizes Geographic Information System (GIS) software to digitize point, line, and polygon features from cartographic materials to create multiple data themes for a study area.  Additionally, utilizes GIS analytical capabilities to create new information themes by combining independently entered themes by polygon overlay, buffer overlay, or other technique.  Custom products are generated to meet clients’ needs.
- Performs computer programming to enhance existing applications software or to create new modules where the existing software library cannot meet project requirements.
- Conducts formal analyses and studies of prospective information management issues and problems.
- Participates in prescribed activities to develop a working knowledge in the area of field and lab processes, the effects of natural resource processes on Reclamation facilities and equipment, and the nature of Reclamation’s mission.
- Prepares project management plans, scopes of work, project cost estimates, assessments and narrative recommendations for concept and/or decision documentation, project documentation and related materials.
- Prepares written technical documentation needed for database design and implementation, web applications, computer programming, and data management activities. 


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ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENT: In addition to meeting the Basic Education Qualification Requirements, applicants must have additional specialized experience as defined below:

GS-12 - 1 year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-11 level in 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-12: Specialized experience includes experience in managing multiple projects of varying complexity with competing priorities and deadlines in order to extract, transform, load and process data from various relational and non-relational sources into database systems using common computer software such as spreadsheets, databases and word processing programs.  Having the ability to establish and maintain working relationships with functional specialists in order to interpret and evaluate project data results and draw conclusions on data validity, usability and legal defensibility.

Examples of specialized experience include work experience with at least four of the following seven tasks:

1. Development, programming, installing, configuring, testing and maintaining applications, tools, and/or utilities such as: Microsoft Access databases, SQL Server databases, Oracle databases, Microsoft Sharepoint.
2. Database administration on large and complex systems including:  logical and physical design of databases; development of integrity and access controls, stored procedures, and versioning of databases.
3. Marked proficiency in programming languages and tools such as: Visual Basic .NET, C, C++, C#, Java, Oracle PL/SQL, SQL Server T/SQL, PERL, Python, PHP, etc.
4. Performance of data maintenance including change of systems, platforms, conversions, upgrades.
5. Development of database driven web based interfaces using ASP .Net.
6. Proficient in performing web based application or service development functions such as: User requirements assessment and documentation, process flow diagramming, prototype development, and user acceptance testing.
7. Proficiency in geospatial desktop, server, and database software including: ArcGIS Desktop 10.x, ArcSDE 10.x, ArcGIS Server 10.x, ArcGIS API for Silverlight, ArcGIS API for Javascript,  and HTML 5 – CSS.

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. An official copy will be required pre-employment.


Applicants must first meet the Basic Education Qualification Requirements for either the Civil Engineer or the Physical Scientist listed below:


A. Degree: physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics.


B. Combination of education and experience -- education equivalent to one of the majors shown in A above that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

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 by the closing date of this announcement. 


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 20 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.

1. Knowledge of, and skill in applying, advanced theories, concepts, and principles practiced in web based application and interfaces using ASP .Net.

2. Ability to establish and maintain working relationships with technical specialists and communicate orally and in writing, in order to coordinate work, exchange information, extract, transform, load, process and maintain project data and draw conclusions on data validity, usability and defensibility.

3. Proficient skill in the use of programming languages and tools such as: Visual Basic .NET, C, C++, C#, Java, Oracle PL/SQL, SQL Server T/SQL, PERL, Python, PHP, etc.

4. Knowledge of, and skill in applying, advanced theories, concepts, and principles practiced in geospatial analysis using tools and related desktop, server, and database software including; ArcGIS Desktop 10.x, ArcSDE 10.x, ArcGIS Server 10.x, ArcGIS API for Silverlight, ArcGiS API for Javascript, and HTML 5 - CSS.

Applicant’s answers to questions will be verified against information provided in their online resume. Be sure that the 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.


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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:


- 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:

- 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.


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Applications (resume and application 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 blue APPLY ONLINE button at the side of this 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, go to: 
You may be required to provide supporting documentation in addition to your on-line application. Auto-Requested Fax is a feature for submitting these supporting documents. Instructions appear automatically when you apply online. For more information about auto-requested Fax, go to:
OTHER OPTIONS to submit documentation (Include your name and vacancy number on the document(s): E-mail to, Fax directly to our HR Office at 303-445-6349, Mail to PO Box 25007, Denver, CO 80225-0007 -or- Hand-deliver to Denver Federal Center, Building 67, Room 348, Denver, Colorado.
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 10-Point 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-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:


Jenny Walden
Phone: 303-445-2647
Fax: 303-445-6349
Agency Information:
P.O. Box 25007
DFC, Bldg. 67
Attn: 84-52200
Denver, CO
Fax: 303-445-6349


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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