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Job Title:  Equipment Operator (Fish Facility), BB-5701-00 (DEU-CS)
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Bureau of Reclamation
Job Announcement Number:  BR-MP-2013-196

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$28.10 to $28.10 / Per Hour
Monday, October 28, 2013 to Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Full-time - Temporary Not to Exceed One Year - - May Be Extended For An Additional Year.
4 vacancies - Byron, 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:
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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 an Equipment Operator.
This position is located with the Bureau of Reclamation, Mid-Pacific Region, South Central California Area Office Operations and Maintenance Division in Byron, CA. For more information on the Byron area visit:
Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement.


  • U.S. citizenship is required.
  • Position subject to Pre-Employment Physical and Drug Testing.
  • A valid Commercial Driver's License is required.
  • Position subject to a background investigation.


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Serves as a journey level Equipment Operator at the Bureau of Reclamation's Fish Facility in Byron, CA. The Fish Facility operates 24 hrs per day, 7 days per week and requires work to be performed during rotating shifts, on weekends, holidays, and on an emergency basis. Operates a variety of equipment, including tracked and wheeled vehicles, work boat, gantry and mobile cranes, hoists, pumps, valves, pumps, fish diversion equipment, power tools and common hand tools. Loads and transports fish to designated release sites. Performs basic maintenance on equipment. Uses math and basic algebra to perform and record routine calculations for fish data, vehicle use, and other data. Reads meters and gauges; interprets and applies verbal and written instructions, drawings, and diagrams; and follows established safety practices.


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Selective Placement Factor:
Must possess and maintain a valid Commercial Driver's License (CDL).
Minimum qualifications for trades and labor positions are determined by evaluation of job elements. You must meet at least 2 points on the screen-out element(s) and obtain an average of at least 2 points on all of the job elements in order to be considered qualified for this position.

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


Human Resources (HR) 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 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.  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.

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 Job Elements through their resume and responses to the online questions.
1. Ability to use and maintain tools and equipment.
2. Ability to interpret and apply verbal and written instructions, drawings, diagrams, charts, or logs.
3. Ability to operate with dexterity and safety.
4. Ability to record data and maintain logs.
5. Ability to do the work of the position without more than normal supervision (Screenout Element).
6. Operation of Motor Vehicles.
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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Temporary employees earn sick and annual leave and contribute to the Social Security (FICA) system.


Relocation: Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses are not authorized for payment by the Bureau of Reclamation. Any costs incurred in reporting for duty are the responsibility of the selectee.
Telework: Reclamation has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework only during an emergency or natural disaster.
Conditions of Employment:
Successful adjudication of personnel security investigation required.
This position is designated as a Non-Sensitive low level position and requires a fully completed and favorably adjudicated National Agency Check with Inquiries (NACI).
Travel is required approximately 10% of the time.
Operation of a government vehicle is required; therefore, you must possess and maintain a valid State’s driver’s license.  Driving record will be verified prior to final selection.                            
A valid Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) is required, a copy of your CDL must be submitted with the application package.
Satisfactory completion of a medical examination is required before assignment to the position.
Work is indoors and outside, subject to prevailing weather and terrain.  Employee works in the vicinity of energized and high voltage sources and moving equipment.
Frequent lifting, carrying, and handling of items weighing up to 50 pounds is required.
This is a Drug Testing Designated position.  Position is subject to random drug testing as a condition of employment.  Applicants tentatively selected for appointment to this position will participate in drug urinalysis testing.  Job offers will be withdrawn from applicants who refuse to be tested.  Applicants with verified positive test results shall be refused employment.
Available to work more than 8 hours per day, shift work, on-call, weekends and holidays.
All Federal employees are required by PL 104-134 to have federal payments made by direct deposit.
Required to obtain and use a government-issued credit card.
This position is included in the bargaining unit represented by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 1245.
Selective Service: Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must be registered with the Selective Service or be exempt from having to do so under Selective Service Law.  To register for Selective Service or to verify that you have registered, please visit:
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.

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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:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL): All applicants must furnish a copy of your Commerical Driver's License.

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:


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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