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Job Title:  Civil Engineer, GS-0810-11/12 (LP-DEU)
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Bureau of Reclamation
Job Announcement Number:  BR-DO-2013-194

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$61,612.00 to $96,001.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 to Monday, December 30, 2013
Full Time - Permanent
few vacancies in the following location:
Lakewood, CO 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 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 professional looking for an opportunity to capitalize on his/her expertise as a Civil Engineer. Responsibilities include providing estimates of construction and major equipment cost for planning through final designs for heavy civil water resource projects. Responsible for the preparation of Independent Government Cost Estimates (IGCE) for new contracts and changes to existing contracts; and to provide water resources engineering expertise for the development of cost estimates for funding approval.

Would you enjoy preparing various types of estimates for the Technical Service Center? You can make a difference in the West by assisting in meeting increasing water demands while protecting the environment.

You can progress from $61,612K to $73,848K in 1 year! Promotions to the next grade/salary level are neither guaranteed nor automatic, but based on supervisor initiation.

Here is a great opportunity to join a great organization with stellar growth potential! Great Benefits Package: paid vacation, sick days, holidays, health and life insurance and an excellent retirement package!


  • You must submit a resume and supporting documentation; (See How to Apply
  • Position has promotion potential to GS-12.
  • U.S. Citizenship or National is required.
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation
  • You must meet specialized experience requirements (See Qualifications)
  • For veterans consideration, submit document(s) under Other Information


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- Prepares various levels of estimates for heavy civil water resource projects
- Directs/prepares cost estimates for appraisal and feasibility level concepts, and project cost estimates to support congressional authorization, from 10's of millions of dollars to over a billion dollars. 
- Prepares independent Government cost estimates for multi-million dollar features.
- Reviews cost estimates prepared in regional offices, project offices, and third parties.
- Analyzes bids received from contractors for Reclamation construction
- Develops criteria and procedures for maintaining current bid price data.


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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.
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:
Professional registration--Current registration as a professional engineer by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions) are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration. For example, an applicant who attains registration through a State Board's eminence provision as a manufacturing engineer typically would be rated eligible only for manufacturing engineering positions.
Written Test- Evidence of having successfully passed the Engineer-in- Training (EIT) examination, or the written test required for professional registration, which is administered by the Boards of Engineering Examiners in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.
All GS-11/12 applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09/11 grade 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:

All GS-11 applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-09. Examples of specialized experience include preparing cost estimates for the construction of large multipurpose water resource projects (heavy civil works), including two or more of the following features: pumping plants, power plants, earthen dams, concrete or RCC dams, pipelines, water treatment plants, buildings, roads, or hazardous waste remediation and clean up projects; construction oversight on project(s) greater than $2 million.

All GS-12 applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11. Examples of specialized experience include preparing all levels of construction cost estimates from planning to independent government cost estimate (Engineers Estimate or Contractor Bid Proposal Estimate) for the construction of large multipurpose water resource projects (heavy civil works). Specific experience in preparing detailed construction cost estimates associated with the following: pumping or power plants, earthen concrete or RCC dams, and pipelines. Responsible for preparing planning level cost estimates for a project greater than $10 million. Construction oversight responsibility on a portion of heavy civil works project(s) greater than $10 million.
COMBINATION OF GRADUATE EDUCATION AND PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Combinations of successfully completed graduate level education and specialized experience may be used to meet total experience requirements. Only graduate level education in excess of the amount required for the next lower grade level may be combined with experience. For example, one-half of the requirement for a doctorate's degree plus 6 months of experience equivalent to a GS-9 may qualify for GS-11.

This position has a mandatory education requirement. 

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 30 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 in preparing estimates and studies and of various types of professional engineering work such as civil, mechanical, electrical, structural, hydraulic, etc.

2. Knowledge of the preparation of unit price and detailed construction cost estimates, including effects of wage rates, specified completion time, construction season along with other factors.

3. Knowledge of water resources management, operation and maintenance concepts, principles and practices normally applied to irrigation projects, municipal water transmission-systems, hydropower facilities, and water resource distribution and control facilities.

4. Ability to effectively meet and deal with managers, contractors, contracting officers, and design and construction personnel and resolve differences.

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. Applicants who exaggerate or falsify their experience and/or education may be removed from employment consideration.
To preview questions please click here.


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Working for the Bureau of Reclamation offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees. To find out more click here:
--Telework Determination:  The Bureau of Reclamation has determined the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.


-- 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. Go to:

The Bureau of Reclamation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Selection for positions is made solely on the basis of merit, fitness, and qualifications without regard to race, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other non-merit factors.


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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 APPLY ONLINE button at the side of any 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, on-line assessment questions, 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.

--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/ITCTAP, 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:
- 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.


HR Service Center
Phone: 303-445-2684
Fax: 303-445-6349
Agency Information:
P.O. Box 25007
DFC, Bldg. 67
Attn: 84-25200
Denver, CO
Fax: 303-445-6349


After all application packages have been received, we will review your resume and transcript(s) to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided in the Assessment Questionnaire and may interview the best-qualified applicants. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability and/or security background investigation. A final job offer for this position is typically made within 40 days after the deadline for applications.

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