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Job Title:Physical Scientist (GIS), Geographer (GIS), Cartographer (GIS),

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Bureau of Reclamation

Job Announcement Number:BR-DEGP-NK-13-29

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$31,315.00 to $74,628.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, December 03, 2013 to Tuesday, December 17, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0150/1301/1370-05/11

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

11

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
McCook, NE 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: www.usbr.gov

View our DVD titled "Traditions, Talent, and Teamwork" at: www.usbr.gov/pmts/hr/video/

Position is being advertised concurrently under BR-GP-NK-13-63, for current Federal employees serving under competitive service career or career-conditional appointments, former Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility, VEOA eligible veterans or persons eligible for non-competitive appointment under special appointing authorities (such as 30% disabled veterans).  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 a Physical Scientist (GIS), Geographer (GIS), or Cartographer (GIS). You can make a difference in the West by assisting in meeting increasing water demands while protecting the environment.

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

LOCATION: Great Plains Region, Nebraska-Kansas Area Office, Programs Management Division, Water Management & Development Group, McCook, Nebraska.

For living conditions, go to: www.usbr.gov/gp/employment/living_conditions.pdf

This is an interdisciplinary position. Position may be filled by Physical Scientist (GIS), GS-1301; Geographer (GIS), GS-0150; or Cartographer (GIS), GS-1370.

First-Post-of-Duty relocation expenses are authorized for new appointments and reinstatement eligibles.

Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • U.S. Citizenship or National.
  • You must submit a resume and supporting documentation (See How to Apply).
  • You must meet education and/or specialized experience (See Qualifications).
  • Submit transcript(s) to verify the education requirements.
  • Travel 2-3 nights per month.
  • A valid State driver's license is required.

DUTIES:

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- Plans, coordinates and manages geographic information system (GIS) activities and applications for the Area Office.

- Provides technical support, advice, consultation, and assistance to various levels of staff to identify and develop GIS applications.

- Develops geo-referenced digital databases and ensures database information is correctly linked to appropriate mapping elements so that analyses of information can be performed.

- Responsible for administration and coordination of state water rights held by Reclamation and project beneficiaries. Reviews record drawings to ensure drawings and associated project data are complete and accurate.

- Coordinates and processes land inclusion and exclusion petitions, district boundary changes, mapping of perfected water rights, and applications for water right transfers from irrigation districts. Prepares tract maps, legal descriptions, and report of ownerships.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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

QUALIFICATIONS FOR GS-1301, PHYSICAL SCIENTIST:
A. (1) Successful completion of  a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a Bachelor's or higher degree in physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics.

-OR-

B. Combination of directly related education and experience. Education must include courses that are equivalent to a major, as shown in A. (1) above, that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

QUALIFICATIONS FOR GS-0150, GEOGRAPHER:
A. (2) Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a Bachelor's or higher degree in geography or related physical or social science such as geology, meteorology, economics, statistics, sociology, anthropology, political science, history, cartography, computer science, urban studies, or planning that included at least 24 semester hours in geography or related fields.

-OR-

B. Combination of directly related education and experience. Education must include courses that are equivalent to a major, as shown in A. (2) above, that included at least 24 semester hours in geography or related physical/social science, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

QUALIFICATIONS FOR GS-1370, CARTOGRAPHER:
A. (3) Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a Bachelor's or higher degree in cartography or a major that included or was supplemented by at least 30 semester hours in cartography and/or directly related science, and related mathematics. Such course work includes, but is not limited to, cartography, astronomy, geodesy, photogrammetry, physical and geological oceanography, computer science, land surveying, geophysics, physical geography, and remote sensing. The 30 semester hours must have included at least 6, but no more than 15, semester hours of college level, non-business mathematics or statistics.

-OR-

B. Combination of directly related education and experience. Education must include courses that are equivalent to a cartography major or a major that included or was supplemented by at least 30 semester hours in cartography and/or directly related science and related mathematics, as shown in A. (3) above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

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

GS-07: 1 year of graduate-level education or superior academic achievement -or- 1 year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-05 level in the Federal service -OR- a combination of education and experience.

GS-09: 2 years of progressively higher graduate-level education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree -or- 1 year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-07 level in the Federal service -OR- a combination of education and experience.

GS-11: 3 years of progressively higher graduate-level education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree -or- 1 year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-09 level in the Federal service -OR- a combination of education and experience.

DEFINITION OF SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: To meet specialized experience, your resume must describe experience that demonstrates the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities as follows:

GS-07: Professional experience using GIS or database software to construct and manage spatial or non-spatial related data, performing database management using fundamental GIS technology including the creation of interactive queries and development of graphic output used in analysis of related database attributes.

GS-09: Professional experience using GIS software to construct and manage spatial and non-spatial related data, performing GIS database management, and using advanced GIS data analysis technology (remote sensing, image processing, geo-processing, modeling, and spatial statistics) to analyze multiple resources.

GS-11: Professional experience using GIS software to construct and manage spatial and non-spatial related data, performing GIS database management, and using advanced GIS data analysis technology (remote sensing, image processing, geo-processing, modeling, and spatial statistics) to analyze multiple resources that include: land and water resources management and water resource infrastructures, such as dams, reservoirs and water conveyance systems.


This position has a mandatory education requirement; you must furnish a copy of your college transcript (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 placement 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) Highly Qualified, 2) 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 of processes and techniques for the development and management of geospatial models.

2. Knowledge of GIS database design and database management.

3. Knowledge of state water right laws, policies, and procedures.

4. Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing in a variety of settings and mediums.

5. Ability to interact effectively and tactfully within a multi-disciplinary team.

Applicants’ answers to questions will be verified against information provided in their online resumes. Be sure that the resume clearly supports the response 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, and holidays; life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit: www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc

OTHER INFORMATION:

-Reclamation has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisory approval.

-This position requires travel of approximately 2-3 nights per month.

-Operation of a Government vehicle is required; therefore, a valid State driver's license is required. Driving record will be verified prior to final selection.

-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: 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.

HOW TO APPLY:

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Applications (resume, assessment questionnaire, and supporting documents) 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 on the right 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, visit: 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.

Options for submitting supporting documentation include Auto Requested Fax or uploading from your USAJOBS profile - instructions provided during the online application process. In addition, you may E-mail your supporting documentation to gphireme@usbr.gov; fax directly to the HR Office at 406-247-7875; mail to PO Box 36900, Billings, MT 59107-6900; OR hand-deliver to 2021 4th Avenue North, Billings, MT. Include your name and the vacancy number on the supporting document(s).

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 (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 you have foreign education you must also submit evidence that any education completed in a foreign institution is equivalent to U.S. educational standards. If selected, you will be required to provide official 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: www.opm.gov/staffingPortal/Vetguide.asp

-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 placement factors, education and experience requirements and score at least 85 on the assessment questionnaire as established, and be able to perform the duties of the position upon entry.  For information on CTAP/ICTAP, visit: www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Human Resources Office
Phone: 406-247-7696
Fax: 406-247-7875
Email: gphireme@usbr.gov
Agency Information:
BUREAU OF RECLAMATION
P.O. Box 36900
Billings, MT
59107-6900
US
Fax: 406-247-7875

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

After application packages have been received, resumes and transcript(s), will be reviewed to ensure applicants meet the basic qualification requirements. Applicants who meet 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-DEGP-NK-13-29

Control Number:

356627800