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Job Title:  Natural Resources Specialist, GS-0401-9/11/12 (DEU-ES)
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Bureau of Reclamation
Job Announcement Number:  BR-MP-2013-230

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$50,790.00 to $95,750.00 / Per Year
Monday, December 16, 2013 to Friday, January 17, 2014
Full Time. - Permanent.
1 vacancy - Carson City, NV   View Map
All United States Citizens and Nationals.
Public Trust - Background Investigation


About the Agency

Why search any longer- we have just the opportunity for you! Come, join us, and become a vital part of the team that manages, develops, and protects water and related resources in an environmentally and economically sound manner in the interest of the American public. You'll serve as a valued team member and your work will assist the United States Government in accomplishing its mission. We have an excellent benefit package including paid vacations, sick days, holidays, health and life insurance, an excellent retirement package and other work-life programs.

This position is located with the Bureau of Reclamation, Mid-Pacific Region, Lahontan Basin Area Office, in Carson City, NV. Additional information about Carson City may be found on the internet at:

Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement.


  • Travel is required approximately 5% of the time.
  • Statement of Financial Disclosure must be filed annually.
  • Subject to an Extensive Background Investigation.
  • Must possess or obtain certification as a COR.


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Position may be filled at the GS-9, GS-11 or GS-12 level. If selected at the lower level, the duties are developmental in nature, leading to the full performance level of GS-12. The incumbent may be non-competitively promoted to the next level of the position upon 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 is not automatic. At the full performance GS-12 level, the incumbent:

  • Provides oversight and assistance in the preparation and processing of assigned environmental documents such as impact statements, assessments, commitment plans, or portions of planning reports
  • Develops or reviews plans of study, work statements, cost estimates, and schedules for the preparation of environmental documents; assembles, coordinates, and/or oversees interdisciplinary teams to prepare and process environmental documents.
  • Performs independent policy review and provides comments on environmental impact statements and other environmental documents prepared by other agencies.
  • Maintains familiarity with Reclamation policy on such activities as relate to fish and wildlife, flood plains and wetlands, endangered species, hazardous waste, water quality, pollution control, desalination, drainage, ground water, recreation, plant control, herbicide surveillance, etc., with a view to promoting furtherance of environmental considerations in Reclamation activities.
  • Makes policy review of planning and other internal external reports and data dealing with environmental problems and their solutions.
  • Interacts with other project offices, such as the Regional Office and Reclamation's Denver and Washington office, concerning environmental matters that may affect various planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance phases and research efforts
  • Participates as a member of special Reclamation committees, task forces, and groups that are formed to address projects of a special or controversial nature to represent Regional environmental policy positions.
  • Serves as the Contracting Officer's Representative for contracts pertaining to the preparation of environmental documents.


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Minimum Education Requirement:
Applicants must meet the Basic Education Qualification Requirements listed below:

A. Degree: degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position; -OR- A combination of education and experience - courses equivalent to a major, as shown above, 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.

In addition to meeting Basic Education, applicants must have specialized experience or additional education as defined below:

GS-09: One year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-07 level in the Federal service OR two years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or equivalent master's or graduate degree in the a field related this position.

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 biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry or related disciplines appropriate to the position.

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-09: Professional experience interpreting and applying federal and state environmental laws and regulations, such as NEPA and/ or CEQA compliance; wildlife management; wildlife habitat restoration, cultural resource management, watershed restoration; environmental planning.
GS-11: Professional experience preparing portions of environmental documents to meet the requirements of National Environmental Policy Act and the Endangered Species Act; collecting, synthesizing, and evaluating environmental data, and preparing preliminary findings and recommendations; applying biological facts, principles, methods, and techniques to develop conventional plans and/or studies involving natural resource activities. These examples are not all inclusive.

GS-12: Professional experience preparing environmental documents to meet the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act and the Endangered Species Act, such as environmental assessments and environmental impact statements; developing environmental portions of planning reports; evaluating the impact of construction projects and other socioeconomic activities that present potential or actual adverse effects on natural and environmental resources; determining, establishing and applying biological facts, principles, methods, techniques, and procedures to the production and/or management of environmental resources or within facilities and systems that have been constructed for their benefit and public use. These examples are not all inclusive.

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 may result in you being rated not qualified for the 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 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs) through their resume and responses to the online questions.    
1. Knowledge and experience using environmental statutes to conduct biological assessments and/or environmental analyses.
2. Ability to provide advice and guidance on natural or environmental resources issues.
3. Skill in oral and written communication techniques and methods to collaborate with internal and external customers.
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.
To preview questions please click here.


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Relocation: Relocation: Travel and relocation expenses are authorized. Eligibility for specific relocation services will be determined at the time of selection. However, use of Relocation Services Contract (Guaranteed Home Sale) will not be authorized.

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:
-Travel is required approximately 5% of the time.
-Operation of a Government vehicle required; therefore, a valid State driver's license is required.
-This position requires completion of a one-year probationary period.
-Required to file a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-450.
-Incumbent must possess or obtain certification as a Contracting Officer's Representative (COR).
-Required to obtain and use a government-issued charge card for business-related travel and authorized purchases.
-Work requires occasional field work, which may involve working in and around powerplants, switch yards, irrigation systems and related structures requiring an awareness of hazards at all times.

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:http: :
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:

Legal and Regulatory Guidance:


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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 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 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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