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Job Title:  Hydrologist (DEU-KG)
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Bureau of Reclamation
Job Announcement Number:  BR-LC-DE-14-08

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$47,923.00 to $90,344.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, February 04, 2014 to Friday, February 28, 2014
Full-Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Yuma, AZ View Map
All United States Citizens and Nationals.
Q - Nonsensitive


About the Agency

Position is being advertised concurrently under BR-LC-14-11 for status applicants. 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 Hydrologist. You can make a difference in the West by assisting in meeting increasing water demands while protecting the environment. Responsibilities include performing hydrologic investigations and studies in support of an ongoing groundwater management program.

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

You can progress from $47K to $69K in two years. Promotions to the next grade/salary level are neither guaranteed nor automatic, but based on supervisor initiation.

LOCATION: Lower Colorado Region, Yuma Area Office, Technical Support Office, Water Systems Engineering Group, Geology and Groundwater Team, Yuma, AZ. 

Relocation expenses are authorized with the exception of the Guaranteed Home Sale Provision. First-Post of Duty relocation expenses are authorized for new appointees or reinstatement eligibles.

Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement.


  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel required for field work and attendance at conferences, training, etc...


  • Yes
  • Relocation expenses are authorized with the exception of the Guaranteed Home Sale Provision. First-Post-of-Duty relocation expenses are authorized for new appointees or reinstatement eligibles.


  • U.S. Citizenship or National. Pre-employment physical required.
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by background investigation.
  • You must submit a resume and supporting documentation (See How to Apply).
  • You must apply online to be considered for this position.
  • You must meet specialized experience requirements (See Qualifications).
  • Submit transcript(s) to verify education requirements.


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-Plans, coordinates, and monitors a comprehensive program for collecting data pertaining to the management of groundwater.
-Prepares reports on groundwater basins or areas in terms of supply and quantity available, and estimated or actual effect on project operations. Reviews reports prepared by others.
-Simulates groundwater level and movement using numerical computer models.
-Provides recommendations and technical proposals regarding groundwater supply, movement, quality, or other related concerns, and provides technical guidance concerning drainage wells and other water wells.
-Coordinates data collection for existing wells with other agencies.
-Performs and analyzes borehole geophysical surveys to determine aquifer characteristics; and single-hole and multiple-hole aquifer tests to determine aquifer properties.
-Directs drilling of wells and test bore-holes, to include field crew actions; and assists drillers in testing and initial operation of wells.
-Files or oversees the filing of Notices of Intent to Drill and Completion Reports with the Arizona Department of Water Resources.


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GS-09: To qualify at the GS-09 grade level, you must possess 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree, or master's or equivalent graduate degree -OR- 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 level in Federal service OR a combination of graduate level education and specialized experience.

Specialized Experience for the GS-09: Specialized experience is defined as experience using existing hydrologic models such as surface water, groundwater, reservoir system, or geologic logging models.

GS-11: To qualify at the GS-11 grade level, you must possess 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree OR 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level in Federal service OR a combination of graduate level education and specialized experience.

Specialized Experience for the GS-11:  Specialized experience is defined as experience in developing hydrologic models such as surface water, groundwater, reservoir system, or water quality computer models, and includes writing computer code.

GS-12: To qualify at the GS-12 grade level, your resume must reflect 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in Federal service.

Specialized Experience for the GS-12: Specialized experience is defined as experience with planning, coordinating, and executing complex hydrology-related investigations related to water supply, power supply, or distribution and includes model development and execution.

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.

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, including any selective placement factors, by the closing date of this announcement. 


Applicants must first meet the Basic Requirements listed below:

1. Degree: physical or natural science, or engineering that included at least 30 semester hours in any combination of courses in hydrology, the physical sciences, geophysics, chemistry, engineering science, soils, mathematics, aquatic biology, atmospheric science, meteorology, geology, oceanography, or the management or conservation of natural resources. Course work must have included at least 6 semester hours in calculus (including both differential and integral calculus), and at least 6 semester hours in physics.


2. Combination of education and experience -- course work shown in 1. above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.


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. 

KSA 1.  Knowledge of the principles, practices and techniques of hydrology as applied to stream flow measurements, surface water hydrology, river basin simulation modeling, groundwater modeling, aquifer modeling, statistics, and data analysis.   

KSA 2.  Ability to develop and implement a variety of approaches for analysis of groundwater modeling and studies to include designing production and groundwater monitoring wells in networks to determine groundwater usage impacts and surface/groundwater interaction.

KSA 3.
  Ability to interact professionally, through written reports, oral presentations, and serving on interdisciplinary teams with colleagues and counterparts (to include federal, state, local agencies and entities, landowners and the general public.

KSA 4.  Skill is using project management concepts, principles, methods, and practices in order to meet project goals and alleviate delays, scheduling conflicts, lack of funds or materials, or other challenges.

Your answers to questions will be verified against information provided in your online resume. Be sure that your resume clearly supports your responses to the online assessment 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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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.

Probationary Period:  Placement in this position requires you to complete a one-year probationary period if you have not previously completed a probationary period.

Working Conditions:  Requires some physical exertion such as long periods of standing; walking over rough surfaces or rocks; recurring bending, crouching, stooping, stretching and reaching.

Pre-Employment Physical:  If selected, you are required to obtain and successfully pass a pre-employment physical examination by a licensed physician certifying to your ability to perform the duties of the position. This is not required if a comparable examination was required for placement in your current position and was completed within the last year; however, verifiable documentation of a comparable physical is required. Periodical (annual or biennial) physical examinations are required to be successfully passed for continued employment."

Optional Form 306 (OF-306):
Before final selection, 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.

Promotion Potential: If you are selected at the lower grades, promotions may be made at a later date without further competition. However, identification of promotion potential in this announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote you at some future date. Such promotions will depend upon administrative approval, the continuing need for an actual assignment and the demonstrated performance of higher level duties.  Full performance level is GS-12.

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.


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Applications (resume, transcripts, supporting documents 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 top of the 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.

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 that includes dates of employment, specifically years, months, and hours worked per week for each period of experience; 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) (unofficial copy acceptable). If selected, you will be required to provide official college transcripts to verify your educational qualifications prior to reporting for work.

Veterans Preference:  If you are entitled to veteran's preference, you must provide a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, DD Form 214 (DD-214), Member 4 Copy, and you should indicate the type of veteran's preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veteran's preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.

    -For 5-point veteran's 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 veteran's 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:  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 90 on the assessment questionnaire as established.

The following link provides general resume formatting instructions:


Kim Graham
Phone: 702-293-8433
Fax: 571-258-4052
Agency Information:
P.O. Box 61470
Attn: LC-5413
Boulder City, NV
Fax: 571-258-4052


After all application packages have been received, resumes, transcripts, and supporting documents 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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