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Job Title:  Civil Engineer
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Bureau of Reclamation
Job Announcement Number:  BR-UC-2014-08 (DE-ds)

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$57,982.00 to $75,376.00 / Per Year
Thursday, February 13, 2014 to Friday, February 28, 2014
Full-time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Farmington, NM View Map
All United States Citizens and Nationals.


About the Agency

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 career professional looking for an opportunity to capitalize on his/her expertise as a Civil Engineer. You can make a difference in the West by assisting in meeting increasing water demands while protecting the environment.

Would you enjoy serving as a Civil Engineer responsible for developing and coordinating engineering information related to construction design data and/or design changes and contract administration? Here is a great opportunity to join a great organization with stellar growth potential!



  • Occasional Travel
  • This position requires the occasional need to work outside the regular tour or duty; and occasional need to travel for training, meetings, and site visits.


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


  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • You must submit a resume and supporting documentation (See How to Apply).
  • This position has a positive education requirement-MUST SUBMIT TRANSCRIPTS!
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation.
  • You must meet specialized experience requirements (See Qualifications).
  • You must file an initial Financial Disclosure Form and annually thereafter.


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In this position, the incumbent will:
- Develop and assemble design data and estimates for proposed features;
- Prepare and/or review preliminary design data and estimates, topographic maps, aerial photographs, etc., for compliance with goals and objectives;
- Prepare and/or review final construction specifications;
- Monitor the progress of the design process;
- Prepare final designs for project features to be constructed which may include drawings, sketches, computations, etc.;
- Prepare and review construction and project cost estimates;
­- Develop statements of work and contract specifications for assigned project features;
- ­Administer assigned contracts and agreements, and monitor contractors' performance and progress;
- ­Coordinate with regional staff in determining the land or land interest required for acquisition.
These duties are NOT all inclusive


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This position has a BASIC EDUCATION QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENT! You MUST furnish a copy of your transcripts
of college work completed regardless of whether you are currently in this series, or have previously been in this series. Non-submission of college transcripts will result in your being rated ineligible due to insufficient information to determine qualifying status.

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.

- OR -

B. 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:

1. 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 Boards eminence provision as a manufacturing engineer typically would be rated eligible only for manufacturing engineering positions.

2. 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.

Applicants who have passed the EIT examination and have completed all the requirements for either (a) bachelor's degree in engineering technology (BET) from an accredited college of university that included 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences, or (b) a BET from a program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) may be rated eligible for certain engineering positions at GS-5. Eligibility is limited to positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of the engineering technology program. Applicants for positions that involve highly technical research, development, or similar functions requiring an advanced level of competence in basic science must meet the basic requirements in paragraph A.

Because of the diversity in kind and quality of BET programs, graduates of other BET programs are required to complete at least 1 year of additional education or highly technical work experience of such nature as to provide reasonable assurance of the possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for professional engineering competence. The adequacy of this background must be demonstrated by passing the EIT examination.

3. Specified academic courses -- Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering that included the courses specified in the basic requirements. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum as described in paragraph A.

4. Related curriculum -- Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field, e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. Ordinarily there should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering-type experience, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions. (The above examples of related curricula are not all-inclusive.)

In addition to meeting the basic education qualification requirement described above, applicants must also possess the following:

-- For the GS-11 level, you must have 3 years of graduate education, Ph.D or equivalent doctorate -OR- at least one year of Specialized Experience (described below) equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the GS-9 level of the position in the Federal service -OR- a combination of education and specialized experience.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Specialized experience must demonstrate the applicant has been equipped with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position, and that is directly related to the work to be performed.

DEFINITION OF SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE - Examples of qualifying specialized experience include: Collecting and processing design data including map development; reviewing and preparing construction specifications and drawings, analyzing estimates, submittals, and proposal recommendations; writing technical analysis and correspondence; preparing drawings for final right-of-way acquisition and design data reports,  sound civil engineering design principles and practices, and design modeling programs.

If you do not meet the definition of Specialized Experience, you will be determined not qualified for this position.

This vacancy announcement allows substituting education for experience. You must submit a copy of your college transcripts (unofficial copy is acceptable) to support your education if you are substituting education for experience. Transcripts must include the name of the college or university and date the degree was conferred.

SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE: To qualify for the GS-11 by substituting education for experience, you must possess a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.

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 by the closing date of this announcement. Applicants must meet Office of Personnel Management (OPM) minimum qualification requirements set forth in the Qualification Standards Operating Manual for Professional Engineering Positions, GS-810 Series.


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 of professional engineering principles, theories, and concepts applicable to a broad range of engineering and construction practices and their application in order to design project features and to administer construction contracts for engineering features.
2. Knowledge of and ability to comprehend construction specifications, materials, and terminology when developing and preparing design data and final design in order to ensure that the features can be constructed and the desired results will be obtained.
3. Knowledge of commonly used contract principles, techniques, methods, and procedures of government contracting, including bid opening procedures, contract modifications, supporting documentation, contract clauses and payment of contracts in order to administer assigned contracts.
4. Skill in effective writing techniques, paragraph and sentence structures, spelling, punctuation, etc., in order to ensure concise and effective correspondence, and create contract documents and invoices.
5. Skill in effective communication/collaboration in order to develop and sustain cooperative working relationships.

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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You can review our benefits at:

Working for the Bureau of Reclamation offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit the URL above.


If selected for this position, you will be required to file a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-450, within 30 days of entrance on duty, and annually thereafter.

It is preferred that you currently possess and will be able to maintain a valid, State-issued driver's license.

It is preferred that you currently possess a Professional Engineering License; however, it is not a requirement to apply for this position.

You may be required to serve a one-year probationary period depending upon the type of appointment.

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

References: On your application, please include the names and current phone numbers for at least 3 supervisory references. If any individual is no longer available for contact, you are requested to provide the name and current phone number of another person with the company (team lead, acting supervisor, etc.) that would know your work history.


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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 your USAJOBS profile - instructions provided during the online application process. In addition, you may E-mail your supporting documentation to, fax directly to the HR Office at (801) 524-3187, mail to 125 South State Street, Room 6107 (UC-549), Salt Lake City, Utah 84138, OR hand-deliver to 125 South State Street, Room 7402 (UC-549), Salt Lake City, Utah 84138.

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.


To be considered for this position, applicants are required to submit a resume, on-line assessment questions, and the following Supporting Documents, as appropriate:

-- THIS POSITION HAS A POSITIVE EDUCATION REQUIREMENT - YOU MUST SUBMIT COLLEGE TRANSCRIPTS!!: It is your responsibility to provide documentation or proof that you have met the applicable educational provisions. An official transcript; statement from the institution's registrar, dean, or other appropriate official; or equivalent documentation (OPM Form 1170 or a listing of college courses completed) is acceptable. Failure to submit documentation will result in your being determined to be not qualified. If selected, an official transcript will be required from you for verification prior to the effective date of the appointment.

--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:


Angelica Sotelo
Phone: 801-524-3794
Fax: 801-524-3187
TDD: 888-735-5906
Agency Information:
125 S. State St., Room 6107
Attn: UC-549
Salt Lake City, UT
Fax: 801-524-3187


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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