Job Overview

Summary

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. 

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Reclamation is seeking a recent graduate looking for an opportunity to capitalize on his/her education as a Fish and Wildlife Biologist. You can make a difference in the West by assisting in meeting increasing water demands while protecting the environment. Would you enjoy performing work as an advisor on a variety of biological and environmental issues? Responsibilities include planning, construction, and operation and maintenance activities under the jurisdiction of the Provo Area Office.

The Recent Graduate Program lasts for 1 year. Participants who successfully complete the Recent Graduate Program MAY be eligible for conversion to a permanent appointment or a term (1 - 4 years in duration) appointment without further competition.

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

You can progress from $31K to $57K in 4 years! Year 1 - $31,628 (GS-5), Year 2 - $39,179 (GS-7), Year 3 - $47,923 (GS-9), and Year 4 - $57,982 (GS-11). Promotion to the next grade/salary level is neither guaranteed nor automatic, but based on supervisor initiation.

LOCATION: UPPER COLORADO REGION, PROVO AREA OFFICE, WATER AND ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCES DIVISION, ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP, DUTY STATIONED IN PROVO UTAH.

For living conditions in Provo, UT go to: http://www.provo.org/.

Duties

Duties listed are at the full potential GS-11 level. Incumbent will be expected to gain experience in the following:

- Gather appropriate data, assess habitat values, and prepare habitat replacement plans and habitat management plans for salinity projects.

- Perform wetland delineations as needed for Clean Water Act (CWA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance.

- Prepare environmental evaluations and environmental assessments from a biological perspective to assist in NEPA compliance, CWA compliance, Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act (FWCA) compliance, and Endangered Species Act (ESA) compliance for projects within the jurisdiction of the Provo Area Office.

- Collect biological data utilizing the latest aquatic instream flow methodologies and habitat-based models for application to impact analyses on project-affected terrestrial and aquatic resources. Analyze aquatic and terrestrial habitat data as it relates to existing and proposed projects. Collect and analyze animal-number and user-day information in assessing project costs/benefits. Analyze and incorporates data in biological reports and environmental assessments.

- Maintain up-to-date records of fish and wildlife mitigation enhancement accomplishments at Reclamation projects under the jurisdiction of the Provo Area Office.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Predominatly office work, position does require periodic travel including full days (minimal overtime) completing field work in remote locations over a wide range of terrain and weather conditions. Travel normally consists of 1-3 days for field work per month. Additional travel for training may be required.

Relocation Authorized

  • No