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Job Title:  Reclamation Guide, GS-0090-05 (DEU-JR)
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Bureau of Reclamation
Job Announcement Number:  BR-MP-2014-086

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$31,628.00 to $41,122.00 / Per Year
Monday, February 24, 2014 to Friday, February 28, 2014
Full-time - Temporary - not-to exceed 1039 hours. Approximately April to September.
1 vacancy in the following location:
Redding, CA View Map
All United States Citizens and Nationals
Q - Nonsensitive


About the Agency

Want to work for a contemporary water management agency whose mission is to assist in meeting the increasing water demands of the West while protecting the environment and the public's investment? Do you like working with the public? We have a job for you as a Reclamation Guide at Shasta Dam!

This position is located with the Bureau of Reclamation, Mid Pacific Region, Northern California Area Office, Shasta Lake City, California. For more information on the Northern California Area Office visit: For more information about Shasta Lake City visit:

Additional vacancies may be filled from this announcement.


  • Not Required


  • No


  • Tempoary appointment -- approximately Mid-April to Mid-September
  • Subject to working weekends and holidays.
  • Subject to a pre-employment physical examination.
  • Must possess and maintain a valid driver's license.


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- Provides informational guided tours of Shasta Dam and facility operations.
- Conducts tours for all ages from pre-school children to college level, and special interest groups such as service organizations, senior citizens, and foreign visitors, as well as the general public. Personally escorts tours through dam, powerplant and designated visitor areas.
- Provides detailed and specific information and explanations pertaining to the historical background, physical features of the dam, progress made, and benefits derived from the dam such as downstream flood control, power production etc. Conveys information using audio-visual aids, printed materials and graphic displays.
- Ensures safety of visitors and deals with emergencies that may arise.
- Provides a variety of informational or public relations tasks. Assists with special projects such as parade floats and outreach to schools.


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Applicants must have one year of specialized experience or additional education as defined below.

GS-05: One year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-04 level in Federal service; OR, successful completion of a full 4 year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree with a major field of study directly related to the position such as American history, science, public speaking, education; or included at least 24 semester hours in such courses; OR a combination of successfully completed education and experience. Only education in excess of the first 60 semester hours leading to a bachelor's degree is creditable toward meeting the specialized experience requirement at the GS-5 level.

Definition of Specialized Experience: To meet specialized experience,your resume must describe experience that demonstrates the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities as follows:

GS-05: Experience giving oral presentations of historical, scientific, or natural resources program information to groups. Such experience may include educational instructor, park guide, recreational guide, or similar experience delivering structured presentations. Work experience revising and/or developing technical, historical, or scientific information designed for oral presentation to groups at a historical site, visitor center, park, museum, educational classroom or similar setting. These examples are not all inclusive.

This vacancy announcement allows for substitution of education for specialized experience. You must submit a copy of your college transcript from an accredited college or university (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.

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

Applicants must meet all qualification, and as applicable, time-in-grade, and selective factor requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


Human Resources will review resumes and transcripts 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. Qualified candidates who meet the best qualified criteria will be referred for consideration.

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. 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 of and experience in oral presentation of historical, scientific or natural resources information to convey interpretive information to visitors.
2. Ability to adapt the basic tour presentation to fit the level of comprehension within a given tour group (i.e., more technical emphasis for groups of engineers, simple explanations for elementary school groups, etc.).
3. Skill in coping with the public(i.e., holding the attention of the group and maintaining control, and reacting quickly and effectively in case of a safety or emergency situation).

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.
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Relocation: Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses are not authorized for payment by the Bureau of Reclamation. Any cost incurred in reporting for duty are the responsibility of the selectee.

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:
-Operation of a Government vehicle required; therefore, you must possess and maintain a valid state driver's license. Driving record will be verified prior to final selection.
-Satisfactory completion of a pre-employment medical examination is required before assignment to position. 
-Work is performed both indoors and outdoors, subject to prevailing weather and terrain, on stairs and in the vicinity of moving equipment or energized and high voltage sources of energy.
-Required to wear an official Bureau of Reclamation uniform.
-All federal employees are required by PL 104-134 to have federal payments made by direct deposit.
-Position is represented by the National Federation of Federal Employees, Local 951.

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:

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.

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Applications (resume and assessment questions) for this vacancy MUST be received online BEFORE midnight Eastern Time (Washington, DC time) on the closing date of this announcement. When you're ready to apply, click the APPLY ONLINE button.

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 provide supporting documentation. Failure to submit the requested supporting documents may result in the applicant 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 documents. Applicants needing assistance in applying online should contact the HR Office at 916-978-5476.

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): If using college transcripts to meet qualifications, you must submit a copy of your college transcript from an accredited college or university (unofficial copy is acceptable) to support your education. 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 veteran's preference, you must provide a copy of your DD-214, 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's 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 Ofc
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 the USAJOBS profile.

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