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Job Title:  Survey Technician, GS-0817-07/08/09 (DEU-JR)
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Bureau of Reclamation
Job Announcement Number:  BR-MP-2014-090

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$41,938.00 to $66,685.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, February 25, 2014 to Monday, March 10, 2014
Full-Time - Permanent
1 vacancy - Sacramento, CA   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 our Surveys and Mapping Team. This is an excellent opportunity to apply your survey experience performing and leading others in accomplishing geodetic control, engineering, cadastral, topographic, cartographic and hydrographic surveys. You will be a valued team member and your surveying work will support the planning, design and construction of civil engineering structures and in geological and environmental projects.

This position is located with the Bureau of Reclamation, Mid-Pacific Region, Division of Design and Construction, in Sacramento, CA.  Information about Sacramento can be found on the internet at:" Information on the Mid-Pacific Region visit:

Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement.


  • 75% or Greater
  • Frequent travel required up to 75% to conduct surveys at project sites.


  • No


  • Must possess and maintain a valid state driver's license
  • Pre-employment physical examination will be required.
  • Must be able to left up to 50 pounds.


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Position may be filled at the GS-07, GS-08 or GS-09 level.  The duties of the GS-7 and GS-8 are developmental in nature, leading to the full performance level of GS-9.  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 level, performs the following:

  • Serves as survey party chief leading subordinate survey technicians in performing all types of surveys such as topographic, hydrographic, cadastral, geodetic, control, engineering, and route surveys of varying degrees of accuracy. Also serves as a one-person survey crew on surveys.
  • Receives work orders and determines the type of survey required, priorities, deadlines, equipment etc. to complete surveys. Plans and schedules field work.
  • Trains and provides day-to-day direction to subordinate surveying technicians concerning field survey operations.
  • Researches control, legal documents, and federal or county records to determine rights of entry and property ownership or boundaries. Resolves problems caused by inconclusive or conflicting data.
  • Uses the latest in surveying equipment technology, instrumentation and equipment. 
  • Establishes horizontal and vertical control on new projects. Determines the geodetic and/or state plane coordinates of control points, requiring various orders of precision.
  • Inspects survey work performed by contract parties to ensure compliance with contract provisions and to detect infractions or erroneous field data.
  • Prepares survey data reports, survey descriptions, and mapping coordinates.
  • Performs data analysis, computation, compilation, and maintenance of control data and historical records.
  • Uses computer aided drafting software programs to download and process survey data.


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Applicants must have one year of specialized experience as defined below:

GS-07: You need one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the GS-06 in federal service is required; OR one year of graduate level studies (18 semester units) in a field of study directly related to the position (i.e., engineering surveying, land surveying)

GS-08: You need one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the GS-07 in federal service is required; OR one and one-half years of graduate level studies (27 semester units) in a field of study directly related to the position (i.e., engineering surveying, land surveying)

GS-09:You need one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the GS-08 in federal service is required; OR two years of graduate level studies (36 semester units) in a field of study directly related to the position (i.e., engineering surveying, land surveying)

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.

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

GS-07: Survey experience using electronic survey instruments and equipment (e.g., robotic total stations, digital levels, GPS/GNSS receivers, single beam echo sounders, terrestrial laser scanners) to perform a substantial variety of surveys (e.g., geodetic control, engineering, cadastral, topographic, and hydrographic). Examples may include experience leading a topographic or construction survey crew; experience performing survey QA/QC checks to determine order of accuracy; experience on a survey team performing right-of-way, property, and construction control (horizontal/vertical) surveys; experience on a survey team performing high order geodetic level surveys. These examples are not all inclusive.

GS-08: Survey experience using electronic survey instruments and equipment referenced at the GS-07 level to plan and perform a substantial variety of surveys requiring precise measurements under difficult field conditions. Examples may include experience performing structural or deformation monitoring surveys; performing surveys to determine subsidence or ground movement rates; experience leading survey work on a multi-disciplinary project (i.e., multiple surveys for different end users); experience resolving survey problems concerning heavy urban, rail or highway traffic, steep grades, river crossings, or remote difficult terrain.  These examples are not all inclusive.

GS-09: In addition to the work described at the GS-8 level, experience examples at this level may include experience planning and leading a substantial variety of survey projects requiring a high level of precision. This may include experience such as: planning and leading a wide breath of survey work on a multi-disciplinary project (i.e., multiple surveys for different end users); experience as a party chief of a field survey party responsible for planning and adjusting survey work to meet field conditions, establishing basic control of the appropriate order of accuracy, setting positions of points for additional surveys. These examples are not all inclusive.

This vacancy announcement allows substituting education for experience. You must submit a copy of your college transcript 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.

You must meet all qualification requirements, including time-in-grade restrictions and any selective factors, by the closing date of this announcement.

Current career or career-conditional employees of the Federal government, or former career or career-conditional employees, who have a break in service of less than one year, are required to meet the time-in-grade restriction of one year of Federal experience at the next lower grade, with few exceptions outlined in 5 CFR 300.603(b).


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.  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 survey methods, procedures, and techniques and skill operating electronic survey equipment to perform a variety of complex, precision level survey work.
2. Skill researching and analyzing maps and land record documents.
3. Skill applying algebra, geometry trigonometry to calculate measurements, and skill analyzing and processing data using computer software applications.
4. Ability to lead a survey party and ability to plan, organize, and schedule survey work.

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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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 75% of the time.
-Overtime and night work may be required due to project requirements.
-Operation of a Government vehicle required; therefore, a valid State driver's license is required.
-Work is indoors and outside, subject to prevailing weather and terrain.
-Frequent lifting, carrying, and handling of items weighing up to 50 pounds is required.
-Selectee will be subject to a pre-employment medical examination
-Position is represented by the National Federation of Federal Employees Local 951
-Position may be subject to successful completion of a one year probationary period depending upon the type of appointment.
-Selectee is required to obain and use a government-issued credit card.

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.

For a list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding the Federal hiring process visit:

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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. 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):  Applicants using college education to qualify must furnish a copy of their college transcript(s).  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-50noting 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: 916-978-5471
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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