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Job Title:Survey Technician, GS-0817-05/06/07 (DEU-JR)

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Bureau of Reclamation

Job Announcement Number:BR-MP-2014-088

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$33,856.00 to $54,520.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 to Monday, March 10, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0817-05/07

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

07

DUTY LOCATIONS:

2 vacancies - Sacramento, CA View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

All United States Citizens and Nationals

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Public Trust - Background Investigation

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

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 in performing 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: http://www.co.sacramento.ca.us" Information on the Mid-Pacific Region visit: http://www.usbr.gov/mp/

Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement.

TRAVEL REQUIRED

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

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • 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.

DUTIES:

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Position may be filled at the GS-5, GS-6 or GS-7 level.  The duties of the GS-5 and GS-6 are developmental in nature, leading to the full performance level of GS-7.  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:

  • Performs all types of surveys, such as; geodetic control, engineering, cadastral, topographic, cartographic and hydrographic surveys.
  • Uses the latest in surveying equipment technology, instruments and equipment. 
  • Prepares survey data reports, survey descriptions, and mapping coordinates.
  • Performs data analysis, computation, compilation, and maintenance of basic control data and historical records of horizontal and vertical control.
  • Uses computer aided drafting software to prepare standardized mapping products.
  • Provides drafting support on engineering and geologic drawings as needed


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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

GS-05: You need one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the GS-04 in federal service is required; OR, a bachelors degree or successful completion of a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree year from an accredited or pre-accredited institution with a major study in an appropriate field of surveying, engineering, construction, or industrial technology, or included at least 24 semester hours in any combination of the following courses surveying, engineering, industrial technology, construction, physics, drafting, forestry, geography, navigation, cartography, physical science, or mathematics.

GS-06: You need one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the GS-05 in federal service is required; OR, completion of a BS degree in a field of study referenced at the GS-5 level plus one-half year (9 semester units) of graduate level studies in a field of study directly related to the position (i.e. engineering surveying, land surveying)

GS-07: You need one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the GS-06 in federal service is required; OR completion of a BS degree in a field of study referenced at the GS-5 level plus 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)

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-05: Experience conducting surveys, typically as an assistant, operating and maintaining a variety of survey instruments and equipment to perform simple surveys such as; traverse surveys, surveys to check pre or post-construction conditions, operating a single beam echo sounder or GPS/GNSS equipment on hydrographic surveys, measuring small areas to obtain volume estimates (e.g., estimates of stockpile yardage). Background should desmonstrate experience or training operating AutoCAD to produce mapping products. These examples are not all inclusive. 

GS-06: In addition to the work described at the GS-05 level, experience examples at this level may include: operating a variety of electronic survey instruments and equipment to make accurate measurements, running traverse lines from known points along unobstructed routes, operating a digital level to transfer elevations from known benchmarks, operating a total station to measure angles, distances, difference in elevation between stations. Such experience should demonstrate skills operating AutoCAD to produce a variety of digital mapping products. These examples are not all inclusive.

GS-07: In addition to the work described at the GS-06 level, experience examples at this level map include: 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 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. Such experience should demonstrate skills operating AutoCAD to produce a variety of digital mapping products. 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.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

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 surveys.
2. Ability to research and interpret maps and land status records and documents.
3. Skill applying algebra, geometry, trigonometry to calculate measurements and process survey data.
4. Ability to use computer-aided drafting and computer software programs to import survey data and prepare data for graphic presentation (e.g., maps, graphs, charts, drawings).

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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BENEFITS:

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OTHER INFORMATION:

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, you must possess and maintain a valid State's driver's license. Driving record will be verified prior to final selection.
-Satisfactory completion of a medical examination is required before assignment to the position.
-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.
-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.
-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: http://www.sss.gov/

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: http://www.opm.gov/employ/students/fedhire.asp#authorities

Legal and Regulatory Guidance: http://www.usajobs.gov/lrg/

HOW TO APPLY:

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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: http://www.usbr.gov/pmts/hr/hireme.html

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 mpjobs@usbr.gov, 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.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

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, you must provide a copy of thier 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: http://www.opm.gov/veterans/html/vetguide.asp

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: http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Human Resources Office
Phone: 916-978-5471
Fax: 916-978-5563
Email: jobs@mp.usbr.gov
Agency Information:
BUREAU OF RECLAMATION
2800 Cottage Way
Attn: MP-500
Sacramento, CA
95825-1898
US
Fax: 916-978-5563

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

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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Job Announcement Number:

BR-MP-2014-088

Control Number:

362651400