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Job Title:Civil Engineer (Geotechnical) (Recent Graduate), GS-0810-7/9, (JH-Pathways)

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Bureau of Reclamation

Job Announcement Number:BR-DO-2014-019

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$42,048.00 to $66,859.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 to Tuesday, May 13, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0810-07/09

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-Time - Recent Graduate

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

11

DUTY LOCATIONS:

Few vacancies in the following location(s):
Denver, CO View Map
Lakewood, CO View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Recent graduates who have completed, within previous two years, a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution. Veterans unable to apply within two years of receiving their degree, due to military service obligation, have up to six years after degree completion to apply.

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Not Applicable

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

About the Agency

This position is being filled through the Pathways, Recent Graduate Program and provides an opportunity for recent graduates to be placed in a 1-year career training and development program. 
Training and Development program offers the following: Orientation program for Recent Graduates hired for the program; mentorship throughout the program; Individual Development Plan to create and track Recent Graduates' career planning, professional development, and training activities; at least 40 hours of formal, interactive training each year of the program; and positions may offer opportunity for career advancement. A Recent Graduate appointment may initially be made for a longer period due to a more structured training program requirement. A Participant Agreement is required to be signed with the Recent Graduate that sets forth the expectations for the Program.

Reclamation is seeking a professional looking for an opportunity to capitalize on his/her expertise in geotechnical engineering. Responsibilities include providing engineering services such as risk analysis, dam safety, and project management for geotechnical engineering projects. Would you enjoy working on major embankment dam and water resource projects with senior geotechnical engineers at Reclamation? Recent Graduates may be converted to a permanent position after program completion. To be eligible for conversion, Recent Graduates must have:

(1) Successfully completed at least 1-year of continuous service in addition to all requirements of the Program. (2) Demonstrated successful job performance. (3) Met the qualifications for the position to which the Recent Graduate will be converted.

LOCATION: Technical Service Center, Geotechnical Services Division, Geotechnical Engineering Group 2; Lakewood, CO. 

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Occasional Travel
  • Up to 25 percent.

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by background investigation;
  • You must submit a resume and supporting documentation. (See How to Apply)
  • You must meet specialized experience requirements. (See Qualifications)
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. National
  • For veterans consideration, submit document(s) under Other Information.
  • You must meet all Recent Graduate program requirements by the closing date.

DUTIES:

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-Responsible for detailed planning, development, and completion of assigned geotechnical engineering design and analysis projects, especially embankment dams.
-Assigns, prepares, or directs special technical studies on embankment dams, earth fill structures, and structure  foundations in connection with construction and performance problems.
-Initiates and prepares correspondence to the field and to outside agencies regarding the assigned geotechnical projects; contacts engineers in other groups for the purpose of coordinating data and information to be incorporated into the assigned project.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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In addition to meeting the basic education requirement, all applicants must possess one year of specialized experience. To meet specialized experience, your resume must describe experience that demonstrates the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities as defined below:

GS-7: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 grade level. Specialized experience for this position includes, assisting in the analysis and designs of embankment dams or water resource related structures.

GS-9: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 grade level. Specialized experience for this position includes preparation of designs, analysis, layouts, and preparation of construction documents for embankment dams or water resource related structures.

SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE:
Applicants may also qualify on the basis of education as follows:
GS-7: Superior Academic Achievement (SAA) at the baccalaureate level in a professional engineering curriculum is qualifying for GS-7.
GS-9 - Two years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree.

Applicants may qualify by combining education and experience provided the combination of experience and education is equivalent in complexity to the next lower-grade in the Federal Service.
 
For more information on S.A.A. visit: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-policies/#url=General-Policies 
Education Requirements

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

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:

-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 are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration. 
-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.
-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.)


Based on the education requirement for this position applicants must submit transcript(s) to verify the education requirements. You must meet all qualification requirements, including Recent Graduates Program restrictions by date of reporting.

If qualifying based on education alone or if basic educational requirements will not be met by the closing date of the announcement, you must submit an official memo from the school indicating that the degree requirements will be met and by what date.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

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 15 minutes to complete.

You will be further evaluated on the following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs) through your resume and responses to the online questions. (1) Knowledge of the theories, principles, practices, and techniques of civil and geotechnical engineering concepts in order to prepare designs and analyses of embankment dams and other civil engineering structures. (2) Teamwork and interpersonal skills. (3) Ability to communicate technical information orally and in writing.

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.  If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is apparent in your description of experience, competencies, skills, and/or education/training OR that your resume/application is incomplete, you may be rated ineligible or your score may be lowered.
To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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OTHER INFORMATION:

- 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:  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.
-Background Investigation: Position requires the completion & favorable adjudication of a LR background investigation. This is a condition of employment.
-Telework Determination: The Bureau of Reclamation has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.

HOW TO APPLY:

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Applications (resume and application 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 blue APPLY ONLINE button to the side of this 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, go to: http://www.usbr.gov/pmts/hr/hireme.html 
 
You may be required to provide supporting documentation in addition to your on-line application. Auto-Requested Fax is a feature for submitting these supporting documents. Instructions appear automatically when you apply online. For more information about auto-requested Fax, go to: http://www.usbr.gov/pmts/hr/fax.html
 
OTHER OPTIONS to submit documentation (Include your name and vacancy number on the document(s): E-mail to CODO@usbr.gov., Fax directly to our HR Office at 303-445-6349, Mail to PO Box 25007, Denver, CO 80225-0007 -or- Hand-deliver to Denver Federal Center, Building 56, Room 1545, Denver, Colorado. 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):  All applicants MUST furnish a copy of your college transcript(s).  If selected, you will be required to provide official college transcripts to verify your educational qualifications prior to reporting for work.

--Official Memo from School: If qualifiying based on education alone or if basic educational requirements will not be met by the closing date of the announcement, you must submit an official memo from the school indicating that the degree requirements will be met and by what date.

-- 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/policy-data-oversight/veterans-services/vet-guide/

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

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

HR Service Center
Phone: 303-445-2684
Fax: 303-445-6349
Email: codo@usbr.gov
Agency Information:
BUREAU OF RECLAMATION
P.O. Box 25007
DFC, Bldg. 67
Attn: 84-52200
Denver, CO
80225-0007
US
Fax: 303-445-6349

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-DO-2014-019

Control Number:

367987600