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Job Title:  Irrigation System Operator
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs
Hiring Organization:  Rocky Mountain Region - Branch of Irrigation
Job Announcement Number:  RMR-14-74

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$28,269.00 to $36,746.00 / Per Year
Friday, July 25, 2014 to Thursday, October 9, 2014
Full Time - Temporary NTE 1 Year
1 vacancy in the following location:
Browning, MT View Map
Indian Preference eligibles, current status employees or former employees with Reinstatement eligibility.
Q - Nonsensitive


The Bureau of Indian Affairs is the lead agency for the United States in carrying on a government-to-government relationship with the tribal nations. A challenging and dynamic place to work, it enhances the quality of life, promotes economic opportunity, and carries out the responsibility to protect and improve the trust assets of American Indians, Indian Tribes and Alaska Natives.

This position is located in the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Rocky Mountain Region; Rocky Mountain Regional Office; Browning, MT United States 1 vacancy
 and you can find more information specific to our organization at
U.S. Department of the Interior, Indian Affairs.


INDIAN PREFERENCE: Preference in filling vacancies is given to qualified Indian candidates in accordance with the Indian Preference Act of 1934 (Title 25, USC, Section 472). Verification of Form BIA-4432 must be submitted with the application if claiming Indian Preference. Indian Preference eligibles that are not currently employed with the Federal service will be appointed under the Excepted Service Appointment Authority Schedule A, 213.3112(A)(7).



FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES: Former federal employees are required to indicate whether they received a Voluntary Separation Incentive Payment (VSIP) buyout in their previous employment with the Federal government, and are required to submit a copy of the applicable Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) regarding the VSIP. The majority of individuals, who accept reemployment with the Federal government within 5 years of receiving the VSIP amount, must repay the gross amount of the separation pay prior to reemployment.

Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA)


  • Not Required


  • No




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As a Irrigation System Operator, you will;

  • Regulate and distributes irrigation water from and between storage reservioir, at diversions and in canals.
  • Receive water orders, takes daily measurements; maintain record of water delivery, reservoir inflow and instream flows.
  • Operate Project distribution facilities (dam gates, canal gates, checks, etc. to regulate and deliver water in accordance with Project policies.
  • Work with maintenance crew to clean ditches and structures, repair and replace structures, build/place concrete forms and operate hand or power tools.
  • Assist with weed control program whether chemical, mechanical or other types of control methods.


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(OPM Operating Manual, Qualification Standards for Technical and Medical Support Positions, GS-0459-4 and Individual Occupational Requirement, 0459 Series).


Specialized Experience (for positions at GS-4 and above):

Examples of qualifying specialized experience include:

  • Farming or ranching work that provided knowledge of soil and water conservation practices and irrigation procedures used in the geographical area for which application is made.
  • Construction, maintenance, or operating work that provided a knowledge of the control, regulation, distribution, and measurement of water.
  • Controlling, clearing, repairing, and maintaining irrigation ditches, canals, and equipment; or soil conservation or engineering technician work where the duties provided a knowledge of irrigation procedures.


Education and Training:

Grade Level

Education and Training

For GS-3:

Successful completion of l year of study that included at least one course in subjects such as civil engineering, agriculture, soil management or conservation, physical science, mathe-matics, or range management or conservation.

For GS-4:

Successful completion of 2 years of study that included at least 12 semester hours in any combination of courses such as those shown above for GS-3.



GS-4:  6 months of general experience and 6 months of specialized experience OR 2 years above high school with courses related to the occupation, if required.


SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:  Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSA’s) to perform successfully the duties of the position, and is typically in or related to the position to be filled.


GENERAL EXPERIENCE:  (1) Any type of work that demonstrates the applicant’s ability to perform the work of the position, or (2) experience that provided a familiarity with the subject matter or processes of the broad subject area of the occupation.


NOTE:  If you are not in the series for which applying, your application package must show evidence of meeting the OPM Qualification Standards; i.e., required course work (transcript/listing of courses); specialized experience; etc.


Part-Time or Unpaid Experience: Credit will be given for all appropriate qualifying experience regardless of whether compensation was received or whether the experience was gained in a part-time or full-time occupation. Full-time work is generally considered to be 35 to 40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment.


To qualify based on education, you must submit a legible copy of transcripts with your name, school name, credit hours, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking.  If transcripts are not included in your application package, education will not be credited. Transcripts do not need to be official but if you are selected for this position and you used your education to qualify then you will need to provide official transcripts before you enter on duty.


Evaluation of Foreign Education: Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation upon request. Failure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration.

SUITABILITY, CLEARANCE & REQUIREMENTS:  A background security investigation will be required for all new hires.  Appointment will be subject to the applicant’s successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication.  Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.


OTHER:  Incumbent is required, as an incidental duty, to operate a government-owned or leased motor vehicle, in the performance of duties, therefore, a valid driver’s license is required.  Incumbent must have a safe driving record within the three-year period immediately preceding submittal of GSA Form 3607 and be able to meet the safe driving requirements of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.


BASIS OF RATING:  All applicants for this position will be rated and ranked based upon the extent and quality of their experience, training and/or education as reflected on the application.  Applicants will be further evaluated according to the degree to which they possess or have the potential to acquire knowledge, skills, abilities, and personal characteristics as listed below.  The judgment of qualifications will be based on the material submitted; therefore, it is to the applicant’s advantage to give complete and thorough responses and to present information in a neat and orderly fashion.  Qualifications and veteran’s preference eligibility will be determined on the basis of information submitted.

Knowledge of Water Measurement;

Knowledge of Irrigation and Water Regulations, policies and specification;

Skill in Operation and maintenance of equipment and facilities;



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Federal employees seeking Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP.

CTAP/ ICTAP eligibles must submit the following (all four are required):

  1. An SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, or other official documentation, which shows that you were declared displaced or surplus while serving as a career or career conditional competitive service employee, in tenure group 1 or 2, OR are a current or former Executive Branch agency employee in the excepted service serving on an appointment without time limit, at grade levels GS-15 or equivalent and below, and who has been conferred noncompetitive appointment eligibility and special selection priority by statute for positions in the competitive service; An SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, or other official documentation which shows the position you may be or are being separated from has the same or higher promotion potential as that of the vacancy;
  2. CTAP eligibles: a copy of your Reduction in Force (RIF) separation notice; a notice of proposed removal for declining a directed reassignment or transfer of function outside the local commuting area; a Certificate of Expected Separation; your agency's certification that you are in a surplus organization or occupation (this could be a position abolishment letter, a notice of eligibility for discontinued service retirement, or similar notice). ICTAP eligibles: a copy of your RIF separation notice, a notice of proposed removal for declining a directed reassignment or transfer of function outside the local commuting area; an OPM notice that your disability annuity has been (or will be) terminated; certification from your former agency that it cannot place you after your recovery from a compensable injury; or certification from the National Guard Bureau or Military Department that you are eligible for a disability retirement and will receive the special OPM annuity.

  3. A copy of a current (or last) performance rating of record of at least fully successful or equivalent (not required if you are an ICTAP eligible due to compensable injury or disability retirement). 

VETERAN'S PREFERENCE: If you are entitled to veteran's preference, 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, please provide your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, Member-4 Copy), 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.


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Vacancy Identification Number: 1175883

To Apply Online:

·        Click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register

·        Answer the Questionnaire and click on SUBMIT my answers

·        UPLOAD all required documents and other supporting documents

·        To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at

·        Click on Application Status

·        Click on the position title and select Apply Online to continue 

We strongly encourage you to apply online. However, if you cannot apply online, you may FAX your assessment questionnaire, resume and supporting documents to (478) 757-3144 by following the steps below.

To Apply by Fax: 

·        Print a copy of the OPM Form 1203-FX

·        Answer the assessment questionnaire: View Occupational Questionnaire 

·        When faxing a completed OPM Form 1203-FX, this will serve as your fax cover and must be placed on TOP of your application and other supporting documents. No other fax cover page is required. Simply make sure that all six pages of the completed OPM Form 1203-FX are on top of all other documents being faxed.

Ensure the Vacancy Identification Number: 1175883, is identified on the required fax cover page,

Combination Online/Fax:       

·        Click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register

·        ANSWER the Questionnaire and click on SUBMIT my answers

·        Print the United States Government Application Cover Page

·        Include the Vacancy Identification Number: 1175883, SSN, and full name to ensure that your documents are associated with the rest of your application

·        Fax your United States Government Application Cover Page, application, and supporting documents to (478) 757-3144.

NOTE: It is the applicant's responsibility to verify that all information entered, uploaded, or faxed (i.e., assessment questions and answers, resume, and any supporting documents) are complete and accurate.


All electronic submissions and/or faxes must be completed by Friday, August 08, 2014


NOTE: Submission of a resume alone is not a complete application. This position requires the submission of additional forms as described under the REQUIRED DOCUMENTS section. Failure to provide the required information and/or documentation may result in your application not being considered for employment.


1.  Resume - Must contain the following:

Job Announcement Number

Work Experience: include Position Title; Dates - From (mm/yy) To (mm/yy); Hours Worked per week;

Current Supervisor's Name and Telephone Number; and Duties

Education & References 

2.  Form BIA-4432, Verification of Indian Preference for Employment, is required for claiming Indian Preference.  No other form will be accepted. 
3.  Form DD-214, if claiming 5 pt. veteran's preference or Standard Form 15 with required proof of   entitlement, if claiming 10 pt. veteran's preference.

4.  College Transcript is required for verification/documentation of qualifying education.

5.  Occupational Questionnaire, listed in announcement.  Failure to respond to the questionnaire will result in loss of consideration.

6.  Most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, current or former Federal employees.

7.  GSA Form 3607, Motor Vehicle Operator's License and Driving Record (optional during the application process; however, selectees will be required to submit as part of the pre-employment process).  

8.  Copy of current state driver’s license. Failure to provide proof of current valid driver’s license will result in loss of consideration.

9.  Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, will be required to complete a certification document to confirm their Selective Service registration status, if selected for appointment.

All application materials become the property of the agency and will not be returned.

    NOTE: Persons submitting incomplete application will be given credit only for the information they provide. The applicant is responsible for submitting all required documentation in support of their application in order to receive full credit for their Indian preference, veteran preference, experience, training, and/or education. ALL DOCUMENTS SUBMITTED MUST BE LEGIBLE. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION WILL NOT BE SOLICITED FROM THIS OFFICE.


Marvin B. Dawes
Phone: (406)247-7956
Fax: (478)757-3144
Agency Information:
BIA Center for Recruitment Rocky Mountain Regional
AS-IA Office of Human Capital Mgmt
2021 4th Avenue North
Billings, MT
59101-1397 Fax: (478)757-3144


If you have properly submitted your online questionnaire, you will receive a confirmation message.  You may want to check the spam folder for your email provider to ensure you receive our messages. A review of your application package will be made after the vacancy announcement closes.  You will be notified by letter or email of your status.  Please allow approximately 2 to 3 weeks for us to complete our review and notify you.

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