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Job Title:  Land Surveyor, GS-1373-12 (DEU-JR)
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Bureau of Reclamation
Job Announcement Number:  BR-MP-2014-274

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$74,392.00 to $96,707.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, August 13, 2014 to Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Full Time - Permanent.
1 vacancy in the following location:
Sacramento, CA View Map
All United States Citizens and Nationals
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About the Agency

Why search any longer - we have just the opportunity for you! Come, join us, and capitalized on your surveying expertise and become a vital part of our Design and Construction Team. Be involved in leading geodetic and land surveying activities in support of structural monitoring; and in the design and construction of major water resources structures and water conveyance distribution systems.

This position with the Bureau of Reclamation, Mid-Pacific Region, Division of Design and Construction, is located in Sacramento, CA. For information on the Mid-Pacific Region visit: For information on the Sacramento area visit:

Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement.


  • 50% or Greater
  • Travel is required approximately 50% of the time


  • No


  • Professional Land Surveyor License required.
  • Position subject to pre-employment physical.
  • Must possess a valid state driver's license
  • Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE Form 0450 required.


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  • Develops, organizes, and implements geodetic and land surveying activities for the Region which includes cadastral, Rights of-Way, GPS surveying, Robotic Total-Station Surveying, establishing primary control network and mapping quality control.
  • As Program Manager for the Structural Monitoring Program for structures and dams, collects, processes and evaluates data to compare horizontal and vertical differences that would indicate any structural changes. Designs and oversees installation of monitoring systems for structural behavior, subsidence, and fault movement.
  • Plans and conducts investigations or studies of problems affecting the geodetic program.
  • Plans, coordinates and executes field mapping of complex types of terrain, unique topographic features or rugged topography.
  • Investigates and resolves unusual problems involving property disputes such as encroachment, locating property corners and retracing legal descriptions.
  • Researches and validates the monument base control, both horizontal and vertical. Performs map accuracy check surveys.
  • Provides quality assurance and oversight of work performed by others to assure accuracy of surveys and data collected.


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Selective Factor: Must possess a current Professional Land Surveyor's license in good standing with the relevant State License Board.

Minimum Education Requirement:
Applicants must meet the Basic Education Qualification Requirements listed below:
A. Degree: land surveying; or civil engineering with a surveying option/emphasis. The civil engineering major must have included at least 6 semester hours of surveying, 3 semester hours of land law, and 21 additional semester hours in any combination of the following: surveying, photogrammetry, geodetic surveying, geodesy, route surveying, remote sensing, cartography, survey astronomy, land information systems, computer-aided mapping, aerial photo interpretation, and survey analysis and adjustments; OR,
B. Combination of education and experience-courses equivalent to a major in land surveying or civil engineering as described in paragraph A, plus appropriate experience or additional education;OR,
C. The basic requirement for this series may be fully satisfied by a current registration as a land surveyor in a State, territory, or the District of Columbia obtained by written examination.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

In addition to meeting Basic Education and selective factor, applicants must have specialized experience as defined below:

GS-12: One year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal service.

Definition of Specialized Experience: To meet specialized experience, your resume must describe experience that demonstrates the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities as follows: professional land surveyor experience in state-of-the-art multispectral imagery systems, aerial photogrammetric/remote sensing and digitalized mapping; experience performing geodetic surveys and topographic field mapping for various types of terrain and land forms; experience conducting investigation or studies affecting a geodetic program. These examples are not all inclusive.

You must meet all qualification requirements, including any time-in-grade restrictions and any selective factors 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. Applicants determined well-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. 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 land surveying methods, procedures and techniques to plan and conduct geodetic and GPS surveys; resolve property disputes; and establish and reconcile conflicting geodetic control data.
2. Skill in data compilation and analysis; interpreting legal land descriptions; and applying federal mapping standards to assure accuracy and quality assurance in the development of land survey data and mapping products.
3. Skill in the use of Total Station, AutoCAD, Least Squares, GPS or similar software programs to collect and accurately process land survey data and train others.

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. Applicants who exaggerate or falsify their experience and/or education may be removed from employment consideration.
To preview questions please click here.


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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.

Conditions of Employment:
-Travel is required approximately 50% of the time.
-Operation of a government vehicle is required; therefore a valid State driver's license is required. 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, wading in streams rivers and lakes, hiking, climbing and carrying heavy instruments.
-Required to file an annual Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE Form 450
-Selectee may be subject to successful completion of a one year probationary period depending upon the type of appointment.
-Position is represented by the National Federation of Federal Employees, Local 951.

Selective Service: Male applicants born on or after December 31, 1959, must certify they have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service Law. For more information visit:

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

Legal and Regulatory Guidance:

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.

DOI uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit:


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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. 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 show 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:

Land Surveyor License: Current registration as a professional Land Surveyor is required. Provide proof of license with your application.

Transcript(s): Applicants must furnish a copy of their college transcript(s), if applicable. 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 documentation: CTAP/ICTAP provides Federal employees placement assistance 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 (meet the minimum qualification requirements, including selective factors, education and experience requirements and score at least 90 (prior to veteran's preference being applied) on the application questions as established, and be able to perform the duties of the position upon entry. For information on CTAP/ICTAP, visit:


Human Resources Office
Phone: 916-978-5476
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 their USAJOBS profile.

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