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Job Title:Civil Engineer GS-0810-9/11 (DEU-JR)

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Bureau of Reclamation

Job Announcement Number:BR-MP-2014-277

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$54,570.00 to $80,685.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 to Wednesday, September 3, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0810-09/11

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

11

DUTY LOCATIONS:

2 vacancies - Sacramento, CA View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

All United States Citizens and Nationals

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Q - Nonsensitive

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

About the Agency

Reclamation is seeking a mid-career civil engineer looking for an opportunity to capitalize on their expertise in an active design and construction environment. Be involved in the development of designs, cost estimates and construction specifications for civil engineering features of water and power facilities and structures. You will be a valued team member and your technical support will assist the Mid-Pacific Region in accomplishing its mission

This position is located with the Bureau of Reclamation, Mid-Pacific Region, Division of Design and Construction, duty station, Sacramento, CA. For information on Sacramento, go to website: http://www.saccounty.net

Additional positions may be filled through this announcement as vacancies occur.

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • 25% or Greater
  • Travel required up to 10% to travel to project sites. Work may required travel up to 50% for extended project assignments.

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Position subject to a background investigation.

DUTIES:

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Position may be filled at the GS-09 or GS-11. If selected at the GS-09, the duties are developmental in nature, leading to the full performance level of GS-11. 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 the incumbent performs the following:

  • Prepares engineering designs, drawings, specifications, and cost estimates for new construction of and the repair, replacement, and rehabilitation of water, power, and related facilities and equipment.
  • Performs technical review of the civil engineering aspects of project documents prepared by others.
  • Determines the construction period for proposed actions and develops schedules for submission of design data; design preparation; issuance of specifications; procurement of materials and equipment.
  • Prepares technical portions of construction or procurement specifications.
  • Develops and prepares cost estimates for various project items.
  • Participates in meetings and conferences relating to project design, cost estimates, specifications.
  • Prepares correspondence, and technical reports.
  • Provides engineering support as needed to Safety of Dams in monitoring and inspection activities.
  • The duty-station is Sacramento, CA. However, depending on Reclamation's needs, the incumbent may be deployed on temporary assignments outside the duty-station. The venue of such deployment could be the Technical Service Center in Denver, an Area/Field Office or a project site anywhere within Reclamation and may extend up to 6 months.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Minimum Education Requirement:
Applicants must meet the Basic Education Qualification Requirements listed below:
A. 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*
B. 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 (see U.S. Office of Personnel Management qualifications standards operating manual for specifics): (1) professional registration; (2) written test (EIT); (3) specified academic courses; (4) related curriculum.

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.

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, applicants must have specialized experience or additional education as defined below:

GS-09: GS-09: One year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-07 level in the Federal service OR two years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or equivalent master's or graduate degree in the field of civil engineering.

GS-11: One year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-09 level in the Federal service OR three years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. in the field of civil engineering.

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

GS-09: GS-09: Civil engineering experience performing specific engineering assignments and or/assisting higher grade engineers on small engineering projects or segments of larger projects. Such as, preparing engineering designs, reviewing designs for accuracy, preparing design criteria, developing scopes of work, developing technical data and performing detailed calculations regarding material sizes, dimensions, and qualities and costs for use in construction specifications. These examples are not all inclusive.

GS-11: Civil Engineering experience planning and carrying out various portions of complex civil engineering projects under general guidance from a higher level engineer such as preparing and analyzing civil engineering designs, cost estimates, construction specifications, and related engineering documents involved in the design and construction of civil works projects. These examples are not all inclusive.


This position has a mandatory education requirement; you must furnish copy of your transcript of college work completed (unofficial copy is acceptable). Transcripts must include the name of the college or university and date the degree was conferred. Non-submission may result in you being rated not qualified for the position.

You must meet all qualification requirements and as applicable, any selective factor requirements, by the closing date of this announcement.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

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 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 civil engineering concepts related to the design and construction of civil engineering structures e.g., dams, canals, pipelines, pumping plants, powerplants, water conveyance systems, etc.
2. Knowledge of construction contracting to prepare costs estimates and contract specifications.
3. Ability to communicate orally and in writing to prepare technical reports, coordinate project work and provide technical advice.

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.
To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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OTHER INFORMATION:

Telework: Reclamation has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework only during an emergency or natural disaster.

Employment Conditions:
-Travel is required approximately up to 50% of the time.
-Operation of a Government vehicle required; therefore, a valid State driver's license is required.
-Selectee may be subject to successful completion of a one year probationary period depending upon the type of appointment.
-Required to obtain and use a government-issued charge card for any business-related travel.
-This position is included in the bargaining unit represented by NFFE, Local 951.

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.

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/

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/

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: www.dhs.gov/E-Verify

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): All applicants must furnish a copy of your 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: http://www.opm.gov/veterans/html/vetguide.as http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.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-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:

Human Resource Office
Phone: 916-978-5471
Fax: 916-978-5563
Email: mpjobs@usbr.gov
Agency Information:
BUREAU OF RECLAMATION
2800 Cottage Way
Room E-1907
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-2014-277

Control Number:

378293600