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    Summary

    Join the staff of the Bureau of Reclamation as a Water and Lands Specialist.  

    This position is located with the Bureau of Reclamation, Klamath Basin Area Office, Resources Management Division, in Klamath Falls, OR. For more information on the Klamath Falls are visit: https://www.klamathfalls.city/

    Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement.

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    Responsibilities

    Position may be filled at the GS-09 or GS-11 level. At the GS-09 level, the duties of this position 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 GS-11 level, the incumbent serves as a technical specialist performing a full range of functions in administration and support of the water and land program of the Klamath Basin Area Office. 
    -Prepares and files applications with the states of Oregon and California for appropriative water rights for proposed and authorized projects.  
    -Coordinates with engineers, natural resource specialists, archaeologists or other specialists to review structures and environmental/cultural-related actions, and coordinates with local governmental agencies to determine the compatibility of requests with local requirements, or other similar reviews. 
    -Analyzes new water right applications and water contracts filed by others for appropriation of unappropriated water; and petitions for change of place or purpose of use, or point of diversion.
    -Develops and evaluates data pertinent to riparian water rights, quantification and qualification of these rights, and changes in ownership resulting from land sales which impact the use of water under these rights.
    -Negotiates and administers contracts for water service and other agreements associated with the use of Reclamation facilities.  Administers existing contracts with Project water users. 
    -Reviews and comments on proposed legislation, draft rules and regulations, and other administrative and policy directives on water rights, water transfers, and water supply matters. 
    -Serves as the liaison with project principals and coordinates with other agencies and organizations. Negotiates resource agreements with other agencies and private development interests. 
    -Conducts required investigations, negotiates, and processes contract renewals (leases, licenses, permits, easements, or entry permits), terminations, cancellations, and assignments. 
    -Performs field surveys of Project lands to ensure compliance with land use documents, and determine occurrence of unauthorized use, occupancy, or trespass.
    -Negotiates property rehabilitation with landowners when property damages resulted from Project activities. 
    -Negotiates terms of agreements and prepares land exchange and sales contracts, warranty or quitclaim deeds for the acquisition or disposal of land. 
    -Conducts investigations and searches courthouse records for relevant realty information and consults with state, county, or city officials, other Reclamation representatives, water districts, and landowners to negotiate, modify, or amend contract renewals, terminations, cancellations, and issuances. 
    -Provides realty services in support of development of comprehensive Resource Management Plans for land and water areas under the jurisdiction of the Area Office.  
    -Assists resources specialists in ensuring NEPA and National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) documentation is completed.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Travel is required approximately 20% of the time.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    11

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/516530400. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.