Reclamation is seeking a career professional looking for an opportunity to capitalize on his or her expertise as a Supervisory Chemist. You can make a difference in the West by assisting in meeting increasing water demands while protecting the environment.Learn more about this agency
LOCATION: Yuma Area Office, Resource Management Office, Analytical Laboratory Services & Research Group located in Yuma, AZ.
Assigns work, monitors progress, adjusts priorities and provides advice, counsel or instruction to subordinates on work and administrative matters.
Ensures the reliability and acceptability of laboratory results through stringent quality control procedures.
Develops, implements, and complies with Analytical Laboratory Protocol which includes procedures and guidelines on how to implement the following: Laboratory safety; Sampling: sample preservation and handling; microbiological and analytical procedures and methods in accordance with ASTM standards; reporting procedures; equipment calibration; data handling and reporting; record keeping; work assessment and QC procedures which conform to the Environmental Protection Agency Handbook for QC in water and waste water laboratories; and sterilization procedures.
Plans, directs and performs a wide variety of comprehensive chemical studies and analyses to provide information about the quality of process waters, treated waters, river and ground waters, and agricultural drainage.
Ensures that Laboratory equipment functions are continuously monitored.
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Conditions of Employment
- U.S. Citizenship or National
- Suitable for Federal employment determined by a background investigation
- You must apply online to be considered for this position.
- You must submit transcripts.
- Position requires serving a 1 year probationary period.
- For veterans consideration, submit documents under Required Documents
You must meet all qualification requirements, including time-in-grade restrictions and any selective factors, by the closing date of this announcement.
Time-In-Grade: Current career or career-conditional employees of the Federal government, or former career or career-conditional employees, who have a break in service of less than one year, are required to meet the time-in-grade restriction of one year of Federal experience at the next lower grade, with few exceptions as outlined in 5 CFR 300.603(b).
QualificationsMINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:
A. Degree: physical sciences, life sciences, or engineering that included 30 semester hours in chemistry, supplemented by course work in mathematics through differential and integral calculus, and at least 6 semester hours of physics; OR
B. Combination of education and experience - course work equivalent to a major as shown in A above, including at least 30 semester hours in chemistry, supplemented by mathematics through differential and integral calculus, and at least 6 semester hours of physics, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
IN ADDITION TO MINIMUM EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:
To be qualified for the GS-12 level, your resume must clearly reflect one full year of experience equivalent to the GS-11 level leading laboratory functions related to water quality monitoring programs.
Experience should also demonstrate the ability to provide supervision to laboratory staff on the analysis, testing and interpretation of tests on water.
Supervisory Competencies: Applicants should possess proficiency or the potential to develop proficiency in the following competencies for successful performance of Federal supervisory work: accountability, customer service, decisiveness, flexibility, integrity/honesty, interpersonal skills, oral communication, problem solving, resilience, and written communication. Additional information on supervisory competencies can be found at: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/Specialty-Stds/GS-SUPV.asp.
This position has a mandatory education requirement. Applicants must submit a copy of college transcript(s) (unofficial copy is acceptable) to support claimed education if substituting education for experience. Transcripts must include the name of the college or university and date the degree was conferred. Non-submission will result in an incomplete application.
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.
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: http://www.sss.gov.
Financial Disclosure: If selected for this position, you will be required to file a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-450, within 30 days of entrance on duty and annually thereafter.
E-Verify: 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.
Supervisory Probationary Period: An employee initially appointed to a supervisory position must serve a one-year supervisory probationary period.
Probationary Period: Placement in this position requires you to complete a one-year probationary period unless you have previously completed one.
Optional Form 306 (OF-306):Before final selection, you will be required to sign and certify the accuracy of the information in your application. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or you may be subject to fine, imprisonment, or other disciplinary action.
Background Investigation/Security Clearance: If selected, you will be subject to a background investigation as a condition of placement/retention in this position. A background investigation will be required for all new hires AND current employees who do not currently have a satisfactorily adjudicated Federal background investigationcommensurate with the sensitivity designation of this position.
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. Full time telework is not available for this position.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Human Resources (HR) will review resumes and transcripts, if applicable, 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 30 minutes to complete. Applicants determined best qualified will be referred to the selecting official.
Applicants will be further evaluated on the following “Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs)” through his/her resume and responses to the online questions.
KSA 1. Professional knowledge of advanced concepts, theories, principles, practices, and techniques of chemistry interactions, sufficient to be considered a water chemistry expert.
KSA 2. Ability to operate an analytical lab supporting studies on a variety of waters, including river water, brackish groundwater, and agricultural drainage.
KSA 3. Ability to obtain and maintain appropriate licensure in accordance with the State of Arizona, Department of Health Services, requirements for environmental water laboratories.
KSA 4. Skill in establishing and maintaining effective interpersonal relationships throughout the various departments and with customers and/or stakeholders.
KSA 5. Extensive professional ability to analyze and evaluate highly complex, scientific specimens and data to answer unique operational questions.
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 an applicant has rated themself higher than is apparent in his/her description of experience, competencies, skills, and/or education/training the applicant will be rated ineligible.
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Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
To be considered for this position, applicants are required to submit a resume that includes dates of employment, specifically years, months, and hours worked per week for each period of employment; an on-line assessment questionnaire; and the following supporting documents, as appropriate:
Resume: For qualifications determinations, your resume MUST contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment identified in months and years. If your resume does not contain this information, your application will be marked as incomplete and you will not receive consideration for this position.
SF 50, Notification of Personnel Action: If you are applying as a career or career-conditional status federal employee as outlined in the “Who May Apply” section of this announcement, you are REQUIRED to submit a copy of your most recent, non-award SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action), which documents your federal career or career-conditional status in the competitive service. The Human Resources Specialist needs this document to verify that you are eligible to be considered, and failure to submit this form will result in your application being marked as incomplete.
If you are applying as a reinstatement eligible as outlined in the “Who May Apply” section of this announcement, you are REQUIRED to submit a copy of your SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, documenting permanent competitive civil service status (block 24) Tenure coded 1 or 2 and (block 34) Position Occupied coded 1.
Transcript(s): You must submit a copy of your college transcript(s) (unofficial copy acceptable). If selected, you will be required to provide official college transcripts.
CTAP/ICTAP: 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.
VEOA: Applicants must submit a copy of the DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, (Member 4 Copy).
Military Spouses: If you are applying under this non-competitive hiring authority, you must provide documentation to verify your marital status (i.e., marriage certificate or other legal documentation verifying marriage). In addition, if you are applying: 1) Based on Active Duty Spouse Permanent Change of Station (PCS), you must submit a copy of the military orders reflecting you as the spouse; 2) Based on 100% Disability, you must submit a copy of your spouse's DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty (Member 4 Copy) and Documentation of Service-Connected Disability from the Department of Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces; 3) Based on Service Member’s Death, you must submit documentation to show your spouse was released or discharged from active duty due to his or her death while on active duty; documentation verifying the member of the armed forces was killed while serving on active duty; and a statement certifying that you are the un-remarried widow or widower of the service member.
Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) Eligibles: If you are a current or former land management agency appointee – you must provide documentation to verify eligibility as follows: a) A copy of your SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, that reflects having initially been hired under competitive examining procedures to a time limited (temporary/term) appointment; b) A copy of SF-50(s), Notification of Personnel Action(s), that reflect having served under one (1) or more time-limited (temporary/term) appointments by a land management agency for a period totaling more than 24 months without a break in service of two (2) or more years; and (c) A copy of your Performance Appraisal Plan and/or Supervisor Memorandum that reflects having performed at an acceptable level during each period of service.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
How to Apply
Applications (resume, supporting documents, 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 on 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, 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. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure their application package is received. Applicants may call the HR Representative listed or check their application status at USAJobs.gov under my applications. A complete application package will reflect "application received". If your status reflects a different status, please resubmit your application or contact the HR Representative listed on the vacancy announcement prior to the closing date of the announcement.
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 to grant reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
Agency contact information
AddressBUREAU OF RECLAMATION
P.O. Box 61470
Boulder City, Nevada 89006-1470
Upon successful submission of the application packet, applicants will receive a confirmation email from USAJOBS. If this email confirmation is not received by the applicant, the application has not yet been accepted by the system.
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 the USAJOBS profile.
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Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:
- An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
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You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.
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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/562935700. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.