Bureau of Reclamation Civil Engineer (Hydrologic) (MPP-LRT) in Boulder, Colorado

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Reclamation is seeking a professional looking for an opportunity to capitalize on his/her professional expertise as a Civil Engineer (Hydrologic) serving as technical lead for complex and innovative studies, located in Boulder, CO. You can make a difference in the West by assisting in managing and protecting water and related resources in an environmentally and economically sound manner in the interest of the American public.

Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement.

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Responsibilities
  • Oversees and coordinates the development, calibration and maintenance of the RiverWare™ version of the Colorado River Simulation System (CRSS) and other inter-related RiverWare™ models used in the Colorado River Basin to simulate hydrology and operations throughout the basin.
  • Manages, leads, and performs work that involves designing, developing, and adapting mathematical, scientific, statistical, econometric and other scientific methods and techniques for river and reservoir operations and planning.
  • Participates in cross-functional teams as a technical expert in river operations and river operations modeling. Provides engineering, hydraulic, and hydrologic input in activities that are politically sensitive, and concern critical economic, environmental, social, and recreational issues.
  • Coordinates and obtains data on hydrologic and engineering studies, investigations and technical reports from outside sources such as Reclamation offices and other government agencies, representatives of State and local Governments and entities having proprietary interest in Colorado River.
  • A working knowledge of relational databases is required to assist with development of the hydrologic database (HDB) and the review and management of data. Recommends or initiates action to meet needed development, improvements or additions to HDB.
  • Serves as Reclamation lead in providing and, as appropriate, interpreting hydrologic model output and assumptions related to Colorado River Simulation System and associated studies and analyses to external and internal customers alike.
Travel Required

Occasional travel - 5-6 days a month

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

13

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0810 Civil Engineering

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Conditions of Employment
  • U.S. Citizenship or National;
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation;
  • Resumes must include dates of employment, specifically year, months & hours

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).

Note: Time in Grade must be met before an application is reviewed for qualifications. There is no education substitution for Time in Grade requirements.

Qualifications

MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must first meet the Basic Education Qualification Requirements listed below:

QUALIFICATIONS FOR GS-0810, CIVIL ENGINEER: A. Degree:Engineering. To be acceptable, the program must: (1) lead to a bachelor’s degree in a school of engineering with at least one program accredited by ABET; 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 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: 1. Professional registration or licensure-- Current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), Engineer in Training (EIT)1, or licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE) by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions) are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration. For example, an applicant who attains registration through a State Board's eminence provision as a manufacturing engineer typically would be rated eligible only for manufacturing engineering positions.

2. Written Test-- Evidence of having successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) 2 examination or any other written test required for professional registration by an engineering licensure board in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.

3. Specified academic courses --Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and that included the courses specified in the basic requirements under paragraph A. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of an engineering program as described in paragraph A.

4. Related curriculum-- Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in an appropriate scientific field, e.g., engineering technology, physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a bachelor’s degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. Ordinarily there should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering-type experience, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions. (The above examples of related curricula are not all-inclusive.)

In addition to meeting the educational requirements above:

*GS-13: *In order to qualify for the GS-13 grade level, your resume must reflect one year of full time specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 grade level in Federal service.

Specialized Experience for GS-13:experience working with diverse groups of stakeholders during negotiations to develop, apply and interpret water resource models and assumptions in support of such negotiations; performing hydrologic research and applying such research to water resource models; AND managing complex water resource systems models across internal and external users.

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.

Your resume must clearly reflect the experience/education listed above. In determining qualifications, the Human Resources specialist may not make assumptions. If your resume does not clearly reflect the required experience/education, your application will be marked as ineligible.

Education

This position has a mandatory education requirement; you must furnish a 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 will result in you being rated not qualified for the position.

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. Failure to include this verification with foreign transcripts will result in an incomplete application.

Additional information

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.

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.

Probationary Period: Placement in this position requires you to complete a one-year probationary period if you have not previously completed a probationary period.

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.

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.

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.

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 are not currently covered by a satisfactorily adjudicated Federal background investigationcommensurate with the sensitivity designation of this position.

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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 to ensure applicants meet the basic qualification requirements. HR will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided in the assessment questionnaire. The assessment questionnaire will take approximately 45 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 your resume and responses to the online questions:

KSA# 1. Mastery of advanced civil engineering theories, principles, concepts, standards, and methods in order to lead and conduct complex and innovative studies and investigations relating to management of large reservoirs and development of operating plan alternatives for large reservoirs, consistent with applicable operating procedures.

KSA# 2. Ability to provide expert judgments concerning the validity of assumptions made and the criteria to evaluate alternatives; conceptualize systems and reduce them to the most effective, simplified, and manageable representation and treatment; develop detailed models to simulate the most critical features of a physical system or process.

KSA #3. Ability to apply techniques to a broadly defined problem and provide a thorough analysis outlining the impacts of various proposed alternatives on the interests of State and Federal agencies, Native American tribes and communities, environmental conservation organizations, water, power, and recreational users, and other stakeholders.

KSA# 4.Ability to communicate effectively with a wide variety of high level partners and stakeholders in order to present recommendations and negotiate solutions.

Be sure that your resume clearly supports your responses to the online assessment 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 you have rated yourself higher than is apparent in your description of experience, competencies, skills, and/or education/training, you will be rated ineligible.

You must be clear when describing your experience, we may not make assumptions in determining qualifications. If your resume does not clearly reflect all of the above experience, your application will be marked as ineligible.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Drug test required

No

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Required Documents

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. The following link provides general resume formatting instructions: http://www.usbr.gov/lc/region/g5000/ResumeFormat.pdf.

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.

If applicable, please also submit an SF-50 supporting the highest grade level held on a permanent basis in the competitive service.

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

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.

VEOA: Applicants must submit a copy of the DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, (Member 4 Copy).

30% or More Disabled Veterans: Applicants must submit 1) a copy of the DD Form 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, (Member 4 Copy); 2) Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference; and 3) Documentation of Service-Connected Disability, dated 1991 or later from the Department of Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces.

Military Spouses: If you are applying under this non-competitive authority, you must provide documentation to verify your marital status (i.e., marriage certificate or other legal documentation verifying marriage). Also, 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.

People with Disabilities (Schedule A): Applicants must submit Proof of Disability: This may be in the form of documentation obtained from licensed medical professionals, state or private vocational rehabilitation specialists, or any Government agency that issues or provides disability benefits. Your medical documentation should distinguish between disabilities that are temporary, or transient, versus disabilities, which are chronic, permanent, on-going, or unresolved with no end in sight.

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:

  1. 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;
  2. 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.

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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.

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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.

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How to Apply

Applications (resume, assessment questionnaire and supporting documents) 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 the right 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.

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.

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1-833-264-1327

Fax

000-000-0000

Email

sha-lcr-hrcallcenter@usbr.gov

Address

BUREAU OF RECLAMATION P.O. Box 61470 Attn: LC-5420 Boulder City, Nevada 89006-1470 United States

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Next steps

After application packages have been received, resumes and assessment questionnaires will be reviewed to ensure applicants meet the basic qualification requirements. 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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Fair & Transparent

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Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

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.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

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/521009800. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 01/08/2019 to 02/05/2019

Service: Competitive

Pay scale & grade: GS 13

Salary: $110,922 to $133,611 per year

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full-time