Great Plains Region, Wyoming Area Office, Resources Management Division, Water & Civil Works Branch, Mills, WY.
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Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement.
- Coordinates water management activities for the Wyoming Area Office (WYAO), including reservoir inflow forecasting, long and short term reservoir operations, water rights accounting, and hydrologic data collection and analysis.
- Coordinates Safety of Dams, Review of Operation and Maintenance (RO&M), and Emergency Management programs for the Wyoming Area Office. This requires regular inspections and reporting for 13 large dams and numerous irrigation diversion and delivery structures.
- Prepares written reports and oral presentations to WYAO management, other Reclamation personnel, representatives of other federal or state agencies, irrigation districts, other entities, and the public regarding the above noted water management, Safety of Dams, RO&M, and Emergency Management program activities and other subjects as assigned by management.
- Provides supervision for two Civil Engineers, three Interdisciplinary Engineers/Hydrologists, three Hydrologic Technicians, and two Civil Engineering Technicians.
- As directed by the Area Manager, coordinates with WYAO, Regional, and Denver staff on security and law enforcement matters, serving as the area office security coordinator.
25% or less - Travel of up to 2-3 nights per month may be required for this position.
Job family (Series)
0810 Civil Engineering
Conditions of Employment
U. S. Citizens and Nationals. May require supervisory probationary period.
Secret Clearance and drug testing required
You must submit a resume and supporting documentation (How to Apply).
You must meet education and/or specialized experience (Qualifications).
Submit transcript(s) to verify education requirements.
Current/former Federal employees must submit an SF-50.
Position is being advertised concurrently under vacancy announcement BR-DEGP-WY-20-37. If you are interested in applying under both announcement numbers, you must submit application packages for each.
You must meet all qualification requirements, including time-in-grade restrictions and any selective placement factors, by the closing date of this announcement.
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 outlined in 5 CFR 300.603(b).
MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:
Applicants must first meet the Basic Education Qualification Requirements listed below:
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.
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)*, 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)** 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.
- For more information about EI and EIT registration requirements, please visit the National Society of Professional Engineers website at: http://www.nspe.org.
**The FE examination is not administered by the U. S. Office of Personnel Management. For more information, please visit: http://www.nspe.org/Licensure/HowtoGetLicensed/index.html.
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 Basic Education Qualification Requirements, applicants must have education and/or specialized experience as defined below:
One year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-12 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:
Experience in one of the following water management activities: reservoir inflow forecasting, reservoir modeling, water rights, or reservoir operations; or experience in one of the following Safety of Dam activities: design, construction, operation, examination, or maintenance of concrete structures, earth embankment structures, or water conveyance structures; or the Supervision/Leading of others in the above activities. Official supervisory experience is not required, but applicants should describe how they have demonstrated leadership inside or outside the office setting.
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.
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. For further information visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html
- Reclamation has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisory approval.
- 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.
- This is a supervisory position. Employees who are initially appointed to supervisory positions must serve a probationary period of one year.
- This position is subject to both pre-employment and random drug testing as a condition of employment. Applicants will not be appointed to the position if a verified positive drug test is received.
- This position has been designated as a National Security, Noncritical-Sensitive (Moderate Risk) position and requires a Tier 3 background investigation and Secret clearance. You must successfully obtain and maintain this clearance as a condition of employment. You will be required to undergo and successfully pass a reinvestigation of your background every 5 years.
- The selectee(s) for the vacancy, if otherwise eligible and qualified, may be offered a recruitment or relocation incentive. The decision to offer an incentive will be made on a case-by-case basis and is neither promised nor guaranteed. For information on Recruitment or Relocation Incentives, visit:
Additional incentives may be offered:
Superior Qualifications Appointment, Creditable Service for Annual Leave and Student Loan Repayment. For more information please visit:
- 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: 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.
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 transcript(s) to ensure applicants meet the basic qualification requirements. HR will evaluate each application that 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 your resume and responses to the online questions.
1. Knowledge and experience in reservoir/river operations and water use related to irrigation deliveries/diversions, hydropower generation, water rights, water accounting, floods, water storage, and basin-wide water needs.
2. Knowledge of Safety of Dams Programs; experience conducting dam safety reviews; knowledge of operation and maintenance of dams and irrigation facilities.
3. Ability to work under pressure in time sensitive or emergency situations requiring immediate action and effectively coordinate the activities of a team to achieve objectives within identified time frames.
4. Knowledge of supervisory and leadership principles, methods, concepts, and skills required to supervise a workforce composed of professional and technical positions performing engineering and hydrologic work.
5. Ability to communicate effectively both in writing and orally in order to effectively accomplish position duties.
Applicants' answers to questions will be verified against information provided in their online resumes. Be sure that the resume clearly supports the response 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 you have rated yourself higher than is apparent in your description of experience, competencies, skills, and/or education/training OR that your resume/application is incomplete, you may be rated ineligible or your score may be lowered.
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Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
Position sensitivity and risk
Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk
Trust determination process
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 you have foreign education you must also submit evidence that any education completed in a foreign institution is equivalent to U.S. educational standards. If selected, you will be required to provide official transcripts to verify your educational qualifications prior to reporting for work.
- SF-50, NOTIFICATION OF PERSONNEL ACTION: Status applicants (transfer, reassignment, reinstatement, promotion, etc.) MUST submit a copy of their SF-50, verifying all of the following: highest rate of pay held, the full performance grade level obtained, and documenting career or career-conditional status in the competitive service (Tenure 1 or 2) for which you are claiming eligibility. This could result in more than one SF-50 to be submitted.DO NOT SUBMIT AN AWARD SF-50. FAILURE TO SUBMIT AN SF-50 VERIFYING STATUS WILL RESULT IN THE APPLICANT NOT BEING CONSIDERED FOR THIS POSITION.
- DD-214: For candidates eligible under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) you must submit the appropriate DD-214 documenting service under honorable conditions 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 notates service under honorable conditions.
- SPECIAL NON-COMPETITIVE APPOINTING AUTHORITIES: For more information on special non-competitive appointing authorities visit: https://www.opm.gov/faq/employment/What-are-the-special-appointing-authorities-some-agencies-include-in.ashx
- Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) Eligibles: If you are a current or former land management agency appointee eligible for this special appointing authority– 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.
For more information on LMWFA, visit:
- Public Land Corps (PLC) Eligibles: An individual’s eligibility for this non-competitive hiring status extends until 120 days after the completion of the individual’s last PLC project. For consideration under this hiring status, applicants must have served a minimum of 640 hours of satisfactory service on appropriate conservation projects and at least 120 hours served on a project utilizing the PLC legal authority. Applicants must submit documentation of this work by submitting their PLC Certificate of Noncompetitive Hiring Status Eligibility signed by the Line Officer. For more information on PLC and applicable eligibility requirements, visit: https: www.doi.gov/sites/doi.gov/files/elips/documents/public_land_corps_hiring_authority.pdf
- 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, documentation 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 placement factors, education and experience requirements and score at least 85 on the assessment questionnaire as established, and be able to perform the duties of the position upon entry. For information on CTAP/ICTAP, visit: https://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp
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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