Bureau of Reclamation Hydroelectric Power Plant Operator, BB-5407-00 (MPP)(CS) in Redding, California

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Summary

Join the staff of the Bureau of Reclamation as a Hydroelectric Power Plant Operator.

The position is assigned to the Bureau of Reclamation, Mid-Pacific Region, Northern California Area Office in Shasta Lake, CA. Shasta Lake is approximately 13 miles north of Redding, California. For information on the Northern California Area Office, visit: http://www.usbr.gov/mp/ncao/ For information about the Redding/Shasta Lake area, visit: http://www.co.shasta.ca.us/index.aspx

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Responsibilities

Performs a wide range of skilled control operator duties required to operate and control generators, pumps, emergency generators, auxiliary equipment, various plant systems, water conveyance systems and dam equipment through Local, Local Automatic or Supervisory control operating systems.

  • Conducts inspections of powerplants, dams, structures and related equipment at assigned stations to assure safe operation and to maintain operational efficiencies for power generation and water releases.
  • Starts, stops, operates and controls generators, pumps, emergency generators, auxiliary equipment, various plant systems, water conveyance systems and dam equipment through Local, Local Automatic or Supervisory control.
  • Monitors equipment indicators and makes necessary changes to generation, pumping plants and water releases to maintain plant function, river flows and municipal water requirements.
  • Ensures project equipment is operated within parameters established through operating orders and Standing Operating Procedures (SOPs).
  • Takes corrective action when responding to equipment annunciators, alarms and SCADA information. Initiates corrective measures needed to address or avoid plant contingencies and equipment emergencies.
  • Monitors fluctuating river inflows during flood operation and calculates spill releases.
  • Keeps accurate and legible operation logs. Prepares and completes reports on operations, system failures, water releases and power generation. Initiates work requests as needed.
  • Communicates and coordinates with outside agencies on river changes, environmentally hazardous events and changes affecting the fish hatchery.
  • Reviews and updates operation and maintenance documents including emergency action plans, Hazardous Energy Control Procedures, and SOPs.
  • Executes switching orders prepared in accordance with SOPs, established switching practices and facility instructions.
  • Takes dam behavioral instrumentation readings.
  • Performs routine daily and emergency situation inspections of dams, structures and other related equipment in accordance with SOPs and emergency action plans.
  • Assists in assessing actual or potential damage to facilities and threats to personal safety during the emergency.
  • Assists in the diagnosis of equipment problems through the use of schematic diagrams, flow diagrams and personal knowledge base. Implements appropriate diagnostic procedures to detect problems when computer malfunctions or other system failures adversely affect operations.
Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel required.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

00

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5407 Electrical Power Controlling

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Conditions of Employment
  • May work more than 8 hrs per day, shift work, on-call, weekends or holidays
  • Successful adjudication of personnel security investigation required.
  • Satisfactory completion of a pre-employment medical examination is required
  • Must possess and maintain a valid State's driver's license.

Applicants must meet all qualification requirements, including any selective factors, by the closing date of this announcement.

Qualifications

Minimum qualifications for trades and labor positions are determined by evaluation of job elements. You must meet at least 2 points on the screen-out element(s) and obtain an average of at least 2 points on all of the job elements in order to be considered qualified for this position.

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.

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Additional information

Relocation: Travel and relocation expenses are authorized. Eligibility for specific relocation services will be determined at the time of selection. However, use of Relocation Services Contract (Guaranteed Home Sale) will not be authorized.

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

Conditions of Employment/Other Information

This position requires completion of a one-year probationary period, unless you have previously met this requirement.

Successful adjudication of personnel security investigation required.

Travel is required approximately 5% of the time.

Operation of a government vehicle is required; therefore, you must possess and maintain a valid State’s driver’s license.

Satisfactory completion of a medical examination is required before assignment to the position.

Required to be available to work more than 8 hours per day, shift work, on-call, weekends and holidays.

All Federal employees are required by PL 104-134 to have federal payments made by direct deposit.

Optional Form 306 (OF-306): Before final appointment and again before you begin work, 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.

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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 and transcript(s) 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.

Applicants will be further evaluated on the following Job Elements through their resume and responses to the online questions.

  1. Ability to do the work of a journey Level control operator at a hydro-electric power facility without more than normal supervision. (screen out)
  2. Knowledge of Power Plant Operations.
  3. Ability to interpret and apply drawings, instrucitons, manuals, specifications, etc.
  4. Knowledge of technical practices in safety requirements, clearance and emergency control procedures.

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 that copy vacancy announcement posting information verbatim into resume OR whose resume/application is incomplete may be removed from employment consideration.

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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

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:

SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action: Status applicants (transfer, reassignment, reinstatement, promotion, etc.) must submit a copy of their SF-50, verifying highest rate of pay and documenting career or career-conditional status in the competitive service (Tenure 1 or 2) for which you are claiming eligibility. Failure to submit an SF-50 verifying status may result in the applicant not being considered for this position.

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 candidates eligible under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) you must submit the appropriate DD-214 (Member 4 Copy) documenting your eligibility.

For information on veteran's eligibility visit: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/hire/hrp/vetguide/index.aspx

Special Non-Competitive Appointing Authorities: For more information on special non-competitive appointing authorities visit: http://www.opm.gov/wtw/html/except.htm

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. For more information on LMWFA, visit: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/unique-hiring-paths/federal-employees/land-management/

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 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/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employee-guide-to-career-transition/

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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How to Apply

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. When you have finished with your application, click the SUBMIT APPLICATIONbutton on the bottom of the REVIEW PAGE. Your application will not be received unless you click SUBMIT APPLICATION.

This vacancy is being announced through the Bureau of Reclamation's Hiring System--HireMe. For more information about the HireMe system and the registration process, visit: http://www.usbr.gov/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 application 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 or Federal Relay at http://www.federalrelay.us/. The Federal Relay website contains information for TDD/TTY users to receive free needed service. If applying online poses a hardship, contact the HR Office prior to the closing date of the announcement for an alternative method of applying.

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Agency contact information
Human Resources Office
Phone

916-978-5476

TDD

www.federalrelay.us

Fax

916-978-5563

Email

mpjobs@usbr.gov

Address

BUREAU OF RECLAMATION 2800 Cottage Way Sacramento, California 95825-1898 United States

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Next steps

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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The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

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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Reasonable Accommodation Policy

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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Legal and regulatory guidance
  • Financial suitability
  • Social security number request
  • Privacy Act
  • Signature and false statements
  • Selective Service
  • New employee probationary period

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/513655800. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 10/12/2018 to 11/02/2018

Service: Competitive

Pay scale & grade: BB 00

Salary: $51.12 to $51.12 per hour

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full-Time - Full Time