Bureau of Reclamation Interdisciplinary Civil Engineer/Geologist, GS-0810/1350-11/12 (MPP)(SA) in Sacramento, California

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This position is located with the Bureau of Reclamation, Mid-Pacific Region, Division of Design and Construction, duty station, Sacramento, CA. For information on Sacramento, go to website: http://www.saccounty.net

Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement.

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This is an interdisciplinary position and may be filled as either a Civil Engineer, GS-0810, or a Hydrologist, GS-1350 depending on the qualifications of the selected candidate.

Civil Engineer salary range

  • GS-11: $88,442 - $104-363
  • GS-12: $99,640 - $ 118,720

Geologist salary range

  • GS-11: $66,253 - $86,132
  • GS-12: $79,411 - $103,234

Position may be filled at the GS-11 or GS-12 level. At the full performance GS-12 level, the incumbent serves as a senior engineer/geologist and project manager. At the GS-11 level, the duties of this position are developmental in nature and lead to the full performance level of GS-12. 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-12 level, serves as a Project Manager in the Safety of Dams (SOD) Program and the Safety Evaluation of Existing Dams (SEED) Program.

  • Provides administrative and technical project management for SOD corrective actions.
  • Provides technical support and reviews technical documents for adequacy and accuracy.
  • Coordinates SEED investigation programs and Issue Evaluation Studies to identify areas of special concern and determine the nature and extent of the studies and analyses required for SOD projects.
  • Leads meetings with staff and management-level representatives of Reclamation, State Department of Water Resources and other Federal, State and local agencies, and the Public.
  • Prepares project management plans. Controls and manages project cost and schedule performance using earned value analysis.
  • Prepares and negotiates agreements and contracts for work to be performed by other agencies or contractors as necessary. May serve as a contracting officer technical representative.
Travel Required

Occasional travel - Travel is required approximately 15% of the time.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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0810 Civil Engineering

1350 Geology

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Conditions of Employment
  • Position subject to an extensive background investigation.

Applicants 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 outlined in 5 CFR 300.603(b).


Applicants must meet on of the Basic Education Qualification Requirements listed below:

MINIMUM EDUCATION (ENGINEERING DISCIPLINE, GS-0810): 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 Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (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 (see U.S. Office of Personnel Management qualifications standards operating manual for specifics): (1) professional registration or licensure; (2) written test (FE exam or other written test required for professional registration); (3) specified academic courses; (4) related curriculum.

MINIMUM EDUCATION (GEOLOGY DISCIPLINE, GS-1350): A. Degree in geology, plus 20 additional semester hours in any combination of mathematics, physics, chemistry, biological science, structural, chemical, civil, mining or petroleum engineering, computer science, planetary geology, comparative planetology, geophysics, meteorology, hydrology, oceanography, physical geography, marine geology and cartography; OR B. A combination of education and experience with course work as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. 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. Please see the description of qualifications required for the Geology discipline at the Office of Personnel Management's website: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/1300/geology-series-1350/

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.

In addition to meeting Basic Education, applicants must have specialized experience as defined below:

GS-11: One year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-09 level in the Federal service OR three years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. in the field of civil engineering or geology.

GS-12: One year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-11 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:

GS-11: Civil, structural, geotechnical, or hydrologic engineering experience in the design experience planning and carrying out various portions of complex civil engineering projects under general guidance from a higher level engineer such as preparing and analyzing civil engineering designs, cost estimates, construction specifications, and related engineering documents involved in the design and construction of civil works projects. These examples are not all inclusive.

GS-12: Professional civil, structural, geotechnical, hydraulic or hydrologic engineering experience in the design, construction, operation, or maintenance of earth and concrete water resources structures such as canals, dams, reservoirs, spillways, pipelines, and tunnels, e.g.,experience responsible for the accomplishment of preliminary and final designs and specifications or the development of appraisal and feasibility designs, hydraulic and hydrologic evaluation of spillways, cost estimates, summary reports for operation and maintenance or construction projects; experience providing technical advice to project offices, quality assurance reviews of technical engineering documents and coordination with representatives and stakeholders to identify project tasks, including scope of work, purpose, timing, and resource allocations; experience with safety of dams engineering evaluations, and/or experience in relevant technical issue evaluation, planning, programming and overseeing cost and schedule execution of project planning, design, and construction in coordination with representatives, contractors, and stakeholders to assure projects are completed within guidelines and objectives. This experience is not all inclusive.

Experience that would not normally be part of an applicant's position may be creditable when documented by satisfactory evidence (e.g., a memorandum from the manager or human resources director, SF-52, or similar documentation).

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.


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 may result in you being rated not qualified for the position.

Additional information

Relocation: Travel and relocation expenses are not authorized and are the responsibility of the selectee.

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.

Conditions of Employment:

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

  • Successful adjudication of personnel security investigation required.

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

  • Ability to be certified as a Contracting Officer's Technical Representative (COTR).

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

  • Required to obtain and use a government-issued charge card for any business related travel.

  • This position is included in the bargaining unit represented by NFFE, Local 951.

  • Must possess or obtain FAC P/PM certification at the Senior Level.

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 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs) through their resume and responses to the online questions.

  1. Professional knowledge of engineering concepts, principles, and practices applicable to the full range of civil engineering duties to provide oversight and evaluate processes of operation and maintenance program activities for water storage, control, conveyance or similar facilities; and to provide technical support addressing unanticipated outages, issues/concerns and correcting deficiencies.
  2. Knowledge of a wide variety of available maintenance techniques and procedures that can be used to formulate, execute, advise on and effect a comprehensive maintenance program.
  3. Knowledge of state-of-the-art methods and newly developed techniques for modification and repair of existing facilities to include pipe/penstock repair, concrete repair, seepage problems, unstable soil conditions in embankments and cuts, correcting civil/structural deficiencies, and safety of the public and personnel.
  4. Knowledge and skill in organization, budgeting, planning, and project management techniques to budget and manage one for more Regional O&M; technical support programs.
  5. Ability to coordinate the work of others and motivate and lead individuals of a variety of backgrounds.
  6. Skill in conducting and participating in meetings by providing technical oversight and direction with private, local, State, and Federal agencies relative to operation and maintenance of a facility and in negotiating resolution of conflicts with various agencies to ensure accomplishment of work requirements and program goals.
  7. Skill in writing to produce written documents such as comprehensive narrative reports of findings from operation and maintenance facilities inspections.

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. To preview questions please click here.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

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Drug test required


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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:

Transcript(s): All applicants must furnish a copy of their college transcript(s), if applicable. If selected, you will be required to provide official college 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 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: 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 90 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 APPLICATION button 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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BUREAU OF RECLAMATION 2800 Cottage Way Room E-1907 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 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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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/510949900. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 09/14/2018 to 10/01/2018

Service: Competitive

Pay scale & grade: GS 11 - 12

Salary: $66,253 to $118,720 per year

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full-time