Interdisciplinary (Hydrologist/Natural Resources Specialist) (DEU-LRT)

## Duties
### Summary
This is an interdisciplinary position - p osition may be filled by: Hydrologist, GS-1315 or Natural Resource Specialist, GS-0401.
You can make a difference in the West by assisting in meeting increasing water demands while protecting the environment.
LOCATION: Lower Colorado Region, Boulder Canyon Operations Office, Water Accounting and Verification Group, located in Boulder City, NV.
Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement.
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### Responsibilities
This is an interdisciplinary position that may be filed in any of the following series: GS-1315 or GS-0401 depending on the qualifications of the selected candidate.
At the full performance level, incumbent:
Coordinates the actions of a multi-disciplinary team to evaluate and develop methodologies to calculate Colorado River tributary consumptive use within nine use categories including, agriculture, evaporation and municipal and industrial use.
Leads or participates in the Consumptive Uses and Losses (CUL) program; Inadvertent Overrun and Payback Policy (IOPP) program; Intentionally Created Surplus (ICS) program; Well Inventory project; Water Accounting program; and Remotely-Sensed Data Collection (RSDC) program.
Develops plans, procedures and precedents used by members of the Lower Colorado region to perform field verification of conservation activities performed by water users in the Lower Colorado Region?s area of responsibility.
Develops written and photographic reports of the verification activities for use in determining the adequacy of implementation of conservation measures.
Trains new personnel and performs ground reference data entry into a geographic information system (GIS) database and completes routine updates of spatial features and associated attributes in a GIS database.
### Travel Required
Occasional travel - 5 days a month
##### Supervisory status
##### Promotion Potential
#### Job family (Series)
1315 Hydrology
0401 General Natural Resources Management And Biological Sciences
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## Requirements
### 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;
Position requires valid drivers license;
Submit transcript(s) to verify education requirements;
Resumes must include dates of employment, specifically year, months & hours
You must meet all qualification requirements, including any selective factors, by the closing date of this announcement.
SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR: This position requires a current valid driver's license.
### Qualifications
MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must first meet the Basic Education Qualification Requirements listed below:
1. Degree: physical or natural science, or engineering that included at least 30 semester hours in any combination of courses in hydrology, the physical sciences, geophysics, chemistry, engineering science, soils, mathematics, aquatic biology, atmospheric science, meteorology, geology, oceanography, or the management or conservation of water resources. The course work must have included at least 6 semester hours in calculus (including both differential and integral calculus), and at least 6 semester hours in physics. Calculus and physics, as described above, are requirements for all grade levels.
2. Combination of education and experience: course work as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. Acceptable experience must have included performance of scientific functions related to the study of water resources, based on and requiring a professional knowledge of related sciences and the consistent application of basic scientific principles to the solution of theoretical and practical hydrologic problems.
1. Degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.
2. Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
In addition to meeting the educational requirements above:
GS-07: In order to qualify for the GS-07 grade level, your resume must reflect one year of full time specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-05 grade level OR 1 year of graduate-level education or superior academic achievement.
Specialized Experience for GS-07: experience collecting, measuring, analyzing, or interpreting water resources data and preparing reports on the data.
GS-09: In order to qualify for the GS-09 grade level, your resume must reflect one year of full time specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 grade level OR 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree.
Specialized Experience for GS-09: experience applying water resource data to studies related to water supply, agricultural, or environmental issues; performing hydrologic research on water and water resources; AND collecting, measuring, analyzing, and interpreting water resources data.
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.
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.
Driver?s License/History: Operation of a Government vehicle is required; therefore, you must possess a valid state driver?s license. A driving history check is required.
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.
Promotion Potential: If you are selected at a lower grade than the full performance level, promotion(s) may be made at a later date without further competition. However, identification of promotion potential in this announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote you at some future date. Such promotion(s) will depend upon managerial discretion, the needs of the organization, and the demonstrated performance of higher level duties. Full performance level is GS-12.
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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) if applicable, to ensure applicants meet the basic qualification requirements. Category rating and selection procedures will be used for evaluating this position. If you meet the basic qualification requirements, your on-line responses to the vacancy assessment questionnaire will be used to determine the quality and extent of your experience, education, training, etc., for placement in one of the following categories: 1) Best Qualified, 2) Well Qualified and 3) Qualified. Qualified candidates will be assigned a numerical score on a scale of 70-100 and Veterans with preference will be placed at the top of their respective category. The assessment questionnaire will take you approximately 45 minutes to complete.
You will be further evaluated on the following ?Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs)? through the resume and responses to the online questions:
KSA# 1. Professional knowledge of principles, concepts, and methodology of the physical sciences such as hydrology, natural resources management, or geography.
KSA# 2. Knowledge of theories, principles, practices, equipment, software, and techniques of remote sensing including computer assisted digital data classification, image manipulation, and statistical analysis.
KSA# 3. Ability to communicate technical concepts to others orally or in writing. Ability to prepare written correspondence, specifications, and reports that require minimal revision.
KSA# 4. Knowledge of geographic concepts including such things as scale, map projections, and datums. Ability to interpret basic geographic maps such as USGS 7.5 minute topography sheets and locate oneself in the field using maps, satellite imagery or aerial photography.
KSA# 5. Knowledge of agricultural practices and plant identification techniques needed to conduct ground reference data collection.
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
Q - Nonsensitive
##### Drug test required
Required Documents
## 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.
Transcript(s) : All applicants MUST furnish a copy of your college transcript(s). If selected, you will be required to provide official college transcripts to verify your educational qualifications prior to reporting for work.
Veterans? Preference : If you are entitled to veterans? preference, you must provide a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, DD Form 214 (DD-214), member 4 copy, 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 Veterans? Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation requested by this form.
For information on veteran's eligibility visit: http://www.opm.gov/veterans/html/vetguide.asp.
CTAP/ICTAP Eligibles : 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: http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.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.
## Benefits
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.
Working for the Bureau of Reclamation offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/benefits/
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How to Apply
## 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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### Agency contact information
### Call Center Information
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##### Address
P.O. Box 61470
Boulder City, Nevada 89006-1470
United States
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### Next steps
After all application packages have been received, resumes, supporting documents and transcripts (if applicable) 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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Fair & Transparent
## Fair & Transparent
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.
Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency.
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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/514414200. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
Open & closing dates: 10/19/2018 to 11/02/2018
Service: Competitive
Pay scale & grade: GS 07 - 09
Salary: $41,766 to $66,417 per year
Appointment type: Permanent
Work schedule: Full-time

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