[ES_JOBS_NET] Hydrologist, Bureau of Reclamation, Lakewood, CO

Christine Wiedinmyer christin at ucar.edu
Thu Jan 7 07:07:11 MST 2016


*Job Title: *Hydrologist GS-1315-13/14 (Water Availability Research 
Coordinator) (MW-DEU)
*Department: *Department Of The Interior
*Agency: *Bureau of Reclamation
*Job Announcement Number: *BR-DO-2015-365

$90,779.00 to $139,457.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, January 5, 2016 to Tuesday, January 19, 2016
FEW vacancies in the following location:
Lakewood, COView Map <https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/425656000#>
All United States Citizens and United States Nationals.


*This position is being advertised concurrently under BR-DO-2015-364 MP 
for**:*Current Federal employees serving under competitive service 
career or career-conditional appointments, former Federal employees with 
reinstatement eligibility, VEOA eligible veterans or persons eligible 
for non-competitive appointment under special appointing authorities 
(such as 30% Disabled Veterans).
Q - Nonsensitive


About the Agency 

Reclamation is seeking a professional looking to apply his or her 
expertise in hydrology and water resources management as the Water 
Availability Research Coordinator in the Research and Development (R&D) 
Office. The R&D Office identifies technical and scientific problems 
affecting accomplishment of Reclamation's mission, promotes development 
of cost-effective solutions, and communicates those solutions to 
Reclamation offices, other water and power management officials and the 
general public.

The incumbent would support R&D’s Science and Technology (S&T) program 
through implementation of four primary areas: strategic planning, 
research projects coordination, external collaboration, and internal 
capacity building. Work includes engaging with Reclamation's leadership, 
scientists, and research facility managers to develop and maintain a 
research strategy addressing water availability needs in a changing 
climate that reflects the needs of water managers in the western United 
States; coordinating the annual implementation of S&T water availability 
research that includes brokering high-priority projects in collaboration 
with internal and external researchers; expanding Reclamation’s 
capacity, knowledge, and tools for water availability analysis and 
technology development by developing partnerships with universities, 
Federal research organizations, national laboratories, state and local 
agencies, and foreign organizations; serving as R&D liaison to targeted 
users of water availability research products; and, contributing to S&T 
Technology Prize Competition implementation by leading assembly of 
interagency teams to design, implement, and judge competitions 
addressing water availability challenges.

Would you enjoy supporting Reclamation’s innovation activities 
addressing water availability needs under climate change and 
variability? You can make a difference in the West by coordinating these 
activities to improve water management while protecting the environment. 
Here is a great opportunity to join a great organization with stellar 
growth potential! Great Benefits Package: paid vacation, sick days, 
holidays, health and life insurance and an excellent retirement package! 
LOCATION: Research and Development Office, Lakewood, CO 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 visitwww.dhs.gov/E-Verify 


  * Occasional Travel
  * Approximately 1 trip per month.


  * No


  * U.S. Citizenship or U.S. National
  * Suitable for Federal Employment, determined by background investigation.
  * You must submit resume and supporting documentation (See How to Apply)
  * You must meet specialized experience requirements; (See Qualifications)
  * Must provide college transcripts (see Required Documents)
  * Submit supporting technical documentation. (See Required Documents)



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- Develops and maintains R&D water availability research strategy, 
leading engagement with Reclamation offices in the needs assessment 
process and with other water agencies and water availability science 
experts during both needs assessment and science strategy development; 
documents priority needs and recommends science strategies to Chief of 
Research and Development; evaluates multi-year accumulation of research 

– Coordinates annual portfolio of solicited and brokered water 
availability research, leading the development of the latter through 
engagement with internal and external scientists, engineers, researchers 
and operational end-users.

– Acts as a nationally recognized technical expert in water availability 
research (e.g., estimating water supplies under long-term climate 
change, characterizing short-term management challenges under climate 
variability from floods to droughts, technology development for 
conserving water supplies), maintaining a high level of expertise 
necessary to meet Reclamation’s needs.

– Promotes internal staff participation in the S&T program’s water 
availability research activities to enhance Reclamation’s internal 
capacity in water availability analysis and technology development; 
includes development of opportunities for Reclamation staff and partner 
organizations to be trained on water availability research products 
(e.g., climate and water science training pilots developed with the 
Climate Change and Water Working Group (CCAWWG) and the University 
Center for Atmospheric Research.

The full performance level of this position is GS-14. If selected at the 
GS-13 level, promotion to the next grade/salary level are neither 
guaranteed nor automatic, but based on supervisor initiation.



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MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:Applicants must first meet the 
GS-1315 Basic Education Qualification Requirements listed below:

A. 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.


B. Combination of education and experience -- course work as shown in A 
above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

/Evaluation of Experience:/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. The 
following is illustrative of acceptable experience: field or laboratory 
work that would require application of hydrologic theory and related 
sciences such as geology, geo-chemistry, geophysics, or civil 
engineering to making observations, taking samples, operating 
instruments, assembling data from source materials, analyzing and 
interpreting data, and reporting findings orally and in writing. In some 
cases, professional scientific experience that is not clearly water 
resource experience may be acceptable if such experience was preceded by 
appropriate education in hydrology or by professional hydrology experience.

Applicants with related experience in hydrology gained through earlier 
Federal Government employment might have gained that experience in one 
or more occupational series. Such series include Soil Conservation, 
GS-457; Forestry, GS-460; Soil Science, GS-470; Civil Engineering, 
GS-810; Chemistry, GS-1320; Meteorology, GS-1340; and Geology, GS-1350. 
Comparable non-Federal experience may be given similar credit.


GS-13: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent in 
difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-12 grade level in the 
Federal service.

GS-14: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent in 
difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-13 grade level in the 
Federal service.

GS-13 specialized experience includes: (1) conducting research focused 
on any of the following: (a) developing improved methods for water 
availability observation or prediction under long-term climate change or 
short-term climate/weather variability; (b) improving how water 
availability observations or predictions are used in water management; 
or, (c) increasing water availability by developing new water efficiency 
or conservation tools; and, (2) conducting a water resource management 
assessment situated in the western United States that involves 
characterizing at least two of the following: available water supplies, 
system water demands, or system management performance (e.g., reservoir 
operations performance, irrigation system performance).

GS-14 specialized experience includes: (1) serving as lead author on at 
least one report summarizing results from research focused on any of the 
following: (a) developing improved methods for water availability 
observation or prediction under long-term climate change or short-term 
climate/weather variability; (b) improving how water availability 
observations or predictions are used in water management; or, (c) 
increasing water availability by developing new water efficiency or 
conservation tools; and, (2) serving as lead author of at least one 
report summarizing results from a climate change vulnerability 
assessment for water resources management situated in the western U.S. 
that involves characterizing at least two of the following conditions 
under future climate change: available water supplies, system water 
demands, or system management performance (e.g., reservoir operations 
performance; irrigation system performance).

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 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.

You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this 


Human Resources (HR) will review resumes and transcript(s) if 
applicable, 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 20 
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 

1. Knowledge of science, theories, and practices in characterizing water 
availability under long-term climate change or short-term 
climate/weather variability.

2. Knowledge of conducting water resource management assessments that 
involve making assumptions about water supplies, water demands, and 
operational/management constraints.

3. Ability to develop strategies to advance methods for observing or 
predicting water availability; or, strategies to increase water 
availability through development of improved water efficiency or 
conservation technology.

4. Ability to communicate both orally and in writing.

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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You can review our benefits 


--The Bureau of Reclamation has determined that the duties of this 
position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to 
telework with supervisor approval.

--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.


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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 the 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 

Options for submitting supporting documentation include Auto Requested 
Fax or uploading from your USAJOBS profile - instructions provided 
during the online application process. In addition, you may E-mail your 
supporting documentation to codo at usbr.gov, fax directly to the HR Office 
at 303-445-6349, mail to (DFC) 6th and Kipling Building 67, Rm 348, 
Denver, CO 80225, OR hand-deliver to HR Office: Denver Federal Center 
(DFC) 6th and Kipling, Bldg 67, Rm 348, Denver, CO 80225. Include your 
name and the vacancy number on the supporting document(s).

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.


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 

--TRANSCRIPT(S): All applicants MUST furnish a copy of your 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.

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 

-- 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 information on 
veteran's eligibility 
visit:http://www.opm.gov/veterans/html/vetguide.asp. 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, 

--TECHNICAL DOCUMENTATION: In one page or less, please list in citation 
format scientific reports you have authored as a primary author or 
co-authored on related to water resources in the last 10 years.


HR Service Center
Phone: 303-445-2684
Fax: 303-445-6349
Email: codo at usbr.gov

Agency Information:
P.O. Box 25007
DFC, Bldg. 67
Attn: 84-52200
Denver, CO
Fax: 303-445-6349


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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