Bureau of Reclamation Facility Maintenance Specialist in Yakima, Washington

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Position is being advertised concurrently under BR-PN-VA-CCA-18-207 for current federal employees serving under a competitive service career or career-conditional appointment or reinstatement eligible. Applicants interested in applying under both announcement numbers, must submit application packages for each.

Reclamation is seeking a career professional looking for an opportunity to capitalize on his or her expertise as an Facility Maintenance Specialist. Make a difference in the West by assisting in meeting increasing water demands while protecting the environment.

Here is an opportunity to join a great organization with excellent growth potential!

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

The career ladder promotion potential of this position is the GS-11 level. However, this position may be filled at a lower grade. If so, when and if it is determined that a subsequent promotion is warranted, it may be made without further competition. Promotion up to and including the GS-11 level is neither guaranteed nor automatic.

Location – Yakima, WA http://www.usbr.gov/pn/about/hr/area-information.html

Additional Information on Relocation Expenses: The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), signed into law this past December, suspends the moving expense deduction and the exclusion from income of qualified employer reimbursements of moving expenses that was allowed under previous tax laws. As a result, employer reimbursements for moving costs are now generally taxed at the same rate as ordinary income.

At the present time, we have one vacancy; however, this announcement may be used to fill additional, equivalent positions at this duty location.

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Responsibilities
  • Manages various projects, plans, organizes and schedules all activities. Prepares, tracks, monitors, and reports budgets, identifies and mitigates project risks, identifies staffing needs and makes recommendations to the Operations & Maintenance (O&M;) Manager, Supervisors, Foremen, and craft leads.
  • Research and develop job plans for the completion of preventative and corrective maintenance for the Yakima Field Office O&M; program in accordance with Reclamation Standards.
  • Maintain the facilities Maintenance Management Program and provide reports and other data to management.
  • Serves as a senior level analyst and management adviser in formulating, planning, measuring, analyzing, executing, evaluating and reporting on the Yakima Field Office O&M; Program. Coordinates with various corporate, regional, Area and Field Office personnel, and external stake holders and organizations.
  • Performs planning and scheduling duties as part of the O&M; program. Assembles job packages and purchase requisition packages. Handles extraordinary maintenance projects for concept to completion.
  • Coordinates with all levels of supervision and program management in order to maintain visibility of all projects within the O&M; program of the Yakima Field Office.
Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

11

Who May Apply
This job is open to…

All United States Citizens and Nationals.

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Conditions of Employment
  • U.S. Citizenship or National
  • Suitability for Federal employment determined by a background investigation
  • Must submit a resume, and supporting documentation - See How to Apply
  • Must meet specialized experience requirements - See Qualifications
  • For veterans consideration, submit documents under Required Documents
  • Submit transcripts, if required, to verify education requirements

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

Qualifications

In order to be rated as qualified for this position, the HR Office must be able to determine that the applicant meets the specialized experience requirement - this information must be included in the resume.

For the GS-09 level: To qualify at the GS-09 level, applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 in Federal service. Specialized experience at this level is defined as: experience working with teams on projects from concept to completion with coordination across multiple work groups. Examples of multiple work groups are internal and external entities, or state, tribal, and federal organizations. Assisted in the planning for Operations and Maintenance programs related to the overall management of dams, rivers, fish screen sites, river gauge sites, diversions, canals, water delivery and conveyance systems or facilities. Experience analyzing programs for efficiency and areas where planning and coordination can improve the overall mission; OR master's or equivalent graduate degree OR 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree ORLL.B or J.D., if related PH.D. or equivalent doctoral leading to such a degree; OR a combination of graduate level education and experience that together meet the qualification requirements for this position.

For the GS-11 level: To qualify at the GS-11 level, applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 in Federal service. Specialized experience at this level is defined as Experience managing projects from concept to completion using excellent communication skills for the purpose of coordination across multiple work groups, internal and external entities, state, tribal, and federal organizations. Ability to plan for Operations and Maintenance programs as it relates to the overall management of dams, rivers, fish screen sites, river gauge sites, diversions, canals, and water delivery and conveyance systems. Experience analyzing programs for efficiency and areas where planning and coordination can improve the overall mission; ORsubstitute education for experience by providing documentation of a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree; OR 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education; OR LL.M, if related; ORa combination of graduate level education and experience that together meet the qualification requirements 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. Applicants will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

If selected, the selectee will be required to provide official college transcripts to verify educational qualifications. An official transcript bears the University Seal and a signature certifying its authenticity and must be provided from the institution awarding the degree. Academic transcripts certified by notary publics are NOT official. Official transcripts must be submitted prior to reporting to work as a condition of employment. Failure to submit official transcripts may be grounds for dismissal or rescission of the job offer.

Education

This vacancy announcement allows substituting education for experience. Applicants must submit a copy of college transcript(s) (unofficial copy is acceptable) to support claimed education if substituting education for experience. Transcripts must include the name of the college or university and date the degree was conferred. Non-submission may result in 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.

Additional information

Applicants initially appointed to a career-conditional position must serve a 1-year probationary period.

Current permanent federal employees who are selected from this announcement may be required to serve a 1-year probationary period.

DOI uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including applicant rights and responsibilities, please visit www.dhs.gov/E-Verify.

Selective Service: Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must certify registration with the Selective Service System or that the applicant is exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. Go to: http://www.sss.gov

Valid State Driver’s License. The selectee must maintain a valid State Driver’s License at all times as the position requires operation of government vehicles on government and public roads. Failure to maintain a valid State Driver’s License at all times will result in removal from the position

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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.

Category rating and selection procedures will be used to evaluate applications from this announcement. If an applicant meets the basic qualification requirements, his/her on-line responses to the vacancy assessment questionnaire will be used to determine the quality and extent of his/her 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 the respective category. The assessment questionnaire will take approximately 45 minutes to complete.

Applicants will be further evaluated on the following “Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs)” through his/her resume and responses to the online questions.

KSA 1: Thorough understanding and knowledge of project management concepts and how to apply project management skills to special non-routine maintenance and construction activities.

KSA 2:Knowledge of general construction practices, cost estimating, project planning, general engineering practices, design review processes, man power estimating, project management software and organizational business practices as they relate to the planning of projects within this organization. Demonstrated knowledge of the concepts, principles and practices of cost estimating to operate as a technical expert for that function and to provide the technical training, mentoring and guidance as needed.

KSA 3:Detailed knowledge of planning and scheduling multi-layered and cross-divisional activities to serve as a key advisor to management on maintenance activities required for power plants, dams, and water and electricity conveyance systems.

Applicant’s answers to questions will be verified against information provided in their online resume. Be sure that the resume clearly supports the responses 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 an applicant has rated themselves higher than is apparent in his/her description of experience, competencies, skills, and/or education/training OR that his/her resume/application is incomplete, the applicant may be rated ineligible or his/her score may be lowered. To preview questions please click here.

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Background checks and security clearance
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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.

DD-214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty: Applicants who are entitled to veterans’ preference must submit a copy of his/her DD-214 (Member 4 Copy), or an official statement of service from his/her command if he/she is currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves the applicants military service was performed under honorable conditions. If the applicant has a compensable service connected disability, submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and the required documentation requested by this form, in addition to the DD-214.

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

CTAP/ICTAP: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 85.0 on the assessment questionnaire as established, and be able to perform the duties of the position upon entry.

For information on CTAP visit: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/unique-hiring-paths/federal-employees/ctap/

For information on ICTAP visit: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/unique-hiring-paths/federal-employees/ictap/

Transcripts: Applicants MUST furnish a copy of college transcripts, if applicable. If selected, the applicant will be required to provide official college transcripts to verify educational qualifications prior to reporting for work.

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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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.

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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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How to Apply

Applications (resume and assessment questionnaire) for this vacancy MUST be received online BEFORE midnight Eastern Time (Washington, DC time) on the closing date of this announcement. To apply, click the blue APPLY ONLINE button at the top 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: https://www.usbr.gov/hr/

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 the applicant not being considered for this position. Options for submitting supporting documentation include:

  • Auto Requested Fax or uploading from the applicants USAJOBS profile – instructions provided during the online application process

  • E-mail to vvosquez@usbr.gov

  • Fax directly to the HR Office at (208) 378-5023

  • Mail to the Bureau of Reclamation, ATTN: PN-1446, 1150 North Curtis Road, Suite 100, Boise, Idaho 83706-1234 – or –

  • Hand deliver to the Bureau of Reclamation, Human Resources – Room 109, 1150 North Curtis Road, Boise, Idaho.

Include the applicant name and vacancy number on supporting documents.

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Agency contact information
Human Resources
Phone

208-378-5155

Fax

208-378-5023

Email

vvosquez@usbr.gov

Address

BUREAU OF RECLAMATION 1150 N. Curtis Road, Suite 100 Boise, Idaho United States

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Next steps

Upon successful submission of the application packet, applicants will receive a confirmation email from USAJOBS. If this email confirmation is not received by the applicant, the application has not yet been accepted by the system.

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 the USAJOBS profile.

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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.

  • Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants

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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 and hiring process 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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  • 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/499733500. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 05/16/2018 to 05/30/2018

Salary: $50,598 to $79,586 per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 09 - 11

Work schedule: Full-Time - This is a FULL TIME position.

Appointment type: Permanent - This is a PERMANENT position.