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


Job Title:  Hydrologist
GS-1315-13/14 (Water Availability Research Coordinator)
(MW-DEU)Department:  Department Of
The InteriorAgency:  Bureau of

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, CO View Map


All United States Citizens
and United States Nationals.NOTE: 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


Q – Nonsensitive




About the Agency

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 visit www.dhs.gov/E-Verify.


Occasional Travel

Approximately 1 trip per




U.S. Citizenship or U.S.

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 results.
– 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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QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:Applicants must first meet the
GS-1315 Basic Education Qualification Requirements listed
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
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.

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

must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date
of this announcement.


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
Applicants will be further evaluated on the following
“Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs)” through your resume
and responses to the online questions.
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
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. To
preview questions please click here.


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can review our benefits at: http://ift.tt/1THww47


–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://ift.tt/1OCs5aI.
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.
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@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
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 appropriate:
–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.
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
— 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 information on veteran’s eligibility visit: http://ift.tt/Ld6V5S.
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: http://ift.tt/1mXaQ2t.
–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@usbr.gov

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

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