Environmental Engineer, GS-0819-7/9 (Recent Graduate-BM)

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    Reclamation is seeking a Recent Graduate looking for an opportunity to capitalize on his/her expertise as an Environmental Engineer. You can make a difference in the West by assisting in researching and designing desalination, water treatment and wastewater treatment systems. Would you enjoy researching pre-treatment techniques, methods for reducing fouling, reducing operation and maintenance costs and identifying and resolving environmental issues?

    Responsibilities include designing and testing pre-treatment systems using advanced water treatment and desalting pilot plants, low-grade heat brine disposal systems, salt-gradient solar ponds, and renewable energy-driven pumping and desalting systems, plan and conduct research to advance the state-of-the-art for treatment technologies.

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

    You can progress from $46K to $66K in 3 years! Year 1 - $46,609 (GS-7), Year 2 - $57,015 (GS-9), and Year 3 - $66,577 (GS-11). Promotions to the next grade/salary level are neither guaranteed nor automatic, but based on supervisor initiation.

    LOCATION: Technical Service Center, Civil Engineer Services Division, Water Treatment Group; Lakewood, CO.

    A Recruitment Incentive may be authorized. For information on recruitment incentives visit: http://www.opm.gov/3rs/fact/RECBONFS.asp .

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    -Assists Team Leaders/Project Managers to (a) develop research plans for water/wastewater treatment projects, (b) perform laboratory and field investigations using chemicals and water treatment equipment, (c) analyze research data using spreadsheets and water treatment software, (d) develop conclusions and recommendations, and (e) prepare papers, presentations, and reports on research progress and results.

    -Assists Team Leaders/Project Managers to prepare engineering designs for water and wastewater treatment systems.

    -Perform special studies to provide guidance, recommendations, and strategies for addressing water treatment issues for Reclamation client offices.

    -Assists Team Leaders/Project Managers to perform administrative tasks as needed to perform engineering design projects.

    Travel Required
    Occasional travel - 20% travel required

    Supervisory status

    Promotion Potential

    Who May Apply This job is open to… All U.S. Citizens and Nationals who meet the eligibility requirements for the Pathways Recent Graduate Program as explained below under "Qualifications Required".
    Questions? This job is open to 2 groups.

  • Job family (Series)
    0819 Environmental Engineering

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  • Requirements
    Help Requirements Conditions of Employment
    • U. S. Citizenship or U. S National; Must sign a Pathways Agreement
    • 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)
    • Submit transcript(s) to verify education requirements;
    • For veterans consideration, submit document(s) under Required documents;

    Applicants must be recent graduates who have completed (or will complete by the reporting date), within the previous two years, a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution. Veterans (as defined in 5 USC 2108) who, due to military service obligation, were precluded from applying to the Recent Graduates Program during any portion of the 2-year eligibility period described above have a full 2-year period of eligibility upon their release or discharge from active duty; however, this eligibility period cannot extend beyond 6 years from the date of completion of the requirements of an academic course of study.

    PROMOTION: If the position is filled at the GS-7 or GS-9 level, subsequent promotion to the next higher grade level is permissible without further competition. Promotion is not guaranteed or promised but dependent upon administrative approval and the agency's continuing need for an actual assignment and performance at the higher level duties.

    CONVERSION: After successful completion of all program requirements, the Recent Graduates MAY be converted to a permanent or term position in the competitive service but conversion is neither guaranteed or promised.

    To be eligible for conversion, Recent Graduates must successfully complete at least 1-year of continuous service in addition to all requirements of the Program; demonstrate successful job performance; meet the Office of Personnel Management's qualifications for the position to which the Recent Graduate may be converted; and be recommended for conversion by their supervisor.

    To qualify for this position, you must:
    - Meet the Pathways Recent Graduate Program eligibility requirements;

    - Meet the OPM Basic Qualification Requirements for the position; and

    - If you are interested in being considered at the GS-7 or 9 levels you must also possess any additional specialized experience and/or education requirements for that grade.

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

    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 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.

    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:

    1. Professional registration or licensure -- Current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), Engineer in Training (EIT), or licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE) by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions) are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration. For example, an applicant who attains registration through a State Board's eminence provision as a manufacturing engineer typically would be rated eligible only for manufacturing engineering positions.

    2. Written Test -- Evidence of having successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination or any other written test required for professional registration by an engineering licensure board in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.

    3. Specified academic courses -- Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and that included the courses specified in the basic requirements under paragraph A. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of an engineering program as described in paragraph A.

    4. Related curriculum -- Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in an appropriate scientific field, e.g., engineering technology, physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a bachelor's degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. Ordinarily there should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering-type experience, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions. (The above examples of related curricula are not all-inclusive.)

    ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENT: In addition to meeting the Basic Education Qualififcation Requirements, applicants must have specialized experience as defined below:

    GS-7: One year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-05 level in the Federal Government. Examples of specialized experience includes experience in the areas of water and wastewater treatment, including advanced water treatment techniques.

    GS-9: One year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty to at least the GS-7 level in the Federal Government. Examples of specialized experience include experience in the areas of water and wastewater treatment, as well as some experience in one or more of the following areas: water quality, membrane treatment, desalination, water reuse, concentrate management, water supply and distribution, wastewater collection, and energy reduction.

    SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE: Applicants may also qualify on the basis of education as follows:

    GS-7: One year of graduate-level education or Superior Academic Achievement.

    GS-9: Two years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree.

    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 and the vacancy announcement allows substituting education for experience; 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.

    Accreditation: Only education from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education is acceptable to meet education requirements or to substitute for experience, if applicable. For additional information, please go to the Office of Personnel Management at http://www.opm.gov/qualifications / and U.S. Department of Education websites at http://www2.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html websites.

    Additional information

    --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.

    --This position is designated as a NON-SENSITIVE position. It requires a fully completed and favorable adjudicated Low Risk Background Investigation (T1 (NACI)) that is current. This is a condition of employment.

    --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: https://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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    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 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. Veterans with preference will be placed at the top of their respective category. The assessment questionnaire will take you approximately 20 minutes to complete.

    Applicants will be further evaluated on the following "Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs)" through their resume and responses to the online questions:

    1. Knowledge of water/wastewater treatment technologies and equipment. Ability to perform laboratory and field research studies using treatment equipment, including desalination systems.

    2. Knowledge of theories, principles, practices, and techniques to prepare engineering designs, drawings, and specifications for water and wastewater treatment. Knowledge of and proficiency in applying relevant codes and standards for treatment designs.

    3. Ability to collect and analyze data for complex water treatment issues, develop alternative solutions and provide recommendations through technical reports.

    4. Ability to develop, monitor, coordinate, and execute multiple project management activities for water treatment engineering projects, including scope, schedule, and budget tasks.

    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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  • Required Documents
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    To be considered for this position, applicants are required to submit a resume (with dates of employment, i.e. years and months, schedule i.e. hours worked, and grade if federal employment), an on-line assessment questionnaire, and the following supporting documents, as appropriate:

    --TRANSCRIPTS: All aplicants MUST furnish a copy of their college transcript(s). If selected, you will be required to provide official college transcripts to verify your educational qualifications prior to reporting for work.

    --DD-214, CERTIFICATE OF RELEASE FROM ACTIVE DUTY: If you are entitled to veteran's 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 information on veteran's eligibility visit: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/veterans-services/vet-guide/ .

    --SPECIAL NON-COMPETITIVE APPOINTING AUTHORITIES: For more information on special non-competitive appointing authorities visit: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/hiring-information/hiring-authorities/

    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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    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.

  • How to Apply
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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/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 you 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 [email protected], fax directly to the HR Office at 303-445-6349, mail to Denver Federal Center, PO Box 25007, Denver, CO 80225 -OR- Hand-deliver to HR Office: Denver Federal Center, 6th and Kipling, Building 67, Room 348, Denver, Colorado. 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.

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    Denver, Colorado
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    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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    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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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov . For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/495191400 . Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
Bureau of Reclamation
Full time
Lakewood, Colorado, US