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Bureau of Reclamation Civil Engineer, GS-0810-14 (MPP) in Lakewood, Colorado


Reclamation is seeking a career professional looking for an opportunity to capitalize on his/her expertise as a Civil Engineer. You can make a difference in the West by assisting in meeting increasing water demands while protecting the environment. Location: Bureau of Reclamation, Technical Service Center, Civil Engineering Services Division #2, Waterways & Concrete Dams Group #3 in Lakewood, CO.


  • Provides senior level technical reviews of hydraulic and structural designs, specifications, analysis, studies, and documentation prepared by groups, design teams, and private consulting firms for safety, cost effectiveness, and technical merit.

  • Participates in and/or leads risk analysis studies associated with the dam safety program.

  • Manage large complex multi-disciplinary civil engineering projects.

  • Provides training by planning lectures, seminars, workshops, and conferences, and selects experts to present update lectures in hydraulic and structural engineering.

  • Provides advice to the teams and serves as an authoritative consultant on engineering matters and interfaces with other agencies and organizations on technical matters related to hydraulic and structural engineering projects.


Conditions of Employment

You must be a U.S. Citizenship or U.S. National.

You must be suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation.

You must submit a resume and supporting documentation (See Required Documents).

You must meet specialized experience requirements (See Qualifications).

You must submit transcript(s) to verify education requirements (See Qualifications).

You must have a valid Professional Engineering license. Who May Apply: Career Transition Assistance Plan, Current Competitive Bureau of Reclamation Employees, and Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act, in the local commuting area. Time-in-Grade: Current career or career-conditional employees of the Federal government, or former career or career-conditional employees, who have a break in service of less than one year, are required to meet the time-in-grade restriction of one year of Federal experience at the next lower grade, with few exceptions outlined in 5 CFR 300.603(b). Selective Placement Factor: This position requires a current, valid Professional Engineering License. Failure to provide proof of such license will cause you to be rated ineligible for this position. You must meet all eligibility and qualification requirements, including time-in-grade restrictions and any selective placement factors, by 10/26/2020. Eligibility and Qualifications requirements are outlined below.


MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must first meet the Basic Education Requirement 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. OR 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: 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. 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. 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. 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: To qualify for the position (in addition to meeting the Basic Education Requirement), your resume must clearly describe specialized experience that demonstrates the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities as follows: GS-14: One year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-13 level in the Federal Government. Examples of specialized experience include: Providing expert advice related to waterways and concrete dams engineering and dam safety practices while demonstrating knowledge and skill in the design, analysis and inspection of concrete dams, spillways, and outlet works for both concrete and embankment dams. 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 vacancy announcement does not allow substituting education for 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. If a degree is not yet completed but will be by the reporting date, you must in addition to providing transcripts, provide an official letter (on letterhead) from your university's registrar's office indicating your anticipated graduation date. 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

Reclamation has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisory approval. This position is designated as a LOW RISK position. It requires a fully completed and favorably adjudicated SF85 Background Investigation (T1 or equivalent) that is current (within the last 5 years). This is a condition of employment. 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 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: Additional vacancies may be filled using this announcement.