Bureau of Reclamation Foreman I, Power Systems Journeyman in Yakima, Washington

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Summary

Position is being advertised concurrently under BR-PN-DE-CCA-18-253 for all US Citizens and Nationals. 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 a Foreman I, Power Systems Journeyman. 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!

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Responsibilities
  • Serves as a working foreman by directing and performing duties with a crew.
  • Coordinates work assignments and may assist employees with higher, broader, and more complex skilled work.
  • Performs work in the day-to-day operation and maintenance of a hydroelectric generating plant, auxiliary equipment, dam, canal, and water conveyance system.
  • Operates and maintains a complete high-voltage transmission and distribution system that includes switchyards, substations, and transmission/distribution lines.
  • Prepares or ensures preparation of job hazard analyses, drafts or reviews safe clearance orders, and participates in safety meetings.
  • Responsible for the safe use and care of shop tools, equipment, and supplies.
Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

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Who May Apply
This job is open to…

Current Federal employees serving under competitive service career or career-conditional appointments, former Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility, persons eligible under CTAP & ICTAP, current or former time-limited employees eligible under the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act, VEOA eligible veterans or persons eligible for non-competitive appointment under special appointing authorities (such as 30% Disabled Veterans, VRA, Schedule A, Peace Corps, AmeriCorps VISTA, etc.).

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Conditions of Employment
  • U.S. Citizenship or National
  • Suitability for Federal employment determined by background investigation
  • Must submit a resume and supporting documentation - See How to Apply
  • Must meet job element experience requirements - See Qualifications
  • For veterans consideration, submit documents under Required Documents
  • Valid Driver’s License (DL) and physical required

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

Qualifications

Application materials must demonstrate sufficient experience and training to perform the duties of this position without more than normal supervision. Qualifications will be determined on the basis of information submitted in the applicants resume and responses to the assessment questions. For information about qualifications for federal wage system positions please visit: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/x-118c/index.asp

Minimum qualifications for trades and labor positions are determined by evaluation of job elements. Applicants must meet at least 2 points on the screen-out element(s) and obtain an average of at least 2 points on all of the job elements in order to be considered qualified 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.

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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.

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

Payment of travel and relocation expenses will be the responsibility of the selectee.

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

Applicants initially appointed to a career-conditional position must 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.

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

If selected, the selectee will be required to obtain a successful pre-employment physical examination by a licensed physician certifying to his/her ability to perform the duties of this position. A physical exam may not be required if a comparable agency approved examination was performed within the last 12 months. The cost of the exam will be reimbursed by the agency.

Public Trust Background Investigation. The selectee must successfully undergo Public Trust background investigation. The selectee will be required to undergo a reinvestigation of his/her background every 10 years. If the selectee is found to be unsuitable for the position, either initially or upon the reinvestigation, he/she will be removed from the position.

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.

Human Resources (HR) will review resumes and transcripts, 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 45 minutes to complete. Applicants determined best qualified will be referred to the selecting official.

Applicants will be further evaluated on the following Job Elements through his/her resume and responses to the online questions.

Job Element 1: Ability to do the work of a Foreman I, Power Systems Journeyman, without more than normal supervision (screen-out)

Job Element 2: Ability to lead a diverse group (screen-out)

Job Element 3: Technical Practices

Job Element 4: Operation of Powerplant Equipment

Job Element 5: Dexterity and Safety

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.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance

Other

Drug test required

No

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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.

SF-50, NOTIFICATION OF PERSONNEL ACTION: Status applicants (transfer, reassignment, reinstatement, promotion, etc.) MUST submit a copy of their SF-50, verifying highest rate of pay and documenting career or career-conditional status in the competitive service (Tenure 1 or 2) for which the applicant is claiming eligibility. Do not submit award SF-50s. FAILURE TO SUBMIT AN SF-50 VERIFYING STATUS WILL RESULT IN THE APPLICANT NOT BEING CONSIDERED FOR THIS POSITION.

VEOA: For candidates eligible under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA), he/she must submit the appropriate DD-214 (Member 4 Copy) documenting eligibility.

Special Non-Competitive Appointing Authorities:For more information on special non-competitive appointing authorities, visit: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/appointments/

Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) Eligibles: If you are a current or former land management agency appointee – you must provide documentation to verify eligibility as follows:

a) A copy of your SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, that reflects having initially been hired under competitive examining procedures to a time limited (temporary/term) appointment;

b) A copy of SF-50(s), Notification of Personnel Action(s), that reflect having served under one (1) or more time-limited (temporary/term) appointments by a land management agency for a period totaling more than 24 months without a break in service of two (2) or more years; and

c) A copy of your Performance Appraisal Plan and/or Supervisor Memorandum that reflects having performed at an acceptable level during each period of service.

For more information on LMWFA, visit: https://chcoc.gov/content/implementing-policy-guidance-land-management-workforce-flexibility-act.

NOTE: If applying as a LMWFA eligible, applicants are required to contact Vena Vosquez, Human Resources Assistant, 208-378-5137 or vvosquez@usbr.gov to complete the application process.

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/

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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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

This vacancy is being announced through Bureau of Reclamation’s Hiring System—HireMe. For more information, please 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 83706-1234 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 process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants 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.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency.

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  • Financial suitability
  • Social security number request
  • Privacy Act
  • 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/507529000. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 08/09/2018 to 08/23/2018

Service: Competitive

Pay scale & grade: BB 00

Salary: $53.54 to $53.54 per hour

Appointment type: Permanent - This is a PERMANENT position.

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