U.S. citizens: Natural Resources Specialist (Two Vacancies)

U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
Folsom, CA, United States
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Join the staff of the Bureau of Reclamation as a Natural Resources Specialist.

This position is located with the Bureau of Reclamation, Central California Area Office, Resources Management Division, in Folsom, CA. For more information on the Folsom area, please visit: http://www.folsom.ca.us/

Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement.


Position may be filled at the GS-09 or GS-11 level. At the full performance GS-11 level, the incumbent serves as a journey level specialist.

The duties of this position are developmental in nature, leading to the full performance level of GS-11. The incumbent may be non-competitively promoted to the next level of the position upon meeting all regulatory requirements; certification by the supervisor of successful performance; completion of all training requirements; and the availability of work at the next higher grade level. Note: promotion is not automatic.

  • Works as a member of a professional team of natural resources specialists assigned to scientific and engineering projects, programs, and investigations under the jurisdiction of the Central California Area Office (CCAO).
  • Provides scientific expertise, advice, and guidance to identify and resolve environmental issues.
  • Recommends mitigation measures and provides management with scientific solutions to problems or conditions regarding the use, maintenance, and management of resources administered by CCAO.
  • Assesses environmental commitments in NEPA and ESA documents.
  • Evaluates land and water areas to analyze compliance with agreements and scientific mitigation measures.
  • Using biological resource theories and assumptions, predicts the relationships and interactions of data, conducts land and water resource evaluations and other resource information to serve as the basis for resource management decisions.
  • Evaluates data and provides analytical data summaries.
  • Plans and implements scientific natural resource improvement projects.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Travel is required approximately 15% of the time.

Supervisory status No

Promotion Potential 11


Conditions of Employment

  • Successful adjudication of personnel security investigation required.
  • Frequent field work is required.
  • Ability to be certified for motor boat operation.

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


Minimum Education Requirement:

Applicants must meet the Basic Education Qualification Requirements listed below:

A. A degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position; OR

B. A combination of education and experience - courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

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.

In addition to meeting Basic Education, applicants must have specialized experience or additional education as defined below:
GS-09: One year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-07 level in the Federal service OR two years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or equivalent master's or graduate degree in a field related this position.
GS-11: One year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-09 level in the Federal service OR three years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree OR Ph.D. in the field a field related to this position.

Definition of Specialized Experience: To meet specialized experience, your resume must describe experience that demonstrates the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities as follows:
GS-09: Interpreting and applying federal and state environmental laws and regulations, such as NEPA and/ or CEQA compliance; wildlife management; wildlife habitat restoration, cultural resource management, watershed restoration; environmental planning. These examples are not all inclusive.
GS-11: Preparing portions of environmental documents to meet the requirements of NEPA and ESA; collecting, synthesizing, and evaluating environmental data, and preparing preliminary findings and recommendations; applying biological facts, principles, methods, and techniques to develop conventional plans and/or studies involving natural resource activities. These examples are not all inclusive

Experience that would not normally be part of an applicant's position may be creditable when documented by satisfactory evidence (e.g., a memorandum from the manager or human resources director, SF-52, or similar documentation). 

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; you must furnish 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 may result in you being rated not qualified for the position.

Additional information

Relocation: Travel and relocation expenses are not authorized and are the responsibility of the selectee.

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

Conditions of Employment

  • This position requires completion of a one-year probationary period.
  • Travel is required approximately 15% of the time.
  • Operation of a government vehicle is required; therefore, you must possess and maintain a valid State’s driver’s license. Driving record will be verified prior to final selection.
  • Frequent field work is required; occasional TDY is required to travel to various field locations and offices.
  • Successful adjudication of personnel security investigation required.
  • Incumbent must possess or obtain certification as a Contracting Officer’s Technical Representative (CTR)/Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR).
  • Required to obtain and use a government-issued credit card.
  • All Federal employees are required by PL 104-134 to have federal payments made by direct deposit.
  • Work is indoors and outside, subject to prevailing weather and terrain. Employee works in the vicinity of energized and high voltage sources and moving equipment.
  • Use of safety equipment, steel-toed boots, hardhat, safety glasses and other protective gear is required.

Optional Form 306 (OF-306): Before final appointment and again before you begin work, you will be required to sign and certify the accuracy of the information in your application.  If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or you may be subject to fine, imprisonment, or other disciplinary action.

For a list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding the Federal hiring process visit: Federal Hiring Process FAQ

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:http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify

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 transcript(s) 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 60 minutes. Applicants determined best-qualified will be referred to the selecting official.

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. 

Best Qualified candidates are those who meet minimum qualifications, are highly proficient in the major requirement(s) of the position, and proficient in most of the remaining aspects of the position.  

Well Qualified candidates are those who meet minimum qualifications and are proficient in most aspects of the position.

Qualified candidates are those who meet minimum qualifications and possess only a few aspects of the position.

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

  1. General knowledge of environmental statutes affecting the conservation and management of natural resources to ensure project proposal compliance; recommend mitigation measures; and prepare, analyze, and consult on environmental documents. 
  2. Ability to establish and maintain effective work working relationships and coordinate with others (e.g., peer groups, government organizations, tribal authorities, contractors, special interest groups, the public). 
  3. Knowledge of a broad range of biological, aquatic science, agricultural, terrestrial biota, and natural resources management concepts and principles, environmental regulations and compliance, and safety analysis. 
  4. Basic knowledge and understanding of the application of related disciplines, such as zoology, wildlife biology, forestry, soil conservation, botany, plant taxonomy, and hydrology and threatened and endangered species conservation sufficient to plan and implement natural resources improvement projects. 
  5. Basic knowledge of project management principles to serve a contracting officer’s representative.

Applicants must make a fair and accurate assessment of their qualifications. Applicants rating themselves higher than is apparent in their description of experience, competencies, skills, and/or education/training OR that copy vacancy announcement posting information verbatim into resume OR whose resume/application is incomplete may be removed from employment consideration.

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:

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.

DD-214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty: If you are 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 agency.


-For 0-point sole survivorship preference, submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4 copy); the family member’s DD-214 (Member 4 copy) and documentation to support the family member was killed, died as a result of wounds, accident, or disease, is in a captured or missing in action status, or is permanently 100 percent disabled or hospitalized on a continuing basis (and is not employed gainfully because of the disability or hospitalization).
-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.fedshirevets.gov/hire/hrp/vetguide/index.aspx

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 90 on the assessment questionnaire as established, and be able to perform the duties of the position upon entry. For information on CTAP/ICTAP, visit: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/workforce-restructuring/employ...


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.

How to Apply

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 any page. When you have finished with your application, click the SUBMIT APPLICATION button on the bottom of the REVIEW PAGE. Your application will not be received unless you click SUBMIT APPLICATION.

This vacancy is being announced through the 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 your application not being considered for this position.

Options for submitting supporting documentation include Auto Requested Fax or uploading from a USAJOBS profile (instructions are provided during the online application process.) In addition, applicants may e-mail their supporting documentation to , fax directly to the HR Office at 916-978-5563, or mail or hand-deliver to USBR/ATTN: HR, 2800 Cottage Way, Sacramento, CA 95825. Include your name and the vacancy number on the supporting document(s).

Applicants needing assistance in applying online should contact the HR Office at 916-978-5476 or Federal Relay at http://www.federalrelay.us/. The Federal Relay website contains information for TDD/TTY users to receive free needed service. If applying online poses a hardship, contact the HR Office prior to the closing date of the announcement for an alternative method of applying.

Agency contact information

Human Resources Office

Phone 916-978-5476

TDD www.federalrelay.us

Fax 916-978-5563





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