U.S. nationals: Hydrologic Technician

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)

New Orleans, LA, USA 🇺🇸

Overview

  • Accepting applications
  • Open & closing dates: 09/20/2023 to 09/27/2023
  • Salary: $46,696 – $89,835 per year
  • Pay scale & grade: GS 7 – 11
  • Location: 1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Remote job: No
  • Telework eligible: Yes—as determined by the agency policy.
  • Travel Required: Occasional travel – You may be expected to travel 10% for this position.
  • Relocation expenses reimbursed: No
  • Appointment type: Permanent –
  • Work schedule: Full-time –
  • Service: Competitive
  • Promotion potential: 11
  • Job family (Series): 1316 Hydrologic Technician
  • Supervisory status: No
  • Security clearance: Not Required
  • Drug test: Yes
  • Position sensitivity and risk: Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk
  • Trust determination process: Suitability/Fitness
  • Announcement number: CERG235914733394HW
  • Control number: 750218500

Summary

This is a Direct Hire Authority (DHA) solicitation utilizing the DHA for Certain Personnel of the DoD Workforce to recruit and appoint qualified candidates to positions in the competitive service.

About the Position: The U. S. Army Corps of Engineers’ New Orleans District provides for navigation, flood and hurricane risk reduction, environmental stewardship, and other water resources needs to benefit the people of southern Louisiana and the nation. The offices are located in the New Orleans.

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Duties

  • Works with the Water Control Data Systems System Administrator (WCDS Sys-Admin) on the development and implementation of scripts for data quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC), data acquisition, gage decoding, and data processing.
  • Prepares hydrologic, water quality and climatological data/tabulations for various hydrologic and water management investigations and studies in connection with water control, flood, and drought.
  • Utilizes automated systems such as Facilities Equipment Maintenance (FEM) system for the scheduling and maintenance of the Lower Mississippi River and Tributaries (LMRT) Branch vessels, motors, generators, and equipment.
  • Obtains water levels and takes discharge measurements during high/low flow periods to develop historical data and assist engineers in the planning design, construction, and operation of a wide range of navigation, flood control, recreation projects.

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Appointment may be subject to a suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a completed background investigation.
  • Appointment to this position may be subject to a one-year probationary period.
  • Possess or obtain and maintain a valid state Driver’s License.
  • Possess or obtain and maintain a valid USACE Boat Operators license or U.S. Coast Guard License within six months of appointment.
  • Drug testing is required for this position.
  • Physical is required for this position.
  • Incumbent may be required to travel (TDY) 10% or less each year.
  • This position has a requirement to lift up to 60 lbs.

Qualifications

Who May Apply: US Citizens

In order to qualify, you must meet the education and/or experience requirements described below. 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). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application. Additional information about transcripts is in this document.

Specialized Experience for the GS-07:
One year of specialized experience which includes 1) Assisting in the operation and/or maintenance of equipment related to hydrology such as stream gaging instrumentation AND 2) Conducting field investigations such as surveying to monitor existing gage structures. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-06).
OR
Education: One full year of graduate level education in a field directly related to the work of the position, such as Hydrology and Water Resources Science, Water Resources Engineering, or Water, Wetlands, and Marine Resources Management.
OR
Combination of Education and Experience: A combination of education and experience may be used to qualify for this position as long as the computed percentage of the requirements is at least 100%. To compute the percentage of the requirements, divide your total months of experience by 12. Then divide the total number of completed graduate semester hours (or equivalent) by 18. Add the two percentages.

Specialized Experience for the GS-08:
One year of specialized experience which includes 1) Assisting in the operation and /or maintenance of equipment related to hydrology such as stream gaging instrumentation AND 2) Conducting field investigations such as surveying to monitor existing gage structures AND 3) Compiling hydrologic field data for use in reports. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-07).
OR
Education: One and a half years of graduate level education in a field directly related to the work of the position, such as Hydrology and Water Resources Science, Water Resources Engineering, or Water, Wetlands, and Marine Resources Management.
OR
Combination of Education and Experience: A combination of education and experience may be used to qualify for this position as long as the computed percentage of the requirements is at least 100%. To compute the percentage of the requirements, divide your total months of experience by 12. Then divide the total number of completed graduate semester hours (or equivalent) beyond the first year (total semester hours minus 18) by 9. Add the two percentages.

Specialized Experience for the GS-09:
One year of specialized experience which includes 1) Performing the operation and /or maintenance of equipment related to hydrology such as stream gaging instrumentation AND 2) Conducting field investigations to monitor existing gage structures and/or make recommendations on proposed gage structures. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-08).
OR
Education: Master’s or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in a field which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of the position, such as: Hydrology and Water Resources Science, Water Resources Engineering, or Water, Wetlands, and Marine Resources Management.
OR
Combination of Education and Experience: A combination of education and experience may be used to qualify for this position as long as the computed percentage of the requirements is at least 100%. To compute the percentage of the requirements, divide your total months of experience by 12. Then divide the total number of completed graduate semester hours (or equivalent) beyond the first year (total graduate semester hours minus 18) by 18. Add the two percentages.

Specialized Experience for the GS-10:
One year of specialized experience which includes 1) Performing the operation and /or maintenance of equipment related to hydrology such as stream gaging instrumentation AND 2) Conducting field investigations to monitor existing gage structures and/or make recommendations on proposed gage structures AND 3) Verifying hydrologic data for completeness. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-09).

Specialized Experience for the GS-11:
One year of specialized experience which includes 1) Performing the operation and /or maintenance of equipment related to hydrology such as stream gaging instrumentation AND 2) Conducting field investigations to monitor existing gage structures and/or make recommendations on proposed gage structures AND 3) Verifying hydrologic data for completeness AND 4) Analyzing hydrologic data for use in reports. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-10).

Qualification requirement: Qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Some federal jobs allow you to substitute your education for the required experience in order to qualify. For this job, substitution of education for the specialized experience listed above is permitted.

Education

FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

Additional information

  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
  • You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
  • One year trial/probationary period may be required.
  • Direct Deposit of Pay is required.
  • Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees.
  • If you have retired from federal service and you are interested in employment as a reemployed annuitant, see the information in the Reemployed Annuitant information sheet.
  • This is a(n) -Engineers & Scientists (Construction) Career Field position.
  • Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.
  • Salary includes applicable locality pay or Local Market Supplement.
  • Payment of Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs is NOT authorized, based on a determination that a PCS move is not in the Government interest.
  • Recruitment/Relocation incentive MAY BE authorized.
  • Promotion to any or either level is not a guarantee. This position has promotion potential to the GS-11.
  • Management may select at any of the grade levels announced.
  • Promotion is never automatic. Promotion is based on the recommendation by the supervisor that employee meets all necessary qualification requirements for promotion, is performing the full scope of the major duties, and is functioning under the supervisory controls as stated in the target job description.

Benefits

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. Opens in a new windowLearn 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 You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Once the announcement has closed, a review of your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be used to determine whether you meet the qualification requirements listed on this announcement.

If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully when applying, errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

You should list any relevant performance appraisals and incentive awards in your resume as that information may be taken into consideration during the selection process. If selected, you may be required to provide supporting documentation.

Veterans and Military Spouses will be considered along with all other candidates.

Required Documents

The documents you are required to submit vary based on whether or not you are eligible for preference in federal employment. A complete description of preference categories and the associated required documents is in the Applicant Checklist for Public Announcements.

As described above, your complete application includes your resume, your responses to the online questionnaire, and documents which prove your eligibility to apply. If you fail to provide these documents, you will be marked as having an incomplete application package and you will not be considered any further.

1. Your resume:

  • Your resume may be submitted in any format and must support the specialized experience described in this announcement.
  • If your resume includes a photograph or other inappropriate material or content, it will not be used to make eligibility and qualification determinations and you may not be considered for this vacancy.
  • For qualifications determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e., HRS per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). If your resume does not contain this information, your application may be marked as incomplete and you may not receive consideration for this position.
  • For additional information see: What to include in your resume.

2. Other supporting documents:

  • Cover Letter, optional
  • Most recent Performance Appraisal, if applicable
  • This position has an individual occupational requirement and/or allows for substitution of education for experience. If you meet this requirement based on education you MUST submit a copy of your transcript with your application package or you will be rated ineligible. See: Transcripts and Licenses

NOTE: Documents submitted as part of the application package, to include supplemental documents, may be shared beyond the Human Resources Office. Some supplemental documents such as military orders and marriage certificates may contain personal information for someone other than you. You may sanitize these documents to remove another person’s personal information before you submit your application. You may be asked to provide an un-sanitized version of the documents if you are selected to confirm your eligibility.

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.

How to Apply

To apply for this position, you must complete the online questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section above.

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 09/27/2023 to receive consideration

  • To begin, click Apply to access the online application. You will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account to apply. If you do not have a USAJOBS account, you will need to create one before beginning the application (https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/12123394).
  • Follow the prompts to select your resume and/or other supporting documents to be included with your application package. You will have the opportunity to upload additional documents to include in your application before it is submitted. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
  • After acknowledging you have reviewed your application package, complete the Include Personal Information section as you deem appropriate and click to continue with the application process.
  • You will be taken to the online application which you must complete in order to apply for the position. Complete the online application, verify the required documentation is included with your application package, and submit the application. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
  • It is your responsibility to verify that your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) is complete, accurate, and submitted by the closing date. Uploaded documents may take up to one hour to clear the virus scan.
  • Additional information on how to complete the online application process and submit your online application may be found on the USA Staffing Applicant Resource Center.

To verify the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account (https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login), all of your applications will appear on the Welcome screen. The Application Status will appear along with the date your application was last updated. For information on what each Application Status means, visit: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/how-to/application/status/.

Agency contact information

 Army Applicant Help Desk

Website
https://portal.chra.army.mil/hr_public?id=app_inq
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GY-APF-W2R902 US ARMY ENGINEER DISTRICT, NEW ORLEANS
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New Orleans, LA 70160
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Next steps

If you provided an email address, you will receive an email message acknowledging receipt of your application. Your application package will be used to determine your eligibility, qualifications, and quality ranking (as applicable) for this position. If you are determined to be ineligible or not qualified, your application will receive no further consideration.

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