Reclamation is seeking a career professional looking for an opportunity to capitalize on his or her expertise as a Water Rights Specialist. Make a difference in the West by assisting in meeting increasing water demands while protecting the environment.
Location – Sacramento, California
For more information on the Sacramento area, visit https://www.saccounty.net/Pages/default.aspx
The primary duties of this position are:
Serves as a technical expert in California water right matters and is relied upon both internally and externally for water rights knowledge and authoritative advice.
Assists the supervisor in carrying out the Regional water rights program, including training Area Office and Regional personnel on water rights and water transfer matters.
Prepares and files applications with the California State Water Resources Control Board for appropriative water rights required for proposed and/or authorized projects that are required under applicable state laws for operation of the Federal projects within the Region.
Develops and evaluates data pertinent to riparian water rights, quantification and qualification of these rights, and changes in the ownership resulting from land sales which impact the use of water under these rights.
Analyzes interrogatories received on specific legal actions involving water rights held by the United States, researches pertinent facts and develops responses and analyzes relative to the interrogatories.
Participates in the negotiation of water service and repayment contracts throughout the Region with particular emphasis to the water rights impacts of the various negotiation positions and the final water contract.
Reviews and comments on proposed legislation, draft rules and regulations and other administrative and policy directives on water rights, water transfers and water supply matters.
Occasional travel – You may be expected to travel for this position.
Supervisory status: No
Promotion Potential: None
Conditions of Employment
To be eligible, an applicant must meet the following:
U.S. Citizen or National
Suitability for Federal employment determined by background investigation
Submit a resume and supporting documentation – See How to Apply
Meet specialized experience requirements – See Qualifications
Submit transcripts, if required, to verify education requirements
For veterans consideration, submit documents under Required Documents
Complete a Financial Disclosure Form if selected
Applicants must meet all qualification requirements, time-in-grade restrictions and any selective factors, by the closing date of the announcement 04/20/2021.
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). Applicants eligible under the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) are not required to meet time-in-grade restrictions in order to be considered.
Applicants may be required to serve an initial probationary period.
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.
In order to be rated as qualified for this position, the HR Office must be able to determine that the applicant meets the specialized experience requirement – this information must be clearly supported in the resume.
GS-12: To qualify at the GS-12 level, applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 in Federal service. Specialized experience at this level is defined as: Professional experience serving as a technical expert in California water rights matters; preparing applications and petitions for California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) for appropriative water rights and changes to existing water rights; coordinating preparation of environmental documentation relative to applications for new water rights and change petitions before the California SWRCB; developing and providing written testimony for administrative water right hearings before the California SWRCB and court proceedings; developing protests to applications or petitions filed with the California SWRCB by other parties that may adversely affect project operations, or participating in the negotiation of water service and repayment contracts. These examples are not all-inclusive.
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.
This job does not have an education qualification requirement.
At the present time, we have one vacancy; however, this announcement may be used to fill additional, equivalent positions at this duty location.
Reclamation has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisory approval.
The selectee(s) for the vacancy, if otherwise eligible and qualified, may be offered a recruitment or relocation incentive. The decision to offer an incentive to the selectee(s) of this vacancy will be made on a case-by-case basis and is neither promised nor guaranteed. For information visit:
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 https://www.e-verify.gov/
Selective Service: 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: https://www.sss.gov
Related non-Federal experience or related experience as retired members of the uniformed services may be credited towards computing entitlement to leave accrual, at managerial discretion, providing that experience meets certain criteria. This provision allows new employees to earn annual leave at a higher rate than would otherwise be allowed. (5 Code of Federal Regulations, 630). For additional information, please visit: Creditable Service for Annual Leave
Reasonable Accommodation Requests: If you believe you have a disability (i.e., physical or mental), covered by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 as amended and Americans with Disabilities Act 1990 as amended, that would interfere with completing the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments, you will be granted the opportunity to request a reasonable accommodation in your online application. Requests for Reasonable Accommodations for the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments and appropriate supporting documentation for Reasonable Accommodation must be received prior to starting the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments. Decisions on requests for Reasonable Accommodations are made on a case-by-case basis. If you meet the minimum qualifications of the position, after notification of the adjudication of your request, you will receive an email invitation to complete the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments. You must complete all assessments within 48 hours of receiving the URL to access the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments, if you received the link after the close of the announcement. To determine if you need a Reasonable Accommodation, please review the Procedures for Requesting a Reasonable Accommodation for Online Assessments here: https://help.usastaffing.gov/Apply/index.php?title=Reasonable_Accommodations_for_USA_Hire
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
You will be evaluated based on how well you meet the qualifications listed in this vacancy announcement. Your qualifications will be evaluated based on your application materials (e.g., resume, supporting documents), the responses you provide on the application questionnaire, and the result of the online assessments required for this position. You will be assessed on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities, and other characteristics): Occupational Reading, Reasoning, Attention to Detail, Customer Service, Flexibility, Influencing/Negotiating, Integrity/Honesty, Interpersonal Skills, Learning, Reading, Self-Management, Stress Tolerance, Teamwork, Technical Competence, and Writing.
The technical assessment portion of the application can be previewed here: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/11050922
In order to be considered for this position, you must complete all required steps in the process. In addition to the application and application questionnaire, this position requires an online assessment. The online assessment measures critical general competencies required to perform the job.
Due Weight Consideration: You must submit 1) a copy of your most recent performance appraisal/evaluation and 2) a list of any awards (e.g. superior performance awards, special act or achievement awards, quality step increase, etc.) you received in the last 5 years. Any performance appraisal/evaluation and award documentation you provide will be forwarded to the selecting official. The selecting official will review this documentation and give it due weight consideration during the overall selection process. If you do not have your most recent performance appraisal/evaluation, please submit a statement as to why it is not available. Please indicate if any prior performance appraisals/evaluations were at an acceptable level.
Applicants who apply under this job opportunity announcement agree to have their application, associated documents and applicable personal information shared with other Bureaus/Offices within the Department of the Interior (DOI) who have vacancies with the same occupational series, grade, full performance level and in the same geographic location(s). Applying to this announcement does not replace the need to apply to other job opportunity announcements for which you wish to receive consideration. You may choose to opt in of having your information shared with other agencies when applying for this position. If an agency requests a copy of a certificate you are on, you will be notified.
Applicants are required to submit a resume, an on-line assessment questionnaire, and the following supporting documents, as appropriate.
Resume: Must demonstrate how skills and experiences meet the qualifications and requirements listed in the job announcement to be considered for the job. Each job experience should at least include start and end dates (month and year) and number of hours worked per week. For more information: Resumes – What to Include
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.
Special Non-Competitive Appointing Authorities: Schedule A, Peace Corps & AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteers. Applicants claiming eligibility based on a Special Hiring Authority must submit applicable proof of eligibility. For more information: Special Non-Competitive Hiring Authorities
Schedule A (Individuals with Disabilities) information: Schedule A (Individuals with Disabilities)
Peace Corps & AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteers information: Peace Corps & AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteers
Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) Eligibles: Current or former land management agency appointees must provide documentation to verify eligibility as follows:
a) A copy of the applicant’s 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 the applicant’s 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: Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act
DD-214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty (VEOA, 30% or more Disabled, or Disabled Veterans Enrolled in a VA Training Program): Applicants who are entitled to veterans’ preference must submit a copy of his/her DD-214 (Member 4 Copy preferred, including character of service), 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: Feds Hire Vets – Vet Guide
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 and ICTAP visit: Career Transition
Public Land Corps (PLC) Eligibles: An individual’s eligibility for this non-competitive hiring status extends until 120 days after the completion of the individual’s last PLC project. For consideration under this hiring status, applicants must have served a minimum of 640 hours of satisfactory service on appropriate conservation projects and at least 120 hours served on a project utilizing the PLC legal authority. Applicants must submit documentation of this work by submitting their PLC Certificate of Noncompetitive Hiring Status Eligibility signed by the Line Officer. For more information on PLC and applicable eligibility requirements, visit: https: Public Land Corps
Performance Appraisal: submit as indicated in the “How you will be evaluated” section above.
If you are requesting a reasonable accommodation to the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments, submit documentation to support your request, including the Reasonable Accommodation Request Form found here.
How to Apply
Please read the entire announcement and all the instructions before you begin an application. To apply for this position, you must complete the initial online application, to include the initial online assessment and submission of the required documentation specified in the Required Documents section below. The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (ET) on the closing date of the announcement to receive consideration. The application process is as follows:
1. To begin the application process, click the Apply Online button.
2. Answer the questions presented in the application and attach all necessary supporting documentation.
3. Click the Submit Application button prior to 11:59PM (ET) on the announcement closing date.
4. After submitting an online application, you will be notified whether or not you are required to take additional online assessments through the USA Hire Competency Based Assessment system. This message will be delivered to you via email notification. The email may be routed to your “Spam” or “Junk” folder.
5. If you are asked to take the USA Hire Competency Based Assessments, you will be presented with a unique URL to access the USA Hire system. Access to USA Hire is granted through your USAJOBS login credentials. Be sure to review all instructions prior to beginning your USA Hire Assessments. Click here for Computer System Requirements
6. Note, set aside at least 3 hours to take these assessments; however, most applicants complete the assessments in less time. If you need to stop the assessments and continue at a later time, you can re-use the URL sent to you via email and also found on the Additional Application Information page that can be located in the application record in your USAJOBS account.
To update your application, including supporting documentation, at any time during the announcement open period, return to your USAJOBS account (https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login). There you will find a record of your application, the application status, and an option to Update Application. This option will no longer be available once the announcement has closed.
To verify the status of your application both during and after the announcement open period, log into your USAJOBS account: https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login. All of your applications will appear on the Welcome page. The application record in your USAJOBS account provides an Additional Application Information page that provides information regarding the documentation you submitted and any correspondence we have sent related to this application, including the invitation to take the USA Hire assessment. 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/howto/application/status/.