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The Walla Walla District US Army Corps of Engineers is comprised of motivated and talented employees providing the very best engineering services for communities in the Pacific Northwest. The District helps manage local water resources for navigation, flood damage reduction, disaster assistance, hydroelectric power generation, and other natural and heritage areas.

Open & closing dates: 09/10/2022 to 09/23/2022.
Salary: $44,740 - $86,074 per year.
To learn more and apply: https://www.usajobs.gov/job/676548900.

Duties

  • Responsible for continued operation of the satellite telemetry equipment used for the collection of hydrologic data.
  • Install, program, and maintain the Geo-Stationary Operational Environmental Satellite Data Collection System (GOES/DCS) units for water level and Total Dissolved Gas gaging network.
  • Responsible for the state-of-the-art station installation, including site location, GPS antenna installation, wireless telemetry, and lightning and power surge protection.
  • Perform reconnaissance missions to determine best location for gages and data collection platforms and install gages and/or radar gages.
  • Utilizes a laptop computer to program and perform repairs on the Data Collection Platforms (DCPs), check DCP gages from a remote site, and monitor the gages to ensure proper operation.
  • Coordinate of the maintenance, repair, and purchase of equipment to meet evolving mission.
  • Assist District limnologist with periodic collection of water and sediment samples, as well as helping with subsequent data analysis and report writing.

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • Appointment may be subject to a suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a completed background investigation.
  • Required to perform Temporary Duty (TDY) approximately 10% of the time.
  • Must obtain and maintain a state issued driver's license. to accomplish assigned duties.
  • During extreme hydrologic events (floods, droughts, low water, etc.) must be available for duty on a 24-hour basis. May be required to deploy to the field in support of a disaster response efforts for periods of time.
  • Pass Corps Boat Operator course within first 12-months of entering position.

Qualifications

Who May Apply: US Citizens

In order to qualify, you must meet the 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.

GS-7 Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience which includes (1) gathering hydrologic/water samples for analysis; AND (2) gathering data from hydrologic gages. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-6).

GS-8 Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience which includes (1) gathering hydrologic/water samples for analysis; (2) gathering data from hydrologic gages; (3) minor repairs and/or installation of gages. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-7).

GS-9 Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience which includes (1) gathering hydrologic/water samples for analysis; (2) gathering data from hydrologic gages; (3) repair and/or installation of gages; AND (4) Program Geo-Stationary Operational Environmental Satellite Data Collection System (GOES/DCS). This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-8).

GS-10 Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience which includes (1) gathering hydrologic/water samples for analysis; (2) gathering data from hydrologic gages; (3) repair and/or installation of gages; (4) Program Geo-Stationary Operational Environmental Satellite Data Collection System (GOES/DCS); AND(5) analyses of hydrologic samples and recommends corrective actions. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-9).

GS-11 Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience which includes (1) gathering hydrologic/water samples for analysis; (2) gathering data from hydrologic gages; (3) repair and/or installation of gages; (4) Program Geo-Stationary Operational Environmental Satellite Data Collection System (GOES/DCS); (5) analyses of hydrologic samples and recommends corrective actions; AND (6) identify problems and recommend solution to both data and gages. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-10).

Some federal jobs allow you to substitute your education for the required experience in order to qualify. For this job, you must meet the qualification requirement using experience alone--no substitution of education for experience is permitted.

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.
  • Two 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 Career Program (CP) 18 - Engineers and Scientists position.
  • You may claim military spouse preference (MSP).
  • Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.
  • Salary includes applicable locality pay or Local Market Supplement.
  • When you perform a Civilian Permanent Change of Station (PCS) with the government, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) considers the majority of your entitlements to be taxable. Visit https://www.dfas.mil/civilianemployees/civrelo/Civilian-Moving-Expenses-Tax-Deduction/ for more information.
  • If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.
  • Payment of Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs is authorized, subject to the provisions of the Joint Travel Regulations.
  • Due to COVID-19, the agency is currently in an expanded telework posture. If selected, you may be expected to temporarily telework, even if your home is located outside the local commuting area. Once employees are permitted to return to the office, you will be expected to report to the duty station listed on this announcement within a designated time frame identified by the organization. At that time, you may be eligible to request to continue to telework one or more days a pay period depending upon the terms of the agency's telework policy.
  • Information may be requested regarding the vaccination status of selectees for the purposes of implementing workplace safety protocols. For more information, visit https://www.saferfederalworkforce.gov/faq/vaccinations/.
  • Management may select at any of the grade levels announced.
  • Noncompetitive promotion potential to target grade.

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 you are minimally qualified, your résumé and supporting documentation will be compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. If, after reviewing your résumé 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.

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 (External).

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
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.

How to Apply

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

The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 09/23/2022 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/11645012).
  • Follow the prompts to select your résumé 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/.