Bureau of Reclamation Engineering Technician (Materials) in Farmington, New Mexico

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Reclamation is a contemporary water management agency. Reclamation is best known for Hoover Dam on the Colorado River, Grand Coulee Dam in the Columbia River and Folsom Dam on the American River. Today we are the largest wholesaler of water in the country and the second largest producer of hydroelectric power in the Western United States. View our video titled "Traditions, Talent, and Teamwork" here.

Reclamation is seeking a mid-career professional looking for an opportunity to capitalize on his/her expertise as a Engineering Technician (Materials). You can make a difference in the West by assisting in meeting increasing water demands while protecting the environment.

Would you enjoy providing technical materials advice, support and training to Native American Tribes and entities, local and state governments and other federal agencies?

Here is a great opportunity to join a great organization with excellent growth potential! You can progress from $33K to $41K in 3 years! Year 1 - $33,394 (GS-5), Year 2 - $37,223 (GS-5), Year 3 - $41,365 (GS-6). Promotion to the next grade/salary level is neither guaranteed nor automatic, but based on supervisor initiation.

Position is located in the Materials Group, Field Engineering Division, Four Corners Construction Office, Farmington, New Mexico. For more information about these locations visit http://www.farmingtonnm.org/.

Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement.

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Under the close direction of the supervisor or higher graded employee, the incumbent performs, assists in, and/or continues to learn about the specialized work of their assigned area through developmental assignments.

At full potential the incumbent will be expected to function as a Engineering Technician (Materials) with primary responsibility as follows: Performs materials testing in connection with contractor’s operation: earthwork tests include Proctor density tests to determine the maximum density and optimum moisture of soils, relative compaction tests, permeability and settlement of earth materials, moisture control tests of soils, specific gravity tests of soils, laboratory and visual classification of soils; concrete tests include unit weight, fabrication of strength cylinders, slump, moisture of fine and course aggregates, air content, and aggregate gradation tests; and water tests include turbidity, PH, suspended solids, solids and total dissolved solids tests.

Prepares daily inspection reports on laboratory work and compiles data reflecting laboratory test results, construction progress, and data for engineering estimates and reports. Notes contracts with contractor’s representatives, matters discussed, and any commitments made.

Cleans, calibrates, and maintains test equipment in accordance with standards and guidelines set forth in the Bureau of Reclamation Concrete Manual and the Earth Manual, ASTM standards, ACI standards and AASHTO standards. Cleans and maintains materials testing facilities

Consults with shift inspector on materials test results and with contractor’s representatives as necessary to point out deviations from specifications and acceptable construction practices. Periodically performs inspection of materials at concrete batch plants and aggregate processing plants.

Familiar with safety regulations, safety standards, and safe work practices pertinent to the work being inspected or materials being tested. Advised supervisor of any unsafe conditions or practices observed. Includes description of safety activities on daily report

Physical Demands:The work requires strenuous physical effort in an outdoor environment where there is exposure to temperature extremes and various risks and discomforts associated with a construction environment. The work requires lifting samples and equipment weighing up to fifty pounds. Heavier samples and equipment are moved using additional personnel or hoisting equipment. All lifting, pushing, pulling and moving activities shall be performed with proper equipment and in accordance with established safety policies. Work Environment: The work is performed indoors (50%) in a materials laboratory and outdoors (50%) at the construction site. The work outdoors at the construction site is often performed under unpleasant conditions. Poor footing, steep embankments, frozen ground, construction equipment, and construction activities create potentially hazardous work environment which require adherence to safety policies and wearing safety equipment and clothing.

Travel Required

50% or less - Up to 50% of work time involves travel/driving with some overnight stays. Assignments frequently require more than 8 hours in a workday (up to 75% of the time).

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply
This job is open to…

Current and former Federal employees serving under competitive service career or career-conditional appointments; current or former time-limited employees eligible under the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA); Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP); Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program; (ICTAP); VRA; VEOA; 30% Disabled Veterans; Expanded Veterans Hiring Opportunity (EVHO); Military Spouses; Schedule A; Individuals with Disabilities; Peace Corps; AmeriCorps; Vista.

Questions? This job is open to 7 groups.

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  • Requirements


Conditions of Employment
  • U.S. Citizenship or U.S. National.
  • You must submit a resume and supporting documentation. (See How to Apply).
  • You must meet specialized experience requirements. (See Qualifications).
  • May be subject to 1 year Probationary Period.
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation.

You must meet all qualification requirements and any selective factors by the closing date of this announcement


Specialized Experience: Specialized experience must demonstrate the applicant has been equipped with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position, and that is directly related to the work to be performed.

To qualify for the GS-5 level, you must possess a 4-year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree with courses related to the occupation.

  • OR-

At least one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-4 level of the position in the Federal service -OR- a combination of education and specialized experience.

Specialized experience for the GS-5: Experience being familiar with testing procedures associated with concrete or earth materials in a construction environment, such as: Placing/finishing concrete, or being familiar with or having experience performing slump, air or temperature tests, or compaction of soils, performing compaction tests or soil classification or gradations.


This vacancy announcement allows substituting education for experience. You must submit a copy of your college transcript (unofficial copy is acceptable) to support your education if you are substituting education for experience. Transcripts must include the name of the college or university and date the degree was conferred.

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. For further information, Click here.

Additional information

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. Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. For more information visit Selective Service. Equal Employment Opportunity: The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability and genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor. References: On your resume, please include the names and current phone numbers for at least 3 supervisory references. If any individual is no longer available to contact, please provide the name and current phone number of another person with the company (team lead, acting supervisor, etc.) who would know your work history. E-Verify: 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 E-Verify.

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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 transcript(s) 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 30 minutes to complete. Applicants determined best qualified will be referred to the selecting official.

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

  1. Knowledge of materials engineering sufficient to assist higher graded materials technicians to classify materials and perform standardized materials testing and inspection.
  2. Ability to read engineering drawings and specifications sufficient to assist higher graded materials technicians in the inspection of concrete batch and aggregate processing plants for adherence to materials engineering specifications.
  3. Ability to work with higher graded materials technicians to use materials testing equipment to perform standardized earth and concrete tests and learn to calibrate equipment using required computations.
  4. Knowledge of applicable safety regulations and requirements and ability to locate and interpret data from safety manuals and guidance.

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 you have rated yourself higher than is apparent in your description of experience, competencies, skills and/or education/training OR that your resume/application is incomplete, you may be rated ineligible or your score may be lowered. To preview questions please click here.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance


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Required Documents

To be considered for this position, applicants are required to submit an on-line assessment questionnaire, and the following supporting documents, as appropriate:

  • RESUME: A resume with dates of employment. Your resume may be submitted in any format. If you submit more than one copy of your resume, only the most recent version will be reviewed. The latest timestamp will be used to determine which version of your resume is "most recent." It is your responsibility to check the status and timestamp of all documents you submit as part of your application. For qualifications determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e., HRS per week and month/day/year to month/day/year or month/day/year to the date you are submitting the resume). If using an automated resume builder, be sure to include this specific information in the narrative portion of your work description. Any period of employment that does not include this specific information will not be credited toward meeting the qualifications requirements of the position.

  • 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 you are claiming eligibility. FAILURE TO SUBMIT AN SF-50 VERIFYING STATUS WILL RESULT IN THE APPLICANT NOT BEING CONSIDERED FOR THIS POSITION.

  • 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.

  • VEOA: For candidates eligible under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) you must submit the appropriate DD-214 (Member 4 Copy) documenting your eligibility.

  • SPECIAL NON-COMPETITIVE APPOINTING AUTHORITIES: For more information on special non-competitive appointing authorities visit: SPCL.

  • DD-214, CERTIFICATE OF RELEASE FROM ACTIVE DUTY, if applicable: If you are entitled to veterans’ preference, you must provide a copy of your DD-214, and the type of preference you are claiming should be included on your resume. Your veterans’ preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency. If you are claiming that veteran service made it impossible to apply within 2 years of having graduated from an eligible educational institution, be sure that you provide sufficient documentation (more than 1 DD-214) to support your claim. --For information on veteran's eligibility visit: VET.

  • 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: CTAP/ICTAP.

  • 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: LMWFA.

  • Current or former Public Land Corps (PLC) eligibles: If you are a current or former Public Land Corps participant-you must provide documentation to verify eligibility as follows: a) Verification of Participant Work Hours for Conservation Projects. Document must reflect at a minimum 640 hours of satisfactory conservation project hours with at least 120 hours through PLC within the last 2 years. b) Certificate of Non-Competitive Eligibility. Signed documentation from a bureau PLC coordinator that a participant has satisfactorily completed all service requirements and meets eligibility for non-competitive hiring status.

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.

  • 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. Learn more about federal benefits.

Working for the Bureau of Reclamation offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit the Benefits URL above.

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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 to Apply


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 top of the page.

This vacancy is being announced through Bureau of Reclamation's Hiring System--HireMe. For more information about the HireMe system and the registration process, visit HireMe.

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 not being considered for this position. Options for submitting supporting documentation include Auto Requested Fax or uploading from your USAJOBS profile - instructions provided during the online application process. In addition, you may E-mail your supporting documentation to abagwell@usbr.gov, fax directly to the HR Office at 801-524-3187, mail to Bureau of Reclamation, Human Resources Office, Attn: UC-546, 125 South State Street, Room 8100, Salt Lake City UT 84138-1147 OR hand deliver to 125 South State Street, Room 8100 - Human Resources, Salt Lake City UT. BE SURE TO INCLUDE YOUR NAME AND THE VACANCY NUMBER ON THE SUPPORTING DOCUMENT(S).

This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us at the phone number shown at the bottom of this page. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

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Agency contact information
Amy Bagwell









BUREAU OF RECLAMATION 125 S. State St., Room 8100 Salt Lake City, Utah United States

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Next steps

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 their 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 and hiring process 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.

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Legal and regulatory guidance
  • 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/493701400. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 03/12/2018 to 03/23/2018

Salary: $33,394 to $43,414 per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 05

Work schedule: Full-Time

Appointment type: Permanent