Natural Resources Specialist
Department Of The Interior 262 reviews - Loveland, CO

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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 on 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. Visit:

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Position is being advertised concurrently under BR-GP-EC-13-25, for current Federal employees serving under competitive service career or career-conditional appointments, former Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility, VEOA eligible veterans or persons eligible for non-competitive appointment under special appointing authorities (such as 30% disabled veterans). If you are interested in applying under both announcement numbers, you must submit application packages for each.

Reclamation is seeking a career professional looking for an opportunity to capitalize on his/her expertise as a Natural Resource Specialist. You can make a difference in the West by assisting in meeting increasing water demands while protecting the environment.

Here is a great opportunity to join an organization with excellent growth potential!

LOCATION: Great Plains Region, Eastern Colorado Area Office, Resources Division, Environmental Resources, Flatiron, Colorado.

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Relocation expenses will not be paid by the Government. Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee.

Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement.
  • U.S. Citizenship or National. Travel up to 3 nights per month.
  • You must submit a resume and supporting documentation (See How to Apply).
  • You must meet education and/or specialized experience (See Qualifications).
  • A valid State driver's license required.
  • Submit transcript(s) to verify the education requirements.

DUTIES: Incumbent serves as the lead for the Eastern Colorado Area Office on complex environmental issues involving compliance with National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

- Advises the Area Office management on environmental compliance and related areas, including Endangered Species Act, Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act, and Clean Water Act.

- Provides technical guidance to other division staff, including a lower graded environmental specialist.

- Serves as the Area Office lead for NEPA document preparation and review/oversite of environmental documents prepared by third parties.

- Prepares, edits and assembles environmental documents and project records.

- Works with other resource professionals, within and outside of the agency, legal counsel, the public, and other specialists, as needed, to resolve conflicts, plan, coordinate, and complete complex projects.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: You must first meet the Basic Education Qualification Requirements listed below:

A. Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.


B. Combination of directly related education and experience. Education must include courses that are equivalent to a major, as shown in (A) above i.e., 24 semester hours of progressive courses in the major field of study. Experience must demonstrate that the applicant possesses the appropriate knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the duties of the position.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENT: In addition to meeting the Basic Education Qualification Requirements, applicants must have education and/or specialized experience as defined below:

GS-12: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in the federal service.

DEFINITION OF SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: To meet specialized experience, your resume must describe experience that demonstrates the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities as follows:

GS-12: Professional experience in producing complex environmental documents. This includes demonstrated expertise and leadership working with a variety of environmental documents, such as Environmental Impact Statements, and the requirements of the Endangered Species Act, Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act, and the Clean Water Act.

This position has a mandatory education requirement; you must furnish a copy of your transcript of college work completed (unofficial copy is acceptable). Transcripts must include the name of the college or university and the date the degree was conferred. Non-submission will result in you being rated as not qualified for the position.

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.

You must meet all qualification requirements, including time-in-grade restrictions and any selective placement factors, by the closing date of this announcement.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: 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) Highly Qualified, 2) Qualified. Qualified candidates will be assigned a numerical score on a scale of 70-100 and Veterans with preference will be placed at the top of their respective category. The assessment questionnaire will take you approximately 30 minutes to complete.

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

1. Ability to effectively communicate (written and orally), review the work of others, and collaborate with co-workers, team members, outside organizations, etc. under a variety or circumstances.

2. Ability to work collaboratively with agency personnel; federal, state, and local government officials; attorneys and legal counsel; and special interest groups to convey the agency's positions on complex environmental matters, identify interests of the parties, and affect the appropriate resolutions.

3. Knowledge of a broad range of principles, practices, and techniques related to recreation, lands and realty issues, NEPA and related documentation, and the skill to apply that knowledge in analyzing complex natural resource issues, recommending alternative strategies, and reviewing the work of others.

4. Ability to provide effective leadership in identifying and analyzing complex environmental activities and issues and recommending and implementing appropriate courses of action.

Applicants’ answers to questions will be verified against information provided in their online resumes. Be sure that the resume clearly supports the response 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.

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

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

-This position requires travel of approximately 3 nights per month.

-Operation of a Government vehicle is required; therefore, a valid State driver's license is required. Driving record will be verified prior to final selection.

-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:

-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.

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