Energy Services Specialist
Department Of Energy - Billings, MT

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Western Area Power Administration - Serving the West with Federal Hydropower. We offer career opportunities in a fast-paced, dynamic electric utility industry. We market federally produced hydropower from more than 50 powerplants across the central and western United States and operate and maintain over 17,000 miles of high-voltage transmission lines. The Western Area Power Administration is one of four power marketing administrations within the Department of Energy .

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Western Area Power Administration

Upper Great Plains Region

B6200 Contracts and Energy Services

Duty Location: Billings, MT

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  • You must be a United States Citizen
  • This employer participates in the e-Verify program
  • Relocation expenses are not authorized
  • See "Other Information" section regarding Selective Service requirements

DUTIES: The incumbent serves as the Upper Great Plains Energy Services Specialist and as such is responsible for the implementation of the Upper Great Plains Region (UGPR) Energy Services program, policies, and staff coordination. This program has extensive area visibility and is sometimes of a controversial nature.

The Energy Services Specialist's functions include planning, programming, and budgeting of UGPR's in‑house energy services activities, customer assistance programs, and UGPR's other customer-­oriented activities. The program encompasses UGPR's total power marketing area, and involves extensive coordination with Western's Corporate Services Office (CSO), other Western Regions, B6200 field representatives, as well as with Federal, State, and municipal agencies, public and private utilities, rural electric cooperatives and Native American tribes.

Additionally, the incumbent provides Project Management support to the Power Marketing Manager on matters affecting delivery of hydropower resource to Westerns customers. The incumbent will represent Western through participation on teams with other utilities, Regional Transmission Organizations and other Power Marketing Administrations.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: You must meet all the qualification and eligibility requirements for the position by the closing date of the announcement. You may review the qualifications here .


A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position is defined as:

Experience in the development or review of Integrated Resource Plans, and or the development of Demand-side Management Plans, and demonstrated experience managing projects of a highly technical or complex nature.


Your application and resume should demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs). Do NOT provide a separate narrative written response. Rather, you must describe in your application how your past work experience demonstrates that you possess the KSAs identified below.

1. Knowledge of the principles, concepts, policies, and objectives applicable to an Energy Services Program, policies, in support of Integrated Resource Planning.

2. Skill in researching, analyzing, and performing technical studies to evaluate customer-oriented program activities for effectiveness in meeting objective; uses quantitative assessments of actual and/or potential energy savings.

3. Ability to identify and understand economic, political, and social trends and their affect on the organization.

4. Ability to prepare, justify, and/or administer the budget for the program area ensuring cost effective support of programs and policies.

5. Ability to set priorities and determine resource requirements; determine short- or long-term goals and strategies to achieve them; coordinates with other organizations to accomplish goals; monitors progress and evaluates outcomes. You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

For this position, education cannot be substituted for experience.


HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: Your application will be rated by our application system using the Category Rating procedure. A quality review will then be conducted by the HR Office and/or Subject Matter Expert (SME). Your application is rated based on the extent and quality of your experience, education (if applicable to the job), and training described in your online résumé/questionnaire as related to the duties of this position. The quality categories are defined as "Best Qualified", "Well Qualified" and "Qualified". Within each category, veteran preference eligibles will be listed at the top of the category. CP/CPS veterans are placed at the top of the highest category for all positions except professional and scientific positions at GS-9 and below.

If your résumé is incomplete or does not support the responses in your online questionnaire, or if you fail to submit required documentation BEFORE the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted

Selecting Official may check references on those applicants referred for consideration.

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BENEFITS: The Department of Energy offers comprehensive and competitive benefits. You may be eligible for some or all of the following:
  • Health, life, dental, vision, and long-term care insurance
  • Retirement program
  • Paid holiday, sick, and vacation time
  • Flexible work schedules and telework
  • Training and education opportunities
  • Transit benefit
  • Flexible Spending Account
  • Thrift Savings Plan (401k equivalent)
  • Health and wellness programs
For more information on these benefits, see the USAJOBS Resource Center's Interactive Benefits Page .


Some positions may require completion of a probationary period.

If selected for this position, your appointment is contingent upon completion of OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment, during the pre-employment process.

If selected, you will be required to complete a questionnaire and are subject to a criminal background check to determine suitability for Federal employment before appointment.

Veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, please visit the links at the bottom of this page or visit the FedsHireVets website.

If you believe that you are eligible for the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), please visit the OPM ICTAP/CTAP website for more information. In order to be considered under the ICTAP program, your application must score within the pre-established "well qualified" category as stated in the Qualifications section.

Males must abide by Selective Service registration regulations. To learn more about this requirement, visit the Selective Service website's Who Must Register page.

The U.S. Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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