RECLAMATION GUIDE
Department Of The Interior - Hungry Horse, MT

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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: http://www.usbr.gov View our DVD titled “Traditions, Talent, and Teamwork” at: http://www.usbr.gov/pmts/hr/video/

Position is being advertised concurrently under BR-PN-VA-HH-13-088 for current federal employees serving under a competitive service career or career-conditional appointment or reinstatement eligible. 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 Reclamation Guide. You can make a difference in the West by assisting in meeting increasing water demands while protecting the environment. The incumbent works in the Visitor Center at Hungry Horse Dam and provides tours of the facility to the general public during the summer tourist season.

The career ladder promotion potential of this position is the GS-04 level. However, this position may be filled at a lower grade. If so, when and if it is determined that a subsequent promotion is warranted, it may be made without further competition. Promotion up to and including the GS-04 level is neither guaranteed nor automatic.

Location - http://www.usbr.gov/pn/about/hr/area-information.html

Payment of travel and relocation expenses will be your responsibility.

Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement.

This is a TEMPORARY FULL TIME position. This position is expected to commence in May, 2013. Employment is expected to last until approximately September 21, 2013 but may be extended at management's discretion not to exceed two years, and is subject to termination at any time. Selection does not confer eligibility to be promoted or reassigned to other positions or to be non- competitively converted to a career-conditional appointment.
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  • Your resume must reflect required experience
  • You must have a valid state driver's license

DUTIES: Escorts visitor(s) on guided tours (usually in groups of 20 or less) of Hungry Horse dam, explaining the various features of the dam and powerplant, project history, construction, operation and benefits. Tours given are centered around principal features and are generally of short or moderate duration. Gives lectures/tours to school groups and gives tours based on special requests. Provides accurate factual information regarding broad policies and objectives of the Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Forest Service. Provides visitors information about recreational areas on the reservoir, road closures, or any special information the public may need to know.

Conducts independent research to ensure that tours and programs are original and unique in scope. Makes continual and ongoing adjustments to programs and tours to ensure that information is accurate and current.

Staffs the Hungry Horse Dam Visitor Center. Greets visitors, answers questions, provides information, answers telephones, and informs the public of Reclamation rules and regulations.

Responsible for the protection of the tour route and Visitor Center from vandalism and damage while on duty.

Wears appropriate uniform attire while attending to duties of the position.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

For the GS-3 level , 6 months of general experience or 1 year of education above the high school level that included at least 6 semester hours in courses such as American history, science, and/or public speaking.

General Experience: (1) Any type of work that demonstrates the applicant's ability to perform the work of the position, or (2) experience that provided a familiarity with the subject matter or processes of the broad subject area of the occupation.

For the GS-4 level , 6 months of general experience and 6 months of specialized experience or 2 years of education above the high school level that included at least 12 semester hours of the types of courses mentioned for the GS-3 qualification requirements noted above.

Specialized Experience: Experience that involved oral presentation of historical, scientific, or program information to groups; or developing and/or revising historical or scientific information for oral presentation to groups.

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.

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

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: Category rating and selection procedures will be used to evaluate applications from this announcement. 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) Best Qualified, 2) Well Qualified, and 3) 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. Skill in managing the public, i.e., holding the attention of the group, maintaining control, solving problems and reacting quickly and effectively in case of emergency or safety issue.

2. Ability to interpret and present technical material to groups with diverse backgrounds.

3. Ability to operate motor vehicles.

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.

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BENEFITS: Temporary Appointments : You will earn sick and annual leave and contribute to the Social Security (FICA) system.

OTHER INFORMATION: 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. Go to: http://www.sss.gov

The Bureau of Reclamation is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Selection for positions is made solely on the basis of merit, fitness and qualifications without regard to race, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or any other non-merit factors.

Valid State Driver’s License. You must maintain a valid State Driver’s License at all times because you are required to drive government vehicles on government and public roads. If you fail to maintain a valid State Driver’s License at all times, you will be removed from your position.

The referral list from this public notice may be used to fill subsequent positions (similar title, series and grade, location, and KSA requirements) within 180 days of the date the referral list was issued.

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