Land Surveyor (DEU-MQL)
Department Of The Interior 274 reviews - Glendale, AZ

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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-LC-13-16, for status applicants. 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 Land Surveyor. You can make a difference in the West by assisting in meeting increasing water demands while protecting the environment.

LOCATION: Lower Colorado Region, Phoenix Area Office, Area Manager's Office, Engineering Division, Design and Construction Branch, Glendale, AZ.

Relocation expenses are not authorized.

Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement. KEY REQUIREMENTS

Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation.
You must apply online to be considered for this position.
You must pass a pre-employment physical.
You must hold a valid state driver's license.
You must possess current registration as a professional Land Surveyor.
You must submit transcript(s) to verify education requirements. DUTIES:

  • Conducts cadastral, engineering and construction surveys used for land acquisitions and in design and construction of major water resources structures and water conveyance distribution systems.
  • Determines type and extent of survey necessary to provide legal descriptions of land boundaries on Federal, state, tribal and private lands and measure structural movement.
  • Researches land ownership, develops tract maps and prepares and signs legal documents for county recording.
  • Utilizes AutoCAD and other software to transfer survey data in electronic format to create and edit drawings.
  • Negotiates service agreements to obtain survey crews for large or complex survey jobs.
  • Performs inspection of construction work performed by survey contractors, serves as Reclamation's technical representative to administer survey contracts. QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
Applications must first meet the Basic Requirements listed below:

A. Degree: land surveying; or civil engineering with a surveying option/emphasis. The civil engineering major must have included at least 6 semester hours of surveying, 3 semester hours of land law, and 21 additional semester hours in any combination of the following: surveying, photogrammetry, geodetic surveying, geodesy, route surveying, remote sensing, cartography, survey astronomy, land information systems, computer-aided mapping, aerial photo interpretation, and survey analysis and adjustments.
  • OR-
B. Combination of education and experience--courses equivalent to a major in land surveying or civil engineering as described in paragraph A, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
  • OR-
C. The basic requirements for this series may be fully satisfied by a current registration as a land surveyor in a State, territory, or the District of Columbia obtained by written examination. Such registration must have been obtained under conditions outlined in the National Council of Engineering Examiners (NCEE) Unified Model Law for Registration of Surveyors. Applicants wishing to be considered under this provision must show evidence of registration based on successful completion of the written examinations. Registrations granted prior to adoption of a registration law with qualification requirements equivalent to the NCEE Model Law by the State, territory, or District of Columbia are not acceptable under this option. To be considered equivalent to the NCEE Model law, registration laws must include the four options listed within the NCEE Unified Model Law in the section specifying "General Requirements for Registration" as a Professional Land Surveyor.

In addition to meeting the basic qualification requirement above:

To qualify for the GS-09 level, your resume must reflect 1 year of specialized experience (defined below) equivalent to at least the GS-07 grade level in Federal Service –OR- 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree – OR- combination of education and experience.

To qualify for the GS-11 level, your resume must reflect 1 year of specialized experience (defined below) equivalent to at least the GS-09 grade level in Federal service - OR - 3 full years of directly related, progressively higher level graduate education, or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree -OR- combination of education and experience.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Must demonstrate the applicant has been equipped with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties and responsibilities of the position, and that is typically in or directly-related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization.

GS-09: Specialized experience is defined as experience conducting cadastral and engineering surveys.

GS-11: Specialized experience is defined as experience independently conducting cadastral and engineering surveys that includes a practical knowledge of land ownership tract maps, and legal descriptions.

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 date the degree was conferred. Non-submission will result in you being rated 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 any selective factors, by the closing date of this announcement.

Selective Placement Factor : You must currently possess registration as a professional land surveyor. Failure to provide proof of this registration with your application will make you ineligible. If selected, you must obtain a license from the State of Arizona within 12 months of occupying the position in order to conduct land surveys for land acquisitions and prepare and sign legal documents for county recording. 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) 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.

KSA #1. Professional knowledge of concepts, theories, principles of cadastral and engineering surveys to conduct geodetic and cadastral surveys and provide legal descriptions of land boundaries.
KSA #2. Knowledge of and ability to utilize computer systems and software, such as AutoCAD and electronic data collectors to create and edit drawings and prepare topographic maps.
KSA #3. Skill in oral and written communication in order to collaborate on preparation of negotiated service agreements and to prepare technical and legal documents.

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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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: 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. 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.

Probationary Period: Placement in this position requires you to complete a one-year probationary period.

Driver’s License/History: Operation of a Government vehicle required; therefore, you must possess a valid state driver’s license. A driving history check is required.

Pre-employment Physical: If selected, you are required to obtain and successfully pass a pre-employment physical examination by a licensed physician certifying to your ability to perform the duties of the position. This is not required if a comparable examination was required for placement in your current position and was completed within the last year; however, verifiable documentation of a comparable physical is required. Periodic (annual or biennial) physical examinations are required to be successfully passed for continued employment.

Promotion Potential: If you are selected at the lower grades, promotions may be made at a later date without further competition. However, identification of promotion potential in this announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote you at some future date. Such promotions will depend upon administrative approval, the continuing need for an actual assignment and the demonstrated performance of higher level duties. Full performance level is GS-11.

Optional Form 306 (OF-306): Before final selection, you will be required to sign and certify the accuracy of the information in your application. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or you may be subject to fine, imprisonment, or other disciplinary action.

Financial Disclosure: If selected for this position, you will be required to file a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-450, within 30 days of entrance on duty.

Telework: Reclamation has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework only during an emergency or natural disaster.

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