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Supervisory Interdisciplinary Civil Engineer (Hydrologic)/Hydrologist

  • Bureau of Reclamation
  • McCook, NE 69001, USA
  • Jul 19, 2019

Job Description



Location: Great Plains Region, Nebraska-Kansas Area Office, Engineering and Infrastructure Svc Division, Water Operations Group, McCook, Nebraska.

For living conditions go to: https://www.usbr.gov/gp/employment/living_conditions.pdf.

Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement.

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-Supervises the Water Operations Group including civil and electronics engineers, and electronics and hydrologic technicians.

-Directs the operations of the reservoir and river operations in the Kansas River Basin serving functions of irrigation, flood control, municipal and industrial water supplies, fish and wildlife and recreation.

-Supervises the operation and maintenance of the Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition System (SCADA) and HydroMet system for the regulation of gates, collection of data, and determines releases for flood control at eleven dams in the Nebraska-Kansas Area Office.

-Performs operational studies, writes and assembles the basic draft, graphs, and tables for use in the Annual Operating Plan (AOP).


Conditions of Employment

  • US Citizenship and Nationals. May require supervisory probationary period.
  • Submit transcript(s) to verify education requirements.
  • For veterans consideration, submit document(s) under Required Documents.
  • Current/former Federal employees must submit an SF-50.
  • This position is subject to pre-employment background investigation.
  • You must submit a resume and supporting documentation (How to Apply).


Minimum Qualification Requirements: Applicants must first meet the Basic Education Qualification Requirements listed below:

Qualifications For GS-0810, Civil Engineer (Hydrologic)

A. Degree: Engineering. To be acceptable, the program must: (1) lead to a bachelor’s degree in a school of engineering with at least one program accredited by ABET; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.


B. Combination of education and experience -- college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following:

1. Professional registration or licensure -- Current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), Engineer in Training (EIT)*, or licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE) by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions) are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration. For example, an applicant who attains registration through a State Board's eminence provision as a manufacturing engineer typically would be rated eligible only for manufacturing engineering positions.

2. Written Test -- Evidence of having successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE)** examination or any other written test required for professional registration by an engineering licensure board in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.

*For more information about EI and EIT registration requirements, please visit the National Society of Professional Engineers website at: http://www.nspe.org.

**The FE examination is not administered by the U. S. Office of Personnel Management. For more information, please visit: http://www.nspe.org/Licensure/HowtoGetLicensed/index.html.

3. Specified academic courses -- Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and that included the courses specified in the basic requirements under paragraph A. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of an engineering program as described in paragraph A.

4. Related curriculum -- Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in an appropriate scientific field, e.g., engineering technology, physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a bachelor’s degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. Ordinarily there should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering-type experience, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions. (The above examples of related curricula are not all inclusive.)

Qualifications For GS-1315, Hydrologist

A.  Degree: physical or natural science, or engineering that included at least 30 semester hours in any combination of courses in hydrology, the physical sciences, geophysics, chemistry, engineering science, soils, mathematics, aquatic biology, atmospheric science, meteorology, geology, oceanography, or the management or conservation of water resources. The course work must have included at least 6 semester hours in calculus (including both differential and integral calculus), and at least 6 semester hours in physics. Calculus and physics, as described above, are requirements for all grade levels.


B.  Combination of education and experience -- course work as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

Additional Requirement: In addition to meeting the Basic Education Qualification Requirement, applicants must have additional education and/or specialized experience as defined below:

GS-12: One year of Specialized Experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least 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: Experience managing water resources (i.e. operation of dams, reservoir systems or water conveyance structures).  Experience analyzing and creating climatologic and hydrologic data, water system design or operation, planning, scheduling, tracking project progress and budgets. Experience dealing with federal, state and local agencies, and the public on water right administration issues.


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. 


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