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Bureau of Reclamation Civil Engineer in Lakewood, Colorado


Reclamation is seeking a career professional looking for an opportunity to capitalize on his or her expertise as a Civil Engineer. Make a difference in the West by assisting in meeting increasing water demands while protecting the environment. Location - Lakewood, Colorado


  • Performs senior level technical development and reviews of cost estimating work performed by the Estimating Services Group and serves as the recognized technical specialist for Reclamation in the cost estimating technical area. - Serves as the primary peer reviewer for technical work involving cost estimates for dams, pumping plants, power plants, pipelines, tunnels, canals, diversion structures and other related facilities, features, or work associated with safety, upgrades, operations and maintenance of existing facilities for conformance with state-of-the-art practices. - Manages large complex multi-disciplinary engineering construction cost estimates and resource allocation. - Develops and recommends standards and procedures necessary to assure Reclamation's cost estimates are adequate and appropriate for changing design, construction, and economic conditions. - Reviews current Reclamation policies, directives and standards, and guidance for consistency and to assure they are current and up to date reflecting state-of-the-art practices, changing Agency needs, practices, and requirements. - Performs special studies and evaluations on personal initiative, for the purpose of expanding the state-of-the-art of cost estimating. - Participates in the technology update program for cost estimating by identifying technical areas where updating is needed. Plans training, lectures, seminars, workshops, and conferences and serves on Reclamation and interagency panels, work groups, and boards furnishing expert advice and guidance for cost estimating. - Responsible for assuring Reclamation Construction Cost Trends are appropriate for intended fiscal uses, and are up to date, reflecting current economic data, relationships, and pricing. - Reviews Reclamation reports, both internally and externally developed, including but not limited to Planning Studies, special studies, design studies, cost price analysis, white papers, and any other critical reports containing cost estimates, data, references, or requirements to assure appropriate applicability and sensitivities are addressed when referencing cost estimates.


Conditions of Employment

To be eligible, an applicant must meet the following: U.S. Citizen or U.S National Suitability for Federal employment determined by background investigation Submit a resume and supporting documentation - See How to Apply Meet specialized experience requirements - See Qualifications Submit transcripts to verify education requirements A valid Professional Engineer's license Applicants must meet all qualification requirements, time-in-grade restrictions, and any selective factors, by the closing date of the announcement 04/26/2021. TIME IN GRADE: Current career or career-conditional employees of the Federal government, or former career or career-conditional employees, who have a break in service of less than one year, are required to meet the time-in-grade restriction of one year of Federal experience at the next lower-grade, with few exceptions outlined in 5 CFR 300.603(b). Applicants eligible under the Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) are not required to meet time-in-grade restrictions in order to be considered. Applicants may be required to serve an initial probationary period.


Basic Education Requirements: To be eligible for the position, you must meet the Basic Requirement for the position.

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. OR 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. 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.) ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENT: To qualify for the position (in addition to meeting the Basic Requirement), your resume must clearly describe specialized experience that demonstrates the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities as follows: One year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-13 level in the Federal Government. Examples of specialized experience includes preparing, reviewing, and evaluating all levels of cost estimates for an entire range of work involving dams, power generation facilities, conveyance features, appurtenant water related structures, and other large heavy civil water works projects incorporating and demonstrating a mastery of Cost Estimating concepts and principles. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. Applicants will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. If selected, the selectee will be required to provide official college transcripts to verify educational qualifications. An official transcript must be sent directly from the University's Registrar's office and must be provided from the institution awarding the degree. Academic transcripts certified by notary publics are NOT official. Official transcripts must be submitted prior to reporting to work as a condition of employment. Failure to submit official transcripts may be grounds for dismissal or rescission of the job offer.


This position has a mandatory education requirement. Applicants must submit a copy of college transcript(s) (unofficial copy is acceptable) to support claimed education if substituting education for experience. Transcripts must include the name of the college or university and date the degree was conferred. Non-submission will result in being rated not-qualified for the position. Accreditation: Only education from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education is acceptable to meet education requirements or to substitute for experience, if applicable. For additional information, please go to the Office of Personnel Management at and U.S. Department of Education websites at websites. 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. For further information visit:

Additional 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. DOI uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including applicant rights and responsibilities, please visit Selective Service: Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must certify registration with the Selective Service System or that the applicant is exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. Go to: