Veterans Affairs, National Cemetery Administration Program Specialist (Irrigation System/Water Resource Specialist) in Oakland, California

Veterans Affairs, National Cemetery Administration
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Oakland, CA
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Tuesday 11/29/2016 (7 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 12/12/2016 (6 day(s) away)

Job Overview
Summary

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN):1842613

OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise - "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?

YOU CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

The National Cemetery Administration honors Veterans with final resting places in national shrines and with lasting tributes that commemorate their service to our nation. The National Cemetery Administration will serve all Veterans and their families with the utmost dignity, respect, and compassion. Every national cemetery will be a place that inspires visitors to understand and appreciate the service and sacrifice of our Nation's Veterans. For more information about the National Cemetery Administration, visit http://www.cem.va.gov/.

The San Francisco Bay Area is often referred to as one of the most popular places to live in the entire country. One of the biggest attractions to living in the San Francisco Bay Area is the weather. The weather is relatively mild and normally sunny and pleasant. Temperatures are cooler near the coast, and warmer inland.

The Pacific District Office is located in the downtown Oakland federal building, just a 5-minute walk from the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system. Employees working in the Pacific District office can take advantage of the public transportation voucher subsidy program, making public transportation to and from work at minimal to no cost.

This position is located at the Nation Cemetery Administration, Pacific District Office in Oakland, CA. The incumbent, as an Irrigation System/Water Resource Specialist, is responsible for providing specialized, district-wide irrigation system guidance, cemetery water resource management, field guidance, and support to appropriate program officials within the District Office and 20 National Cemeteries.

For more information on the Department of Veterans Affairs, go to http://www.vacareers.va.gov/.

Special Employment Consideration: VA encourages persons with disabilities to apply, including those eligible for hiring under 5 CFR 213.3102(u), Schedule A, Appointment of persons with disabilities [i.e., intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities], and/or Disabled veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more. Contact the Agency Contact on the last page of the JOA for information on how to apply under this appointment authority via the Selective Placement Coordinator.

Duties

The incumbent, as an Irrigation System/Water Resource Specialist, is responsible for providing specialized, district-wide irrigation system guidance, cemetery water resource management, field guidance, and support to appropriate program officials within the District Office and 20 National Cemeteries. The incumbent will specialize in VA national cemetery irrigation system design, construction, and maintenance/repair/upgrade which will enable the burial of our nation's veterans and the preservation of national cemeteries as national shrines. The incumbent provides assistance to Contracting Officers, District Engineers, District Agronomists, District staff Engineer, Central Office Project Managers and Technical Support Personnel, in the oversight, direction and/or administration of the design, construction and/or maintenance/repair/upgrade of irrigation systems and water utility resources at national cemetery facilities located within the Pacific District. In this capacity, the incumbent provides guidance, direction, design, and interpretation on complex issues in support of all irrigation system and cemetery water resource related issues. In accomplishing this task, the incumbent must also have training and experience as an irrigation system and water resource specialist with the associated requisite knowledge, duties and responsibilities. The incumbent should also have, or have the ability to obtain, one or more of the following certifications within the first 18 months of employment into this position:

  • IA certified irrigation designer,

  • Certified Landscape Water Manager,

  • Certified Landscape Irrigation Auditor,

  • EPA WaterSense Partner registered,

  • Contracting Officers Representative certificate (COR level II).

Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. **

Position Description Title/PD#:Program Specialist 181180**

The full performance level of this position is GS-13. At the GS-12 level, you will perform similar duties but under closer supervision.**

Promotion Potential: The selectee may be promoted to the full performance level without further competition when all regulatory, qualification, and performance requirements are met. Selection at a lower grade level does not guarantee promotion to the full performance level. **

Relocation expenses are not authorized.**

Travel Required
  • 50% or Greater
  • Required to travel 50% of the time, often visiting both developed and undeveloped areas of national cemeteries both in in the Continental United States and Hawaii.
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
Qualifications

Specialized Experience:

GS 12: Applicants must have one year of full-time specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-11)in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: Providing technical assistance in designing and analyzing large commercial irrigation systems and water utility resources; preparing and reviewing designs; preparing and editing technical documents; work consisting of the design, construction administration, and preparation of plans for maintenance/repair/upgrade of large, commercial irrigation systems and water utility resources; implementing best practices in water conservation and irrigation for commercial irrigation systems; identifying, designing and implementing solutions to irrigation issues/problems, etc.

GS13: Applicants must have one year of full-time specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade (GS-12)in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: Designing and analyzing large complex commercial irrigation systems and water utility resources; performing irrigation system and water resource engineering work to include determining requirements, preparing designs, cost estimates, and detailed recommendation reports; serving as an authority on irrigation systems and water resource design, fabrication, installation, maintenance/repair/upgrade, system optimization, and all related activities; implementing and recommending best practices in water conservation and irrigation for commercial irrigation systems; overseeing of the preparation of irrigation system and water resource design documents; initiating investigations and studies to develop irrigation system and water resource design criteria and finding/implementing solutions to critical problems in design, construction, or field operations; independently, with minimal direction or supervision, identify, design, and implement solutions to irrigation issues/problems, etc.

There is no substitution for specialized experience at the GS 12 and GS 13 grade levels.

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; religions; 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. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Physical Requirements: The work is partially sedentary and partially active, and physical efforts will be required during all field related activities, e.g., walking, standing, carrying light items such as light equipment, manuals, briefcases, or driving or traveling by motor vehicle to visit field sites and walking through national cemetery facilities while performing field inspections of existing and new irrigation system and water resource features.

Selective Placement Factor(s): This position includes the following Selective Placement Factor(s) (knowledge, skill, ability, or other characteristic basic to - and essential for- satisfactory performance of the job). Selective Placement Factors are a prerequisite to appointment and represent minimum requirements for the position. Applicants who do not meet it are not eligible for further consideration. For applicants who answer "Yes", evidence of the Selective Placement Factor must be clearly documented in the resume/application materials in order to receive credit. **

  • Must have experience designing large commercial irrigation systems utilizing central irrigation control.
  • Must be proficient in AutoCAD and Microsoft Office programs: Excel, Word, Outlook.

Quality Ranking Factor(s): This position utilizes the following Quality Ranking Factor(s). Quality Ranking Factors are knowledge, skills, and abilities that enhance performance in a position. Applicants who possess such skills will be ranked above those who do not. For applicants who answer "Yes", evidence of the Quality Ranking Factor must be clearly documented in the resume/application materials in order to receive credit.

  • Preferred- A 4-Year BS/BA degree in landscape architecture, engineering or architecture. (Transcripts Required)
Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After we receive application packages (including all required documents) and the vacancy announcement closes, we will review applications to ensure qualification and eligibility requirements are met. During our review, if your résumé and application package do not support your questionnaire answers, we will adjust your rating accordingly. After the review is complete, a referral certificate(s) is issued and applicants will be notified of their status by email (if provided); otherwise, applicants will receive a notification letter via the U.S. Postal Service. Referred applicants will be notified as such and may be contacted directly by the hiring office for an interview. All referred applicants receive a final notification once a selection decision has been made.

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BENEFITS

VA offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link is an overview of the benefits currently offered: http://www.vacareers.va.gov/why-choose-va/benefits/index.asp

VA supports the use of telework as a way to help attract and retain talented individuals in public service, increase worker productivity, and better prepare the agency to operate during emergencies. This position may be authorized for telework. Telework eligibility will be discussed during the interview process.

Other Information

The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) and Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provide eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. To be qualified you must submit appropriate documentation and be found well-qualified (have a final rating of 85 or more before any Veterans preference points) for this vacancy. Information about ICTAP and CTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website.

It is the policy of the VA to not deny employment to those that have faced financial hardships or periods of unemployment.

This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.

You may be required to complete a one year probationary period.

Salary Range: $84,302.00 to $130,325.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0301-12/13

Promotion Potential: 13

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 455563500

Job Announcement Number: RP-17-CAA-1842613-755-DEU