Bureau of Reclamation INDUSTRIAL WATER TREATMENT OPERATOR in Leadville, Colorado

Job Overview

Job Overview

About the Agency

Position is being advertised concurrently under vacancy announcement BR-DEGP-EC-17-68 for all U.S. Citizens and Nationals and current Federal employees serving under an excepted service appointment. 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 an Industrial Water Treatment Operator. You can make a difference in the West by assisting in meeting increasing water demands while protecting the environment.

Here is a great opportunity to join an organization with excellent growth potential!

LOCATION: Great Plains Region, Eastern Colorado Area Office, Operation and Maintenance Division, Fryingpan-Arkansas O&M; Branch, Leadville Mine Drainage Tunnel, Leadville, CO.

For living conditions go to: http://www.usbr.gov/gp/employment/livingconditions.pdf

A Recruitment or Relocation Incentive may be authorized. For information on Recruitment or Relocation Incentives, visit: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/recruitment-relocation-retention-incentives/fact-sheets/recruitment-incentives/ https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/recruitment-relocation-retention-incentives/fact-sheets/relocation-incentives/

Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement.

  • Operate and maintain a 2.5 million gallon per day industrial mine water treatment plant with minimal supervision. Perform daily laboratory analysis for water quality and process control optimization. Manage metal hydroxide sludge dewatering. Responsible for water quality monitoring and reporting for National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) discharge permit.

  • Work safely and independently, and with other journeymen, to operate and maintain remote groundwater pumping stations, electronic control systems, valves, chemical metering pumps, flow control, and pH and turbidity analyzers.

  • Independently interpret and apply mechanical and electrical schematics and manufacturer's instructions.

  • Utilize personal protective equipment while applying safe work practices, hazardous energy control procedures, and good industrial chemical hygiene.

  • Work requires physical labor both indoors and outside, all seasons and weather extremes, at an elevation of 10,000 feet above sea level. Requires considerable walking, standing on concrete floors, bending, climbing stairs and ladders, kneeling, reaching, and lifting 50 lbs.

Supervisory Status


Promotion Potential


Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Travel of 1-2 nights per month may be required for this position.
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • Relocation expenses are authorized with the exception of the Guaranteed Home Sale Provision. First-Post-of-Duty relocation expenses are authorized for new appointments and reinstatement eligibles.
Who May Apply
This job is open to…

Current Federal employees serving under a career or career-conditional appointment in the competitive service; former Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility; CTAP/ICTAP eligibles; Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA); 30% or More Disabled Veterans; Military Spouses under Executive Order 13473; Individuals with Disabilities (Schedule A); and eligible Peace Corps or AmeriCorps volunteers.

Questions? This job is open to 5 groups.

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • U.S. Citizenship or National.
  • You must pass a pre-employment physical examination.
  • You must submit a resume and supporting documentation (see How to Apply).
  • You must meet job elements specific to this position (see Qualifications).
  • Current/former Federal employees must submit an SF-50. Have and maintain
  • a Class A Industrial Wastewater Certification from the State of Colorado.

Minimum qualifications for trades and labor positions are determined by evaluation of job elements. You must meet at least 2 points on the screen-out element(s) and obtain an average of at least 2 points on all job elements in order to be considered qualified for this position.

Applicants will be further evaluated on the following JOB ELEMENTS through your resume and responses to the online questions.

  1. Ability to do the work of an Industrial Water Treatment Operator without more than normal supervision. (Screen-out)
  2. Knowledge of technical practices.
  3. Ability to interpret instructions and specifications.
  4. Ability to use and maintain equipment by utilizing tools and materials.
  5. Knowledge of safety practices.

SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR: This position requires a current valid Class A Industrial Wastewater Certification from the State of Colorado. Failure to provide proof of this certification with your application will make you ineligible.

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

Security Clearance

Q - Nonsensitive

Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

After application packages have been received, resumes and supporting documents will be reviewed to ensure applicants meet the basic qualification requirements. Applicants who meet the basic qualifications will be further evaluated on the information provided in the Assessment Questionnaire. Best-qualified applicants will be referred to the selecting official. After making a tentative job offer, a suitability and/or security background investigation will be conducted. A final job offer is typically made within 40 days after the deadline for applications. Applicants should monitor their status for positions with the Bureau of Reclamation by regularly checking their public status notifications in their USAJOBS profile.


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Other 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.

  • This position requires travel of approximately 1-2 nights per month.

  • Operation of a Government vehicle is required; therefore, a valid State driver's license is required. Driving record will be verified prior to final selection.

  • At Government expense, the applicant selected will be required to complete and successfully pass a pre-employment physical.

  • 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: http://www.sss.gov/

  • 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.

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/476701600. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 2017-08-10 to 2017-08-24

Salary: $41.53 to $41.53 / per hour

Pay scale & grade: BB 00

Series: 5409 Water Treatment Plant Operating

Appointment type: Permanent

Work schedule: Full-time

Job announcement number: BR-GP-EC-17-111

Control number: 476701600