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You are applying under the Delegated Examining announcement. If you want to be considered under the concurrent Merit Promotion announcement, you must submit a separate application under that announcement. For more information, see "Who May Apply" section of the vacancy announcement. Please call the Human Resources Office phone number listed on this announcement for clarification or further information.

* 1.I understand that by completing and submitting this application, I am certifying that, to the best of my knowledge and belief, all of the information provided is true, correct, complete, and made in good faith. I understand that a false or fraudulent answer to any question may be grounds for not hiring me, or for firing me after I begin work, and may be punishable by fine or imprisonment. I also understand that failure to respond to this question will disqualify me from consideration.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 2.I understand that information I give may be investigated for purposes of determining eligibility. I consent to the release of information about my ability for Federal employment by employers, schools, law enforcement agencies, and other organizations to authorized representatives of the Federal Government. I understand that for financial institutions, medical institutions and other sources, a separate release may be needed, and I may be contacted for such a release at a later date.
  1. Yes
  2. No


Ensure that your resume thoroughly supports your answers to the questions. Your answers will be reviewed. If your answers are not supported by information in your resume, this may prevent you from being found qualified, in which case your application will NOT be referred to the selecting official.

Your complete and detailed on-line resume MUST include, at a minimum, the following information for each work experience, including military service (prepare a separate entry for each job): 1) Job Title (including series and grade if Federal job); 2) Hours per week; 3) Salary; 4) Starting and ending dates (month and year); 5) Employer's name and address; 6) Supervisor's name and phone number and whether we may contact your current supervisor; 7) Duties and accomplishments. Also include: 1) High School name, city, state, zip code if known, and date of diploma or GED; 2) College or university names, city, state, and zip code if known, majors and type and year of any degrees received (if no degree, show total credits earned and indicate whether semester or quarter hours); 3) list of job related training courses, skills, certificates and licenses, honors, awards, special accomplishments, membership in professional or honor societies, etc. Please make sure you read the vacancy announcement thoroughly to see if there is any additional supporting documentation required.

You WILL NOT be considered for this announcement if you fail to submit ALL the applicable required documentation listed under the "How To Apply" tab (i.e. transcripts,DD-214's, SF-15, VA letter, SF-50's, PE Registration, etc.) by the CLOSING DATE of this announcement. Please call the Human Resources Office phone number listed on this announcement for clarification or further information.

3.Where did you learn about this vacancy?
  1. Asianlife.com
  2. Diversenote.com
  3. NativeAmericanJobs.com
  4. WorkplaceDiversity.com
  5. Department of Veterans Affairs/Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment
  6. Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR)
  7. National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
  8. Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)
  9. Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU)
  10. Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCU)
  11. Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
  12. Referral from a Professor or Academic Advisor
  13. Referral from a College/University Career Placement Office
  14. Referral from a Professional Organization
  15. Job/Career Fair
  16. Referral from a friend or family member
  17. Reclamation Employee
  18. Reclamation Internet Site
  19. Referral from a State or Local government
  20. Referral from another Federal Agency/employee
  21. OPM USAJOBS Internet Site
  22. Other Internet Site
  23. Other


* 4.Do you currently possess a valid driver’s license?
  1. Yes

        BRANCHED: 1.Provide your driver’s license number, state in which issued, and expiration date of license.

       Maximum length of 250 characters.
  2. No


* 5.Select the response that best describes your experience performing the work of a Maintenance Worker (Grounds and Building maintenance) without more than normal supervision.
  1. I have not had education, training or experience with this task
  2. I have completed related vocational training with this task, but have not yet applied this training on the job - OR - I have experience performing basic grounds and building maintenance such as mowing, trash and snow removal, operating equipment/tools for personal projects/reasons.
  3. I have experience performing basic grounds and building maintenance such as mowing, trash and snow removal, operating equipment/tools according to specific instructions, etc. in an actual work environment with limited supervision.
  4. I have experience performing more difficult grounds and building maintenance such as landscaping and operating heavy equipment (e.g. backhoe) with limited supervision in an actual work environment.
  5. I have experience, without supervision, performing advanced grounds and building maintenance, such as electrical work, water treatment, landscaping, etc. that involved adapting to meet emergency situations, troubleshooting problematic equipment, and determining proper procedures for unusual maintenance problems in an actual work environment.


* 6.Select the response that best describes your experience performing the work of a maintenance worker without more than normal supervision.
  1. I have performed 6 or more of the following duties on a regular basis: rough carpentry, earth excavation and backfill, welding, plumbing or sewer repair, concrete finishing and repair, painting, weed and rodent control. I have operated equipment such as tractors, front-end loaders, dump trucks, motor vehicles and forklifts. I have worked independently, making decisions under normal supervision.
  2. I have performed 4-5 of the following duties on a regular basis: rough carpentry, earth excavation and backfill, welding, plumbing or sewer repair, concrete finishing and repair, painting, weed and rodent control. I have operated equipment such as tractors, front-end loaders, dump trucks, motor vehicles and forklifts. I have worked independently, making less technical decisions under normal supervision.
  3. I have performed 3 of the following duties on a regular basis: rough carpentry, earth excavation and backfill, welding, plumbing or sewer repair, concrete finishing and repair, painting, weed and rodent control. I have operated equipment such as tractors, front-end loaders, dump trucks, motor vehicles and forklifts. I have worked alone, making day to day less difficult decisions under normal supervision.
  4. I have performed 2 of the following duties on a regular basis: rough carpentry, earth excavation and backfill, welding, plumbing or sewer repair, concrete finishing and repair, painting, weed and rodent control. I have operated equipment such as tractors, front-end loaders, dump trucks, motor vehicles and forklifts. I have carried out routine tasks under close immediate supervision.
  5. I have performed one or less of the following duties on a regular basis: rough carpentry, earth excavation and backfill, welding, plumbing or sewer repair, concrete finishing and repair, painting, weed and rodent control. I have operated equipment such as tractors, front-end loaders, dump trucks, motor vehicles and forklifts. I have carried out simple and routine tasks under close immediate supervision.


* 7.From the choices below, indicate the areas in which you have experience or training performing in water deliveries.
  1. Dams
  2. Canal headworks
  3. Check Structures
  4. Turnouts
  5. Weirs
  6. None of the above


* 8.Select the response that best describes your level of experience, education or training in operating and reading water measurement devices associated with water storage and conveyance systems.
  1. I have not performed these job functions.
  2. I have performed similar or directly related job functions and my experience and training have prepared me to perform these functions.
  3. I have performed these functions independently as a regular part of jobs that I have held.
  4. I am highly skilled at performing these functions. I have performed them independently and routinely and have carried them out successfully.

        BRANCHED: * 1.Elaborate on your response to the previous question (describe specific experience, training and/or education). Also, make sure this is reflected in your resume, but do not paste your resume here.

       Maximum length of 8000 characters.
  5. I have trained or supervised others, in addition to being highly skilled to perform these functions independently and routinely and have carried them out successfully.

        BRANCHED: * 1.Elaborate on your response to the previous question (describe specific experience, training and/or education). Also, make sure this is reflected in your resume, but do not paste your resume here.

       Maximum length of 8000 characters.


* 9.I have operated and read the following water measurement devices associated with water storage and conveyance systems.
  1. Manometer
  2. Flumes
  3. V-notch weirs
  4. Staff gauges
  5. Strip chart recorders
  6. Current meters
  7. Flow meters
  8. None of the above


* 10.Select the dam instrumentation and water regulation task(s) you have performed as a regular part of your job.
  1. Install and/or maintain piezometers, weirs and flumes
  2. Record readings from piezometers, weirs and flumes
  3. Make water changes on dams with slide gates, radial gates, and calculating water flows
  4. Regulate water flows by using valves, gates, radial gates, and/or stop logs
  5. Record water flow readings, lake elevations and maintained dam operating log book
  6. Perform periodic dam operator's inspection
  7. None of the above


* 11.I have operated the following equipment associated with water storage and conveyance systems:
  1. High pressure hydraulic systems
  2. Slide gates
  3. Radial gates
  4. Gate valves
  5. Butterfly valves
  6. Other
  7. None of the above


* 12.Select the response that best describes your level of experience, education or training in reading and interpreting manufacturer's instructions or other technical manuals to maintain and repair equipment associated with water storage and conveyance facilities.
  1. I have not performed these job functions.
  2. I have received post high school education or formal training in these functions, but I have not performed them on the job.
  3. I have performed similar or directly related job functions and my experience and training have prepared me to perform these functions.
  4. I have performed these functions as a regular part of maintaining an industrial facility.
  5. I am highly skilled at performing these functions. I have performed them independently and routinely and have carried them out successfully.


* 13.Select the type(s) of structures on which you have performed general maintenance duties.
  1. Power plants
  2. Dams
  3. Penstocks/draft tubes
  4. Large concrete structures
  5. Canals
  6. Fish passage facilities
  7. Gate houses
  8. Outlet works
  9. Spillways
  10. None of the above


* 14.Elaborate on your answer to the previous question (i.e. identifying the specific structures you have worked on). Also, indicate where this is reflected on your resume, but do not paste your resume here.
Maximum length of 8000 characters.


* 15.Select the equipment you have operated as a regular part of your job.
  1. Tractors (e.g., wheeled tractors, crawler tractors)
  2. Front-end loaders
  3. Dump trucks
  4. Forklifts
  5. Boats
  6. Motor vehicles
  7. None of the above


* 16.From the choices below, please indicate the areas in which you have experience or education in grounds maintenance:
  1. Plant trees, shrubs, ground covers, and flowers
  2. Prune, transplant and trim trees.
  3. Spray chemicals from tractor mounted sprayers
  4. Spray chemical from hand-held sprayers
  5. Cut, trim and edge lawns with various implements and equipment
  6. None of the above


* 17.Select the materials you have used on a regular basis in a commercial or industrial work environment.
  1. Wood products (plywood, fir, hardwood)
  2. Plastics
  3. Glass
  4. Paint
  5. Metal pipe
  6. Plastic pipe
  7. Plumbing fixtures
  8. Roofing materials
  9. Sealers and glue
  10. Cement
  11. Plaster
  12. Thinners
  13. Sandpaper
  14. None of the above


* 18.Select the statement that describes your present skill level in using/applying the materials listed in the above question.
  1. I have full knowledge and skill with the materials. I can select the proper material and use independently with desired results.
  2. I have some knowledge and skill with the materials. Once the item is selected, I can use it independently without further assistance.
  3. I have limited knowledge and skill with the materials. I can work with the materials as part of a work group, provided I am given assistance and guidance.
  4. I have little or no knowledge or skill with the materials. I would require training and full supervision to work with these materials.


* 19.Please indicate which job(s) you held which required you to use these materials. Indicate where this is found on your resume, but do not paste your resume here.
Maximum length of 8000 characters.


* 20.Select the response that describes your experience in applying safety procedures when using tools and equipment.
  1. I have not had education, training, or experience in this function.
  2. I have on-the-job experience in this function. My work was closely monitored/supervised to ensure compliance with proper safety procedures.
  3. I have performed work safely as a regular part of a job. I have worked independently and without more than normal review by a supervisor or team leader and without injury.
  4. I have experience with using and following hazardous energy control (lockout/tagout) procedures as part of a job.
  5. Working safely has been an integral or major part of my job. I have routinely operated tools and equipment safely and/or others have consulted me as an expert for assistance in safely operating tools and equipment.


* 21.I have used my interpersonal communication skills in the following area(s):
  1. Dealt with individuals who were difficult, hostile or distressed.
  2. Succeeded in working with co-workers, supervisors and high level management.
  3. Identified and responded to critical events with diplomacy and action.
  4. Negotiated with others to reach agreement, settlement, consensus, compliance or a solution.
  5. None of the above.


* 22.Select the response that best describes your level of experience using Standing Operating Procedures.
  1. I have used these procedures but would need help or close supervision.
  2. I have used these procedures to perform common and simple tasks with limited supervision.
  3. I have used these procedures to diagnose routine problems and perform common tasks without supervision.
  4. I have used these procedures to diagnose complex problems and perform complex tasks.
  5. None of the above.






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