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Bureau of Reclamation Supervisory Repayment Specialist in Willows, California

Summary Reclamation is seeking a career professional looking for an opportunity to capitalize on their expertise as a Supervisory Repayment Specialist. You can make a difference in the West by assisting in meeting increasing water demands while protecting the environment. Duty Location: Willows, California Responsibilities The position is in the Water and Lands Division of the Northern California Area Office (NCAO), located at Willows, California. As Chief, Water and Lands Division, you will be responsible for the evaluation, preparation, negotiation, and administration of water service contracts for the sale of water within the area from Shasta Lake to Sacramento, including the Sacramento, Shasta, and Trinity River Divisions of the Central Valley Project. Since enactment of the Central Valley Project Improvement Act in October 1992, Reclamation is charged with the responsibility to implement and administer complex contractual activities. Included among these are: limitation on contracting including contract reform for new contracts and renewal of existing long-term contracts; water transfers; improved water management and conservation; metering of water use requirements; meeting State and Federal water quality standards; water pricing reform; increased revenues including restoration fund payments and budget formulation; use of project facilities for water banking; expansion of contractor service areas; contract assignments; and environmental reviews. Responsible for administration and enforcement of the Reclamation Reform Act (RRA), and administration of those lands owned by the United States that are under the jurisdiction of Reclamation. Oversees the recreation programs at Stony Gorge and East Park Reservoirs. Responsible for meeting contract requirements of metering, measuring, and supplying Federal wildlife refuge water from various Federal water sources including accounting for all Sacramento River deliveries. -Plans and organizes the work of the Water and Lands Division, furnishing direction and guidance to subordinates to assure the timely, efficient, economical, and adequate accomplishment of objectives and requirements. -Inspects facilities operated and maintained by the Tehama-Colusa Canal Authority to ensure compliance with contract provisions. -Responsible for the administration of approximately 200 repayment, water service and loan contracts, and land out grants. -Responsible for administering the Refuge Water Supply Program for the NCAO including negotiating water service contracts with the Fish and Wildlife Service and California Department of Fish and Game for five wildlife refuges. -Works closely and cooperatively with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in reviewing applications for water transfers to minimize and eliminate, if possible, any impacts on anadromous fisheries or wildlife habitat. -Assists with investigations regarding changes in operation of Red Bluff Diversion Dam, Tehama-Colusa Canal, and Orland Project reservoirs to provide environmental and fish and wildlife benefits, and refuge water supplies. -Provides for resolution of trespasses, processes out grants, and identifies surplus land eligible for disposal along 155 miles of the Corning Canal and Tehama-Colusa Canal, 100 miles of Orland Project canals, and three reservoirs. -Assigns work, providing priorities and direction to appropriate branches or individuals as required. -Approves leave, provides on-the-job training, and recommends employees for formal training. -Ensures equal opportunity for subordinate employees in the selection of participants for training, promotions, awards and recognition, and other career development opportunities. -Works with the Deputy Area Manager for NCAO in the development, implementation and review of organization and staffing requirements, program schedules, budget estimates, personnel utilization, employee development, cost reduction, and other administrative programs. -Represents Reclamation at conferences and meetings with other Federal agencies, irrigation districts, local government representatives, recreation organizations, landowners, and others, with respect to construction repayment, water, and land activities, and similarly, in liaison relationships with the California Great Basin (CGB) Regional Office including the Central Valley Operations Office. Requirements Conditions of Employment You must be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. National. You must be suitable for federal employment, determined by a background investigation. You must submit a resume and supporting documentation (see Required Documents). You must submit eligibility documents for veterans consideration (see Required Documents). You must meet any minimum education and/or experience requirements (see Qualifications). You must submit transcript(s) to verify education requirements (see Qualifications/Education). You must maintain a valid State Driver's License at all times as the position requires operation of government vehicles on government and public roads. Failure to maintain a valid State Driver's License at all times will result in removal from the position. You will be required to complete a Financial Disclosure Form. Travel is required approximately 5-10% of the time. Who May Apply: 30% or More Disabled Veterans Bureau of Reclamation Employees (Competitive) Bureau of Reclamation Employees (Non-Competitive) Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) Department of the Interior Employees (Competitive) Department of the Interior Employees (Non-Competitive) Federal Employees (Competitive Transfer) Federal Employees (Non-Competitive Transfer) Former Federal Employees (Competitive Reinstatement) Former Federal Employees (Non-Competitive Reinstatement) Individuals with Disabilities (Schedule A) Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) Military Spouses Miscellaneous Appointing Authorities Pathways Program - Conversion Eligible Peace Corps & AmeriCorps VISTA Volunteers Public Lands Corps (PLC) Hiring Authority Special Hiring Authorities Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) Qualifications In order to be rated as qualified for this position, the HR Office must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience requirement - this information must be clearly supported in the resume. To qualify at the GS-13, you must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-12 level in federal service having demonstrated experience which includes the formation, administration or negotiation of water services contracts, project repayment or similar contracts; drafting and preparing contracts and using negotiation strategies to deal with proposed and current contracts; monitoring contractor compliance with terms and conditions; development of technical reports and legal research for water service, distribution systems, and project repayment; experience in the development of organization specific requirements related to water contracting actions. 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. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. 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). You must meet all Eligibility and Qualification requirements, including time-in-grade restrictions and any selective placement factors if applicable, by 06/24/2024. Education This position does not allow substituting education for experience. Additional Information You may be required to serve an initial probationary period. You may be required to serve an initial supervisory probation period. Reclamation has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and you may be allowed to telework with supervisory approval. If otherwise eligible and qualified, you may be offered a recruitment or relocation incentive. The decision to offer an incentive will be made on a case-by-case basis and is neither promised nor guaranteed. For information visit: Recruitment Incentive or Relocation Incentive. Permanent Change of Station (PCS) expenses are authorized with the exception of the Guaranteed Home Sale Provision or first-post-of-duty relocation expenses are authorized, as applicable. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), signed into law December 2017, suspends the moving expense deduction and the exclusion from income of qualified employer reimbursements of moving expenses that was allowed under previous tax laws. Employer reimbursements for moving costs are now generally taxed at the same rate as ordinary income. If otherwise eligible and qualified, you may be offered a Student Loan Repayment Benefit (SLRB). The decision to offer an SLRB will be made on a case-by-case basis and is neither promised nor guaranteed. For information visit: SLRB Program. If otherwise eligible and qualified, you may request consideration for a Superior Qualifications Appointment. For information, visit: OPM Fact Sheet. Related non-Federal experience or related experience as retired members of the uniformed services may be credited towards computing entitlement to leave accrual, at managerial discretion, providing that experience meets certain criteria. This provision allows new employees to earn annual leave at a higher rate than would otherwise be allowed. (5 Code of Federal Regulations, 630). For additional information, please visit: Creditable Service for Annual Leave 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 This position is designated as a Non-Critical Sensitive/Moderate Risk position. It requires a fully completed and favorably adjudicated National Security Background Investigation (T3 or T3R or equivalent - specific level depends on risk level component of position designation) that is current (within the last 5 years). This is a condition of employment. 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: This is a non-bargaining unit position. Additional vacancies may be filled using this job announcement.