Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs SUPERVISORY IRRIGATION SYSTEM OPERATOR, GS-0459-9 in Saint Ignatius, Montana

Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Saint Ignatius, MT
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Wednesday 10/12/2016 (10 day(s) ago)

** Closes Wednesday 10/26/2016 (4 day(s) away)

Job Overview

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is the lead agency for the United States in carrying on a government-to-government relationship with the tribal nations. A challenging and dynamic place to work, it enhances the quality of life, promotes economic opportunity, and carries out the responsibility to protect and improve the trust assets of American Indians, Indian tribes and Alaska Natives.

Vacancy Identification Number (VIN): 1824020


Posn.#4621433, DOI-Bureau of Indian Affairs Northwest Region, Flathead Agency


St. Ignatius, Montana

GS-09: $48,968 - $63,654 Per Annum

(First time hires to the Federal Government normally start at the lower salary range of the grade level).

INDIAN PREFERENCE:Preference in filling vacancies is given to qualified Indian candidates in accordance with the Indian Preference Act of 1934 (Title 25, USC, Section 472). Verification of Form BIA-4432 must be submitted with the application if claiming Indian Preference. Indian Preference eligibles that are not currently employed with the Federal service will be appointed under the Excepted Service Appointment Authority Schedule A, 213.3112(A)(7).

VETERANS EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES ACT (VEOA):Preference eligibles may apply for permanent positions (career or career-conditional appointments) under merit promotion procedures for VEOA appointments; however, veteran’s preference is not a factor in these appointments. To be eligible for a VEOA appointment, a veteran must be a preference eligible OR veteran separated after 3 or more years of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions. Applicants must submit a copy of their DD-214 for verification of eligibility. For more information, click here:

FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES:Former Federal Employees are required to indicate whether they received a Voluntary Separation Incentive Payment (VSIP) buyout in their previous employment with the Federal government, and are required to submit a copy of the applicable Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) regarding the VSIP. The majority of individuals, who accept reemployment with the Federal government within 5 years of receiving the VSIP amount, must repay the gross amount of the separation pay prior to reemployment.

Additional selections may be made from this announcement if identical vacancies occur within 90 days from the closing date.


NOTE:This is a supervisory position. Under provision of the Civil Service Reform Act, first-time supervisors are required to serve a trial period before their appointment becomes final. Those who do not satisfactorily complete the trial period will be returned to positions of no lower grade and pay then those they occupied before assuming their supervisory assignment.


  • Responsible for supervising Irrigation System Operators and/or Maintenance Workers; plans work, establishes priorities and prepare schedules for completion; evaluates performance of subordinates; participates in selection of new subordinates.
  • Receives water orders, takes daily measurements, maintains record of water delivery, reservoir inflow and outflow, and in-stream flows, calculates requirements for area served, and arranges quantity, time and duration of deliveries.
  • Operates project distribution facilities.
  • Responsible for constant surveillance and condition of irrigation related facilities.
  • Recommends needed maintenance and schedules required repairs.
  • Responds to emergency situations.
  • Operates a variety of small transportation equipment, small earthmoving equipment, dump trucks, backhoes, small dozers, and electric motors and pumps.
Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • May be required to attend conference, meetings, training, site visits, and/or field work.
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements

*EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: *(OPM Operating Manual, Qualification Standards for Technical and Medical Support Positions, GS-0459 and Individual Occupational Requirments for Irrigation System Operations Series, GS-0459).

GS-9: At least 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-8 grade level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sector). This experience may include activities such as: 1) farming or ranching work that provided knowledge of soil and water conservation practices and irrigation procedures used in the geographical area for which application is made; 2) construction, maintenance, or operating work that provided a knowledge of the control, regulation, distribution, and measurement of water; controlling, clearing, repairing, and maintaining irrigation ditches, canals, and equipment; 3) or soil conservation or engineering technician work where the duties provided a knowledge of irrigation procedures OR 2 full years of graduate level education directly related to the to the position.

GRADUATE EDUCATION:Graduate education must be related to the occupation and demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.

FOREIGN EDUCATION:If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education.

Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation upon request. Failure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration.

For more information regarding evaluation of foreign education for federal employment, please visit the U.S. Dept of Ed.

SUITABILITY, CLEARANCE & REQUIREMENTS:A background security investigation will be required for all new hires. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.

DECLARATION FOR FEDERAL EMPLOYMENT:As a Federal employee, you will be required to submit a signed and completed "Declaration for Federal Employment," OF-306, to determine your suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background check for Federal employment.

OTHER:Incumbent is required, as an incidental duty, to operate a government-owned or leased motor vehicle, in the performance of duties, therefore, a valid driver's license is required. Incumbent must have a safe driving record within the three-year period immediately preceding submittal of GSA Form 3607 and be able to meet the safe driving requirements of the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

TELEWORK:The Bureau of Indian Affairs has determined that the duties of the position are not suitable for telework under any circumstances.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Good physical condition is necessary to endure the outdoor environment for a major part of the activities such as climbing, walking, driving and working with tools and instruments. Incumbent must have ability to safely lift, carry, push, pull, swim and climb as the occasion may call for in operating equipment or tools in canal maintenance work, water control and related activity.

Occasional moderate to heavy physical work is required during performance of most off-season maintenance duties. Requirements are: physical lifting, pulling, carrying, etc., lift, carry and set up tools equipment, lumber, cement, steel and other items weighing up to 100 pounds. Incumbent must also be able to maneuver on and around Project structures both during maintenance and operation; this includes standing, stooping, bending, kneeling, climbing and working in typical construction and maintenance worksites (trenches, scaffolds, platforms, ladders, etc.).

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The majority of time is spent outdoors. Work is carried out in all kinds of weather, on all kinds of terrain and with footing conditions form dry and solid, to wet, deep mud, ice, snow, and around deep water. Breathing conditions are generally good, but temperatures vary from subzero to maximum summer heat.

Security Clearance

Q - Nonsensitive

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

Once the online questionnaire is received, you will receive an acknowledgement email notifying you that your submission was successful. After a review of your application is made, you will be notified regarding your rating and referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted.


The Bureau of Indian Affairs offers a comprehensive benefits package. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered:

Other Information

CTAP & ICTAP APPLICANTS:Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) participants who are well qualified may apply for this position. To be eligible for consideration under CTAP, an applicant must provide written notification that they will be losing their current federal position. To be eligible for consideration under ICTAP, an applicant must provide proof that they have lost their federal position within the last year. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position. Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit proof that they meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. Please annotate your application to reflect that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible. For more information regarding CTAP & ICTAP, please visit

NOTICE TO MALE APPLICANTS:Section 1622 of the Defense Authorization Act of 1986, prohibits any male born after December 31, 1959, from being appointed to a position in an executive agency if he has knowingly and willfully failed to register with the Selective Service System. Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, will be required to complete a certification document to confirm their Selective Service registration status, if selected for appointment.

Salary Range: $48,968.00 to $63,654.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0459-09/09

Promotion Potential: 9

Supervisory Status: Yes


Control Number: 453209100

Job Announcement Number: NW-17-05