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Regional Employment Opportunities with the Bureau of Reclamation

LC Region location mapThank you for your interest in employment with the Bureau of Reclamation, the federal agency that manages, develops and protects the water resources of the American West.

Here in the Lower Colorado Region, we manage the last 688 miles of the the Colorado River within the United States and administer programs in parts of five states that contribute water to or draw water from the Colorado River including southern California; southern Nevada; the southwest corner of Utah; most of Arizona; and part of west-central New Mexico.

Our exciting job opportunities cover a wide range of specialties -- hydropower plant operators, administrative assistants, engineers, writers/editors, tour guides, hydraulic and civil engineers, information management specialists, biologists -- and more! From high school to graduate school, we also have student jobs that offer many benefits for participants - read on for more information...

Office Locations | Special Appointing Authorities for Veterans | Hiring People with Disabilities | Student & Recent Graduates: Pathways Programs | How to Apply | Contact Us

Office Locations

Our offices are located in major metropolitan areas throughout the Southwest. They include:

Near Las Vegas, Nevada:

In Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona:

In Yuma, Arizona:

In Temecula, California:

Special Appointing Authorities for Veterans

Reclamation honors special hiring authorities designed for veterans. Special hiring authorities supporting our veterans include the Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA), Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) of 1998, as amended, and 30% or More Disabled Veteran.

Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA)

An excepted authority that can appoint eligible veterans without competition if a veteran meets the following:

  • In receipt of a campaign badge for service during a war or in a campaign or expedition; OR
  • A disabled veteran, OR
  • In receipt of an Armed Forces Service Medal for participation in a military operation, OR
  • A recently separated veteran (within the last 3 years), AND separated under honorable conditions (this means an honorable or general discharge).

An appointment under this authority may be at any grade level up to and including a GS-11 or equivalent in the excepted service. After two years of satisfactory service, the veteran is converted to a career or career-conditional appointment, as appropriate.

30% or More Disabled Veteran

An appointment allows any veteran with a 30% or more service-connected disability to be given a noncompetitive temporary appointment of more than 60 days or a term appointment if the veteran meets the following:

  • Retired from active military service with a service-connected disability rating of 30% or more; OR
  • Rated by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) since 1991 or later showing a compensable service-connected disability of 30% or more.

There is no grade level limitation for this authority, but the appointee must meet all qualification requirements including any written test requirement. Conversion without a break of service, to a career or career-conditional appointment may be given at any time during the temporary or term appointment.

Veterans Employment Opportunity Act of 1998 (VEOA)

A competitive service appointing authority that can only be used when filling permanent, competitive service positions. It allows veterans to apply to announcements under merit promotion procedures if it is outside of the workforce, if a veterans' latest discharge is issued under honorable conditions, AND must be either:

  • A preference eligible (defined in title 5 U.S.C. 2108(3)), OR
  • A veteran separated from the armed forces after 3 or more years of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions.

Hiring People with Disabilities

People with disabilities may be considered for employment with the Bureau of Reclamation non-competitively through the Excepted Service-Appointment of Persons with Disabilities.

How does the hiring authority work?

How is a person with a disability defined?

Reasonable Accommodations

The Bureau of Reclamation provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process, please notify us.

Student & Recent Graduates: Pathways Programs

Established under Executive Order 13562, the Pathways Program was developed to provide a clear path towards Federal internship opportunities for current students and recent graduates in the federal workforce. The Pathways Program consist of three parts; the Internship Program for current students; the Recent Graduates program; and the Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program.

Internship Program

The Internship Program is for current students. This program is designed to provide students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions from high school to graduate level, with paid opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal careers while still in school. The internship program replaces the Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) and the Student Temporary Experience Program (STEP).

Recent Graduates Program

The Recent Graduates Program is for those who have recently completed a qualifying advance degree (e.g., masters or professional degree) and seek a dynamic, career development program with training and mentorship. To be eligible, applicants must apply within two years of degree or certificate completion (except for veterans precluded from doing so due to their military service obligation, who will have up to six years after degree completion to apply).

Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program

The PMF program is a leadership program at the entry-level for advance degree candidates. It is designed for students who have completed within the past two years, a qualifying advanced degree (e.g., masters or professional degree). An individual may apply for the PMF Program more than once as long as he or she meets the eligibility criteria. However, if an individual becomes a Finalist and subsequently applies for the PMF Program during the next open announcement, the individual will forfeit his or her status as a Finalist. The PMF program is administered by the PMF office within Office of Personnel Management (OPM). OPM announces the opportunity to apply for the PMF Program.

Individuals interested in opportunities supported by the Pathways Programs should contact the office at: 1-877-887-2980 or email: lcrhrservice@usbr.gov


How to Apply

All job vacancies are advertised on www.USAJobs.gov. To be considered for any position, including student opportunities, you must register and apply on-line. If you do not use the USAJobs Resume Builder, please ensure your resume contains the information provided in this "Recommended Resume Format".

Contact Us

Need more information about our opportunities or the application process? Come by our office on the corner of Nevada Highway and Park Street in Boulder City, Nevada, between 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. (Pacific Time) or contact us at:

Bureau of Reclamation
Lower Colorado Regional Office
ATTN: LC-5000
PO Box 61470
Boulder City, NV 89006
phone: (877) 887-2980; TDD (877) 357-2202
or email: lcrhrservice@usbr.gov

The Bureau of Reclamation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

For Telecommunications Relay Services (TRS) Dial: 711

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Updated: August 2014