Benefits of Working at Reclamation

Reclamation's greatest resource is its people. To help employees experience a challenging career while balancing their personal life, we offer comprehensive, competitive, and flexible benefits.

Reclamation strives to take care of employees' short- and long-term needs. Benefits include:

  • Holidays: 10 with pay each year
  • Vacation: 2 1/2 weeks to start
  • Sick leave: 2 1/2 weeks each year
  • A premier retirement plan with an optional savings feature
  • Family and medical leave
  • Numerous medical insurance plans
  • Various life insurance options
  • Flexible work schedules
  • Incentive awards and recognition

You can accumulate up to a maximum of 6 weeks of vacation leave at the end of each year. Unused sick leave carries over from year to year, with no maximum amount.

Alternative Work Schedules

Reclamation will work with its employees to create alternative work schedules when needed, including flexible and compressed work schedules for all general schedule employees and hourly employees. These schedules allow employees to vary their work hours and/or workdays from a traditional 8 hours per day, 5 day a week schedule.

Family Friendly Leave

It is Reclamation's belief that employees are the organization's greatest asset and Reclamation is committed to helping employees balance work and family needs.

Health Insurance

The cost of health benefits for permanent employees is shared between the government and the employee. The government's share is approximately 2/3 of the cost and the employee's share approximately 1/3.

For permanent employees on a part-time work schedule, the government pro-rates the amount it will pay. The employee will be responsible for their share and the balance of the government's share.

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Life Insurance

All permanent employees are covered by Basic Life from the first day of their appointment or conversion unless they elect to waive this coverage by the end of the first pay period in a permanent status.

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Reclamation salaries are competitive with those of other Federal agencies and many private firms. We offer additional pay for certain localities and hard-to-fill jobs, plus annual cost-of-living increases.

Most Reclamation salaries are paid under the Federal Government's General Schedule (GS). Your grade level will depend on your qualifications and the job's requirements.

GS pay is adjusted depending on the geographic area in which you work. Locality pay typically raises salaries from 6 to 15 percent higher than the GS pay plan. Also, certain hard-to-fill jobs--usually in the scientific, technical, and engineering fields--may have higher starting salaries. The exact pay for an advertised position will be included in the vacancy announcement. Current salary rates are available at the web site

Positions in the trades and crafts areas are paid under a system that ensures employees the same rate of pay as people working in similar jobs in the surrounding area. Information on hourly pay rates is also included in the vacancy announcement.


The Federal employee retirement system (FERS) is the primary retirement system available to new employees. It is a three- tier system with a traditional retirement component, a social security component, and the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) as a component.

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Reclamation supports the Work-at-Home and Telecommuting Programs as human resource and family friendly initiatives designed to benefit the employee in balance with the degree to which management, organizational, and operational requirements are able to permit their usage. In addition, these programs provide support for public efforts to reduce pollution, traffic congestion, and energy consumption.


Reclmation has established a work environment supportive of employee training and development. It involves the personal involvement of managers with their employees to develop a traning plan so the employee can accomplish present and future duties of their job.

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Holidays: 10 with pay each year
Vacation: 2 1/2 weeks to start
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Wellness Centers

Physical and mental well-being are key components of a healthy workforce. Beyond offering comprehensive health benefits (insurance and flexible spending accounts), Reclamation is committed to providing health and wellness programs, resources and services that will enhance the general well-being and quality of life of its employees. We seek to provide education, opportunity and support for an environment that articulates, celebrates, and supports healthy lifestyle choices with respect and appreciation for each person's cultural context.

Employee Assistance Program (EAP) EAP is free to employees, and offers confidential, voluntary, short-term counseling and referral for various issues affecting employee mental and emotional well-being, such as alcohol and other substance abuse, stress, grief, family problems, and psychological disorders. EAP also offers consultation and resources for legal, financial, childcare, eldercare, petcare, academic concerns and smoking cessation.

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Last Updated: 10/3/17