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Human Resources Assistant Recent Graduate Pmb

Company name
Department Of The Interior Bureau of Reclamation

$36,317.00 to $52,621.00

Golden, CO

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$36,317 to $52,621 per year

Pay scale & grade

GS 05 - 06

Work schedule

Full-Time - FULL TIME

Appointment type

Recent Graduates - 1 year, with possible conversion to career conditional position upon completion of program.


Lakewood, CO

FEW vacancies

Relocation expenses reimbursed


This job is open to

The public

U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S., and excepted service employees.

Students & recent graduates


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Reclamation is seeking an applicant interested in the field of Human Resources who is looking for an opportunity to gain experience as an entry level Human Resources Assistant.

This is a career development opportunity in the excepted service under the Bureau of Reclamation Pathways Recent Graduate Program. The position may be filled at the GS-05 or 06 grade level. After completion of the required training period, meeting all of the requirements of a specialized participant agreement, meeting all of the OPM qualification requirements for the position, and receiving a favorable recommendation from management, the individual selected for this position may be converted to a term, career or career conditional appointment in the competitive service. Conversion is not promised or guaranteed.

Here is a great opportunity to join a great organization with excellent growth potential!

LOCATION: Policy and Administration, Human Resources Policy & Programs Division, Lakewood, CO.

DOI uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit

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-Using project management principles, the incumbent guides the HR Specialists through the development of timelines and milestones and maintains both a master plan of all Division Projects and more detailed plan of each individual project.

-Serves as center point of contact to track status of external requests to the Division. Maintains a list of suspense dates for all requests that come into the Division.

-Compiles meeting minutes for staff meetings. Assists with data entry and a variety of general office support, as needed. Reviews correspondence to ensure proper arrangement, grammatical accuracy, and correct spelling in the final copy.

-Responds to general HR program and policy inquiries to identify appropriate staff member for follow up. Develops draft response for general human resources policy and program inquiries from internal and external stakeholders.

-Assists senior staff members with special projects through the drafting of issue papers, communication materials, and presentations.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Very limited travel possible

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply

This job is open to…

All U.S. Citizens and U.S. Nationals who meet the eligibility requirements for the Pathways Recent Graduate Program as explained below under Requirements.

Questions? This job is open to 2 groups.

Job family (Series)

0203 Human Resources Assistance



Conditions of Employment

U.S. Citizenship or U.S. National

Suitable for Federal Employment, determined by background investigation.

You must submit resume, and supporting documentation (See How to Apply)

You must meet specialized experience requirements; (See Qualifications)

Must sign a Pathways Recent Graduate Participant Agreement

The entire period served as a Recent Graduate is considered a Trial Period

You must meet all qualification requirements for this position and the Pathways Recent Graduate program by the reporting date listed in this announcement.

ELIGIBILITY: Applicants must be recent graduates who have completed, within the previous two years, a qualifying associate, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution. Veterans (as defined in 5 USC 2108) who, due to military service obligation, were precluded from applying to the Recent Graduates Program during any portion of the 2-year eligibility period described above have a full 2-year period of eligibility upon their release or discharge from active duty; however, this eligibility period cannot extend beyond 6 years from the date of completion of the requirements of an academic course of study. Throughout the program, individuals will participate in job assignments to develop competencies and to enhance their career goals. All eligibility and qualification requirements for the position and the Pathways Recent Graduate program must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

PROMOTION: If the position is filled at the GS-05 or GS-06 grade level, subsequent promotion to the next higher grade level is permissible without further competition. Promotion is not guaranteed or promised but dependent upon administrative approval and the agency’s continuing need for an actual assignment and performance at the higher level duties.

CONVERSION: After successful completion of all program requirements, the Recent Graduates MAY be converted to a permanent or term position in the competitive service, but the conversion is neither guaranteed or promised. To be eligible for conversion, Recent Graduates MUST:

-Successfully complete at least 1-year of continuous service in addition to all requirements of the Program;

-Demonstrate successful job performance;

-Meet the Office of Personnel Management's qualifications for the position to which the Recent Graduate may be converted; and

-Be recommended for conversion by their supervisor.

For more information on the Pathways Programs, please visit:


To qualify for this position, you must:

- meet the Pathways Recent Graduate Program eligibility requirements;

- meet the OPM Basic Qualification Requirements for the GS–0203-05 or 06 position; and

- if you are interested in being considered at the GS-0203-05 or 06 level, possess any additional specialized experience and/or education requirements for that grade.

GS-5 applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-4 level. To meet specialized experience, your resume must describe experience that demonstrates the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities as defined below:

Experience performing personnel transactions such as processing personnel actions using an automated processing payroll system OR performing administrative and clerical tasks in support of an office. Examples of clerical work include: maintaining a variety of automated and hard copy files in current and up-to-date conditions; maintaining official records; initiating and updating word processing documents and reports; and responding to inquiries, via email, on the telephone, or through regular mail.

GS-6 applicants must possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5. To meet specialized experience, your resume must describe experience that demonstrates the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities as defined below:

Experience with administrative functions and/or performing personnel transactions. This includes the interpretation and application of regulations, procedures or laws. Experience in one or more areas of civilian personnel operations or policy. Experience in human resources work that includes making person-to-person contacts to explain regulatory, procedural, and policy requirements. Experience in processing various personnel forms, record or reports (i.e. personnel appraisals, incentive awards, benefits, forms, personnel actions, etc.). Experience preparing official correspondence using data from various source documents and preparing reports according to prescribed guidelines. Experience coordinating moderately complex projects.

SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE: Applicants may also qualify on the basis of education as follows:

GS-5: 4 years above high school

GS-6: No substitution for experience

COMBINATION OF EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and experience may be used to meet total qualification requirements. This is done by determining the applicant's total qualifying experience as a percentage of the experience required for the grade level; then determining the applicant's education as a percentage of the education required for the grade level; and then adding the two percentages. The total percentages must equal at least 100 percent to qualify an applicant for that grade level.

For GS-5 level positions, only education in excess of the first 60 semester hours (i.e., beyond the second year) is creditable toward meeting the specialized experience requirement. One full academic year of study (30 semester hours) beyond the second year is equivalent to 6 months of specialized experience.


This vacancy announcement allows substituting education for experience at the GS-5 level. You must submit a copy of your college transcript (unofficial copy is acceptable) to support your education if you are substituting education for experience. Transcripts must include the name of the college or university and date the degree was conferred.

Foreign Education: To receive credit for education completed outside the United States, applicants must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.

Additional information

--Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. For more information visit:

--Telework Determination: The Bureau of Reclamation has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.

--Background Investigation: This position requires a moderate risk background investigation with a favorable adjudication, this is a condition of employment.

--Equal Employment Opportunity: The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability and genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

After the vacancy announcement closes, a review of your application/resume will be made to ensure you meet the basic eligibility and minimum qualification requirements of the job. Your eligibility and qualification status will be based on an assessment conducted using qualification standards, your responses to job-related questions, information provided in your resume, and required supporting documents, if applicable (see the Required Documents section). Veterans’ preference applies to the selection for positions in the Pathways Program. The examination and selection of applicants will be made in accordance with the requirements of 5 CFR 302.

Category rating and selection procedures will be used for evaluating this position. If you meet the basic qualification requirements, your on-line responses to the vacancy assessment questionnaire will be used to determine the quality and extent of your experience, education, training, etc., for placement in one of the following categories: 1) Best Qualified, 2) Well Qualified and 3) Qualified. Veterans with preference will be placed at the top of their respective category. The assessment questionnaire will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. Applicants determined best qualified will be referred to the selecting official. Applicants will be further evaluated on the following Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs) below through your resume and responses to the online questions.

1. Knowledge of the principles of project management and associated software.

2. Knowledge of standard office software.

3. Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.

4. Knowledge of routine office management procedures, including preparing correspondence and other formal documents.

Applicant’s answers to assessment questions will be verified against information provided in their online resume. Be sure that the resume clearly supports the responses to all the questions by addressing experience, education and/or training relevant to this position. Applicants must make a fair and accurate assessment of their qualifications. Applicants who exaggerate or falsify their experience and/or education may be removed from employment consideration.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Required Documents

Required Documents

To be considered for this position, applicants are required to submit a resume (with dates of employment, i.e. years and months, schedule i.e. full-time, part-time, and grade if federal employment), an on-line assessment questionnaire, and the following supporting documents, as appropriate:

--Transcripts: You MUST submit your unofficial college transcripts with your application to include transfer courses and grades to calculate GPA, along with your graduation date. If you have graduated within the past 30 days and your transcripts have not yet been updated to include your graduation date, you must also provide a letter from your college or university with your graduation date. Applicants who fail to provide transcripts AND degree completion information (if degree date is not yet shown on the transcripts) will be marked as insufficient and will not receive consideration for this position. If selected, you will be required to provide official college transcripts to verify your educational qualifications prior to reporting for work.

--DD-214, CERTIFICATE OF RELEASE FROM ACTIVE DUTY (member 4 copy), if applicable: If you are entitled to veterans’ preference, you must provide a copy of your DD-214, and the type of preference you are claiming should be included on your resume. Your veterans’ preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency. If you are claiming that veteran service made it impossible to apply within 2 years of having graduated from an eligible educational institution, be sure that you provide sufficient documentation (more than 1 DD-214) to support your claim.

-- For 5-point veterans' preference, submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member 4 Copy), or an official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.

-- For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation requested by this form.

--For information on veteran's eligibility visit:

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.



A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits

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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

How to Apply

How to Apply

Applications (resume and assessment questionnaire) for this vacancy MUST be received online BEFORE midnight Eastern Time (Washington D.C. time) on the closing date of this announcement. When you're ready to apply, click the blue APPLY ONLINE button at the side of the page. This vacancy is being announced through Bureau of Reclamation's Hiring System--HireMe. For more information about the HireMe system and the registration process, visit:

As part of the on-line application process, applicants may be required to submit supporting documents. Failure to submit the requested supporting documents may result in your not being considered for this position.

Options for submitting supporting documentation include Auto Requested Fax or uploading from your USAJOBS profile - instructions provided during the online application process. In addition, you may E-mail your supporting documentation to, fax directly to the HR Office at 303-445-6349, mail to (DFC) 6th and Kipling Building 67, Room 348, Denver, CO 80225, OR hand-deliver to HR Office: Denver Federal Center (DFC) 6th and Kipling, Bldg 67, Room 348, Denver, CO 80225. Include your name and the vacancy number on the supporting document(s).

This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us at the phone number shown at the bottom of this page. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

Agency contact information

HR Service Center








P.O. Box 25007

DFC, Bldg. 67

Denver, Colorado

United States

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Next steps

After all application packages have been received, resumes and transcripts will be reviewed to ensure applicants meet the basic qualification requirements. Each applicant who meets the basic qualifications will be further evaluated on the information provided in the Assessment Questionnaire. Best-qualified applicants will be referred to the selecting official. After making a tentative job offer, a suitability and/or security background investigation will be conducted. A final job offer is typically made within 40 days after the deadline for applications. Applicants should monitor their status for positions with the Bureau of Reclamation, by regularly checking their public status notifications in their USAJOBS profile.

Fair & Transparent

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when: An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.

An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.

An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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Selective Service

New employee probationary period

Note: We cannot accept applications on behalf of Federal Agencies. Application instructions are listed within the Job Description.

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