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Western Area Power Administration Public Utilities Specialist (Contracts and Energy Services) in Billings, Montana


Western Area Power Administration, Upper Great Plains Region, Power Marketing, Power Contracts and Energy Services (B6200), Billings, MT. This is a recent graduate position and applicants must meet the requirements of the recent graduate program.


Serves as a trainee Public Utilities Specialist, the incumbent will be responsible to develop and administer power marketing contracts while supporting customer's needs and learning about the electric utility industry. As a trainee the incumbent will be mentored by a senior specialist, developing and reviewing energy contracts, developing customer service skills, and building and maintaining relationships with internal and external customers.


Conditions of Employment

You must be a United States Citizen.

This employer participates in the e-Verify program.

See "Other Information" section regarding Selective Service requirements.

The employee may be non-competitively promoted when qualified and recommended by management, however,promotions are not guaranteed. The full performance level of this position is GS-12. Recent Graduates Program affords developmental experiences in the FederalGovernment intended to promote possible careers in the civil service to individuals whohave recently graduated from qualifying educational institutions or programs. To beeligible, 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). Successful applicantsare placed in a one-year Excepted service, career developmental program which mayinclude specialized training, formal rotational assignments, and other developmentalactivities. Under the formal training program applicants will be provided a mentor andexecute an Individual Development Plan outlining training requirements and programexpectations. Participants who successfully complete the program may be converted toterm or permanent positions.To be eligible for conversion to a permanent or termposition Recent Graduates must:1)Have successfully completed at least 1 year ofcontinuous service in addition to all requirements of the Program.2)Demonstratesuccessful job performance.3)Meet the Office of Personnel Management’s qualificationsfor the position to which the Recent Graduate will be converted.


Recent Graduate candidates must meet the qualification requirementsconsistent with OPM qualification standards applicable to the position being filled by the closing date of the announcement.For the GS-5 level, you must have completed 4 academic years of post high school study or Bachelors Degree. Your current education program must lead to a bachelor's or higher degree. Applicants can also meet the GS-5 level with an Associates Degree and one year of qualifying experience equivalent to the GS-4 level.

For the GS-7 level, you must have completed 4 academic years of post high school study or Bachelors Degree with Superior Academic Achievement (3.0 GPA or higher). Your current education program must lead to a bachelor's or higher degree.

For the GS-9 level, you must have completed the academic requirements for a Master's Degree. You may meet this requirements through a combination of education and meeting the specialized experience requirements of the position.EXPLANATION OF TERMSAn academic year of undergraduate education is defined as 30 semester hours, 45-quarter hours, or the equivalent in an accredited college or university or 36 weeks at an accredited business, technical, vocational, or qualifying educational institution for at least 20 classroom hours per week.An academic year of graduate education is defined as 18 semester hours or 27 quarter hours should be considered as satisfying the 1 year of full-time study requirement or the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent 1 academic year of full-time study."Experience" refers to paid and unpaid experience. Examples of qualifying unpaid experience may include: volunteer work done through National Service programs (such as Peace Corps and AmeriCorps); as well as work for other community-based philanthropic and social organizations. 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.You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


You must submit transcripts to support your completion of a degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution. Transcripts must include school name, students name, GPA or academic standing, degree program and/or major field of study/concentration.TranscriptMUSTbe submitted to be considered for this position. (A copy of your degreewill notbe accepted- unofficial transcripts are acceptable).Education must be obtained from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.Foreign education must be reviewed by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For special instructions pertaining to foreign education and a list of organizations that can evaluate foreign education, see the Department of Education website.

Additional Information

More than one selection may be made from this vacancy announcement.Some positions may require completion of a probationary period of up to 1 (one) year.Thisposition require successful completion of a background investigation.All males born after December 31, 1959 must abide by laws regarding Selective Service registration. To learn more about this law, visit the Selective Service web page, Who Must Register. If you are not registered and don't have an approved exemption, you will not be eligible for employment with the Federal government.If selection is made at a lower grade, promotion up to the full performance level may be made without further competition. However, promotion(s) will depend on the performance of the incumbent and are not guaranteed.