IT Cybersecurity Specialist, GS-2210-12 (MPP)(RU)

US Department of the Interior - Sacramento, CA

Full-time | Part-time | Temporary
Join the staff of the Bureau of Reclamation as an IT Cybersecurity Specialist.

This position is located with the Bureau of Reclamation, Division of Information Management Services, Sacramento, CA. For more information on the Sacramento area, visit:

Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement.

Serves as a senior Information Technology (IT) Cybersecurity Specialist with responsibilities of hardening Regional general business and industrial control systems (ICS).

  • Responsible for a wide range of assignments and projects relative to information systems and cybersecurity matters.
  • Develops, implements, and evaluates the security programs of the bureau/office, including the implementation of security programs designed to anticipate, assess, and minimize system vulnerabilities such as intrusion detection or access authentication programs.
  • Modifies, adapts, and/or refines broader guidelines to resolve specific complex and/or intricate issues and problems; and identifies and researches trends and patterns in order to develop new methods and criteria and/or propose new policies and practices.
  • Participates in implementation of systems security policies, guidelines and procedures related to web-based applications, network, and systems designs.
  • Implements higher-level security requirements; integrates security programs across disciplines; participates in the assessment of new systems design methodologies; performs implementation activities; institutes measures to ensure awareness and compliance; identifies the need for changes based on new security technologies or threats; reviews and evaluates security policies; reviews proposed new systems, networks, and software designs for potential security risks.
Travel Required
25% or less - Travel is required approximately 25%.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential

Job family (Series)
2210 Information Technology Management

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Conditions of Employment
Position subject to an extensive background investigation.
May be required to work non-traditional work hours in case of emergencies.
Applicants must meet all qualification requirements, including time-in-grade restrictions and any selective factors, by the closing date of this announcement.

Time-in-Grade: Current career or career-conditional employees of the Federal government, or former career or career-conditional employees, who have a break in service of less than one year, are required to meet the time-in-grade restriction of one year of Federal experience at the next lower grade, with few exceptions outlined in 5 CFR 300.603(b).

Applicants must have one year of specialized experience or education as defined below.

GS-12: One year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal service.

For all grades, individuals must have IT related experience demonstrating each of the following for competencies:
1. Attention to Detail - Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail.
2. Customer Service - Works with clients and customers (that is, any individuals who use or receive the services or products that your work unit produces, including the general public, individuals who work in the agency, other agencies, or organizations outside the Government) to assess their needs, provide information or assistance, resolve their problems, or satisfy their expectations; knows about available products and services; is committed to providing quality products and services.
3. Oral Communication - Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.
4. Problem Solving - Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.

Definition of Specialized Experience: To meet specialized experience, your resume must describe experience that demonstrates the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities as follows:

GS-12: Experience installing, supporting, and maintaining SANs and virtual servers; experience serving as a systems administrator managing and administering LAN servers; experience managing LAN servers for performance tuning, configuration, upgrades, replacement, disaster recovery, or implementing security procedures of the operating system and hardware; experience implementing solutions designed to ensure, protect, and restore IT systems, secure configurations, services, and capabilities; utilizing or developing industrial control systems security tools to monitor, automate or resolve systems' compliance with IT security requirements; coordinating continuous monitoring activities including audit review, account management and inventory; and experience performing internal control reviews and authority to operate activities. These examples are not all inclusive.

Experience that would not normally be part of an applicant's position may be creditable when documented by satisfactory evidence (e.g., a memorandum from the manager or human resources director, SF-52, or similar documentation).

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). 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.

Additional information
Relocation: Travel and relocation expenses are not authorized and are the responsibility of the selectee.

Recruitment or Relocation Incentive: A recruitment or relocation incentive may be authorized. If authorized, incentive amount and length of service agreement will be determined at the time of selection.

Telework: Reclamation has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisory approval. This is not a virtual position.

Conditions of Employment
  • This position requires completion of a one-year probationary period, unless you have previously met this requirement.
  • Successful adjudication of personnel security investigation required.
  • Travel is required approximately 25% of the time.
  • Operation of a government vehicle is required; therefore, you must possess and maintain a valid State’s driver’s license.
  • Available to respond during non-traditional work hours to sensitive equipment outages and/or requests for technical assistance at various outlying locations.
  • All Federal employees are required by PL 104-134 to have federal payments made by direct deposit.
  • Required to obtain and use a government-issued credit card for business travel.
  • This position is included in the bargaining unit represented by NFFE, Local 951.
Optional Form 306 (OF-306): Before final appointment and again before you begin work, you will be required to sign and certify the accuracy of the information in your application. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or you may be subject to fine, imprisonment, or other disciplinary action.

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

Human Resources (HR) will review resumes and transcript(s) to ensure applicants meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided in the assessment questionnaire. The assessment questionnaire will take approximately 60 minutes. Applicants determined best-qualified will be referred to the selecting official.

Applicants will be further evaluated on the following Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs) through their resume and responses to the online questions.

1. Knowledge of Federal InfoSec directives, policies, procedures, guidelines, and standards.

2. Knowledge of, and skill in applying IT security principles and methods; the enterprise IT architecture; new IT security developments; and project management principles and methods.

3. Knowledge of Federal InfoSec directives, policies, procedures, guidelines, and standards.

4. Knowledge of, and skill in applying IT security principles and methods; the enterprise IT architecture; new IT security developments; and project management principles and methods.

5. Knowledge of, and skill in applying IT security principles and methods; requirements analysis principles and methods; and procedures.

Applicants must make a fair and accurate assessment of their qualifications. Applicants rating themselves higher than is apparent in their description of experience, competencies, skills, and/or education/training OR that copy vacancy announcement posting information verbatim into resume OR whose resume/application is incomplete may be rated ineligible or score may be lowered.

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Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

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), an on-line assessment questionnaire, and the following supporting documents, as appropriate:

SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action: Status applicants (transfer, reassignment, reinstatement, promotion, etc.) must submit a copy of their SF-50, verifying highest rate of pay and documenting career or career-conditional status in the competitive service (Tenure 1 or 2) for which you are claiming eligibility. Failure to submit an SF-50 verifying status may result in the applicant not being considered for this position.

DD-214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty: If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you must provide a copy of your DD-214, and you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume. Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.

  • 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 candidates eligible under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) you must submit the appropriate DD-214 (Member 4 Copy) documenting your eligibility.

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Special Non-Competitive Appointing Authorities: For more information on special non-competitive appointing authorities visit:

Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) Eligibles: If you are a current or former land management agency appointee – you must provide documentation to verify eligibility as follows: a) A copy of your SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, that reflects having initially been hired under competitive examining procedures to a time limited (temporary/term) appointment; b) A copy of SF-50(s), Notification of Personnel Action(s), that reflect having served under one (1) or more time-limited (temporary/term) appointments by a land management agency for a period totaling more than 24 months without a break in service of two (2) or more years; and (c) A copy of your Performance Appraisal Plan and/or Supervisor Memorandum that reflects having performed at an acceptable level during each period of service. For more information on LMWFA, visit:

CTAP/ICTAP provides placement assistance to permanent Federal employees who are surplus, displaced or involuntarily separated. Applicants claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility must submit a copy of their most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility and most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with their application. To be considered under CTAP/ICTAP, applicants must be well-qualified, i.e. meet the minimum qualification requirements, including selective factors, education and experience requirements and score at least 90 on the assessment questionnaire as established, and be able to perform the duties of the position upon entry. For information on CTAP/ICTAP, 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.


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