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Public Utilities Specialist

Full Time • Posted July 30

  • Organization: Western Area Power Administration (WAPA)
  • Location: Phoenix, AZ
  • Website:
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Company Description

WAPA is one of four power marketing administrations within the U.S. Department of Energy whose role is to market and transmit wholesale electricity from multi-use water projects. Our service area encompasses a 15-state region of the central and western U.S. where our more than 17,000 circuit mile transmission system carries electricity from 57 hydropower plants operated by the Bureau of ReclamationU.S. Army Corps of Engineers   and the International Boundary and Water Commission. We also market power from the Navajo Generating Station coal-fired plant near Page, Ariz. Together, these plants have an installed capacity of 10,504 megawatts. We sell our power to preference customers such as Federal and state agencies, cities and towns, rural electric cooperatives, public utility districts, irrigation districts and Native American tribes. They, in turn, provide retail electric service to millions of consumers in the West.

Job Description

Processes and supplies detailed and complex data to DSW Power Billing department and external customers, that enables monthly billing processes to proceed without delay.

-  Organizes, coordinates, manages, and operates the MV90 remote interrogation metering system.

-  Establishes and implements metering and operating instructions for the guidance of Regional employees in the formulation and application of agreements, contracts, and licenses. Prepares Metering Operating and Scheduling Instructions (MOSIs) for implementation and administration of contract requirements.

-  Independently reconstructs hourly load data required for periods when accurate meter data is not available and compiles other energy and demand adjustments for entry into the computerized billing system.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Job may require 1 to 2 overnight trips per month.

Salary:  $91,718 to $119,230 per year



Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • This employer participates in the e-Verify program
  • See "Other Information" section regarding Selective Service requirements


You must meet all the qualification and eligibility requirements for the position by the closing date of the announcement. 


A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position is defined as:

  1. Reviewing metering data for compliance with Western's standards for data accuracy.
  2. Operating the MV90 remote interrogation metering system.
  3. Reviewing and confirming energy, transmission, and ancillary service schedules and metered data with external and internal DSW/WALC customers.
  4. Reconstructing or estimating hourly load data.

Your application and resume should demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs). Do not provide a separate narrative written statement. Rather, you must describe in your application how your past work experience demonstrates that you possess the KSAs identified below. Cite specific examples of employment or experience contained in your resume and describe how this experience has prepared you to successfully perform the duties of this position. DO NOT write "see resume" in your application!

  1.      Knowledge of Western's standards for data accuracy.
  2.      Knowledge and experience with the MV90 remote interrogation metering system.
  3.      Experience establishing & implementing guidance and instructional documents for internal and external customers.
  4.      Experience reconstructing & estimating hourly load data.

"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.

Time-in-Grade: Current Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement to receive consideration.

CTAP/ICTAP candidates: To be considered "well qualified" you must meet all of the requirements as described in this section.

Apply at this link:  Announcement Number:  PMA-19-WG-290-MP -