Reclamation is seeking a career professional looking for an opportunity to capitalize on his/her expertise as a Civil Engineer. You can make a difference in the West by assisting in meeting increasing water demands while protecting the environment.
- Complete detailed analysis and prepare designs of concrete dams and the appurtenant structural features for concrete and embankment dams, and other heavy civil engineering structures for Reclamation facilities.
- Coordinate with others to ensure all necessary technical issues are properly addressed for assigned work involving design data collection, field investigations, design layouts, design reports, construction specifications paragraphs, analyses, and/or detailed engineering drawings.
- Prepare and review documentation for detailed structural and/or hydraulic designs and analyses for civil engineering works.
- Prepare and conduct detailed technical oral presentations to clients and management for engineering studies and designs.
25% or less - Travel is for site visits.
Job family (Series)
0810 Civil Engineering
Conditions of Employment
U.S. Citizenship or U.S. National
Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation
You must submit a resume and supporting documentation (See How to Apply)
You must meet specialized experience requirements (See Qualifications)
You must submit transcript(s) to verify education requirements
You must have a valid Professional Engineering license
You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:
Applicants must first meet the Basic Education Qualification Requirements listed below:
Engineering. To be acceptable, the program must: (1) lead to a bachelor’s degree in a school of engineering with at least one program accredited by ABET; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and(g)any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.
B. Combination of education and experience.College-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following:
Professional registration or licensure - Current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), Engineer in Training (EIT), or licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE) by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions) are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration. For example, an applicant who attains registration through a State Board's eminence provision as a manufacturing engineer typically would be rated eligible only for manufacturing engineering positions.
Written Test - Evidence of having successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination or any other written test required for professional registration by an engineering licensure board in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.
Specified academic courses- Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and that included the courses specified in the basic requirements under paragraph A. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of an engineering program as described in paragraph A.
Related curriculum- Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in an appropriate scientific field, e.g., engineering technology, physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a bachelor's degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. Ordinarily there should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering-type experience, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions. (The above examples of related curricula are not all-inclusive.)
In addition to meeting the Basic Education Qualification Requirements, applicants must have additional specialized experience as defined below:
DEFINITION OF SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE:
To meet specialized experience, your resume must describe experience that demonstrates the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities as follows:
One year of specialized experience equivalent in difficulty and complexity to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal Government. Examples of specialized experience include completing detailed analyses and preparing designs of dams and/or their appurtenant structural features or other heavy civil works involving complex reinforced mass concrete structures; and safety evaluations of existing structures.
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.
SUBSTITUTION OF EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE:
This vacancy announcement does not allow substituting education for experience.
This position has a mandatory education requirement; you must furnish a copy of your transcript of college work completed (unofficial copy is acceptable). Transcripts must include the name of the college or university and date the degree was conferred. Non-submission will result in you being rated not qualified for the position.
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.
***This is an open continuous vacancy announcement opening on 01/31/2020 and closing on 04/30/2020. Applicants will be referred periodically throughout the announcement period. The initial cut-off date for referral consideration is 02/28/2020 and as needed thereafter. ***
Would you enjoy designing and directing the designs of major water resource systems? Responsibilities include designs, layouts, and analyses of concrete dams, outlet works, tunnels, spillways, roads, bridges, fish facilities, and other flow control structures for Reclamation facilities.
Technical Service Center; Civil Engineering Services Division; Waterways & Concrete Dams Groups; Lakewood, Colorado.
Recruitment and/or relocation incentives may be authorized. The selectee(s) for the vacancy, if otherwise eligible and qualified, may be offered a recruitment or relocation incentive. The decision to offer an incentive to the selectee(s) of this vacancy will be made on a case-by-case basis and is neither promised nor guaranteed.
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: www.dhs.gov/E-Verify.
The Bureau of Reclamation has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework only on an occasional basis and during an emergency or natural disaster.
This position is designated as a NON-SENSITIVE position. It requires a fully completed and favorable adjudicated Low Risk Background Investigation (T1 (NACI)) that is current. This is a condition of employment.
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) if applicable, 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. Applicants determined qualified will be referred to the selecting official.
Applicants will be further evaluated on the following “Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs)” through your resume.
Knowledge of the theories, concepts and principles of civil engineering relevant to detailed analysis, design and construction activities related to concrete dams, appurtenant structures, complex reinforced concrete structures and other heavy civil engineering structures.
Ability to develop detailed design layouts and drawings related to dams and waterways for dams, and/or other heavy civil structures, and prepare quantity estimates for engineering design work; experience using AutoCAD.
Ability to communicate both orally and in writing on detailed technical subjects.
Applicants must make a fair and accurate assessment of their qualifications. If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is apparent in your description of experience, competencies, skills, and/or education/training OR that your resume/application is incomplete, you may be rated ineligible or your score may be lowered.
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Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
Position sensitivity and risk
Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk
Trust determination process
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. hours worked, and grade if federal employment), an on-line assessment questionnaire, and the following supporting documents, as appropriate:
- TRANSCRIPT(S): All applicants MUST furnish a copy of your college transcript(s), if applicable. If selected, you will be required to provide official college transcripts to verify your educational qualifications prior to reporting for work.
- PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERING LICENSE: A current valid professional engineering license. Provide proof of license with your application.
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.
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.