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"NM-DEU-2019-0097" Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Bureau of Land Management
Position Title:
Civil Engineer
Open Period:
08/13/2019 - 08/27/2019


GS - 0810 07/09/11
USD $42,053 - USD $80,912
Work Schedule:
Full-time -
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
Roswell, NM, US
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
Maurice (Allan) Read


Hiring Path:
• Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
All U.S. Citizens – No previous Federal Service is required.
Security Clearance Required:
Appointment Type
Marketing Statement:
The BLM manages more land - 245 million surface acres - than any other Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western States, including Alaska. The BLM, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource.

For additional information about the BLM, please visit Our website.

This position is located in Roswell, New Mexico.  Information about Roswell and the Roswell area can be found at Roswell, NM.

Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

Occasional travel may be required.


Responsible for providing professional engineering, construction, and maintenance expertise for the District's administration sites, recreation sites, roads, buildings, dams, and bridges as well as range, watershed, recreation, wildlife, and other program activities. Provides assistance as needed to studies related to these activities. Such responsibilities include, but are not limited to, layout, location, and design of facilities, roads, wells, dams, pipelines, culverts, bridges, and other projects for the District within established time frames. Ensures facilities meet sound engineering design principles, environmental standards, and are in compliance with Bureau directive and manuals. The incumbent is responsible for preparing cost and time estimates, work schedules, cost/benefit analyses, and feasibility studies for construction, maintenance, and land treatment contracts. Plans and assists field survey work and determines methods to be used for cost and time efficiencies. Prepares and reviews easement survey plats, site and topographic surveys, and project surveys, i.e. pipelines, reservoirs, property lines, roads, and easements. Prepares contract progress reports, change orders, modification justifications, and miscellaneous correspondence. Monitors preparation of contracts for technical adequacy, proper format, and correct forms. Assists in contract preparation, especially when deviating from standard designs or stipulations. Incumbent attends prebid opening and preconstruction work conferences to answer questions, discuss and clarify principle construction features, and to inform contractors of requirements concerning contract administration and specifications. Interprets contract specifications and drawings pertaining to construction and makes final engineering determination on whether methods and materials employed meet the requirements of the contract. Serves as contracting Officer's Representative (COR) on assigned projects. Provides overall inspection of contractor work including direction and review of the Project Inspector's work. Determines whether construction is progressing in accordance with contract requirements and prepares technical reports setting forth progress status and recommends contract action needed to correct deficiencies. Makes final inspection and acceptance of contractor work on behalf of the Government. Reviews and signs contract payment certifications and provides payment certifications and all required progress reports. Inspects contractor work and performs required field inspections. Prepares all required technical and progress reports for the COR. Makes on-site interpretation of specifications for contractor and refers disputes and protests to the COR. Conducts Condition Assessments on District facilities, recreation sites, roads, dams and bridges to evaluate structural adequacy and identify and recommend maintenance needs and deficiencies. Functions as a District engineering technical representative during safety inspections of bridges, dams, facilities including remote fire stations, and recreation sites and assists with preparation of the recommendations for repairs and maintenance. Supports all FAMs data requirements. The incumbent is responsible for input into technical examinations, environmental analysis, and, where necessary, environmental impact statements for all District actions requiring such input.Prepares technical engineering and environmental protection stipulations as required for District actions which may affect the quality of the human environment within established time frames. The incumbent identifies the technical adequacy of support program requirements through the Bureau's planning process including consolidated activity plans Operates automated drafting, mapping, GPS, GIS, and other software specific to the performance of Civil Engineering duties to complete professional drawings from topographic and other surveys, site plans, buildings, and building systems. Innovation, creativity, and technical capabilities are required to develop new drawings and designs as needed that are in compliance with Bureau standards, state and national codes, and standard engineering practices.

Physical Demands: The incumbent, although performing a majority of work in an office setting, must spend a significant amount of time reviewing, analyzing, and evaluating work of the District in the field. This calls for rigorous work under adverse climates and topographic situations. The incumbent must be qualified as an incidental vehicle operator.

Work Environment: Office work is performed in a typical office setting with no unusual risks. In the field, seasonal weather conditions vary in the extreme and can create hazardous driving conditions. Field hazards include snakes, poisonous plants and insects. Travel to remote sites during the field season is common with overnight stays. Training and travel are also routine requirements of the job in and out of state.

Qualifications and Evaluations

Key Requirements:
  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • Be sure to read the "How to Apply" and "Required Documents" Sections
  • You cannot hold an active real estate license, nor can you
  • Have an interest or hold stocks in firms with interest in Federal Land
  • Direct Deposit Required
  • Background Investigation Required
  • Education Requirements:



    You will be evaluated for this position based on how well you meet the qualifications stated in the announcement.

    Once the announcement has closed, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the basic qualification requirements listed on this announcement. Your rating will be based on your responses to the Job Specific Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume. If qualified, your score may range from 70-100 points.  If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, it is determined that you have rated yourself higher than is supported in resume, or that your resume or application is incomplete, you may be rated ineligible, not qualified, or your score may be lowered.

    Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics) required to do the work of this position:

    1)  Knowledge of regulations and policies related to the duties of civil engineering in order to identify and define the nature and scope of obscure problems, and to carry out a wide range of complex construction and maintenance projects.

    2)  Knowledge of assignments that involve determining the engineering feasibility of proposed projects, field survey and layout; design, including development of specifications and cost estimates; inspection of contractor work.

    3)  Ability to interpret contract specifications, follows and enforces federal procurement regulations, reviews and maintains contract logs, makes contract modifications, approves and processes payments, and inspects contractors' and inspectors work for compliance.

    4)  Knowledge of the scientific principles involved in hydrology, soils, range, conservation and management, and watersheds and their application with engineering principles to construct, maintain, and design, efficient and economical projects.

    5)  Ability to utilize and operate software packages specific to the performance of engineering duties, such as data base programs, automated drafting programs, and other design software programs.

    All qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category. The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position. The category ratings for this position are: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, Qualified

    The Category Rating Process does not add veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three" but protects the rights of Veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each quality category. Veterans' preference eligibles who meet the basic qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent will be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-09 level or higher).


    This position has a positive education requirement which requires: Degree: Engineering. To be acceptable, the curriculum must: (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; 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. 


    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 professional 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:  Current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), Engineer in Training (EIT)1 , 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.  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 the basic entry requirement identified, applicants must also meet specialized experience requirements - please be sure to include this information in your resume. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade of the position to be filled.

    Specialized Experience for the GS-07 is described as:

    Experience: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-05 level, Operating GPS and topographic instruments to create elevation and topographic maps of structures. Assists in conducting field inspections and surveys for the evaluation of the physical condition of range infrastructure including pipelines and fences. Assists in the design and development of drawings and specifications, construction and maintenance programs for range improvement projects such as pipelines, spring developments, reservoirs and fences; - OR - 1 year of graduate-level education or Superior Academic Achievement. Superior Academic Achievement and the provisions are outlined here - Superior Academic Achievement OR - Combination of Education and Experience:Total qualifying education as described above and experience as listed above are combined together and when combined must total to equal at least 100 percent to qualify. Only graduate level education may be combined with experience.

    Specialized Experience for the GS-09 is described as:

    Experience: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 level operating GPS and topographic instruments to create elevation and topographic maps of structures. Assists in conducting field inspections and surveys for the evaluation of the physical condition of civil infrastructure including bridges, culverts, dams, and roads.  Assists in the design and development of drawings and specifications, construction and maintenance programs for structures, roads, and recreation facilities; - OR - 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree OR Combination of Education and Experience: Total qualifying education as described above and experience as listed above are combined together and when combined must total to equal at least 100 percent to qualify. Only graduate level education may be combined with experience.

    Specialized Experience for the GS-11 is described as:

    Experience: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 level independently conducts field inspections and surveys for the evaluation of the physical condition of civil infrastructure including bridges, culverts, dams, and roads.  Has the lead role in the design and development of drawings and specifications, construction and maintenance programs for structures, roads, and recreation facilities.; OR 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree OR Combination of Education and Experience: Total qualifying education as described above and experience as listed above are combined together and when combined must total to equal at least 100 percent to qualify. Only graduate level education may be combined with experience.

    IN DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE, PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. Your resume must contain enough information to show that you meet the specialized experience as defined in the announcement. In addition, your responses to the questions must be adequately reflected in your resume.

    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.

    You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

    Benefits and Other Info

    Other Information:

    SELECTIVE SERVICE:  Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.  To register or verify your registration go to the Selective Service System website.

    May require completion of a 1 year probationary period.

    Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid by the Department of the Interior. Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee.  

    Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP):  CTAP provides eligible surplus and displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at CTAP or ICTAP.  If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration or that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) This vacancy is within your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility; 2) You apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) You are found well qualified for this vacancy. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, or a copy of your separation personnel action form.

    CTAP and ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if they fall within the Well or Best Qualified categories on the rating criteria for this position.

    BLM may use certain incentives, currently offered by the Federal government, to attract high quality applicants.

    BACKGROUND INVESTIGATIONS:  These positions are subject to a pre-employment background investigation.  If applicable, the appointment will be subject to successful completion of the background investigation and favorable adjudication.  Failure to satisfy the background check will result in cancellation of offer of employment or may be grounds for termination.

    This position is not eligible for Telework.

    This position requires procurement duties.  Applicants selected for this position must sign a certification of compliance with the requirement of Public Law 101-189.

    If selected for this position, you will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, (OGE-450) within 30 days of reporting to duty.  You will need to provide the information annually.

    Government facilities are required to provide a smoke free environment for their employees. Smoking will be permitted only in designated areas.

    How to Apply

    How to Apply:

    To receive consideration for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes ALL of the following items:  1. Your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire; 2. Your resume; and 3. Applicable supporting documents specified in the Required Documents section of this job announcement.

    Click on the button "Apply Online" and login to MY USAJOBS.

    If you haven't already registered with USAJOBS, the system will require you to create a user name and password, complete a questionnaire and upload, paste or type a resume into USAJOBS.

    If you have already registered with USAJOBS and forgot your login information, select the "Did you forget your username and/or password" link from the right side menu.

    Your application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Time by the closing date of this announcement.

    If you need assistance in applying on-line, please contact the HR Office at 505-954-2087 or  If applying on-line poses a hardship for you (i.e. you do not have access to the internet) you must contact us prior to the closing date of the announcement for an alternative method of applying.

    Required Documents:

    Resumes must show relevant experience and other information.  Your resume must list your education and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week and salary information.  Your resume will be used to validate your responses to the assessment tool(s).   You are welcome to submit a cover letter (optional).   If you wish to do so, include it with your resume.

    In addition to the online application (resume and responses to the questionnaire), you are required to submit the following forms:

    Copy of Transcripts or a list of college courses that include hours and grades from an accredited U.S. college/university.  If your degree is from a Foreign Institution See Foreign Education.

    Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) eligibles: documentation verifying your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility - this includes a copy of the agency notice and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location.

    If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-point veterans' preference, you must attach a copy of your DD-214 showing you were honorably discharged. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must attach an SF-15," Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" in addition to the proof required by that form.

    Veterans' Preference: If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the level of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume.  Your veterans' preference entitlement will be adjudicated (verified) using the documents you provide.

    o    If you are claiming veterans' preference you must provide a legible copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, member 4 copy or any official documentation or statement from the Armed Forces that confirms your dates of service and that your separation, discharge, or release from active duty was under honorable conditions (i.e., Honorable or General Discharge).  Note:  If you have more than one DD-214 for multiple periods of active duty, submit a copy for each period of service.

    o    If you are currently on active military duty, you must provide documentation (e.g., campaign document, award citation, etc.), that verifies entitlement to veterans’ preference and that your character of military service is honorable.

    o    If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, in addition to the documents specified above, you must also submit documentation that supports your claim, e.g., an official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs (dated 1991 or later) or from a branch of the Armed Forces certifying the existence of a service-connected disability, or the award of the Purple Heart, etc.  The overall rating must be identified on your certification letter or separation orders.

    o    Documentation must be received by the closing date shown in this vacancy announcement.  If you fail to submit any of the required documentation, you will not be granted veterans’ preference.  Additional information on veterans' preference can be found in the VetGuide.

    You may submit your documents either via Auto-Requested Fax or by uploading your documents from your USAJOBS Profile.

    Auto-Requested Fax: allows you to submit required documentation that will be electronically displayed along with your resume.  The opportunity to do this will be provided during the application process by a pop-up message option to generate an auto-requested fax cover sheet.

    UPLOADING DOCUMENTS: Instead of faxing your documents you may use the uploading procedures thru Applicant Manager.  Do not use both options.

    Hard copy paper supplemental documents, submitted without prior Human Resources approval, will be considered as an incomplete application.

    Required documentation must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.

    Next Steps:
    You will be notified of the status of your application as the qualification review process is conducted.

    You may also check the status of your application by viewing your MY USAJOBs account.