Announcement Number:
NV Merit-2014-0026
Hiring Agency:
Bureau of Land Management
Position Title:
Civil Engineer
Open Period:
11/26/2013 - 12/30/2013 Format MM/DD/YYYY
GS - 0810 09/11
USD $47,448 - USD $74,628
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Work Schedule is Full Time.
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
Battle Mountain, NV, US
Winnemucca, NV, US
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
Human Resources


Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
All current or former federal employees with competitive/reinstatement eligibility, CTAP and ICTAP eligibles within the local commuting area, Veterans' Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) Eligibles and Persons eligible under Special Hiring Authorities.
Security Clearance Required:
Appointment Type
Appointment Type Details:
This is a permanent position.
Marketing Statement:
BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to join the Nevada team as a Civil Engineer for both Battle Mountain and Winnemucca Districts! The BLM manages more land - approximately 253 million 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 Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estates throughout the nation. The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health 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. There is currently one position that will be located in either Battle Mountain or Winnemucca, Nevada, and will be a shared position by the two Districts. Information about the Battle Mountain area can be found at Battle Mountain Chamber of Commerce. Information about the Winnemucca area can be found at Winnemucca Chamber of Commerce
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.

This announcement is being advertised concurrently with NV-DEU-2014-0001 which is open to all U.S. citizens. If you are interested in being considered under both recruitment methods, you must submit complete application packages for each. 
Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:


Serves as the Civil Engineer and project manager within the assigned office on single and multi-year, multi-faceted projects which may involve coordination with interdisciplinary teams, other offices, other agencies, or related interest parties. 
Coordinates annual reviews of office transportation plan and Facility Asset Management System (FAMS).  Provides overall guidance and technical support for engineering matters, to include ensuring that all private industry projects constructed on public lands meet BLM and safe engineering construction standards.
Determines appropriate engineering standards and develops special designs or stipulations to mitigate conflicts and fulfill management needs for facilities to be built, modified, or maintained. Leads survey and design of various projects.  Leads the project layout, which includes survey, necessary profiles, selection of borrow areas, cross sections when needed, drop structures, etc.
Responsible for overall design and review, contract administration and acting as the liaison. Ensures the appropriate permits and regulations for BLM construction projects are in compliance with other federal, state and local agencies. Develops or reviews contract documents, provides contract administration, or works as a mediator to resolve contract problems.
Reviews Environmental Assessments for engineering adequacy and performs field checks to determine adequacy of mitigating measures. Conducts feasibility surveys and studies for all proposed projects. Prepares reports outlining findings and providing recommendations based on cost benefit ratios, environmental considerations, and sound engineering practice.

Qualifications and Evaluations

This position falls under the Professional and Scientific group standards along with the Individual Occupational Requirements for Engineering positions. For more information please refer to the OPM website.

Passage of a pre-employment physical is required. You must also pass the work capacity test for non-arduous positions. The physical demands of this position are the following: Environment varies from working in a heated/air conditioned office to performing outside assignments in a temperature range of 10F to 100F. Outside work terrain varies from brushy, steep, rocky terrain to flat, annual grasslands.
Key Requirements:
  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • Security Clearance/Background Investigation is required.
  • Be sure to read the "How to Apply" & "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 is required.
  • Education Requirements:
    Upon receipt of your complete application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements.  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.  In addition, interviews may be conducted for this position. The job specific questions relate to the following knowledge, skills and abilities required to do the work of this position.

    KSA 1: Knowledge of a wide range of professional civil engineering concepts, principles, standards and practices, which includes a knowledge of IT software programs and ability to evaluate their value for engineering projects, 
    KSA 2: Knowledge of established engineering standards, precedents and methods used in planning, surveying, design and construction of roads, dams, pipelines, structures, facilities, etc. 
    KSA: 3: Knowledge of contracting policies, regulations and requirements in order to act as a Contracting Officer’s Representative and Project Inspector.
    KSA 4: Knowledge of construction processes and procedures to effectively coordinate project development.
    KSA 5: Knowledge and ability to prepare clear and concise written reports and contracts. 
    Basic Education Requirement: Professional engineering degree. 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; OR 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: (1) Professional registration -- Current registration as a professional engineer 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. (2) Written Test -- Evidence of having succesfully passed the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) examination, or the written test required for professional registration, which is administered by the Boards of Engineering Examiners in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico. (3) Specified academic courses -- Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering that included the courses specified in the basic requirements. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum as described in paragraph A. (4) Related curriculum -- Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field, e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a 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. For complete Individual Occupational Requirements visit the Professional and Scientific Positions qualification standards on the OPM website, GS-801 General Engineering.
    Qualification Requirement Using Specialized Experience or Education: In addition to meeting the Basic Education Requirements to be rated as qualified using specialized experience, we must be able to determine that you meet the definition(s) below. 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 level of the position to be filled.

    For GS-09: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level at GS-07 in the federal service. Specialized experience at this level assignments are more difficult & complex than those performed by recent graduates of a baccalaureate program. Examples include assisting engineers in the design and development of drawings and specifications, construction and maintenance programs for structures, roads, dams, wells, and pipelines; and inventory, reduce, or eliminate hazards as part of a hazard reduction program; OR completed 2 years of graduate level education leading to a master`s degree or equivalent graduate degree in engineering; OR have an equivalent combination of additional education and experience described above; OR have a combination of superior academic achievement (for clarification visit Superior Academic Achievement) and 1 year of appropriate professional experience; OR completed a 5-year program of study of at least 160 semester hours leading to a bachelors degree in engineering AND have 1 year of appropriate professional experience.
    For GS-11: One year of professional engineering experience equivalent to GS-09 in the Federal service performing professional engineering work in the coordination & review for survey, design, construction & maintenance of structures, roads, dams, water control structures, storage facilities, range projects, bid draft review, & contract administrative overview; and establish inspection requirements, schedules & control methods, and develop hazard reduction program; OR completed 3 years of graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or equivalent doctoral degree in engineering; OR have an equivalent combination of additional education and experience described above. 
    Education and experience may be combined to meet the specialized experience requirement. You must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement. Federal employees in the competitive service are also subject to the Time-In-Grade requirement in accordance with 5 CFR 300.64.  If you are a current Federal employee in the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and applying for a promotion opportunity, you must have completed a minimum of 52 weeks at the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the position being filled.  

    Benefits and Other Info

    To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit the Office of Personnel Management's website at Federal Benefits at USAJOBS.
    Other Information:
    May require completion of a one year probationary period.
    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 receive a minimum score of 90 based on the rating criteria used for this position.    
    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.
    BLM may use certain incentives, currently offered by the Federal government, to attract high quality applicants.
    Travel between Battle Mountain and Winnemucca Districts on a somewhat recurring basis and travel to remote sites with overnight stays during the field season may be common.
    Government facilities are required to provide a smoke free environment for their employees. Smoking will be permitted only in designated areas. 
    This announcement may be used to fill more than one position at the duty location(s) listed on the vacancy announcement.

    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 (775) 861-6431 or email us at nvjobs@blm.gov. 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:
    In addition to the online application (resume and responses to the questionnaire), you are required to submit the following forms:
    All Copies of Transcripts that include hours and grades from an accredited U.S. college/university. If your degree is from a Foreign Institution See Foreign Education . All selections and tentative offers of selection are contingent upon submission and verification of 'official' transcripts.

    Current and former federal career and career-conditional employees: submit a copy of your recent (non award) SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, or equivalent document that verifies tenure (block 24, code 1 or 2) and Competitive Status (block 34, code 1).
    Veterans Special Appointing Authorities: To be eligible for a VEOA appointment, a veteran must be honorably separated and either a preference eligible or have substantially completed three or more years of active service. A VEOA eligible who is separated 30 days or less prior to completion of the three-year active duty service requirement is eligible to receive consideration for BLM vacancies Submit documentation to support your claim for VEOA or preference veteran (DD-214 that shows discharge as honorable or general, SF-15, Veterans Administration Letter). If you are currently on active duty, you must provide an official statement of service from your command, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proved your military service was performed under honorable conditions. You must clearly identify your claim for veterans' preference on your application. For more information on veterans' preference, please go to OPMs website at: Feds Hire Vets.
    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 applying for this position based on eligibility under other noncompetitive special appointing authorities, you MUST submit proof of this eligibility.
    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. 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.