U.S. DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT

About

Announcement Number:
MT-DEU-2014-0034
Hiring Agency:
Bureau of Land Management
Position Title:
Civil Engineer
Open Period:
03/28/2014 - 04/11/2014 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Series/Grade:
GS - 0810 09/11
Salary:
USD $54,570 - USD $75,376
Work Schedule:
Full-time - This is a full-time position. 1 vacancy available.
Promotion Potential:
GS-11
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Miles City, MT, US
Telework Eligible:
No
For More Info:
Human Resources Branch
406-896-5002
apply@blm.gov

Overview

Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
All U.S. Citizens – No previous Federal Service is required.
Security Clearance Required:
Q Nonsensitive
Appointment Type
Permanent
Appointment Type Details:
This is a permanent position in the competitive service.
Marketing:
About the Agency
Summary:
BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to join the team to serve as a Civil Engineer in the Eastern Montana/Dakotas District, Division of Support Services in Miles City, Montana. Information about the Miles City area can be found at the Miles City Chamber of Commerce.

This position is also being advertised under announcement number MT Merit-2014-0050.  Only one person will be selected from these announements.  

Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource. 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. For additional information about the BLM, please visit our website.
Supervisory Position:
No
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
Yes

RELOCATION EXPENSES:  Travel and relocation expenses will be paid consistent with the Federal Travel Regulation and Departmental policy.  The use of a relocation service company and home marketing incentive will not be offered.

Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

At times, travel for field work, meetings and/or training may be required

Duties

The incumbent has professional engineering responsibilities for survey, design, and development of construction and maintenance projects, access-easement surveys, recreation and facility operations and maintenance, contract preparation and administration, hazard reduction, and related planning and environmental activities for the District Office in Miles City and the Field Offices in Miles City, Billings, North Dakota, and South Dakota. At the full performance level, duties include but are not limited to the following:

  • 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.
  • Ensuring facilities meet sound engineering design principles, environmental standards, and are in compliance with Bureau directives and manuals.
  • Performing advance research work to develop new design concepts.
  • Researching state code requirements for the three state regions as they apply to construction and maintenance work.
  • Serving as the Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) to provide overall inspection of contractor work, including direction and review of the Project Inspector's work, and to ensure contracts are compliant before finalizing.
  • Preparing and reviewing cost and time estimates, work schedules, cost/benefit analyses, and feasibility studies for contracts.
  • Attending pre-bid 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.
  • Conducting Condition Assessments on District facilities, recreation sites, roads, dams, and bridges to evaluate structural adequacy and identify maintenance needs and deficiencies.
  • Providing professional and technical leadership and guidance to field office's staffs, other engineer, civil engineer technicians, equipment operators, maintenance worker, and support staff.
Physical Demands and Work Environment: Office work is performed in a typical office setting with no unusual risks. Field work is often rigorous and performed under adverse climates and topographic situations. Field hazards include snakes and poisonous plants and insects. Travel to remote sites during the field season is common with overnight stays. Seasonal weather conditions vary in the extreme and can create hazardous driving conditions. The incumbent must be qualified as an incidental vehicle operator.

Qualifications and Evaluations

Requirements:
You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
Key Requirements:
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Security Clearance/Background Investigation is required.
  • 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.
  • Passage of a pre-employment physical is required.
  • Education Requirements:
    Evaluations:
    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 you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of three categories:  Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified.  Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans.  In addition, interviews may be conducted for this position.  The interviews may be conducted on a pass/fail basis or may be scored.  The job specific questions relate to the following knowledge, skills, and abilities required to do the work of this position:
    • Comprehensive knowledge of civil engineering, agricultural engineering, or general engineering theories, principles, and techniques. Ability to apply this knowledge to the many facets of program and project planning, development, and implementation.
    • Fundamental and professional knowledge of the physical sciences and ability to apply these sciences to solve engineering problems as they relate to aesthetic, social, and economic needs.
    • Skill in operating software specific to the performance of engineering duties, such as data base programs, automated drafting programs, and other design software programs.
    • Ability to apply an organization's planning and budgeting process as it relates to engineering projects.
    • Fundamental 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.
    • Knowledge of varied contracting problems on construction and land treatment contracts to benefit subsequent designs and to trouble-shoot contracting problems.
    On-line Questionnaire Please make sure that your responses to the on-line questionnaire are supported in your resume.
    Qualifications:
    Basic Education Requirements: A. Degree: professional 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 - OR - 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 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. 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.

    In addition to the basic education requirements, applicants must meet the following:

    For GS-09: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 level in the Federal service - OR - 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or equivalent graduate degree with coursework directly related to Civil Engineering.

    For GS-11: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level in the Federal service - OR - 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree with coursework directly related to Civil Engineering.

    Specialized Experience: Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade of the position to be filled.

    For the GS-09: Examples of qualifying specialized experience include assisting engineers in the design & development of drawings & specifications, construction & maintenance programs for structures, roads, dams, wells, & pipelines, inventory, reducing or eliminating hazards as part of a hazard reduction program.

    For the GS-11: Examples of qualifying specialized experience include performing professional engineering work in the coordination and review for survey, design, construction & maintenance of structures, roads, dams, water control structures, storage facilities, range projects, bid draft review, & contract administrative overview. Establishing inspection requirements, schedules & control methods, and hazard reduction programs.

    Benefits and Other Info

    Benefits URL:
    Review our Benefits
    Agency Benefits:
    To explore the benefits typically offered to most federal employees in permanent positions, visit the Office of Personnel Management's website at the above link.
    Other Information:
    • Appointment is subject to meeting one-year probationary requirements.
    • To view FAQ regarding Relocation/PCS click here.
    • This position requires procurement duties. Applicants selected for this position must sign a certification of compliance with the requirement of Public Law 101-189.
    • Government facilities are required to provide a smoke free environment for their employees. Smoking will be permitted only in designated areas.
    • 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.
    • You will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-450. You will need to provide the information annually

    How to Apply

    How to Apply:
    THIS IS AN ONLINE APPLICATION PROCESS THROUGH USAJOBS.
    If you need assistance in applying online, please call or email the contact listed on this vacancy.  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.  PLEASE NOTE:  If you have access to a public library, State Job Service Office, etc., you must use these resources to apply online.

    You must follow the steps described below to complete the application process:
    1)YOU MUST CREATE A PROFILE in USAJOBS under My Account.  If you already have a registered profile in USAJOBS you do not need to register again.  Your profile must contain a current resume for submission.   In order to receive proper consideration, your resume should include the following information:
    • Personal contact information
    • Work experience (paid or unpaid) including - starting and ending dates (month and year), employer's name and address, job title (include job series and grade if Federal), duties and accomplishments, supervisor's name and telephone number, indicate if supervisor may be contacted, hours per week, and salary.
    • Education and job-related training including  - school name, type and year of degrees/diploma received, credits earned and majors; title of training course and year of completion.
    • References  - personal and professional
    • Additional information - skills (languages, tools, machinery, typing speed, etc.), certificates or licenses (current only), and/or honors, awards, and special accomplishments (recognition, professional memberships, publications, leadership activities, etc.).
    Insufficient information could result in an ineligible rating.  The USAJOBS Resume Builder was designed to ensure that your resume includes the standard information needed.  The Resume Builder is an available tool when you login to your USAJOBS account.

    2) COMPLETE THE ONLINE APPLICATION, including responses to all application questions, by clicking on the “APPLY ONLINE” button that appears on this announcement.

    3) SUBMIT SUPPLEMENTAL DOCUMENTATION as applicable.  See “Required Documents” section below.

    It is your responsibility to ensure that a complete application (including a resume, on-line questionnaire, and applicable supplemental documentation) is received before by 11:59 PM  Eastern Standard Time (EST) on the closing date of the vacancy announcement.   NOTE:  Technical problems may take at least 1 business day to resolve; therefore, you are highly encouraged to complete the application process prior to the closing date.
    Required Documents:
    All applicable supplemental documentation must be uploaded or faxed (with generated fax cover sheets) to: 571-258-4052, and received before by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date of this announcement. See important information regarding uploading and faxing supplemental documentation below.

    THE FOLLOWING SUPPLEMENTAL DOCUMENTATION MUST BE RECEIVED, AS APPLICABLE:

    1) College Transcripts: You must submit a copy of all college transcripts (undergraduate/graduate) 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 click here to see Foreign Education requirements.  

    2) Veterans Preference Documentation:  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) by the employing agency using the documents you provide.  Missing documentation may result a change or removal of your claim for Veteran’s preference.  If you are claiming preference as a TP Veteran your profile must contain a copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release, or Discharge from active military service.  If you are claiming preference as a CP, CPS, or XP, your profile must contain a Standard Form (SF-15), Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, with all applicable supporting documentation as instructed in the SF-15.  If you are claiming preference based on sole survivorship (SSP), provide the documentation you received granting this preference.  More information regarding Veteran's preference click here.

    3) CTAP/ICTAP Documentation: If you are a CTAP or ICTAP Eligible applicant: Provide 1) a copy of your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location; and, 2) proof of eligibility. It must be indicated in your application that you are applying as a CTAP or ICTAP eligible. Note: CTAP/ICTAP documents must be submitted to each announcement as applicable. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles are Federal employees that have been or are likely to be separated from Federal employment by a Reduction in Force (RIF). Current or former eligible Federal employees eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must receive a score of at least 90 to receive priority consideration under either program. For CTAP and ICTAP, well-qualified means that the applicant meets the qualification standard and eligibility requirements for the position, meets minimum educational and experience requirements, meets all selective factors, where applicable, and is able to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position upon entry. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at CTAP or ICTAP.

    Uploading and Faxing Supplemental Documentation:

    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.  Each document type must use the appropriate generated fax coversheet and be faxed in a separate transmission.  Uploading Documents: instead of faxing your documents you may use the uploading procedures thru Applicant Manager (3MB is the maximum size allowed for a document).  Do not use both options, only one document can be saved in each section, and only the latest document will be maintained in the system.  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.

    Checking Application Status and Materials:
    Hint: Do this before the announcement closes.  After you have completed your application, to check the status of your application materials log in to your USAJOBS account, select the “Applications” tab, check under the “Application Status” for this vacancy, once your resume and on-line questionnaire have been received it will state “Resume Received.”  Any other application status may indicate that you did not complete the application process and/or your application has not been submitted. Please note: A status of “Resume Received” reflects that your resume and on-line questionnaire have been received; applicable supplemental documentation may still need to be submitted (see required documents above). 
    Next Steps:
    You will receive notification via email, generally within 2 weeks of the closing date of the announcement, as to whether or not your name was referred to the selecting official.