Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Bureau of Land Management
Position Title:
Engineering Technician (Civil)
Open Period:
11/17/2015 - 12/02/2015 Format MM/DD/YYYY
GS - 0802C 05/06/07/08/09
USD $31,944 - USD $62,920
Work Schedule:
Full-time - This is a full-time position. 1 vacancy available.
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Malta, MT, US
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
Branch of Human Resources


Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
All U.S. Citizens – No previous Federal Service is required.
Security Clearance Required:
Not Applicable
Appointment Type
Appointment Type Details:
This is a permanent position in the competitive service.
About the Agency
BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to join the team to serve as an Engineering Technician (Civil) in the Hiline District Office, Malta Field Office in Malta, Montana. Information about the Malta area can be found at the Malta Chamber of Commerce website.

This position is also being advertised under vacancy announcement MT Merit-2016-0027.  Only one person will be selected from these announcements.

Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource.  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. For additional information about the BLM, please visit our website.
Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:

RELOCATION EXPENSES:  Travel and relocation expenses will be paid consistent with the Federal Travel Regulation, Chapter 302, 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 in the field or for meetings and/or training may be required.


This position provides technical engineering support for projects in range, recreation, wildlife, and facility/infrastructure.  This is a career-ladder position with potential to the GS-09 level.  Incumbents hired at any grade level lower than the GS-09 will perform progressively more difficult duties at a reduced level of responsibility while receiving on-the-job and other appropriate training that will prepare him/her for promotion to the next higher grade level.  At the full performance level, the incumbent is responsible for performing a variety of duties including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Coordinating and working with resource specialists in identifying, developing, and determining engineering feasibility of projects in support of projects in range, recreation, wildlife, and facility/infrastructure.
  • Coordinating and assisting on projects such as construction and maintenance of facilities like pipelines, wells, reservoirs, spring developments, fences, recreation sites, BLM buildings, and roads.
  • Performing survey and field site layout of projects both as a team lead and as a member of a survey party.
  • Assisting with the annual completion of property condition assessments or periodic reviews with the Engineering staff.  
  • Making field notes and design drawing from field surveys and layout and using this base information to prepare contract packages made up of project specifications, protective stipulations, work data sheets completion time frames, engineer’s estimates, bid schedules, location maps, and schematic drawings.
  • Serving as the Contracting Officer’s Representative (COR) or Project Inspector (PI) on assigned projects conducting pre-work and follow up conference with contractors.
  • Issuing Notice to Proceed and Suspend/Resume Work orders to the contractor as needed.
  • Checking contractor’s work to assure compliance with specifications, drawings, terms, and provisions of the contracts. 

Physical Demands and Work Environment:  During the winter months, the work is almost entirely sedentary.  However, during the rest of the year, much of the work will involve physical exertion such as climbing, stooping and kneeling, pounding, walking over rough terrain for long periods of time, and extended periods of vehicular or ATV travel.  Work in the field will require exposure to extremes in weather.

Qualifications and Evaluations

You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement. 
Key Requirements:
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Security Clearance/Background Investigation 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.
  • 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 you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of three categories:  Best Qualified, Well 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:
    • Practical knowledge of the methods and techniques of an Engineering Technician (Civil) to perform design work including development of specifications and cost estimates for construction and maintenance of projects such as range, recreation, wildlife, and facility/infrastructure; and the ability to apply this knowledge to accomplish projects with complicating features. 
    • Technical knowledge of surveying methods, equipment, and techniques used in the measurement of distances, elevations, areas, volumes, and other features of the earth’s surface in order to perform project site layouts and determine related grades, cuts, fills, angles, slopes, bearings and distances.
    • General knowledge of soils, topography, and hydrology in order to coordinate with resource specialists and incorporate the effect of these resources into the engineering feasibility of proposed projects into the actual design of the projects.
    • Knowledge of environmental assessments procedures and the ability to analytically assess environmental impacts in order to provide input into environmental assessments.
    • Knowledge of livestock management techniques and problems in order to recommend range improvement and rehabilitation practices needed for range management.
    On-line Questionnaire:  Please make sure that your responses to the on-line questionnaire are supported in your resume.
    Condition of Employment:  You must have a current/valid State Driver's License or be able to obtain one within 30 days from the date of appointment, if selected.  If you do not meet this requirement, your application will not be considered for this position.

    In addition to the condition of employment requirement:  

    For GS-05: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-04 level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience include performing entry-level work or assisting with technical work under close supervision using well established policies, procedures, and techniques in support of survey, design, and construction of projects such as roads, trails, pipelines, water structures, recreation facilities, or similar projects.   - OR - Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree (a) with major study in an appropriate field of engineering, construction, or industrial technology; or (b) that included at least 24 semester hours in any combination of courses such as engineering, engineering or industrial technology, construction, physics, drafting, surveying, physical science, or mathematics. One year of full-time undergraduate study is defined as 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours.

    For GS-06:  One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-05 level in the Federal service.  Examples of specialized experience include performing recurring and technical assignments under general supervision using well established policies and procedures in support of survey, design, & construction of projects, with the addition of providing technical support for surveying, and estimating and preparing contracts for these types of projects. - OR - One half year (9 semester hours) of graduate education DIRECTLY related to the work of the position.

    For GS-07:  One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-06 level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience include planning and completing technical assignments, referring unusual problems or deviations from standard procedures to a supervisor or Civil Engineer, in support of survey, design, and construction, with the addition of providing technical support for surveying, and estimating and preparing contracts for these types of projects. - OR - One year (18 semester hours) of graduate education DIRECTLY related to the work of the position. 

    For GS-08:  One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 level in the Federal service.  Examples of specialized experience include performing technical work that requires specialized training, a comprehensive knowledge of the subject matter, and independent judgment in accordance with policies, and procedures,in support of survey, design, and construction of projects; and/or in support of surveying, estimating, preparing, and monitoring contracts. - OR - One and a half years (27 semester hours) of graduate education DIRECTLY related to the work of the position.

    For GS-09:  One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-08 level in the Federal service.  Examples of specialized experience include independently performing difficult technical work requiring considerable specialized training; supporting and leading projects in a variety of resource disciplines such as range, wildlife, etc.; supervising temporary summer seasonal employees in surveying; and assisting with the planning and budgeting of proposed projects. - OR - Two years (36 semester hours) of graduate education DIRECTLY related to the work of the position.  

    Specialized Experience:  Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform 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.  

    Equivalent combinations of post-high school education and specialized experience may be used to meet total qualification requirements. 

    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:
    • Passage of a pre-employment physical is required.
    • Appointment is subject to meeting one-year probationary requirements.
    • 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 must possess a valid automobile driver's license not later than 30 days from the date of appointment and at all times during your appointment in this position.
    • 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.

    How to Apply

    How to Apply:

    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.


    1) College Transcripts:  If you believe you qualify based on your education, or a combination of education and experience, 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 see click here to see Foreign Education requirements.  Note: Transcripts must be submitted to each announcement as applicable. 
    2) Veterans Preference DocumentationIf 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 showing all dates of service, as well as character of service (Honorable, General, etc., and reason for separation)- the member 4 copy is preferable.  If you are claiming preference as a CP, CPS, or XP, your profile must also 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.  Current or former Federal employees eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must fall within the Well Qualified or Best Qualified categories on the rating criteria for this position.  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.