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

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Announcement Number:
UT-DEU-2019-0001
Hiring Agency:
Bureau of Land Management
Position Title:
Civil Engineer
Open Period:
10/16/2018 - 10/23/2018 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Series/Grade:
GS - 0810 11
Salary:
(USD) $61,218 - (USD) $79,586
Promotion Potential:
GS-11
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Vernal, UT, US
For More Info:
Sheramie Nelsen
801-539-4188
smnelsen@blm.gov

Overview

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:
Public Trust - Background Investigation
Appointment Type
Permanent
Marketing Statement:
BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to join the team. 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.
Summary:

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.

One position located in Vernal, Utah. Information about Vernal and the surrounding area can be found at Vernal, UT

Supervisory Position:
No
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
Yes

Travel and relocation expenses will be paid consistent with the Federal Travel Regulations and Departmental policy. The use of a relocation service company and home marketing incentive will not be offered. To view FAQs regarding PCS, copy and paste the following link in your web browser: http://on.doi.gov/Wg6iXi and then press enter.

Travel Required:
25% or less

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

Duties

This position serves as a Civil Engineer for the Green River District. The incumbent has professional engineering responsibilities for survey, design, and development of construction and maintenance projects, recreation and facility operations and maintenance, and contract preparation and administration activities for the District Office. Major duties include but are not limited to:



  • 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.

  • Preparing and reviewing cost and time estimates, work schedules, cost/benefit analyses, and feasibility studies for contracts.

  • Utilizes AutoCAD Civil 3D software to accomplish civil engineering design work and drawing preparation. 

  • Performs surveys for development of proposed project plans, as-built conditions, and construction control and reference using GPS survey equipment.


Physical demands: The position requires good physical condition for review, inspection, and construction of projects, and surveys. The work requires long hikes over rugged terrain, long hours of drivingover rough roads, and hauling instruments and other engineering equipment and supplies. The position also requires periods of sitting in the office related to the planning and design of assigned project.

Work environment: Approximately 40 percent of the work is performed in the field under all types of terrain and climatic conditions of the desert with temperatures ranging from over 100 degrees Fahrenheit in the summer to below 0 degrees Fahrenheit in the winter months. Outside work conditions may involve brushy, wet, steep, rocky, and/or rough terrain. Travel in snow, rain, or on muddy roads may create hazardous driving conditions. In addition to weather, field hazards may include snakes, poisonous plants, and insects. Approximately 60 percent of the assignments must be accomplished in the office (i.e. design work, project planning, etc.)

Qualifications and Evaluations

Requirements:
You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
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.
  • Security Clearance/Background Investigation is required.
  • Education Requirements:
    Evaluations:

    After the vacancy closes, 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:

    KSA 1 - Professional knowledge of a wide range of civil engineering concepts, theories, principles, and practices applicable to a broad range of engineering duties concerned with design and design data requirements for complex projects.

    KSA 2 - Skills in applying computer software and programs, including CADD and/or AutoCAD, to perform design and drafting assignments.

    KSA 3 - Ability to use personal computer and automated programs to develop, review, approve, or change construction documents, engineering designs, specifications, databases, schedules and reports.

    KSA 4 - Ability to communicate effectively with both internal and external customers from various backgrounds and experiences.

    Qualifications:

    Basic education requirement:  A) Degree: professional engineering. Degree: 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.
    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 in accordance with the Qualification Standards set by OPM. Please use the following link in order to view the requirements: Engineering Requirements.

    Selective Placement Factor: This position requires a special qualification that has been determined to be essential to perform the duties and will be used as a screen out element.  Those who do not provide evidence they possess the following selective factor(s) will be rated not qualified.
    1) Have a valid state driver's license.


    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.

    In addition to the basic education and selective placement factor, to qualify at the GS-11 level you must meet one of the following: 

    Specialized Experience: Applicants must possess one (1) full year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-09 level that equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of a Civil Engineer. At this level, experience examples include: performing professional engineering work in the coordination and review for survey, design, construction & maintenance of structures, roads, recreation facilities, public water systems, water control structures, storage facilities, range projects, bid draft review, & contract administrative overview. Establishing inspection requirements, schedules & control methods, and hazard reduction programs. OR Education: To qualify based on education you must have 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. OR Combination of Graduate Education and Experience: Combinations of successfully completed graduate level education and specialized experience may be used to meet the total experience requirements if it has provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. When substituting, you cannot use the first 54 semester hours that you earned.

    Please see “Required Documents” of this announcement.

    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.

    Benefits and Other Info

    Benefits:
    Agency Benefits:

    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:

    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. 

    Telework: The Bureau of Land Management has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework only during an emergency or natural disaster.

    This job opportunity announcement may be used to fill additional vacancies.


    May require completion of a 1-year probationary period.


    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 be required to provide this information annually.

    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.

    Reemployment Priority List (RPL): The RPL is the mechanism agencies use to give reemployment consideration to their former competitive service employees separated by a RIF or who have fully recovered from a compensable injury after more than one year.  If you are currently on a Reemployment Priority List, you may be given priority consideration.

    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; AND 2. Your resume; AND 3. Applicable supporting documents specified in the Required Documents section of this job announcement. 

    We recommend you use the resume builder in USAJobs. 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 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 may be required to submit the following forms as applicable. Failure to provide the applicable required documents will result in no further consideration for this vacancy: 

    If you are claiming Veterans' Preference, you should indicate the level of Veterans' Preference you are claiming on your resume. If you are claiming 0-point Sole Survivorship Veterans’ Preference (SSP), please provide the documentation you received granting this preference. If you are claiming 5-point Veterans’ Preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, confirming dates spent on active duty and your character of military service. If you are claiming 10-point Veterans' Preference, in addition to your DD-214, you must submit documentation that supports your claim (e.g., an official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces certifying the existence of a service-connected disability; or receipt of a Purple Heart). Missing documentation may result in a change or removal of your claim for Veteran’s preference.  Additional information on Veterans' Preference can be found in the VetGuide. If you are currently on active military duty, you must provide certification from your command that you are expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date your application is submitted. Additional information regarding Veterans Preference or active duty military can be found here.

    College Transcripts: This position has an educational requirement. You must submit a copy of your college transcripts and/or a list of college courses that include hours and grades. All qualifying education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. You can verify accreditation at http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable at the time of application. If you are selected, official transcripts will be required prior to appointment date. If your degree is from a Foreign Institution See Foreign Education .

    CTAP/ICTAP: If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, you must submit a copy of the agency notice and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location.

    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. Uploading Documents: instead of faxing your documents you may use the uploading procedures through Applicant Manager. 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.

    Next Steps:
    After the vacancy announcement closes and a referral certificate is issued, an electronic notification will be sent to the email address you provided to notify you of your status. You may also check the status of your application by viewing your MY USAJOBs account.