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

About

Announcement Number:
OR-DEU-2019-0016
Hiring Agency:
Bureau of Land Management
Position Title:
Civil Engineer
Open Period:
02/05/2019 - 02/19/2019 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Series/Grade:
GS - 0810 12
Salary:
USD $77,929 - USD $101,308
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Work Schedule is Full Time.
Promotion Potential:
GS-12
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Portland, OR, US
Telework Eligible:
No
For More Info:
HR Receptionist
503-808-6409
BLM_OR_SO_953_Mail@blm.gov

Overview

Hiring Path:
• Competitive service
• Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
All U.S. Citizens – Open to Public, No previous Federal Service is required.
Security Clearance Required:
Not Applicable
Appointment Type
Permanent
Appointment Type Details:
This is a permanent position.
Marketing Statement:
BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to join the team to serve as a Civil Engineer.

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.

For information about the Oregon State Office, visit our website.

For information about the Portland area, visit Travel Portland.
Supervisory Position:
No
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
Yes

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

Occasional travel may be required

Duties

As part of the BLM Oregon State Office, Branch of Engineering, the Civil Engineer provides transportation engineering support and program leadership for the 9 districts located throughout Oregon and Washington (OR/WA). This position serves as the states’ program lead for all activities related to transportation planning, design, and implementation of the FHWA designated transportation systems including roads, bridges, trails, etc. Major responsibilities for this position include:



  • Coordinate with multiple FHWA – WFLHD staff, providing oversight and ensuring implementation of BLM OR/WA’s Federal Lands Transportation Program (FLTP) program of work.

  • Serve as the agency statewide representative for the Federal Lands Access Program in Oregon and Washington.

  • Provide oversight and ensure implementation of BLM OR/WA’s ERFO (Emergency Relief for Federally Owned Roads) projects.

  • Ensure program and technical directives are consistent with governing laws, regulations, and policy. The incumbent also ensures engineering policy, standards and procedures are coordinated with other resource areas to achieve cohesive integrated program delivery.

  • Provide statewide assistance and guidance regarding implementation of road maintenance requirements in both timber sale and public works contracts.


A professional engineering license is required for this position.


Physical Demands: Work requires physical ability to spend long hours in the field involving walking, bending, climbing and carrying survey equipment. Work may require extended periods of long hours in the field during inclement weather. Office work may require long periods of intense concentration while working on reports, programs and calculations, etc. Work efforts involve significant amounts of time in both the office and field, sometimes involving overnight travel.


Work Environment: Office work is performed in a typical office setting with no unusual risks. In the field, seasonal weather conditions vary from over 100 degrees F in the summer to below 0 degrees F in the winter. Exposure to inclement weather conditions, and steep or rough terrain, can create hazardoius driving and working conditions. Travel to remote sites during the field season is common, sometimes with overnight stays.

Qualifications and Evaluations

Requirements:
You will need to clearly state your undergraduate/graduate degree(s) and submit your college transcripts or a listing of your college courses that includes hours and grades.
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:
    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 qualified, your score may range from 70-100 points.   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.

    KSAs:

    1. Broad professional and working knowledge of the civil engineering theories, principles, practice and techniques as related to design, construction, and maintenance of such things as: detention and retention dams, stock water pipelines, water
    catchments, fences, wells, well plugging, access roads, cattle guards, recreational facilities, buildings, building maintenance and support facilities and related utility systems.

    2. Knowledge of Federal contracting policies, regulations and requirements in order to act as a Contracting Officer's Representative. The incumbent must have a sound knowledge of contractual regulations for developing supply, service, and construction contracts and inspection methods. In the case of conflicting contracting data, the, incumbent uses judgment to determine course of action.

    3. Knowledge of automation technology, policies, and procedures to lead, advocate, sponsor, and integrate the use of automation in accomplishing program functions.

    4. Ability to effectively communicate with both technical and management personnel within an organization and with outside groups for activities requiring engineering input.
     


    Qualifications:

    Selective Placement Factors: 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.  Selective Factor: Currently registered as a professional civil engineer by a State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico.



    Basic Qualifications:


    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:


    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. 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 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.  Applicants who have passed the EIT examination and have completed all the requirements for either (a) a bachelor's degree in engineering technology (BET) from an accredited college of university that included 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences, or (b) a BET from a program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) may be rated eligible for certain engineering positions at GS-5. Eligibility is limited to positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of the engineering technology program. Applicants for positions that involve highly technical research, development, or similar functions requiring an advanced level of competence in basic science must meet the basic requirements in paragraph A.

    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.

    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. (The above examples of related curricula are not all-inclusive.)

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    Specialized Experience Requirements:  


    In addition to meeting the basic requirements and professional registration requirement, you must also meet the following Specialized Experience Requirements:  In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience requirement - 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 at the GS-11 level should have provided the professional knowledge of, and skill in applying, the theories, concepts, principles, computer
    systems applications, and methodology of the science of civil engineering relevant to large-scale construction activities. Examples include: overall design and review, contract administration and acting as the liaison between A & E firms; leads the project layout, including survey, necessary profiles, selection of borrow areas, cross sections when needed, drop structures, etc.; reviews environmental assessments for engineering adequacy and performs field checks to determine adequacy of mitigating measures; prepare reports outlining findings and providing recommendations based on cost benefit ratios, environmental considerations, and sound engineering practices; develops engineering components of work plan submissions for building maintenance and resource management needs and objectives; develop or reviews contract documents, provides contract administration, or works as a mediator to resolve contract problems; represent the office when acting as liaison with local, state and federal agencies on technical matters, project proposals and other engineering issues and concerns.


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    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

    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.


    May require completion of a 1-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 fall within the Well or Best Qualified categories on the rating criteria for this position. 


    This announcement is being advertised concurrently under OR Merit-2019-0022 for current and former federal employees serving under a competitive service career or career-conditional appointment or reinstatement eligible.  You must apply to each announcement separately if you wish to be considered under both recruitment methods.


    The Bureau of Land Management has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.


    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.


    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 k1colema@blm.gov or 503-808-6455.  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:

    If you are not currently in the GS-810 series, you must provide a 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.

    Proof of registration as a professional engineer. 


    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' 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) by the employing agency using the documents you provide.



    • For 0-point Sole survivorship veterans’ preference (SSP), please provide the documentation you received granting this preference.


     



    • For 5-point veterans' preference, please provide your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.

    • For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, DD-214, and the required documentation.


    For more information on which type of preference is applicable please visit VetGuide.


    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.