You will be evaluated for this position based on how well you meet the qualifications stated in the announcement.
Once the announcement has closed, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the basic qualification requirements listed on this announcement. 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. If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, it is determined that you have rated yourself higher than is supported in resume, or that your resume or application is incomplete, you may be rated ineligible, not qualified, or your score may be lowered.
Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics) required to do the work of this position:
1) Knowledge of regulations and policies related to the duties of civil engineering in order to identify and define the nature and scope of obscure problems, and to carry out a wide range of complex construction and maintenance projects.
2) Knowledge of assignments that involve determining the engineering feasibility of proposed projects, field survey and layout; design, including development of specifications and cost estimates; inspection of contractor work.
3) Ability to interpret contract specifications, follows and enforces federal procurement regulations, reviews and maintains contract logs, makes contract modifications, approves and processes payments, and inspects contractors' and inspectors work for compliance.
4) 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.
5) Ability to utilize and operate software packages specific to the performance of engineering duties, such as data base programs, automated drafting programs, and other design software programs.
All qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category. The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position. The category ratings for this position are: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, Qualified
The Category Rating Process does not add veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three" but protects the rights of Veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligibles within each quality category. Veterans' preference eligibles who meet the basic qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent will be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-09 level or higher).
This position has a positive education requirement which requires: Degree: 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.
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 an Engineer Intern (EI), Engineer in Training (EIT)1 , or licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE) 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 Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination or any other written test required for professional registration by an engineering licensure board in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico. Specified academic courses -- Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences. Related curriculum -- Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in an appropriate scientific field, e.g., engineering technology, physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a bachelor’s 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.)
In addition to the basic entry requirement identified, applicants must also meet specialized experience requirements - 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 for the GS-07 is described as:
Experience: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-05 level, Operating GPS and topographic instruments to create elevation and topographic maps of structures. Assists in conducting field inspections and surveys for the evaluation of the physical condition of range infrastructure including pipelines and fences. Assists in the design and development of drawings and specifications, construction and maintenance programs for range improvement projects such as pipelines, spring developments, reservoirs and fences; - OR - 1 year of graduate-level education or Superior Academic Achievement. Superior Academic Achievement and the provisions are outlined here - Superior Academic Achievement - OR - Combination of Education and Experience:Total qualifying education as described above and experience as listed above are combined together and when combined must total to equal at least 100 percent to qualify. Only graduate level education may be combined with experience.
Specialized Experience for the GS-09 is described as:
Experience: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 level operating GPS and topographic instruments to create elevation and topographic maps of structures. Assists in conducting field inspections and surveys for the evaluation of the physical condition of civil infrastructure including bridges, culverts, dams, and roads. Assists in the design and development of drawings and specifications, construction and maintenance programs for structures, roads, and recreation facilities; - OR - 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree OR Combination of Education and Experience: Total qualifying education as described above and experience as listed above are combined together and when combined must total to equal at least 100 percent to qualify. Only graduate level education may be combined with experience.
Specialized Experience for the GS-11 is described as:
Experience: One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 level independently conducts field inspections and surveys for the evaluation of the physical condition of civil infrastructure including bridges, culverts, dams, and roads. Has the lead role in the design and development of drawings and specifications, construction and maintenance programs for structures, roads, and recreation facilities.; OR 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree OR Combination of Education and Experience: Total qualifying education as described above and experience as listed above are combined together and when combined must total to equal at least 100 percent to qualify. Only graduate level education may be combined with experience.
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.
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.