Vacancy Details


Announcement Number:
Hiring Agency:
Bureau of Land Management
Position Title:
Engineering Technician (Civil)
Open Period:
09/13/2019 - 09/23/2019 Format MM/DD/YYYY
GS - 0802C 07/08/09
USD $42,053 - USD $66,868
Work Schedule:
Full-time -
Promotion Potential:
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Cedar City, UT, US
Telework Eligible:
For More Info:
Lory Gurr


Hiring Path:
• Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
All U.S. Citizens - No previous Federal Service is required. Please see "Required Documentation" for additional information.
Security Clearance Required:
Appointment Type
Marketing Statement:

BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to join the team as a Engineering Technician (Civil).  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.


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.

This position is located in Cedar City, Utah. Information about Cedar City and the area can be found at Cedar City, Utah.


Supervisory Position:
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

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


This position serves as the Civil Engineering Technician (CET) within the Cedar City Field Office. Under the supervision of a Professional Engineer, the CET is expected to perform a broad range of technical engineering functions in support of project construction and maintenance. At the lower levels, the incumbent will assist the other members of the engineering staff in performing a wide variety of basic assignments in support of the resource programs such as timber, range, watershed, recreation, fisheries, wildlife, livestock, wild horses, mineral material sites, emergency fire rehabilitation, riparian areas, and the upkeep of roads, yards, and buildings. At the full performance level major duties include but are not limited to:

  • Planning and project feasibility

  • Project design and survey

  • Contract preparation and administration

  • Evaluate and issue Right-of-way and Other Road Use Permits

  • Provides technical assistance

Physical demands: Indoor office work necessitates long hours of sitting, intense concentration, answering/dialing the telephone, operating computer terminals including computerized engineering drafting stations. Field work requires extended periods of vehicular and foot travel over steep uneven and rocky mountainous and desert terrain in all types of adverse weather conditions, and considerable strength, stamina, and agility for stooping/bending/lifting. Work requires the ability to effectively cope with pressures associated with both fixed and irregular deadlines, and managing multiple priorities.

Work Environment: Work is routinely performed in a properly heated/cooled indoor office setting and outdoors (in extremely hot/cold/windy/dry/wet weather, rugged terrain, remote sites, and at construction sites) and occasionally at public meetings. Work hazards may include but are not limited to; remote areas (unpopulated and semi-populated), crossing mountainous streams, lightning, wildfires, proximity to animals (both wild and domestic), poisonous snakes, poison oak, stinging insects, foot and vehicular travel in rain/snow/ice on uneven steep mountainous terrain/winding roads, which may include heavy brush or debris accumulations, construction sites (falling objects, chemicals, dust, noise, heavy construction equipment) and proximity to mechanical and electrical systems.

Qualifications and Evaluations

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.
  • 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 Lands.
  • Direct Deposit Required.
  • Education Requirements:

    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 veterans' 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:

    For the GS-07 and GS-08 level:

    • Knowledge of agency policies, procedures and practices to carry out the engineering portion of the annual work plan.

    • Knowledge of engineering practices and principles in order to evaluate, design and administer engineering projects.

    • Ability to use basic equipment necessary to carry out the engineering activities. This equipment, among other things, includes computers to perform engineering applications.

    • Ability to effectively communicate in order to prepare reports, participate as a team member, maintain contacts, promote ideas, and make recommendations.

    For the GS-09 level:

    • Knowledge of a wide range of civil engineering principles and practices concerned with the design, construction and maintenance of project works.

    • Ability to provide technical engineering support for widely varied construction and maintenance projects in such areas as facilities, timber, range, recreation, watershed, fire management, and wildlife.

    • Skilled in computer automated design/drafting and other engineering related software packages using the collected survey data.

    • Skill in the ability to effectively communicate in order to prepare reports, participate as a team member, maintain contacts, promote ideas, make recommendations, prepare legal documents, and maintain contacts with a wide variety of special interest groups and with many levels of local, State, and Federal Government.

    Selective Placement Factors:  This position requires special qualifications that have been determined to be essential to perform the duties and will be used as screen out elements.  Those who do not provide evidence they possess the following selective factor(s) will be rated not qualified:

    1) Applicant must obtain and maintain a valid state driver's license within 30 days of entrance on duty. 

    In addition to the selective placement factors:

    Specialized Experience: 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.

    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.

    For the GS-07 level: 
    Specialized Experience: Applicants must possess one (1) full year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-06 level in the Federal service, as a civil engineering technician, or in a directly related position where you planned & carried out assignments referring unusual problems or deviations from standard procedures to your supervisor. Examples include performing technical work in support of survey, design, and construction, with the addition of providing technical support for surveying, & estimating & preparing contracts for these types of projects. OR To substitute education or a combination of education and experience see below.

    For the GS-08 level: 
    Specialized Experience: Applicants must possess one (1) full year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-07 level in the Federal service, as a civil engineering technician, or in a directly related position. At this level, the work requires specialized training and experience and comprehensive knowledge of the subject matter. The technician independently plans and carries out successive steps and handles problems and deviations in the work in accordance with instructions, policies, previous training or accepted practices. OR To substitute education or a combination of education and experience see below.

    For the GS-09 level: 
    Specialized Experience: Applicants must possess one (1) full year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-08 level in the Federal service, as a civil engineering technician, or in a directly related position where you independently performed very difficult and responsible work requiring considerable specialized training and experience. Examples include assuming the lead position on subject disciplines such as water rights, or supervising temporary summer seasonal employees in survey, and assisting with the planning and budgeting of proposed projects. OR To substitute education or a combination of education and experience see below.

    NOTE: If you are basing all or part of your experience on education, you must submit your college transcript(s) showing hours and grades from an accredited college or university. Graduate education or an internship meets the specialized experience required above GS-5 only in those instances where it is directly related to the work of the position. One full year of graduate education meets the requirements for GS-07. Two full years of graduate education or a master's degree meets the requirements for GS-08 and GS-09. One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be 18 semester hours.

    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 URL:
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    Other Information:

    Telework: The Bureau of Land Management has determined that the duties of this position are not suitable for telework.

    This position may require completion of a one year probationary period.

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

    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. 

    This is a career ladder position. Promotion is at the discretion of the supervisor, and is contingent upon meeting regulatory and legal requirements for promotion, satisfactory performance and the availability of higher level work. Promotion is not guaranteed and no promise of promotion is implied.

    Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid by the Department of the Interior. Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee.

    If tentativley selected for this position you will be required to complete and submit an OF-306 Declaration for Federal Employment prior to being appointed to determine your suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation. Failure to satisfy the preliminary background check will result in cancellation of the tentative job offer. Failure to satisfy the full investigation requirements may be grounds for termination, once you are placed in the 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. 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.

    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.

    HOW TO APPLY: 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 may 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: If you are qualifying based on education or a combination of education and experience, you must submit a copy of your college transcripts 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 .

    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.

    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.