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

Vacancy Details

About

Announcement Number:
NV-DEU-2020-0027
Hiring Agency:
Bureau of Land Management
Position Title:
Civil Engineer
Open Period:
12/18/2019 - 01/16/2020 Format MM/DD/YYYY
Series/Grade:
GS - 0810 12
Salary:
USD $74,596 - USD $96,978
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Full Time
Promotion Potential:
GS-12
Duty Location(s):
1
in
Reno, NV, US
1
in
Winnemucca, NV, US
Telework Eligible:
Yes
For More Info:
Human Resources
775-861-6424
cahudson@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:
Not Required
Appointment Type
Permanent
Appointment Type Details:
This is a permanent position
Marketing Statement:
BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to join the Nevada 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:

Announcement extended due to low applicant pool.


Due to BLM Hiring Controls, priority consideration will be given to all current BLM non-competitive applicants for this position.

These positions are located in Winnemucca and Reno, NV. Information about the areas may be viewed at the Winnemucca Chamber of Commerce or Reno/Sparks Chamber of Commerce websites.

Supervisory Position:
No
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
Yes

This position is offering Travel and Relocation Expenses OR a Recruitment/Relocation Incentive (not both). Travel and relocation expenses they will be paid consistent with the Federal Travel Regulation, Chapter 302, and Departmental policy. To be eligible for a 10% Relocation Incentive, you must be a current Federal Employee and current duty location is more than 50 miles away. To be eligible for a 10% Recruitment Incentive, selectee must not be employed by the Federal Government.

Travel Required:
25% or less

Travel to training, meetings, an site visits may be required.

Duties

This position serves as a Civil Engineer in a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) state or district office. The incumbent is responsible for directing and managing the civil engineering program for the state or district. This includes responsibility for survey, design, construction and maintenance of buildings, structures, recreation facilities, bridges, dams and other facilities; easement reviews; water rights; and for the direction, technical guidance and assistance in design and construction of transportation routes and access roads on BLM administered lands within the district.

The incumbent is responsible for professional design and review of all phases of the state/district's civil engineering work; is relied upon as an authoritative source for technical information and recommendations; and is responsible for technical adequacy of construction and maintenance projects. The incumbent shall also consider physical security of critical assets and all personnel as impacted by all engineering designs and maintenance operations.


Physical Demands: The work consists of both office and field related work. Field work will require lifting moderately heavy objects under 50 pounds; long periods of standing. walking, or driving over rough, rocky, uneven, and hazardous terrain; crouching or crawling in restricted areas such as confined spaces, culverts, mines, and tunnels; and climbing fences, walls, and ladders.

Work Environment: The field work involves regular and recurring exposure to high risks, discomforts, and unpleasantness such as: high noise levels and hazardous materials; dust and auto exhaust; climbing through confined space areas; high winds and high or low temperatures; adverse weather conditions; flammable liquids; and heights over 100 feet above the ground. The employee must apply a wide range of safety precautions under uncontrolled conditions and must use protective clothing and gear as necessary. Temperatures can fall in extreme ranges. Rain and snow are common in the winter. On-site work includes various types of construction in remote areas. Incidental travel by automobile and/or commercial airlines is required. 

Qualifications and Evaluations

Requirements:

If selected for this position you will need to complete the Federal Information Systems Security Awareness (FISSA) training prior to start date (if applicable).


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.

Key Requirements:
  • U.S. Citizenship is required
  • Security Clearance/Background Investigation is required.
  • Be sure to read the "How to Apply" & "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 is required.
  • Education Requirements:

    This position falls under the group coverage qualification standards for Professional and Scientific positions in conjunction with the Individual Occupation Requirements for Engineer.


    This position has a positive education requirement. See qualification section for description of the Basic Education Requirement (BER). Additionally you must submit copies of transcripts or a list of all college courses that include hours and grades from an accredited U.S. college/university, with your application. If your degree is from a Foreign Institution, See Foreign Education

    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.

    KSA 1: Professional Knowledge of civil engineering principals, practices, and techniques in order to design, construct, and maintain a wide variety of projects.


    KSA 2: Knowledge of federal formal and informal contracting procedures, for use in contract preparation and administration.


    KSA 3: Skill in project and field inspections, examinations and investigations to obtain field data and first hand information on existing conditions needed to facilitate design work.


    KSA 4: Knowledge and skill in the use of automated engineering equipment and design software.

    Qualifications:

    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.

    Basic Requirement: 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 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, Written Test, 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, or 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. 

    For GS-12: Meet the Basic Requirement and at least one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to GS-11 in the Federal service. Specialized experience is further defined as: serves as a senior staff specialist performing engineering work in construction & maintenance programs for building, recreation, bridges, major structures, roads, etc.; design & prepare project plans & specifications, establish inspection requirements, develop hazard reduction program, provide engineering expertise & technical guidance on various topics. 


    There is no substitution of education for experience at the GS-12 and above grade levels.


    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.


    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.


    The incumbent must possess and maintain a license as a Professional Engineer (PE) that is accepted and has reciprocity throughout the States, in order to provide designs that safeguard life, health, and property.

    Benefits and Other Info

    Benefits URL:
    Review our Benefits
    Other Information:

    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.


    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. 


    BLM may use certain incentives, currently offered by the Federal government, to attract high quality applicants.


    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 (775) 861-6424 or email us at cahudson@blm.gov.

    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/yyyy) 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:


    Positive Education Requirement: Copy of all Transcripts or a list of college courses that include hours and grades from an accredited U.S. college/university. All selections and tentative offers of selection are contingent upon submission and verification of 'official' transcripts.


    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) eligibles: documentation verifying your CTAP eligibility - this includes a copy of the agency notice and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location.


    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.