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Grade: 13

1 [342] Choose the statement that best describes your specialized experience that qualifies you for this GS-13 position. Answer to this question is required
  • I possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 as described in the vacancy announcement. This experience is well described in my application.
  • I do not meet the one year specialized experience requirement as described in the vacancy announcement.
2 [59333] Select the response that best describes your education and experience in accordance with requirements for engineering positions. You must provide supporting documentation. Answer to this question is required
  • I have a bachelor’s or higher engineering degree from an accredited university or college with at least one program accredited by ABET; or which included differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than 1st year physics/chemistry) in 5 of the following 7 areas of engineering science or physics: statics, dynamics, strength of materials (stress-strain relationships), fluid mechanics, hydraulics, thermodynamics, electrical fields/circuits, nature and property of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties), or any comparable area of fundamental engineering science/physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.
  • I have a combination of work experience and education from an accredited university or college that combined is equivalent to a bachelor's degree in engineering as demonstrated by current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), Engineer in Training (EIT), or licensure as a professional engineer by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico.
  • I have a combination of work experience and education from an accredited university or college that combined is equivalent to a bachelor's degree in engineering as demonstrated by passing the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) exam or required written test for professional registration administered by Boards of Engineering Examiners in any State, District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico.
  • I have a combination of work experience and education from an accredited university or college that combined are equivalent to a bachelor's degree in engineering as demonstrated by completion of 60 semester hours of courses in physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences, including courses specified in response Choice 1.
  • I completed a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree from an accredited university or college in engineering technology or another appropriate field (e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology), and have at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance.
  • I do not meet any of the requirements as described above.
3 [61674] Select the statements that describe your experience in the key geotechnical or hydraulic functional areas. Answer to this question is required
  • I have led a National team that developed National policy, standards, technical information, and guidance for hydraulic programs.
  • I have led a National team that planned, scheduled, implemented, or evaluated program activities for hydraulic programs.
  • I have led a National team that promoted agency/organization mission, goals, or values to State, local, regional, and National organizations for hydraulic programs.
  • I have been responsible for formulating a National hydraulic engineering program.
  • I have been responsible for evaluating a National hydraulic engineering program.
  • I have been responsible for coordinating a National hydraulic engineering program.
  • I have been responsible for formulating a Statewide hydraulic engineering program.
  • I have been responsible for evaluating a Statewide hydraulic engineering program.
  • I have been responsible for coordinating a Statewide hydraulic engineering program.
  • I have been responsible for formulating aspects of a National hydraulic engineering program.
  • I have been responsible for evaluating aspects of a National hydraulic engineering program.
  • I have been responsible for coordinating aspects of a National hydraulic engineering program.
  • I have experience developing hydraulic program policies.
  • I have experience interpreting hydraulic program policies.
  • I have experience administering hydraulic program policies.
  • I have little to no experience in the key hydraulic functional areas.
  • None of the above.
4 [15517] Select the response that best describes your experience with the requirements of FHWA’s floodplain regulation (23 CFR 650 Subpart A); including areas covered under this regulation. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not had experience with this regulation or the requirements of this regulation.
  • I have had education or training on this regulation and its requirements, but have not yet used it on the job.
  • I have specific experience with this regulation and its requirements with close review and assistance from a supervisor, a senior employee, or a senior consultant.
  • I have specific experience with this regulation and its requirements as a regular part of a job and only in unique or unusual situations did I require assistance or review by a supervisor, senior employee, or senior consultant.
  • I have specific experience with this regulation and its requirements as a regular part of a job, even in unique or unusual situations. I do not require assistance or review by a supervisor, senior employee or senior consultant.
  • Others regularly consult me for my expertise and assistance in applying this specific regulation and its requirements.
5 [61675] Select the capacity in which you have worked on issues related to extreme events (e.g. extreme weather events, climate change, sea level rise, or climate-related impacts. Answer to this question is required
  • Professional research
  • Regulatory responsibilities
  • National or local policy development
  • Education and outreach
  • None of the above
6 [33213] Select the task(s) you have performed to identify and implement improvements to hydrology and hydraulic programs and processes. Answer to this question is required
  • Identified customer requirements and expectations and implemented changes to existing processes.
  • Evaluated peer review recommendations and industry best practices and implemented improvements.
  • Conducted process reviews of hydraulic analysis, design or permitting processes and prepared reports with improvement recommendations.
  • Conducted review of a hydrology and hydraulics program to evaluate the current state of engineering practices, procedures and policies used in project development, design and construction.
  • None of the above.
7 [61678] In 250 words or less, describe each of the various functional areas of the FHWA Hydraulics program and with which of those areas you have the most knowledge/experience. Include how and why you possess this knowledge/experience.. Maximum length of 2000 characters. Answer to this question is required
8 [61679] In 250 words or less, describe how the Hydraulics Program Office in Headquarters relates to and interacts with other FHWA offices and external federal, state and local agencies and stakeholders. Maximum length of 2000 characters. Answer to this question is required
9 [61673] Select the publications you are familiar with and have used. Answer to this question is required
  • HDS 1, Hydraulics of Bridge Waterways
  • HDS 2, Highway Hydrology
  • HDS 3, Design Charts for Open-Channel Flow
  • HDS 4, Introduction to Highway Hydraulics
  • HDS 5, Hydraulic Design of Highway Culverts
  • HDS 6, River Engineering for Highway Encroachments
  • HDS-7, Hydraulic Design of Safe Bridges
  • HEC-9- Debris-Control Structures
  • HEC-14, Hydraulic Design of Energy Dissipators for Culverts & Channels
  • HEC 15, Design of Roadside Channels with Flexible Linings
  • HEC 17, Highways in the River Environment: Floodplains, Extreme Events, Risk & Resilience
  • HEC 18, Evaluating Scour at Bridges
  • HEC 20, Stream Stability at Highway Structures
  • HEC 21, Bridge Deck Drainage Systems
  • HEC 22, Urban Drainage Design Manual
  • HEC 23, Bridge Scour and Stream Instability Countermeasures
  • HEC 24, Highway Stormwater Pump Station Design
  • HEC 25, Highways in the Coastal Environment, Volumes 1 & 2
  • HEC 26, Culvert Design for Aquatic Organism Passage
  • None of the above.
10 [6749] Select the task(s) you have performed in analyzing bridge hydraulics, scour and river/floodplain crossings. Answer to this question is required
  • Calculated freeboard and backwater values for bridge openings.
  • Calculated scour depths for piers and/or abutments of bridges.
  • Designed scour countermeasures.
  • Designed streambank stabilization measures and/or river training systems.
  • Designed floodplain relief bridges/culverts.
  • Prepared computations for and submitted a Conditional Letter of Map Revision (CLOMR) for a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) regulated floodplain.
  • Designed bridges or other hydraulic structures in coastal or tidal environments.
  • None of the above.
11 [7452] Select the response that best describes your experience managing the hydraulic aspects (i.e., culvert designs, bridge waterways, floodplain analysis) of highway projects. Answer to this question is required
  • I have experience managing the hydraulic aspects of two to three highway projects concurrently.
  • I have experience managing the hydraulic aspects of three to nine highway projects concurrently.
  • I have experience managing the hydraulic aspects of ten or more highway projects concurrently.
  • I have experience managing the hydraulic aspects of ten or more highway projects concurrently, and am considered an expert in this field.
  • I have no experience managing the hydraulic aspects of highway projects.
12 [61676] Select the statement that best describes your experience in designing and carrying out research or studies on issues concerning adapting transportation systems or projects to impacts of extreme events (e.g., extreme weather events, climate change, or other climate-related impacts). Answer to this question is required
  • Conducted fact finding for a portion of such research or studies.
  • Collected, analyzed, interpreted data, and prepared written reports on the results of research or studies.
  • Designed or planned such studies or research and developed related evaluation criteria and resources requirements.
  • Coordinated and directed such studies or research, including evaluation of alternative approaches and formulated recommended actions.
  • None of the above.
13 [21650] Select the response that best describes your experience performing riverine hydraulic analyses of bridge encroachments and other floodplain impacts. Please provide specific project examples from recent experience in your resume supporting your response. Answer to this question is required
  • I have current experience using one-dimensional fixed boundary models such as Hydrologic Engineer Center’s River Analysis System (HEC-RAS).
  • I have experience using two-dimensional fixed boundary models such as SRH-2D, TUFLOW, FLO-2D, HEC-RAS2D and RiverFLo2D.
  • I primarily use one-dimensional fixed boundary models such as HECRAS with some experience with one-dimensional mobile boundary models and two dimensional fixed boundary models.
  • I have experience using both one-dimensional fixed boundary models such as HEC RAS and two-dimensional fixed boundary models such as SRH-2D, TUFLOW, FLO-2D, HEC-RAS2D and RiverFLo2D and I am considered an expert in performing floodplain analysis/studies.
  • None of the above.
14 [33214] Select the response(s) that describe your level of involvement in the development of any hydraulic reports, policies, standards, or guidance as it relates to the design and construction of highways or bridges. Answer to this question is required
  • Developed hydraulic solutions and resolved issues for highway projects.
  • Participated in the preparation hydraulic solutions for highway projects.
  • Prepared hydraulic reports for use in designing highway projects and to resolve highway construction problems.
  • Drafted various reports on hydraulic issues for use in designing, building and repairing highway projects.
  • Developed and implemented policies, standards, and guidelines for hydraulic engineering activities related to highway programs.
  • None of the above.
15 [61677] Select the hydraulic engineering function(s) you have performed or evaluated. Answer to this question is required
  • Roadway pavement drainage
  • Culvert hydraulic design
  • Bridge hydraulic design
  • Flood plain hydraulic analysis
  • FEMA floodplain analysis with CLOMR/LOMR preparation and submittal
  • Bridge scour analysis
  • Fish passage culvert design
  • Scour countermeasure design
  • Sediment transport analysis
  • River stabilization feature design
  • Storm drainage system design
  • Extreme event (e.g., extreme weather event, climate change) analysis and/or design
  • Coastal engineering analysis and/or design
  • None of the above
16 [5469] Select the statement(s) that describe the types of technical written communication you have prepared. Answer to this question is required
  • I have written technical information for internal & external audiences.
  • I have developed material for communicating information on policies, procedures and strategic plans to a broad base of constituents including the Congress and key stakeholders.
  • I have developed materials for communicating information on strategic plans to a broad base of constituents including the Congress and key stakeholders.
  • I have prepared and presented subject matter issue papers and/or briefings to program personnel, subject-matter groups and/or management officials at all levels within an organization in a technical advisory capacity.
  • I have reviewed reports for technical accuracy, adherence to policy, organization of material, clarity of expression, and appropriateness for intended audiences.
  • I have prepared scholarly reports for publications.
  • I have prepared scientific manuscripts for publication in scientific journals and technical publications.
  • I have published articles and reports in professional, scientific or industrial journals and newsletters, including national or international publications.
  • I have developed materials for communicating information on technical programs to a broad base of constituents including the Congress, and key stakeholders.
  • None of the above
17 [7213] Select the task(s) related to process reviews that you have performed in the hydraulic or geotechnical field as a regular part of your duties. Answer to this question is required
  • Establish and implement process reviews.
  • Conduct process reviews, ensuring evaluations are prepared in accordance with guidelines.
  • Identify customer requirements and expectations.
  • Evaluate peer reviews and industry best practices related to hydraulic or geotechnical engineering areas.
  • None of the above.
18 [18349] Select the statements that describe the types of training that you managed the development of, or developed personally. Answer to this question is required
  • Instructor-led Classroom Training
  • Instructor-led, delivered by Web-conference
  • Web-based training
  • None of the above
19 [60888] Select the statement(s) that describe(s) your communication skills. Answer to this question is required
  • I have interacted with internal and external customers or stakeholders.
  • I have established and maintained working relationships with internal and external customers or stakeholders.
  • I have communicated needs through regular meetings of internal and external customers or stakeholders.
  • I have prepared internal/external correspondence to assist in the procurement function.
  • I have written documents and/or correspondence clearly, logically, and concisely for varied internal and external audiences.
  • None of the above.

Grade: All Grades

[16869] Please note that ALL candidates must submit a resume online and complete the entire application (Resume, Core Questions, Vacancy Questions) process.Ensure that your resume thoroughly supports your responses to the job specific questions and that it contains the names, titles, and phone numbers of your most current and previous supervisors so that we may contact them. Please also be sure that your preference regarding contacting your current supervisors is shown in the User Information area. Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete all questions. High self-assessment in the application questions that is not supported by information in your resume may prevent you from being found best qualified, in which case your application will not be referred to the selecting official.
1 [31608] I understand the resume I have submitted for this position will be thoroughly reviewed to determine whether my experience and/or educational background is sufficient to meet basic and/or specialized experience requirements as outlined in this announcement. I also understand that if the information provided in my resume is not sufficient to support my responses to the vacancy announcement questions, it will affect the overall assessment of my application package. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
[31648] When you are finished with the question phase of this announcement, you will be shown a list of documents that may include documents that do not apply to you. Review the list and the required documents section of the vacancy to determine which, IF ANY, are required for your application to be considered a complete application. Please do not submit documents that are not requested.
  • If you are not a veteran, the DD-214 and the SF-15 do not apply to you.
  • If you are not applying to an engineering position, the P.E. license or EIT exam does not apply to you.
  • If you are not requesting consideration under a special appointing authority, the special appointing authority documents do not apply to you.
If any of the requested documentation pertains to you, you have the option to fax using the fax coversheets provided, upload to this system or you may transfer the documentation from your USAJOBS account. Please note documents are NOT automatically transferred from USAJobs. Contact the office no later than the closing date, if you require assistance.
2 [3057] By responding to this question, you acknowledge that you have reviewed the Required Documents section of this announcement to determine which documents, if any, you need to provide in support of this application. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
3 [31609] I understand that if I do not submit all REQUIRED documents by the closing date, it will affect the overall assessment of my application package. Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
4 [54657] Select your most recent work performance evaluation (includes pass in pass/fail systems). Answer to this question is required
  • My most recent work performance evaluation was satisfactory or better.
  • My most recent work performance evaluation was below satisfactory.
  • I have never received a performance appraisal or review for any position.
5 [35568] Select the response that is the GS equivalent grade level of the highest grade to which you have held on a permanent basis or have competed for promotion potential. Please ensure that you have also provided a supporting SF-50. Without the supporting SF-50, we may not be able to consider your application for this position. Answer to this question is required
  • I have not held a government position.
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6 [59279] In the past three years, have you had one or more of the following Awards: monetary, time-off, or other? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
7 [59280] If you are a Federal employee, is your most recent performance rating equivalent to a "Pass", "Fully Successful", "Satisfactory" or better? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
  • I am a Federal employee, but have not received a performance rating.
  • Not applicable, I am not a Federal employee.
8 [587] Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade to satisfy time-in-grade. Please include the date of your last promotion (in mm/dd/yy format). Maximum length of 20 characters. Answer to this question is required
9 [586] How did you initially hear about this position? Answer to this question is required
  • Email notification
  • Agency website
  • USAJobs (OPM) website
  • Newspaper advertisement
  • Magazine advertisement
  • Commercial employment site (i.e. Careerbuilder, Monster)
  • Placement office (Federal, State, College or University)
  • Friend or relative
  • Job Fair
  • Minority professional network
  • Other
    9.1 [5063] Please indicate how you heard about this position. Maximum length of 250 characters.