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This position is located within the Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Denver Service Center, Design and Construction Division, Technical Branch in Lakewood, CO. The incumbent serves as the Senior Structural Engineer within the Technical Branch. The Technical Branch provides expertise in managing design and construction projects developed for the National Park Service as well as partnership agencies and offices. This Branch provides quality assurance and technical support to the DSC Division of Design and Construction, other DSC divisions as well as Parks, Regions and partnership agencies and offices.
The Denver Service Center (DSC) is the central planning, design, and construction project office for the National Park Service. DSC provides cradle to grave project management and delivery; from planning to construction. DSC works in every NPS region and in more than half of all parks in the National Park System. For more information, visit the DSC website at www.nps.gov/DSC.
At the full performance level (GS-13) the major duties of this position include, but are not limited to the following:
1. Performs quality assurance reviews on all DSC projects with structural engineering aspects. Work includes reviewing structural engineering drawings, specifications, and calculations; geo-technical reports; structural condition assessments; historic structures reports and assessments; and structural engineering reports. Ensures compliance with established criteria, sound engineering principles, and professional practices. Detects omissions, discrepancies, inadequacies, and non-conformance with approved criteria. Completes a minimum of 15 hours of structural engineering continuing education credits each calendar year.
2. Performs structural engineering quality assurance reviews (as described above) on Park, Region and Partnership projects when requested.
3. Conducts condition assessments of existing structures, including historic structures. Work includes structural analysis of components and structures, preparation of reports, and development of drawings and specifications for repair.
4. Conducts investigations of collapsed and distressed structures. Work includes structural analysis of components and structures, preparation of reports, and development of drawings and specifications for repair.
5. Maintains the Denver Service Center (DSC) building code library. Ensures current and legacy building codes are available for use. Maintains the DSC structural engineering library. Ensures current standards and reference materials for all structural materials are current and available for use.
6. Develops and maintains NPS and DSC structural engineering design requirements which set the standards for quality of work prepared by in-house staff and structural engineering firms.
7. Serves as principle advisor on technical issues with respect to structural engineering issues for DSC and NPS.
8. Provides expert consulting services and technical assistance to DSC, Regional Offices, Parks, and other NPS offices.
9. Represents DOI and NPS on the Interagency Committee on Seismic Safety in Construction (ICSSC) and actively participates in the development of national seismic standards for federally owned and leased buildings. Serves as the NPS Seismic Safety Coordinator and the Department of the Interior (DOI) Seismic Coordinator.
10. Develops and maintains seismic policy guidelines for NPS and DOI leadership.
NPS has determined that the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.
Salary Range Information:
GS-13: $96,856 - $125,910 per annum. First time hires to the federal government typically start at the beginning salary in the range for their respective grade level.
This vacancy may be used to fill additional positions as vacancies become available.
This vacancy is also announced as NPS-19-EG-052(MP) for those applicants who wish to apply and be considered under Merit Promotion procedures.
Occasional travel - Travel of two to five nights per year may be required.
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Conditions Of Employment
- You will be subject to a background/suitability investigation/determination
- You will be required to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit.
- You must submit ALL required documents and a completed questionnaire.
- You must be a U.S. Citizen.
Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service system, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See http://www.sss.gov/.
Minimum Qualification Requirements:
To qualify for this position you must meet the (1) Basic Educational Requirements AND (2) Specialized Experience for the grade to which you are applying.
(1) Basic Educational Requirements:
A. Degree: Engineering. To be acceptable, the program must: (1) lead to a bachelor’s degree in a school of engineering with at least one program accredited by ABET; 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.
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 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 listed in this link: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0800/files/all-professional-engineering-positions-0800.pdf
Note: You must submit your transcripts to verify that you meet the educational requirement defined above. Failure to provide transcripts will result in you receiving an "Ineligible" rating.
(2) Specialized Experience:
To qualify for the GS-13, you must possess at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal service, or comparable experience not gained through Federal service. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Specialized experience is defined as demonstrated experience: 1) reviewing and/or evaluating industrial facilities’ structural design and maintenance plans to verify compliance with regulations and utilization of industry standards and best practices; 2) applying policies/procedures on inspection and investigative techniques to promote and enforce safety in industrial facilities’ operations; 3) conducting investigations of collapsed and distressed structures; and 4) conducting structural analysis of components and structures, preparation of reports, and development of drawings and specifications for repair.
Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions and is available at OPM's website: https://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/indexes/num-ndx.asp
All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.
Education: If this position requires specific educational course work to qualify, or you are qualifying based in whole or part on education, you are required to provide transcripts as proof of meeting the requirements.
Foreign Education: Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the specific educational requirements as stated above. You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. For more information on how foreign education is evaluated, visit: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-policies/#url=e4
Applicants who include vulgar, offensive, or inappropriate language or information in their application package will be ineligible for further consideration for this position.
Identification of promotion potential in this announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee selected at some future date. Promotion will depend upon administrative approval and the continuing need for and performance of higher-level duties.
The application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine qualifications for employment, and is authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361.
Important Note: All Department of the Interior (DOI) employees are subject to the conflict of interest restrictions imposed upon all employees of the Executive Branch of the Federal Government and may be required to file a Financial Disclosure Report. In addition, DOI employees, GS-15 and above, who work in the Office of the Secretary; along with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) employees (at ALL grade levels), are further restricted concerning their interests in Federal lands and resources administered or controlled by the Department of the Interior. This includes holding stock in energy corporations which lease Federal lands (e.g.: oil, gas, coal, alternative energy resources, etc.). If you have any such investments you should contact the DOI, BOEM or BSEE Ethics Office before accepting employment. DOI employees are held to the highest level of integrity. Employees must be objective and impartial in the performance of their work. All potential issues (e.g.: work-related interactions with friends, family members, or previous employers) must be disclosed at the time of application or during the interview process.
NOTICE: This employer participates in E-Verify and will utilize your Form I-9 information to confirm you are authorized to work in the U.S.
A preliminary background check must be completed before a new employee can begin work with the U.S. Department of the Interior. The preliminary background check consists of a search of Office of Personnel Management and Department of Defense background investigation files and an FBI National Criminal History Fingerprint Check; it may take up to 3 weeks to complete. If selected for this position, you will be extended a tentative offer of employment pending a satisfactory background check. Current Federal employees or individuals with an existing completed background investigation may not be required to undergo another background check; these will be handled on a case-by-case basis in coordination with the Bureau security office.
How You Will Be Evaluated
Once the application process is complete, we will review your application to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume, supporting documentation and responses to the online questionnaire will be made. Your responses to the online assessment will be used to measure the degree to which your background matches the requirements for this position. You are being evaluated under the Category Rating method, which means, if you are determined to be qualified you will be placed in one of three pre-defined categories. These categories are “Platinum”, “Gold”, and “Silver”. However, your resume must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. Candidates placed in the “Platinum” category will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview. Veterans' preference rules for category rating will be applied.
Your answers to the on-line assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas:
Civil Engineer- Knowledge of advanced concepts, structural engineering codes, standards and regulations; principles, processes, and practices of civil engineering to evaluate the structural design and assessment of Parks, Regions and partnership agencies and offices.
Analytical- Ability to perform structural analysis of components and structures, prepare reports, and develop drawings and specifications for repair.
Written Communication- Ability to write clearly in order to develop and maintain NPS and DSC structural engineering design requirements which set the standards for quality of work prepared by in-house staff and structural engineering firms.
Oral Communication- Ability to communicate orally in order to provides expert consulting services and technical assistance to DSC, Regional Offices, Parks, and other NPS offices.
If you are a status applicant (current career or career-conditional Federal employee or former permanent Federal employee with reinstatement eligibility in the competitive service), or are eligible under a special appointing authority and you are selected under this vacancy, you may be subject to serving a new one-year probationary period.
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Your resume must contain information sufficient to make a valid determination that you fully meet the specialized experience requirements as stated in this vacancy announcement and OPM qualification standards for each grade level(s) for which you are applying. It is strongly recommended that you use the USAJobs Resume Builder as it was designed to ensure that your resume includes the standard information needed. The Resume Builder is available at https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/How_to_create_your_resume
Your application package must include: (1) Resume showing relevant experience as written in your own words; (2) Completed online Assessment Questionnaire; (3) College transcript (if applicable) for verification of qualifying education. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable; (4) Certificates, license, etc. (if applicable); (5) Form DD-214 OR VA letter and Standard Form 15 (if applicable).
NOTE: Applicants claiming veterans preference (TP, CP, CPS) must submit a copy of your DD-214, "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty," (Member 4 copy is preferred), showing the dates of active duty, type of discharge, and character of service (must be honorable); OR acceptable proof of verification of your preference (i.e., official document, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying that the veterans total combined serviced-connected disability rating is 10% or more).
You will find additional information on the following topics: (1) e-Verify; (2) Selective Service; (3) CTAP/ICTAP; (4) Education – accreditation; (5) Foreign education; (6) Veterans preference; (7) Special appointing authority documentation; and more can be found on our web site: https://www.bsee.gov/careers/usajobs-assistance OR http://www.boem.gov/USAJobs-Assistance/ .
If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, you must submit proof by the closing date of the announcement that you meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP or you will not receive priority consideration. The proof includes a copy of the agency notice, your most recent Performance Rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty station. To be considered well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, you must earn a minimum score of 85 or above (prior to the assignment of veteran's preference) on the rating criteria for this position.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
How to Apply
Your complete application, including required documents, must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.
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