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Job Title:Interdisciplinary

Department:Department of the Army

Agency:U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Job Announcement Number:WTHE12218277786406

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$72,540.00 to $94,300.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Tuesday, November 20, 2012 to Monday, November 26, 2012

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0150/0401/0819/1301-12

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Portland, OR United StatesView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

See Who May Apply

JOB SUMMARY:

Civilian employees serve a vital role in supporting the Army mission.  They provide the skills that are not readily available in the military, but crucial to support military operations.  The Army integrates the talents and skills of its military and civilian members to form a Total Army.

About the Position:

This position is located with the Operations Division, Regulatory Branch in PORTLAND, OREGON. The Corps of Engineers, while a component of the U.S. Army, is mostly a civilian organization. The Corps works to reduce flood damage in communities across America; improve the environment for fish and wildlife and generate clean, renewable electricity, and recreational opportunities.

The Portland District staff oversees the operation and maintenance of 19 multi-purpose dams in Oregon and a sediment retention structure  in southwestern Washington. We also maintain more than 720 miles of federal navigation channels and 33 channel and harbor projects through  the use of two government-owned hopper dredges and three hydrographic survey vessels.


If you are selected for this position you will support these important missions and become an important part of the Portland District team. 

Who May Apply: Click here for more information.

- Current Civilian Army Employees

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • Permanent Change of Station (PCS) benefits WILL NOT BE authorized
  • Defense National Relocation Program (DNRP) incentive IS NOT authorized

DUTIES:

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You will serve as a project manager/team leader with technical expertise to:
(1) Evaluate all levels and types of Department of the Army (DA) permit application and compliance cases  (including those complex and/or controversial in nature) for activities  in waters of the United States and/or navigable waters of the United States within the regulatory authority of the Clean Water Act,  and the Rivers and Harbors Act of 1899;
(2) Develop and manage general permits (GPs);
(3) Develop procedures to implement directives from higher authority; and
(4) Serve as the Districtrepresentative  on groups and task forces with missions of interest to the District and/or the regulatory program, and to complete assignments related to special regulatory initiatives directed toward effective, efficient, and consistent application of  the regulatory program.

 

The project manager facilitates the accomplishment of items (1) through (4) above, by coordinating the activities of subject matter specialists within or outside the District and evaluating the validity of others expressed views to produce a timely and quality product, and by forging new and better techniques to meet the overall objectives of the regulatory program and related laws.  At times, the project manager may be required to advise lower grade employees on the procedural aspects of the regulatory program, resolve differences (administrative and scientific) among views and positions of other Federal and state agencies and private interests for finalizing certain regulatory actions, manage contracts for work which is in excess of that which could be completed with in-house labor or represent the Corps as an expert witness in court cases on permit decisions and/or enforcement actions in which he/she was involved.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Specialized Experience:

To Qualify for GS-12, applicants must possess a year or more of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-11 level in federal service in evaluating complex and controversial permit applications for activities in waters of the United States and a broad range of experience in interpreting and applying environmental regulations and policies  including the National Environmental Policy Act, the Endangered Species Act and the National Historic Preservation Act.

 

You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency (knowledge, skills, and abilities) in the following areas:
- KNOWLEDGE OF PERMIT PROCESSES
- KNOWLEDGE OF PROGRAMMATIC REQUIREMENTS 
- ABILITY TO SERVE AS A TEAM LEADER

Time in Grade Requirement: Applicants who have held a General Schedule (GS) position within the last 52 weeks must meet the Time in Grade Restriction.

Time in Grade Restriction: Must have 52 weeks of Federal service at the next lower grade (or equivalent).


EDUCATION:

For information on the positive education requirement for the eligible occupations for this position go to http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/indexes/num-ndx.asp and select the occupational series range and then the specific occupational series you will apply under.

0401 - Biologist
http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/Standards/IORs/gs0400/0401.htm
0819 - Environmental Engineer
http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/Standards/IORs/gs0800/0819.htm
1301 - Physical Scientist
http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/Standards/IORs/gs1300/1301.htm

0150 - Geographer

http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/Standards/IORs/gs0100/0150.htm

 

This interdisciplinary position has specific educational requirements which apply to all disciplines.

 

To meet the positive education requirement for the 0819 series (Environmental Engineer) you must meet one of the following criteria:

     A. I have a 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.
     B. I have a combination of education and experience: 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: 1) Professional registration -- Current registration as a professional engineer 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. OR 2) Written Test -- Evidence of having successfully passed the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) examination, or the written test required for professional registration, which is administered by the Boards of Engineering Examiners in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico. Applicants who have passed the EIT examination and have completed all the requirements for either (a) a bachelor's degree in engineeringtechnology (BET) from an accredited college of university thatincluded 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences, or (b) a BET from a program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) may be rated eligible for certain engineering positions at GS-5. Eligibility is limited to positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of the engineering technology program. Applicants for positions that involve highly technical research, development, or similar functions requiring an advanced level of competence in basic science must meet the basic requirements in paragraph A. Because of the diversity in kind and quality of BET programs, graduates of other BET programs are required to complete at least 1 year of additional education or highly technical work experience of such nature as to provide reasonable assurance of the possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for professional engineering competence. The adequacy of this background must be demonstrated by passing the EIT examination. OR 3) 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 4) 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.


To meet the positive education requirement for the 0401 series (Biologist) you must meet one of the following criteria:

     A. I have a degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.
     B. I have a combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree that included a major field of study or specific course requirements generally as stated in paragraph A in the individual occupational requirements. Where specific course requirements are not indicated in paragraph A, the number of semester hours required to constitute a major field of study is the amount specified by the college or university attended. If this number cannot be obtained, 24 semester hours will be considered as equivalent to a major field of study. The nature and quality of this required course work must have been such that it would serve as a prerequisite for more advanced study in the field or subject matter area. Related course work generally refers to courses that may be accepted as part of the program major. OR, appropriate combination of education and experience that is typically specified in paragraph B of the individual occupational requirements. The "paragraph B" method generally requires that an applicant possess a core of educational credit, such as described in paragraph A above, plus additional education and/or experience. The method of determining the number of semester hours required to constitute a major field of study is the same as described in paragraph A. The quality of the combination of education and experience must be sufficient to demonstrate that the applicant possesses the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform work in the occupation, and is comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of a full 4-year course of study with a major in the appropriate field. In addition to courses in the major and related fields, a typical college degree would have included courses that involved analysis, writing, critical thinking, research, etc. These courses would have provided an applicant with skills and abilities sufficient to perform progressively more responsible work in the occupation. Therefore, creditable experience should have demonstrated similarly appropriate skills or abilities needed to perform the work of the occupation.

 
To meet the positive education requirement for the 0150 series (Geographer) you must meet one of the following criteria:

     A. I have a degree in geography or related physical or social science such as geology, meteorology, economics, statistics, sociology, anthropology, political science, history, cartography, computer science, urban studies, or planning that included at least 24 semester hours in geography or related fields.
     B. I have a combination of education and experience -- courses equivalent to a major in geography, or a related field that included at least 24 semester hours in geography or related fields, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

 

To meet the positive education requirement for the 1301 series (Physical Scientist) you must meet one of the following criteria:

     A. I have a degree: physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics.
     B. I have a combination of education and experience: education equivalent to one of the majors shown in A above that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education. Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree that included a major field of study or specific course requirements generally as stated in paragraph A in the individual occupational requirements. Where specific course requirements are not indicated in paragraph A, the number of semester hours required to constitute a major field of study is the amount specified by the college or university attended. If this number cannot be obtained, 24 semester hours will be considered as equivalent to a major field of study. The nature and quality of this required course work must have been such that it would serve as a prerequisite for more advanced study in the field or subject-matter area. Related course work generally refers to courses that may be accepted as part of the program major. OR, appropriate combination of education and experience that is typically specified in paragraph B of the individual occupational requirements. The "paragraph B" method generally requires that an applicant possess a core of educational credit, such as described in paragraph A above, plus additional education and/or experience. The method of determining the number of semester hours required to constitute a major field of study is the same as described in paragraph A. The quality of the combination of education and experience must be sufficient to demonstrate that the applicant possesses the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform work in the occupation, and is comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of a full 4-year course of study with a major in the appropriate field. In addition to courses in the major and related fields, a typical college degree would have included courses that involved analysis, writing, critical thinking, research, etc. These courses would have provided an applicant with skills and abilities sufficient to perform progressively more responsible work in the occupation. Therefore, creditable experience should have demonstrated similarly appropriate skills or abilities needed to perform the work of the occupation.

 

Only degrees from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education are acceptable to meet positive education requirements or to substitute education for experience. For additional information, please go to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and U.S. Department of Education websites at - http://www.opm.gov/qualifications and http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html

 

On your resume, please include college/university, dates attended, degree achieved, semester hours earned, GPA, major field of study, 24 semester hours of specific courses and course hours in your major. Failure to provide this education information on your resume may result in an ineligible rating.

 

Foreign education must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency in order to be considered for this position. Please include this information in your resume.

Other Requirements:
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Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.

You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.

One year trial/probationary period may be required.

Direct Deposit of Pay is Required.
Security background investigation may be required.
This is a Career Program Position
Official college or university transcripts must be submitted.
Salary includes applicable locality pay or Local Market Supplement.
Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid experience or volunteer work.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be reviewed to verify that you meet the basic eligibility and qualification requirements.  Your responses to the questionnaire will be used to evaluate your relevant personal, educational, and work experiences. Only the most recently submitted resume will be considered.

 


BENEFITS:

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The Department of Defense offers excellent benefits programs some of which may include:

  • Comprehensive health and life insurance
  • Competitive salaries
  • Generous retirement programs
  • Paid holidays, sick leave, and vacation time
  • Flexible work environment and alternate work schedules
  • Paid employment related training and education
  • Possible student loan repayment
  • Payment of licenses, certification, and academic degrees as applicable
  • Bonuses, incentives, and awards as appropriate for the job.
  • Mass Transit subsidy


  • OTHER INFORMATION:

    Click here for more information.  

    Special Note to NSPS Applicants: If you apply for and accept a GS position, your GS pay will be set differently than if you transition out of NSPS with your organization. If you apply for and accept a position and your pay cannot be set within the GS grade range, you may not be eligible for pay retention. Be sure to refer to the NSPS web site (http://cpol.army.mil/library/general/nsps/docs-repeal/NSPS_Empl_Transition_Bulletin_031510.pdf) for more details on how this might affect your specific situation."


    • Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees.


    • The Department of Defense (DoD) policy on employment of annuitants will be used in determining eligibility of annuitants. The DoD policy is available at http://www.cpms.osd.mil/ASSETS/E8AB932EA1E44617BAC7222922E42A62/DoDl140025-V300.pdf.

    • In accordance with section 9902(h) of title 5, United States Code, annuitants reemployed in the Department of Defense shall receive full annuity and salary upon appointment. They shall not be eligible for retirement contributions, participation in the Thrift Savings Plan, or a supplemental or redetermined annuity for the reemployment period. Discontinued service retirement annuitants (i.e. retired under section 8336(d)(1) or 8416(b)(1)(A) of title 5, United States Code) appointed to the Department of Defense may elect to be subject to retirement provisions of the new appointment as appropriate. (See DoD instructions 1400.25, Volume 300, at http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives.)

    Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.



    HOW TO APPLY:

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    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package.
    Application packages must include:

    1. Your resume: If you submit a resume with inappropriate material e.g. photos, you will not be considered for this vacancy. Your resume may be submitted in any format. For qualifications determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e., HRS per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). Resumes that do not contain this information will be marked as insufficient and applicants may not receive consideration for this position.
    2. Your responses to the questionnaire
    3. Additional required documents (see Required Documents section below)

    The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Monday, November 26, 2012.

    To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.  Follow the prompts to complete the questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process. 

    To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page http://staffing.opm.gov/pdf/usascover.pdf using the following Vacancy ID 786406.  Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

    If you cannot apply online:

    1. Click the following link to view and print the questionnaire  View Occupational Questionnaire,

    2. Print the 1203FX form to provide your response to the questionnaire http://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/OPM1203fx.pdf, and (Note: If you submit your application  via fax, beginning in Section 25, the question number will not correspond with the number on the 1203-FX.  Please continue marking your responses to the questions in sequential order.)

    3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.

    The Department of the Army provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the servicing civilian personnel unit. Requests for reasonable accommodation are made on a case-by-case basis.



    REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

    The following documents are required:

    • Resume: If you submit a resume with inappropriate material e.g. photos, you will not be considered for this vacancy. Your resume may be submitted in any format. For qualifications determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e., HRS per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). Resumes that do not contain this information will be marked as insufficient and applicants may not receive consideration for this position.
    • If the position has an education requirement or you are qualifying based on a combination of education and experience or solely on education, you must submit your college transcripts with your application.
    • You MUST submit documents verifying your eligibility with your application package. These documents may include, but are not limited to: for current employment verification, a SF-50 or DD3434; for MSP claims, PCS orders and marriage certificate; for verification of Veteran status, DD214 (which indicates character of service), SF-15, VA Letter as applicable and/or Activation/Deactivation orders.

    If you fail to provide these documents, you will be marked as having an incomplete application package and will not be considered any further. 

    PLEASE NOTE: Documents submitted as part of the application package, to include supplemental documents, may be shared beyond the Human Resources Office.   Some supplemental documents like military orders and marriage certificates may contain personal information for other than the applicant. These documents may be sanitized to remove such personal information before submission with the application. Applicants may be asked to provide an un-sanitized version of the documents upon selection to confirm eligibility.

    AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

    Central Resume Processing Center
    Phone: (410)306-0137
    Email: USARMY.APG.CHRA-NE.MBX.APPLICANTHELP@MAIL.MIL
    Agency Information:
    DA WER USACE Portland District
    US Army Corps of Engineers Portland D
    Civilian Personnel Advisory Center
    333 SW 1st Ave 8th Floor
    Portland, OR
    97204

    WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

    Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements.  To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire.  The numeric rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire.  The score is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills, and abilities required of this position.  Please follow all instructions carefully.  Errors or omissions may affect your rating. 

      

    To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select My Applications, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.

     

    If no email address is provided, you are responsible for checking status updates and notifications in Application Manager.  Hard copy notifications will not be sent to you.

     

    For questions regarding the status of your application, eligibility or qualifications determination contact: applicanthelp@conus.army.mil


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    Job Announcement Number:

    WTHE12218277786406

    Control Number:

    331136400