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Job Title:Civil/Agricultural Engineer (Interdisciplinary)

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Natural Resources Conservation Service

Job Announcement Number:NY-813837-DH

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$25.88 to $31.05 / Per Hour


Saturday, December 22, 2012 to Monday, January 07, 2013




Full Time - Temporary NTE 11 Months


1 vacancy in the following location(s):
Highland, NY United StatesView Map
Ballston Spa, NY United StatesView Map
Walton, NY United StatesView Map
Binghamton, NY United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


Natural Resources Conservation Services provides leadership in a partnership effort to help conserve, maintain, and improve our natural resources and environment.

Employee serves as a Watershed Team Engineer and is responsible for providing technical guidance and leadership in the overall planning, design, installation, and maintenance of the engineering phases of soil and water conservation practices as well as watershed flood protection programs and/or Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) Programs, as well as Dam Rehabilitation in the state. Responsible for providing and maintaining a safe and healthy work environment, requiring subordinates and others to use safety precautions when exposed to dangerous objects, chemicals, extreme temperatures, etc.


  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Positive Education Required
  • Vehicle Operators License


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Some of the duties performed are: 

Engineering Practice Design:  Supervises the planning, design and construction of engineering practices such as irrigation, drainage, and other water quality practices, erosion control, flood control, wetland creation and restoration, stream restoration, and other conservation practices needing engineering guidance. Makes periodic on-site inspections of the engineering work for technical adequacy and adherence to standards and policy, to assure work is being carried out according to drawings and specifications, and to identify major problems. Makes use of Computer Aided Drafting and Design (CADD), surveying, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Global Positioning System (GPS) and computer model technologies to efficiently and effectively plan, design and implement engineering practices.

Quality Assurance:  Makes site investigations and feasibility studies; field checks designs as prepared/approved by the State Conservation Engineer (SCE) of structural works of improvement prior to contracting; prepares or reviews field designs and preliminary and final drawings and specifications on agricultural engineering practices. Designs are checked for ease of construction, availability of materials and whether or not structures are adapted to the specific site.

You will perform other duties as assigned. 


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You must be the specific requirements to qualify as an Engineer in the Federal Government.  Please review the Qualification Standard for Engineering positions at:

Once verification of minimal education requirements; specialized experience and/or higher education will be reviewed to determine eligibility for job consideration.

Specific education elibility is contained within the online questionnaire that must be completed to receive consideration. 

Specialized Experience for GS-09:

You must have Civil or Agricultural Engineering experience equivalent to the grade of GS-07; work typically qualifies at this grade level if you've performed the following duties as a regular part of my job under minimal supervision: Identifying and recommending small modifications to established guides, policies, precedents and procedures to my supervisor; working with senior engineers in providing agricultural engineering assistance on soil and water problems to farmers, landowners, and others in a geographic location having fairly uniform soil and water conditions.  To include assisting in the planning, designing, coordinating, and overseeing small construction projects of farm ponds, small grade stabilization structures, surface drainage systems, and small irrigation systems.

You have at least 2 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or equivalent graduate degree and want consideration as an Agricultural Engineer.

Specialized Experience for GS-11: 

You must have Civil or Agricultural Engineering experience equivalent to the grade of GS-09; work typically qualified at this grade level is you've performed the following duties as a regular part of your job with minimal review:  Selecting, making or directing modifications to established guides, policies, precedents and procedures. Providing engineering assistance on soil and water problems related to farmers, landowners, and others in a geographic location having fairly uniform soil and water conditions. Planning, designing, coordinating, and overseeing construction of terraces, diversions, farm ponds, sod waterways, small grade stabilization structures, surface drainage systems, and small irrigation systems.


You have at 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree and want consideration as an Agricultural or Civil Engineer.  Your eligibility is based on you meeting the underlying education requirement of either a Bachelor's or Master's degree in the Engineering arena.  




Vehicle Operators license required.



As part of the application process, applicants will be required to complete and submit an occupational questionnaire.  To preview this questionnaire and determine if your experience matches the skills required for this position, click the following link: View Assessment Questions


Although this is an Excepted Service selection your application will be evaluated and rated competitively under the Category Rating and Selection Procedures.  Your resume must support your responses to the occupational questionnaire. We will review your resume and supporting documentation and compare this information to your responses on the occupational questionnaire to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for this position.  If you are basically qualified for this position, we will evaluate your application package, using a panel of subject-matter experts or HR Specialist to assess the quality, depth, and complexity of your accomplishments, experience, and education as they relate to the critical knowledge, skills, and abilities for the position.  We will then place you in one of the following categories and only those in the Best Qualified category will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration.

Best Qualified:  Applicants possess all of the job related competencies identifies as important for successful job performance.

Well -Qualified:  Applicants possesses a majority (i.e., more than half) of the job related competencies needed for successful job performance.

Qualified:  Applicants meets the basic eligibility and minimum qualification requirements, but does not meet the definition of Well-Qualified or Best Qualified describe above.

Veterans’ preference is applied after applicants are assessed.  Veterans’ preference eligibles who meet the qualification requirements are place in the appropriate category and are listed ahead of non-preference eligibles. 

VETERANS are eligible for veteran's preference if service was performed:  Entered the military service prior to October 14, 1976; served on active duty during the Gulf War between August 2, 1990 and January 2, 1992, regardless of where the person served; or, served in a military action for which they received a campaign badge or expeditionary medal. Medal holders and Gulf War veterans must have served continuously for at least 24 months or the full period for which called or ordered to active duty.   Also includes those who served on Active Duty for a period of more than 180 consecutive days, any part of which occurred during Sept 11, 2001 to the ending of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  Ten points may be granted to the eligible ratings of disabled veterans; Purple Heart recipients; spouses or mothers of a 100 percent disabled veteran; or the widows, widowers, or mothers of a deceased veteran.

Please note: If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your description of experience and/or education OR that your application is incomplete, your application will be unrated with an explanation that the narrative does not support the self-report. Your application will receive no further consideration for this announcement.  It is the responsibility of the applicant to prove eligibility for this position. It is the responsibility of the applicant to prove eligibility for this position.



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Temporary employees are eligible to earn leave and are covered by Social Security and unemployment compensation, but do not receive the other fringe benefits provided to career civil service employees. Employees are not eligible for coverage under the Federal Government Life Insurance program or the Federal Employees Retirement System. (


1. If you are an eligible Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) or a Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) applicant you may apply for special selection over other candidates for this position. To be well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, displaced Federal employees must be rated at 85 or above on the rating criteria for this position. ICTAP and CTAP eligible must submit one of the following as proof of eligibility for the special selection priority: a separation notice; a "Notice of Personnel Action" (SF-50) documenting separation; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; OR a Military Department or National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456.

2. If you are a current career or career-conditional Federal employee or former Federal employee who has reinstatement eligibility, you must submit a copy of your latest SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action" and/or a copy of the SF-50 that reflects career or career-conditional tenure, or you will not be considered under the merit promotion process and your most recent performance appraisal.

3. If you are a veteran with preference/special hiring eligibility you must attach a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility.  Applicants eligible as 30% or more disabled veterans must submit an SF-15 and Letter from the VA establishing disability rating for receive special hiring consideration.  

4. If you are a male applicant who was born after 12/31/59 and are required to register under the Military Selective Service Act, the Defense Authorization Act of 1986 requires that you be registered or you are not eligible for appointment in this agency.

5. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review in our office, in other Federal agency personnel offices, and on OPM's web site at

6.  A background investigation will be required for all appointments. Your continued employment will be subject to your successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.

7. Relocation Expenses are not authorized.

8.  Reference Checks may be conducted prior to any interviews being conducted.  By applying for this announcement you are giving consent for these reference checks.  Checks may include current supervisor, prior supervisor or others in line of sight within previously held positions. 

9.  These are TEMP(temporary) positions that are projected to be in place for 11-months with the possibility of an extension of 11-monts.  However, extensions are not guarantee and employees are not assured of work for the full 11-month period and may be releived of duty prior to 11-months due to budget, workload and other factors.  

10. These are excepted service positions and do not confirm Competetive Service or Status eligibility.   


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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes both of the following parts:

1.  Your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire, and

2.  Your résumé, college transcripts, and any other documents specified in the Required Documents section of this job announcement.


Applicant is responsible to ensure complete package is submitted; failing to submit a complete package with impact eligibility.

Use Application Manager for convenience and quickest processing. Track your progress to a Complete Application Package using the My Application Packages checklist and status displays in Application Manager. Your Application Package status must be Complete by Monday, January 07, 2013

Option A:  Application Manager

To begin, choose one of these options:

·  If your résumé is going to come from the USAJOBS Resume Builder, you begin the process by clicking the Apply Online button near the bottom of this page. Your résumé will be attached only to the Application Package you complete and Submit immediately after you click the Apply Online button for this job announcement, not to any Application Packages you may already have created.

·  If your résumé is going to be one you prepared outside of USAJOBS Résumé Builder, click this link to begin the process:  Online Questionnaire 

To return to Application Manager at any time, use whichever one of the links  you used to begin as described above, or simply go to


Option B:  Paper Qualifications Questionnaire

If it is not possible for you to use Application Manager, you can write your answers on paper.  Application must be received no later than the closing date of this announcement.  Follow these steps:

1. You can print a copy of this job announcement so that you can read the questions offline.

2. Obtain and print a copy of the OPM Form 1203-FX, which you will use to provide your answers. You can obtain the form at this URL or by calling USAJOBS by Phone at (703) 724-1850; after the introduction, press 1, and listen for instructions.

3. You may submit the Form 1203-FX, resume, and any supporting documents either by fax, by mail or in person.


·  By Fax: If you are faxing a Form 1203-FX, do not use a separate cover sheet. Simply make sure the Form 1203-FX is on top of any other documents you are faxing. If you are faxing any documents without the Form 1203-FX on top, always use the official cover sheet which is here -- -- and be sure to fill it out completely and clearly.  The fax number is 1-478-757-3144.  Feed all documents into your fax machine top first so that we receive them right-side up.


Step 2
For this job announcement the following documents are or may be required: Resume, Transcripts (Student Copies are Acceptable), Qualifications, Veterans Preference documentation, Miscellaneous (OF-306)

To submit the documents requested follow the options listed above. Your resume, curriculum vitae, or any other written format you choose to describe your job-related qualifications can be submitted electronically using the document upload process, fax, mail or by hand-deliver. Please ensure that your resume contains your full name, address, phone and at least your last four digits of your social security number.

The required documents for all applicants are:  Resume and College Transcripts; plus depending on your situation:

-Military Veteran applicants must submit DD Fm 214 or Statement of Service and an SF-15 and VA Disability Rating letter, if applying as Disabled Veteran.

-Prior or current Federal Employees should submit their last SF-50; Notification of Personnel Action,   

Limit Resume to 10 pages or less, unsolicited materials, such as copies of position descriptions and publications will not be considered in the review process.  Student copies of transcripts are acceptable to receive initial consideration.

Call or e-mail the POC listed at the end of this job announcement if you have questions on application documentation requirement. It is up to the applicant to ensure application is complete; after applying you can go back through application manager to verify the status of your application. 

IMPORTANT - Submitting Documents

If you upload your documents using Application Manager, DO NOT FAX the same documents. To verify uploaded documents have been processed, please wait one hour to ensure they have cleared the virus scan. You can verify that your uploaded documents are attached to your application by checking the Details tab of your Application Manager account for this vacancy announcement. Your documents will display under the Details tab in the Document area.

Faxed documents will take 2-3 business days to process. To fax documents, you MUST use the special cover page. Print the pre-populated cover page on the upload documents screen of Application Manager. Or, you may click this link to print a copy of the cover page.

When faxing documents, follow the procedures outlined below.     

Include the 8-character Vacancy Identification Number: 813837
Provide your Social Security Number and full name in the spaces provided or we will not be able to associate your document(s) with the rest of your application.

You may submit multiple documents for the same vacancy announcement using one cover page.

Fax your cover page and documents to 1-478-757-3144.

Faxed documents submitted with missing information will not be processed. The following will prevent your documents from being processed

· Not using the special cover page mentioned above

· Missing, incomplete, or invalid Vacancy Identification Number

· Missing or incomplete Social Security Number or name

Note: If you have documents in your Application Manager account from a previous vacancy announcement they can be opened, copied and saved then reused as an upload file for this vacancy. Uploading your documents will speed the processing of your application for this announcement.


Daniel F. Hall
Phone: (315)477-6514
Fax: (315)477-6560
Agency Information:
1400 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC
Fax: (315)477-6560


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your rating and or referral to the hiring official.  If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.

Instructions for answering the questions in the Occupational Questionnaire:
If you are applying to this announcement by completing the OPM 1203-FX form instead of using the Online Application method, please use the following step-by-step instructions as a guide to filling out the required questionnaire. You will need to print the vacancy announcement and refer to it as you answer the questions. You may omit any optional information; however, you must provide responses to all required questions. Be sure to double check your application before submission View Occupational Questionnaire

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