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Job Title:Civil Engineer

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Natural Resources Conservation Service

Job Announcement Number:NC-795463-TC (DEU)

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$70,906.00 to $70,906.00 / Per Year


Monday, December 31, 2012 to Monday, January 21, 2013




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Raleigh, NC United StatesView Map


United States Citizens


"The Natural Resources Conservation Service provides leadership in a partnership effort to help people conserve, maintain, and improve our natural resources and environment.” (

Applications will be accepted from U.S. Citizens.

Applicants with prior Federal civilian experience may apply under Vacancy Announcement NC-795506-TC (Merit).

Relocation expenses will be authorized as allowable by law.  Applicants who have never held a permanent competitive status appointment will not be offered relocation.

Please read the entire vacancy announcement prior to contacting the Point of Contact (POC) shown on this announcement and follow all application instructions.  All required documentation must be submitted for you to receive consideration for this vacancy.

NOTE:  To receive veteran preference, eligible veterans claiming 5-Point Preference must submit a copy of their DD-214.  All 10-Point Preference Eligibles must also submit a completed Standard Form 15 (SF-15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference), and a letter from the Veteran’s Administration (VA) dated within the last 12 months outlining the percentage of their service connected disability. 

The incumbent provides statewide hydraulic and hydrologic engineering assistance for works of improvement applicable to all agency programs and activities.


  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Must submit a copy of all "Official College Transcripts"
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with the Selective Service.
  • You must have a valid state driver's license.


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The incumbent provides technical support to the overall conservation engineering effort in North Carolina.


Responsible for coordinating and carrying out all phases of hydraulic and hydrologic investigations, analysis, and designs; for engineering planning, design and installation of a wide range of agency applications related to water resource issues.  Supports the conservation engineering program and actively participates on various interdisciplinary teams; such as, wetland restoration, wetland determination and delineation, water management, dam safety and dam hazard analysis, and provides training on the computerization of engineering programs.


Engineering standards, design guides, technical notes, and job sheets, are developed based upon the use of computer models to analyze the effects of conservation practices on water resource.  The incumbent determines the appropriate computer model for the sites and conditions being studied and determines the field data needed to run the computer model.  Collects or directs the collection of field data needed.


Field data is utilized to run the selected computer model for various land uses and conservation practice scenarios.  The incumbent analyzes the computer output and formulates the best management practices needed to solve the resource concern.  The results are communicated orally and in writing to NRCS and non-NRCS groups.  The results form the basic technical data needed for the formulation of conservation programs and plans to address water resources issues, concerns, and NRCS program activities.


Coordinates efforts with environmental specialists inside and outside the agency to ensure plans and designs are environmentally sound.  Coordinates with appropriate permitting agencies to insure that all plans and designs comply with appropriate permit requirements.


Assists the State Conservation Engineer with the management of technical assistance for NRCS assisted watershed projects.  Assist with development and management of the dam safety program and schedules for Watershed Rehabilitation Assessments, PL-534 and PL-566 projects.  Manage the statewide NRCS dam inventory database.  Analysis existing dams as needed to determine compliance with current NRCS and State of NC Dam Safety-Dam design criteria and appropriate hazard classification of existing dams.  Support the Local Sponsors efforts to develop EAP’s on existing structures.


Evaluates NRCS technical material for adequacy in addressing environmental concerns.  Technical material is revised as needed to address concerns.  Provides technology transfer to the field for the latest water management, agricultural waste management technology and other environmental issues.


Develops and updates, as needed, hydrology data for NRCS employees and partners in NC that is required for support of NRCS engineering programs (such as EFM Chapter 2, TR-55, Sites, HecRas, Irrigation Scheduler, Engineering Field Tool computer programs, etc.


Serves as Climate Data Liaison for North Carolina.  Retrieves climatic data needed by agency, including rainfall, temperature, stream flow, and evaporative data; modifies data as required for input into agency’s programs; and provides information to the national office and field as required to implement programs.


Coordinates GIS - GPS for the Engineering Team.  Modifies engineering programs and procedures as needed to integrate current state of the art GPS equipment and technology with the engineering programs used to plan and design conservation systems.


Provides training, guidance, and direct field design assistance to the NRCS engineering staff and partners on hydrology and hydraulics; including flood routing, dam hazard classification breach routing, analysis of conservation practices affects upon FEMA designated flood elevations, environmental channel design, water conservation, water table management, irrigation, and waste water application systems.



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Candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements for the GS-810 series set forth in the Operating Manual for Qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions.  See Qualification Standards Manual for details or

To be qualified for this position:

Specialized Experience for GS-12: Experience as an engineer at the GS-11 grade level OR one year of professional work experience equivalent to the grade 11 level of the federal service which equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position to be filled such as coordinating and carrying out all phases of hydraulic and hydrologic investigations, analysis, and designs; for engineering planning, design and installation of a wide range of agency applications related to water resources issues. Assist with the management of the dam safety program and schedules for Watershed Rehabilitation Assessment. Manages a statewide dam inventory database to determine compliance with agency and state Dam design criteria and appropriate hazard classification of existing dams.

Credit will be given for appropriate qualifying unpaid experience or volunteer work such as community, cultural, social service, and professional association activities on the same basis as for unpaid experience.  To receive proper credit for unpaid experience or volunteer work, fully describe your responsibilities and show the actual time (years, months, and hours per week) spent in such activities.


To be basically qualified for this job, you must have:  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. 


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.  

(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 engineering technology (BET) from an accredited college of university that included 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.  

(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.

(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, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions. (The above examples of related curricula are not all-inclusive.)

Note: An applicant who meets the basic requirements as specified in A or B above may qualify for positions in any branch of engineering unless selective factors indicate otherwise, or unless he/she qualifies under the provisions of B.2 related to the EIT examination or BET degree.

Professional knowledge of engineering is defined as the comprehensive, indepth knowledge of mathematical, physical, and engineering sciences applicable to a specialty field of engineering that characterizes a full 4-year professional engineering curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree, or the equivalent. 


Professional ability to apply engineering knowledge is defined as the ability to (a) apply fundamental and diversified professional engineering concepts, theories, and practices to achieve engineering objectives with versatility, judgment, and perception; (b) adapt and apply methods and techniques of related scientific disciplines; and (c) organize, analyze, interpret, and evaluate scientific data in the solution of engineering problems. 


Professional work in engineering, like that in other professions, is marked by continuing personal effort to keep abreast of the advancing and changing discipline. Continuing education in engineering and related fields is an important element of full professional competence as an engineer that should be considered in evaluating the qualifications of applicants for professional engineering positions.  In some situations, experience may be creditable even if it is not clearly professional engineering work. In such cases, the experience must have been preceded by prior responsible professional engineering experience and must contribute directly and significantly to the applicant's engineering competence. For example, an engineer might be assigned to a management-type position in preparation for assumption of higher-level responsibilities in engineering project or program management.

All CTAP and ICTAP eligible candidates must meet the Office of Personnel Management's qualification Standards for General Schedule Positions, all mandatory education requirements, medical qualifications, suitability, and experience requirements. Candidates must also be able to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position upon entry, and be physically qualified with reasonable accommodations where appropriate to perform the essential duties of the position.

In addition, eligible applicants must be found well-qualified in order to receive CTAP and/or ICTAP priority consideration. The well-qualified criteria are met when the applicant exceeds the minimum level in at least one KSA or Competency. (DO NOT RESPOND).





Your application will be evaluated and rated 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.  Veteran preference eligibles that have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent are listed in the highest quality category, except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-9 level or higher.

In order to receive credit for your specialized experience, you must fully describe your responsibilities and show the actual time (years, months, and hours per week) spent in such activities.  If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you inflated your qualifications and or experience, OR that your resume does not support the score on your questionnaire, your score can and will be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities. In addition, if you have rated yourself higher than is supported by your description of experiences 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. 


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This is a permanent, career-conditional appointment.  Selectee will be eligible for health and life insurance, annual leave (vacation), sick leave and will be covered under the, Thrift Savings Plan, Federal Employees Retirement System(FERS), or Civil Service Retirement System (CSRS).


The work schedule is full time (40 hours per week).


All Federal employees are required by Public Law 104-134 to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit.


Your pay grade and step will be set in accordance with Federal pay regulations.


The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees.


VETERANS PREFERENCE: Five points may be added to the eligible ratings of veterans who: 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. 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.

Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with the Selective Service.

You must complete a FBI Fingerprint, Background and Security Investigation.

Applicant must complete a one-year probationary period.

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To apply for this position, you must complete the online questionnaire and any other documents specified in the Required Documents section of this job announcement.

The Application Manager is the most convenient and quickest way to apply for this vacancy announcement. You can 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 Completed by Monday, January 21, 2013.



Option A:  Application Manager

To begin, choose one of these options:

1.   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.

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


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.  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 by fax only.  Do not use a separate cover page. Simply make sure that all six pages of the Form 1203-FX are on top of any other documents you are faxing. 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.


Faxed documents will take 2-3 business days to process.  To fax documents, you MUST use the special cover sheet 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 6-character Vacancy Identification Number . 

1.     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.

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

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

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

1.      Not using the special cover page mentioned above.

2.      Missing incomplete or invalid Vacancy Identification Number

3.      Missing or incomplete Social Security Number or name. 


Note: If you are uploading your supporting documents see the Submitting Documents instruction below. 



The following documents are required:

·     Resume

·     College Transcripts to support education requirements.  Transcripts must be an "OFFICIAL" copy that indicates the degree awarded and the date it was conferred. (Copies are acceptable.)

·     Responses to the questionnaire.

·     Veterans Preference documentation (DD-214 or equivalent, SF-15 and VA Letter, as appropriate)

Step 2 - IMPORTANT - Submitting Documents

If you upload your documents using Application Manager, DO NOT FAX the same documents.   At the Document Upload screen, select the type of documents you are attaching for upload from the drop down menu on the left side of the screen.  Select the “Browse” button and attach the file(s) you want to submit. Press the “Upload” button to submit the document file(s). You will receive an “Upload Successful” acknowledgment when the file has been received. If you have submitted all your materials using the recommended method listed above, you have completed the application process. If you want to “Save” an incomplete Occupational Questionnaire and return later, select the “Save” button at the top or bottom of each of the application pages and click the “Logout” button. 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. 


If you have “Saved” an incomplete Occupational Questionnaire, you may finish it by clicking on or inserting this link into your Internet browser Insert your user ID and password.” And click the “Login” button.  Once you are logged in, follow the instructions to finish an incomplete application or to add documents.

If you do not want to upload your documents, the USAJOBS website provides a “Create a Resume” feature that you may use to develop and submit a resume for this position. The completed resume can be attached to this vacancy announcement and submitted electronically.  To do so, scroll down to the end of the vacancy announcement.  Click on the “Apply Online” icon. Then follow the USAJOBS website instructions. After you complete and submit the online resume and online questionnaire, you will receive a “Confirmation of Submission” message stating that your online resume has been successfully submitted. If you do not receive this message, please submit again as this indicates that your resume has not been received.


To make sure everything you submitted is successfully received, follow these steps:

1.  Go to and log in.

2.  Verify that all of your documents appear on the table with a status of Processed.

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

Once the online questionnaire is received, you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. 


Tell us what job you are applying for, i.e.                                                               

  - The announcement number, title and grade.


Provide all of the following.

  - Full name, mailing address and day/evening telephone numbers               

  - Social Security Number.                                                    

  - Country of Citizenship.                                                    

  - Highest Federal civilian grade held, job series, and dates of employment in grade.                                                                       



  - High School name, city, state and zip code, date of diploma or GED.        

  - Colleges and/or Universities attended, city, state and zip code            

  - Major field(s) of study.                                                    

- Type and year of degree(s) received.


Work experience related to the job for which you are applying:

  - Job title.                                                                 

  - Duties and accomplishments.                                                 

  - Number of hours per week.                                                  

  - Employers name and address.                                                

  - Supervisor's name and phone number.                                         

  - Starting and ending dates of employment (month and year).                  

  - Salary.                                                                    

  - Indicate if your current supervisor may be contacted.                       


Other Qualifications:                                                        

  - Job-related training courses (title and year).                             

  - Job-related skills (e.g., other languages, computer software/hardware, tools, machinery, typing speed, etc.)                                        

  - Job-related certificates and licenses.                                     

-  Job-related honors, awards, and special accomplishments (e.g. publications, memberships in professional or honor societies, leadership activities, public speaking, performance awards, etc.) Do not send copies of documents unless specifically requested.



Teena Cousey
Phone: (919)873-2708
Agency Information:
4407 Bland Road
Suite 117
Raleigh, NC


After the vacancy announcement closes, we will review your resume and transcripts to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements.  We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided in the Supplemental Questionnaire and may interview the best-qualified applicants.  If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted.

You will be contacted regarding the status of your application.  Selections normally take approximately eight weeks after the closing date of the announcement.

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NC-795463-TC (DEU)

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