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 www.opm.gov/qualifications
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).
1. KNOWLEDGE OF THEORIES, PRINCIPLES, CONCEPTS, AND PRACTICES OF ENGINEERING AGRICULTURAL AREAS.
2. ABILITY TO DESIGN AND IMPLEMENT ENGINEERING PRACTICES AS COMPONENTS OF NRCS OR OTHER CONSERVATION PROGRAMS.
3. ABILITY TO COMMUNICATE.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
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.