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Job Title:Civil Engineer (Design Engineer)

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Natural Resources Conservation Service

Job Announcement Number:UT-866244-EI-DE

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$68,809.00 to $89,450.00 / Per Year


Friday, March 29, 2013 to Sunday, April 14, 2013




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Salt Lake City, UT United StatesView Map


US Citizens and Status Candidates


Be Remarkable, Make a Difference!  Join the Natural Resources Conservation Service team and help us conserve our nation's Natural Resources!!  Visit our web site to learn more.


Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is know worldwide for its accomplishments and innovations in conservation.  The employees of NRCS are recognized for their talent, dedication, and ingenuity in making the agency's programs work as they take necessary steps to reduce erosion, protect wildlife, promote good land use, and other measures to preserve the Nation's natural resources for future generations.  Join us in protecting and conserving natural resources on America's private lands!


This is a Status vacancy announcement.  Applications will be accepted from those individuals eligible under Merit (Status) or Special Hiring Authority (VEOA, VRA, Peace Corps, VISTA, Americans with Disabilities, ICTAP, etc.).  If you do not meet the above criteria you may apply to the public announcement, UT-859977-EI-MP that runs concurrent with this announcement. 


One position will be filled from this announcement.  This position is located in the NRCS State Office in Salt Lake City, Utah.  The incumbent serves as the State Design Engineer performing professional engineering duties by preparing and/or reviewing designs for NRCS projects.


  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Suitable for Federal Employment, determined by Background Investigation
  • Positive Education Required with specialized experience - see Qualification
  • Valid Motor Vehicle Operators License
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered with Selective Service


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The primary focus of this position is production design work in the structural, hydrology, hydraulic, and geotechnical fields.


- Performs all aspects of professional engineering required to complete planning, design, and construction of complex engineering projects.

- Incumbent will be expected to conduct engineering design surveys, site investigations, review and approve plans, designs, construction drawings, and specifications prepared by Field Office staff, local agencies, technical service providers, and A&E firms.

- Provides on-the-job and formal training; assists in analyzing engineering training needs for Field Office staff.

- Serves as government representative and/or Contracting Officer’s Technical Representative for locally and federally administered construction contracts. 

- Establishes requirements, supervises inspection, interprets drawings, approves quality of completed work, and writes contract modifications.


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Candidates must meet the qualification standards requirement for the GS-0810 Civil Engineering Series.

The qualifications for this position are described below and are published in the "Qualification Standards Operating Manual".  See:

A.     Applicants must have a bachelor's or higher degree in professional engineering from an accredited college or university that has an engineering curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET), as a professional engineering curriculum.


 B.     Applicants must have a bachelor's or higher degree in professional engineering from an accredited college or university. The curriculum included differential and integral calculus (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics:

1) statistics, dynamics; 2) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); 3) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; 4) thermodynamics; 5) electrical fields and circuits; 6) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and  7) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.


 C.     Applicants must have successfully received college level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering, and a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering.   This is demonstrated by one of the following:

1) Professional registration by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico; 2) passing the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) or Engineer-in-Training (EIT) examination, or the written test required for professional registration, and 3) completed all the requirements for a bachelor's degree in engineering technology (BET) from an accredited college or university that included 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences as described in "B" above.  




Applicant must have one or more years of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-11) or higher in the Federal service performing the following type of duties independently, as a regular part of their job, with minimal review:  working with hydraulics, structural design, soil mechanics, water management, agricultural waste, stream restoration, and engineering geology.  Experience in planning, designing, and installing projects from simple on-farm projects to complex watershed projects.

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 paid 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.



Submit proof of your education with a transcript or a list of courses with credit hours, major(s), and grade point average.  We will be unable to return these to you.  You can receive credit for education received outside the United States if you provide evidence that is comparable to an accredited educational institution in the United States when you apply.  

In order to receive credit for college course work for internship or Co-op work experience, seminar courses, thesis course work, or problems courses, applicants must provide documentation of course description from the university attended.

Additional Requirements:

·        A valid Driver's License.  You will be required to operate a motor vehicle on both public and private roads during daylight hours and occasionally after dark

·         Work is in the field and has a physical component 

·         You may be required to travel, 1-2 nights per month.

·         You will be required to serve a probationary period for 1 year, if you haven't already completed one.

·         Status Applicants must meet 12 months/52 weeks of service equivalent to the next lower grade in the normal line of progression for the position to be filled.

You must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.




Once the application process is complete and the job announcement closes, 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 transcripts, resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire. The rating you receive is based on your responses to the questionnaire. The rating is a measure of the degree to which your background matches the knowledge, skills and abilities required of this position. If, after reviewing your resume and or supporting documentation, if a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience you will be rated ineligible or disqualified from further consideration.

In describing your experience, please be clear and specific, we will not make assumptions regarding your experience.  If your resume/application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s).

Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors and omissions may affect your rating.

Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics). You do not have to respond to the KSA's separately but your resume should contain sufficient information to demonstrate possession of the KSA's.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs):






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.


Please Note:  If you are referred for consideration, you may be asked to submit additional job related information, which may include, but is not limited to; responses to the knowledges, skills and abilities; completion of a work sample, and/or be contacted for an interview.


Basis of Rating: NRCS' Merit Promotion allows for referral of Best Qualified Applicants.

To preview questions please View Assessment Questions.


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Working for NRCS offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.  Additionally NRCS offers FlexiWork, Transportation Subsidies and a family friendly work environment.  The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees.   To find out more click here



Veterans' Preference: If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the type of veterans' preference you are claiming on your résumé and submit documents to support your claim.  Your veterans' preference entitlement will be verified by the employing agency.

·        For 5-point veterans' preference, please provide your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty), official statement of service from your command if you are currently on active duty, or other official documentation (e.g., documentation of receipt of a campaign badge or expeditionary medal) that proves your military service was performed under honorable conditions.

·       For 10-point veterans' preference, please submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference and the required documentation.

For more information about veterans/special hiring eligibility, please visit

Important information for surplus or displaced Federal employees: The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) or Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If you have been notified in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP/CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP/CTAP eligibility, 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. To be found well-qualified your application must rate at or above 85. Well-qualified applicants possess a majority (i.e. more than half) of the job related competencies needed for successful job performance.  You must annotate in your application that you are applying as an ICTAP/CTAP eligible. Please provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP/CTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form. Information about ICTAP/CTAP eligibility is available at

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 and your most recent performance appraisal (dated within the last 15 months), or your will not be considered under the merit promotion process. If you are unable to provide a recent performance appraisal, you must note this on your application materials with an explanation why you are unable to provide a recent performance appraisal.

You can apply for a non-competitive appointment if you meet the basic eligibility requirements and you are eligible for special appointments such as those authorized for the severely disabled; disabled veterans; returned volunteers from the Peace Corps or VISTA, etc. Please indicate the type of special appointment you are seeking, if any, on your application and follow all other instructions for applying shown in this announcement. Employment information for severely disabled applicants may be found at

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

Background Investigation: A background investigation will be required for all new 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.  

E-Verify: Employer participates in E-Verify to verify employment eligibility.

Probationary Period: If appointed on first competitive appointment or appointment in new line of work selectee is subjected to 12-month probationary period and can be removed for performance, budget, suitability, background review or other reasons.

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.

Promotion Potential: When promotion potential is shown, and if selected at the lower grade, the agency is not obligated or committed to promoting you to the higher grade.  Promotions depend on your ability to perform the duties, requires a minimum of 12-months time-in-grade and provided you are found otherwise eligible, you'll need to be recommended through the supervisory chain.  Promotions are not automatic.


Reasonable Accommodation: NRCS provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the servicing personnel office. If you are hearing impaired, or need alternate communication assistance for other reasons please go to  for assistance in contacting the person listed above.  The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.


USDA Non-Discrimination: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs andactivities on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, and where applicable, sex, marital status, familial status, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, political beliefs, reprisal, or because all or a part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means for communication of program information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA's TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TDD). To file a complaint of discrimination write to USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202)720-6382 (TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer."




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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

1. Your Résumé (please include dates of employment, position title, supervisor's contact information, Salary, number of hours work etc. Indicate whether or not your supervisor may be contacted).

2. A complete Occupational Questionnaire

3. Additional Required Documents (see Required Documents section below)

The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Sunday, April 14, 2013.

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 occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

Note: To return to a previously Saved or Incomplete application you may use the following link:

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following Vacancy ID 866244. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot apply online:

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

2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the occupational questionnaire, and

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.

Faxes or documents mailed to the local Human Resources Office will not be considered.  Additionally, the use of government franked envelopes to mail applications is prohibited by Federal law and regulations.  Applications submitted in government franked envelopes will not be accepted.


The following documents are required:

  • Résumé (We encourage you to use the USAJOBS resume builder to speed the application process. Although we do not require a specific format, certain information is required to determine if you are qualified, i.e. hours worked per week for each job listed agency, salary, supervisor's contact information and indicate month/day/year employment began and ended).
  • College Transcripts to support Education requirements, you may submit unofficial transcripts in the application process, if selected you will be required to submit Official Transcripts.
  • Responses to the questionnaire
  • If applying as a Veteran, Veterans Preference documentation required (DD-214 or equivalent, SF-15 and VA Letter, as appropriate). DD214 must show character of service/type of discharge.
  • If applying under a Special Hiring Authority, CTAP or ICTAP applicant you must submit required documentation to verify your eligibility.

Failure to submit required documentation will result in applicant being rated ineligible.


Edward Iser
Phone: (801)524-4265
Agency Information:
125 S State Street
Room 4402
Salt Lake City, UT


Once your Occupational Questionnaire and resume have been received, you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. All information provided may be verified by a careful review of your resume, questionnaire responses, reference check, background check, and/or verification of education. After a qualification review of your complete application package, you will be notified of the status of your application. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempt to conceal information may disqualify you for consideration. A job offer is typically made within 45 days after the deadline for applications. You can track the progress of your application package in Application Manager at .

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