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: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/
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.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENT
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.
· 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.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
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):
PROFESSIONAL KNOWLEDGE OF ENGINEERING PRINCIPLES, THEORIES, PRACTICES, AND STANDARDS
APPLY PROFESSIONAL ENGINEERING KNOWLEDGE TO PROVIDE LEADERSHIP AND GUIDANCE
IDENTIFY AND ANALYZE PROBLEMS, GENERATE ALTERNATIVES, AND MAKE DECISIONS
ABILITY TO COMMUNICATE WITH OTHERS
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.
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