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Job Title:Engineer Technician

Department:Department Of Agriculture

Agency:Natural Resources Conservation Service

Job Announcement Number:NY-867183-DH

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$20.58 to $33.32 / Per Hour


Monday, April 01, 2013 to Monday, April 15, 2013




Full Time - Temporary NTE 8 Months


4 vacancies in the following location(s):
Ballston Spa, NY United StatesView Map
Highland, 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.

This is an Engineering Technician position assisting the Engineering Function within NRCS-New York due to an increase in Emergency Watershed Protection (EWP) work.  The positions are on a temporary basis and not all positions have to be filled; employment is under excepted service and does not constitute competitive service employment.  The specific duty location will be determined based on candidates selected and the locations specified within this application process.  The four duty locations are Balston Spa, Binghamton, Highland and Walton, New York.  The ability to work within the target area will be a selection factor for this job opportunity. 

Employee serves as a Engineering Tech (Civil) and is responsible to design engineering practices, prepare engineering drawings, compute quantities, prepare cost estimates as assigned and assist Engineers and Field Office personnel in the application of sound engineering practices.  Engineer Tech ensures safety and health precautions are adhered to including reporting safety hazards, wearing seatbelts in automobiles and participating in emergency evacuation drills. 


  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • Vehicle Operators License


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Provides on-site technical assistance and training to field office personnel in the installation of a variety of conservation practices that may include parallel terraces, ponds, waterways, irrigation systems, agricultural waste management systems, grass-based rotations, pasture planting, and forestry practices. Determines need and feasibility of practices as needed.


Where usual practices are not feasible because of physical conditions, recommends alternative practices.


Designs conservation practices and construction of all types of conservation practices.

Provides technical assistance to other agencies, such as, the Forestry Commission, Extension Service, Farm Service Agency, etc., on soil conservation practices. 

Performs construction inspections on simple and complex structures for conservation systems. Trains conservation contractors in proper construction of practices according to requirements in specifications.

Performs drafting and other graphical work on a computer-aided drafting system.


Based on field evaluations, determines the type, scope and intensity of field investigations and surveys needed.


Directs collection of field data and assures adequacy of collected data. Sees that procedures and products conform to current service policy and standards.


Designs and supervises the design of complete engineering practices and structures involved in the programs such as CO-OI, PL-566, Farm Bill, and RC&D programs.  Prepares job sheets and designs according to current policy. Prepares as-built plans. Guides field office personnel in developing designs including provision of training. Requests assistance of the engineering staff on complex design problems. Applies software in the development of design packages.


Assembles complete packages of drawings and specifications for jobs. Prepares engineering cost estimates and construction performance time estimates. Completes payment requests and referrals pertaining to work completed for cost sharing.


Performs other duties as assigned. 





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To Qualify:

For GS-08:  You must have at least one year of full time experience (equivalent to the GS-7 level in the federal service) performing a variety of assignments with direction from the engineer in charge or a senior technician including: performing equipment tests; compiling, computing, plotting, and checking a variety of data for construction projects (e.g., earthen dams, ag waste management systems, etc.); and using CADD to prepare sketches, drawings, diagrams and charts for excavation, embankment, structures, triangulation, profiles and traverses, etc., assisting field engineering staff in staking out work and to facilitate computation or quantities,

For GS-09:  You must have at least one year of full time experience (equivalent to the GS-8 level in the federal service) independently performing a substantial variety of complex projects including: performing tests on equipment; compiling, computing, plotting, and checking a full range of data for construction projects (earthen dams, ag waste management systems, filter strips, water and sediment control basins, rock riprap slope protections etc.); using advanced skills in CADD and standard techniques to prepare sketches, drawings, diagrams, charts and all other design work for a all phases of projects such as, excavation, embankment, structures, triangulation, profiles and traverses, etc; assisting field engineering staff in staking out work and to facilitate computation or quantities, duties likely would include providing technical oversight and training for other technical staff members,


have a Bachelor's degree in engineering or a closely related field and have also completed a Masters degree or 36 semester hours of coursework leading to a Masters degree.







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 QuestionsView 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. You can apply for a non-competitive appointment if you meet the basic eligibility requirements and you are eligible for special appointment such as those authorized for the severely disabled; certain Vietnam era and 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.

6. 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

7.  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.

8. Probationary/Term Period: Position is term, work is expected to be less than 12 months. Under Term selectee is subjected to a probationary period and can be removed for performance, budget (funding), suitability, background review or other reasons.

9.  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. 

10.  Ad is posted at two grade levels if you are selected at less than full performance level management is under no obligation to promote you to the higher grade.  

11.  Employee's pay will be set based on the appropriate OPM pay table that applies to the duty location selected by management.  As a Temporary employee a number of limitations apply to work hours, total work hours, overtime, etc.  Individual will work with supervisor on the extent of regulations and requirements that impact temporary appointments and pay.  


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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, April 15, 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:  View Occupational 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: 867183
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, GA
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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