Job Overview

Summary

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 (http://www.nrcs.usda.gov) to learn more.

Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is known 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!  ( http://www.ca.nrcs.usda.gov/). 

This is a TERM appointment not to exceed 13 months, but may be extended up to 4 years.

This position is open to all United States Citizens.  More than one selection may be made from this announcement.

The VIN/VID for this announcement is 885002.

Duties

    MAJOR DUTIES

1. Engineering Technical Support (70%)

 

a. Performs all aspects of professional engineering to complete planning, design, and construction of a wide variety of complex engineering practices. Designs, completes or directs the completion of design work, construction drawings, and specifications for engineering projects in accordance with the NRCS Field Office Technical Guide (FOTG), design handbooks and industry standards.

 

b. Provides guidance to field office and other engineering staff in conducting engineering surveys and conducting investigations to obtain basic data necessary for the planning, design, and construction of engineering projects. Reviews and approves design work, construction drawings, and specifications prepared by field office staff, local agencies and contractors in accordance with part 501, National Engineering Manual and Field Office Technical Guide.

 

c. Serves as the local NRCS engineering representative and complies with all local and state requirements for the design and application of engineering practices

 

2. Training and Quality assurance (30%)

 

a. Provides on-the-job or formal training, advises and provides technical guidance to conservationists, engineers, technicians, contractors, and others in the proper use of engineering guides, NRCS engineering policy and criteria, plans and specifications, and construction quality assurance and inspection. Performs quality reviews to ensure engineering requirements are met. Assists District Conservationists and the Area Engineer in analyzing field office engineering training needs.

b. Serves as Government Representative for locally and federally administered construction contracts. Establishes requirements and supervises the inspection of construction activities as it progresses. Interprets contract drawings and other documents and approves quality of completed work. Prepares contract modifications and approves payment for completed work.

Assigned work requires regular and recurring prolonged walking over rough terrain, and may require the operation of off-road and all-terrain vehicles (ATVs).  Work will be required in remote, isolated areas and livestock production sites.  Work will be required in adverse weather conditions.

Work involves exposure to farm and heavy construction equipment.  This position will require occasional overnight travel for work, meetings, training, etc.  Incumbent will be required to obtain, maintain, and use a government-issued charge card for any official travel.

A valid State Driver’s License is required.