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Job Title:Civil Engineering Technician

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Bureau of Land Management

Job Announcement Number:CA-DEU-2013-0021

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$42,960.00 to $67,931.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, July 03, 2013 to Wednesday, October 30, 2013




Work Schedule is Full Time. - This is a permanent position.




1 vacancy - Cedarville, CA, USView Map


All U.S. Citizens – No previous Federal Service is required.


BLM is seeking a dynamic and energetic individual to join the team to serve the Surprise Field Office as Civil Engineering Technician.

The BLM manages more land – approximately 253 million acres - than any other Federal agency.  This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska.  The Bureau, with a budget of about $1 billion, also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estates throughout the nation.  The BLM's multiple-use mission is to sustain the health and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.

Explore a new career with the BLM - where our people are our greatest natural resource.

For additional information about the BLM, please visit Our website.

This position is located in the Suprise Field Office, Cedarville, CA.  Information about Cedarville and the Surprise Field Office can be found at here: Surprise Field Office


  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Be sure to read the "How to Apply" and "Required Documents" Sections.
  • You cannot hold an active real estate license; nor can you
  • have an interest or hold stocks in firms with interest in Federal Land
  • Direct Deposit Required.
  • Background Investigation is required.


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  • Oversees compliance with contracted terms and specifications.
  • Examines contractors work for correct slopes, grades, and quantities.
  • Certifies work accomplished and recommends contract modifications.
  • Participates in the environmental analysis of treatment, construction, and maintenance projects by developing stipulations and mitigating measures.
  • Assures that projects are well integrated with the environmental and physical constraints specific to the site.
  • Prepares and interprets engineering investigations, oversees engineering method research, feasability investigations, feasability determinations, engeineering analysis, preliminarydesigns, design calculations, comprehensive scope-of-work statement analysis, cost benefit analysis, plans and specifications.
  • Prepares plans for fire rehabilitations, land treatments, construction projects, and maintenance of existing structures including a variety of water diversion and impound structures, pipelines and fluid distribution systems, roads, trails, ditches, fences stiles, picnic tables, fire rings, and toilets.
  • Monitors compliance with safety and health regulations, and informs Field Manager of actions and issues.


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Specialized Experience Requirements

In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience requirement - please be sure to include this information in your resume.  To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade of the position.

Examples of One year of Specailized Experience at the GS-07 to qualify for the GS-08: Examine contractors work for compliance of an established agreement. Assists in the preparation of cost analysis, estimates, and preliminary designs, such as recreation facilities, pipelines, wildlife habitat improvements, and road and trail construction.

Substitute Education for Specialized Experience to qualify for GS-08: One and 1/2 years (or 27 semester hours) of graduate study leading towards a Master's degree in a related field of study which must have included: Engineering, Construction, Industrial Technology or other directly related field of study. Or, a combination of both education and specialized experience.

Examples of One year of Specailized Experience at the GS-08 to qualify for the GS-09: Participates in the evironmental analysis, including treatment, construction, and maintenance projects. Prepares cost analysis, estimates, and preliminary designs.

Substitute Education for Specialized Experience to qualify for GS-09: Two years (or 36 semester hours) of graduate study leading towards a Master's degree in a related field of study which must have included: Engineering, Construction, Industrial Technology or other directly related field of study. Or, a combination of both education and specialized experience.

Examples of One year of Specailized Experience at the GS-09 to qualify for the GS-10: Analyze, prepare and interpret engineering investigations, including design calculations, cost/benefit, and scope-of-work. Assures projects are well integrated with environmental and physical constraints. Certifies work has been accomplished and recommends contract modifications. Leads and plans the work of Engineering Equipment Operators and Maintenance Workers.

Substitute Education for Specialized Experience to qualify for GS-10: Two and 1/2 years (or 45 semester hours) of graduate study leading towards a Doctoral degree in a related field of study which must have included: Engineering, Construction, Industrial Technology or other directly related field of study. Or, a combination of both education and specialized experience.

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

You must meet the Specialized Experience Requirement or substitute experience for education, or a combination of both.


Upon receipt of your complete application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements.  Your rating will be based on your responses to the Job Specific Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume. If you meet the qualification requirements, you application will be placed in one of three categories:  Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified.  Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference will receive selection priority over non-veterans.    In addition, interviews may be conducted for this position.  The interviews may be conducted on a pass/fail basis or may be scored.  The job specific questions relate to the following knowledge, skills and abilities required to do the work of this position.

  • Knowledge of the federal contractratual regulations and specifications.
  • Ability to appropriately address possible environmental consequences of proposed projects and to incorporate mitigation in contracts and work orders.
  • Knowledge of the theories, practices, and procedures of civil engineering.
  • Knowledge of basic safety and occupational health principles, industrial hygiene concepts, common workplace hazards, and protective measures.

To preview questions please click here.


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To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit the Office of Personnel Management's website at Federal Benefits at USAJOBS.


SELECTIVE SERVICE:  Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law.  To register or verify your registration go to the Selective Service System website.

May require completion of a 1 year probationary period

Travel and relocation expenses will not be paid by the Department of the Interior. Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee.

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP):  CTAP provides eligible surplus and displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at CTAP or ICTAP.  If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration or that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) This vacancy is within your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility; 2) You apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) You are found well-qualified for this vacancy. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, or a copy of your separation personnel action form.

CTAP and ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if they fall within the Highly or Best Qualified categories on the rating criteria for this position.

BLM may use certain incentives, currently offered by the Federal government, to attract high quality applicants.

This position requires procurement duties.  Applicants selected for this position must sign a certification of compliance with the requirement of Public Law 101-189.

Before entering on duty, you will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, OGE-450. You will need to provide the information annually.

Government facilities are required to provide a smoke free environment for their employees. Smoking will be permitted only in designated areas.

Occasional travel is required.

This position requires you to wear an officially-approved uniform while in a duty status.



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To receive consideration for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package, which includes ALL of the following items:  1. Your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire; 2. Your resume; and 3. Applicable supporting documents specified in the Required Documents section of this job announcement.

Click on the button "Apply Online" and login to MY USAJOBS.

If you haven't already registered with USAJOBS, the system will require you to create a user name and password, complete a questionnaire and upload, paste or type a resume into USAJOBS.

If you have already registered with USAJOBS and forgot your login information, select the "Did you forget your username and/or password" link from the right side menu. 

Your application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM Eastern Time by the closing date of this announcement.

If you need assistance in applying on-line, please contact Greg Comella at or 916-978-4484.  If applying on-line poses a hardship for you (i.e. you do not have access to the internet) you must contact us prior to the closing date of the announcement for an alternative method of applying.


In addition to the online application (resume and responses to the questionnaire), you are required to submit the following forms:

Copy of Transcripts or a list of college courses that include hours and grades from an accredited U.S. college/university.  If your degree is from a Foreign Institution, See Foreign Education.

Veterans' Preference: If you are entitled to veterans' preference, you should indicate the level of veterans' preference you are claiming on your resume.  Your veterans' preference entitlement will be adjudicated (verified) by the employing agency using the documents you provide.

                         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, DD-214, and the required documentation.

For more information on which type of preference is applicable please visit VetGuide.

Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) eligibles: documentation verifying your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility - this includes a copy of the agency notice and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location.

You may submit your documents either via Auto-Requested Fax or by uploading your documents from your USAJOBS Profile.

Auto-Requested Fax: allows you to submit required documentation that will be electronically displayed along with your resume.

UPLOADING DOCUMENTS: instead of faxing your documents you may use the uploading procedures thru Applicant Manager.   Do not use both options.

Hard copy paper supplemental documents, submitted without prior Human Resources approval, will be considered as an incomplete application.

Required documentation must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.



Greg Comella
Phone: 916-978-4484
Fax: 571-258-4052
Agency Information:
Bureau of Land Management
BLM California State Office
2800 Cottage Way, Suite W-1623
Sacramento, CA
Fax: 571-258-4052


You will be notified of the status of your application as the qualification review process is conducted.

You may also check the status of your application by viewing your MY USAJOBs account.

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