Job Overview


Civilian employees serve a vital role in supporting the Army mission.  They provide the skills that are not readily available in the military, but crucial to support military operations.  The Army integrates the talents and skills of its military and civilian members to form a Total Army.

About the Position:
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The Hydrologic Engineering Center (HEC), an organization within the Institute for Water Resources, is the designated Center of Expertise for the US Army Corps of Engineers in the technical areas of surface and groundwater hydrology, river hydraulics and sediment transport, hydrologic statistics and risk analysis, reservoir system analysis, planning analysis, real-time water control management and a number of other closely associated technical subjects. HEC supports Corps field offices, headquarters, and laboratories by providing technical methods and guidance, water resources models and associated utilities, training and workshops, accomplishing research and development, and performing technical assistance and special projects.

Davis is a university-oriented city with a progressive, vigorous community noted for its small-town style, energy conservation, environmental programs, parks, preservation of trees, red double-decker London buses, bicycles, and the quality of its educational institutions.

NOTE: This position is being recruited for at the GS-1599-04 and GS-1599-05 level.  Management may select at any grade level.  To be considered for the position at that GS-1599-04 level, you must apply to announcement# WTKC13568692928686P.

FIRST CUTOFF: December 2, 2013

NOTE: Additional certificates will be issued as vacancies become available.

Multiple selections may be made from this vacancy.

Salary includes applicable locality pay or Local Market Supplement.

Army Pathways Intern Program:

Position(s) will be filled under the Department of the Army Pathways Intern Program. 

The Department of the Army Pathways Internship Program is designed to provide students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions, from high school to graduate level, with opportunities to work in the Department of Army and explore Federal careers while still in school and while getting paid for the work performed.  

Pathways Internship Conversion:

The Department of the Army Pathways Interns may be converted to a permanent position within 120 days of successful completion of the program.

To be eligible for conversion to a permanent or term position, Interns must:

  • Be a U.S. Citizen
  • Complete at least 640 hours of work experience acquired through the Internship Program
  • Complete their degree or certificate requirements
  • Meet the Office of Personnel Management's qualification standards for the position to which the Intern will be converted (this includes a basic education requirement for the GS-1550 series, Computer Scientist position)
  • Meet agency-specific requirements as specified in the Participant's Agreement, and;
  • Perform their job successfully as documented through performance evaluations and/or completion of an Individual Development Plan (IDP)

To learn more about the Pathways Internship Program, please visit: .

Who May Apply:

Department of the Army Internship Program Eligibles 

Positions are open to:

  • Current students in an accredited high school, college (including 4-year colleges/universities, community colleges, and junior colleges); professional, technical, vocational, and trade school; advanced degree programs; or other qualifying educational institution pursuing a qualifying degree or certificate within 65 miles of Davis, CA. 


The employee provides support to Computer Specialists involving work in computer program preparation, testing and documentation. Using information system studies, analysis, and current computer science technologies, assists in the development of computer program software that considers architecture, feasibility, technical adequacy, standardization, interface, protocol requirements, integration into current and future planning activities, interoperability, networking, expansion potential, and Army Enterprise Strategy. Working with computer specialists, reviews processing failures and corrects program logic and control errors. Codes minor program changes, providing for a summation of figures within an existing capability and others of a relatively routine nature. Maintains program and control languages documentation and guides and ensures preparation and distribution of copies to all appropriate system users.

Travel Required

  • Not Required