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Job Title:  Civil Engineer
Department:  Department Of Energy
Agency:  Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)
Job Announcement Number:  FERC-DE-2014-0066

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

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$72,620.00 to $127,187.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, March 25, 2014 to Monday, April 07, 2014
Full-Time - Permanent
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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is seeking highly motivated and qualified candidates for exciting full-time permanent positions within the Division of Dam Safety and Inspections of the Office of Energy Projects. The positions are located in the Atlanta, Chicago, New York, Portland, and San Francisco Regional Offices. The incumbent will work as a civil engineer and must be knowledgeable in the investigation, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of dams and hydroelectric power facilites, applying one or more of the following disciplines of civil engineering to the investigation, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of dams and hydroelectric power facilities: structural, hydrologic, geotechnical and/or engineering geology. Assignments may require substantial travel and can involve hiking in mountainous terrain, climbing steeply inclined faces of dams, and descending into dam galleries, penstocks, and tunnels. The ability to communicate effectively with others is also important.  Duties and responsibilities at the GS-12 level may be of less complexity.

These positions are included in the bargaining unit.
More than one selection may be made from this announcement, and the office for that selection may vary.
Please note - only your resume and cover letter will be forwarded to the selecting official.


  • 25% or Greater
  • Travel required.


  • No


  • Must be a U.S. Citizen
  • Must meet specialized experience
  • One year probationary period required
  • Must submit transcripts at time of application (unofficial are accepted)
  • Travel required
  • Successfully complete a background investigation


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The incumbents of these positions will perform the following duties:

-  Inspection, engineering evaluation and analyses of hydroelectric projects including dams to ensure the safety of the projects.

-  Inspection, engineering evaluation and analyses of hydroelectric projects to ensure compliance with the terms of the license, the provisions of the Federal Power Act, and the Commission's regulations.

-  Prepare engineering reports to establish and document the dam safety, public safety and environmental and license compliance of the hydroelectric project.


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In addition to the educational requirements, candidates for the GS-12 level must  have one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-11 level.  Candidates for the GS-13 level must have one year of specialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-12 level.

Specialized experience is defined asExperience in applying one or more of the following disciplines of civil engineering to the investigation, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of dams and hydroelectric power facilities:  structural, hydrologic, hydraulic, geotechnical, and engineering geology.
**Your resume must clearly document how you meet the specialized experience in order to meet the minimum qualification requirements for this vacancy.

All candidates must meet the Educational Requirement for Engineers.

The Educational Requirement for Engineers can be found at the following link:

All educational requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.



Your resume must clearly document how you meet the specialized experience in order to meet the minimum qualification requirements for this vacancy.   Transcripts must be submitted at time of application.   All required documents must be received by the closing date of this announcement. If you do not submit a required document, (e.g. transcripts, etc) your application will be considered incomplete and you will not receive further consideration.   CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:  If selected for this position, you will be required to: - Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment.  - Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.  - Go thorugh a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9.  Federal law requires verification of the identify and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S. 


We will review your resume, responses to the questionnaire and required documents to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your resume must address the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed in the Qualifications Section. If you meet basic qualification requirements, your application will be further evaluated based on your answers to the on-line assessment. Your responses to the on-line assessment will be used to measure the degree to which your background matches the requirements for the position. You are being evaluated under the category rating method which means, if you are determined to be qualified, you will be placed into the 'Best Qualified', 'Well Qualified', or 'Qualified' Category. We will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses on the assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than what is supported by your application materials, your responses may be excluded from consideration for this job. We will evaluate your qualifications and eligibility and notify you if you meet minimum qualification requirements. NOTE: We do not require a separate statement responding to the competencies, also referred to as Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs). However, your resume should clearly show possession of these competencies. The Occupational Questions are used to evaluate your relevant educational and work experience. The questions are related to competencies/knowledge, skills, and abilities such as:
1.  Demonstrated knowledge of geotechnical, structural, hydrologic, hydraulic, seismic, risk assessment, risk informed decision making and other civil engineering disciplines involved in the dam safety design, inspection, remediation, construction, and operation of hydropower projects.

2.Demonstrated skills in analyzing dam safety engineering and compliance matters related to the design, construction, inspection, remediation, operation and environmental impacts of hydroelectric projects.

3.  Demonstrated ability to prepare and present clear, concise and well-organized engineering reports, both orally and in writing.
To preview questions please click here.


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You must submit all required information by the closing date. If materials are not received, your resume will be evaluated solely on the information available and you may not receive full consideration or may not be considered eligible. The materials you send with your resume will not be returned. If you are selected at a grade lower than the highest shown in this listing, you will be placed under a career development plan and can be non-competitively promoted when you successfully complete the requirements for the higher grade. Relocation expenses will not be paid.


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You are strongly encouraged to read the entire announcement before you submit your application for this position.
Please click on the following link for detailed instructions on how to apply: How To Apply.
Tips For Applying For example, if the specialized experience requires presenting information to a large audience, your resume might include speeches or presentations you've given.
* Verify your resume clearly indicates possession of the competencies and required specialized experience listed under the Qualifications and Evaluations section of this announcement.
* Submit all requested documentation, including transcripts before the closing date of the announcement.


Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you will not be considered for this position (or will not receive the special consideration, e.g. Vet's Preference, for which you may be eligible).   
ICTAP PRIORITY PROVISIONS: Current or former Federal employees who are or were on career or career conditional appointments may have special priority selection rights under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP). To receive this consideration, applicants must be well qualified for the position to which applying. To be well qualified, applicants must fall within the Best Qualified category. You will need to provide the Federal Agency Name and date of your Reduction in Force notice, what your most recent performance rating was and your position, grade level and duty location of your last SF-50. At time of appointment, you will be required to provide a copy of agency Reduction in Force notice, a copy of most recent performance rating and a copy of most recent SF-50. You must provide a statement of eligibility at the point of application.
VETERANS' PREFERENCE DOCUMENTATION If you are claiming veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD-214 (Member 4 copy), or other official documentation from a branch of the Armed Forces or the Department of Veterans Affairs showing dates of service and type of discharge. 10 point preference eligibles must also submit an Application for 10-point Veteran Preference, SF-15, along with the required documentation listed on the back of the SF-15 form. An SF-15 may be found at: For more information on veterans' preference, go to the Vet Guide at:


Nancy Bryant
Phone: 202-502-6152
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Agency Information:
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Once your complete application is received we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking. The best qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified of the status of your application up to four times throughout the application process. You may check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging onto the USAJOBS "My Account" tab and clicking on "Application Status." We also recommend you opt to receive status change emails through USAJOBS by logging into "Notification Settings." Please notify us if your contact information changes after the closing date of the announcement. Also, note that if you provide an email address that is inaccurate, or if your mailbox is full or blocked (e.g., spam-blocker), you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.

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