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Job Title:  Engineering Technician (Civil)
Department:  Department Of Agriculture
Agency:  Forest Service
Job Announcement Number:  14-0304-01842DP-PLK

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$43,389.00 to $43,389.00 / Per Year
Friday, May 30, 2014 to Monday, June 16, 2014
Full-Time - Permanent
1 vacancy - Flagstaff, AZ   View Map
US Citizens and Nationals; no prior Federal experience is required. This position is being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion announcement. Current permanent Federal employees, former Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility, and individuals eligible under Special Appointing Authorities should apply to the Merit Promotion announcement to maximize opportunities for consideration.
Q - Nonsensitive


A career with the Forest Service will challenge you to manage and care for more than 193 million acres of our nation's most magnificent lands, conduct research through a network of forest and range experiment stations and the Forest Products Laboratory, and provide assistance to State and private forestry agencies.

It's an awesome responsibility - but the rewards are as limitless as the views.

This Career-Ladder Engineering Technician position is being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion Announcement Number 14-0304-01842FS-PLK. Current or former Federal employees may apply to both announcements, but should be sure to apply to the Merit Promotion Announcement in order to avoid losing consideration since different referral criteria apply to each type of announcement. Disabled veterans, candidates with 3 or more years of active duty military service, and candidates eligible for special hiring authorities may apply to the Merit Promotion Announcement if they meet the criteria outlined in the announcement and submit supporting documentation.

This position is located in the Coconino National Forest located in Flagstaff, AZ.

For additional information about the duties of the position, please contact Raymond Holt at (928) 527-3524 or email

This position serves as a Civil Engineering Technician on a Forest Service unit.

The USDA Forest Service has legislative authority to recruit and fill Permanent (Career/Career-Conditional), Temporary, and Term Appointments under the USDA Demonstration Project. Under this authority, any U.S. citizen may apply.


  • 25% or Greater
  • In performance of duties.


  • No


  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.


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Duties listed are at the full performance level of the GS-10.

Supports senior engineer in the developing the annual road operation and maintenance plans and budget. Coordinates with other resource area personnel to assess the road maintenance requirements/needs. Assists in supporting the development of the deferred maintenance project priorities. Provides technical engineering expertise to manage the road and bridge system including transportation operations, deferred maintenance improvements, maintenance using force account crews, Forest Service and County road agreements, contracts, and partnerships. Assists in the performance of project road design work. Assists in performing technical engineering work on bridges, pavements, drainage structures. Desigsn work includes developing solutions to road-induced resource management problems that are cost-effective and meeting road management objectives and considering resource needs and user needs for safety, travel information, and maintenance. Develops new or improved techniques and solutions based on existing engineering standards and precedents. In support of a senior engineer, ensures that engineering plans, designs, and construction align with sound resource management objectives. Prepares conventional designs and specifications for various engineering projects or systems. May require some adaptation of precedents or design of features for which precedents are available. Responsible for ensuring the details and specification for moderately complex structures, systems or equipment are developed in accordance with unit requirements. Prepares engineering drawings using a CAD system. Keep informed of the latest technology when maintaining hardware and software technology. Responsible for data collection and analysis for engineering projects. Performs surveys and investigations at project sites. Gathers design information for plan specification , alterations, and databases. Prepares the preliminary site investigations to obtain required information for new or proposed structures, drainage areas, topography, and feasible layout of facilities in relation to terrain. Looks for alternative sources when inconsistencies or gaps in information are present. Responsible for the development of a forest-wide road sign plan to implement individual road management objectives, forest plan, and/or travel management decisions. In coordination with other Forest personnel, is responsible for the coordination the road decommissioning program development and execution in accordance with NEPA requirements. Develops the necessary relationships to maximize the county coop maintenance of forest roads under the Forest Road Agreement. Keeps the senior engineers abreast on the need for commercial users' commensurate share for road maintenance to facilitate safety and adequately maintained roads. Responsible for road user permits to facilitate access and road maintenance by road users. Responsible for all Emergency Relief for Federal Owned Roads (ERFO) projects. Participate in the review and approval of detailed working plans and specifications prepared by contractors. Specifically, reviews contractor plans and implements procedures to ensure they are in conformance with Forest Service guidelines, procedures, and requirements. Monitors and assesses contractor’s performance and or progress on a continuous basis. As needed, provides technical advice and direction to contractors and resolves complex issues or problems as they arise. Administers construction and maintenance contracts to insure compliance with the terms and conditions of the contract. Projects are of moderate complexity and can usually be completed in a year or less. Monitors and controls a major segment of projects, such as roads, bridges, parking facilities, trails, drainage structures, erosion control features, retaining walls, buildings, towers, equipment shops and yards, small dams and reservoirs, and recreation sites. Issues start and stop work orders to the contractor. Assures compliance by the contractor with the provisions, plans, and specifications of the contract, accepting or rejecting quality and acceptability of equipment used, manner of performance and rate of work progress, interpretation of plans and specifications, and acceptable fulfillment of the technical phases of the contract. Oversees the development of project plans and specifications prior to contract advertisement to ensure compliance with environmental requirements. Oversees detailed site survey and stake setting. Refers points of disagreement to the Contracting Officer. Makes minor changes requiring contract amendments and modifications involving adjustments in the contract price or time, and recommends final acceptance of the completed project. Maintains records of all the administration of the contract. Is familiar with the technical aspects of assembling the contract documents.


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You must possess the Basic Requirements identified below to be considered eligible for this position.

Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education.

Your application or resume must clearly show that you possess the appropriate experience requirements.

Specialized experience is defined as experience that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled and has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. Your application or resume must clearly show that you possess the appropriate experience requirements.

GS-08:  Specialized Experience:  One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 grade level.

Education:  There is no substitution of education for the GS-08 grade level.

Examples of specialized experience are:  develops design specifications for conventional equipment or structures to meet specific requirements, and devises means to overcome problems such as weight and space limitations; inspects an entire project of limited size or complexity, such as relatively small one or two-story facilities or buildings that did not include any major mechanical installations or other complicating features; or a forest road construction project that involves only clearing, grading, and drainage structures; observes work site and activities for safety practices; as an engineering technician, performs structural stress and strength tests requiring substantial equipment/procedures modification, makes minor adaptations to standard tests, and selects suitable sensors and recording devices.


Specialized Experience:  One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-08 grade level;


Education:  Master's or equivalent graduate degree if the coursework is directly related to the work of the position OR 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related;


Combination of Education and Specialized Experience:  An appropriate combination of specialized experience and education (only graduate education in excess of 18 semester hours may be used to qualify applicants for this grade level if the coursework is directly related to the work of the position).

Examples of specialized experience are:  performs computations and makes layouts, as required; ascertains that all information needed for a project is provided in accordance with appropriate design and drafting standards; recommends changes to correct errors or nonconformance with established design practices and standards; develops and submits maintenance proposals for construction or repair of ground facilities, such as road surface and bridges; maintains records and monitors project construction of roads, trails, bridges, drainage structures, and other systems of limited scope; performs technical review of drawings and exercises judgment in selecting best of all possible design layouts.


Specialized Experience:  One year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 grade level;


Education:  There is no substitution of education for the GS-10 grade level.

Examples of specialized experience are:  conducts a wide range of non-standard surveys and data collection activities to provide data for civil engineering project designs; makes field surveys and collects field data required for engineering plans for design and construction on Forest administrative sites; makes recommendations for solutions to routine construction project problems that can be resolved by calculations typical to civil engineering projects; engages in factual, technical information exchanges with coworkers who are performing related work; does conditions surveys and records data to maintain and update databases; prepares engineering data reports and recommends priorities, which are used in the formulation of cost estimates and bills of materials.

To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements as of the closing date of the announcement.


May be subject to satisfactory completion of one year probationary or trial period.


You will be evaluated in accordance with the category rating procedure as defined in the USDA Demonstration Project Plan. Applicants who meet the basic minimum qualification requirements established for the position will be placed in the Eligible category. Eligible applicants will be further evaluated against criteria for placement in the Quality category. This evaluation is based on the level of your experience, education, and/or training as determined by your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire. Applicants with veterans’ preference are listed ahead of applicants who do not have veterans’ preference within each category.

Clicking the link below will present a preview of the application form; i.e. the online questionnaire. The application form link below will only provide a preview and does not initiate the application process. To initiate the online application process, click the “Apply Online” button to the right.

To view the application form, visit:


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Relocation expenses are not authorized.

Bargaining Unit Status: Eligible - Coverage is dependent upon unit location.

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, provide proof of eligibility. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must meet the agency's definition for a quality candidate to be considered. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at

BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION and FINGERPRINT CHECK:  Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation.


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Please read the entire announcement and all the instructions before you begin.
The following instructions outline our application process.

  • You must complete this application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. 
  • We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Monday - Friday). Applying online is highly encouraged. If applying online poses a hardship, please contact our office during business hours well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages with supporting documents must be submitted no later than noon on the closing date of the announcement in order to be entered into the system prior to its closing.
  • This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis; contact us if you are requesting this.

Step 1: Create a USAJOBS account (if you do not have one) at It is recommended that as part of your profile you set up automatic email notification to be informed when the status of your application changes. If you choose not to set up this automatic notification, then you will have to log into your USAJOBS account to check on the status of your application.

Step 2: Create a resume with USAJOBS or upload a resume into your USAJOBS account. Customize your resume to ensure it documents duties and accomplishments you have gained that are directly related to this position in order to verify that qualifications are met. Your resume must support your responses to the online questionnaire (you may preview the online questionnaire by clicking on the link at the end of the How You Will Be Evaluated section of the job announcement).

Step 3: Click "Apply Online" and follow the prompts to complete the Occupational Questionnaire and attach any additional documents that may be required.
You can update your application or documents anytime while the announcement is open. Log into your USAJOBS account and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select "Update Application” to continue.
NOTE: Verify that uploaded documents from USAJOBs transfer into the Agency's staffing system. Once in the Agency's staffing system you will have the opportunity to upload additional documents. Uploaded documents must be less than 3MB and in one of the following document formats: GIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG, RTF, PDF, or Word (DOC or DOCX).


You must submit a complete Application Package, prior to 11:59, ET, on the closing date of this announcement.  The following documents must be submitted for your application package to be considered complete. It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents are received within the required timeframes. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service, system failure or downtime, etc. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.

  • Resume that includes the following information: 1) job information for which you are applying; 2) personal information; 3) education; 4) work experience including the work schedule and hours worked per week as well as dates of employment; and title, series and grade if applicable; 5) supervisors phone number and e-mail address for each work period listed and whether or not we may contact them for reference checks; and, 6) other qualifications.
  • College Transcripts if education is required for meeting basic qualifications and/or you are substituting education for specialized experience and/or if you are using education to meet the criteria for the quality category. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, if selected, an official college transcript will be required prior to entering on duty.
  • DD-214 (Member 4 Copy) if claiming Veterans’ Preference. Veterans claiming 10 point preference must also submit a VA Letter and an SF-15 Application for 10-point Veteran Preference. Current Active Duty members must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions dated within the last 120 days.
  • Other required documents may include:
    • CTAP/ICTAP Required Documentation Reduction-In-Force: Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; AND most recent performance evaluation; AND SF-50 demonstrating your separation or the position you will be separated from. 
    • Worker's Compensation Separation: Agency certification of inability to place employee AND Notification of Separation OR Separation SF-50.
    • Disability Annuity Termination: Notification from OPM of disability annuity termination AND Separation SF-50 of the last position held. Military Reserve or National Guard Technician Special Disability Retirement Annuity under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456: Certification of special disability retirement annuity from a military department or National Guard Bureau AND Separation SF-50 of the last position held.
NOTE : If a document is resubmitted, it replaces the previous submission, which means the previous document is no longer available to the Human Resources Office. If you are adding to, rather than replacing a previous submission, you must upload both the old document and the new document. Please verify that documents you are uploading from USAJOBs transfer into the Agency's staffing system as there is a limitation to the number of documents that can be transferred. However, once in the Agency's staffing system, you will have the opportunity to upload additional documents. Uploaded resumes must be less than 3MB and in one of the following document formats: GIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG, RTF, PDF, or Word (DOC or DOCX).


Phone: 877-372-7248 Option 2
Fax: 866-338-1978
Agency Information:
Do not mail in applications, see instructions under the How to Apply tab.
Albuquerque, NM,
United States
Fax: 866-338-1978


If you set up your USAJOBS account to send automatic email notifications, you will receive an acknowledgement email that the submission of your online Occupational Questionnaire and resume was successful, if you were referred to the selecting official for consideration, and if you were selected or not selected. If you choose not to set up automatic email notifications, you must check your USAJOBS account for the latest status of your application. Your application may be reviewed to verify that you meet the qualifications and eligibility requirements for the position prior to issuing lists to a selecting official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. Normally, a final job offer to the selected candidate is made within 30-60 days after the issuance of the certificate

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