Job Overview


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.


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.

Travel Required

  • 25% or Greater
  • In performance of duties.

Relocation Authorized

  • No