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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.

This announcement will be used to fill current and future vacancies.  Applications received by May 2, 2016 will receive first consideration.  As additional vacancies become available, subsequent referral lists will be issued.

NOTE:  In order to receive consideration, you must ALSO apply through SWGG162868521676824PR.  If you do not, your application package will be considered incomplete.

About the Position:

Positions in Project Management will be located in St. Paul, MN.

Positions in Plan Formulation Branch will be located in  either St. Louis, MO, Rock Island, IL or St. Paul, MN.

  • This is a Career Program (CP) #18 position. 
  • Position(s) will be filled under the Department of the Army Recent Graduates Program.

Click here for more information on Pathways program participants. The Department of the Army Recent Graduates Program affords developmental experiences in the Department of Army intended to promote possible careers in the civil service to individuals who have recently graduated from qualifying educational institutions or programs. Successful applicants are placed in a dynamic, developmental program with the potential to lead to a civil service career in the Federal Government.
After Program completion, Department of the Army Recent Graduates MAY be converted to a permanent position.
To be eligible for conversion to a permanent or term position, Recent Graduates must:

  • Successfully completed at least 1 year of continuous service in addition to all requirements of the Program.
  • Demonstrate successful job performance.
  • Meet the Office of Personnel Management's qualifications for the position to which the Recent Graduate will be converted.

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Department of the Army Recent Graduates Program Eligibles
Positions are open to:

  • Recent graduates who have completed, within the previous two years a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution.
  • Veterans unable to apply within two years of receiving their degree, due to military service obligation, have as much as six years after degree completion to apply.

**********Special Note to Future Graduates:**********
Applicants who are expected to graduate during the open period of this announcement may also apply and should mark themselves as already having graduated.  Future graduates, however, may not be appointed until after graduation.


Candidates may be selected at the GS-07 or GS-09 level, with the GS-11 level as the full performance level for all positions.  Non-competitive promotion to the next higher level may be made at managements request, pending time-in-grade requirements and demonstrated ability to perform the next higher/target level grade duties.

In a developmental capacity leading to the full performance GS-11 level, you will:

Plan Formulation (Regional Planning and Environment Division North) positions:

  • Serve as planning technical leader in planning Federal civil works water resources projects in flood risk management, ecosystem restoration, and inland navigation.
  • Identify problems and study objectives, formulate solutions, coordinate economic, environmental, and engineering analysis of costs, impacts, and benefits.
  • Write feasibility reports and related documents with input from multidisciplinary teams. Coordinate reports with reviewers and higher authority, and address comments.
  • Lead multi-disciplinary teams of 5-15 people in the conduct of studies, make task assignments, monitor progress, and report status towards deadlines.
  • Arrange public meetings, prepare presentations to sponsors and public, and present to same.

Project Management (Programs and Project Management) positions:

  • Serves as Project Manager (PM) for smaller non controversial projects or assists Senior Project Managers with larger more complex projects.
  • As the PM or in coordination with a senior PM , responsible for the overall management, control, coordination and execution of assigned projects
  • Will be involved or as the project team leader, implementing corporate decisions, guidance, laws, regulations, and policy in the development of the project and intermediate products in support of the project.
  • Negotiates and integrates all district functions (i.e., planning, design, cost engineering, construction, real estate, contracting, etc.), sponsor/customer needs and other agencies commitments in support of assigned project into a comprehensive management plan. Within this plan, integrates Executive/Congressional schedules and criteria and establishes project scope and criteria, schedules and milestones, budgets, dependencies and responsibilities of the participating parties, assumptions and risks, contingencies, and performance measurement criteria.
  • Responsible for obtaining and maintaining the district corporate commitment to the management plan

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Temporary Duty (TDY) travel up to 15% of the time required

Relocation Authorized

  • Yes
  • Permanent Change of Station (moving costs) may be authorized in accordance with applicable regulations and in the best interest of the agency