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Civilian employees serve a vital role in supporting the Army mission. They provide the skills not readily available in the military, but crucial to support military operations.  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is an innovative, transformative organization providing engineering solutions to customers worldwide. Working at the Corps as a civilian employee means making a direct contribution to war fighters and their families; supporting overseas contingency operations; developing technology and systems that save the lives of soldiers and civilians; providing disaster relief; and protecting and enhancing the environment and the national economy.

About the Position:
This is a permanent position with Headquarters, US Army Corps of Engineers, Directorate of Resource Management located at the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) Building; 441 G. Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20314.

Civil Works' Mission and Vision: Dedicated to providing quality, responsive service to the nation in peace and war. The Directorate of Civil Works is a major component of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The Civil Works programs include water resource development activities including flood risk management, navigation, recreation, and infrastructure and environmental stewardship. Our mission also includes
emergency response.

This is an Interdisciplinary position which may be filled under any of the following titles and occupational series at the GS-15 grade level, depending on the qualifications of the applicant and needs of the agency:

Civil Engineer, 0810
Geologist, 1350

Who May Apply:

Only applicants who meet one of the employment authority categories below are eligible to apply for this job.  You will be asked to identify which category or categories you meet, and to provide documents which prove you meet the category or categories you selected.  See Proof of Eligibility for an extensive list of document requirements for all employment authorities.


The incumbent will serve as the expert of all Dam Safety Program aspects of engineering, construction, operations and security in the USACE worldwide Dam Safety Program. The incumbent of this position will serve as the designated leader of one of the Corps largest Communities of Practice, the key agency leader on a number of national and international committees and programs and hold responsibility for the safety of approximately 700 dams with a capital value of over $150 billion.  The incumbent will advise and brief senior military and civilian officials at USACE Headquarters, the Assistant Secretary of Army for Civil Works, Office of Management & Budget and Congressional staff on issues related to dam safety. The Incumbent is the technical expert and will be relied upon/responsible for development, formulation and recommends new or revised policies and procedures relating to the dam safety community.  This work requires extensive knowledge of principles, techniques, methods of engineering, construction, operations and maintenance fields and related legal and statutory processes.  The incumbent serves as an advisor to the Director of Civil Works and Director of Military Programs on issues concerning national and international engineering, environmental, maintenance, construction, operations and maintenance and security of USACE and Army Dams.  In addition, the incumbent will review legalization which impacts the Dam Safety Program and recommends additions and changes to incorporate new legislative actions, i.e. Water Resources Act.  The incumbent must have the skills to utilize his/her broad knowledge in the design and construction evaluation of dams to evaluate the integrity, stability, risk assessment and management, and safety of existing rock-fill and concrete dams, all of which are a major national significance and complexity.  The incumbent will supervise the management and execution of the National Inventory of Dams, updating safety management tools, identifying dam safety training needs and participating in the planning, development, and oversight of training courses or conferences. 

Travel Required

  • 25% or Greater
  • Business travel may be required up to 25% of the time to justify, defend, negotiate, or settle matters involving the US Army Corps of Engineers Dam Safety Program within the Directorate of Civil Works.

Relocation Authorized

  • Yes
  • Moving Expenses maybe authorized IAW Joint Travel Regulations (JTR).