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This is an Interdisciplinary, GS-12 position with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Galveston District in the Programs and Project Management Division. This vacancy can be filled in any of the following professional occupational series:

  Biologist - 0401
  General Engineer - 0801
  Architect - 0808
  Civil Engineer - 0810
  Environmental Engineer - 0819
  Mechanical Engineer - 0830
  Electrical Engineer - 0850
  Physical Scientist - 1301
  Chemist - 1320
  Geologist - 1350


SWHB179725041903045DE FOR PROJECT MANAGER GS-0340-12

Who May Apply: U.S. Citizens


You will serve as a Project Manager responsible for the overall management, control, coordination, and execution of assigned projects. You will also serve as the leader of a project delivery team (PDT), and you will be responsible for ensuring that assigned project work is executed within applicable authority, policy, regulations, budgets, guidelines, and supervisory direction. You will coordinate with PDTs (i.e., planning, design, cost engineering, construction, real estate, contracting, etc.) to plan projects and prepare estimates of scope, schedule, budget, and resources to deliver essential products and services according to commitments. You will also perform the following:

  Control and manage project milestones and budgets from planning through construction and initial operations
  Participate in District programming decisions affecting long and short range courses of action for assigned projects
  Monitor obligations and expenditures schedules to ensure maximum use of available funds
  Coordinate the planning, design, cost engineering, construction, and environmental restoration, etc., for engineering projects
  Serve as the District's primary point of contact for projects assigned with sponsor/customer; Federal, state, and local government agencies; Congressional interests; other external organizations; and higher authorities

In order to qualify, you must meet the education and/or experience requirements described below.  Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application.  Additional information about transcripts is in this document.


Experience Required:

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social).  You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

To qualify based on your experience, your resume must describe at least one year of experience which prepared you to do the work in this job.  Specialized experience is defined as performing at least 2 out of the 3 following duties: 1) coordinating the planning, design, cost engineering, or construction of a civil works project; 2) managing civil works project budgets and schedules; 3) providing information to customers, contractors, or senior leadership on project execution. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-11).

You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency (knowledge, skills, abilities) in the following areas:

  • Project Management
  • Technical Administration
  • Oral and Written Communication

Time in Grade Requirement: Applicants who have held a General Schedule (GS) position within the last 52 weeks must have 52 weeks of Federal service at the GS-11 (or equivalent).

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Overnight business travel 10-15%

Relocation Authorized

  • Yes
  • Moving expenses (PCS) authorized if eligible