Do you want to work for a premier conservation agency whose mission is to “help people help the land?” For more than 83 years, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), a part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), has worked in close partnership with farmers, ranchers, forest managers, non-governmental organizations, local and state governments, and other federal agencies to create and maintain healthy and productive working landscapes.Learn more about this agency
As part of USDA’s new Farm Production and Conservation (FPAC) Mission Area, we are the focal point for assisting the voluntary conservation efforts of the nation’s farmers, ranchers and other stewards of agricultural lands and non-industrial private forest lands. We help these stewards plan and implement proven conservation systems through technical and financial assistance designed to enhance productivity, improve soil and water health, and restore wetlands and wildlife habitat.
The NRCS employs over 10,000 professionals who work in over 3,000 locations, over 95 percent of whom are outside the Washington, D.C. area and covering every county in the U.S. We value our employees and are committed to employee engagement and work/life balance programs. We are also part of the USDA, which was ranked 7th among all federal agencies as a “best place to work” through the FY2017 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey.
We need people who are committed to action through public service-- people who want to apply their education and experience to help ensure that all of us enjoy the benefits that come from a healthy environment and productive agriculture. Please consider joining us and helping to make a difference for generations to come.This position is being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion procedures on <announcement number>. Disabled Veterans, candidates with 3 or more years of active duty military service, and candidates eligible for special hiring authorities can apply to the Merit Promotion announcement if they meet criteria for the above and include supporting documents.
The Civil Engineer works in the local field office and is responsible for providing basic technical guidance in the overall planning, design, installation and maintenance of the engineering phases of soil and water conservation practices.
- Leads the planning, design, and construction of engineering practices such as water management, animal waste management, erosion control, flood control, wetland creation or restoration, and other conservation practices needing engineering guidance.
- Plans and conducts pre-bid site showings, approves construction schedules, monitors work for compliance with contract requirements, verifies the accuracy of invoices, prepares receiving reports for plan estimate, directs the quality assurance program, oversees government inspectors, recommends contract modifications, and performs others duties as delegated to contracting officer's representative.
- Performs site investigations and feasibility studies; conducts checks of field designs of structural works as prepared or approved by the State Conservation Engineer (SCE) prior to contracting; and prepares or reviews field designs and preliminary and final drawings and specifications on civil engineering practices.
- Provides technical guidance and training to personnel in the area of all engineering practices and in the use and care of engineering equipment.
Occasional travel - Approximately 20%
Who May Apply
This job is open to…US Citizens and Nationals; no prior Federal experience is required.
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