Forest Service ENGINEERING TECHNICIAN (CIVIL) in Rapid River, Michigan

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Summary

Who May Apply: US Citizens and Nationals; no prior Federal experience is required.

There are three (3) positions located in the Easter Region (Region 9). One (1) position is located on the Mark Twain National Forest on the Ava Ranger District in Ava, MO. One (1) position is located on the Hiawatha National Forest on the Rapid River/Manistique Ranger Districts in Rapid River, MI. One (1) position is located on the Ottawa National Forest in Watersmeet, MI.

These positions are located on a Forest Service unit and provide technical engineering work on complete conventional projects of limited scope, or a portion of a larger and more diverse project.

For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact Darren Morris for Ava, MO location at 573-342-7452 or darrenwmorris@fs.fed.us; Tomas Borth for Rapid River, MI location at 218-244-3481 or tborth@fs.fed.us; or Michael Bigelow for the Watersmeet, MI location at 908-358-4057 or mbigelow@fs.fed.us.

Positions may be filled as career ladders or could be filled at the full performance level dependent upon the individual unit's needs. Example: The selecting official may select at any grade to include the full performance level of the position. However, not all positions will be filled at the highest grade level.

Pay rates vary depending on location. Pay rates displayed above are for the Rest of the U.S. (RUS). See the OPM website at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/salaries-wages/ for additional information on pay rates for specific locations.

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Responsibilities

Duties listed are at the full performance level.

  • Using engineering project survey notes, data and specifications, makes designs and layouts of roads, trails, bridges, drainage structures, and other systems of moderate complexity.
  • Makes and/or recommends revised or alternate designs to eliminate or reduce engineering problem areas without undue sacrifice of standards, economy, or esthetics.
  • Checks requirements, such as proper form, size, weight, structure, performance, and other pertinent technical data.
  • Performs computations and makes layouts, as required.
  • Ascertains that all information needed for a project is provided in accordance with appropriate design and drafting standards.
  • Develops and recommends modification of design details to facilitate the project.
  • Performs final detailed review of drawings and exercises judgment in selecting best of all possible design layouts. .
  • Conducts a wide range of non-standard surveys and data collection activities to provide data for civil engineering project designs.
  • Makes field surveys and collects field data required for engineering plans for design and construction on Forest administrative sites.
  • Makes recommendations for solutions to routine construction project problems that can be resolved by calculations typical to civil engineering projects. Engages in factual, technical information exchanges with coworkers who are performing related work.
  • Prepares engineering data reports and recommends priorities, which are used in the formulation of cost estimates and bills of materials.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Makes minor changes requiring contract amendments and modifications involving adjustments in the contract price or time, and recommends final acceptance of the completed project.
Travel Required

Occasional travel - Travel will be dependent on selected position

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

09

Who May Apply
This job is open to…

US Citizens and Nationals; no prior Federal experience is required.

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Conditions of Employment
  • You must be a US Citizen or US National
  • Males born after 12/31/59 must be Selective Service registered or exempt

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:

Ava, MO

  • TOS: Basic only (Selectee will be responsible for tax obligations related to payments for moving expenses - 2017 Tax Cuts and Job Act, Public Law 115-97. Questions should be directed to the Travel Help Desk, 877-372-7248, Option 1, or email asctos@fs.fed.us.)
  • Telework: Ad-hoc
  • Bargaining Unit: No
  • Full Performance Level of the Position: GS-09
  • Grades to be filled at: GS-07, GS-08, GS-09
  • Travel: Occasional travel for trainings and/or meetings.

Rapid River, MI

  • TOS: No
  • Telework: No
  • Bargaining Unit: Yes
  • Full Performance Level of the Position: GS-09
  • Grades to be filled at: GS-07, GS-08, GS-09
  • Travel: Occasional travel for trainings and/or meetings.

Watersmeet, MI

  • TOS: No
  • Telework: Ad-hoc
  • Bargaining Unit: Yes
  • Full Performance Level of the Position: GS-09
  • Grades to be filled at: GS-09
  • Travel: Occasional travel for trainings and/or meetings.
Qualifications

Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement (or date of referral if an Open Continuous announcement) as defined below. For more information on the qualifications for this position, go to: http://www.opm.gov/qualifications/Standards/group-stds/gs-admin.asp

For the GS-7 level: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-6); OR one full year (18 semester/27 quarter hours) of successfully completed graduate level coursework that is directly related to the work of the position (such as:engineering, engineering or industrial technology, construction, physics, drafting, surveying, physical science, or mathematics.); OR combinations of graduate level education that is directly related to the position and specialized experience. The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university. Examples of specialized experience are: Completed work assignments such as serving as instrument operator on high-order geodetic surveys or on varied, non-geodetic surveys such as location, right-of-way, and property surveys; supported senior engineer on simple construction or similar surveys that are of third or fourth order of accuracy and of limited scope and complexity; collected, computed, and made basic analysis of engineering data and prepared routine reports.

For the GS-8 level: Applicants must have one year of specialized experence equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-7); OR two full years (36 semester/54 quarter hours) of successfully completed graduate level education or master's degree if the coursework is directly related to the work of the position (such as: engineering, engineering or industrial technology, construction, physics, drafting, surveying, physical science, or mathematics. ); OR combinations of graduate level education that is directly related to the position (in excess of 18 semester/27 quarter hours) and specialized experience. The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university. Examples of specialized experience are: Participated in the development, definition, and documentation of engineering design requirements under senior engineer; supervised crews in setting construction stakes for clearing, grading and drainage structures; acted as inspector on timber sale and/or public work road construction contracts doing routine, established inspection duties for compliance with plan specifications; and/or maintained a daily log of the project, recording facts concerning work activity, work force, equipment in use, etc.

For the GS-9 level: Applicants must have one year of specialized experence equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-8); OR two full years (36 semester/54 quarter hours) of successfully completed graduate level education or master's degree if the coursework is directly related to the work of the position (such as: engineering, engineering or industrial technology, construction, physics, drafting, surveying, physical science, or mathematics.); OR ombinations of graduate level education that is directly related to the position (in excess of 18 semester/27 quarter hours) and specialized experience. The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university. Examples of specialized experience are: Using engineering project survey notes, data and specifications, made designs and layouts of roads, trails, bridges, drainage structures, and other systems of limited scope and complexity; maintained records and monitored project construction of roads, trails, bridges, drainage structures, and other systems of limited scope; conducted a range of standard surveys and data collection activities to provide data for civil engineering project designs; and/or conducted inspections of construction projects.

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). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Education

See Qualification Section for educational requirements.

Additional information
  • Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL), or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP/ICTAP eligibles must meet the agency's definition for a quality candidate as provided in the How You Will Be Evaluated section of this announcement to be considered.
  • BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION AND FINGERPRINT CHECK: Selection and retention in this position is contingent on a successfully adjudicated FBI National Criminal History Check (fingerprint check) and a background investigation.
  • Direct Deposit - Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of your choosing.
  • E-Verify: Federal law requires agencies to use the E-Verify system to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. If you are selected as a newly hired employee, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS 'E-VERIFY' system. Under the system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies as a condition of continued employment.
  • Some positions may be eligible for telework and other flexible work arrangements.
  • Forest Service daycare facilities are not available.
  • Government housing is not available.
  • If you are selected for a position with further promotion potential, you will be placed under a career development plan, and may be non-competitively promoted if you successfully complete the requirements and if recommended by management. However, promotion is not guaranteed.

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How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

You will be evaluated in accordance with the category rating procedure as defined in the USDA Demonstration Project Plan. Applicants who meet the basic minimum qualification requirements established for the position will be placed in the Eligible category. Eligible applicants will be further evaluated against criteria for placement in the Quality category. This evaluation is based on the level of your experience, education, and/or training as determined by your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire. Applicants with veterans' preference are listed ahead of applicants who do not have veterans' preference within each category.

Note: If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your rating may be lowered to more accurately reflect the submitted documentation. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Providing inaccurate information on Federal documents could be grounds for non-selection or disciplinary action up to including removal from the Federal service.

Clicking the link below will present a preview of the application form; i.e. the online questionnaire. The application form link below will only provide a preview and does not initiate the application process. To initiate the online application process, click the "Apply" button to the right.

To view the application form, visit: https://fs.usda.ntis.gov/cp/?event=jobs.previewApplication&jobid;=8F7FF6A0-E1E8-4A33-875E-A8DB00CC0018

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The following documents are required for your applicant package to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in the mail service, your system failure, etc. Encrypted documents will not be accepted. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.

  • Resume that includes: 1) personal information such as name, address, contact information; 2) education; 3) detailed work experience related to this position as described in the major duties including work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment; title, series, grade (if applicable); 4) supervisor's phone number and whether or not the supervisor may be contacted for a reference check; 5) other qualifications.
  • If education is required or you are using education to qualify, you must submit a copy of your college transcripts. An unofficial copy is sufficient with the application; however, if you are selected, you will be required to submit official transcripts prior to entering on duty. Education must have been successfully obtained from an accredited school, college or university. If any education was completed at a foreign institute, you must submit with your application evidence that the institute was appropriately accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as equivalent to U.S. education standards. There are private organizations that specialize in this evaluation and a fee is normally associated with this service. All transcripts must be in English or include an English translation.
  • If claiming veteran's preference, you must submit a DD214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty, which shows dates of service and discharge under honorable conditions. If currently on active duty you must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty service under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted. Veteran's preference must be verified prior to appointment. Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's preference and your application will be evaluated based on the material(s) submitted.
  • If claiming 10-point veteran's preference you must provide the DD214 or certification requirements (see above bullet), plus the proof of entitlement of this preference as listed on the SF-15 Application for 10-point Veterans' Preference. The SF-15 should be included but is not required. Failure to submit these documents could result in the determination that there is insufficient documentation to support your claim for 10-point preference.
  • Surplus or displaced employees eligible for CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP priority must provide: proof of eligibility (RIF separation notice, notice of proposed removal for declining a transfer of function or directed reassignment to another commuting area, notice of disability annuity termination), SF-50 documenting separation (as applicable), and your most recent SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location with your application per 5 CFR 330.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.

Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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How to Apply

Please view Tips for Applicants– a guide to the Forest Service application process.

Please read the entire announcement and all instructions before you begin. You must complete this application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.

Applying online is highly encouraged. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00a.m. - 4:00p.m., Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, contact the Agency Contact listed below well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages must be complete and submitted no later than noon ET on the closing date of the announcement in order to be entered into the system prior to its closing.

This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis; contact the Agency Contact to request this.

To begin, click "Apply Online" and follow the instructions to complete the Assessment Questionnaire and attach your resume and all required documents.

NOTE: You must verify that uploaded documents from USAJOBS transfer into the Agency's staffing system. Applicants may combine all like required documents (e.g., all SF-50s) into one or more files and scan for uploading into the application. Each file must not exceed 3MB. Grouping like documents into files will simplify the application process. Documents must be in one of the following formats: GIF, JPEG, JPG, PDF, PNG, RTF, or Word (DOC or DOCX). Uploaded documents may not require a password, digital signature, or other encryption to open.

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HRM Contact Center
Phone

877-372-7248, option 2

TDD

800-877-8339

Fax

866-338-3024

Email

fsjobs@fs.fed.us

Address

USDA Forest Service Do not mail in applications, see instructions under the How to Apply tab. Albuquerque, NM, United States

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Next steps

Your application will be reviewed to verify that you meet the eligibility and qualification requirements for the position prior to issuing referral lists to the selecting official. If further evaluation or interviews are required, you will be contacted. Log in to your USAJOBS account to check your application status. We expect to make a final job offer approximately 40 days after the deadline for applications.

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The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations or how to contact an agency.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/499624800. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 05/16/2018 to 05/21/2018

Salary: $41,365 to $50,598 per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 07 - 09

Work schedule: Full-Time

Appointment type: Permanent