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Forest Service Engineering Technician (Civil) in United States

Summary

These positions are located in the Pacific Northwest Region, at the Fremont-Winema, Malheur, and Wallowa-Whitman National Forests, in Oregon. The position for the Fremont-Winema may be filled at either Lakeview, Klamath Falls, or Chiloquin Oregon. Final duty location will be determined at the time of selection. For additional information please contact Terry Orton (Fremont) at 541-947-6271, David Plummer (Wallowa) at 541-523-1261, or Matthew Smith (Malheur) at 541-575-3047.

Responsibilities

The primary purpose of this position is to provide technical engineering support and assistance on a National Forest unit.

Duties listed at the full performance level.

Monitor projects to assess compliance with contracts.

Prepare sketches, construction details, installation drawings to support operations.

Design layouts of roads, trails, bridges, drainage structures, and other systems of moderate complexity.

Administer construction and maintenance contracts to insure compliance with the terms and conditions of the contract.

Ascertain information needed for a project provided in accordance with appropriate design and drafting standards.

Make contract modifications involving adjustments in contract price or time, and recommend final acceptance of the project.

Oversee detailed site survey and stake setting.

Perform field surveys to collect data for engineering designs, plans, and projects.

Interpret engineering project notes, data, and specifications to prepare design and layout of roads, trails, bridges, drainage structures, and other systems.

Recommend revisions or alternate designs to eliminate or reduce engineering problem areas.

Monitor contracts for potential change proposals to ensure compliance with terms and conditions.

Develop recommendations to resolve quality control issues.

Write reports to inform contractor, engineer, and contracting officer representative of quality assurance and control issues.

Conduct inspections of civil engineering and construction project materials, equipment, construction techniques, processes, and installation to ensure compliance with contract requirements.

Maintain records and monitor construction of roads, trails, bridges, drainage structures, and other systems

Inspect construction materials and equipment for conformance with specifications.

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

Qualifications

In order to qualify, you must meet the eligibility and qualifications requirements as defined below by the closing date of the announcement. For more information on the qualifications for this position, visit the Office of Personnel Management's General Schedule Qualification Standards. Your application and resume must clearly show that you possess the experience requirements. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. Provide course descriptions as necessary. Work Experience: Your resume must clearly document the following for each block of work experience; the beginning day, month and year the work assignment started and ended; the hours worked per week; position title, and series and grade if applicable; and description of duties performed. This information must be provided for each permanent, temporary or seasonal appointment/work assignment or volunteer work and should be clearly documented as a separate block of time. Incomplete, inaccurate or conflicting work history may not be credited for qualifications purposes. This can result in an applicant not being considered for the position. Specialized Experience Requirement: For the GS-07 level: You must have one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-06 level in the Federal service. Examples of specialized experience include one or more of the following: Provided engineering support to senior engineers in the development, planning, and design of civil engineering construction projects; Conducted field work to gather survey data in the development of improvement plans; Performed a variety of research and produced technical drawings to assist in the development of contract plans, specifications, and estimates; Accompanied Inspectors and/or Contracting Officer Representative (COR) to observe, record, and provide input about administration and inspection of a project;

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 (Forestry, Environmental Science, and Natural Resource Management), 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. For the GS-8 level: You must have one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-07 level. Examples of specialized experience include one or more of the following: Prepared sketches and developed layouts, construction details and installation drawings, including finished plans and profile sheets; Inspected an entire project of limited size or complexity or a minor part of a large project such as a forest road construction project that includes only clearing, grading, and drainage structures;

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. For the GS-09: You must have one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-08 level. Examples of specialized experience include two or more of the following: Attended pre-bid and bid opening conferences to discuss principal construction features and requirements in terms of methods and equipment; Prepared designs and layouts of roads, trails, bridges, drainage structures, and other systems of limited scope and complexity; Developed and submitted revised or alternate designs to eliminate or reduce engineering problem areas without undue sacrifice of standards, economy, or esthetics; Conducted a range of standard surveys and data collection activities to provide data for civil engineering project design; Conducted inspection of construction projects;

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. 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 above for education that may be qualifying for the specific grade level.

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. The USDA Forest Service has legislative authority to recruit and fill Permanent (Career/Career-Conditional), Temporary, and Term Appointments under the USDA Demonstration Project. Under this authority, any U.S. citizen may apply. 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. The use of incentives may be authorized. Final determination will be made at the time of selection. This is a bargaining unit position represented by the National Federation of Federal Employees, IAMAW. Government Housing is not available. Daycare facilities are not available. This position is eligible for telework and other flexible work arrangements. We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.

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