Survey Technician
Department of the Army - Newark, NJ

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Civilian employees serve a vital role in supporting the Army mission. They provide the skills that are not readily available in the military, but crucial to support military operations. The Army integrates the talents and skills of its military and civilian members to form a Total Army.

About the Position: The position is located in a rural area. You will be working in the field office for the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, Survey Section located in Jersey City, NJ. The office is located by the water with public transportation nearby. The office is used primarily for CADD and Administrative purpose. At times you will work out of the office at various field sites to complete assignments.

Who May Apply: US Citizens

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP)
  • Must be a US Citizen
  • Business travel 25% of time
  • Moving expenses not authorized
  • Must possess a valid State Driver's License

DUTIES: You will select most efficient procedures and carry out standard procedures based on assignments. Operate different electronic positioning and depth finding equipment used to gather data following prescribed procedures; Interpret plans and specifications; Apply and use data with consideration of the source characteristics; Inspect and test a variety of equipment and materials; Extract data from a variety of equipment and materials; Extract data from a variety of sources; Recognize and report errors, inconsistencies, and other deficiencies in technical data; Edits data and prepares for mapping; Keep records and prepare reports; Examine various geodetic and topographic techniques.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: SPECIALIZED/GENERAL EXPERIENCE : To Qualify for the GS-04 applicants must possess 6 months of GENERAL experience related to the position and 6 months of SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE equivalent to the next lower grade/level GS-03 in the Federal Service that demonstrates the following: Serving as rod person on land surveys requiring special rodding and leveling procedures, using various types of rods; performed basic topographic and/or geodetic techniques.

To Qualify for the GS-05 applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level GS-04 in the Federal Service that demonstrates conducting simple traverse surveys using compass and tape, measuring small land areas to determine approximate locations to be mapped; operating manual and electronic recording and measuring devices; reporting inadequate recording and operation due to equipment due to equipment failure or deviation.

To Qualify for the GS-06 applicants must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level GS-05 in the Federal Service that demonstrates using automated systems to compile technical data, coordinating with command staff and higher echelon, analyzing data to run reports, selecting the most efficient surveying approach from several alternatives, redirecting team efforts in response to field conditions, experience using land survey equipment and tools, and arriving at sound and competent technical and administrative decisions for a wide variety of problems.

You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency (knowledge, skills, abilities)in the following areas:
  • Ability to Analyze and interpret data
  • Knowledge of basic surveying principles
  • Knowledge of various geodetic and topographic techniques


GS-04 - 2 years above high school with courses realted to the occupation

GS-05 - 4 year course of study above high school leading to a bachelor's degree with courses related to the occupation

GS-06 - NOTE: Graduate education or an internship meets the specialized experience required above GS-5 only in those instances where it is directly related to the work of the position.

Combining Experience and Education: Equivalent combinations of successfully completed post-high school education and experience are also qualifying. If education is used to meet specialized experience requirements, then such education must include courses directly related to the work of the position.

Other Requirements:
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Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.

You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.

One year trial/probationary period may be required.

Direct Deposit of Pay is Required.

You May Claim Military Spouse Preference.

The Department of the Army provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accomodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the servicing civilian personnel unit. Requests for reasonable accomodations are made on a case-by-case basis.

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

Permanent change of station (PCS) is not authorized

Foreign education must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency in order to be considered for this position. Please include this information with resume.

Defense National Relocation Program will not be authorized

Only degrees from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education are acceptable to meet positive education requirements or to substitutue education for experience. For additional information,please go to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and U.S. Department of Education websites at - and

On your resume, please include college university, dates attended, degree achieved, semester hours earned, GPA, major field of study, 24 semester hours of specific courses and courses hours in your major. Failure to provide this education information on your resume may result in an ineligible rating.

*Work demands and work environment of the position:

The work requires some physical exertion, such as: long periods of standing; walking over rough, uneven, rocky, or slippery surfaces; recurring lifting of light to moderately heavy items weighing less than 50 pounds (i.e., 23 kilograms), such as testing or measuring equipment; and/or regular visits to construction, industrial, marine, or other outdoor sites.

Work involves regular and recurring exposure to moderate risks and discomforts, such as outdoor conditions involving moderate exposure to rain, cold/hot weather, icy streams, and rivers. The work environment requires the employee to stay alert continually and to take special safety precautions including wearing special protective items of clothing.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be reviewed to verify that you meet the basic eligibility and qualification requirements. Your responses to the q uestionnaire will be used to evaluate your relevant personal, educational, and work experiences. Only the most recently submitted resume will be considered.

Basis for Rating : Qualified candidates will be assigned to one of three quality categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified and Qualified. Veteran preference eligibles are listed ahead of non-preference eligibles within each quality category.

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP). The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility, 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. Well-qualified is defined as meeting all of the minimum qualification standards and eligibility requirements as well as possessing skills that clearly exceed the minimum qualification requirements for the position. Under competitive delegated examining, an ICTAP eligible will be considered well-qualified if they attain an eligibility rating of 90 or higher, not including points for veterans' preference. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form. Information about ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at .

BENEFITS: The Department of Defense offers excellent benefits programs some of which may include:
  • Comprehensive health and life insurance
  • Competitive salaries
  • Generous retirement programs
  • Paid holidays, sick leave, and vacation time
  • Flexible work environment to include use of Telework and alternate work schedules
  • Paid employment related training and education
  • Possible student loan repayment
  • Payment of licenses, certification, and academic degrees as applicable
  • Bonuses, incentives, and awards as appropriate for the job.

  • OTHER INFORMATION: • Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees.
    • The Department of Defense (DoD) policy on employment of annuitants will be used in determining eligibility of annuitants. The DoD policy is available at

    • In accordance with section 9902(h) of title 5, United States Code, annuitants reemployed in the Department of Defense shall receive full annuity and salary upon appointment. They shall not be eligible for retirement contributions, participation in the Thrift Savings Plan, or a supplemental or redetermined annuity for the reemployment period. Discontinued service retirement annuitants (i.e. retired under section 8336(d)(1) or 8416(b)(1)(A) of title 5, United States Code) appointed to the Department of Defense may elect to be subject to retirement provisions of the new appointment as appropriate. (See DoD instructions 1400.25, Volume 300, at .)

    • Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.

    • Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid work experience.

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