Civil Engineer (Geotechnical), GS-0810-13 (TC-DEU)
Department Of The Interior - Lakewood, CO

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Reclamation is a contemporary water management agency that is best known for Hoover Dam on the Colorado River, Grand Coulee Dam on the Columbia River and Folsom Dam on the American River. Today we are the largest wholesaler of water in the country and the second largest producer of hydroelectric power in the western United States. Visit: . View our DVD titled "Traditions, Talent, and Teamwork" at:

Position is being advertised concurrently under BR-DO-2013-013 for current federal employees serving under a competitive service career or career-conditional appointment or reinstatement eligible. If you are interested in applying under both announcement numbers, you must submit application packages for each.

Reclamation is seeking a professional looking for an opportunity to capitalize on his/her expertise as a Civil Engineer. You can make a difference in the West by assisting in meeting increasing water demands while protecting the environment.

Would you enjoy serving as a team leader in the field of Geotechnical Engineering?Responsibilities include planning, organizing, coordinating, and work facilitation for the preparation of designs and specifications for construction and modification of major dam structures.

Here is a great opportunity to join a dynamic water resource organization with excellent opportunities for career growth!

LOCATION: Technical Service Center; Geotechnical Services Division; Geotechnical Engineering 1, Lakewood, CO

Relocation expenses are authorized with the exception of the Guaranteed Home Sale Provision. First-post-of-Duty relocation expenses are authorized for new appointments or reinstatement eligibles.

The position requires a current and valid Professional Engineer's license.

Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement.
  • U.S. Citizenship or U.S. National
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by a background investigation.
  • You must submit a resume and supporting documentation. (See How to Apply)
  • You must meet specialized experience requirements. (See Qualifications)
  • For veterans consideration, submit document(s) under Other Information.
  • Proof of current professional engineering license required.

DUTIES: - Responsible for detailed planning, organizing, coordinating, and facilitating work necessary for the preparation of designs and specifications for construction of major embankment structures, concrete dam foundations, or geotechnical work related to other civil works projects.
- Directs the work of engineers and technicians on large projects.
- Design and analysis of a major embankment structure, concrete dam foundation, or design and analysis of geotechnical aspects of a major non-embankment structure project, including risk analyses of dams and dam foundations for static, seismic, and hydrologic related failure modes.
- Feasibility designs for embankment structure, concrete dam foundations, or foundation designs for non-embankment structures.
- Analysis and design of corrective measures for major geotechnical problems, such as major landslides, canal failures, or land subsidence.
- Ensures detailed technical coordination of engineering work at the designer level.
- Provides continuity to design input from start of specifications design data collection through the design and construction stages to transfer to O&M status.
- Provides technical overview of all components of a design to ensure that project requirements will be fulfilled by the design, that design criteria are consistent for all features of the project, and that design intent is implemented during construction.
- Provides cost-effective, functional, and sound designs that meet safety of dams requirements, and that ensure the public safety.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: In addition to meeting the basic education requirement, all applicants must possess one year of specialized experience. To meet specialized experience, your resume must describe experience that demonstrates the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities as defined below:

GS-13: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level. Specialized experience for this position includes performing geotechnical engineering analysis and design of embankment dams and/or concrete dam foundations. (This should be clearly evident in the application). Additionally, as applicable, evidence of geotechnical report writing, construction support, and design verification, risk analysis for dam safety, and project management for geotechnical engineering of dam projects should also be stated in applicant's resume.

SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR: This position requires a current valid professional engineering license. Failure to provide proof of this license with your application will make you ineligible.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: Applicants must first meet the Basic Education Qualification Requirements listed below:

Degree: professional engineering. To be acceptable, the curriculum must: (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.


Combination of education and experience -- college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following:

--Professional registration -- Current registration as a professional engineer by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions) are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration. For example, an applicant who attains registration through a State Board's eminence provision as a manufacturing engineer typically would be rated eligible only for manufacturing engineering positions.

--Written Test -- Evidence of having successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination, or the written test required for professional registration, which is administered by the Boards of Engineering Examiners in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.

--Specified academic courses -- Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering that included the courses specified in the basic requirements. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum.

--Related curriculum -- Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field, e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. Ordinarily there should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering-type experience, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions. (The above examples of related curricula are not all-inclusive.)

**This position has a mandatory education requirement; you must furnish a copy of your transcript of college work completed (unofficial copy is acceptable). Transcripts must include the name of the college or university and date the degree was conferred. Non-submission will result in you being rated not qualified for the position.

Foreign Education: To receive credit for education completed outside the United States, applicants must show proof that the education has been submitted to a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign educational credentials and such education has been deemed at least equivalent to that gained in conventional U.S. education programs.

You must meet all qualification requirements and any selective factors by the closing date of this announcement.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: Category rating and selection procedures will be used for evaluating this position. If you meet the basic qualification requirements, your on-line responses to the vacancy assessment questionnaire will be used to determine the quality and extent of your experience, education, training, etc., for placement in one of the following categories: 1) Best Qualified, 2) Well Qualified and 3) Qualified. Qualified candidates will be assigned a numerical score on a scale of 70-100 and Veterans with preference will be placed at the top of their respective category. The assessment questionnaire will take you approximately 20 minutes to complete.

Applicants will be further evaluated on the following "Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs)" through your resume and responses to the online questions.

1. Knowledge of geotechnical engineering principles (i.e., soil and rock mechanics, materials engineering, slope stability, seepage, foundations site characterizations) and demonstrated ability to apply this knowledge to the solution of geotechnical engineering problems dealing with embankment dams and/or concrete dam foundations.

2. Ability to plan, organize and coordinate the technical work schedules and budgets (i.e., use project management skills) for the analysis, design, or modification of embankment dams and/or concrete dam foundations, and to technically lead a large group of engineers in such work.

3. Knowledge of laboratory testing, field testing and sampling, and engineering geology applied to geotechnical design and analysis of embankment dams and/or concrete dam foundations.

4. Ability to prepare clear, concise and well organized written materials to clearly and effectively communicate verbally with others using tact, persuasiveness, and diplomacy in conveying information, resolving conflicts, coordinating with others, and presenting alternatives and recommendations.

Applicant’s answers to questions will be verified against information provided in their online resume. Be sure that the resume clearly supports the responses to all the questions by addressing experience, education and/or training relevant to this position. Applicants must make a fair and accurate assessment of their qualifications. If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is apparent in your description of experience, competencies, skills, and/or education/training OR that your resume/application is incomplete, you may be rated ineligible or your score may be lowered.

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BENEFITS: Working for the Bureau of Reclamation offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. To explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees, visit:

OTHER INFORMATION: -Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. For more information visit: .

- Equal Employment Opportunity: The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability and genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.

--This position requires a favorably adjudicated Low-Risk SF-85 background investigation and is a condition of employment.

--Telework Determination: The Bureau of Reclamation has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.

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