These positions are to be filled under the OPM Government-Wide Direct Hire Authority Certain STEM Positions for grades GS 11-15. This serves as a public notice for the use of the Direct Hire Authority in accordance with 5 U.S.C. 3327 and 3330 and 5 CFR 330. Under this recruitment procedure, applications will be accepted for each location/ installation identified in this Public Notice. There may or may not be actual/projected vacancies at the time you submit your application.
This series covers positions managing, supervising, leading, and/or performing professional engineering and scientific work involving:
- construction, renovation, inspection, decommissioning, and/or demolition of structures, infrastructures, and their environmental systems above or under the earth's surface;
- investigation and evaluation of the earth's physical, natural, and man-made features; and/or
- transportation, utilities, building and construction industries.
Civil engineering work involves the generation and/or application of theories, principles, practical concepts, and processes related to:
- The science of civil engineering (including its materials, methods, systems, industry codes, and procedures) and the other traditional engineering science disciplines (e.g., mechanical, electrical, chemical);
- The art, techniques, and engineering design standards for the building, transportation, public works, and construction industries;
- Physical science disciplines (e.g., physics, chemistry, and materials science), advanced mathematics, and social science disciplines (e.g., economics and community planning); and/or
- Critical inquiry and scientific methodology.
As a Civil Engineer, at minimum you will:
- Provide advisory services in the planning and design process, and engineering management services for design, construction, sustainment, and decommissioning projects.
- Interpret design documents and oversee the proper execution of construction work.
- Participate in original and applied research activities conducted in laboratory settings or for organizations primarily concerned with testing, technology transfer activities, materials and instrumentation development, and modeling and computational analysis.
You must meet the Basic Requirement listed in the "Education Requirements" section and the "Specialized Experience" to qualify for this series as described below.
SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
The specialized experience listed are the minimum requirements for the series, each particular vacancy may have additional experience necessary to meet the applicable grade level.
A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for these positions are defined as:
GS-11: Applicants must possess one year of specialized experience to at least the (GS-09) grade level under the General Schedule (GS) or other pay systems. Examples of specialized experience performing such duties as assisting and/or participating in design work for new construction, renovations, and improvements to real property facilities, including utility systems, small, routine projects or portions of large, complex projects; participating in technical review of design calculations, analyses, drawings, and specifications; participating in the preparation of information using computer/computer aided software, etc., to solve engineering problems, statements of work; reviews system design calculations, costs estimates, analyses, drawings and specifications to ensure compliance with project requirements.
3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree
Ph.D or Equivalent doctoral degree
A combination of education and experience.
GS-12: Applicants must possess one year of specialized experience to at least the (GS-11) grade level under the General Schedule (GS) or other pay systems. Examples of specialized experience such as applying engineering theories, concepts, principles, standards and methods; assisting in preparing specifications and guides related to technical program data; preparing technical reports as it relates to engineering sites, facilities, equipment, and components; performing duties as providing project management services for infrastructure maintenance, construction, and improvements for diverse projects (.i.e. irrigation system, animal waste management system, runoff water control measures, sediment control structures, irrigation water reservoirs and distribution system, bioengineering work, and land grading jobs) .
NOTE: There is no substitution of education for specialized experience at the GS-12 level.
GS-13: Applicants must possess one year of specialized experience to at least the (GS-12) grade level under the General Schedule (GS) or other pay systems. Examples of specialized experience is defined as performing duties that demonstrate ability applying comprehensive engineering theories, concepts, principles, standards, and methods; producing detailed designs and provide advice on concrete and reinforcing designs (e.g. hydraulic designs, and soil and foundation mechanics); negotiate cost of minor changes with contractor representatives; and anticipate, evaluate, and resolve problems and issues affecting the quality, scheduling, budgeting, or progress of work performed in completing projects; etc.
NOTE: There is no substitution of education for specialized experience at the GS-13 level.
GS-14: Applicants must possess one year of specialized experience to at least the (GS-13) grade level under the General Schedule (GS) or other pay systems. Specialized experience is providing on-site assistance in resolving engineering problems such as difficult foundation conditions, challenging waste management systems, complex drainage and irrigation systems, etc.; interpreting technical policy, procedures, design criteria, payment schedules, standards and specifications for field office personnel and engineers of a lower grade; leading engineering surveys and soil mechanics investigations required for the planning, design, and construction of very complex engineering structures and systems implemented for natural resources programs; advising program management personnel involved in the development of the project requirements for complex services, construction and supplies.
NOTE: There is no substitution of education for specialized experience at the GS-14 level.
GS-15: Applicants must possess one year of specialized experience to at least the (GS-14) grade level under the General Schedule (GS) or other pay systems. Specialized experience is applying new developments and experienced judgement to solve novel or obscure problems; ability to extend and modify existing techniques; and developing new approaches for use by other technical experts in providing structurally sound an secure facilities and infrastructure; performing technical review of design calculations, analyses, drawings, and specifications; preparing project time schedules and costs estimates; and reviews system design calculations, costs estimates, analyses, drawings and specifications to ensure compliance with project requirements.
NOTE: There is no substitution of education for specialized experience at the GS-15 level.
Experience" refers to paid and unpaid experience. Examples of qualifying unpaid experience may include: volunteer work done through National Service programs (such as Peace Corps and AmeriCorps); as well as work for other community-based philanthropic and social organizations. 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.
OPM Qualification Standards for the GS-0810 series can be found at the following website: OPM Qualification Standards for the GS-0810 series.
CTAP/ICTAP candidates: To be considered "well qualified" you must meet all of the requirements as described in this section.
This public notice may be used to fill multiple positions as needed; therefore, applicants must meet the qualifications at the time the applications are reviewed.
FEDERAL REQUIRMENT FOR COVID-19 VACCINATION:
As required by Executive Order 14043, Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If you are selected for this position, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 by November 22, 2021, or prior to onboarding, if hired after November 22, unless you request a legally required exception from this requirement.
As part of onboarding, you will need to submit DOE's Certification of COVID-19 Vaccination for Prospective Federal Employees attesting to truthfulness that you are fully vaccinated by November 22, 2021, or prior to onboarding, if hired after November 22, 2021. Once onboard, you will then be required to provide proof of vaccination in DOE's MyEnergy system and certify the documentation you provide is true and correct under penalty of perjury. Providing a knowing and willful false statement on either DOE's COVID-19 Vaccination Form prior to starting or when providing proof of vaccination in DOE's MyEnergy system once onboard is punishable by fine and/or imprisonment (18 U.S.C. 1001) and will result in termination from Federal service.