Engineering Technician (Civil)

Forest Service Custer , SD 57730

Posted 2 months ago

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This position is located in Region 2, Black Hills National Forest, with a duty station of Custer, SD. We may fill up to 2 positions from this vacancy announcement.

This position serves as a Civil Engineering Technician on a Forest Service unit.

For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact Ralph Adam at or .

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Duties listed are at the GS-10 full performance level:

  • Provide technical engineering expertise to manage the road and bridge system including transportation operations, deferred maintenance improvements, maintenance using force account crews, Forest Service and County road agreements, contracts, and partnerships.

  • Supports senior engineer in the developing the annual road operation and maintenance plans and budget.

  • Coordinates with other resource area personnel to assess the road maintenance requirements/needs.

  • Assist in supporting the development of the deferred maintenance project priorities.

  • Assists in the performance of project road design work. Assist in performing technical engineering work on bridges, pavements, drainage structures.

  • Design work includes developing solutions to road-induced resource management problems that are cost-effective and meeting road management objectives and considering resource needs and user needs for safety, travel information, and maintenance.

  • Responsible for the development of a forest-wide road sign plan to implement individual road management objectives, forest plan, and/or travel management decisions.

  • Responsible for road user permits to facilitate access and road maintenance by road users.

  • Responsible for all Emergency Relief for Federal Owned Roads (ERFO) projects.

  • Participate in the review and approval of detailed working plans and specifications prepared by contractors. Specifically, reviews contractor plans and implements procedures to ensure they are in conformance with Forest Service guidelines, procedures, and requirements.

  • Administers construction and maintenance contracts to ensure compliance with the terms and conditions of the contract.

  • Develops the necessary relationships to maximize the county coop maintenance of forest roads under the Forest Road Agreement.

  • Keeps the senior engineers abreast on the need for commercial users' commensurate share for road maintenance to facilitate safety and adequately maintained roads.

  • Monitors and assesses contractors performance and or progress on a continuous basis. As needed, provides technical advice and direction to contractors and resolves complex issues or problems as they arise.

  • Makes minor changes requiring contract amendments and modifications involving adjustments in the contract price or time, and recommends final acceptance of the completed project. Maintain records of all the administration of the contract. Is familiar with the technical aspects of assembling the contract documents.

Travel Required

Occasional travel

  • Occasional Travel may be required for training and/or meetings.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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0802 Engineering Technical

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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

  • Successful completion of a one-year probationary or trial period

Additional Requirements:
Selectee will be responsible for tax obligations related to paymentsfor moving expenses

  • 2017 Tax Cuts and Job Act, Public Law 115 - 97.Questions should be directed to the Travel Help Desk, Option 1, or email .


Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement as defined below. Transcripts must be included to verify education. For more information on the qualifications for this position, go to:

For the GS-7 level: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-6).

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 experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-7).

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 experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-8).

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.

For the GS-10 level: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-9).

Examples of specialized experience are:Conducted a wide range of non-standard surveys and data collection activities to provide data for civil engineering project designs; performed field surveys and collected field data required for engineering plans for design and construction; administered construction and maintenance contracts for projects of moderate complexity; and/or prepared engineering data reports and recommended priorities used in the formulation of cost estimates and bills of materials.

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.

Qualifications Required by Closing Date: To receive consideration for this position, you must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of the announcement.
TIME IN GRADE REQUIREMENT: If you are a current federal employee in the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and applying for a promotion opportunity, you must meet time-in-grade (TIG) requirements of 52 weeks of service at the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the position being filled. This requirement must be met by the closing date of this announcement.


See Qualification Section for Education Requirements

Additional information

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 background investigation.

  • Forest Service daycare facilities not available.

Direct Deposit-Per Public Law 104-134 Federal employees required to have federal payments direct deposit to financial institution of your choosing.

  • E-Verify: Federal law requires agencies use E-Verify system to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires. If you are selected as newly hired employee, documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS E-VERIFY system. Under the system, the new hire required to resolve any identified discrepancies as condition of continued employment.

  • More than one position may be filled from this announcement.

  • Farm Service Agency (FSA) County Employees: Permanent County employees without prior Federal tenure who are selected for Civil Service position under Public Law 105-277 will be given career-conditional appointment and must serve 1-yr probationary period.

  • This agency offers alternative/flexible work schedules.

  • Government housing not available.

  • This is a bargaining unit position represented by the National Federation of Federal Employees.

  • If selected for position with further promotion potential, you will be placed under a career development plan, may be non-competitively promoted if you successfully complete requirements if recommended by management. However, promotion not guaranteed.

  • This position is eligible for telework.

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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 based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the experience, education, and training you described in your application package, as well as the responses to the Assessment Questionnaire to determine the degree to which you possess the knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies listed below:

  • Knowledge of the methods and practices used to support civil engineering projects and operations.
  • Skill in applying technical engineering methods and principles.
  • Knowledge of contract administration.
  • Ability to effectively communicate other than in writing.

Your application, including the online Assessment Questionnaire, will be reviewed to determine if you meet (a) minimum qualification requirements and (b) the resume supports the answers provided to the job-specific questions. Your resume must clearly support your responses to all the questions addressing experience and education relevant to this position. Applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements and are determined to be among the best qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for consideration. Noncompetitive candidates and applicants under some special hiring authorities need to meet minimum qualifications to be referred.

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 disciplinary action up to including removal from the Federal service.

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Drug test required


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Required Documents

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) supervisors 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.

In addition to the above, you must submit the documents below if you claim any of the following:

Current and former permanent Federal employees: 1) Most recent non-award Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) showing that you are/were in the competitive service, highest grade (or promotion potential) held on a permanent basis, position title, series and grade

AND 2) Most recent performance appraisal (dated within 18 months) showing the official rating of record, signed by a supervisor, or statement why the performance appraisal is unavailable. Do not submit a performance plan.

  • Surplus or displaced employees eligible for CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP priority: 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.

Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act Eligible Applicants: Notification of Personnel Actions (SF-50s) showing you have served in appropriate appointment(s) for a period/periods that total more than 24 months without a break in service of two or more years. You must include the initial hire actions, extensions, conversions and termination/separation SF-50s for each period of work;

AND Performance Rating(s) or other evidence showing acceptable performance for ALL periods counted toward the more than 24 months of service. You must provide: 1) Performance Rating(s) showing an acceptable level of performance for period(s) of employment counted towards your eligibility, signed by your supervisor(s); or 2) If documentation of a rating does not exist for one or more periods, a statement from your supervisor(s) or other individual in the chain of command indicating an acceptable level of performance for the period(s) of employment counted towards your eligibility; or 3) If you do not have a Performance Rating or other performance documentation (outlined in 1 and 2 above) for any period that you are using to qualify

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