Engineering Technician (Civil)

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Duties Summary This position is located on the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest with the Technical Services Unit in Laona, Wisconsin.

The Forest Transportation Planner/Road Manager performs a variety of engineering technical duties in the transportation planning/road operation/maintenance function.

For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact Mark Beuning at mark.beuning@usda.gov or 715-362-1377.
Responsibilities The responsibilities listed below are listed at the full performance level. Use technical engineering methods to develop and oversee a road management and integrated transportation system plan for the organization. Develop new or modified transportation or road hazard analysis methods for a forest using knowledge of land management policies, procedures, and regulatory requirements. Design roads and other transportation facilities for timber sales, road maintenance and stewardship contracts. Complete and report annual road condition surveys, road accident reports and bi-annual updates of the road use rules for forest level planning. Identify alternative routes, establish key control points, and develop cost estimates to inform line officers of decisions on route selection and construction. Conduct environmental analysis of impacts of proposed and alternative actions on transportation facilities. Assist in quality control function to assure design and contract drawings and specifications that comply with forest and Agency standards, guidelines and environmental requirements. Verify contractor compliance with the provisions, plans and specifications of the contract for road maintenance plans. Employ geographic information systems (GIS), infrastructure and road databases to provide data for project analysis. Assist in keeping databases current with existing projects and the changes to the transportation system. Use infrastructure and road databases to develop innovative methods, approaches, or procedures for road projects. Use geographic information systems to produce maps and analyze data for project planning and transportation system management. Produce maps and analysis data for project planning and transportation system management. Coordinate transportation input for timber sale transportation planning, road maintenance appraisals and road construction and reconstruction projects. Develop cost estimates and schedules, determine supplemental construction specifications and requirements, and assemble contracts, design changes or modifications for review. Issue start and stop work orders to the contractor for assigned road projects and services. Travel Required Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position. Supervisory status No Promotion Potential 10 Job family (Series) 0802 Engineering Technical Requirements Requirements Conditions of Employment Must be a U.S. Citizen or National. Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service or exempt. Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigation and/or fingerprint check. Successful completion of one-year probationary period, unless previously served. Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial institution. Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit E-Verify. 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.

Specialized Experience Requirement:

For the GS-09 level: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-08); 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; 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.

Examples of specialized experience are: Attending pre-bid and bid opening conferences to discuss principal construction features and requirements, in terms of methods and equipment; conducting detailed site surveys, such as plotting of profiles and cross sections, setting stakes to mark pertinent features, and/or investigating foundation and barrow pits; informing contractor of requirements concerning construction scheduling, progress reporting, safety measures, wage and hour law observance, labor relations, and/or payroll records; and participating in preparation of plans, specifications and cost estimates for modifications to small engineering systems and/or timber sale road packages.

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 Please refer to the Qualifications section. 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.

This position is being concurrently announced under Merit Promotion Announcement Number 19-R9SVMAY-0913-602828G-EW from 09/11/2019 to 09/24/2019. Current or former Federal employees or other eligible applicants may apply to both announcements to expand all possibilities of consideration since different referral criteria apply to each type of announcement. See the above announcement for more information.

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.
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 for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications.

You will be evaluated in accordance with the category rating procedure as defined in the USDA Demonstration Project Plan. Applicants who meet the basic minimum qualification requirements established for the position will be placed in the Eligible category. You will be further evaluated against criteria for placement in the Quality category. This evaluation is based on the level of your experience, education, and/or training as determined by your responses to the Assessment Questionnaire. Individuals with veterans' preference are listed ahead of applicants who do not have veterans' preference within each category.

Note: If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your score may be adjusted to more accurately reflect your abilities, or you may be found ineligible. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Providing inaccurate information on Federal documents could be grounds for non-selection or disciplinary action up to including removal from the Federal service.

To view the application form, visit: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10589266
Background checks and security clearance Security clearance Other Drug test required No Required Documents 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 responsibilities section including work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment; title, series, grade (if applicable); 4) supervisor's 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.

If claiming veteran's preference, you must submit a DD214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty, which shows dates of service and discharge under honorable conditions. If currently on active duty you must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty service under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted. Veteran's preference must be verified prior to appointment. Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's preference and your application will be evaluated based on the material(s) submitted.

If claiming 10-point veteran's preference you must provide the DD214 or certification requirements (see above bullet), plus the proof of entitlement of this preference as listed on the SF-15 Application for 10-point Veterans' Preference. The SF-15 should be included but is not required. Failure to submit these documents could result in the determination that there is insufficient documentation to support your claim for 10-point preference. For more information on veterans' preference visit FEDSHIREVETS.

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

Benefits Benefits A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits. Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
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