<b>Duties</b><br /><br /><b>Summary</b><br /><br />You will serve as a Geotechnical Engineer in the Geotechnical Section of Technical Services Branch, Eastern Federal Lands Highway Division (EFLHD), Federal Highway Administration, located in Sterling, Virginia. The EFLHD is responsible for the Federal Lands Highway design and construction programs in the eastern half of the United States.<br /><br />Learn more about this agency <br /><br /><b>Responsibilities</b><br /><br /><strong>As a Civil Engineer-Geotechnical, you will</strong>:<br /> <ul> <li>Research and study available information such as geologic maps, soil survey maps, aerial photographs, previous geotechnical reports, as-built plans and final construction reports to gather historical data for assigned projects.</li> <li>Plan, coordinate, supervise, and typically participate in geotechnical investigations for roadways and structures using EFLHD subsurface investigation team and/or consultant drill crews.</li> <li>Analyze foundation and retaining wall design and performance using hand and/or computer methods.</li> <li>Perform design and provide technical assistance for construction of ground anchoring systems such as tie back and soil nails and rock bolts.</li> <li>Participate in coordination of EFHLD skid resistance testing program, including preparation of memoranda of agreement, liaison with outside agencies, conducting and/or supervising data collection , preparing evaluation reports, and financial oversight.</li> </ul> <br />The <strong>ideal candidate</strong> for this position has experience in the fields of geotechnical engineering, slope stability /landslide repair and retaining wall design and is interested in a career where they have the opportunity to plan,coordinate, supervise and participate in geotechnical investigations for roadways and structures with the responsibility to manage projects' schedule and budget.<br /><br /><b>Travel Required</b><br /><br />Occasional travel – Some travel is required.<br /><br />Supervisory status <br /> No <br /><br />Promotion Potential <br /> 12 <br /><br /></li> <b>Requirements</b><br /><br /><b>Conditions of Employment</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>You must be a U.S. citizen & meet specialized experience to qualify</li> <li>Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date</li> <li>Review Required Documents Section as documents are required by closing date</li> <li>Direct Hire Authority will be used to fill this position</li> </ul> <br /><br /><strong>CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:</strong><br /> <ul> <li><strong>SELECTIVE SERVICE:</strong> Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for the Selective Service.</li> <li><strong>GOVERNMENT TRAVEL CARD:</strong> This position involves travel. A government contractor-issued travel card will be issued and must be retained for official business only.</li> <li><strong>BACKGROUND INVESTIGATION:</strong> You will be required to complete a background/security investigation and meet preliminary requirements prior to onboarding.</li> <li><strong>DEU REQUIREMENTS:</strong> Applicants selected under delegated examining procedures may be required to successfully complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).</li> </ul> <br /><br /><b>Qualifications</b><br /><br />To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must meet the education and specialized experience requirements for the grade at which you are requesting consideration. <br /><br /><strong> To qualify on for the GS-11 on Experience, </strong>you must have at least one year of experience equal or equivalent to the GS-09, it must include:<br /> <ul> <li><strong>Experience in various geotechnical aspects of transportation projects including the coordination of subsurface field investigations, geotechnical design analysis, and preparation of geotechnical memos and reports.</strong></li> <li><strong>Experience providing recommendations for foundations, slope stability and retaining walls systems to include cost considerations and constructability.</strong></li> </ul> <br /><br /><strong> To qualify for the GS-11 on Education alone, </strong> you must have:<br /> <ul> <li>3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.</li> <li>You can also qualify based on a combination of higher level graduate education and experience. This must be fully supported by your resume and transcripts, provided with your application. </li> </ul> <br /><strong> To qualify on for the GS-12 on Experience, </strong>you must have at least one year of experience equal or equivalent to the GS-11, it must include:<br /> <ul> <li><strong>Experience in all geotechnical aspects of transportation projects which include the coordination of subsurface field investigations, performance of geotechnical design analysis, and preparation of geotechnical memos and reports.</strong></li> <li><strong>Experience in determining foundations, slope stability and retaining walls systems to include cost considerations and constructability while also determining the best approach to carry out to completion.</strong></li> </ul> <br /><strong>You cannot qualify on education at the level, you must have experience.</strong><br /><br />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. <br /><br /><strong>For additional information about applying to Federal positions, please click on the following link: https: www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-policies/#url=e4<br /><br /><strong>Students enrolled in a qualifying degree program can apply if the anticipated graduation date is within six months of closing date of the announcement. Graduation transcript must be received before start date. <br /><br />Other applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.</strong></strong><br /><br /><b>Education</b><br /><br /><strong>MANDATORY EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:</strong><br /><br />All applicants must meet one of the following requirements to qualify for consideration for an engineering position:<br /><br />A. Successful completion of a degree in engineering that: (1) has at least one program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET); or (2) that included differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced that first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials; (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials; and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics; OR<br /><br />B. Combination of education or training: college level education, training and/or technical experience that has furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying 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.<br /><br />The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following:<br />1. Professional registration or licensure – current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), engineer in Training (EIT), or licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE).<br />2. Written Test – Evidence of having successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination, or any other written test required for professional registration by an engineering licensure board in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.<br />3. Specified academic courses – Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences which included the courses as specified in Paragraph A above.<br />4. Related curriculum – Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in an appropriate scientific field, e.g., engineering technology, physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a bachelor's degree in engineering, provided the applicant had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. There should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering type experience. This must be clearly described in your resume.<br /><br />For more specifics, please see the OPM qualifications standard for GS-800: All Professional Engineering Positions qualifications at <strong>https: www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0800/files/all-professional-engineering-positions-0800.pdf</strong><br /><br /><b>Additional information</b><br /><br />Displaced employees may be eligible for ICTAP or CTAP priority consideration. For more information, please review the OPM Employee's Guide to Career Transition .<br /><br /><strong>EEO STATEMENT:</strong> The Department of Transportation (DOT) maintains a model federal work environment that is free of discrimination. DOT ensures equal employment opportunity for employees and applicants for employment, regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), genetic information, age, disability, sexual orientation, or protected activity.<br /><br /><strong>This vacancy may be used by any DOT agency to fill similar positions within 90 days for these locations.</strong> <br /><br /><b>How You Will Be Evaluated</b><br /><br />You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.<br /><br />For this announcement, all applicants will be reviewed to determine if they meet the basic qualifications for this position, specifically the educational and specialized experience requirements. <br /><br /><strong>Applicants will not be rated or ranked. </strong><strong>Veteran's Preference does NOT apply.</strong><br /><br />All applications that are verified to meet the basic qualifications will be referred to the selecting official.<br /><br /><strong>DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE: PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.</strong> All answers provided in the on-line process must be substantiated by a resume. If, upon review, it is determined that your resume and/or supporting documents do not support your answer choices, your application may be removed from consideration.<br /><br />Ultimately, the Automated Staffing Office is responsible for determining an applicant's eligibility. Please ensure that your resume provide enough detail to support your answers to the Vacancy Specific Questions.<br /><br /><b>To preview questions please click here .</b> <br /><br /><b>Background checks and security clearance</b><br /><br />Security clearance <br /> Other <br /><br />Drug test required <br /> No <br /><br /></li> <b>Required Documents</b><br /><br />ALL Applicants must provide a <strong>resume</strong> that fully supports the required specialized experience and was created within <strong>USA Jobs Resume Builder</strong> and respond to the vacancy questions by the closing date of the vacancy. <br /><br /><strong>The following is a list of documents that are only required based on the type of position and consideration for which you are applying. Please review each of the following sections to determine which, if any, additional documents you need to provide with your application.</strong><br /><br /><strong>TRANSCRIPTS – Transcripts are REQUIRED as there is a stated education requirement for the series OR if you are substituting education for experience. The transcripts need not be official,</strong> but must show that you meet the stated education requirements, including specific major or class requirements. <br /> <ul> <li>If you are applying to an engineering position and are qualifying based on possessing a current Professional Engineer (PE) license, or passing the Engineer in Training (EIT) exam, please provide a copy of PE license or written documented proof of passing the EIT.</li> <li>If you have previously held a government position in the same series as this position, you may be able to provide an SF-50 showing that you have already qualified and worked in the federal service in this series. </li> </ul> <br /><strong>VETERANS:</strong> Your last DD214, Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, that shows the type of discharge and all dates of active duty is required to verify your eligibility. It need not be official.<br /> <ul> <li>If you are applying to a vacancy opened to all US Citizens under category rating and wish to be considered as a preference eligible, you need to submit a copy of your DD214.</li> <li>If you are claiming preference eligibility as a disabled veteran, you must submit proof of entitlement of this preference which is normally a valid letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability. An SF-15 is desired, but not required.</li> <li>If you are applying to a vacancy opened Status and you are requesting consideration under Veteran's Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) ( https: www.fedshirevets.gov/job/shav/#veoa ), you need to provide a copy of your last DD214, which verifies your military service dates, reason for separation, OR certification of separation that shows a discharge date within 120 days of the closing of this announcement, and eligibility for consideration under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act.</li> </ul> <br /><strong>NON COMPETITIVE APPLICANTS:</strong> If requesting concurrent consideration for Non-competitive (NC) appointment eligibility, you must provide the appropriate SPECIAL APPOINTING AUTHORITY DOCUMENTS, such as PCS orders (military spouse) describing move & marriage certificate; letter from VA or DD214 describing 100% disability of spouse; letter from State Vocational Office certifying disability (schedule A), etc. For more information, visit military spouse NC appointments or Persons with Disabilities NC appointments.<br /><br /><strong>DISPLACED EMPLOYEES:</strong> If requesting consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency CTAP program (ICTAP), you must meet the well qualified standards for this vacancy (meeting minimum requirements for position and scoring at least an 85 or falling in the Gold Category) and provide all of the following documents: <br /> <ul> <li>your most recent performance appraisal,</li> <li>the proof of eligibility letter from the Agency, and</li> <li>your most current SF-50, displaying current series and grade.</li> </ul> <br /><strong> Failure to submit any of the required documents by the closing date of the vacancy will result in your removal from consideration for this position. Please review your application prior to final submission and ensure you have submitted all appropriate documents. Uploading documents to USAJobs does NOT ensure inclusion with your application to our system. You must verify that the documents are in the system with your application prior to final submission. </strong><br /><br /><b>If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:</b><br /><br />Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education . <br /><br />Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.