Civil Engineering

GS-0810

Position Overview

Civil Engineers at DOI can support offshore renewable energy projects, affect decisions about waterways, storm erosion and fish protection, or ensure the safe and efficient design, construction, operation, and maintenance of major public works projects like dams, bridges, buildings, roads, power plants, and water conveyance systems. DOI’s civil engineers balance development with protection of the environment.

This position is represented at the following bureaus

Bureau of Indian Affairs
Bureau of Land Management
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management
Bureau of Reclamation
Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement
National Park Service
Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
U.S. Geological Survey

Candidate Description

The ideal candidate is a person who can apply their professional civil engineering knowledge to solving complicated technical problems in a team environment. Solving these problems directly impacts our country’s citizens, natural resources and economy, so DOI Civil Engineers must be analytical yet creative problem solvers with an enthusiasm for applying engineering tools to complex and important problems.

Specialty Areas

  • Construction Management

  • Geotechnical
  • Highway
  • Hydraulics
  • Hydrologic
  • Structural
  • Transportation

     

Work Environment

Engineers spend time in office settings and in the field (sometimes in remote or offshore areas)

Minimum Education Requirements

Please see the Individual Occupation Requirements and the Professional and Scientific Positions Group Qualification Standard on the OPM websites.

Career Level Requirements

Responsibilities by Level

  • Entry:

    • Collecting samples
    • Assisting with surveys and tests
    • Drafting reports or illustrations
    • Analyzing engineering problems

  • Mid:

    • Performing engineering analyses
    • Preparing, reviewing, and approving designs, plans or cost estimates
    • Writing technical reports
    • Explaining recommendations

  • Journey:

    • Serving as a technical authority providing expert advice in a specific area
    • Coordinating with stakeholders
    • Resolving unique or novel engineering problems
    • Executing significant projects

  • Senior:

    • Developing, planning and executing complex programs
    • Managing a large technical organization
    • Formulating national policies
    • Delegating and overseeing tasks

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Strengths by Level

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  • Accountability
    Holds self and others accountable for measurable high-quality, timely, and cost-effective results. Determines objectives, sets priorities, and delegates work. Accepts responsibility for mistakes. Complies with established control systems and rules.
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  • Attention to Detail
    Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail.
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  • Compliance
    Knowledge of procedures for assessing, evaluating, and monitoring programs or projects for compliance with Federal laws, regulations, and guidance.
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  • Customer Service
    Works with clients and customers (that is, any individuals who use or receive the services or products that your work unit produces, including the general public, individuals who work in the agency, other agencies, or organizations outside the Government) to assess their needs, provide information or assistance, resolve their problems, or satisfy their expectations; knows about available products and services; is committed to providing quality products and services.
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  • Flexibility
    Is open to change and new information; adapts behavior or work methods in response to new information, changing conditions, or unexpected obstacles; effectively deals with ambiguity.
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  • Influencing/Negotiating
    Persuades others to accept recommendations, cooperate, or change their behavior; works with others towards an agreement; negotiates to find mutually acceptable solutions.
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  • Interpersonal Skills
    Treats others with courtesy, sensitivity, and respect. Considers and responds appropriately to the needs and feelings of different people in different situations.
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  • Learning
    Uses efficient learning techniques to acquire and apply new knowledge and skills; uses training, feedback, or other opportunities for self-learning and development.
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  • Oral Communication
    Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.
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  • Organizational Awareness
    Knows the organization's mission and functions, and how its social, political, and technological systems work and operates effectively within them; this includes the programs, policies, procedures, rules, and regulations of the organization.
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  • Problem Solving
    Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.
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  • Project Management
    Knowledge of the principles, methods, or tools for developing, scheduling, coordinating, and managing projects and resources, including monitoring and inspecting costs, work, and contractor performance.
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  • Resilience
    Deals effectively with pressure; remains optimistic and persistent, even under adversity. Recovers quickly from setbacks.
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  • Teaching Others
    Helps others learn through formal or informal methods; identifies training needs; provides constructive feedback; coaches others on how to perform tasks; acts as a mentor.
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  • Teamwork
    Encourages and facilitates cooperation, pride, trust, and group identity; fosters commitment and team spirit; works with others to achieve goals.
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  • Technical Competence
    Uses knowledge that is acquired through formal training or extensive on-the-job experience to perform one's job; works with, understands, and evaluates technical information related to the job; advises others on technical issues.
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  • Writing
    Recognizes or uses correct English grammar, punctuation, and spelling; communicates information (for example, facts, ideas, or messages) in a succinct and organized manner; produces written information, which may include technical material, that is appropriate for the intended audience.
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