Civil Engineer (Geotechnical)

Department of the Army Saint Louis, MO
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About the Position:

The Office is located downtown within walking distance of Busch Stadium, home of the Cardinals baseball and Scottrade Center, home of the Blues Hockey team. Located in and around the downtown area are the Edward Jones Dome; the world famous Gateway Arch; St. Louis Zoo and many other attractions. Lambert International Airport has direct flights to most major cities. Train travel is offered by Amtrak. Our employees live in various locations in Missouri and Illinois. Commuting times vary from a few minutes to generally no more than 45 minutes one way. Local transportation is provided by bus and light rail with transportation subsidies available for mass transit users. Parking fees range from $2-$6 per day. There is a 1% city earnings tax charged to all who live or work in the St. Louis City limits. We offer a family friendly work environment with on-site daycare, state of the art fitness center, banking, and dining facilities.

May be selected at either grade level with promotion potential to the GS-12 level.

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* Geotechnical engineer in the field of soils, foundation design and geotechnical forensics.

* Projects often involve large earth or earth-rock dam or navigation control structures with all attendant features, such as railway, highway, pipelines, and bridge relocations.

* Responsible for the planning, development, coordination, oversight, and review of geotechnical engineering and design aspects of risk assessments, studies, and other technical products developed.

* Supports activities related to dam and levee safety portfolio prioritization and risk reduction measures.

* Writes, directs, and reviews the documentation for Architect-Engineer (AE) contracts on assigned projects, which covers scope, engineering criteria and data available, cost estimates, oversight, and quality assurance.

* Conducts geological and foundation characterization investigations for proposed projects and prepares studies and designs as used in preparation of feasibility reports, reconnaissance reports, site selection, and other early planning stage studies.

* Confers with higher authority on problems relating to assigned projects as they may develop in design, specifications or construction stages.

* Geotechnical Consultant providing technical input to legal entities and other federal agencies such as the FEMA, U. S. Bureau of Reclamation, EPA, Federal Aviation Agency and local state, city and county governments, as required.

Travel Required

25% or less - 25% Annual Business Travel

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


* Job family (Series)

0810 Civil Engineering

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* Requirements

Help Requirements Conditions of Employment

* Appointment may be subject to a suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a completed background investigation.

* This position requires you to possess or obtain Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) Level II certification in Facilities Engineering within 24 months.

* Placement at the GS12 level requires current registration/licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE) by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. (Please upload a copy of your license with your application.)

* If selected at the GS11 level, later promotion to the GS12 level will require current registration/licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE) by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico.

* This position requires you to submit a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE450) upon entry, and annually thereafter.

* Work may include frequent lifting of moderately heavy items weighing up to 50 pounds, such as equipment and samples.

* Work may require fieldwork on evenings or weekends.

* Must possess and maintain a valid stateside driver's license.


Who May Apply: Only applicants who meet one of the employment authority categories below are eligible to apply for this job. You will be asked to identify which category or categories you meet, and to provide documents which prove you meet the category or categories you selected. See Proof of Eligibility for an extensive list of document requirements for all employment authorities.

* 30 Percent or More Disabled Veterans

* Current Department of Army Civilian Employees

* Current Permanent Department of Defense (DOD) Civilian Employee (non-Army)

* Executive Order (E.O.) 12721

* Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan

* Military Spouses, under Executive Order (E.O.) 13473

* Non-Appropriated Fund Instrumentality (NAFI)

* Non-Department of Defense (DoD) Transfer

* Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Interchange Agreement Eligible

* People with Disabilities, Schedule A

* Postal Service/Peace Corps and Other Unique Authorities

* Priority Placement Program (PPP), Program S (Military Spouse) registrant

* Reinstatement

* Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) of 1998

In order to qualify, you must meet the education and/or experience requirements described below. 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). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application. Additional information about transcripts is in this document.

Basic Requirement for Civil Engineer, GS-0810:

A. Degree: Bachelor's degree (or higher degree) in engineering. To be acceptable, the program must: (1) lead to a bachelor's degree (or higher degree) in a school of engineering with at least one program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET); OR (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.


B. Combination of Education and Experience: College-level education, training, and/or technical experience that 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. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following:

1. Professional registration or licensure - Current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), Engineer in Training (EIT), or licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE) by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions) are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration. For example, an applicant who attains registration through a State Board's eminence provision as a manufacturing engineer typically would be rated eligible only for manufacturing engineering positions.

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, or Puerto Rico.

3. Specified academic courses - Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and that included the courses specified in A above. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of an engineering program.

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 degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. Ordinarily there should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering-type experience, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions.

In addition to meeting the basic requirement above, to qualify for this position you must also meet the qualification requirements listed below:


Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience which includes geotechnical engineering coordination with multiple engineering disciplines; performing soils and foundation investigations; supporting risk analysis or design evaluations; and coordinating or collaborating with others to ensure project completion/success.

This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the second lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-09).


Education: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in a field which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of the position, such as: civil or geotechnical engineering.


Combination of Education and Experience: A combination of education and experience may be used to qualify for this position as long as the computed percentage of the requirements is at least 100%. To compute the percentage of the requirements, divide your total months of experience by 12. Then divide the total number of completed graduate semester hours (or equivalent) beyond the second year (total graduate semester hours minus 36) by 18. Add the two percentages.


Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience which includes professional geotechnical engineering experience related to civil works dams, levees, and/or similar structures and their relationship with multiple engineering disciplines; performing soils and foundation investigations and design of such structures; performing and leading risk analysis or evaluations; and coordinating and collaborating with others to ensure project completion/success. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-11).

You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency in the following areas:

* Civil Engineering

* Geotechnical Engineering

* Oral Communication

Time in Grade Requirement for GS11: Applicants who have held a General Schedule (GS) position within the last 52 weeks must have 52 weeks of Federal service at the next lower grade or equivalent (GS-09).

Time in Grade Requirement for GS12: Applicants who have held a General Schedule (GS) position within the last 52 weeks must have 52 weeks of Federal service at the next lower grade or equivalent (GS-11).


FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit:

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