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* Duties

Help Duties Summary

When disaster strikes, America looks to FEMA. Now FEMA looks to you. Join our team and use your talent to support Americans in their times of greatest need. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) prepares the nation for all hazards and manages Federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. We foster innovation, reward performance and creativity, and provide challenges on a routine basis with a well-skilled, knowledgeable, high performance workforce. Please visit www.fema.gov for additional information.

This individual will serve as a Civil Engineer at the Public Assistance (PA) Consolidated Resource Center. The incumbent will be responsible for developing scope of work and cost estimates for complex, high-dollar grant subawards in compliance with federal rules. The ideal candidate will have experience developing cost estimates in the nonresidental construction. This position starts at a salary of $78,482 (IC-12) and $93,325 (IC-13) and is located in Denton, TX, Winchester, VA, or Sacramento, CA.

Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of the Public Assistance Consolidated Resource Center team within FEMA.

EMERGENCY ASSIGNMENT: Every FEMA employee has regular and recurring emergency management responsibilities, though not every position requires routine deployment to disaster sites. All positions are subject to recall around the clock for emergency management operations, which may require irregular work hours, work at locations other than the official duty station, and may include duties other than those specified in the employee's official position description. Travel requirements in support of emergency operations may be extensive in nature (weeks to months), with little advance notice, and may require employees to relocate to emergency sites with physically austere and operationally challenging conditions.

This position is being announced under FEMA's Cadre of On-call Response/Recovery Employee (CORE) Program. This is a temporary appointment in the Excepted Service, not to exceed 2 years, with the option to extend based on workload and funding availability. Veterans Preference does not apply to the CORE selection process.

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The incumbent will serve as a Civil Engineer and will develop scope of work and cost estimates for complex, high-dollar grant subawards and ensure compliance with Federal laws and regulations. Typical assignments include:

* Processing disaster project worksheets.
* Addressing engineering issues as they arise in the formulation of project worksheets.
* Providing expert technical assistance on engineering and construction related policies, principles, and procedures when these topics arise in PW formulation.
* Providing expert level cost estimating advisory services to different teams in support of FEMA's Public Assistance program.
* Determining requirements and preparing scopes of work and government cost estimates, applying a broad knowledge of methods and standards to address complexities that require adaptation or modification of precedents.
* Evaluating design objectives, performing calculations, identifying the most efficient procedures, and provides professional advice to program staff.
* Working with other team members to assist with technical engineering reports, analysis, appeals, and project worksheets from an engineering perspective.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional non-emergency travel may be required.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply This job is open to…

* U.S. Citizens
* View common definitions of terms found in this announcement.

This announcement will close at 11:59 pm Eastern Time (ET) on Monday July 23, 2018 OR at 11:59 pm ET on the date the 400th application is received, whichever comes first.

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0810 Civil Engineering

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* Requirements

Help Requirements Conditions of Employment

* You must be a U.S. citizen to be considered for this position.
* You must successfully pass a background investigation.
* Travel will be required.
* You must be able to obtain and maintain a Government credit card.
* Selective service registration is required for males born after 12/31/59.
* Please review "Other Information" section for additional key requirements.

Please ensure you meet the qualification requirements described below.


The qualification requirements listed below must be met within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement.

To qualify for this position at the IC-12 ($78,472) level, your resume must demonstrate at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the IC-11 level in federal service. This experience may have been gained in the federal government, a state or local government, a non-profit organization, the private sector, or as a volunteer; however, your resume must clearly describe at least one year of the following specialized experience:

* Writing and reviewing construction cost estimates
* Reviewing and interpreting criteria and regulations related to construction cost estimating
* Experience using commercial cost estimating software to develop construction cost estimating

To qualify for this position at the IC-13 ($93,325) level, your resume must demonstrate at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the IC-12 level in federal service. This experience may have been gained in the federal government, a state or local government, a non-profit organization, the private sector, or as a volunteer; however, your resume must clearly describe at least one year of the following specialized experience:

* Providing technical advice and recommending solutions for complex infrastructure and public facilities construction cost estimates;
* Reviewing and interpreting criteria and regulations related to non-residential construction cost estimating;
* Developing complex technical analyses or responses to cost estimates;
* Advanced user of commercial cost estimating software in the development of complex infrastructure and public facilities construction cost estimates.

In addition to the minimum qualifications described above, you must meet the following basic requirement to be considered qualified for the position:

* Degree: Have a Bachelor's degree in Professional Engineering from an Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) accredited school and/or the curriculum included Differential and Integral Calculus and courses (beyond 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. OR
* 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 professional 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:
* Professional registration or licensure -- Current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), Engineer in Training (EIT)1, 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.
* Written Test -- Evidence of having successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE)2 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.
* 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 the basic requirements under paragraph A. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of an engineering program as described in paragraph A.
* 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 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. (The above examples of related curricula are not all- inclusive.

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 provides valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Your application must show that you meet all requirements for this position. You may be found "not qualified" if you do not possess the minimum competencies required for the position.

NOTE: Qualifications are based on breadth/level of experience. In addition to describing duties performed, applicants must provide the exact dates of each period of employment (from MM/YY to MM/YY) and the number of hours worked per week if part time. As qualification determinations cannot be made when resumes do not include the required information, failure to provide this information may result in disqualification. Applicants are encouraged to use the USAJOBS Resume Builder to develop their federal resume. For a brief video on How to Create a Federal Resume, click here.

Current or former FEMA Reservists/DAE employees: To accurately credit your experience for these intermittent positions, make sure to list the dates (from MM/YY to MM/YY) of each deployment, along with the job title and specific duties you were responsible for during each deployment. Failure to provide this information may result in disqualification.