U.S. nationals: Research Civil Engineer (Hydraulics)/Agricultural Engineer/Hydrologist

USDA Agricultural Research Service

Stillwater, OK, USA 🇺🇸

Summary

This position is with the Agroclimate Hydraulic Engineering Research Unit of the ARS Oklahoma and Central Plains Research Center in Stillwater, OK

Research scientists have open-ended promotion potential. Research accomplishments and their impact on their field of research are evaluated periodically. The grade level is limited only by the individual’s ability to perform research of recognized importance to science and technology. *Final grade level may be determined by a peer review panel.

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All eligible United States Citizens

Duties

  • Perform research addressing the design and analysis of safe and economical structures including dams, levees, reservoirs, grade stabilization channels, and channels for the conveyance, storage, disposal, and measurement of runoff waters;
  • Collaborate and communicate with individuals including government officials, scientific and academic communities, and scientific organization on information pertaining to understanding, quantifying, and predicting erosion processes;
  • Collaborate and communicate to develop computational models, decision support tools, and cloud-based technologies for monitoring and inspecting?of water resources infrastructure;
  • Collect, analyze, and summarize technical information pertaining to erosion processes to develop and evaluate new and/or improved hydraulic and hydrologic models (e.g. physical or computational), cloud-based technologies, decision support tools;
  • Collect, analyze, and summarize technical information pertaining to erosion processes for the development and evaluation of new and/or best management practices standards, and design and analysis tools for conservation water resources infrastructure;
  • Prepare written work products based on research to be reviewed and/or published in professional articles, publications, and technical abstracts.

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a US Citizen or US National
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be Selective Service registered or exempt
  • Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigation and/or fingerprint check
  • Direct Deposit: 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 at https://www.e-verify.gov/.
  • Successful completion of a three year probationary period.

Qualifications

Specialized experience: In addition to meeting the basic requirements described later, applicants must also meet qualification or specialized experience requirements as stated below. Specialized experience is experience directly related to the position to be filled.

GS-12: Applicants must demonstrate at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-11 grade level in the Federal service or possess a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or possess an equivalent combination of graduate level education and experience. Graduate education must be directly related to the work of the position and must have equipped applicants with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. The specialized experience requirements for the GS-12 level of this position are:

  • Experience producing publications as the primary author or contributor that fill in gaps in an existing theory or framework related to soil erosion processes; geotechnical engineering; rock mechanics; water resources infrastructure including but not limited to dams, spillways, levees, channels, grade stabilization structures; computational and/or physical modeling; numerical modeling, climate change, flood routing; hydrology; sedimentation; or cloud-based technologies for monitoring, inspecting, and/or modeling open channel flow and water resources infrastructure;
  • Experience developing information or providing technical support to research projects;
  • Recognition through citation as a contributor to projects, or peer-reviewed publications and papers in the identified field of research;
  • Presenting information to professional societies in the area of specialization.
  • Developing instrumentation and/or methodology for field or laboratory use to evaluate the performance of soil, concrete, rock, vegetation; geosynthetics, articulated concrete blocks, and/or combination thereof;
  • Experience in performing physical and/or computational modeling; monitoring and inspecting water resources infrastructure; and/or setting up instrumentation and/or equipment including but not limited to gauge wells, stream gauges, magnetic flow meters, sensors, unmanned aerial systems, GPS survey equipment, and/or other cloud-based technologies for field and laboratory research as it relates to engineering principles (e.g. open channel hydraulics, fluid mechanics, geotechnical engineering, erosion mechanics, rock mechanics, reservoir engineering).

GS-13: Applicants must demonstrate at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service. The specialized experience requirements for the GS-13 level of this position are:

  • Producing publications as the primary author that are of interest and value to the field of research as it relates to soil erosion processes; geotechnical engineering; rock mechanics; water resources infrastructure including but not limited to dams, spillways, levees, channels, grade stabilization structures; computational and/or physical modeling; numerical modeling, climate change, flood routing; hydrology; sedimentation; or cloud-based technologies for monitoring, inspecting, and/or modeling open channel flow and water resources infrastructure;
  • Conceiving and formulating research ideas that support or produce studies by others;
  • Developing products in the identified field of research that solve important scientific problems;
  • Being invited to present information to professional societies on technical matters and practices in the area of specialization.
  • Developing instrumentation and/or methodology for field or laboratory use to evaluate the performance of soil, concrete, rock, vegetation; geosynthetics, articulated concrete blocks, and/or combination thereof;
  • Experience in performing physical and/or computational modeling; monitoring and inspecting water resources infrastructure; and/or setting up instrumentation and/or equipment including but not limited to gauge wells, stream gauges, magnetic flow meters, sensors, unmanned aerial systems, GPS survey equipment, and/or other cloud-based technologies for field and laboratory research as it relates to engineering principles (e.g. open channel hydraulics, fluid mechanics, geotechnical engineering, erosion mechanics, rock mechanics, reservoir engineering);
  • Experience in forming and maintaining collaborations with a variety of stakeholders from other federal state, or local agencies, academia, non-government organizations, industry partners, both domestic and/or international.

GS-14: Applicants must demonstrate at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-13 grade level in the Federal service. The specialized experience requirements for the GS-14 level of this position are:

  • Producing publications as the primary author for those that impact the advancement of the field or are viewed as authoritative as it relates to soil erosion processes; geotechnical engineering; rock mechanics; water resources infrastructure including but not limited to dams, spillways, levees, channels, grade stabilization structures; computational and/or physical modeling; numerical modeling, climate change, flood routing; hydrology; sedimentation; or cloud-based technologies for monitoring, inspecting, and/or modeling open channel flow and water resources infrastructure;
  • Conceiving and formulating research ideas that advance the field of science or is used as a reference by other scientists;
  • Experience participating in Symposia that define the state of the discipline or introduce new areas in the field;
  • Experience in forming and maintaining collaborations with a variety of stakeholders from other federal state, or local agencies, academia, non-government organizations, industry partners, both domestic and/or international;
  • Experience managing a research program, including personnel, equipment and fiscal resources;
  • Experience supervising employees, to include setting performance standards, monitoring performance and guiding subordinates.

GS-15: Applicants must demonstrate at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-14 grade level in the Federal service. The specialized experience requirements for the GS-15 level of this position are:

  • Experience in research and reputation serve as a recruiting tool to your organization;
  • Experience in research had led to national/international recognition as an authority and leader in the field;
  • Experience in research has led to awards, honors, or other recognition from major national and international organizations;
  • Experience in forming and maintaining collaborations with a variety of stakeholders from other federal state, or local agencies, academia, non-government organizations, industry partners, both domestic and/or international.
  • Experience managing a research program, including personnel, equipment and fiscal resources;
  • Experience supervising employees, to include setting performance standards, monitoring performance and guiding subordinates

Applicants must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of the announcement.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs and other organizations. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

It is recommended that you submit a one-page abstract of your MS thesis and/or Ph.D. dissertation. Failure to do so could result in loss of your consideration/referral. Also, please submit a list of names, addresses, and phone numbers of persons familiar with your stature, contributions, recognition; any honors or awards received; memberships in professional or honor societies; invitations to make presentations at scientific/technical meetings; scientific society office and committee assignments; presentations (other than invitation); and publications.

Education

In addition to the specialized experience as outlined above, applicants must also meet minimum education requirements.

Minimum qualification requirements are found in the OPM Qualification Standards Operating Manual for General Schedule Positions.

Basic Requirements

Engineering (0810/0890) Degree: Engineering. To be acceptable, the program must:
(1) lead to a bachelor’s degree in a school of engineering with at least one program accredited by 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. 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 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, and 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 the basic requirements. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of an engineering program as described above.
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 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.)

Hydrology(1315) Degree: physical or natural science, or engineering that included at least 30 semester hours in any combination of courses in hydrology, the physical sciences, geophysics, chemistry, engineering science, soils, mathematics, aquatic biology, atmospheric science, meteorology, geology, oceanography, or the management or conservation of water resources. The course work must have included at least 6 semester hours in calculus (including both differential and integral calculus), and at least 6 semester hours in physics. Calculus and physics, as described above, are requirements for all grade levels OR
Combination of education and experience — course work as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

Additional information

Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP), Reemployment Priority List (RPL), or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP): Visit the OPM website for information on how to apply as a CTAP, RPL, or ICTAP eligible. To exercise selection priority for this vacancy, CTAP/RPL/ICTAP candidates must meet the basic eligibility requirements and all selective factors. CTAP/ICTAP candidates must be rated and determined to be well qualified (or above) based on an evaluation of the competencies listed in the How You Will Be Evaluated section. When assessed through a score-based category rating method, CTAP/ICTAP applicants must receive a rating of at least 71 out of a possible 100.Recruitment or Relocation Incentive may be authorized. Final determination to pay an incentive will be made by the hiring official at time of job offer.

This position may be eligible to telework based upon the duties of the position. This position may also be eligible for flexible work arrangements as determined by agency policy and any applicable collective bargaining agreements.

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. Opens in a new windowLearn 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.

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 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. Eligible applicants 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. Applicants 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.

Clicking the link below will present a preview of the application form; i.e. the online questionnaire. The application form link below will only provide a preview and does not initiate the application process. To initiate the online application process, click the “Apply” button to the right.

To view the application form, visit:https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/11747240

Required Documents

The following documents are required for your applicant package to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, 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 major duties including work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment; title, series, grade (if applicable); 4) 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 if it includes your name and the necessary course information; 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. For a list of private organizations that evaluate education, visit the NACES website. 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.

How to Apply

Please read the entire announcement and all instructions before you begin. You must complete this application process and submit all required documents electronically by 11:59p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement.

Applying online is highly encouraged. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 8:00a.m. – 4:00p.m., Monday – Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, contact the Agency Contact listed below well before the closing date for an alternate method. All hardship application packages must be complete and submitted no later than noon ET on the closing date of the announcement in order to be entered into the system prior to its closing.

This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities on a case-by-case basis; contact the Agency Contact to request this.

To begin, click “Apply” and follow the instructions to complete the Assessment Questionnaire and attach your resume and all required documents.

NOTE: Please verify that documents you are uploading from USAJOBs transfer into the Agency’s staffing system as there is a limitation to the number of documents that can be transferred. However, once in the Agency’s staffing system, you will have the opportunity to upload additional documents. Uploaded resumes must be less than 5MB and in one of the following document formats: GIF, JPG, JPEG, PNG, RTF, PDF, TXT or Word (DOC or DOCX). Do not upload Adobe Portfolio documents because they are not viewable.

Agency contact information

 Kent Amott

Phone: 970-492-7037

Email: kent.amott@usda.gov

Address

Agricultural Research Service
2150 Centre Avenue
Building D, Suite 300
Fort Collins, CO 80526
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