US nationals: Geographer

Alexandria, VA, United States 🇺🇸


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Civilian employees serve a vital role in supporting the Army mission. They provide the skills not readily available in the military, but crucial to support military operations.  The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is an innovative, transformative organization providing engineering solutions to customers worldwide. Working at the Corps as a civilian employee means making a direct contribution to war fighters and their families; supporting overseas contingency operations; developing technology and systems that save the lives of soldiers and civilians; providing disaster relief; and protecting and enhancing the environment and the national economy.

About the Position:

The U.S. Army Engineer Institute for Water Resources (IWR) was formed to provide forward-looking analysis and research in developing planning methodologies to aid the Civil Works program. IWR is a field operating activity under the supervision of the Director for Civil Works, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).

IWR fulfills its mission by supporting the Civil Works Directorate and USACE Major Subordinate Commands (MSCs) and District offices by providing: (a) analysis of emerging water resources trends and issues, (b) state-of-the-art planning and hydrologic engineering methods, models and training, and (c) national data management of results-oriented program and project information across Civil Works business lines.

The Institute is the USACE center of expertise for integrated water resources management, focusing on planning analysis and hydrologic engineering and on the collection, management and dissemination of Civil Works and navigation information, including the nation’s waterborne commerce data. It also serves as the Corps Center of Expertise (COE) for collaborative planning and environmental conflict resolution.

This position will be filled on a permanent basis.

Who May Apply: U.S. Citizens


Leads Community of Practice (CoP) and/or Expertise Center (X-Ctr) or Regional Integration (RIT) team(s) within Institute for Water Resources (IWR) enterprise composed of matrix-managed Project-Delivery-Teams (PDTs) on Civil Works policy, planning, and program analysis; R&D on decision-support methods and models; training in water resources planning and transportation; international water resources; and, collaborative problem-solving and strategic thinking on emerging economic, social, environmental and dispute resolution issues. Directs practice communities/teams composed of up to 25 or more highly skilled national-level water resource experts. Builds and enhances expertise levels within purview area(s) across IWR, coaching and mentoring specialists, providing input on employees performance, implementing strategies for policy, analytical and modeling practice and research, and for providing technical direction and advice to PDTs. Assures sufficient depth and breadth of expertise within area of purview, and collaborates with Director on full utilization and development of employee skills.

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • 10% for Site Visits and Meetings

Relocation Authorized

  • No

Job Requirements

Key Requirements


    In order to qualify, you must meet the education and/or experience requirements described below.  Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application.  Diplomas will not be accepted in place of transcripts; transcripts MUST be submitted with your application.  Additional information about transcripts is in this document.


    Bachelor’s degree in geography; or related physical or social science such as geology, meteorology, economics, statistics, sociology, anthropology, political science, history, cartography, computer science, urban studies, or planning that included at least 24 semester hours in geography or related fields.
    Combination of education and experience — Courses equivalent to a major, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. 

    Some Federal jobs allow you to substitute your education for the required experience in order to qualify.  For this job, you must meet the qualification requirement using experience alone–no substitution of education for experience is permitted. 


    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.

    To qualify based on your experience, your resume must describe at least one year of experience which prepared you to do the work in this job.  Specialized experience is defined as: programmatic or project leadership in national or regional flood risk, ecosystem restoration, or navigation programs; policy development for water resources planning, regulation, or operations at the national or regional level; performing flood risk, ecological risk, or stakeholder assessment; development and application of water resource policies, regulations or analytical standards at Federal, state and local levels. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the Federal service (GS-14).

    You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency (knowledge, skills, abilities) in the following areas:

    • Skill in Program and Project Management
    • Skill in Water Resources Planning Methodologies and Technical Analysis
    • Knowledge of Water Resources Policies and Civil Works Regulations
    • Ability to Understand Emerging Issues, Science and Trends Affecting Water Resources
    • Ability to Effectively Lead and Interact with Others

    Foreign education must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency in order to be considered for this position. Please submit your foreign education evaluation with your application.

    Only degrees from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education are acceptable to meet positive education requirements or to substitute education for experience. For additional information, please go to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and U.S. Department of Education websites at – and

    Other Requirements: Click here for expanded definitions.

    • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
    • You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
    • Two year trial/probationary period may be required.
    • Direct Deposit of Pay is required.
    • A Personnel Security Investigation may be required.

    Security Clearance

    Not Applicable