Civil Engineer

$83,615 - $129,261 yearly
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency
  • Sacramento, CA, USA
  • May 22, 2020
Full time Engineering Government

Job Description

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

When disaster strikes, America looks to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Now FEMA looks to you. Join our team and use your talent to support Americans in their times of greatest need. 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 https://careers.fema.gov/ for additional information.

FEMA's Public Assistance Consolidated Resource Center in Sacramento, CA supports communities in their recovery from disasters across the Western United States. We provide Federal disaster assistance in the forms of grants to help local governments rebuild infrastructure after a disaster; to cover the costs of protecting communities before, during, and after a disaster; and to remove disaster-related debris. We're looking for motivated self-starters who strive to provide better products and experiences to communities who need our help. A wide range of positions are available to include grant developers, data analysts, information managers, and cost estimators, architects, and engineers.

Civil Engineer

The ideal candidate can develop cost estimates for repairs and reconstruction of infrastructure, roads, and/or public facilities. The individual will serve as a Civil Engineer at the Public Assistance (PA) Consolidated Resource Center (CRC) and will develop scopes of work and cost estimates for Public Assistance grants. Typical assignments include:

  • Developing cost estimates for repairs and reconstruction of infrastructure, roads, and/or public facility.
  • Reviewing cost estimates from other parties to ensure they are reasonable, accurate, and in compliance with applicable standards.
  • Developing scopes of work for disaster-related repairs and reconstruction of infrastructure, roads, and/or public facility.
  • Providing technical assistance on engineering and construction related policies, procedures, and principles.
  • Identifying missing information and coordinating with counterparts to resolve.
  • Identifying potential eligibility issues and addressing those issues in coordination with leadership in field and Consolidated Resource Center offices.

STAFFORD ACT EXCEPTED SERVICE APPOINTMENTS: Cadre of On Call Response Employee (CORE) is an appointment type granted under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, Section 306 (b), which authorizes FEMA to appoint such temporary employees as necessary to accomplish work authorized under the Act. Appointments under this authority within FEMA are made to the excepted service and are nonpermanent in nature.

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.

Requirements for Applicants

  • 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 ensure you meet the qualification requirements described below:

To qualify for this position at the IC-12 ($83,615) 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 specialized experience. Applicants must meet at least two of the three specialized experience to qualify. Examples of specialized experience would typically include but are not limited to:

  • Developing and reviewing construction cost estimates.
  • Reviewing and validating cost estimates to ensure they are accurate, complete, and within compliance guidelines.
  • Utilizing software to develop cost estimates for infrastructure, roads, and/or public facility.

To qualify for this position at the IC-13 ($99,429) 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 specialized experience. Examples of specialized experience would typically include but are not limited to:

  • Providing technical advice and recommending solutions for infrastructure, roads, and/or public facility construction cost estimates; and
  • Reviewing and validating cost estimates from other parties to ensure they are accurate, complete, and within compliance guidelines; and
  • Providing guidance and oversight in the use of software to develop cost estimates for infrastructure, roads, and/or public facility.

Selective Placement Factor: In addition to the minimum qualifications described above, you must meet the following requirement(s) 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 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)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.
  2. Written test -- Evidence of having successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE)2 examination or any other written test required for professional.

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.

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/DD/YY to MM/DD/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.