U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Civil Engineer (Geotechnical) in Sacramento, California

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
2 vacancies in the following location:
  • Sacramento, CA
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Monday 10/17/2016 (8 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 10/28/2016 (3 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Looking for a great place to work? The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE or "The Corps") is one of the best in America! In the last three years alone, USACE has moved up 68 spots in the annual Best Places to Work in government rankings; ranking #111 of 320 agency subcomponents. Also, USACE ranked #128 out of 500 employers on Forbes' "America's Best Employers" of 2015 list. From this list, the Corps ranked #10 in the government services industry, #6 in the federal government, and #8 in the engineering field. Follow this link for more information about the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

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:Sacramento is California's best kept secret. It's a progressive city with great pride in its ethnic and cultural diversity, concern for environmental and social issues, and emphasis on quality in the provision of governmental services. Sacramentoans enjoy professional ballet, opera, theater, outstanding museums, one of the best small zoos in the country, and the NBA's Sacramento Kings. Home to the world's second largest urban forest (behind Paris), Sacramento sits just two hours between both San Francisco and Lake Tahoe, at the base of the Sierra Nevada mountains.

Who May Apply: U.S. Citizens


Serve as Senior Civil Engineer (Geotechnical) in the Section with responsibility for performing more complex work and coordinating the work efforts of up to 4 lower grade engineers engaged in geotechnical design aspects of soils and other earth materials used in the construction and repair of civil works and military projects. Projects include rock and earthfill dams, levees, diversion structures, retaining walls, foundations, pavements, and other civil and military structures. Personally perform work or provide direction to others involving projects with unusual design requirements or features requiring application of unprecedented methods or practices, such as those encountered in the assessment for potential earthquake damage and unique soil conditions.

Travel Required
  • 25% or Greater
  • Business Travel (TDY) may be required up to 30% of the time.
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • Moving expenses (PCS) may be authorized if the selecting official determines it is in the best interest of Army.
Job Requirements
Key Requirements

In order to qualify, you must meet the education AND experience requirements described below. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience. Your our transcripts are required as part of your application. Additional information about transcripts is in this document.

Experience required:

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 describe at least one year of specialized experience which prepared you to do the work in this job. Specialized experience is defined as: Developing plans for and/or overseeing the execution of exploration, sampling, and testing of soils and other earth materials; and providing design guidance by applying knowledge gained from exploration, sampling and testing of soils or other earth materials to the design of civil works and/or vertical construction or pavements.

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

  • Knowledge of Geotechnical Engineering Concepts, Theories and Practices.
  • Knowledge of Military and Civil Works Projects.
  • Ability to Communicate.

In addition to meeting the specialized experience requirement above, all jobs in this occupation must meet the education requirement identified in the assessment questionairre.

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Foreign education must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency in order to be considered for this position. Please include this information in your resume.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 - http://www.opm.gov/qualifications and http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html

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.
  • One year trial/probationary period may be required.
  • Direct Deposit of Pay is Required.
  • Salary includes applicable local market supplement.
  • Further certification for this announcement may take place 90 days from the date a certificate is issued.
  • Must obtain FE Certification level 1 within 24 months of placement.
  • Must possess or be able to obtain and maintain a valid drivers license.
  • May be required to lift 50lbs of soil or rock samples.
  • May be required to work outside exposed to elements and wearing appropriate safety equipment.
Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

If you provided an email address, you will receive an email message acknowledging receipt of your application. Your application package will be used to determine your eligibility, qualifications, and quality ranking for this position.

If you are determined to be ineligible or not qualified, your application will receive no further consideration.

The documents you submit must support your responses to the online questionnaire. If your application contradicts or does not support your questionnaire responses, you will receive a rating of "not qualified" or "incomplete application" and you will not receive further consideration for this job.


The Department of Defense offers an excellent benefits program.In addition to your take-home pay, your comprehensive compensation/benefits package will include most of the benefits described in the USAJOBS Resource Center.

Other Information
  • Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees.
  • If you have retired from federal service and you are interested in employment as a reemployed annuitant, see the information in the Reemployed Annuitantinformation sheet.
  • You may claim military spouse preference, see the information in the Military Spouse Preference Under Delegated Examining Procedures information sheet.
  • Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.
  • Salary includes applicable local market supplement.
  • Further certification for this announcement may take place 90 days from the date a certificate is issued.

Salary Range: $76,142.00 to $98,984.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0810-12/12

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 453478200

Job Announcement Number: WTKC164915601808409D