Recent Graduate Job

Vacancy No. SWGJ20XXXXXX6616HS Department U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
Salary $34,916.00 to $92,281.00 Grade 5 to 9
Perm/Temp Permanent FT/PT Full-time
Open Date 1/31/2020 Close Date 12/31/2020
Job Link Apply Online Who may apply Status Candidates
Locations:
CHICAGO, ILOLMSTED, ILROCK ISLAND, ILSCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, IL
BLOOMINGTON, INDUBOIS, INHUNTINGTON, ININDIANAPOLIS, IN
LAGRO, INPERUPOLANDROCKVILLE, IN
BEE SPRING, KYBUCKHORN, KYFALLS OF ROUGH, KYFORT CAMPBELL, KY
FORT KNOX, KYGLASGOW, KYLOUISVILLE, KYMOREHEAD, KY
SASSAFRAS, KYTAYLORSVILLE, KYDETROIT, MIGRAND HAVEN, MI
KINCHELOE, MIDULUTH, MNBUFFALO, NYBATAVIA, OH
BROOKVILLE, OHCINCINNATI, OHCOLUMBUS, OHSPRINGFIELD, OH
WAYNESVILLE, OHDAYTON, OHPITTSBURGH, PANASHVILLE, TN
HUNTINGTON, WVBLOOMINGTON, INDUBOIS, INHUNTINGTON, IN
INDIANAPOLIS, INLAGRO, INPERUPOLAND
ROCKVILLE, INBEE SPRING, KYBUCKHORN, KYFALLS OF ROUGH, KY
FORT CAMPBELL, KYFORT KNOX, KYGLASGOW, KYLOUISVILLE, KY
MOREHEAD, KYSASSAFRAS, KYTAYLORSVILLE, KYDETROIT, MI
GRAND HAVEN, MIKINCHELOE, MIDULUTH, MNBUFFALO, NY
BATAVIA, OHBROOKVILLE, OHCINCINNATI, OHCOLUMBUS, OH
SPRINGFIELD, OHWAYNESVILLE, OHDAYTON, OHPITTSBURGH, PA
NASHVILLE, TNHUNTINGTON, WV


Job Description (Please follow all instructions carefully)
Overview
  • Open & closing dates

    Opening and closing dates 01/31/2020 to 12/31/2020

  • Service

    Competitive

  • Pay scale & grade

    GS 5 - 9

  • Salary

    $34,916 to $92,281 per year

    Salary will be set based upon the grade level at which selection is made.

  • Appointment type

    Permanent

  • Work schedule

    Full-Time

Locations
Relocation expenses reimbursed

Yes - You may qualify for reimbursement of relocation expenses in accordance with agency policy when a permanent change of station has been authorized and determined to be in the best interest of the Government.

Telework eligible

No

This job is open to
  • Recent graduates

    Individuals who have graduated from an accredited educational institute or certificate program within the last 2 years or 6 years for Veterans.

Clarification from the agency

Direct Hire Authority for Recent Graduates

Announcement number

SWGJ20XXXXXX6616HS

Control number

558251200

  • Duties
    Duties Summary

    About the Position: This announcement covers a variety of professional and administrative positions under the Direct Hire Authority for Recent Graduates.

    Applicants must reapply every 90 days to remain eligible for consideration.

    Learn more about this agency
    Responsibilities
    • This announcement will be utilized to fill vacancies at the GS-5, GS-7, or GS-9 level as vacancies occur.
    • Performs a variety of assignments selected to broaden skills and provide practical experience to prepare for progressively more complex assignments.
    • Performs duties in support of well-defined project management assignments to include , control, coordination and execution of portions of District projects and programs.
    • Provides specific services to less complex projects or works on portions of larger projects such as planning, scheduling, estimating, budgeting, change management and risk assessment.
    • Utilizes Primavera P3e software and established Project Delivery Business Processes (PDBP).
    • Executes assigned programs and their documentation requirements to ensure data/document management.
    • Uses basic knowledge of project and program controls and business processes in the execution of environmental, Interagency and International Services (IIS), construction, planning, real estate, operations, regulatory, and/or civil works projects.
    • Applies basic knowledge of established management concepts, principles, methods and practices.
    • Assists with the early development of individual project objectives, milestones, and budgets.
    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Some positions filled from this announcement may require occasional work travel. This requirement will be identified as job offers are made to selected candidates.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    11 - - May be selected at the 5, 7, or 9 grade level with non-competitive promotion potential to the target grade.

  • Requirements
    Requirements Conditions Of Employment
    • A trial or probationary period may be required in accordance with agency policy.
    • Appointment may be subject to a suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a completed background investigation.
    • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
    • Some positions may require one or more of the following: driver's and/or boat license, wear of uniform, drug testing, physical, and/or secret clearance.
    Qualifications
    Who May Apply: To be eligible for consideration you must meet the definition of recent graduate as defined below: Recent Graduate: a person who was awarded a degree by an institution of higher education not more than two years before the date of the appointment of the applicant. Exception: For a person who has completed a period of obligated service in a uniformed service of more than four years, the degree may be awarded by an institution of higher education not more than four years before the date of the appointment of the applicant.

    In order to qualify, you must meet the education and/or experience requirements described below. 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 clearly describe your relevant education and experience.

    For series in the Administrative & Management Position Standards, to qualify you must meet the requirements listed below:
    Realty Specialist:
    GS-5: Three years progressively responsible experience, 1 year of which was equivalent to at least the GS-04 grade level, which includes analyzing problems to identify significant factors, gather pertinent data, and recognize solutions; plan and organize work; and communicate effectively orally and in writing; answering routine inquiries; reviewing, maintaining an electronic or physical file database/system; and using a variety of office automation equipment (e.g. computer, copier, printer, fax machine, etc.) and software (e.g. Microsoft Office Suite).
    GS-7: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 level which includes budget development support, supporting real estate transactions and correspondence, searching and reviewing real estate records and planning documents, participating on project development teams, and using databases and reporting tools to track multiple activities. (e.g. Microsoft Office Suite).
    GS-9: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 level which includes determining necessary lands easement and rights of way for a project; preparing real estate agreements; performing encroachment identification; performing data research for acquisition of leases; managing day-to-day building operations of leased spaces to include amending lease provisions, making payment for contracts, and maintenance expenses; obligating, scheduling, and paying leases based on contract provisions; and inputting lease data in Recruiting Facilities and/or Leased Government Housing databases.

    For series in the Professional & Scientific Qualifications Standards, in addition to meeting the basic education requirement, to qualify you must also meet the requirements listed:
    Engineering:
    GS-5: Basic Ed. Requirement
    GS-7: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 level which includes experience applying basic methods and technical engineering techniques to develop engineering products for civil works projects, specific to the technical discipline under consideration (Civil, Mechanical, Electrical Engineering) or Architect.
    GS-9: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 level which includes experience applying advanced methods and technical engineering techniques to develop engineering products for civil works projects, specific to the technical discipline under consideration (Civil, Mechanical, Electrical Engineering or Architecture ).

    Geologist:
    GS-5: Basic Ed. Requirement
    GS-7: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 level which includes taking samples; handling various types of instruments and equipment; reporting findings orally and in writing; performing field work which includes technical observance of exploration and classification of geologic materials in accordance with field manual; field mapping; and interpretation of data.
    GS-9: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 level which includes performing geological studies and preliminary analyses; performing calculations and applying correction factors; plotting of preliminary prediction values for portions of larger studies; identifying fossils, rock samples, and determining extent of formations.

    Biologist:
    GS-5: Basic Ed. Requirement
    GS-7: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 level which includes using standardized biological practices, principles, and techniques sufficient to assist in the recommendations of planning and implementing environmental, recreational, and natural resource management activities at a water resources project.
    GS-9: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 level which includes using standardized biological practices, principles and techniques in the planning and implementing environmental, recreational and natural resource management activities at a water resources project; experience in natural resource management and related laws, policies and regulations as it pertains to biodiversity, threatened and endangered species, wetland protection, cultural resources and agricultural lease program.

    Geographer:
    GS-5: Basic Ed. Requirement
    GS-7: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 level which includes compiling geographic facts from a variety of specified sources (i.e. drawing from specified maps, charts, and other source materials) in accordance with established procedures and criteria; ascertaining discrepancies in data and remedying simpler ones; and utilizing a variety of basic geographic tools and sources.
    GS-9: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 level which includes experience developing geo-referenced digital databases for use as graphic thematic displays; for incorporation into GIS databases for attribution and analyses, and for inclusion into other existing databases; experience working with digital cartographic data for incorporation into GIS databases.

    Mathematics/Statistics:
    GS-5: Basic Ed. Requirement
    GS-7: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 level which includes statistical work such as preparing cross tabulations or frequency listings of selected variables; and/or analyzing factual information and recognizing significant factors, relationships, and trends.
    GS-9: One year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 level which includes sampling, collecting, computing, and analyzing statistical data, and applying known statistical techniques to data such as measurement of central tendency, dispersion, skewness, sampling error, simple and multiple correlation, analysis of variance, and tests of significance.
    Education

    Basic Education Requirements for positions that fall within the Professional & Scientific Qualifications Standards:
    Engineering; 0810, 0819, 0830, 0850 - Basic Education Requirements
    Biology: 0401 - Basic Education Requirements
    Geology: 1350 - Basic Education Requirements
    Geography: 0150 - Basic Education Requirements
    Mathematics/Statistics: 1530 - Basic Education Requirements

    You may also qualify based upon substituting educational requirements listed below or in combination with the specialized experience noted above.

    For the GS-5 Level the following may be substituted for experience:
    Realty Specialist: Four year course of study in any field leading to a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university.
    OR-Combination of Education and Experience: A combination of education and experience may be used to qualify for this position as long as the computed percentage of the requirements is at least 100%. To compute the percentage of the requirements, divide your total months of experience by 36. Then divide your total number of completed undergraduate semester hours (or equivalent) by 120. Add the two percentages.

    Engineering; Geologist, Biologist, Geographer, Mathematics/Statistics: Basic Education Requirement

    For the GS-7 Level the following may be substituted for experience:
    Realty Specialist: Superior Academic Achievement: Successful completion of all the requirements for a bachelor's degree with Superior Academic Achievement. In order to be creditable under this provision, Superior Academic Achievement must have been gained in a curriculum that is qualifying for the position to be filled, such as that identified in Education above. Superior Academic Achievement is based on: (1) Class Standing - Applicants must be in the upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision, such as the College of Liberal Arts or the School of Business Administration, based on completed courses; OR (2) Grade-Point Average (G.P.A.) - Applicants must have a grade-point average of either (a) 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B" or better) as recorded on your official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or (b) 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 ("B+" or better) based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum.; OR (3) Honor Society Membership - Applicants may be considered eligible based on membership in one of the approved national scholastic honor societies listed by the Association of College Honor Societies https://www.achsnatl.org/).
    OR-Combination of Education and Experience: A combination of education and experience may be used to qualify for this position as long as the computed percentage of the requirements is at least 100%. To compute the percentage of the requirements, divide your total months of experience by 12. Then divide the total number of completed graduate semester hours (or equivalent) by 18. Add the two percentages.

    Engineering; Geologist, Biologist, Geographer, Mathematics/Statistics: One full year of graduate level education in a field which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of the position, such as: engineering, biology, geography, mathematics, statistics, or other directly related degrees.
    OR-Superior Academic Achievement (as defined above)
    OR-Combination of Education and Experience (as defined above).

    For the GS-9 Level the following may be substituted for experience:
    Realty Specialist: Master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D. in a field which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of the position, such as: business, business management, marketing, law, or other related business degrees.
    OR-Combination of Education and Experience: A combination of education and experience may be used to qualify for this position as long as the computed percentage of the requirements is at least 100%. To compute the percentage of the requirements, divide your total months of experience by 12. Then divide the total number of completed graduate semester hours (or equivalent) beyond the first year (total graduate semester hours minus 18) by 18. Add the two percentages.
    Engineering; Geologist, Biologist, Geographer, Mathematics/Statistics: Master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in a field which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of the position, such as: engineering, biology, geography, mathematics, statistics, or other directly related degrees.
    OR-Combination of Education and Experience:(as defined above).

    Additional information about transcripts is in this document.

    FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

    Additional information

    • 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.
    • Direct deposit of pay is required.
    • This is a Career Program (CP) - 18 position.
    • Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.
    • Salary includes applicable locality pay or Local Market Supplement.
    • When you perform a Civilian Permanent Change of Station (PCS) with the government, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) considers the majority of your entitlements to be taxable. Visit https://www.gsa.gov/cdnstatic/FTR%20Bulletin%2018_05%20Relocation%20Allowances_0.pdf for more information.
    • If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.
    • Permanent Change of Station (PCS) allowances may be authorized, subject to the provisions of the Joint Travel Regulations and an agency determination that a PCS move is in the Government Interest.
    • Recruitment and/or relocation incentives may be authorized when an agency determination that authorizing incentives are in the Government Interest.
    • Recent Graduates will be appointed to a permanent, career or career-conditional appointment in the competitive service.
    • May be selected at any grade level with non-competitive promotion potential to target grade. Non-competitive promotion potential to the target grade is based on time-in-grade requirements and demonstrated ability to perform the higher graded duties.
    • Non-competitive promotion potential to the target grade is based on time-in-grade requirements and demonstrated ability to perform the higher graded duties.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Once the announcement has closed, a review of your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be used to determine whether you meet the qualification requirements listed on this announcement. If, after reviewing your résumé and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may lose consideration for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully when applying, errors or omissions may affect your eligibility.

    You should list any relevant performance appraisals and incentive awards in your resume as that information may be taken into consideration during the selection process. If selected, you may be required to provide supporting documentation.

    Background checks and security clearance
    Security clearance

    Not Required

    Drug test required

    No

  • Required Documents
    Required Documents

    The documents you are required to submit vary based on whether or not you are eligible for preference in federal employment. A complete description of preference categories and the associated required documents is in the Applicant Checklist (External)

    As described above, your complete application includes your resume, your responses to the online questionnaire, and documents which prove your eligibility to apply. If you fail to provide these documents, you will be marked as having an incomplete application package and you will not be considered any further.

    1. Your resume:

    • Your resume may be submitted in any format and must support the specialized experience described in this announcement.
    • If your resume includes a photograph or other inappropriate material or content, it will not be used to make eligibility and qualification determinations and you may not be considered for this vacancy.
    • For qualifications determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e., HRS per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). If your resume does not contain this information, your application will be marked as incomplete and you will not receive consideration for this position.
    • For additional information see: What to include in your resume.

    2. Other supporting documents:
    • Cover Letter, optional
    • You must submit a copy of your transcript to determine eligibility under this hiring authority. Further, if you claim qualifications based on education and do not submit a supporting transcript, your education will not be used in making a qualification determination and you may be found not qualified. See: Transcripts and Licenses
    • License/Certification: If the position has a license/certification requirement, you MUST submit a copy of your current, active, valid, unrestricted license/certification. See: Transcripts and Licenses
    NOTE: Documents submitted as part of the application package, to include supplemental documents, may be shared beyond the Human Resources Office. Some supplemental documents such as military orders and marriage certificates may contain personal information for someone other than you. You may sanitize these documents to remove another person's personal information before you submit your application. You may be asked to provide an un-sanitized version of the documents if you are selected to confirm your eligibility.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

  • Benefits
    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.

    https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/

    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 to Apply
    How to Apply

    To apply for this position, you must complete the online questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

    The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on 12/31/2020 to receive consideration.

    • To begin, click Apply to access the online application. You will need to be logged into your USAJOBS account to apply. If you do not have a USAJOBS account, you will need to create one before beginning the application (https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10666616).
    • Follow the prompts to select your résumé and/or other supporting documents to be included with your application package. You will have the opportunity to upload additional documents to include in your application before it is submitted. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
    • After acknowledging you have reviewed your application package, complete the Include Personal Information section as you deem appropriate and click to continue with the application process.
    • You will be taken to the online application which you must complete in order to apply for the position. Complete the online application, verify the required documentation is included with your application package, and submit the application. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.
    • It is your responsibility to verify that your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) is complete, accurate, and submitted by the closing date. Uploaded documents may take up to one hour to clear the virus scan.
    • Additional information on how to complete the online application process and submit your online application may be found on the USA Staffing Applicant Resource Center.

    To verify the status of your application, log into your USAJOBS account (https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login), all of your applications will appear on the Welcome screen. The Application Status will appear along with the date your application was last updated. For information on what each Application Status means, visit: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/how-to/application/status/.

    If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application.

    Agency contact information Army Applicant Help Desk Army Applicant Help Desk
    Address

    GJ-APF-W2SMAA USAED, GR LAKES & OHIO RVR
    DO NOT MAIL
    Louisville, KY 40201
    US
    Learn more about this agency

    Looking for a great place to work? The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is one of the best! In 2016, USACE ranked number two of government large-agency subcomponents! As rated by their employees, USACE supervisors strongly support employee development and opportunities to demonstrate leadership skills, while also maintaining an optimal work/life balance. The Corps offers a team-inspiring and collaborative work environment; providing challenging and rewarding careers across a variety of disciplines.

    Next steps

    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.

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