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Civil Engineer (Geotechnical)

The US Army Corps of Engineers, New York District is hiring a Civil Engineer (Geotechnical) in New York City, NY. An active Professional Engineering (PE) License is required.

The salary range for this role is $115,118 to $149,651 per year at the GS 13 level. You may be expected to travel for this position. You may qualify for reimbursement of relocation expenses in accordance with agency policy. Hybrid work potential.

*This job is a civilian position and does not require military service (including commission and enlistment).

Interested Applicants must submit resumes/application packages to:
Resume and PE License/Certification required with application. Enter in Subject: Senior Civil Engineer-Geotechnical

  • Civil Engineer (Geotechnical) technical lead and senior designer providing expert technical advice and authoritative conclusions supporting the design and construction of multi-million dollar civil and military works projects.
  • Responsible for the investigation and design of geotechnical aspects of structures and criteria such as, buildings, dams, reservoirs, channels, levees, shore protection, roads, recreation areas, underground structures, and airfield pavements, etc.
  • Develop site characterization studies to include boring layouts, sampling programs, and laboratory and field testing programs. Utilize knowledge of geotechnical engineering principles to determine design properties of soil and rock.
  • Perform review of technical design documents, and evaluate and recommend necessary changes pertaining to the soil mechanics, foundation design and foundation engineering applications.
  • Advise and consult with personnel internal and external to U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, including, A/E firms, other Federal agencies, State and local Agencies, State Dam Safety offices, military installations, and private construction contractors.
  • Ensure compliance with established criteria, sound engineering principles, standard practices, and existing building codes. Detect omissions, discrepancies, inadequacies, and non-conformance with approved criteria.
  • Perform field inspections of proposed or existing works and evaluate design during and after construction.

Conditions of Employment

  • Appointment may be subject to a suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a completed background investigation.
  • You will be required to file a Financial Disclosure Statement, OGE-450, upon entering the position and annually.Business travel requirement is 25%.
  • A valid, state-issued motor vehicle driver's license is required since project sites may be located in remote areas that are not accessible by public transportation.
  • Lifting and carrying equipment up to 20 pounds may be required. Walking on rough terrain may also be required. Must observe all safety rules, regulations and directives applicable to this work requirement.


Recruitment and/or relocation incentives may be offered.

Who May Apply: US Citizens

In order to qualify, you must meet the education and specialized 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 experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application. Additional information about transcripts is in this document.

The duties of this position require the incumbent to be registered as a Professional Engineer (PE). You must possess a current Professional Engineering (PE) License in good standing issued by any one of the 50 states, or its territories. (You must include a copy of your license with your application).

Basic Requirement for Civil Engineer (Geotechnical)
A. Degree: Bachelor's degree (or higher degree) in engineering. To be acceptable, the program must: (1) lead to a bachelor's degree (or higher degree) in a school of engineering with at least one program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (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.
B. 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, or 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 A above. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of an engineering program.
  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 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.

In addition to meeting the basic requirement above, to qualify for this position you must also meet the qualification requirements listed below:
Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience which includes 1) developing and preparing geotechnical engineering designs (plans, specifications, calculations); 2) reviewing complex geotechnical engineering plans, cost estimates, and design analyses; 3) reviewing or preparing contract modifications or changes; and 4) identifying deficiencies or non-conformance to criteria, recommending implementable solutions. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-12).
Specialized experience must be clearly evidenced in your resume.

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:

Interested Applicants must submit resumes/application packages to:
Resume and PE License/Certification required with application. Enter in Subject: Senior Civil Engineer-Geotechnical