Employment with Seattle District

The Seattle District is continually seeking to fill a wide variety of professional, technical, skilled and administrative support positions.

Positions are available in the fields of engineering, project management, science, trades and crafts. Specific engineering disciplines include civil, mechanical, electrical and hydraulics. Scientist positions include geologists, hydrologists, biologists, environmental resources specialists and archeologists.

Other occupational areas we employ include contract specialists, real estate specialists, administrative support specialists, park rangers, accountants, mechanics, electricians and planners.

Staff members are involved in every aspect of project planning, investigation, design, technical review, construction and operation. District projects and staff have received national recognition for projects ranging from natural resources management to military project management and design.

District employees work in locations across the Northwest, including Seattle, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Idaho and Montana. Employees seeking travel opportunities can compete for Corps positions at various overseas locations, including Europe and Asia.

Applying for positions with the federal government requires some patience because of the many rules that must be followed to ensure fairness and selection of the most qualified applicants. Application procedures also vary somewhat depending on the type of position for which you are applying.

Specific job announcements for a variety of careers can be accessed through the Office of Personnel Management’s Website at http://www.usajobs.gov

Also, many of the district’s student positions are on-line at http://www.nws.usace.army.mil under "Employment" and "Student and Intern Employment Opportunities."

Direct Hiring Authority (DHA) Announcements

Recent Graduate – Interdisciplinary Engineer, GS - 0801, 0808, 0810, 0830, 0850 - GS-05 or GS-07 with promotion potential to GS- 09/11/12

Direct Hire Authority (DHA) Announcement Recent Graduate
Construction Division, Construction Support
Branch, Construction Technical Quality Section
Seattle District

Open Date: 4 April 2022

Closing Date: 30 April 2022

Position Title: Recent Graduate – Interdisciplinary Engineer, GS - 0801, 0808, 0810, 0830, 0850 - GS-05 or GS-07 with promotion potential to GS- 09/11/12

Location: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle District, Construction Division, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA

*Applications will be accepted via email*

Duties: Serves as an Interdisciplinary Engineer. At the developmental level, you will receive training and closer supervision until you reach the target grade (GS-12).

Duties of this position include, but are not limited to:

• Assists in the negotiations of modifications to include review of the plan and specifications, assisting review and developing cost estimates, reviewing and preparation of draft modification requests for proposals, draft pre-negotiation objectives, draft pre-negotiation memorandums and participates in negotiations. Assists with reviews of correspondence, sketches, fragnets, and similar data submitted by a contractor to substantiate a request for modification of a contract. Assist with take-off quantities to verify accuracy of amounts shown by using elementary algebra, and geometry, in addition to arithmetic.

• Assists in review of submittals and maintains submittal logs. Performs initial review of contractor submittals comparing information on submittals to the contract documents. Prepares transmittal documents and assists in determining proper processing of submittals. Maintains tracking system to ensure timely processing.

• Assists project engineer in the review of contractor's progress payments. Performs initial review of contractor's payment estimate. Assists in the computation of payment quantities for the purpose of verifying contractor pay requests to verify quantities by actual field survey measurements.

• Reviews contract plans, specifications, shop drawings and similar information. Extracts data, makes necessary computations, and confers with interested personnel to coordinate the work.

• Reviews CADD drawings related to construction as-builts for conformance to drafting standards and the construction field as-builts (red line drawings) to verify accuracy of the as-built CADD files and notify supervisor of discrepancies.

• Assist in providing construction inspection to ensure contractor's work complies with plans, specifications, and all relevant codes. Assist project staff with answering contractor Requests for Information and assist with review of construction submittals and shop drawings.

Who May Apply:  This Direct Hiring Authority (DHA) allows qualified candidates to be appointed under this authority to permanent positions in the competitive service.  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. NOTE: Management will consider applications from students who expect to complete qualifying  education no later than 30 June 2022. Degrees need to be conferred no later than 30 June 2022.

QUALIFICATIONS: 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.

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 inTraining (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.

A. Degree: architecture; or related field that included 60 semester hours of course work in architecture or related disciplines of which at least (1) 30 semester hours were in architectural design, and (2) 6semester hours were in each of the following: structural technology, properties of materials and methods of construction, and environmental control systems.

B. Combination of education and experience -- college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the arts and sciences underlying professional architecture, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the architectural principles, methods, and techniques and their applications to the design and construction or improvement of buildings. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by at least one of the following:

1.Related Curriculum: Degree in architectural engineering may be accepted as satisfying in full the basic requirements, provided the completed course work in architectural engineering provided knowledge, skills, and abilities substantially equivalent to those provided in the courses specified in paragraph A. The curriculum for a degree in either architecture or architectural engineering covers function, esthetics, site, structure, economics, mechanical-electrical, and other engineering problems related to the design and construction of buildings primarily (but not exclusively) intended to house human activities. The courses required for a degree in architecture generally place emphasis upon planning, esthetics, and materials and methods of construction, while the courses for an architectural engineering degree place equal or greater weight on the technical engineering aspects such as structural systems, mechanical systems, and the properties of materials. Because of this difference in emphasis, persons with degrees in architecture may have a preference for work assignments that offer greater opportunities for them to express their artistic and creative abilities. As a result, they may be more concerned with planning and design aspects of architecture, and persons with degrees in architectural engineering may be more engaged in aspects emphasizing technical engineering considerations.

2. Experience: An applicant lacking a degree in architecture must have had l year of experience in an architect's office or in architectural work for each year short of graduation from a program of study in architecture. In the absence of college courses, 5 years of such experience is required. This experience must have demonstrated that the applicant has acquired a thorough knowledge of the fundamental principles and theories of professional architecture.


FOR THE GS-05 LEVEL: Meeting the Basic Requirement above qualifies you for the GS-05 level.

FOR THE GS-07 LEVEL: Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience is defined as assisting senior engineers or
architects on inspections and reviewing information related to construction projects and resources. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the second lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-05).


Education: 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.


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:


(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:


(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/).


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.

-Must Obtain and maintain a valid state driver’s license.

- Moving assistance is NOT authorized.- Recruitment and other Incentives may be authorized

HOW TO APPLY: This is a DHA for Recent Graduate announcement for a permanent position at the GS-05 or 07 grade level with non-competitive promotion potential through intervening grades of GS-09/11/12.


1.Cover Letter (Optional)
3.Transcripts (An unofficial copy of current transcripts is acceptable)

SEND THE ABOVE ITEMS VIA EMAIL TO: mindy.s.kincaid@usace.army.mil
Point of Contact: Mindy S. Kincaid, (206) 422-0579