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."

Priority Position List

Direct Hire Authority Public Notice - Architect

Recruiting applicants for civilian architects with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle District.  

POSITION: Architect, GS‐0808‐11 APPOINTMENT: Permanent [GS‐11 similar to AIA defined Architect/Designer 1‐3].
                   Architect, GS‐0808‐12 APPOINTMENT: Permanent [GS‐12 similar to AIA defined Architect 1‐3]. 

Vacancy opening and closing dates: 18 July, 2022 – 05 August, 2022. 

PAY RANGE: GS‐11: $73,098 ‐ $95,022.

                       GS‐12:  $87,614‐ $113,902.

(Pay will be based on such factors as your qualifications, education, experience, training, and availability of funds. Current Federal Employees applying under this notice will have their pay set in accordance with local pay setting policy).

GENERAL POSITION DUTIES: As a support Architect, you will support the design, development and review of drawings, manuals, and specifications for various worldwide facilities. Architectural projects include housing facilities, dining facilities, child development centers, hospitals, safety and protection criteria, and historical preservation. Evaluates A‐E design proposals and assists in negotiations of A‐E design services.

RESUMES: Resumes must meet this criteria to be considered:
Do not include photos, social security numbers, or classified information on resumes.
Individuals must possess and show previous experience in Architectural Design.

EVALUATIONS: Candidates will be evaluated in accordance with the qualification and eligibility requirements set forth by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) located at https://www.opm.gov/policy‐data‐oversight/classification‐qualifications/general‐schedulequalification‐standards/#url=GS‐PROF 

Resumes for applicants not selected for this position may be forwarded for consideration of other positions. Applicants must meet the basic education requirements for the occupational series listed for this position. The links listed below will take you to the Office of Personnel Management page that outlines these requirements.

ARCHITECT (0808): Architecture Series 0808 (opm.gov)

FOR THE GS‐11 LEVEL: In addition to meeting the basic requirement above, to qualify for this position you must also meet the qualification requirements listed below:

Specialized Experience GS‐11: One year of specialized experience which includes experience supporting design and documentation effort for buildings and architectural systems for new and remodeled commercial facilities; AND demonstrates proficiency in the use of BIM software (Revit or equivalent) AND experience in providing visual communication techniques such as digital or hand rendering to support lead designer with materials to communicate design intent AND participate during construction phase such as researching response criteria to support answering RFI's, change orders or other construction related communication. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the second lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS‐9).


Education: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 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: Architecture.


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 second year (total graduate semester hours minus 36) by 18. Add the two percentages.

FOR THE GS‐12 LEVEL: In addition to meeting the basic requirement above, to qualify for this position you must also meet the qualification requirements listed below:

Specialized Experience GS‐12: One year of specialized experience which includes experience providing full design and documentation effort for buildings and architectural systems for new and remodeled commercial facilities that can include multiple story structures; AND demonstrates proficiency in the use and implementation of BIM software (Revit or equivalent) AND proficiency in providing visual communication techniques such as Adobe Creative Suite or hand rendering to generate supplementary materials to communicate design intent AND manage design effort during construction phase such as responding to RFI's, change orders or other construction related communication. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS‐11).

AREA OF CONSIDERATION: All eligible for the Direct Hire Authority (DHA) for Certain Competitive Positions. This Direct Hiring Authority (DHA) allows qualified candidates to be appointed under this authority for GS‐15 and below (or equivalent pay  plans/grades, to include wage grade) for permanent, term or temporary positions in the competitive service.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: This position has requirements which must be met prior to employment, and conditions for continued employment.

  • Must have or be able to obtain a valid state driver’s license within 1 year of being appointed.
  • Business travel (TDY) may be required up to 10% of the time.
  • All positions require the applicant to be a citizen of the United States.
  • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, are required to register for Selective Service prior to appointment.
  • A two year probationary period may be required.
  • All positions are subject to background investigation, to include fingerprinting.


  • Moving assistance is not authorized.
  • The following incentives may be authorized: Student Loan Repayment, Advanced Inhire,
  • Relocation Incentive, Recruitment Incentive or Advanced Leave Accrual.
  • Candidate may be selected at any grade level with non‐competitive promotion potential to target grade (GS‐12). Non‐competitive promotion potential to the target grade is based on time‐in‐grade requirements and demonstrated ability to perform the higher
  • graded duties.
  • Eligible for situational telework only, including emergency and OPM prescribed "unscheduled."
  • Information may be requested regarding the vaccination status of selectees for the purposes of implementing workplace safety protocols. For more information, visit https://www.saferfederalworkforce.gov/faq/vaccinations/ 

HOW TO APPLY: Anyone wishing consideration for this opportunity must submit the following via email to Darwin Porter. Include the subject line: NWS Architect GS11/GS12
1. Cover Letter (Optional)
2. Resume
3. Transcripts (An unofficial copy of current transcripts is acceptable). 

Send the above items via email to: Ms. Darwin Porter, Chief, Architecture/Structures Section, Seattle District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers darwin.d.porter@usace.army.mil or (206) 764‐6554. 


In Demand Positions

These positions and many more opportunities within the Pacific Northwest can be found by searching: USA Jobs

When applying, make your resume searchable - this allows our hiring managers and/or recruiters to locate and download your resume for consideration, as future positions become vacant.

For information about working in our district, please visit: Seattle District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers


  • Electrician Series: WY-2805-08/ WY-2805-10 $29.03 - $36.54/hr 

Location: Mud Mountain Dam, Enumclaw, WA

Serves as the journeyman Electrician at an exciting flood control dam, Mud Mountain Dam just east of Enumclaw, WA. Responsible for the operation, maintenance and repair of all electrical equipment and systems at assigned installation(s). Implements and maintains a program of scheduled inspections, test operations, preventive maintenance and repair/replacement of electrical dam equipment and controls. 

This vacancy is listed on USAJobs and you can also contact the hiring manager directly at: kevin.s.heape@usace.army.mil with your contact information, statement of interest, and your resume.


  • Laborer Series: WY-3502-03 $21.17 - $24.71/hr TEMPORARY Vacancies: Four (4)  

Location: Mud Mountain Dam Fish Passage Facility, Buckley, WA

Work at the Nation’s largest trap and haul fish passage facility supporting Mud Mountain Dam. Operates various mechanical equipment and systems of the facility, identifies fish by species and maintain accurate records, performs duties in support of the operation and maintenance of the facility including operating equipment, maintains workspaces, moving equipment and cargo.  Majority of work is outdoors.

This vacancy is listed on USAJobs and you can also contact the hiring manager directly at: kevin.s.heape@usace.army.mil with your contact information, statement of interest, and your resume.


  • Lock & Dam Operator  Series: WY-5426-03/05/06/07/08  $21.72 - $33.87/hr

Location: Lake Washington Ship Canal, Seattle, WA

Help commercial and recreational boats lock through the Ballard Locks!  Incumbent participates in a formalized training and development program for lock and dam operator personnel that includes on-the-job training, classroom instruction, and related correspondence courses. As a trainee at a Corps of Engineers navigation facility within the Inland Marine Transportation System (IMTS), participates in essentially all aspects of site activity involving operation and maintenance of electrically/electronically or hydraulically controlled lock gates, control valves and related equipment such as dam gates inclusive of manually operated wicket gates at sites where they exist, and other site structures and facilities such as lock buildings, lighting systems, grounds maintenance. Employees may be assigned to shift work; shift schedules vary by work location.

The job is listed on USAJobs and you can also contact the hiring manager directly at Nicole.j.iredale@usace.army.mil with your contact information, statement of interest, and your resume.


  • Lock & Dam Mechanic Series: WY-5318-10  $31.25 - $36.54/hr

Location: Lake Washington Ship Canal, Seattle, WA

Join our great team and maintain this beautiful historic structure by serving as equipment mechanic at the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks (Ballard Locks). Conduct maintenance and repairs on all lock operating equipment, spillway, pumping plant, fish ladder and garden machinery. This includes (but is not limited to): two 30-inch centrifugal pumps, 6 capstans for pulling tows through locks or closing gates, Lock Gate Valves, 75 ton stiff leg crane; warehouse and garage bridge cranes, shop equipment and machine tools consisting of various size lathes drill presses, surface grinder, circular saw, electric welding machines, milling machine, shaper, planes and blacksmiths forge and hamms, and diesel driven work boat. Performs combination welding and brazing, disassembles, assembles and completely reconditions engines. Ascertains extent of repair requirements to return engines to proper running order. 

This vacancy will be listed on USAJobs the week of AUG. 8, 2022, but you can also contact the hiring manager directly now at Nicole.j.iredale@usace.army.mil with your contact information, statement of interest, and your resume.


  • Realty Specialist Series: GS-1170-07/09  $23.67 - $37.63/hr

Location(s): Oldtown, ID; Libby, MT; Seattle, WA

Supports the Real Estate Division's mission to provide acquisition, management, and disposal of real estate for the organization. Plans and executes real property acquisitions, real estate documentation/file validation and storage. Performs duties of Real Estate Information Systems Coordinator.


  • Financial Management Analyst  Series: GS-0510-07/11 $23.67 - $45.53/hr

Location: Seattle, WA

This is a developmental position for a Financial Management Analyst within the Resource Management Branch. Position is responsible for applying knowledge of accounting, budgeting, and resource management practices in the examination and analysis of various budgets in support of USACE programs and projects; performing financial analysis of data in collaboration with other analysts and accountants, as well as numerous program and project managers, to support the district’s mission across the Pacific Northwest.


  • Managerial Accountant  Series: GS-0510-07/11 $23.67 - $45.53/hr

Location: Seattle, WA

Serves as a Managerial Accountant providing accounting technical expertise in support of military, civil works, or revolving fund programs. At the developmental level you will receive training and closer supervision until you reach the target grade (GS-11).

Duties of this position include, but are not limited to: applying professional, comprehensive knowledge of accounting theories, practices, techniques, automated systems and regulations to process a wide variety of transactions, monitoring a large number of operating accounts and evaluate account balances, trends, and conditions, analyzing accounting reports to make comments and recommendations to higher graded accountants, making recommendations to modify existing procedures to ensure compliance with accounting instructions received from higher authorities, preparation of accounting data required by various elements, certifying propriety and availability of funds prior to release of the obligating documents, providing accounting advice, assistance, and recommendations to customers relating to the solution of accounting problems, implementation of new or changed regulations, procedures, and new systems.