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Civil Engineer Resource Assistant

Minimum 960 hours/ 52 weeks; 40 hours week.
Within the Southwestern Region- one position available in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Living Allowance:
Start Date:
TBD, preferred May/early June 2022
Application Due Date:
Preference given to applicants that submit application by 5/20/2022
Title of Position
Civil Engineer Resource Assistant
Position Details
Stewards Individual Placement Program (Stewards) provides individuals with service and career opportunities to strengthen communities and preserve our natural resources. Participants work with federal agencies, tribal governments, and nonprofits building institutional capacity, developing community relationships, and supporting ecosystem health.
Stewards in partnership with the USDA Forest Service Southwestern Regional Office are seeking one Resource Assistant to assist in engineering services, including planning and design, for projects funded under the Great American Outdoors Act. These positions will serve the USDA Forest Service Southwestern Region Regional Office and 11 National Forests across the region with professional civil engineering services in support of projects for the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) under the mentorship and advisement of agency engineers.
Position Responsibilities will include:
These positions serve as a civil engineer trainee under the direct supervision of a senior engineer. The position assists with a variety of duties in support of senior staff for the Southwestern Region's Great American Outdoors Act program, including environmental planning, design, and construction phases of projects.  
The Resource Assistant (RA) will work with the Regional Asset Management Team in providing
mission support to Great American Outdoors Act projects in the Southwestern Region. The
RA will train and mentor with Forest Service (FS) engineers to learn FS practices, methods, techniques to provide services. They will provide these civil engineering services to the units with oversight and supervision. Use of a government vehicle may be necessary for this position.
Primary duties will include:
  • Serve as an engineer trainee under the direct supervision of senior engineers.
  • Assist with a variety of duties in support of senior staff for the Southwestern Region's Great American Outdoors Act program.
  • Performs duties of limited scope and complexity in all aspects of civil engineering activities.
  • Combines productive work with learning a variety of advanced skills, techniques, and procedures in order to increase ability to perform in higher level work and to assist employees at higher grade levels.
  • Receives formal and on-the-job training in more advanced skills, techniques and procedures by performing a variety of productive civil engineering work.
  • Analyzes limited civil engineering problems through the utilization of automated procedures.
  • Provides assistance with different forms of computer hardware and software in order to develop skills and accomplish assigned tasks such as making, evaluating, and documenting design decisions and producing documents.
  • Updates and maintains various databases.
  • Provides assistance with completing field survey and site investigations to obtain first-hand data on existing facilities, primarily water and wastewater systems.
  • Develops drawings, and prepares applicable portions of studies and analyses for various design submittals.
  • Works with associated engineering and other specialists during the design phase to assist in integrating design features on projects.
  • Participates in other engineering duties in association with all phases of design and implementation.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Minimum Requirements:
  • Principals of Civil Engineering - Knowledge of the concepts, principles, theories, and methods required to plan, design, construct, operate, and maintain facilities such as buildings, transportation systems, water and sanitary systems, and other public works systems
  • Familiarity with Topographic Surveying and Drafting Software – basic familiarity with topographic surveying methods, instruments and drafting software (AutoCAD, Revit, Inventor, or MicroStation).
  • Strong Communication skills - ability to provide both written and oral information exchange, instructions and answers to inquiries.
  • Enthusiasm for working in the outdoors and sharing with others.
  • Ability to get along well with others.
  • Receptive to mentorship, open to learning, and strong teamwork skills
  • Driver’s License and ability to pass MVR through Conservation Legacy (must be over 21 years old or have had license for 3 years)
 Preferred Qualifications:
  • Some workplace and/or educational background in Civil Engineering and working knowledge or experience with AutoCad Civil 3d (or similar civil engineering software) preferred.
  • $1000/month housing allowance (pre-tax)
  • $50/monthly commuting reimbursment. (pre-tax)
  • $5550.00 Professional Development and Training fund.
  • Health care
  • Direct Hire Authority and Noncompetitive Hiring Authority eligibility upon successful program completion.
  • Training:
  • FS engineering programs, processes, and policies,
  • CAD Drafting
  • FS mission, policies, and directives
  • FS data and project management systems
  • Great American Outdoors Act
  • National Environmental Policy Act
How to Apply
Apply on-line by clicking the "Apply Externally" button. In addition to your resume, please submit a one page cover letter highlighting why you are interested in this position and how your background and experience will help you succeed in this position.
Stewards Individual Placements Program does not and will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all.