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Highway Civil Engineer

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The Minnesota Federal-aid Highway Division is hiring a Highway Civil Engineer (GS-0810-11/12 - $78,969 to $123,043 annually) in St. Paul, Minnesota. To apply, visit (open to U.S. Citizens). Alternatively, send your resume and a statement of interest (in the body of your e-mail message) directly to using the subject “Highway Civil Engineer Position.” Hiring managers will consider applications submitted by 04/19/2024 (but submit yours as soon as possible to receive the best consideration.


The selectee is responsible for managing and promoting assigned Federal-aid Highway Programs within Minnesota. The incumbent provides engineering stewardship and oversight at various junctures of project and program delivery of Federal-aid infrastructure projects within Minnesota. The employee has the authority to commit FHWA to actions on behalf of the Minnesota Division Office represented in line with delegations of authority.


As a Highway Civil Engineer, you will:

  • Provide review of projects in accordance with the Division’s risk-based stewardship and oversight plan. This may include review of plans, specifications, and estimates (PS&E) for appropriate application of design standards and criteria, conformance with policy and regulations, eligibility for Federal participation, traffic safety features, reasonableness of estimated unit prices, fulfillment of requirements from the transportation planning and NEPA process, and proper standard and special specifications and contract provisions.
  • Serve as a key technical advisor in meetings, telephone contacts, public hearings, field reviews, and visits with State DOT officials and other Federal, State, and local agencies regarding assigned program areas and in assisting in the implementation of leadership initiatives. Communicate and apply Federal laws, regulations, and FHWA policies applicable to Federal aid projects within the State DOT project development process.
  • Participate in and contribute to Division program management activity including development of stewardship and oversight plans, conducting risk assessments, development of strategic operations and business plans, promotion of the implementation of a performance-based planning and programming process to partner agencies, and identification and tracking of performance measures and the associated reporting process.
  • Monitor highway and other infrastructure improvements to determine if they are constructed to a desired quality and whether Federal aid construction funds are being expended in a manner consistent with applicable Federal laws and regulations.
  • Participate in assessments of State programs for effectiveness and compliance. Provide to partners recommendations for performance and operational improvements and guidance on corrective actions.

The ideal candidate is a mid-career engineer with experience monitoring Federally funded highway programs or delivering highway projects from initial scoping through construction support and maintenance; and experience conveying ideas and concepts in meetings and discussions, and in writing.


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