Indian Health Service Environmental Engineer (MI5112) in Minot, North Dakota

Indian Health Service
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Minot, ND
Work Schedule is Full Time - Permanent

Opened Friday 10/14/2016 (10 day(s) ago)

** Closes Thursday 10/27/2016 (3 day(s) away)

Job Overview

Become a part of an innovative, dynamic, nationwide organization of dedicated health care providers working to meet the individual health care needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives. Indian Health Service (IHS) employees are considerate in our care, creative in our approach, enthusiastic about our work and compassionate with our patients.

Our lifestyle is adventurous, community oriented and focused on service and problem solving as part of a professional interdisciplinary team. Join us in improving the health outcomes of 2.2 million American Indians and Alaska Natives. The IHS is required by law to give absolute preference to qualified applicants who meet the Secretary of the Interior's definition of Indian for appointment to vacancies within the IHS in accordance with established IHS policy as outlined in the Indian Health Manual Part 7, Chapter 3. The IHS is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

This position is being announced concurrently under Delegated Examining procedures. Please review vacancy announcement number ++IHS-R2-GP-1778714-DE++; for eligibility requirements. NOTE: Applicants must apply separately for each announcement in order to be considered.

This position is that of Tribal Utility Consultant (TUC), Division of Sanitation Facilities Construction (DSFC), Indian Health Service, Office of Environmental Health and Engineering (OEHE), located in Minot, SD. This office provides sanitation facilities to Indian families and communities through the authority of the Indian Sanitation Facilities Construction Act - Public Law 86-121. Upon completion of the construction of IHS funded sanitation facilities, they are transferred to the Tribe. The Tribe are then responsible for the operation and maintenance (O&M;) of the facilities. The Indian Health Service has the responsibility to provide consulting and technical assistance necessary to assist the Tribes in fulfilling the O&M; obligations. This position coordinates the Minot District DSFC O&M; program and provides direct O&M; services to Tribes and Tribal Utilities by performing TUC duties focused on assisting tribes with maintaining compliance with the Clean Water Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, and Safe Drinking Water Act.

"RE-ADVERTISEMENT"-- Those who already applied for this position "DO NOT" Need to Re-Apply "UNLESS" you would like to update your application and/or supporting documents; your applications will be re-considered.

  • Provide technical assistance to utilities operators and managers necessary to improve operations, maintenance, compliance, and sustainability of facilities. Program support to improve overall effectiveness and efficiency.
  • Schedules, conducts, and participates in sanitary surveys of systems per IHS and EPA requirements. Consultant obtains background data as required for surveys. Provides follow-up assistance to systems to correct significant deficiencies found during sanitary surveys.
  • Reviews, evaluates, and makes recommendations to Project Engineers regarding O & M concerns relating to plans, specifications, and engineering studies concerning tribal groundwater facilities.
  • Consultant works directly with EPA and other pertinent tribal, state, local, and federal agencies on required programs, voluntary assistance, and mutual objectives. Consultant provides direct assistance to tribes and operators regarding federal requirements and procedures necessary to comply with the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Clean Water Act, and any other applicable regulations. Provides written reports of activities to EPA interagency agreement managers and IHS supervisors per the requirements of the IAG between IHS and EPA.
Travel Required
  • 50% or Greater
  • Frequent and extensive travel is required.
Relocation Authorized
  • Yes
  • Relocation expenses WILL BE authorized and WILL BE PAID. You will be required to sign a one year service agreement. Failure to fulfill the one year service agreement may result in repayment of relocation expenses.
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • Selectee will be subject to a pre-employment fingerprint check.
  • Selectee will be subject to a background investigation.
  • Selectee will be subject to a probationary/trial period.
  • ESEP appointees typically serve two year trial period.
  • More than one selection may be made from this announcement.
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Confidential Financial Disclosure Form required.
  • Current, valid state driver’s license required (Submit a copy).
  • Professional Engineer Licensure required (Submit a copy).

To qualify for this position, your resume must state sufficient experience and/or education, to perform the duties of the specific position for which you are applying. 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; social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer and part time experience. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.

For positions requiring positive education requirements, or if you are using education to meet all or part of the qualification requirements, you MUST submit a copy of your transcripts or an itemized list of college courses which includes equivalent information from the transcript (course title, semester/quarter hours, and grade/degree earned) in your resume.


SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR: *Current Professional Engineer (P.E.) registration as a professional engineer by any State or U.S. Territory. *REQUIREMENT: *Failure to provide proof of this license with your application will make you ineligible.1. Degree -- *professional engineering. To be acceptable, the curriculum must: (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; 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.


2. 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 professional 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 -- Current registration as a professional engineer 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 Engineer-in-Training (EIT) examination, or the written test required for professional registration, which is administered by the Boards of Engineering Examiners in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.

Applicants who have passed the EIT examination and have completed all the requirements for either (a) a bachelor's degree in engineering technology (BET) from an accredited college of university that included 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences, or (b) a BET from a program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) may be rated eligible for certain engineering positions at GS-5. Eligibility is limited to positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of the engineering technology program. Applicants for positions that involve highly technical research, development, or similar functions requiring an advanced level of competence in basic science must meet the basic requirements in paragraph A. Because of the diversity in kind and quality of BET programs, graduates of other BET programs are required to complete at least 1 year of additional education or highly technical work experience of such nature as to provide reasonable assurance of the possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for professional engineering competence. The adequacy of this background must be demonstrated by passing the EIT examination.

3. Specified academic courses-- Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering that included the courses specified in the basic requirements. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum as described in paragraph A.

4. Related curriculum-- Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field, e.g., 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. (The above examples of related curricula are not all-inclusive.)

Note:An applicant who meets the basic requirements as specified in A or B above may qualify for positions in any branch of engineering unless selective factors indicate otherwise, or unless he/she qualifies under the provisions of B.2 related to the EIT examination or BET degree.

Experience and education requirements for GS-7 and above:

In addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements, applicants must have specialized experience in the amounts shown below.

GS-12:1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least next lower grade level

To qualify based on specialized experience for GS-12 level, you must have one year of experience (equivalent to the GS-11) level that included duties such as:

Examples of Specialized Experience: Providing technical assistance to sanitation facility utility organizations; plan, implement, and report outcomes from sanitation facility utility activities; organize, facilitate or provide education and training related to utility organization regulatory compliance and capacity development.

Time-In-Grade Requirements: Merit Promotion (status) candidates must have completed one year of service at the next lower grade level. Time-In-Grade provisions do not apply under the Excepted Service Examining Plan (ESEP).

You must meet the requirements of the job by 11:59 pm (Eastern Standard Time) of the closing date: Thursday, October 27, 2016

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

You can track the progress of your application package via your USAJOBS account. You will receive an acknowledgement from USAJOBS that your submission was successful once we have received your on-line occupational questionnaire, resume, and any supporting documentation. You will be notified of the status of your application via your USAJOBS Account after we conduct a qualification review of your complete application package. You will be contacted if further evaluation or interviews are required. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempt to conceal information may disqualify you for employment consideration. We may verify all information you provide in your resume and questionnaire responses, through reference and/or background check, and/or verification of your education. If you are selected, you will be contacted personally by the Human Resources (HR) office posting this announcement.

You will no longer need to call the HR Office to determine your application status. USAJOBS has added an alert setting to their system to provide status updates for applicants. You can elect to activate the status updates from your USAJOBS profile at any point during the application process.

If all required documentation is not submitted with your application you will lose consideration. It is the applicant's responsibility to verify that information and documents entered, uploaded, or faxed is received, legible and accurate. HR will not modify answers submitted by an applicant.

Indian Health Service is an Equal Opportunity Employer


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This position meets the criteria specified in pillar number one of the five pillars of the PHS Commissioned Corps. PHS Commissioned Officers interested in performing the duties of this position within the Commissioned Corps MUST apply online under the merit promotion announcement indicated above in order to receive consideration. For more information on PHS Commissioned Corps, visit the website at:

Federal Employees earn annual leave at a rate (4, 6 or 8 hours per pay period) which is based on the number of years they have served as a Federal employee. IHS may offer newly-appointed Federal employees credit for their directly related previous non-federal experience or active duty uniformed military service. This credited service can be used in determining the rate at which annual leave is earned.


  • Security Clearance: If you are selected for this vacancy, you must undergo a pre-employment fingerprint check and background investigation. Fingerprint results and background investigation documentation must be cleared prior to hire. You will receive instructions on how to obtain and submit fingerprints and background investigation documentation. After you begin your employment, your continued employment is contingent upon the outcome of a complete background investigation as determined by the sensitivity level of your position. The investigation must find that you are suitable for Federal employment in your position. If you are found not suitable, you will be terminated after you begin work. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be fired after you begin work; or subject to possible criminal charges.
  • Measles and Rubella immunization required for selectees born after 1957.
  • This position is covered by a Bargaining Unit.
  • A two-year trial period may be required upon selection/placement (ESEP only).
  • Selectee(s) are required to have a viable bank account at a financial institution for electronic direct deposit of salary payment.

IHS - Operated Properties are tobacco free

Salary Range: $71,012.00 to $92,316.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0819-12/12

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: Candidates eligible under Indian Preference authority; Federal employee serving on career/career-conditional appointments; reinstatement eligibles; applicants eligible for non-competitive appointment; VEOA/VRA/30% disabled veterans; CTAP/ICTAP; Schedule A eligibles; PHS Commissioned Corps Personnel

Control Number: 453370000

Job Announcement Number: IHS-R2-GP-1778241-ESEP/MP