Civil Design Engineers

Natural Resources Conservation ServiceWashington, DC
Paid Internship

11 days ago


Job Title

Civil Engineer (National Design) - Department of Agriculture, Conservation Engineering

Job Location

Washington, DC

Job Overview

The Department of Agriculture, Conservation Engineering Division is seeking a Civil Engineer to serve as the National Design Engineer. In this role, you will provide national leadership and coordination for design engineering projects related to dam safety, water, soil, and land resources for the Nural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). This is a full-time, permanent position with occasional travel required.


  • Salary: $132,368 - $183,500 per year
  • Pay scale & grade: GS 14 - 15


  • Provide technical leadership and direction for design engineering activities in established conservation application programs
  • Develop and recommend national policies and guidelines for the planning, design, implementation, and operation and maintenance of conservation engineering systems
  • Represent NRCS or USDA on interagency committees and professional society committees
  • Assess design capabilities of various staff within the agency
  • Define and advise on agency policy and guidance regarding operational and maintenance procedures for dams, flood control, water control, and irrigation structures


  • Must be a US Citizen or US National
  • Bachelor's or higher degree in Engineering
  • Professional Engineer (PE) licensure
  • Specialized work experience:
    • GS-14: One or more years of specialized work experience at the GS-13 level or higher, including recommending policy changes, improving engineering work quality, and working with multiple offices on engineering solutions
    • GS-15: One or more years of specialized work experience at the GS-14 level or higher, including developing engineering criteria, drafting policy improvements, representing agencies on committees, and working closely with multiple offices on engineering problems

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  • Civil Engineering36%

  • Engineering15%

  • Mechanical Engineering10%

  • Construction Management9%

  • Environmental Environmental Health Engineering3%

  • 142 other majors24%

People who did this kind of internship end up at the following companies

  • Kiewit
  • Turner
  • Boeing
  • Kimley-Horn
  • The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company
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Housing Assistance

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Travel Stipend

(avg. $978)




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Medical Insurance




401(k) Company Match




Paid Holidays


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Typical pay range:

$18.63 - $23.95

Estimated Monthly Living Expenses

For Washington, DC | $5,379/mo

  • Housing/Rent$3,303

  • Miscellaneous$983

  • Food$499

  • Utilities$302

  • Transportation$292


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