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Highway Civil Engineer

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The North Dakota Federal-aid Highway Division is hiring a Highway Civil Engineer (GS-0810-11/12 - $72,553 to 113,047 annually) in Bismarck, North Dakota. To apply, visit (open to U.S. Citizens). This job announcement closes on 04/22/2024.


The "Highway Civil Engineer" assists in managing and promoting assigned Federal-aid Highway Programs within North Dakota. The selectee provides engineering stewardship and oversight at various junctures of project and program delivery of Federal-aid Highway infrastructure projects within North Dakota.


As a Highway Civil Engineer, you will:

  • 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. Communicates and applies Federal laws, regulations, and FHWA policies applicable to Federal aid projects within the State DOT project development 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.
  • Assist in promoting and implementing new technology, new standards, and new policies and initiatives on Federal aid projects and programs. Provide technical guidance and develop new approaches to solve emerging problems or to support evolving program activities, goals, and leadership initiatives.
  • 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, special specifications, and contract provisions.
  • 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.

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


The Bismarck-Mandan area has welcomed visitors since Lewis and Clark paddled up the Missouri River in 1804. The capital of North Dakota, Bismarck is a hub of culture, history, and shopping.

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One of the greatest benefits of working in a small division office is that there are always opportunities to get involved in the administration and management of additional programs, which provides for a broader experience.

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