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Highway Civil Engineer Pathways Recent Graduate

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The Western Federal Lands Highway Division is hiring Highway Civil Engineer Pathways Recent Graduates (GS-0810-05/07/09 - $42,571 to $88,926 annually) in Vancouver, Washington. To apply, visit (open to U.S. Citizens). This job announcement closes on 04/26/2024.


What does a Highway Civil Engineer Pathways Recent Graduate do?

This is an entry-level, full-time, permanent Highway Civil Engineer position at FHWA's Western Federal Lands Highway Division (WFL) in Vancouver, Washington. WFL covers Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Idaho, Montana, and northwest Wyoming. For the first 24 months on the job, the selectee will experience the Career Development Program (CDP), where you will have rotations:

  • On construction projects within our area of jurisdiction assisting FLH project engineers and staff overseeing the construction of roadway, trail, and bridge projects.
  • In the Vancouver, WA office in our Highway Design branch designing roads and trails.
  • As well as typically two of the following teams in the office: Bridge, Environment, Geotechnical, Hydraulics, Pavements/Materials, Programming, or Safety.


During the 24-month program, the incumbent will gain practical skills and experience in highway civil engineering that provides a stable career foundation!

After the conclusion of the program, the selectee will get permanently assigned to the Construction, Highway Design, or other Branch within WFL. The decision hinges on which area has the greatest amount of need at the time, taking into consideration the incumbent's career interests.


The ideal candidate for this position is an entry to beginning level technical engineer who has a desire to learn about the various aspects of technical highway engineering, including but not limited to, highway design, construction, bridge, geotechnical, survey and mapping, hydraulics, and materials testing.

The ideal candidate should have between 0 to 5 years of experience, be mobile and willing to travel to remote locations for extended periods of time and be able to work independently and in a team environment.


Vancouver is a city on the north bank of the Columbia River in the U.S. state of Washington, located in Clark County. Founded in 1825 and incorporated in 1857, Vancouver had a population of 190,915 as of the 2020 census, making it the fourth-most populous city in Washington state.

Click here to learn more about living and working in Vancouver.

Find the Western Federal Lands Highway Division at 610 East 5th Street.

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