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Highway Civil Engineer

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The Iowa Federal-aid Highway Division is hiring a Highway Civil Engineer (GS-0810-11/12 - $69,107 to $107,680 annually) in Ames, IA. To apply, visit (open to U.S. Citizens). This announcement closes on 10/09/2023.


The Iowa Division is currently recruiting for an energetic, motivated, and independent individual to lead Iowa's Pavements, Materials, and Asset Management Programs. We are looking for a candidate who is experienced and knowledgeable in transportation asset management and performance management, design, construction, maintenance, and rehabilitation of pavements and materials, material testing and acceptance, and quality assurance/quality control procedures.


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 State programs for effectiveness and compliance.
  • Provide to partners recommendations for performance and operational improvements and guidance on corrective actions.
  • 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.
  • 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.

The ideal candidate has effective leadership, communication, negotiation, and partnering skills to represent the agency and work with other Federal, State, and Local officials and the public.