Welcome to the Walla Walla District Careers Page

How to Apply

Most federal jobs are listed on USAJobs and Army Civilian Service

To apply for a job, there are four basic steps:

  1. Create an account and resume. 
  2. Search jobs.
  3. Apply for jobs.  
  4. Review your application status online.
 
HR TIPS: 
1.  Resume - Customize your resume to the announcement! A generic resume does not work. Use the “Specialized Experience” in the announcement to show you have the required skills at the next lower grade with dates, grade, duties/experience CLEARLY explained. It's going to take more than a one-page resume, but don’t go much over 4 pages if you want it to be read. Include the phone number for your supervisors. Look at the list of responsibilities/duties for hints of what is important to the supervisor and elaborate on those topics in your resume. 
2. Don't forget to include the applicable/required documents. Example: Transcripts (if qualifying based on education), SF-50 (current DoD/Corps employees), DD214 (military; showing honorably discharged), etc. 
 
Please send an e-mail to WWCorpsCareers@usace.army.mil if you have an inquiry concerning the hiring process (USAJOBS navigation, resume tips, etc.).

Job Announcements - Listed on USAJOBS

Open to the Public (U.S. Citizens):
 
Duty Location: Pomeroy, WA
Open & closing dates: 04/03/2024 to 04/16/2024
Located at Lower Granite Project.
Recruitment/Relocation Incentives May be Authorized!
 
Duty Location: Pomeroy, WA
Open & closing dates: 04/06/2024 to 04/15/2024
Located at Lower Granite Lock and Dam.
Incentives MAY be authorized!
 
INTERDISCIPLINARY (Project Engineer – GS-0801 General; GS-0810 Civil; GS-0830 Mechanical; GS-0850 Electrical Engineer)
Duty Locations: Umatilla, OR; Pasco, WA; or Walla Walla, WA
Open & closing dates: 04/04/2024 to 04/17/2024
Located in Construction Branch.
Payment of Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs is authorized!
 
Duty Location: Clarkston, WA
Open & closing dates: 04/09/2024 to 04/18/2024
Located at Lower Granite Natural Resources Office.
 
Duty Location: Remote (Anywhere in the U.S.)
Open & closing dates: 04/10/2024 to 04/12/2024
Located in Contracting Division.
 
Duty Location: Starbuck, WA
Open & closing dates: 04/11/2024 to 04/24/2024
Located at Little Goose Project.
Incentives may be authorized!
 
Duty Location: Pomeroy, WA
Open & closing dates: 04/10/2024 to 04/23/2024
Located at Lower Granite Project.
 
Duty Location: Walla Walla, WA
Open & closing dates: 04/11/2024 to 04/24/2024
Located in Structual Design Section.
Permanent Change of Station (PCS, Recruitment Incentive, or Relocation Incentive may be authorized!
Entry level Architect position for an individual that has already earned, or will earn by July 2024, their Architect degree.  If qualifying base on work experience be sure your resume includes the specialized experience listed below (option A on Assessment) or you can qualify based on Superior Academic Achievement which includes a BS degree from an accredited college with a GPA of 3.0 or higher (option C on Assessment). 
GS-7 Specialized Experience: One year of specialized experience which includes experience 1) performing components of basic architecture such as the interactions of aesthetics, function, space, technology, environment, and material; OR 2) gathering data from architectural resources such as designs, as-built conditions, standards, codes, techniques, and/or practices; OR 3) gathering information used for documenting architectural project results. Design, data gathering, or documenting results can be from either an academic setting or on-the-job, including internships.
 
Open to Federal Employees and Veterans (Merit):
 
Duty Location: Walla Walla, WA
Open & closing dates: 02/09/2024 to 04/17/2024
Located in our Electrical Design Section.
Payment of Permanent Change of Station (PCS) costs is authorized!
Looking for a Regional Technical Specialist Electrical Engineer with experience designing power distribution, process control, and plant automation who also enjoys mentoring and networking with others internal and external to the District. 
GS-13 Specialize Experience Requirement:  at least a year experience (1) performing industrial power AND (2) control engineering analysis and design.
 
Duty Location: Walla Walla, WA
Open & closing dates: 04/02/2024 to 04/12/2024
Located in Contracting Division.
PCS or Relocation or Retention Incentive available!
 
Duty Location: Umatilla, OR
Open & closing dates: 04/12/2024 to 04/25/2024
Located at McNary Dam.

Electrical Engineer DHA Announcement - Not Listed on USAJOBS

ELECTRICAL ENGINEER DHA FLYER

 Direct Hire Authority (DHA) Announcement

For Certain Personnel of the DoD Workforce Under Section 9905

Permanent Full-Time

Operations Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Walla Walla District, WA

LinkedIn Job Posting # NWW001

 

Position Title:  Electrical Engineer, GS-11/12

Vacancies:  Multiple

Promotion potential: GS-12

Salary:  $101,732 - $124,061 per year

Open Continuous Announcement: effective 13 Nov 2023 until all positions are filled.

Duty Station:  Umatilla, OR

Recruitment/Relocation Incentive:  Recruitment/Relocation incentives are authorized in accordance with agency policy.

Who May Apply:  U.S. Citizens

Tenure:  This position is full-time permanent

How to Apply:  Anyone wishing consideration for this opportunity must submit a resume specifically documenting experience relevant to this position along with your college transcripts. Professional Engineer (PE) license is highly desirable. If you have a current PE, please notate on your resume.

The application package may be submitted online at: https://usace.yellogov.com/app/collect/event/cPlspoAg5Yq2po3rYT3-Jw.

For questions regarding this recruitment, you may inquire via email to WWCorpsCareers@usace.army.mil.

Duties:

  • Serve as a senior (GS-12) or developmental senior (GS-11) engineer carrying out assignments independently using professional judgment in planning and initiating work techniques and approaches.
  • Develop preliminary and final design and layout of electrical equipment and special electrical communication and electronic features for Civil Works Projects.
  • Projects include multipurpose hydroelectric dams, river navigation structures, fish hatcheries, and fish bypass facilities, utilizing Bentley MicroStation as a CADD (computer-aided design and drafting) design tool.
  • Utilize software tools such as Bentley Promise CONNECT, AutoCAD Electrical, Revit, or similar software for advanced modeling.
  • Check shop drawings and descriptive literature submitted by contractors.
  • Perform arc flash studies and conduct reviews using ETAP, EasyPower, or SKM software.
  • Review and checks detailed design, design analysis, plans and specifications prepared by both Electrical Design Section and A-E (Architect-Engineer) contractors for equipment, fixtures, and systems, etc.
  • Make field site inspections of existing equipment, construction in progress, and completed projects and creates studies and/or provides electrical observations regarding operation, condition, and evaluations of systems.

Please see the Electrical Engineering DHA Flyer above for more details.

Career Fairs

2024 Upcoming Events:
 
Apr 17: Walla Walla University Spring Career Meet & Greet - College Place, WA
Jul 21-24: National Contract Management Association (NCMA) - Seattle, WA
Oct 3-5: American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) - San Antonio, TX
Oct 10: Boise State College of Engineering Career Fair - Boise, ID
Oct 10-12: Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE) - Boston, MA
Oct 24: Eastern Washington University career fair - Cheney, WA
Nov 6-10: Great Minds in STEM (GMiS) - Fort Worth, TX
Nov 15: Tri-Cities Veterans Resource Expo & Stand Down - Kennewick, WA

Pay and Benefits

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 Annual Leave (Vacation)

Full-time employees with 0-3 years of service earn 4 hours of annual leave per pay period (13 days per year).

Full-time employees with 3-15 years of service earn 6 hours of annual leave per pay period (20 days per year).

Full-time employees with over 15 years of service earn 8 hours of annual leave per pay period (26 days per year).

Maximum year to year carry-over is 240 hours of annual leave.

For additional information visit OPM.gov

 Federal Employee’s Dental and Vision Insurance Program (FEDVIP)

Supplemental vision and dental insurance is available.  For additional information visit OPM.gov or BENEFEDS

 Federal Employee’s Health Benefits (FEHB)

The Federal Employees Health Benefits Program offers several plans to choose from.  For additional information visit OPM.gov

 Federal Employees Group Life Insurance (FEGLI)

The Federal Employees Group Life Insurance Program offers basic life insurance plus three types of optional insurances.  For additional information visit OPM.gov

 Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program (FLTCIP)

The Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program provides long term care insurance for Federal employees and their parents, parents-in-law, stepparents, spouses, and adult children.  For additional information visit Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program

 Flexible Hours and Alternate Work Schedule
Employees may request approval to participate in an Alternate Work Schedule.
 Flexible Spending Account  (FSAFeds)
The Federal Flexible Spending Account Program allows you to pay for certain health and dependent care expenses with pre-tax dollars.  For additional information visit OPM.gov
 Holidays
There are 10 paid holidays per year.  For additional information visit OPM.gov
 Military Leave
Up to 15 calendar days military leave per fiscal year are available if employee is in the Reserves or National Guard.  For additional information visit:  OPM.gov
 Military Time Buy-Back
A period of military service may be credited for retirement and death benefits purposes.  For additional information visit Army Benefits Center.
 Pay

Walla Walla District employees are paid bi-weekly.  Three pay plans are used by the US Army Corps of Engineers, Walla Walla District, depending on the employee's job description.  The pay plan associated with any position may be found in the Vacancy Announcement.  Current pay plans include:

General Schedule (GS)

Pacific Northwest Regional Power Rates (WB)

Wage Grade (WG)

 Retirement
Most new permanent employees are automatically covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS).  FERS is a three-tiered retirement plan.  The three tiers are:  Social Security Benefits, FERS Basic Annuity, and Thrift Savings Plan.  For additional information visit OPM.gov
 Sick Leave
Full-time employees earn 4 hours of sick leave per pay period.  No maximum accumulation.  For additional information visit:  OPM.gov
 Thrift Savings Plan (TSP)
Thrift Savings Plan allows employees the opportunity to contribute pre-taxed salary into a retirement savings plan, similar to 401(K) plans offered by private sector employers.  The government matches up to five percent of the salary contributed by FERS employees.  For additional information visit:  TSP.gov

Pathways Program

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 General Information

The Pathways Program was established by Executive Order 13562 and is effective July 10, 2012. 

 Internship Program

The Internship Program is for current students.  It replaces the Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) and Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP).  The new Internship Program provides students in high schools, colleges, trade schools and other qualifying educational institutions with paid opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal careers while completing their education.  To find out more about the Internship Program, go to the USAjobs or OPM websites.

 Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program
For more than three decades, the PMF Program has been the Federal Government's premier leadership development program for advanced degree (e.g., masters or professional degree) candidates.  Executive Order 13562 expands the eligibility window for applicants, making it more "student friendly" by aligning it with academic calendars and allowing those who have received a qualifying advanced degree within the preceding two years to participate.  It also directs OPM to set eligibility requirements and minimum qualification standards, and to make the PMF experience more robust and substantive for participants.
 Recent Graduates Program

The Recent Graduates Program provides developmental experiences in the Federal Government.  It is intended to promote possible careers in the civil service to individuals who, within the previous two years, graduated from qualifying educational institutions with an associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from qualifying educational institutions.  To be eligible, applicants must apply within the previous two years of degree or certificate completion except for veterans precluded from doing so due to their military service obligation, who will have up to six years after degree or certificate completion to apply.  To find out more about the Recent Graduates Program, go to the USAjobs or OPM websites.