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Highway Civil Engineer

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The New Mexico Federal-aid Highway Division is hiring a Highway Civil Engineer (GS-0810-11/12 - $69,777 to $108,724 annually) in Santa Fe, NM. To apply, visit (open to U.S. Citizens). This announcement closes on 10/18/2023.


The selectee will be responsible for managing and promoting assigned Federal-aid Highway Programs within New Mexico and providing engineering stewardship and oversight at various junctures of project and program delivery. This is a great opportunity to join a small division office where you will have a chance to work on multiple programs and projects and be part of a great team!

The New Mexico Division Office is a small-sized office with ample opportunity to innovate and explore new ways to do things, face new challenges head on, and take independent initiative. The office work promotes a team culture of empowerment and initiative.


As a Highway Civil Engineer, you will:

  • Provide advice and guidance on Federal laws, regulations, and FHWA policies applicable to Federal-aid projects within the State DOT project development process, in telephone contacts, public hearings, field reviews, and visits with State DOT officials and other Federal, State, and local agencies for assigned program areas and in assisting in the implementation of leadership initiatives.
  • Conduct project reviews in accordance with the Division’s Risk-Based Stewardship and Oversight plan. Review required project actions for appropriate application of design standards and criteria, conformance with policy and regulations, eligibility for Federal participation, traffic safety features, reasonableness of cost estimates, fulfillment of requirements from the transportation planning and contract provisions.
  • Review and evaluate project studies, and comments on alternatives and/or modifications. Authorize project agreements which may include reviewing the adequacy of proposed rights-of-way clearances, NEPA, construction plans, agreements for utility and railroad work, consultant agreements.
  • Participate in and contribute to Division program management activities 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 processes. Provide Program Approvals that fall under the Discipline such as such as consultant written procedures, standard drawings, standard specifications, prequalification procedures, Uniform record keeping, procedures to determine contract time, and Liquidated Damages Rates.
  • Participate in oversight activities, such as process reviews, and in-depth documentation reviews of Federal-aid programs; advise on problems and deficiencies, prepare reports and analysis, coordinate corrective actions, review, and evaluate practices, and share innovative practices, procedures, and technologies. Participate in assessing State programs for effectiveness and compliance.

The ideal candidate is an engineering with experience in monitoring Federally funded highway programs or delivering highway projects from initial scoping through construction support and maintenance. 


New Mexico is officially nicknamed “The Land of Enchantment” for its scenic beauty, rich multicultural history, and various art forms.  New Mexico achieved statehood on January 6, 19912 and became the 47th state of the Union. Santa Fe, New Mexico is the oldest capital in the US. It was established in 1610 by the Spanish.

The federal government has an important role in the state’s economy, land use, and social context.  It is the biggest employer.  More than one third of the land in the State is protected by the federal government.  The federal government maintains military and research institutions such as the three Air Force bases, the White Sands Missile Range and federal research facilities at the Los Alamos National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratories.  The state’s economy relays on natural resources, tourism, retail trade and federal government.  Much of the state’s revenues comes from oil and gas.   New Mexico attracts more than 30 million tourist every year due to our Annual International Balloon Fiesta, national parks, and beautiful scenery!