With the increased emphasis on the bipartisan infrastructure bill that was passed last November, many federal positions are now available. This legislation reauthorizes surface transportation programs for FY 2022-2026 and required federal agencies to manage and implement the funding authorized in the law.
The bill authorized up to $108 billion for public transportation – the largest federal investment in public transportation in the nation’s history. With this funding many federal agencies such as the Departments of Transportation, Energy, Interior, Commerce, Homeland Security, and others are staffing up to support the infrastructure build out.
Federal Transit Administration (FTA)
The FTA’s Infrastructure Law Program fact sheets provide details about new programs created by the legislation as well as how other FTA programs have changed under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
The legislation will advance public transportation in America’s communities through four key priorities:
- Safety: The law will enhance state safety oversight programs by strengthening rail inspection practices, protecting transit workers and riders from injuries, and ensuring safe access to transit.
- Modernization: The law will reduce the maintenance backlog by repairing and upgrading aging transit infrastructure and modernizing bus and rail fleets.
- Climate: Funding in the law will support replacement of thousands of transit vehicles, including buses and ferries, with cleaner, greener vehicles.
- Equity: Investments in the law will improve transit service for communities that have historically had more limited access to transit and provide for substantial upgrades to accessibility.
The USAJOBS federal job search site currently has 147 job announcements posted for infrastructure, many for multiple positions across the country. A good number of the open announcements have statements such as, “Many vacancies in the following locations” listed in the overview section of the bid package. There are thousands of vacancies nationwide in a broad spectrum of job titles.
Every administration and agency hiring in this category require support personnel of all types to manage the funding and resulting projects. You will be pleasantly surprised at the diversity of positions available. Click on the links for details about that specific occupation.
- Administrative and Management Specialists (Many vacancies)
- Budget Analyst (Many vacancies)
- Community Planners (Many vacancies)
- Construction Control Representative
- Contract Specialists
- Economists (Many vacancies)
- Engineers, civil and general
- Environmental Protection Specialists (Many vacancies)
- Financial Specialist/Analyst (Many vacancies)
- Fish and Wildlife Biologist
- Grant Specialists (Many vacancies)
- Human Resource Specialists (Many vacancies)
- Hydroelectric Power Plant Operator
- Loan Specialists (Many vacancies)
- Mathematical Statistician (Many vacancies)
- Motor Carrier Safety Specialist (Many vacancies)
- Park Ranger
- Physical Scientist (Many vacancies)
- Program Analysts
- Program Managers
- Railroad Safety Specialist (Many vacancies)
- Reclamation Guide
- Social Scientist
- Statistician (Many vacancies)
- Public Affairs Specialist (Many vacancies)
- Powerplant Supervisor
Many of the job announcements are open for extended periods up to early 2024. However, it is best to apply early. There are remote eligible and telework opportunities as well. Seek out jobs of interest and print out the job announcement. You must submit all required information and understand the federal application system to land a high paying, benefit loaded federal job.