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Earth Day is every day at EPA! At EPA, you can protect human health and the environment of all Americans, and you'll discover that EPA is one great place to work! We offer great benefits and work flexibilities, and our diverse workforce connects to more than just a career--we share a common passion to promote a cleaner, healthier environment. Discover how exciting safeguarding our natural resources and protecting human health can be. Find yourself at EPA.

These positions are located in the Office of Air and Radiation, Office of Transportation and Air Quality, Testing and Advanced Technology Division, Fuels and Chemistry Center, in Ann Arbor, MI.

For more information on this office, visit their website:

If selected, you must work at the location stated in this announcement.

Except in special circumstances, those new to the federal government will be hired at the starting salary (step 1) of the applicable grade range listed above.

One or more positions may be filled.

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At the entry level of this position, you will:

* Analyze routine and non-routine environmental samples for the determination of contaminants and chemical parameters;

* Develop, modify, and validate analytical methods;

* Develop, implement, and adhere to Laboratory Quality Control system requirements;

* Provide technical expertise, assistance, and advice based on the analysis of environmental samples;

* Interpret and evaluate data to determine its significance, and communicate findings orally and in written reports.

When entering a Federal job at a grade level lower than the highest promotion potential level, you may be promoted to more complex duties and work more independently, as your career progresses.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply This job is open to…

U.S. Citizens

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1320 Chemistry

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Help Requirements Conditions of Employment

* You must submit a resume and required documents (see How to Apply section).

* You may be required to travel 1 to 5 days per month.

* Position has educational/degree requirements (see Qualifications section).

* EPA and non-EPA applicants must submit transcripts/course listings.

* You must be a U.S. citizen.

* If you are selected, a pre-employment background check is required.

This position is designated as Moderate Risk and requires a background investigation. Unless an appropriate background investigation is already on record with the Office of Personnel Management, you must undergo a background investigation.

If you are selected, you must complete a one year probationary period.


You need a degree or combination of education and experience as described below to qualify for this position.

Chemist: You must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited or pre-accredited college or university in one of the following: physical sciences, life sciences, or engineering that included 30 semester hours in chemistry, supplemented by course work in mathematics through differential and integral calculus, and at least 6 semester hours of physics; OR a combination of education and experience -- including at least 30 semester hours in chemistry, supplemented by mathematics through differential and integral calculus, and at least 6 semester hours of physics, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

As part of the application process, you are required to submit college transcripts or a list of courses as described in the Required Documents section of this announcement. However, if you are selected, you must provide official educational transcripts before you start work with EPA. More information on verification of education can be found here: EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures.

In addition to the educational requirements, we are looking for at least one year of specialized experience related to this position as described below:

To qualify for the GS-12 level, you need to have at least one year of full time experience equivalent to the GS-11 level defined as performing chemical analyses and tests; and evaluating and resolving problems in laboratory operations, such as quality control or instrumentation issues.

Your answers to the online assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas: 1) Skill in using sophisticated laboratory instruments (e.g., gas chromatograph and mass spectrometer) and scientific equipment; 2) Knowledge of chemical contaminants and parameters; 3) Knowledge of chemistry-based quality control procedures and requirements; 4) Knowledge of federal, state, local, or tribal environmental regulations, policies, and requirements associated with inspection, enforcement, and compliance; 5) Skill in oral communication; 7) Skill in written communication.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


See Qualification section.

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