Chemical Engineer

US Government Other Agencies and Independent Organizations Arlington, VA
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These positions are located in the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, Risk Assessment Division. They may be located in Washington, DC or Arlington, VA.

For more information on this office, visit their website:

If selected, you must work at one of the locations 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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You will:

* Perform technical evaluation of chemical processes and waste treatment operations;

* Develop models and heuristics to estimate the exposure of persons working in chemical manufacturing, processing, and use to substances in their work environment;

* Select, develop and apply scenarios to estimate the release of chemical substances from chemical manufacture, processing, and use into the environment and of occupational exposures in new and/or novel situations;

* Lead work groups to develop regulations and recommend process modifications in the manufacture, processing and use of chemical substances to minimize environmental impact.

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.

You will spend 25-50% of your work time on contracts, grants/cooperative agreements, and/or interagency agreements.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


Who May Apply This job is open to… U.S. Citizens

Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

* Job family (Series)

0893 Chemical Engineering

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* Requirements

Help Requirements Conditions of Employment

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

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

* You must be a U.S. citizen.

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

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

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

This position is designated as Low 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.


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

Chemical Engineer: All applicants must meet one of the following requirements to qualify for consideration for an engineering position:

* Successful completion of a professional engineering degree at an accredited university or college OR

* Have a combination of college level education or training AND technical experience that has furnished you with (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following:

* Professional registration as an engineer.

* Evidence of Passing the Engineer-in-Training Written Test.

* Successful documented completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences as described by OPM.

* Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field and at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance.

Please review the OPM page on specifics about required curriculum and for more information on qualifications, please visit GS-800: All Professional Engineering Positions qualifications.

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:

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 evaluating chemical processes and waste treatment operations; and assessing environmental releases of chemicals from various processes.

To qualify for the GS-13 level, you need to have at least one year of full-time experience equivalent to the GS-12 level defined as evaluating chemical processes and waste treatment operations; and developing environmental release and/or exposure assessments or estimation approaches.

Your answers to the on-line assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas: 1) Knowledge of chemical processes and waste treatment operations; 2) Skill in analyzing scientific data; 3) Ability to research and develop scientific models; 4) Skill in written communication; 5) Skill in performing risk assessments; 6) Skill in making presentations and/or giving briefings on technical and scientific data; 7) Ability to lead a multi-disciplinary team of scientists.

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 Qualifications section

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