Biologist/Environmental Engineer/Physical Scientist

US Government Other Agencies and Independent Organizations Washington, DC
* Duties

Help Duties Summary

This is a Recent Graduates position in the Pathways program. This program provides individuals who have completed a qualifying associate's, bachelor's, master's, professional, doctorate, vocational, or technical degree or certificate with an entry-level developmental experience with the potential to lead to a career in the Federal government after successfully completing the program. More information about the Recent Graduates program can be found at USAJOBS Information Sheet.

These positions are located in the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, Risk Assessment Division in Washington, DC. For more information on this office, visit their website: https://www.epa.gov/aboutepa/about-office-chemical-safety-and-pollution-prevention-ocspp.

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

Your salary will be based on the grade level for which you are selected and the duty location of the position.

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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Responsibilities

At the entry level of this position, you will:

* Provide technical support to senior level experts and subject matter specialists on industrial chemicals, genetically-engineered microorganisms, and nanomaterials;

* Provide scientific or engineering support for environmental fate and transport and exposure assessment activities;

* Provide technical support to identify environmental fate and transport, exposure, and risk-related research needs;

* Provide support for the application of data storage and retrieval systems, methods, and models for assessing environmental fate and transport and exposure.

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

No

Promotion Potential

13

Who May Apply This job is open to…

Recent Graduates who have completed a qualifying degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution or technical education program within the preceding 2 years of the announcement closing date OR current students who will complete a qualifying degree/certificate within 2 months of the announcement closing date. Preference eligible veterans unable to apply within 2 years of receiving their degree due to military service obligation may apply up to 6 years after degree/certification.

Questions? This job is open to 4 groups.

* Job family (Series)

0401 General Natural Resources Management And Biological Sciences

0819 Environmental Engineering

1301 General Physical Science

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

* You must be a U.S. citizen.

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

* If you are selected, a written participant agreement must be signed.

If you are still completing coursework, offer of employment will be contingent upon completion of degree/certificate program. Proof showing confer date within two months of the announcement closing date will be required before entry on duty.

If you are selected, the entire period served under the Recent Graduates program will be a trial 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.

Qualifications

In addition to the eligibility requirements for the Recent Graduates program, this position has specific educational requirements in order to qualify as described below:

Biologist: You must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited or pre-accredited college or university in one of the following: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position; OR a combination of education and experience with courses equivalent to a major, as listed.

Environmental 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.

Physical Scientist: You must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited or pre-accredited college or university in one of the following: physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics; OR a combination of education and experience -- education equivalent to one of the majors shown above that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, 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: http://www.epa.gov/careers/epa-job-vacancy-announcements-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-09 level, you need to have at least one year of full-time experience equivalent to the GS-07 level defined as integrating data from environmental studies; and making recommendations for process improvements - OR master's or equivalent graduate degree; or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in the academic discipline as described below.

To qualify for the GS-11 level, you need to have at least one year of full-time experience equivalent to the GS-09 level defined as integrating fate, transport, and/or exposure data from environmental studies; making recommendations for process improvements; and giving scientific and/or technical presentations - OR Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree; or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in the academic discipline as described below.

Your answers to the on-line assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas: 1) Knowledge of risks and/or hazards associated with industrial chemicals, biological agents and nanomaterials; 2) Skill in written communication; 3) Knowledge of fate, transport and/or exposure assessment activities; 4) Ability to work on a multi-disciplinary team of scientists; 5) Skill in oral communication; 6) Skill in preparing presentations and/or briefing materials; 7) Knowledge of exposure and/or fate assessment modeling concepts and techniques; 8) Skill in data storage and/or retrieval.

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.

Education

See Qualifications section.