[ES_JOBS_NET] Environmental Engineer/Physical Scientist (air quality), EPA, Denver, CO

Christine Wiedinmyer christin at ucar.edu
Mon Aug 17 07:05:51 MDT 2015


*Job Title:*Environmental Engineer/Physical Scientist (Environmental)

*Agency:*Environmental Protection Agency

*Job Announcement Number:*CI-R8-DE-2015-0026


	$89,580.00 to $116,453.00 / Per Year


	Monday, August 17, 2015 to Friday, August 21, 2015




	Full-time - Permanent




	1 vacancy - Denver, COView Map 


	Any U.S. citizen may apply.


	Public Trust - Background Investigation




About the Agency <http://www.epa.gov/>

Earth Day is every day at EPA! Come help us protect the environment! 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. We consistently rank as one of the top Federal agencies in which 
to work, with great benefits and work flexibilities. Find yourself at 
EPA. See more about us here:http://www.epa.gov <http://www.epa.gov/>.

This position is located in Region 8, Office of Partnerships and 
Regulatory Assistance, Air Program, Air Permitting, Monitoring and 
Modeling Unit, in Denver, CO.
For more information on this office, visit their website: 

***Except under special circumstances, a new GS employee will be hired 
at step one of the applicable GS grade.***


  * Occasional Travel
  * May be required to travel 1-5 days per month.


  * No


  * You must submit resume and required documents (See How to Apply Tab)
  * Position has educational/degree requirements. (See Qualifications
  * EPA and non-EPA applicants must submit transcripts/course listings.
  * If you are selected, a pre-employment background check is required.
  * You must be a U.S. citizen.
  * Position has portable work and selectee may be eligible to telework.



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You will:
1) Assist program offices and the monitoring and laboratory staff of 
state, local and tribal agencies to select the proper methods and 
procedures that are appropriate for the sampling and analysis of ambient 
air pollutants.
2) Evaluate the monitoring portions of state, local, and tribal program 
grants and State/Agency agreements and the adequacy of the corresponding 
ambient air monitoring activities.
3) Serve as technical liaison for ambient air monitoring between the 
Region, the Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (OAQPS), and 
the National Exposure Research Laboratory (NERL).
4) Perform as quality assurance coordinator for ambient air monitoring data.
5) Represent the Region and the Agency at a variety of meetings, 
seminars, and training sessions, etc., concerning ambient air monitoring 



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*Environmental Engineer - 0819*
You must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited or pre-accredited 
college or university in one of the following: you must meet either 
paragraph A or B:
*A.*Professional engineering degree from a school of engineering with at 
least one or more curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for 
Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering 
curriculum; or (2) include differential and integral calculus AND 
courses (advanced beyond first year physics and chemistry) in five of 
the following seven years of engineering science or physics: (a) 
statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress strain 
relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) 
electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials 
(relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any 
other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, 
such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.*OR*
**Physical Scientist (Environmental) - 1301*
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 with education equivalent to one of the majors listed 
that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or 
related engineering science.

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:

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

In addition to the educational requirements, we are looking for at least 
one year of specialized experience related to this position as described 
GS-13 grade level, in addition to the educational requirements, you need 
at least one year of full-time specialized experience related to this 
position as described below:

1) Experience in environmental laws, such as Clean Air Act, as they 
relate to ambient air quality monitoring.
2) Applying monitoring methods to analyze ambient air quality samples.
3) Experience in performing quality assurance reviews and audits of 
ambient air monitoring data and systems.
4) Communicating to various audiences including States, tribes, EPA 
Staff, senior management and other key personnel, complex issues related 
to ambient air monitoring programs.

Your answers to the on-line assessment will be used to evaluate your 
competencies in the following areas:

1. Knowledge of professional engineering and/or environmental science 
principles, concepts and methodology.
2. Skill in investigating critical problems in Clean Air Act (CAA) 
Greenhouse Gas emissions and in making decisions and recommendations.
3. Ability to communicate technical and non-technical information to 
various audiences.
4. Ability to interpret and develop important climate change programs.
5. Knowledge of the principles, theories, and practices of CAA 
Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions mitigation in order to serve as an authority.

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.

**Environmental Engineer - 0819 *ADDITIONAL EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS***

*B.*Combination of education AND experience--college-level education, 
training, and/or technical experience that furnished: 1) a thorough 
knowledge of physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional 
engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and 
practical, of 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: 1) Professional 
registration; 2) Written test--Evidence of having successfully passed 
the Engineer in Training exam or the written test required for 
professional registration; 3) Specified academic courses--Successful 
completion of at least 60 semester hours in the physical, mathematical, 
and engineering sciences and in engineering that included the courses 
specified in the basic requirements. The courses must be fully 
acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering 
curriculum as described in paragraph A; or 4) Related 
curriculum--Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a 
bachelor's degree in engineering technology or appropriate professional 
field provided applicant has 1 year professional engineering experience 
acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance.

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.


We will review your resume and required documents to ensure you meet the 
basic qualification requirements. Your resume must address the 
knowledge, skills, and abilities listed in the Qualifications Section. 
If you meet basic qualification requirements, your application will be 
further evaluated based on your answers to the on-line assessment. Your 
responses to the on-line assessment will be used to measure the degree 
to which your background matches the requirements for the position. You 
are being evaluated under the category rating method which means, if you 
are determined to be qualified, you will be placed into the Best 
Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified Category.

We will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your 
responses on the assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher 
than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be 
adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. We 
will evaluate your qualifications and eligibility and notify you if you 
meet minimum qualification requirements.

NOTE: We do not require a separate statement responding to the 
competencies, also referred to as Knowledge, Skills and Abilities 
(KSAs). However, your resume should clearly show possession of these 

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