[ES_JOBS_NET] Biologist/Environmental Engineer/Physical Scientist, EPA, DC area

Christine Wiedinmyer christin at ucar.edu
Thu Jan 21 12:39:20 MST 2016


*Job Title: *Biologist/Environmental Engineer/Physical Scientist
*Agency: *Environmental Protection Agency
*Job Announcement Number: *RTP-ORD-DE-2015-0042

$92,145.00 to $119,794.00 / Per Year

Thursday, January 21, 2016 to Wednesday, January 27, 2016


1 vacancy - Arlington, VA

This position is located in the Office of Research and Development, 
National Center for Environmental Research, Applied Science and 
Education Division in Arlington, VA.

*The duty station of this position is currently in Arlington, VA; 
however, the duty station will change to Washington, DC effective 
mid-February/March of 2016 due to the relocation of the organization.*

For more information on this office, visit their website:


  * No


  * If you are selected, a pre-employment background check is required.
  * You must submit resume and required documents (See How to Apply)
  * Position has educational/degree requirements. (See Qualifications
  * EPA and non-EPA applicants must submit transcripts/course listings.
  * You may be required to travel 1 to 5 days per month.
  * You must be a U.S. citizen.



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*At the entry level of this position, you will:*

- Serve as the Program Manager for comprehensive, interdisciplinary 
research efforts to assess air pollution, the consequences of global 
change, and human health impacts.

- Manage the planning, coordination, implementation, and evaluation of 
EPA’s grants for air pollution, global change research, and related 
human health projects.

- Serve as project officer by monitoring the progress of work to ensure 
compliance, and providing guidance on legal and administrative requirements.

- Develop written materials, activity reports, and project status summaries.

- Represent the Agency as the principal scientific expert on task 
forces, work groups and in meetings as part of the Agency planning and 
budgeting process.

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.



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

*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*: 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 areas 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.


*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.

*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 with education 
equivalent to one of the majors listed that included*at least 24 
semester*hours in physical science and/or related engineering science.

*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-13*level, you need to have at least one year of 
full time experience defined as interpreting atmospheric, chemical 
and/or physical analyses for assessing the impact of climate change on 
air quality or human health*OR*developing, coordinating, and 
implementing research projects and tasks to address scientific questions 
within the areas of air pollution, global change, and/or health impacts.

Your answers to the on-line assessment will be used to evaluate your 
competencies in the following areas:*1)*Knowledge of the principles, 
theories, and practices of environmental and climatic science and 
atmospheric modeling;*2)*Ability to plan, coordinate, and evaluate 
multi-disciplinary research programs and interpret and document research 
findings;*3)*Skill in incorporating into guidelines and criteria, the 
latest developments and changes in the areas of climate 
science;*4)*Knowledge of laws and regulations pertaining to air and 
water quality;*5)*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.

If you are selected, you will be required to complete a Confidential 
Financial Disclosure Form prior to your first day of employment and 
annually thereafter.

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

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.


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 
*To preview questions pleaseclick here 



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You can review our benefits 

Join EPA in protecting human health and the environment and enjoy many 
work life quality options! Working for the EPA offers you a 
comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, 
sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation 
in the Federal Employees Retirement System. To learn more about us, 
visitLife and Careers at EPA <http://www.epa.gov/careers/>.


Position has portable work and selectee may be eligible to telework.

Are you a Displaced Federal Employee? If so, please read the Required 
Documents and visit the EPA website for additional 

EPA participates in e-Verify. E-Verify is an Internet based system 
operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership 
with the Social Security Administration (SSA) that enables participating 
employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their 
newly hired employees. For additional 

This information is used to determine your qualifications for 
employment. The use of this information is authorized under Title 5 USC, 
Sections 3302 and 3361.

If you have part-time work experience, read this: 

If you are selected, travel, transportation, and relocation 
expenses*will not*be paid by EPA. Any travel, transportation, and 
relocation expenses associated with reporting to work in this position 
will be*your*responsibility.


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You are strongly encouraged to read the entire announcement before you 
submit your application for this position.

To begin the application process, click the Apply On-line button to the 
right on this screen, follow the prompts to log-in/register, submit all 
required documents, and complete the assessment questionnaire. To be 
considered, you must submit a complete application package by 11:59 PM 
Eastern time on the closing date of this announcement.

All required supporting documents will be collected 
electronically*via*the USA Jobs document portfolio feature.

If you cannot apply on-line, you must contact the Human Resources Office 
listed to the right for assistance no later than three business days 
prior to the closing date of this announcement. You must provide 
complete application materials by the closing date of this announcement.

For detailed instructions to assist you in ensuring your application 
package is received, go tohttp://www.epa.gov/careers/evapr.html


Documents to be submitted on-line:

*- Resume*clearly stating your experience related to this position as 
described in the Duties Section and Qualifications Required Section. In 
describing your experience, you need to be clear and specific. We may 
not make assumptions regarding your experience.

*- Responses*to the on-line assessment questionnaire.

*- College transcripts*- required to submit either unofficial 
transcripts or a list of courses that includes school(s) attended, 
school address, course title, grades earned, completion dates, 
department, and quarter or semester hours earned.

*- Veterans' Preference Documents*- DD-214 Member 4 copy, VA Letter, and 
SF-15, if applicable; active duty military submit statement of service 
from commanding officer documenting dates of active duty and any 
campaign medals/badges; include character of service.

*- Displaced Federal employees under ICTAP/CTAP*- copy of your most 
recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility, and your most 
current SF-50 noting position, grade level, tenure, and duty station.

Additional information can be found on our web 


Marketa Evans
Phone: 800-433-9633
Fax: 919-541-0160
Email: evans.marketa at epa.gov

Agency Information:
Environmental Protection Agency
US Environmental Protection Agency
Human Resources Management Division
109 T.W. Alexander Drive, MD C639-02
Research Triangle Pk, NC
Fax: 919-541-0160


You can track the progress of your application package*via*your USAJobs 

You will receive an acknowledgement from USAJobs that your submission 
was successful, once we have received your on-line occupational 
questionnaire, resume and any supporting documentation.

You will be notified of the status of your application*via your 
USAJobs*Account after we conduct a qualification review of your complete 
application package. You will be contacted if further evaluation or 
interviews are required. Any exaggeration of your experience, false 
statements, or attempt to conceal information may disqualify you for 
employment consideration. We may verify all information you provide in 
your resume and questionnaire responses, through reference and/or 
background check, and/or verification of your education.

If you are selected, you will be contacted personally by the human 
resources office posting this announcement.

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