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Job Title:Environmental Protection Specialist, GS-0028-12/13

Agency:Environmental Protection Agency

Job Announcement Number:LV-R10-MP-2013-0003

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

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$73,420.00 to $113,496.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, November 06, 2012 to Friday, November 30, 2012




Full-time - Permanent




FEW vacancies - Seattle, WA, US


Current permanent EPA employees in Region 10 with competitive status and CTAP eligibles.


Earth Day is every day at EPA! Our diverse workforce connects to more than just a career-we share a common passion to promote a cleaner, healthier environment.  We consistently rank as one of the top Federal agencies in which to work, with great benefits and work flexibilities.  See more about us here:

This position is located in Region 10, in the Office of Water and Watersheds, Water Quality Standards Unit in Seattle, Washington. For more information on this office, visit their website:


  • You must submit resume and required documents (See How to Apply Tab)
  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • You may be required to travel 1 to 5 days per month.
  • Position has portable work and selectee may be eligible to telework.


At the full performance level, you will: Function as a Water Quality Standards (WQS) Coordinator for states and tribes in Region 10. Help tribes identify whether development of water quality standards (WQS) for reservation waters would be of environmental benefit to the tribe, address issues with states and tribes involved in developing preliminary water quality standards (WQS) packages, and incorporate technical and policy considerations into state and tribal water quality standards (WQS). Addresses water quality problems that significantly effect environmental and/or public health throughout Region 10, both in state and tribal waters by reviewing and evaluating state and tribal water quality standards and criteria. Negotiate proposed content of water quality standards (WQS) with state and tribes to resolve potential differences in approach or protection level and recommend approval or disapproval of water quality standards (WQS) to EPA management. Provide information to other federal agencies, tribes, state agencies, and other related entities concerning specific water quality criteria and standards. Serve as a member of the litigation team when water quality standards (WQS) decisions become subject to litigation and provide technical information to attorneys during the review of water quality standards (WQS). Provide technical and policy support to the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL), 303(d) Listing, National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES), and Tribal programs. Develop assessments and consult on state and tribal water quality standards (WQS) actions under the endangered species act (ESA), as appropriate. Working with other federal agencies, affected tribes and states, address and resolve any issues identified during the endangered species act (ESA) consultation. At the lower grade level, your assignments may be less complex and/or you may need more guidance from your supervisor.


You will spend no more than 5% of your work time on contracts, grants/cooperative agreements, and/or interagency agreements.


You do not need a degree to qualify for this position.

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 defined as experience demonstrating written communication to make recommendations, provide advice, and prepare analysis and reports pertaining to water quality protection AND experience coordinating technical projects/

assignments to determine the scope and identify the appropriate approach to successfully complete the assignment.


To qualify for the GS-13 level, you need to have at least one year of full time experience defined as developing written communication to make recommendations, provide advice, and prepare analysis and reports pertaining to water quality protection AND experience managing and coordinating technical projects/

assignments to determine the scope and identify the appropriate approach to successfully complete the assignment


Your answers to the on-line assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas:  Knowledge of the Clean Water Act, including water quality standards. Knowledge of State and Tribes within the Region; Ability to apply water quality criteria, standards, and regulations into programmatic settings such as National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits and Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs); Ability to develop and maintain a relationship with a variety of parties both within the Agency and among other agencies; Ability to conduct Endangered Species Act (ESA) consultations in order to determine outstanding issues; Ability to present complex regulatory programs specifically, Clean Water Act programs; Ability to plan, organize, and direct complex environmental quality studies; Knowledge of environmental concepts, principles, and practices.

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 must meet time in grade requirements no later than 30 calendar days after the closing date of this announcement.



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 and an applicable score assigned.

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 competencies.

To preview questions please click here.


Benefits will not change for current permanent EPA employees.


This position is in the bargaining unit.


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 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.


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


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 to .


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
--Displaced Federal employees under 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.
--Current EPA Employees:  You are encouraged to submit a Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50).  If you fail to provide an SF-50, we will access your Federal employment records in e-OPF to verify your eligibility to be considered. If your eligibility for consideration cannot be determined, your application will be rated ineligible.

If you want to know more about submitting documentation to our office, visit EPA's web site:


Melissa A. Rodriguez
Phone: 702-798-2401
Fax: 702-798-2433
TDD: 702-797-2421
Agency Information:
Environmental Protection Agency
US Environmental Protection Agency
Human Resources Management Division
4220 S. Maryland Pkwy Bldg A. Ste. 100
Las Vegas, NV
Fax: 702-798-2433


You can track the progress of your application package via your USAJobs account.  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.

Control Number: 330671700
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