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.
Toxicologist: You must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited or pre-accredited college or university in toxicology, or an appropriate discipline of the biological, medical, or veterinary sciences that included at least 30 semester hours in chemistry, biochemistry, or physiology, and 12 semester hours in toxicology.
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-12 level, you need to have at least one year of full time experience equivalent to the GS-11 level defined as evaluating hazard and/or risk assessments as it relates to the effects industrial chemicals, biological agents, and/or nanomaterials have on humans and the environment.
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 developing hazard information and/or risk assessments; and analyzing and evaluating data as it relates to the effects industrial chemicals, biological agents, and/or nanomaterials have on humans and the environment.
Your answers to the on-line assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas: 1) Skill in evaluating environmental hazard information and risk assessments; 2) Knowledge of risks and/or hazards associated with industrial chemicals, biological agents and nanomaterials; 3) Ability to work on a multi-disciplinary team of scientists; 4) Skill in preparing hazard and risk characterizations; 5) Skill in written communication; 6) Skill in developing methodologies to improve environmental hazard information and risk assessments; 7) Skill in data analysis; 8) Skill in oral 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.