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Job Title:Environmental Protection Specialist, GS-0028-11/12

Agency:Environmental Protection Agency

Job Announcement Number:LV-R10-MP-2012-0066

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$61,255.00 to $95,444.00 / Per Year


Tuesday, October 23, 2012 to Tuesday, November 13, 2012




Full-time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Seattle, WA, USView Map


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, Office of Compliance and Enforcement, Pesticides& Toxics Unit, in Seattle, Washington.  
For more information on this office, visit their website:


  • You must submit resume and required documents(See How to Apply)
  • Position has portable work and selectee may be eligible to telework.
  • 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 Project officer for one or more Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) Cooperative Agreements and potential special project grants. Negotiate workplans, primary point-of-contact for grantees, and provide support to FIFRA compliance and enforcement program through state/tribal oversight and other support activities. Lead for high priority issues with assigned states and/or tribes, and conducts oversight of state/tribal pesticide programs. Conduct end-of-year review with grantees evaluating programs, improvements and their implementation. Provide support for planning and implementation of the Region 10 Tribal Pesticides Program. Participate in workgroups and meetings to evaluate and recommend improvements to tribal pesticide policies, strategies, and guidance. Provide technical and programmatic assistance to tribes in Region 10. Plan and conduct special project, such as assessing pesticide use and risk issues in Indian Country, exploring opportunities to fund new tribal programs, and enhancing tribal communication and coordination. Serve as the lead staff person for planning and implementing EPA’s Pesticides and Water Quality Program in Region 10. Work directly with the State Lead Agencies and appropriate tribes to provide guidance, assistance, and oversight of pesticide management plans, projects and reports requirements to protect water resources. Participate in workgroups and meetings evaluating and recommending improvement to EPA’s water quality/pesticides policies, strategies, and program guidance.


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 more than 50% of your work time on contracts, grants/cooperative agreements, and/or interagency agreements.


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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-11 level, you need to have at least one year of full time experience defined as utilizing standard gathering and analysis techniques to collect and review technical information on environmental activities/assignments and to identify and solve problems of a procedural or factual nature; and experience assisting with customer requests/complaints specific to an environmental issue/program. OR Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree; or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; or LL.M., in any academic discipline.

To qualify for the GS-12 level, you need to have at least one year of full time experience defined as advising and coordinating environmental activities/assignments and determining the scope and identify the appropriate approach to successfully complete the assignment; and experience advising on customer requests specific to an environmental issue/program.
Your answers to the on-line assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas:  


Knowledge of environmental laws, programs, and policies.


Ability to carry-out routine activities and assignments.

Ability to communicate orally to a group.


Knowledge of the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act.

Knowledge of the Tribal Pesticides Program.

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.

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.

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Benefits will not change for current permanent EPA employees.


This position is in the bargaining unit.

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

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.


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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 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
--(NOTE TO HR SPECIALIST: Use only for professional positions with a positive education requirement) 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.
--(NOTE TO HR SPECIALIST: Use only for non-professional positions GS-11 and below) College transcripts - if qualifying for this position based on education or a combination of experience and education, you are 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.
--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:


Jennifer Jeffries
Phone: 702-646-8934
Fax: 702-798-2433
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.

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