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Job Title:Environmental Engineer (TERM)

Department:Department Of The Interior

Agency:Interior, US Fish and Wildlife Service

Job Announcement Number:R1-13-813028-SG

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$60,520.00 to $94,300.00 / Per Year


Monday, January 14, 2013 to Monday, August 12, 2013




Full Time - Term NTE 13 months




1 vacancy in the following location:
Portland, OR United StatesView Map


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This is a full-time position, not-to-exceed 13 months; initial appointment may be extended up to a total of 4 years without further competition.

Annual Salary: Employees new to the federal government start at step 1.
GS-11, step 1 - $60,520 - step 10 $78,674
GS-12, step 1 - $72,540 - step 10 $94,300


  • U.S. Citizenship and Background Investigation
  • Trial Probationary Period
  • Procurement Integrity Requirements Apply.


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This Environmental Engineer is in the Division of Engineering, Portland, Oregon, and will coordinate environmental compliance and pollution control program activities. Major duties include:

  • Surveys and evaluates Service facilities for compliance with environmental laws and regulations; reviews field stations operations and maintenance activities for potential environmental impacts.
  • Assists in developing new programs to ensure long range environmental and pollution control compliance; develops programs for resolving compliance deficiencies.
  • Serves as Contracting Officer's Representative, prepares Scopes of Work, reports and costs estimates for environmental projects, monitors project activities and resources to mitigate risk; reviews and authorizes construction plans and specifications for environmental compliance.
  • Assists in developing policy and directives for ensuring compliance with environmental laws and regulations; makes presentations on environmental issues and project status; exchange information, evaluate, and finalize project design criteria.

If selected at the GS-11 grade level, you will perform the same kind of duties as described above, but under closer supervision and training will be provided for progression towards the full performance level.


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You must meet all qualification requirements outlined in this vacancy by 11:59 PM (EST) on the closing date of the announcement. .

Have a bachelor's or higher degree in professional engineering from an ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) accredited school;
Have a bachelor's or higher degree in professional engineering. The curriculum included differential and integral calculus and courses (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;
Be currently registered as a professional engineer by a state in the U.S., the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico, AND have college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering;
Have completed all the requirements for either (a) a bachelor's degree in engineering technology (BET) from an accredited college or university that included 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences, or (b) a BET from a program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET); AND have successfully passed the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) examination or Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination, or the written test required for professional registration, that is administered by the Boards of Engineering Examiners in the various states, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico;
Have a combination of at least 4 years of college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that included successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences, including the courses listed above. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum;
Have a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field (for example, physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology); and have at least one full year of professional engineering experience equivalent to the GS-5 grade level that was acquired under a professional training program or under professional engineering supervision and guidance.

To qualify at the GS-11 grade level, applicants must
Possess one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the next lower grade (GS-9) level in the federal service which equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of this position. Specialized experience is defined as 1) assisting with the review, interpretation/application of federal, state and local environmental regulatory compliance requirements; 2) conducting field assessments and assuring the adequacy/validity of data; and 3) preparing hazardous materials business plans and other reports to include implementing corrective actions. NOTE: Your resume must show applicable experience in all these areas to qualify.
Possess 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree directly related to the work of this position.
Possess an equivalent combination of specialized experience and directly related graduate level education (as described above) that, when computed as percentages of their respective requirements, equals at least 100% when combined. Only graduate education beyond the 2nd year (36 semester hours) is creditable to meet this standard.

To qualify at the GS-12 grade level, applicants must:
Possess one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the next lower grade (GS-11) level in the Federal service which equipped the applicant with the knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of this position. Specialized experience is defined as 1) reviewing, interpreting and applying federal, state and local environmental regulatory compliance requirements to projects; 2) developing and implementing procedures related to environmental compliance; 3) conducting field assessments; and 4) preparing hazardous materials business plans and other reports to include testing samples and implementing corrective actions. NOTE: Your resume must show applicable experience in all these areas to qualify.

NOTE: If individual courses are not easily identifiable as satisfying the various course categories shown above in Basic Requirements and they are needed to meet the minimum standard, you MUST submit written course descriptions verified by the school, i.e., from the school catalog, official course syllabus, or course description for each applicable class to be qualifying. Your own notations/comments are NOT official documentation.



Copies of transcripts are acceptable for application purposes; if selected, official transcripts must be submitted.
All qualifying education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. You can verify accreditation at

Foreign Education: You can receive credit for education earned outside the United States if you provide evidence that it is comparable to an accredited educational institution, or that full credit has been given by an accredited institution in the United States. For more information, see

It is your responsibility to provide evidence that educational provisions are met when applying.

OTHER KEY REQUIREMENTS (conditions of employment)

Pre-employment medical examination.
Must have, or be able to obtain a valid state driver's license.
Direct deposit of salary payment.
Must apply for Government travel charge card if expected to travel on official business.


Your application will be evaluated and rated under the Category Rating and Selection Procedures.

If you meet the minimum qualifications for this job, your evaluation will be based on a review of your complete application package and the extent to which your responses to the Questionnaire relate to the knowledge, skills and abilities listed below:

  • Knowledge of environmental compliance concepts, principles, and practices.
  • Ability to interpret and apply federal, state, and local environmental laws and regulations.
  • Ability to apply the principles, methods, and tools of project management.
  • Ability to communicate technical environmental compliance information to diverse audiences. 

We will then place you in one of three categories:
Qualified:  Meets minimum qualifications established for the position, but fails to meet the benchmark definition for the Well Qualified category
Well Qualified:  Demonstrates overall competency in the knowledge, skills, and abilities of the position.
Best Qualified:  Demonstrates high proficiency and comprehensive level of knowledge, skills, and abilities of the position. 

Please make sure that your responses to the questionnaire are supported in your resume. Also, follow all instructions carefully as errors and omissions may affect your score.

Note: If a determination is made that you have rated yourself higher than is apparent in your description of experience and/or education, OR that your application is incomplete, you may be rated ineligible, not qualified, or your score may be lowered.

Veterans’ Preference: Category rating and selection procedures place those with veterans’ preference above non-preference eligibles within each category. Veterans who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent are listed in the highest quality category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-9 grade level or higher.
To preview the Questionnaire, click View Assessment Questions.



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The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees.  For more information about these benefits, please visit

Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses WILL NOT be paid by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Any moving expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee.



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Your complete Application Package must be received by 11:59 PM (EASTERN STANDARD TIME) Monday, February 04, 2013.

To begin the process, click the Apply Online button to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account. Follow the prompts to complete the occupational questionnaire. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button at the end of the process.

Note: To check the status of your application or return to a previous or incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account, select Application Status, and click on the more information link under the application status for this position.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following link  The vacancy ID for this job is 813028. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.

If you cannot apply online:

1. Click the following link to view and print the Occupational Questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire, and

2. Print this OPM Form 1203-FX  to provide your responses to the Occupational Questionnaire, and

3. Fax the completed 1203-FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144. Your 1203-FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


Ensure your application materials DO NOT include your date-of-birth or contain photograph(s).

For this job announcement, the following documents are required:

Resume or Application. At a minimum, your resume MUST contain job title (include job series and grade, if federal), duties, starting and ending dates (month and year), hours worked per week, and salary.  USAJOBS has a template to ensure a complete resume.
Responses to the Occupational Questionnaire.
Transcripts, if qualifying based on education.
Copy of current registration as a professional engineer, if used to meet basic qualification requirement.
Copy of proof of having passed the EIT/FE examination, if used to meet the basic qualification requirement.
Veteran’s documentation (Member 4 copy of DD-214, or equivalent, SF-15  and VA letter, as appropriate), if applicable.
Proof of eligibility for priority placement as a surplus or displaced Federal employee under the Career Transition Assistance Program / Interagency Career Transition Program, if applicable.  CTAP/ICTAP applicants who meet the definition of well-qualified will be referred.  See

If you do not submit all the required materials, we will not be able to fully process your application, and you may lose consideration for this position.  No additional information will be solicited or accepted after the closing date.

If you have any problems submitting your application, contact the online help at

If you have questions about the vacancy, contact Human Resources at the phone number or email address listed below and reference R1-13-813028-SG.


Sue Godfrey
Phone: (503)231-6136
Agency Information:
US Fish and Wildlife Service Oregon
911 NE 11th Ave
Portland, OR


After you've successfully submitted the online Occupational Questionnaire, you will automatically receive an e-mail acknowledging receipt. After the vacancy closes, your application will be reviewed. Within approximately 20 business days, we will notify you of your rating and/or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.

REMINDER: It is your responsibility to maintain access to your e-mail account; undelivered e-mails may cause you to lose consideration or not receive information about your application. Be sure to include your full name and vacancy number (R1-13-813028-SG) in any inquiries regarding this job. Let us know if your contact information changes, or you decide you no longer wish to be considered for the position. If we're unable to contact you, or you do not respond to requests for information, it may be grounds for not selecting you

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