This Position Is No Longer Available
  1. Overview
  2. Duties
  3. Qualifications & Evaluations
  4. Benefits & Other Info
  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Interdisciplinary Biologist, General Engineer, Physical Scientist (DEU)

Department:Department Of Commerce

Agency:Office of the Secretary

Job Announcement Number:OSOAS-2013-0012

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$62,467.00 to $97,333.00 / Per Year


Monday, January 14, 2013 to Monday, January 21, 2013




Career/Career-Conditional - Permanent/Full-time




Few vacancies in the following location:
District Of Columbia County, DC, USView Map


All U.S. citizens


The Office of Administrative Services (OAS) is looking for bright, energetic, and results-oriented individuals to join our fast-paced organization. OAS is a team of professionals who provide quality support services to Department of Commerce employees, enabling them to focus on their core missions. OAS specialties include building management, real and personal property management, travel management, and energy and environmental management.

This position may be filled either as a 401 (Biologist), 801(General Engineer) or 1301 (Physical Scientist). The series of the position will be determined by the qualifications of the selectee.  This vacancy is being concurrently advertised under Merit Assignment Procedures (MAP). Candidates may apply under vacancy announcement No. #OSOAS-2013-0011. Candidates who wish to be considered under both delegated examining & merit assignment procedures MUST apply to both vacancy announcements. The position(s) is located in the Office of Administrative Services, Office of Sustainable Energy and Environmental Programs in Washington, D.C. Candidates who wish to be considered under both delegated examining & merit assignment procedures MUST apply to both vacancy announcements. This position is a ZA-III band which is equivalent to the GS-11/12.


  • Relocation expenses will not be paid.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • Registered for Selective Service if applicable (
  • Must be suitable for Federal employment.
  • Must meet the OPM Qualification Standard requirements of the position.
  • Time-in-grade must be met by the closing date Eastern Time Zone (ETZ).


Back to top

The incumbent develops and coordinates the implementation of a comprehensive energy and water conservation program across the Department of Commerce (DOC) and its 12 Operating Units.  Participates in the efforts to increase awareness and education about renewable energy, energy efficiency and water conservation; develops metrics and leading indicators to assess and monitor performance and progress against goals; assist in developing policy and procedures for program implementation and execution, incorporates provisions into comprehensive sustainable building guidance, provides technical advice and assistance on the applicability of laws, executive orders, policies, standards, methodologies, and procedures pertaining to energy management, renewable energy, and water conservation in the design, construction, operations and repair/upgrade of all DOC facilities.  Serves as the DOC subject matter expert on new and emerging energy and water conservation technologies and applications, including cost estimates, life-cycle analyses, and alternative financing vehicles and provides technical advice and assistance to DOC operating units in developing and implementing plans and programs related to all of the above. Performs reviews of technical surveys and audits of buildings to determine the energy and cost savings likely to result from the use of appropriate energy related maintenance, operating procedures, and retrofit modifications including the purchase and installation of more energy efficient equipment and the use of renewable energy sources.  Develops point papers, briefs, speeches, and technical presentations related to these program areas.  Develops and tracks budget and training requirements related to these program areas.

The incumbent is responsible for serving as the project manager responsible for the overall management, control, tracking, coordination, and execution of assigned projects with multiple Commerce Department Bureaus.   The incumbent will integrate sponsor/customer requirements and participation into comprehensive risk and project management plans.   


Back to top

In addition to meeting the educational requirements, applicants must also possess 52 weeks of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the next lower grade level or band that has equipped you with the necessary knowledge skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position. To qualify at the Band III level, you must have at least 1 year of specialized experience which is equivalent to at least the next lower grade level (GS-9 OR equivalent band). Specialized experience is defined as assisting in developing a sustainability plan; experience assisting in developing performance metrics and talking points for scorecard or performance briefs and reports that demonstrate progress against strategic sustainability metrics; experience assimilating and analyzing a greenhouse gas inventory and/or energy/sustainability data; experience with facility energy audits and/or assessments, experience developing and managing project schedules, and/or experience using MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, and Project.

Selective Placement Factor (SPF): In addition to meeting the specialized experience, applicants must possess the SPF essential for successful job performance. Candidate must possess formal project or program management credentials such as Project Management Professional (PMP), Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) Program Management level II or higher, or equivalent as well as one of the following professional certifications: LEED Green Associate, LEED Accredited Professional or Certified Energy Manager.

This position has a positive educational requirement. 

Basic Qualifications for the Biologist (401):  Applicants must possess the following: A Degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or a related discipline.

OR a combination of experience and education, with courses equivalent to a major as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

Basic Qualifications for the General Engineer (801):  Applicants must possess the following: Degree: professional engineering. To be acceptable, the curriculum must: (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one 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 (more advanced than 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. OR Combination of education and experience -- 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. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following: Professional registration -- Current registration as a professional engineer by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions) are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration. For example, an applicant who attains registration through a State Board's eminence provision as a manufacturing engineer typically would be rated eligible only for manufacturing engineering positions. Written Test -- Evidence of having succesfully passed the Engineer- in-Training (EIT) examination, or the written test required for professional registration, which is administered by the Boards of Engineering Examiners in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico. Applicants who have passed the EIT examination and have completed all the requirements for either (a) a bachelor's degree in engineering technology (BET) from an accredited college of 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) may be rated eligible for certain engineering positions at GS-5. Eligibility is limited to positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of the engineering technology program. Applicants for positions that involve highly technical research, development, or similar functions requiring an advanced level of competence in basic science must meet the basic requirements in paragraph A. Because of the diversity in kind and quality of BET programs, graduates of other BET programs are required to complete at least 1 year of additional education or highly technical work experience of such nature as to provide reasonable assurance of the possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for professional engineering competence. The adequacy of this background must be demonstrated by passing the EIT examination. Specified academic courses -- Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses 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. Related curriculum -- Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field, e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. Ordinarily there should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering-type experience, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions. (The above examples of related curricula are not all-inclusive.) Education may be substituted for Specialized Experience for ZA-III Pay Band: Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related. Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities/competencies necessary to do the work of the position.  

Basic Qualifications for the Physical Scientist (1301):

Degree: 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.


Combination of education and experience -- education equivalent to one of the majors shown in above that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

Applicants must meet ALL application requirements, to include a complete online resume, by 11:59 pm EASTERN TIME(ET) on the closing date of this announcement. Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement. Qualification requirements in the vacancy announcements are based on the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualification Standards Handbook, which contains federal qualification standards. This handbook is available on the Office of Personnel Management's website located at


We will review your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications for the position. If you meet the minimum qualifications stated in the vacancy announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter and supporting documentation to your responses on the scored occupational questionnaire (True/False, Yes/No, Multiple Choice questions). However, your resume or optional cover letter must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. The best qualified candidates will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview. The scored occupational questionnaire will evaluate you on the following competencies; please do not provide a separate written response:

1. Knowledge of the methods and techniques of engineering;

2. Knowledge of the theories, principles, and methods of energy and water management;

3. Knowledge of energy instensity and greenhouse gas inventorying and reporting.

To preview questions please click here.


Back to top
The Department of Commerce offers a comprehensive benefits package. Explore the benefits offered to most Federal employees at


ICTAP candidates will be eligible if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position by attaining at least a rating of 85 out of 100. Information about ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management's Career Transition Resources website at: ICTAP applicants MUST submit the following documents:

1. A copy of your specific RIF notice, written notice of your expected separation or other documentation of priority consideration status;

2. A copy of your latest SF-50 - noting current position, grade level, and duty location;

3. A copy of your latest performance appraisal including your rating; and

4. Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.

The following links provide information on how you may be eligible for various hiring authorities:

1. VRA -

2. VEOA -

3. 30% or more disabled veteran -

4. Persons with disabilities -

5. CTAP -

6. ICTAP -


Back to top
Your complete application, including required documents, must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. To apply on-line, you must complete and submit an application by accessing the USAJOBS website at To begin, click the Apply Online button near the bottom of this screen and follow the prompts to register into your USAJOBS account, answer the questions, and submit all required documents. To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select Apply Online to continue. If you have problems completing your on-line application, including problems submitting your supporting documents, please contact the Help Desk by email at or by phone at 866-656-6831. The help desk is available Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET. For instructions on submitting your application in another format, please contact: Sherry Cox, Human Resources Assistant at 202-482-4278 or email at


A complete application consists of the following:

• Resume showing relevant experience; cover letter optional. Your resume must indicate your citizenship and if you are registered for Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/59. Your resume should also list your educational and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week. For work in the Federal service, please include the grade level for the position(s). Your resume may be used to validate your responses to the assessment tool(s).

• Veterans' Preference documentation. Please indicate on your resume the type of veterans' preference you are claiming and provide the appropriate supporting documentation (DD-214 stating disposition of discharge or character of service, VA letter, SF-15, etc.) to validate your claim. For more information regarding eligibility requirements, please go to:

• Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) documentation, if applicable (see "Other Information"). Failure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration.

• Education, this position requires proof of higher education, you must submit a copy of your project or program management credentials such as Project Management Professional (PMP), Defense Acquisition Workforce Improvement Act (DAWIA) Program Management level II or higher, or equivalent and LEED Green Associate, LEED Accredited Professional or Certified Energy Manager certififcation and an unofficial transcript or a list of courses that includes the following information: name of accredited institution, grades earned, completion dates, and quarter and semester hours earned. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the requirements. Please refer to for more information. You are not required to submit official documents at this time; copies are sufficient however, you will be asked for official documents should you be selected for the position.

FAILURE TO SUBMIT (VIA FAX OR UPLOAD) THE APPLICABLE DOCUMENTS MAY EXCLUDE YOU FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION. Special Instructions for Foreign Education: Qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in U.S. colleges and universities. Applicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degree. A listing of these accredited organizations can be found on the Department of Education's website - You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your application. Failure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration.



Terri Sosa
Phone: 202-482-4791
Fax: 571-258-4052
Agency Information:
1401 Constitution Ave. NW
Rm 7412
Attn: Human Resources
Washington, DC
Fax: 571-258-4052


You will be notified of the application status through USAJOBS at four points during the hiring process, as applicable. You can check the status of your application by accessing the USAJOBS website at and clicking on "Track Your Online Application." The four points of notification are:

1. Application Received or Application Incomplete;

2. Minimum Qualification Requirement Met or Minimum Qualification Requirement Not Met;

3. Eligible(Application Referred to the Selecting Official) or Eligible (Application Not Referred to the Selecting Official); and

4. Selected or Not Selected.

By submitting your application, you are certifying the accuracy of the information contained in your application. If you make a false statement in any part of your application, you may not be hired; you may be terminated after you begin work; or, you may be fined or jailed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation. You will be required to submit official documentation prior to appointment. The agency will then verify the information provided on your application (i.e., degree, veterans' preference, disability, etc.).

Back to top
Print Preview

Job Announcement Number:


Control Number: