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Job Title:  Chemist/Physical Scientist (Environmental) , GS-1320/1301-12/13
Agency:  Environmental Protection Agency
Job Announcement Number:  CI-OECA-DE-2013-0001

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$73,848.00 to $114,158.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 to Monday, January 28, 2013
Full-time - Permanent
1 vacancy - Lakewood, CO, US  View Map

Any U.S. citizen may apply.


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This position is located in the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, Office of Criminal Enforcement, Forensics and Training, National Enforcement Investigations Center, Laboratory Branch, Lakewood, CO.  
For more information on this office, visit their website  


  • If you are selected, a pre-employment background check is required.
  • You must submit resume and required documents(See How to Apply)
  • Pre-employment physical is required and periodic physicals thereafter.
  • 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: 

--Provide advice to EPA offices and other Federal and state agencies on matters of expertise pertaining to investigations.  Prepare complete and accurate reports that include the results of chemical analyses; coordinate reviews and present results to enforcement officials; and be prepared to defend the validity of the data in legal proceedings both as a fact and expert witness.  

--Serve as Laboratory Branch expert in analytical chemistry, environmental chemistry, physical chemistry, physical science, geology, and/or applied science.  Independently perform analysis of a wide variety of waste materials for enforcement actions with an emphasis on instrumentation such as X-ray diffraction or X-ray fluorescence, and/or microscopic analysis such as scanning electron microscopy or light microscopy.  Select the analytical methods for the analysis of environmental and industrial waste materials and assures the analyses are performed within required quality control guidelines.  Analyze difficult samples for unique constituents using sophisticated instrumentation.  Plan, develop, and verify new analytical methodology as needed in support of investigations.

--Coordinate the activities of teams conducting complex enforcement investigations.  Serve as principal analytical chemist in planning investigations in conjunction with the requesting investigator, enforcement officer or attorney. Guide less experienced chemists/scientists in analytical techniques.  Participate in work groups (internal and external to NEIC); and as a team member on teams.

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. 


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You need a degree or combination of education and experience as described below to qualify for this position.

In addition to the educational requirements, we are looking for at least one year of specialized experience related to this position as described below:

--Experience participating in investigations and coordinating the activities of teams conducting investigations

--Experience participating in the development, implementation, evaluation, and continuous updating of analytical methods, techniques, and procedures used in scientific investigations

To qualify for the GS-12 level, you need to have at least one year of full time experience at or equivalent to the GS-11 level.

To qualify for the GS-13 level, you need to have at least one year of full time experience at or equivalent to the GS-12 level.

Your answers to the on-line assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas:  

1.  Knowledge of the principles, theories, and practices of related areas of chemistry or physical science sufficient to direct a team of lower level chemists/scientists and technicians

2.  Ability to use complex analytical instrumentation, including, but not limited to X-ray fluorescence, X-ray diffraction, or scanning electron microscopy; and perform required analyses on a variety of matrices

3.  Ability to analyze complex samples using existing procedures; modify these procedures as needed to fit the goals of the project; and maintain the quality control objectives of the project

4.  Skill in written communications to prepare reports and present findings and analyses in a clear, convincing, and organized manner

5.  Skill in oral communications to convey substantive opinions, defend recommendations, and present analyses

6.  Skill in establishing and maintaining good working relationships while participating in team processes

Basic Requirements for Chemistry Series, 1320:

A.  Degree in physical sciences, life sciences, or engineering that included 30 semester hours in chemistry, supplemented by course work in mathematics through differential and integral calculus, and at least 6 semester hours of physics.  OR

B.  A combination of education and experience--course work equivalent to a major as shown in A above, including at least 30 semester hours in chemistry, supplemented by mathematics through differential and integral calculus, and at least 6 semester hours of physics, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

Basic Requirements for Physical Science Series, 1301:

A.  Degree in 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.  OR

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

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:

If you are selected, you will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Form prior to your first day of employment and annually thereafter.

If you are selected, you must complete a one year probationary period.

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.


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. You are being evaluated under the category rating method which means, if you are determined to be qualified, you will be placed into the "Best Qualified", "Well Qualified", or "Qualified" Category. 

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.


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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.

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

EPA participates in e-Verify.  E-Verify is an Internet based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA) that enables participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees. For additional information

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.

If you have part-time work experience, read this:  (

This position is in the bargaining unit.


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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.
--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.
--Veterans' Preference Documents - DD-214 Member 4 copy, VA Letter, and SF-15, if applicable; active duty military submit statement of service from commanding officer documenting dates of active duty and any campaign medals/badges; include character of service.
--Displaced Federal employees under ICTAP/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.

Additional information can be found on our web site:


Phone: 513-569-7700
Fax: 513-569-7826
Agency Information:
Environmental Protection Agency
US Environmental Protection Agency
Human Resources Office
26 West Martin Luther King Drive
Cincinnati, OH
Fax: 513-569-7826


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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