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Job Title:Environmental Engineer

Department:Department Of Health And Human Services

Agency:Indian Health Service

Job Announcement Number:IHS-13-HQ-845447-ESEP/MP

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$89,033.00 to $115,742.00 / Per Year


Thursday, April 04, 2013 to Wednesday, April 17, 2013




Full Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location:
Rockville, MD United StatesView Map


All groups of qualified individuals


The Indian Health Service is required by law to give preference to qualified applicants who meet the Secretary of the Interior's definition of Indian for appointment to vacancies within the IHS in accordance with established IHS policy as outlined in the Indian Health Manual Part 7, Chapter 3. The Indian Health Service is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The IHS is the principal federal health care provider and health advocate for American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN). The IHS goal is to raise Indian health status to the highest possible level. IHS provides leadership and direction to programs and activities designed to improve health outcomes to over 1.9 million AI/AN through a system of IHS, Tribal and Urban operated facilities and programs. For information on the IHS visit IHS.GOV.

This position is located in the Indian Health Service (IHS), Office of Environmental Health and Engineering (OEHE) Division of Sanitation Facilities Construction (SFC).  The SFC Program provides for the construction and/or provision of water supplies, waste disposal facilities, and other essential sanitation facilities for American Indians and Alaska Natives from Florida to Alaska and California to Maine.  The SFC Program has a staff of approximately 230 engineers, over 200 support staff, and a labor force of nearly 240 temporary employees who perform the various civil, environmental, and public health engineering duties required within the IHS to insure the highest level of health for American Indians and Alaska Natives.  


The incumbent will develop and review changes to national IHS policies and procedures for the planning, design and construction of water, sewage and solid waste facilities for Native Americans and other activities of the SFC program.  This position reports directly to the Director, SFC.


Who may apply

  • Merit Promotion Plan (MPP); these are current or former Civil Service employees; PHS Commissioned Officers; or Veterans applying under VEOA
  • Excepted Service Examining Plan (ESEP: American Indians and Alaska Natives with no prior federal experience.

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  • The selected applicant will be subject to a pre-employment background
  • investigation, which will include a fingerprint check.
  • If applicable-Selective Service registration (Males born after 12/31/59)


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  • Participates in the development and implementation of policies and procedures, technical standards, standardized reporting systems and computerized tracking systems and data bases used in the sanitation facilities planning and construction program.
  • Participates in the development of evaluation criteria and methodologies for determining funding priorities for proposed sanitation facilities construction projects and assists in developing long-range sanitation facilities construction plans.
  • As a technical expert, consults with IHS officials, Federal, state and local agencies and Tribal officials regarding sanitation facilities planning and construction issues. Provides consultation and technical support to IHS HQ staff during the review and approval stages of project planning documents. 
  • Performs administrative activities necessary for an effective planning/construction program including preparing budgets, managing recurring funds, preparing supplemental funding and reprogramming requests for congressional consideration, preparing capability statements in response to funding proposals, maintaining project status data and managing personnel. 


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In order to be considered, applicants must meet all three (3) of the requirements listed below:

1. BASIC REQUIREMENTS for the Environmental Engineer, GS-0819 series:

A) Education - Successful completion of a Bachelor's or higher graduate degree in an engineering field; OR

B) A combination of education and experience that provided the abilities required to perform engineering work.  The adequacy of such a background must be demonstrated by one of the following:

·         Professional Registration, or

·         Engineer-in-Training, or

·         Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours in courses related to an engineering major, or

·         Successful completion of a Bachelor's degree in any related field plus 1 year of engineering experience.

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Ability to develop and/or review engineering designs and construction plans, serve on Architectural/Engineering selection boards, and stamp construction plans as evidenced by registration as a Professional Engineer by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico.  Failure to meet this selective factor will result in loss of consideration.

3. ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THE GS-13 LEVEL: You may be considered for this grade level if you have 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the federal service obtained in either the private or public sector, performing the following types of tasks: review changes to national policies and procedures for the planning, design and construction of water, sewage and solid waste facilities; interprets guidance and enacted environmental health legislation and its applicability to construction projects; serve on committees and coordinates with other agencies in the development of national standards for all aspects of sanitation facilities planning and construction.


You must meet the requirements of the job by this date: Wednesday, April 17, 2013


In order to receive credit for qualifying, specialized experience, the applicant’s resume MUST support their responses to the assessment questions with clear examples. Applications will be evaluated to determine whether they document the specialized experience requirements above, by answering assessment questions based on the following competencies:


  • Technical Competence – Functioning as a technical professional advisor in  sanitation facilities construction (SFC) program activities, and developing reviewing, and recommending changes to national policies and procedures for the planning, design and construction of water, sewage and solid waste facilities. Providing technical advice on proposed environmental legislation and its impact on programmatic activities.
  • Problem Solving – Identifying SFC programmatic problems; determining accuracy and relevance of information; using sound judgment to generate and evaluate SFC alternatives, and making recommendations that will affect SFC programs; is thorough when performing SFC work and conscientious about attending to detail;  Identify program developments and monitors data and develops reports on changes and trends to assist in the management of the program; participates in the development of IHS policies in the broad field of environmental health.
  • Information Management – Identifies a need for and knows where or how to gather and use sanitation facilities information in a SFC program; organizes and maintains information or information management systems used throughout the SFC program; is competent in using a sanitation facilities tracking and reporting system; expert in the use of state-of-the-art technology to provide sanitation facilities; participates in the policy development.
  • Interpersonal Skills – Shows understanding, friendliness, courtesy, tact, empathy, concern, and politeness to others involved in the SFC program and working with American Indian and Alaska Native communities. Develops and maintains effective relationships with others in Tribal and Federal programs. Provides advice to senior staff and leadership.  Assists in the recruiting of engineers for the SFC program.


For I/CTAP purposes, you will be deemed well-qualified if you score 85 and above on the assessment questions.



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The Federal Government offers a comprehensive benefits package.   Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees at

Alternate work schedules and telework may be available.


Candidates must meet time-after-competitive appointment, time-in-grade (if applicable), qualification requirements, performance requirements, citizenship and suitability requirements, and any other eligibility requirements within 30 days of the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

Additional or alternate selections may be made within 90 days of the date the candidate referral roster certificate was issued.

Relocation Expenses:


·         Relocation expenses are authorized and will be paid. You will be required to sign a one year service agreement. Failure to fulfill the one year service agreement may result in repayment of relocation expenses.




If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, you must submit a copy of your most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility, and your most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, and duty location. To be considered under CTAP/ICTAP, you must be well qualified with a score of at least 85 for this position. For information on CTAP/ICTAP, visit:

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To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package.  See required documents below.

Click ‘Apply Online' to create an account or log in to your existing USAJOBS account.

  1. Follow the prompts to complete the assessment questionnaire and upload required documents.
  2. Please ensure you click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application.
  3. Applications must be received by the closing date of the announcement to receive consideration.
  4. Check application status by logging into your USAJOBS account, clicking Application Status, then More Information for this position.  Return to an incomplete application by clicking Apply Online in the vacancy announcement and re-selecting your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account.

To fax supporting documents you are unable to upload, complete this cover page using the following 845447. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144

You are highly encouraged to submit your application package and complete your assessment questionnaire on-line.  If you cannot apply online:

  1. Click to view and print the assessment questionnaire          View Occupational Questionnaire
  2. Print this 1203FX form to provide your response to the assessment questionnaire
  3. You are limited to selecting 10 locations.
  4. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.  Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission

PLEASE NOTE: When completing the 1203-FX, be sure to select only one response for each question. Selecting more than one response for a question may result in your application package being rated ineligible.

The IHS provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Human Resources Office (Michelle Aguilar Bowser, (301)443-0847, and/or MICHELLE.BOWSERAGUILAR@IHS.GOV.) The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.


Required documentation for eligibility and preference:

All documents must be received by Wednesday, April 17, 2013 at 12:00 PM Eastern Time in order to ensure that you receive proper credit for eligibility and/or preference categories.


Michelle Aguilar Bowser
Phone: (301)443-0847
TDD: 301 443-6394
Agency Information:
Indian Health Service HR Center


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. The questionnaire will assess your qualifications for the job, and will be used to identify the best qualified applicants to be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interviews. We will notify you of the outcome after each of these steps has been completed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

You will no longer need to call the HR Office to determine your application status. USAJOBS has added an alert setting to their system to drive status updates notification for applicants. You can elect to activate the proactive notification from your USAJOBS profile at any point during the application process to sign-up for automatic alerts when there are status changes for jobs to which you have applied.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to verify that information and documents entered, uploaded, or faxed is received, legible and accurate. HR will not modify answers submitted by an applicant.

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