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  1. Overview
  2. Duties
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  4. Benefits & Other Info
  5. How to Apply

Job Title:Environmental Engineer, GS-0819-09/11

Agency:Environmental Protection Agency

Job Announcement Number:LV-OW-DE-2013-0012

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$51,630.00 to $81,204.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, May 06, 2013 to Friday, May 17, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0819-09/11

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy - Washington, DC, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Any U.S. citizen may apply.

JOB SUMMARY:

Earth Day is every day at EPA! Come help us protect the environment! Our diverse workforce connects to more than just a career-we share a common passion to promote a cleaner, healthier environment. Discover how exciting safeguarding our natural resources and protecting human health can be.  We consistently rank as one of the top Federal agencies in which to work, with great benefits and work flexibilities. Find yourself at EPA. See more about us here:  http://www.epa.gov.

This position is located in the Office of Water, Office of Science and Technology, Engineering and Analysis Division, Technology and Statistics Branch located in Washington, DC.  For more information on this office, visit their website:  http://water.epa.gov

 

The selectee may have to take up to 79 furlough hours (unpaid time) by September 30, 2013, including the designated furlough days, May 24, July 5 and August 30, 2013. The number of furlough hours the selectee has to take will be proportional to the selectee’s start date.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • If you are selected, a pre-employment background check is required.
  • Position has educational/degree requirements. (See Qualifications Section)
  • 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.

DUTIES:

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You will:

 

- Provide technical advice and assistance in the engineering aspects of wastewater treatment and water use in an industrial or commercial setting.  Selects and uses appropriate scientific principles and fundamental engineering concepts to collect and analyze technical data to implement the Clean Water Act (CWA) and other incentives.

- Participate in the development of schedules for the completion of assignments in coordination with others and provide recommendations to the team lead or supervisor on deadlines for projects, and work to be done.

- Assist senior staff by monitoring and directing contractors in reviewing deliverables, overseeing the collection of data and identifying discrepancies in  technical reports.

- Writes background papers and memos documenting data and observations obtained in meetings and site visits.  Assist in preparing and presenting briefings to management and external groups.

- Consult with contractors, outside vendors and industry representatives on the latest design and development as they affect a particular industry, and determine what waste control practices are currently available.

 

You will spend less than 25% of your work time on contracts, grants/cooperative agreements, and/or interagency agreements.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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We are looking for at least one year of specialized experience related to this position as described below:

To qualify for the GS-09 level, you need to have at least one year of full time experience defined as experience using methods, procedures, or techniques to assess data evaluations pertaining to water quality AND experience Identifying discrepancies in technical reports and data sets.

OR

master's or equivalent graduate degree; or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; or LL.B. or J.D., if related; degree in any academic discipline.

 

To qualify for the GS-11 level, you need to have at least one year of full time experience defined as experience collecting environmental data that are consistent with technical information from other sources AND experience managing and coordinating technical projects/assignments to determine the scope and identify the appropriate approach to successfully complete the assignment.

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.

Your answers to the on-line assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas:  Knowledge of professional environmental engineering concepts, principles and practices; Ability to analyze technical data and apply appropriate engineering principles; Knowledge of data collection techniques; Ability to make recommendation to project lead or supervisor; Ability to work in a team; Ability to review deliverables, overseeing the collection of data; Ability to review technical reports; Ability to communicate orally; Ability to communicate in writing; Knowledge of waste control practices.


A bachelor's degree from an accredited or pre-accredited college or university in  

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 successfully 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.)

 

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:
http://epa.gov/ohr/ezhire/vacancy_requirements.htm

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 Low 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. 

 

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

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.


BENEFITS:

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Join EPA in protecting human health and the environment and enjoy many work life quality options!  Working for the EPA offers you a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. The following Web addresses are provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees. To find out more visit
Benefits
.  To learn more about us, visit Life and Careers at EPA.

OTHER INFORMATION:

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 http://epa.gov/ohr/ezhire/vacancy_requirements.htm.

 

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 http://epa.gov/ohr/ezhire/vacancy_requirements.htm.

 

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.

HOW TO APPLY:

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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 http://epa.gov/ohr/ezhire/vacancy_requirements.htm .

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

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.
--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.
--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: http://epa.gov/ohr/ezhire/vacancy_requirements.htm

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Melissa A. Rodriguez
Phone: 702-798-2401
Fax: 702-798-2433
TDD: 702-798-2403
Email: TeamVegas@epa.gov
Agency Information:
Environmental Protection Agency
US Environmental Protection Agency
Human Resources Management Division
4220 S. Maryland Parkway, Building A, Suite 100
Las Vegas, NV
89119-7528
US
Fax: 702-798-2433

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

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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Job Announcement Number:

LV-OW-DE-2013-0012

Control Number:

342906300