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

Job Title:Economist, GS-0110-11/12

Agency:Environmental Protection Agency

Job Announcement Number:R-OCSPP-DE-2013-0019

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

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

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, June 06, 2013 to Monday, July 08, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0110-11/12

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy - Arlington, VA, 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 U.S. EPA, Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, Office of Pesticide Programs, Biological and Economic Analysis Division, Economic Analysis Branch, Arlington, VA.  
For more information on this office, visit their website:  http://www2.epa.gov/aboutepa/about-office-chemical-safety-and-pollution-prevention-ocspp

Please note that you, as the selectee, may have to take up to 55 furlough hours (unpaid time) by September 30, 2013, including the remaining designated furlough days of July 5 and August 30, 2013. The number of furlough hours that you have to take will be proportional to your start date.

Due to a system issue this vacancy announcement will be extended until Monday, July 8th.  Some applicants were temporarily unable to view question text when attempting to apply online.  This extension gives applicants at least five additional days to apply from the date of issue resolution. We encourage those who have already applied to review their answers to the assessment questions for accuracy.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • If you are selected, a pre-employment background check is required.
  • You must submit resume and required documents(See How to Apply)
  • EPA and non-EPA applicants must submit transcripts/course listings.
  • 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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At the entry level of this position, you will: 
-Conduct economic analyses of the costs, benefits, and socio-economic impacts of existing or proposed pesticide regulations.

-Evaluate alternative economic strategies that will be used to analyze the impact pesticides have on industry and the public; prepare recommendations for improvement.

-Serve on a multi-disciplinary team (including EPA officials, universities, other government agencies and private research institutions) investigating and reporting on pesticide use and the economic impacts arising from regulatory actions on pesticides.

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.

You will spend 10% of your work time on contracts.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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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:

To qualify for the GS-11 level, you need to have at least one year of full time experience defined as analyzing the economic impact of environmental, agricultural, or pesticide policies; or applying quantitative economic analysis to support decision making (e.g. evaluating policy alternatives) - OR Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree; or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in the academic discipline as described below.

To qualify for the GS-12 level, you need to have at least one year of full time experience defined as analyzing the economic impacts of implementing environmental policies; or evaluating the application of pesticides and the costs and benefits associated with pesticide usage.


Your answers to the on-line assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas: 1) Ability to conduct economic analyses in connection with economic studies for program evaluation; 2) Knowledge of the economic impacts on industries or the public resulting from pesticide usage; 3) Skill in written communication sufficient to draft interpretive reports; 4) Ability to develop innovative applications for pesticide regulations; and 5) Skill in oral communication sufficient to brief individuals on the overall cost, benefits, and economic impacts resulting from pesticide usage.


A bachelor's degree from an accredited or pre-accredited college or university in one of the following: economics with at least 21 semester hours in economics and 3 semester hours in statistics, accounting, or calculus; OR a combination of education and experience with courses equivalent to a major as listed.

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.

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.

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

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
--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:

Tabitha Woodard
Phone: 800-433-9633
Fax: 919-541-2186
Email: woodard.tabitha@epa.gov
Agency Information:
Environmental Protection Agency
US Environmental Protection Agency
Human Resources Management Division
109 T.W. Alexander Drive, MD C639-02
Research Triangle Pk, NC
27711
US
Fax: 919-541-2186

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:

R-OCSPP-DE-2013-0019

Control Number:

345025700