Job Title: Toxicologist, GS-415-13Job Announcement Number: LV-R10-MP-2013-0025
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.
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/ Per Year
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 to
Wednesday, September 04, 2013
SERIES & GRADE:
1 vacancy in the following location:
Seattle, WA, USView Map
WHO MAY APPLY:
Current permanent EPA employees in Region 10, Office of Environmental Assessment with competitive status and CTAP eligibles.
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This position is located in Regon 10, Office of Environmental Assessment, Risk Evaluation Unit in Seattle, WA.
For more information on this office, visit their website:
- EPA and non-EPA applicants must submit transcripts/course listings.
- 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.
DUTIES:Back to top
You will: Serve as a toxicologist on ecological risk assessment and the Endangered Species Act(ESA). Present, explain, and defend the Agency’s interpretation of technical information on ESA consultations with the Federal stakeholders. Advise technical staff and management on the ecological effects of toxic substances on species of concern, including threatened and endangered species. Prepare and present written and oral testimony relative to the effects of toxic substances and their associated risks to different species, and defend the science on which EPA Region 10 decisions are based.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:Back to top
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-13 level, you need to have at least one year of full time experience defined asexperience planning ecological risk assessments AND experience preparing and reviewing biological assessments, biological evaluations or biological opinions in accordance with the requirements of the Endangered Species Act AND experience working with multi-disciplinary groups of scientists assessing environmental fate, exposure, or risk of pesticides or other stressors.
Your answers to the on-line assessment will be used to evaluate your
competencies in the following areas: Knowledge of adverse effects of chemical substances on living organisms or the environment to conduct ecological risk assessments or to prepare biological evaluations or biological assessments under the Endangered Species Act. Knowledge of field sampling methodologies, techniques and procedures as well as statistics, the life hi story of aquatic and terrestrial biota, and the processes associated with the fate and transport of toxic substances in the environment. Ability to exp lain and defend the technical basis for EPA decisions related to determinations made under the Endangered Species Act, Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act and other regulations related to the effects of toxic substances and their associated risks on the environment.
Toxicologist: A bachelor's degree from an accredited or pre-accredited college or university in toxicology, or an appropriate discipline of the biological, medical, or veterinary sciences that included at least 30 semester hours in chemistry, biochemistry, or physiology, and 12 semester hours in toxicology. 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:
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. You must meet time in grade requirements no later than 30 calendar days after the closing date of this announcement.
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 and an applicable score assigned.
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.
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BENEFITS:Back to top
Benefits will not change for current permanent EPA employees.
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.
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:Back to top
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 lsted 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 applicationpackage 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. --Displaced Federal employees under 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.
--Current EPA Employees: You are encouraged to submit a Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50). If you fail to provide an SF-50, we will access your Federal employment records in e-OPF to verify your eligibility to be considered. If your eligibility for consideration cannot be determined, your application will be rated ineligible.
If you want to know more about submitting documentation to our office, visit EPA's web site: http://epa.gov/ohr/ezhire/vacancy_requirements.htm
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.