Job Overview

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 Region 10, Office of Environmental Assessment, Risk Evaluation Unit, in Seattle, Washington.  
For more information on this office, visit their website:  http://www2.epa.gov/aboutepa/epa-region-10-pacific-northwestThe selectee may have to take up to 23 furlough hours (unpaid time) by September 30, 2013.  The number of furlough hours the selectee has to take will be proportional to the selectee's start date.

Duties

You will:

Provide advice on solving complex technical problems, collaborate with other team members with a wide range of scientific disciplines, and make recommendations and decisions on the technical merits of hydrogeological reports and remediation alternatives. Provide assistance to EPA staff, other Federal, State/Tribal, and Local Agencies, and the public in hydrogeology and remediation. Develop technical approaches, prepare plans, lead investigations, and prepare reports on site characterization, contaminant fate and transport, hydrogeology and remediation at hazardous waste sites, including federal facilities. Review and comment on contractor-prepared monitoring plans, hydrogeological  reports, groundwater modeling , and remediation methodology and advise the Program Offices on the acceptability of contractor-prepared documents. Provide hydrogeology advice to the Program Offices to assist with negotiations, enforcement actions and expert testimony. Also, provide hydrogeological and remediation advice of behalf of EPA to other governmental organizations and the public. Direct, conduct or oversee and evaluate hydrogeological work performed by EPA or contractors. Conduct, monitor or oversee field activities and review documents for proper technical content. Advise EPA on scoping and selecting a wide range of field investigation techniques (including, but not limited to drilling, sampling, and invasive and non-invasive technologies for surface and subsurface soil, sediment, and groundwater) at sites with chemical or radionuclide contamination. This also includes technical advice on the design and placement of groundwater monitoring wells and groundwater sampling procedures. Participate in a variety of meetings to represent EPA’s  position and discuss technical aspects of studies and the selection of remedial action alternatives. Meetings may be internal, with Agency contractors or other contractors, and/or with Federal, Tribal or State agencies. Also attend public meetings and present information and respond to questions concerning hydrogeological issues at the sites. This work could also include communicating with the media.

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.