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 determining the fate and transport of chemical, biological, and radiological contaminants in the environment and within water systems; experience assisting with investigations and interpreting field data; and experience evaluating a variety of technologies and strategies.- 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.
Your answers to the on-line assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas: Professional knowledge of hydrogeology, soil chemistry, vadose zone hydrogeology, &chemical fate and transport. Knowledge of investigation and remediation techniques and methods. Ability to work independently in order to complete tasks and assignments. Ability to work as part of a multidisciplinary team in order to prioritize and perform complex tasks in a timely manner. Ability to communicate technical information orally to external/internal customers. Ability to apply hydrogeological theories and practices to solve complex environmental problems. Knowledge of recent developments in scientific research in geology and hydrogeology to assist incumbent with decision making. Knowledge of laws and regulations relating to Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), Resource Conversation and Recovery Act (RCRA), Clean Water Act (CWA) and Safe Drinking Water Act.
A bachelor's degree from an accredited or pre-accredited college or university in one of the following: Physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics; OR a combination of education and experience with education equivalent to one of the majors listed that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science.
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:
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.
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