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

Job Title:Physical Scientist, GS-1301-11

Agency:Environmental Protection Agency

Job Announcement Number:LV-R10-DE-2013-0006

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$61,255.00 to $79,628.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 to Wednesday, September 04, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-1301-11

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy - Seattle, WA, 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 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.

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 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.


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

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
--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:

Jennifer Jeffries
Phone: 702-798-2401
Fax: 702-798-2416
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: 702-798-2416

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-R10-DE-2013-0006

Control Number:

350478600