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

Job Title:Biologist, GS-401-12

Agency:Environmental Protection Agency

Job Announcement Number:LV-R10-DE-2013-0009

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$73,420.00 to $95,444.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Thursday, September 05, 2013 to Wednesday, September 11, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0401-12

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full-time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

12

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
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 Ecosystems, Tribal and Public Affairs, Environmental Review and Sediment Management Unit in Seattle, WA.  For more information on this office, visit their website: http://www2.epa.gov/aboutepa/epa-region-10-pacific-northwest

**This is a reannouncement of Vacancy Number LV-R10-DE-2013-0004 reannouncing due to system issue - all prior applicants must reapply to be considered.**

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • You must submit resume and required documents(See How to Apply)
  • Position has portable work and selectee may be eligible to telework.
  • Position has educational/degree requirements. (See Qualifications Section)
  • You may be required to travel 1 to 5 days per month.
  • If you are selected, a pre-employment background check is required.

DUTIES:

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You will: Review and comment in writing on federal Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) and other National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documents as needed.  Conduct EPA’s internal NEPA document review process and coordinate with EPA technical staff and managers to ensure that comments on NEPA documents are sent to the lead agency by the end of the comment period and that comments reflect EPA regional and national policy. Work with federal agencies developing environmental impact statements to realize sustainable solutions, maximize environmental benefits and eliminate unacceptable environmental impacts.Arrange and attend meetings as appropriate with Federal and State agencies, environmental groups, citizen groups and other organizations to address relevant issues surrounding NEPA. Research and apply environmental principles, particularly those associated with impacts from forestry operations, forest transportation planning, coal export, transmission lines, public lands management and sustainable development.


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-12 level, you need to have at least one year of full time experience defined as experience evaluating the environmental impacts of coal mining and coal export projects and policies AND experience applying environmental laws and regulations, particularly Section 309 of the Clean Air Act AND experience evaluating environment impacts of, and funding sources for sustainable community development.
Your answers to the on-line assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas: Knowledge of Section 309 of the Clean Air Act; Ability to communicate technical information orally and in writing to non-technical audiences; Ability to negotiate with a variety of stakeholders; Ability to create and maintain effective working relationships with tribes and a variety of stakeholders; and Ability to apply environmental principles associated with impacts from forestry operations, and forest transportation planning.


A bachelor's degree from an accredited or pre-accredited college or university in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position. OR  Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. 
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:

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.
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 position is in the bargaining unit.
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.
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.

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:

Suzanne O'Connell
Phone: 702-798-2401
Fax: 702-798-2416
TDD: 702-798-2421
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-2013-0009

Control Number:

350918300