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Job Title:  Environmental Engineer GS-0819-14
Agency:  Environmental Protection Agency
Job Announcement Number:  CI-OECA-DE-2014-0001

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$105,211.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year
Thursday, January 09, 2014 to Wednesday, January 15, 2014
Full-time - Permanent
1 vacancy - Washington DC, DC   View Map
Any U.S. citizen may apply.
NOTE: This announcement will remain open through 11:59 PM Eastern time on the day the 75th application is received (all applications received on that day will be considered), or 11:59 PM Eastern time on the closing date, whichever comes first.
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This position is located in Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA), Office of Civil Enforcement (OCE), Air Enforcement Division, Stationary Source Enforcement Branch, Washington, DC.  
For more information on this office, visit their website:


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


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You will:
- Serve as an advisor disseminating information to the public, including regulated industry, coordinate enforcement activities, and provide policy guidance and training to EPA regional, state, local and contract personnel in order to ensure uniform enforcement actions and effective implementation of the clean Air Act.
- Prepare cases for effective enforcement action, prepare communication strategies, and press releases related to case work.  Provide review of proposed enforcement actions including for regulatory/policy and technical sufficiency and accuracy, and identify major concerns and problems.
- Aid in maintaining current enforcement tracking of case files and support.  Prepare accurate and timely penalty calculations.  Participate in settlement negotiations, assist in development of arguments for briefs and provide professional assistance to the Department of Justice in developing cases.
- Have responsibility for administering and resolving complex program and project issues which require a unique understanding of air toxic monitoring including the use of photo ionization detectors and forward looking infrared cameras.  Serve as an expert in evaluating air toxics monitoring data to determine compliance with the Clean Air Act and in air toxics testing procedures used to detect and measure air toxins emissions.
- Develop enforcement policies, guidance, operating procedures, and other relevant documents as required for the Air Enforcement Division.  Ensure a proper enforcement focus in drafting reviewing, and analyzing rules, policies,legislation, policy statements, interpretative guidance, Q&As, and other document that undercut enforceability of regulations.
- Provide programmatic enforcement oversight with references to the Agency's strategic plan and the environmental goals of EPA's enforcement program.  Keep the Region and other regulatory informed regarding significant actions, briefings, and program guidance, etc.


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EDUCATION:  A bachelor's degree from an accredited or pre-accredited college or university in one of the following: You must meet either paragraph A or B:
A.  Professional engineering degree from a school of engineering with at least one or more curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; or (2) include differential and integral calculus AND courses (advanced beyond first year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress strain relationships); fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature an properties of material (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.
B.  Combination of education AND experience--college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished: 1) a thorough knowledge of physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering.  The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following: 1) Professional registration; 2) Written Test -- Evidence of having successfully passed the engineer in Training exam or the written test required for professional registration; 3) Specified academic courses--Successful completion of at last 60 semester hours in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering that included the courses specified in the basic requirements.  The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum as described in paragraph A; or 4) Related curriculum--Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or appropriate professional field provided applicant has 1 year professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance.
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:
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

To qualify for the GS-14 level, you need to have at least one year of full
time experience defined as 1) experience in evaluating air toxic monitoring data to determine compliance with the Clean Air Act; 2) experience applying program practices, procedures and precedents  determining practicality, appropriateness and acceptability of program guidelines.

Your answers to the on-line assessment will be used to evaluate your
competencies in the following areas:
1.  Knowledge of the principles, theories, and practices for environmental engineering relative to environmental protection programs.
2.  Knowledge of environmental statues, regulation, and agency policy interpretation relating to environmental protection programs.
3.  Knowledge of methods and procedures involved in the compilation of technical findings presented and in determining the acceptability of procedures being challenged in court.
4.  Knowledge of engineering concepts in the area of air pollution, emissions, field investigations, including the use of advanced monitoring equipment.
5.  Knowledge of Clean Air Act (CAA), agency regulations, general policies, and directives.
6.  Skill in written communication to prepare reports and present findings and analyses in a clear convincing and organized manner.
7.  Skill in oral communication to convey substantive opinions, defend recommendations, and present analyses.


If you are selected, you will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Form prior to your first day of employment and annually thereafter.  
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.
If you are selected, you must complete a one year probationary period.


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.


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You can review our benefits at:

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. To learn more about us, visit Life and Careers at EPA.


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
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
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 have part-time work experience, read this: 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.


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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


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:


Angie Johnston
Phone: 513-569-7542
Fax: 513-569-7826
Agency Information:
Environmental Protection Agency
US Environmental Protection Agency
Human Resources Office
26 West Martin Luther King Drive
Cincinnati, OH
Fax: 513-569-7826


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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