For a Biologist, GS-0401: You must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited or pre-accredited college or university in one of the following: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position; OR a combination of education and experience with courses equivalent to a major, as listed.
For a Physical Scientist, GS-1301: You must have 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.
For an Environmental Engineer, GS-0819: You must have 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); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (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 least 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.
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, your resume must reflect one year of full time experience equivalent to the GS-13 level responding to and implementing mitigation actions at complex oil spills and releases of hazardous substances and experience coordinating area planning activities with federal, state, local, and industry preparedness and response organizations.
Your answers to the on-line assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas: (1) Knowledge of advanced professional engineering, physical science, or biological science to serve as an authority in environmental emergency and uncontrolled hazardous waste site response, and determining risks to public health and the environment due to chemical releases and contamination; (2) Skill in evaluating and utilizing hazardous waste site cleanup techniques and technologies, including sampling, geophysical surveys, and well drilling, and identifying alternatives for site selection and design; (3) Knowledge of Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA), and other federal, state, and local environmental regulations; (4) Knowledge of case development involving hazardous waste site investigation & remediation, fact-finding, and collection and preservation of evidence for civil or criminal prosecution; (5) Ability to establish goals and assess progress toward their achievement; and to adjust work operations and program objectives to meet emergencies, changing programs, objectives, or production requirements within available resources and with minimum sacrifice of quality or quantity of work; (6) Knowledge of Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), cost control procedures with regard to contracting officer warrant responsibilities, contractual assistance, and cost accounting record keeping and procedures; (7) Skill in oral communication to formulate and present arguments and advisory opinions, elicit cooperation and constructive responses from negotiating parties, and provide effective oral briefings and public presentations; and (8) Skill in written communication to prepare case documents, elicit cooperative and constructive responses from negotiating parties, and prepare reports.
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:
Educational requirements listed under the "Qualifications Section" section below.
This position is designated as High 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.
This position requires a top-secret security clearance.
You must meet time in grade requirements no later than 30 calendar days after the closing date of this announcement.
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 and an applicable score assigned.
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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