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Job Title:  Biologist/Environmental Engineer/Physical Scientist
Agency:  Environmental Protection Agency
Job Announcement Number:  LV-R10-MP-2014-0010

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$97,657.00 to $138,659.00 / Per Year
Monday, March 24, 2014 to Friday, April 11, 2014
Full-time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location(s):
Anchorage, AK View Map
Boise, ID View Map
Coeur dAlene, ID View Map
Portland, OR View Map
Richland, WA View Map
More Locations  (1)
Current permanent EPA employees in Region 10, Office of Environmental Cleanup with competitive status and CTAP eligibles.
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About the Agency

Earth Day is every day at EPA! Our diverse workforce connects to more than just a career—we share a common passion to promote a cleaner, healthier environment.  We consistently rank as one of the top Federal agencies in which to work, with great benefits and work flexibilities.  

This position is located in Region 10, Office of Environmental Cleanup, Emergency Response Unit. For more information on this office, visit their website:

Note:  This vacancy is for ONE position - duty location will be determined upon selection.

The salary will be commensurate with the duty location. 


  • 25% or Greater
  • Position requires employee to travel 10 days a month or more.


  • No


  • If you are selected, a pre-employment background check is required.
  • Pre-employment drug testing is required and random testing thereafter.
  • Position has education/degree requirements. (See Qualifications Section)
  • EPA and non-EPA applicants must submit transcripts/course listings.
  • You must submit resume and required documents(See How to Apply)
  • Position has portable work. Selectee may be eligible to telework.You may be


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You will:

Serve as the technical expert on emergency response and removal actions and provides oversight of other staff members involved in various aspects of emergency response or removal activities. Respond to the accidental or deliberate release of oil or other hazardous materials, including biological chemical and radiological agents, or uncontrolled hazardous waste. Serve as the duty officer, providing coverage for the 24-hour emergency response telephone, with responsibility for assessing the nature of the reported incident and deploying an OSC, as appropriate, for oil or hazardous substance spill reports received through the National Response Center (NRC); federal, state, or local response agencies; and independent sources within the region, as required. Serve as the Region’s spokesperson for public meetings or press conferences. Serve as a warranted Contracting Officer exercising procurement authority in accordance with the specific terms of the Delegation of Procurement Authority (DPA) from the EPA Office of Acquisition Management. Conduct official investigations and inspections pursuant to all federal laws administered by the US EPA, for both fund-led and enforcement-led removal responses. Perform planning, prevention, and preparedness activities related to the health and environmental hazards resulting from intentional or accidental releases of biological, chemical and radiological agents. Participate in national/regional workgroups examining ways of enhancing or improving the OSC functions and readiness issues.

You will spend less than 25% of your work time on contracts, grants/cooperative agreements, and/or interagency agreements.


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Educational Requirements:

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.

Specialized Experience:
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.


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.
To preview questions please click here.


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You can review our benefits at:

Benefits will not change for current permanent EPA employees.


You may be required to travel 10 days per month.

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 

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.


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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.
--Displaced Federal employees under 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.
--Current EPA Employees:  You are encouraged to submit a Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50).  If you fail to provide an SF-50, we will access your Federal employment records in e-OPF to verify your eligibility to be considered. If your eligibility for consideration cannot be determined, your application will be rated ineligible.

If you want to know more about submitting documentation to our office, visit EPA's web site:


Jennifer Jeffries
Phone: 702-798-2401
Fax: 702-798-2416
Agency Information:
Environmental Protection Agency
US Environmental Protection Agency
Human Resources Management Division
4220 S. Maryland Parkway, Building A, Suite 100
Las Vegas, NV
Fax: 702-798-2416


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.

Additional Duty Location Info

1 vacancy in the following locations:
Anchorage, AK View Map
Boise, ID View Map
Coeur dAlene, ID View Map
Portland, OR View Map
Richland, WA View Map
Seattle, WA View Map

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