Job Title: BiologistJob Announcement Number: R-OCSPP-DE-2014-0016
Agency: Environmental Protection Agency
This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.
The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
/ Per Year
Wednesday, April 09, 2014 to
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
SERIES & GRADE:
Term not-to-exceed 13 months
WHO MAY APPLY:
Any U.S. citizen may apply.
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About the Agency
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.
This position is located in the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, Office of Pesticide Programs, Biopesticide and Pollution Prevention Division, Microbial Pesticides Branch, in Arlington, VA.
For more information on this office, visit their website: www.epa.gov/ocspp
- If you are selected, a pre-employment background check is required.
- Position has educational/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 and selectee may be eligible to telework.
- You must be a U.S. citizen.
DUTIES:Back to top
At the entry level of this position you will:
- Participate in reviewing pesticide application packages for completeness conducting reviews to determine the nature and extent of further work.
- Prepare review documents such as Data Evaluation Records (DERs) and risk assessments to convey the reliability of data and estimations of toxicity and exposure of naturally occurring and genetically engineered microbial pesticides and plant incorporated protectants (PIPs).
- Attend meetings with registrants, industry representatives, scientists, and EPA staff and managers concerning the administrative and technical aspects of pesticide registrations and related activities.
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:Back to top
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-07 level, you need to have at least one year of full time experience defined as conducting statistical evaluation of research data; or applying biological science concepts in analyzing, compiling and computing biological data OR 1 full year of graduate level education; or superior academic achievement degree in the academic discipline as described below.
To qualify for the GS-09 level, you need to have at least one year of full time experience defined as analyzing statistical evaluation of environmental research data; or preparing review documents to convey data reliability OR master's or equivalent graduate degree; or 2 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: 1) Skill in reviewing and analyzing technical documentation; 2) Skill is using standard research techniques sufficient to collect and review information on environmental effects; 3) Skill in written communication; 4) Knowledge of standard techniques of statistical analysis sufficient to analyze pesticide exposure and effects data; 5) Skill in oral communication with a diverse audience; 6) Knowledge of laws, regulations and guidelines pertaining to pesticide registration and related activities.
Biology: 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.
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:
If you are selected, you must complete a one year trial period.
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.
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.
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BENEFITS:Back to top
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 information is used to determine your qualifications for employment. The use of this information is authorized under Title 5 USC, Sections 3302 and 3361.
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.
If you have part-time work experience, read this: http://epa.gov/ohr/ezhire/vacancy_requirements.htm
If you are selected, your appointment may be extended beyond the initial not-to-exceed date to a maximum of four years.
HOW TO APPLY:Back to top
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
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
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.