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Job Title:  Environmental Scientist/General Engineer/Physical Scientist
Department:  Department Of Energy
Agency:  Department of Energy
Job Announcement Number:  DOE-14-OREM-MP-4265

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 $126,949.00 / Per Year
Thursday, April 10, 2014 to Monday, April 21, 2014
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
Oak Ridge, TN View Map
  • DOE Employees with Competitive Status Only
Q - Nonsensitive


About the Agency

 A successful candidate in this position will beresponsible for oversight of Quality performance, programs, and technical integration programs within Environmental Management with focus on performance assurance.


  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel may be required.


  • Yes
  • Relocation may be paid in accordance with Federal Travel Regulations.


  • You must be a United States Citizen.
  • This employer participates in the e-Verify program.
  • See "Other Information" section regarding Selective Service requirements.
  • Resume and question responses must be submitted online.
  • Must pass a pre-employment drug test and random testing after appointment.
  • See the Requirements Section of the Announcement for other conditions.


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In this position, you will:

1.  Serve as the technical authority in Quality Assurance program implementation and oversight of safety and health, and technical integration programs.  Independently identify project and program areas requiring oversight and identify vulnerabilities which could significantly affect success based on analysis of reportable and non-reportable events, trends, and overall knowledge of contractor performance.

2.  Develop new approaches and recommendations for performance assurance.   Ensure contractor programs comply with Federal, State, and local regulatory requirements as well as with applicable codes, standards, guides, orders, and accepted industry practices. 

3.  Lead assessment teams and ensure program/project activities are carried out in compliance with Federal, State, and local regulations, laws and standards and underlying technical requirements.



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EDUCATION:  This vacancy specifically states that certain educational requirements must be met (also known as a "positive educational requirement"), you must provide documentation supporting any education claims in your application. Education must be obtained from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Foreign education must be reviewed by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For special instructions pertaining to foreign education and a list of organizations that can evaluate foreign education, see the Department of Education website.

Qualification Requirements:

To qualify as an Environmental Scientist, you must meet one of the following:
Degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position
Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

To qualify as a General Engineer, you must meet one of the following:
Degree: professional engineering. To be acceptable, the curriculum must: (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one 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 (more advanced than 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.


Combination of education and experience -- college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the 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:

  • Professional registration -- Current registration as a professional engineer by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions) are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration. For example, an applicant who attains registration through a State Board's eminence provision as a manufacturing engineer typically would be rated eligible only for manufacturing engineering positions.
  • Written Test-- Evidence of having succesfully passed the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) examination, or the written test required for professional registration, which is administered by the Boards of Engineering Examiners in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.

    Applicants who have passed the EIT examination and have completed all the requirements for either (a) a bachelor's degree in engineering technology (BET) from an accredited college of university that included 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences, or (b) a BET from a program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) may be rated eligible for certain engineering positions at GS-5. Eligibility is limited to positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of the engineering technology program. Applicants for positions that involve highly technical research, development, or similar functions requiring an advanced level of competence in basic science must meet the basic requirements in paragraph A.

    Because of the diversity in kind and quality of BET programs, graduates of other BET programs are required to complete at least 1 year of additional education or highly technical work experience of such nature as to provide reasonable assurance of the possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for professional engineering competence. The adequacy of this background must be demonstrated by passing the EIT examination.
  • Specified academic courses -- Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses 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.
  • Related curriculum -- Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field, e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. Ordinarily there should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering-type experience, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions. (The above examples of related curricula are not all-inclusive.)
To qualify as an Physical Scientist, you must meet one of the following:
Degree: 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.
Combination of education and experience -- education equivalent to one of the majors shown above that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education.


- Federal employees must meet time in grade requirements within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.

- If selected, you must pass a drug test prior to placement in the position and must participate in random testing following employment.

- If selected, you must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance.






A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position is defined as:

1. Experience implmenting Quality Assurance management systems.

2. Experience demonstrating performance of compliance reviews of contractor environmental, safety, health, and quality assurance activities.

3. Experience developing assessment techniques and assessments, performance measures and assuring implementation of resultant corrective action plans.


Your application and resume should demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs). Do not provide a separate narrative written statement. Rather, you must describe in your application how your past work experience demonstrates that you possess the KSAs identified below. Cite specific examples of employment or experience contained in your resume and describe how this experience has prepared you to successfully perform the duties of this position. DO NOT write "see resume" in your application!

1.  Knowledge of performance assurance principles and practices.

2.  Comprehensive knowledge of quality assurance concepts, methodologies and techniques used to evaluate environmental, safety, and health programs.

3.  Ability to lead assessment teams and skill sufficient to provide expert technical leadership.

4.  Ability to communicate verbally and in writing.

Time-in-Grade: Current Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements for consideration.

CTAP candidates: To be considered "well qualified" you must meet all of the requirements as described in this section. Well qualified is defined as meeting minimum qualifications requirements and demonstrating proficiency in nearly all requirements of the position, although some training and/or orientation may be needed in order to satisfactorily perform the specific duties of the position. 

We will review your application to ensure you meet the job requirements.

If you meet the qualifications requirements and are found to be among the top candidates, your application will be referred to the selecting official for further review.

If your resume is incomplete or does not support the responses in your online questionnaire, or if you fail to submit required documentation before the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted.
To preview questions please click here.


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  • The U.S. Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
  • Veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, please visit the links at the bottom of this page or visit the FedsHireVets website.
  • If you believe that you are eligible for the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), please visit the OPM ICTAP/CTAP website for more information. In order to be considered under the ICTAP program, your application must score within the pre-established "well qualified" category as stated in the Qualifications section.
  • More than one selection may be made from this vacancy announcement.
  • Some positions may require completion of a probationary period or a background investigation.
  • All males must abide by laws regarding Selective Service registration. To learn more about this law, visit the Selective Service web page, Who Must Register.
  • This position is included in the bargaining unit represented by the Office and Professional Employees International Union.
  • Performance Appraisals and Incentive Awards:  Applicants may submit performance appraisals or incentive award documentation for consideration by the Selecting Official, if desired.
  • Reimbursement of interview, travel, transportation, and/or relocation expenses are authorized and may be paid for by the government.
  • This position is included in the Department of Energy's Technical Qualification Program (TQP).  The selectee will be required to meet core, position, and site specific technical qualification standards within a reasonable period of time (typically from 12 to 18 months) from the date of placement in the position.


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To be considered for this position, you must submit a complete application no later than 11:59pm (Eastern Time) on the closing date of this announcement. If you fail to submit a complete application prior to the closing time (regardless of when you started) the application system will not allow you to finish. Requests for extensions will not be granted, so please begin the application process allowing yourself enough time to finish before the deadline. Our application system displays a countdown timer in the top-left corner of the screen for your reference.

Steps to submit a complete application:
  1. You must have a USAJOBS account and be logged in.
  2. You must have a completed resume. (Please note that some DOE offices do not accept uploaded resumes and require that you have a completed resume within your USAJOBS profile using the Resume Builder).
  3. Once you are logged in and all of your application materials ready, click the 'Apply Now' button.
  4. You must respond to all applicant assessment questions, carefully following all instructions provided.
  5. You will then be asked to upload additional supporting documentation, which may include (but is not limited to) transcripts, portfolio samples, certifications, and verification of veteran status.
  6. IMPORTANT: In the final step of the application process you will be shown a copy of your resume and all the information you entered during the application process. You must click the 'Finish' button at the bottom of this final page and receive confirmation that your application has been received. If you do not click 'Finish', your application will not be received.
If your resume does not support the responses in your application questionnaire, or if you fail to submit required documentation before the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted accordingly.

  • If you experience any difficulties with the application process (anything after you have clicked the Apply Now button), please contact the HR Specialist listed on this announcement between normal business hours.
  • If you are having trouble with USAJOBS (searching for jobs, account profile issues, or Resume Builder help, please visit the USAJOBS Resource Center or e-mail
  • If you are experiencing a significant hardship which hinders your ability to apply online please contact the HR Specialist listed on this announcement during normal business hours.


Please carefully review the following list to determine what documentation you need to submit. Some documents may not apply to all applicants.

If you are unsure, click the link for each document type to read more.
  • ALL APPLICANTS: Resume supporting your specialized experience and responses to the online questionnaire.
  • If specific educational requirements are indicated for this vacancy: Documentation verifying your educational claims which can include unofficial transcripts or any report listing institution, course title, credits earned and grade. Please see the Education section for more information.
  • Current Federal employees: Most recent Standard Form (SF) 50. To properly verify status eligibility, your SF-50 must show: position title and type, occupational series, grade, and tenure. This is a blank sample SF-50 and should not be submitted with your application!
  • Displaced Federal employees: CTAP documentation.
  • Veterans: veteran eligibility documentation (DD-214, VA Letter, Standard Form (SF) 15 as applicable). Please note: If you are a veteran who has not yet been discharged, you may provide a statement of intent to discharge from your agency to receive Veterans Preference under the VOW (Veterans Opportunity to Work) to Hire Heroes Act of 2011.
  • Persons with Disabilities: Individuals with intellectual disabilities, severe physical disabilities, or psychiatric disabilities may apply for appointment through the Schedule A hiring authority. Certified verification of a disability from a licensed medical professional; a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist; or any Federal, state, or District of Columbia agency or U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits will be required.


HR Specialist
Phone: 865-576-9445
Fax: 865-576-6964
Agency Information:
Department of Energy
Federal Human Resources Branch
P.O. Box 2001
Attn: AD-442
Oak Ridge, TN
Fax: 865-576-6964


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