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Job Title:  Environmental Engineer / Environmental Scientist
Agency:  Environmental Protection Agency
Job Announcement Number:  CI-R8-DE-2014-0001

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$69,497.00 to $107,434.00 / Per Year
Thursday, June 19, 2014 to Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Full-time - Permanent
1 vacancy - Helena, MT   View Map
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 Region 8, Office of Regional Administrator, Montana Office, Media Unit, Helena, MT.  
For more information on this office, visit their website:



  • Occasional Travel
  • You may be required to travel 1 to 5 days per month.


  • No


  • If you are selected, a pre-employment background check is required.
  • Pre-employment physical is required and periodic physicals thereafter.
  • Position has educ/degree requirements.  (See Qualifications Section)
  • EPA and non-EPA applicants must submit transcripts/course listings.
  • You will be required to lift items weighing up to 50 pounds.
  • You must submit resume and required documents(See How to Apply)


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Position has portable work and selectee may be eligible to telework.

At the entry level of this position, you will:

-Perform technical analyses of state air quality compliance and enforcement data in support of the criminal enforcement program. Conduct oversight reviews and evaluate state enforcement and compliance data using national databases. Review completeness of state conducted full compliance evaluations. Review air permits for compliance with programs of Clean Air Act (CAA). Develop and implement compliance monitoring strategies in support of regional and national compliance sector initiatives.

-Apply CAA regulations in reviewing submissions from regulated entities for technical accuracy and compliance. Assess and summarize air quality data from regulated entities to determine compliance with CAA. Provide technical assistance to local, state, tribal and federal agencies, the regulated community, public interest groups, and the general public regarding implementation requirements of new and existing CAA regulations, policy, directives and guidance.

-Use spreadsheets, data bases, word processing, and presentation programs to support multiple aspects of the Clean Air Act program and prepare presentations, outreach materials, enforcement support documents, scientific reports and compliance evaluations.  Work with large data sets to organize, summarize and query data.

-Conduct onsite inspections with technical personnel at stationary and transitory air permitted sources to determine compliance with Clean Air Act regulations.  Write thorough full compliance evaluation reports and prepare presentations, memos , and summary documents to summarize technical findings. Assist lawyers with writing technical aspects of enforcement documents including notices of violation, referrals, administrative orders, and consent decrees.  Write applicability determinations for Clean Air Act regulations.

-Develop technical sampling and investigation plans based upon knowledge of the CAA enforcement program and sampling and inspection protocols.  Serve as a work assignment manager for contracts related to CAA compliance monitoring or enforcement implementation as needed.

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

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.


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You need a degree or combination of education and experience as described below to qualify for this position.

Physical Science - 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 in A above that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

*Education Requirements Cont.*

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-12 level, you need to have at least one year of fulltime experience defined as experience in performing quantitative and qualitative analyses of facility assessments to determine compliance with Clean Air Act (CAA).

To qualify for the GS-13 level, you need to have at least one year of fulltime experience defined as experience reviewing and evaluating state enforcement programs to ensure consistency with the national and/or regional Clean Air Act enforcement programs and experience in evaluating and interpreting results of facility assessments to determine their scientific significance, compliance with the CAA, and to ensure that all aspects of the required information is provided.

Your answers to the on-line assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas:  

-Knowledge of Clean Air Act (CAA) sufficient to evaluate facilities compliance with program regulations.

-Ability to communicate in writing to provide technical and scientific guidance to federal state, local and tribal governments.

-Knowledge of environmental science/engineering  principles related to the Clean Air Act (CAA) to coordinate and implement new and existing CAA initiatives.

-Skill in working with a variety of computer applications (i.e. Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power Point programs).

-Knowledge of the CAA sufficient to evaluate facilities compliance with program regulations (PSD, NSR, MACT, NESHAP, NSPS, Title V, etc.)

Education Requirements Cont.

A bachelor’s degree from an accredited or pre-accredited college or university in professional engineering and/or Physical Science.

Environmental Engineer - 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.  OR
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.

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 must be a U.S. Citizen.

You must have a valid driver's license and be able to operate a Government-owned or leased motor vehicle.

This position is designated as Low 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.
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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:  (


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.
--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:


Krisheena Parker
Phone: 513-569-7654
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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