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This is a Recent Graduates position in the Pathways Program. This program provides an entry-level developmental experience with the potential to lead to a career in the Federal Government after successfully completing one year under the Program, unless the training requirements of the position warrant a longer and more structured training program. Employment under the Recent Graduates Program may not exceed two years.

More information about the Recent Graduates Program can be found here: and

Your salary will be based on the grade level for which you are selected and the duty station of the position.

This position is located in Region 5, Great Lakes National Program Office, Technical Assistance & Analysis Branch in Chicago, IL.

For more information on this office, visit their website:


At the entry level of this position, you will:

- Serve as the Project Officer (PO) and provide management for one or more of the contracts. Provide technical guidance to project managers in reviewing work plans and budget, and assist them in resolving complex environmental science issues.

- Review and analyze environmental and scientific data and information, including the work needed for assessment, feasibility, and design for remediation of contaminated sediments at assigned Great Lakes Legacy Act (GLLA) sites.

- Provide a scientific, technical and analytical review of GLLA Project Managers statements of work required to be performed by engineering/design and remediation contractors. Develops the contractual strategy to be used in the procurement of specific scientific engineering/design and remediation services.

- Develop and maintain a database or tracking system to ensure effective utilization of contract dollars and hours. Formulate and implement a management plan for contracts, which includes all aspects of program management.

You will spend more than 50% 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.

Travel Required

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

Relocation Authorized

  • No