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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, Air & Radiation Division, Air Programs Branch, Air Permits Section in Chicago, IL.

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At the entry level of this position, you will:

- Evaluate the adequacy of State and local regulations, covering a variety of sources of air emissions based on a wide range of information from diverse sources and with varying degrees of quality and reliability, including the use of air quality models and emission factors.

- Evaluate State and local air pollution regulatory development programs and ensure the Clean Air Act requirements are met. Provide technical advice to resolve problems.

- Draft responses to inquiries from State officials, citizens, and industrial representatives concerning the interpretation and application of policy directives and regulations related to air regulation development.

- Research new air pollution control technology and ambient air quality modeling techniques for criteria pollutants and air toxicants for the industries located in the Region.

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.

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

Travel Required

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

Relocation Authorized

  • No