This position is located in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Office of Inspector General; Office of Audit and Evaluation. You may apply for this position if you wish to be considered for the following locations: Washington, DC; Philadelphia, PA -or- Lenexa, KS. Salary will be commensurate with the duty location.
If selected, you must work at the location(s) stated in this announcement.
One of more positions may be filled with this vacancy for the duty location, as advertised.Learn more about this agency
As a Health Scientist, you will be responsible for the following:
- Utilizing both quantitative and qualitative methods to analyze programs;
- Applying epidemiologlcal research methods to the analysis of data to support audits or evaluations;
- Assisting with the review and modification of evaluation objectives;
- Researching and gathering referencing materials in support or assignments;
- Preparing written products, making oral presentations and applying conventional epidemiological research methods to program evaluations and/or audits.
- Functioning in and contributing to the overall goals of a team.
Occasional travel - 25% or less.
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Conditions of Employment
- You must be a U.S. citizen.
If you are selected, you must complete a one year probationary period.
This position is designated as High 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.
To qualify for this position, you must possess the following:
Possess a Bachelor’s or higher degree in an academic field related to the health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of the position. (Must submit a transcript.)
In addition to meeting the above Basic Requirement, you must possess one of the following minimum qualifications:
Possess one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-07 level in the Federal service. The specialized experience is:
- Utilizing both quantitative and qualitative methods to analyze programs; applying epidemiological research methods to the analysis of data to support audits or evaluations; assisting with the review and modification of evaluation objectives; researching and gathering reference materials; gathering and analyzing data in support of assignments; preparing written products, making oral presentations and applying conventional epidemiological research methods to program evaluations and/or audits. -OR-
- Have completed two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master's degree or master's or equivalent graduate degree, if related, from an accredited college or university. Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. (Submit transcript). -OR-
- Have a combination or such experience, and graduate level education, which equal 100% of the requirement. (Only graduate education in excess he first year may be used in this calculation. To compute, first determine your total qualifying experience as a percentage of the experience required above; and then add the two percentage together. The total must equal at least 100% to qualify.
We will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses on the assessment questionnaire. Your resume must support your responses. 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.
Your answers to the on-line assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas. Your resume must demonstrate that you meet the basic requirements; and/or specialized experience/education and the following competencies:
1. Knowledge of health science or epidemiological research and analytical methodology and ability to apply such techniques to evaluations and audits of environmental programs.
2. Knowledge of regulatory compliance and enforcement processes to assist in the development of routine technical information.
3. Ability to evaluate inspection findings and analyze evidence to identify and resolve problems.
4. Ability to communicate orally and in writing to present findings and recommendations.
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.
ARE YOU USING YOUR EDUCATION TO QUALIFY? You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims Unless otherwise stated: (1) unofficial transcripts are acceptable. or (2) you may submit a list with all of y our courses. grades. semester. year. and credit for the course. All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.
Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gain in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html
Only experience obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
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 online assessment. Your responses to the online 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. If you are referred for consideration, you may be subject to additional assessments.
NOTE: We do not require a separate statement responding to the competencies, also referred to as Knowledges, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs). However, your resume should clearly show possession of these competencies.
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Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
Documents to be submitted online:
-- Resume clearly stating your experience related to this position as described in the Duties section and Qualifications section. In describing your experience, you need to be clear and specific. We may not make assumptions regarding your experience.
-- Responses to the online 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 (or other copy indicating character of service), VA letter stating overall/combined disability rating (percentage), and SF-15, if applicable; active duty service members: submit certification from the armed forces documenting active duty dates, expected discharge/release date, campaign medals/badges, and character of service (a certification is any written document from the armed forces that certifies you are expected to be discharged/released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions within 120 days after you submit the certification).
-- 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 website: EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.
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Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
How to Apply
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 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 day the announcement closes.
All required supporting documents will be collected electronically via the USAJOBS document portfolio feature.
If you cannot apply online, you must contact the Human Resources Office listed below for assistance no later than three business days prior to the closing date of this announcement. You must provide complete application materials by the day the announcement closes.
For detailed instructions to assist you in ensuring your application package is received, go to EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures.
Agency contact information
Stephanie K. Harvard
AddressEnvironmental Protection Agency
US Environmental Protection Agency
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20460
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 online 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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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/526773800. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.