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    Summary

    Join the staff of the Bureau of Reclamation as a Physical Scientist, performing environmental monitoring investigations and evaluations at project areas.

    This position is located with the Bureau of Reclamation, Region 10 - California-Great Basin, Division of Environmental Affairs in Sacramento, California. For more information on the Sacramento area, visit http://www.saccounty.net/index.htm

    Additional vacancies may be filled from this vacancy announcement.

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    Responsibilities

    At the full performance GS-12 level, the incumbent serves as a senior specialist performing environmental studies and developing and implementing monitoring programs.

    -Provides professional, scientific, and project planning assistance to the Branch Chief and Regional and Reclamation Program Managers. Determines the scope of, initiates, and coordinates the progress of technical investigations to determine the extent of contamination in groundwater, surface water, vegetation, soil, sediment, and air at specified areas. Using statistical concepts and mathematical theory, develops monitoring program designs and models for the collection of representative samples from environmental systems.

    -Evaluates existing studies and data from Federal, State, local agencies, and private sources. Identifies weaknesses in existing study designs and data, and assesses the need for additional information, methods, or new approaches. Makes recommendations for modifications to programs.
     
    -Evaluates and interprets the results of environmental studies to determine their validity and scientific significance. Develops or assists with the development of comprehensive plans to mitigate identified problems.

    -Ensures effective execution of existing Regional monitoring programs and that programs are in compliance with requirements of State or Federal Executive Orders. Works with members of the quality assurance staff on the collection and incorporation of appropriate field splits and other quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC) measures into monitoring program plans to ensure the quality of the data produced. Prepares program-specific quality assurance monitoring plans.

    -Conducts periodic critiques of Reclamation and contractor field sampling techniques to ensure that proper procedures for collection of representative samples are employed.

    -Coordinates data management activities within the branch to ensure timely and accurate reporting of environmental data to the Quality Assurance Officer and Program Managers. Prepares correspondence, status reports, and general information regarding program activities. Writes reports documenting sample collection procedures to ensure Region-wide standardization of field collection techniques.

    -Acts as a resource person for information and guidance on monitoring practices, technical planning issues, and chemical/biological information. Makes presentations to various agencies and scientific committees and at hearings, conferences, workshops, and task‑force meetings.

    Travel Required

    50% or less - Travel is required approximately 30% of the time.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    12

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/547595300. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.