- Provide technical support on industrial chemicals, genetically-engineered microorganisms and nanomaterials;
- Develop, implement and support the Division's environmental fate and transport, and environmental exposure assessment activities;
- Analyze assessment strategies and methodologies to recommend improvements to current fate and exposure assessment methods;
- Design and develop environmental fate and transport, and exposure assessment methods, tools, databases and models.
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 25-50% of your work time on contracts, grants/cooperative agreements, and/or interagency agreements.
Conditions of Employment
If you are selected, a pre-employment background check is required.
You must submit a resume and required documents (see How to Apply section).
You may be required to travel 1 to 5 days per month.
You must be a U.S. citizen.
Position has educational/degree requirements (see Qualifications section).
EPA and non-EPA applicants must submit transcripts/course listings.
If you are selected, you must complete a one year probationary period.
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.
You need a degree or combination of education and experience as described below to qualify for this position.
Biologist: You must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited or pre-accredited college or university in one of the following: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position; OR a combination of education and experience with courses equivalent to a major, as listed.
Environmental Engineer: All applicants must meet one of the following requirements to qualify for consideration for an engineering position:
Successful completion of a professional engineering degree at an accredited university or college OR
Have a combination of college level education or training AND technical experience that has furnished you with (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. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following:
Professional registration as an engineer.
Evidence of Passing the Engineer-in-Training Written Test.
Successful documented completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences as described by OPM.
Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field and at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance.
Physical Scientist: You must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited or pre-accredited college or university in one of the following: 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; OR a combination of education and experience -- education equivalent to one of the majors shown above that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
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: http://www.epa.gov/careers/epa-job-vacancy-announcements-policies-and-procedures
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 full-time experience equivalent to the GS-11 level defined as conducting fate and transport and/or exposure assessments; and analyzing physical and/or chemical contaminant transport in environmental media or evaluating exposure data.
To qualify for the GS-13 level, you need to have at least one year of full-time experience equivalent to the GS-12 level defined as developing fate and transport and/or exposure assessments; analyzing physical and/or chemical contaminant transport in environmental media; and interpreting exposure data.
Your answers to the on-line assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas: 1) Knowledge of exposure and/or fate associated with industrial chemicals, biological agents, and nanomaterials; 2) Skill in written communication; 3) Knowledge of fate, transport and/or exposure assessment activities; 4) Ability to work on a multi-disciplinary team of scientists; 5) Skill in performing fate and/or exposure assessments; 6) Skill in making presentations and/or conducting scientific briefings; 7) Ability to apply exposure and/or fate assessment modeling concepts and techniques.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Internal Number: R-OCSPP-DE-2018-0040
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About the Office
In the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT), you will work on a variety of projects that support EPA’s mission of protecting human health and the environment. The Risk Assessment Division (RAD) performs technical and science policy analyses to support OPPT regulatory and non-regulatory programs.
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