-Evaluate hazards and risks from exposure to industrial chemicals, biological agents, and/or nanomaterials;
-Prepare hazard and risk characterizations in support of assigned programs;
-Provide analyses on strategies and methodologies for hazard prioritization, screening and assessment to advise the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention’s (OCSPP) programs;
-Collect and analyze data; evaluate and develop hazard assessment methods, tools, databases, and models;
-Develop briefing materials and presentations on complex issues related to hazard prioritization, screening, and assessments.
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% of your work time on contracts, grants/cooperative agreements, and/or inter-agency agreements.
You must be a U.S. citizen.
If you are selected, a pre-employment background check is required.
You may be required to travel 1 to 5 days per month.
Position has educational/degree requirements (see Qualifications section).
EPA and non-EPA applicants must submit transcripts/course listings.
You must submit a resume and required documents (see How to Apply section).
If you are selected, you must complete a one year probationary period.
This position is designated as Moderate 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.
Toxicologist: You must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited or pre-accredited college or university in toxicology, or an appropriate discipline of the biological, medical, or veterinary sciences that included at least 30 semester hours in chemistry, biochemistry, or physiology, and 12 semester hours in toxicology.
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: EPA Announcement 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-09 level, you need to have at least one year of full time experience equivalent to the GS-07 level defined as assisting in the review of human health and/or environmental hazard information and/or risk assessments; OR master's or equivalent graduate degree; or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in the academic discipline as described below.
To qualify for the GS-11 level, you need to have at least one year of full time experience equivalent to the GS-09 level defined as evaluating human health and/or environmental hazard information and/or risk assessments; OR Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree; or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in the academic discipline as described below.
Your answers to the online assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas: 1) Knowledge of risks and/or hazards associated with industrial chemicals, biological agents, and nanomaterials; 2) Ability to evaluate hazard/risk assessment tools, models, and methods; 3) Ability to prepare hazard and risk characterizations; 4) Skill in written communication; 5) Ability to recommend improvements for environmental hazard information and risk assessments; 6) Ability to work on a multi-disciplinary team of scientists; 7) Skill in data analysis; 8) Skill in oral communication.
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.
About Environmental Protection Agency
The mission of EPA is to protect human health and the environment.
EPA works to ensure that:
•Americans have clean air, land and water;
•National efforts to reduce environmental risks are based on the best available scientific information;
•Federal laws protecting human health and the environment are administered and enforced fairly, effectively and as Congress intended;
•Environmental stewardship is integral to U.S. policies concerning natural resources, human health, economic growth, energy, transportation, agriculture, industry, and international trade, and these factors are similarly considered in establishing environmental policy;
•All parts of society--communities, individuals, businesses, and state, local and tribal governments--have access to accurate information sufficient to effectively participate in managing human health and environmental risks;
•Contaminated lands and toxic sites are cleaned up by potentially responsible parties and revitalized; and
•Chemicals in the marketplace are reviewed for safety.