This position is in Region 10, Superfund and Emergency Management Division, Emergency Management Branch, Emergency Response Section . If selected, you must work at the location stated in this announcement. About Region 10: Region 10
At the entry level of this position, you will:
Respond on an emergency basis to the accidental or deliberate release of oil or hazardous materials including biological, chemical and radiological agents or uncontrolled hazardous waste.
Serve as a warranted Contracting Officer with independent contracting authority in accordance with the Delegation of Procurement Authority (DPA) from the EPA Office of Acquisition Management.
Conduct official investigations and inspections for both fund-led and enforcement-led removal responses, and perform planning, prevention, and preparedness activities related to health and environmental hazards.
Provide assessments for environmental incidents, determine appropriate emergency responses, perform necessary community relations and coordination activities, and serve as technical advisor for removal responses.
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.
Occasional travel - You may be required to travel up to 25% of each month.
Job family (Series)
1301 General Physical Science
0401 General Natural Resources Management And Biological Sciences
0819 Environmental Engineering
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).
Position has education requirements-see Qualifications/Education section.
Pre-employment drug testing is required and random testing thereafter.
EPA and non-EPA applicants must submit transcripts/course listings.
If you are selected, you will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure form within 30 days of your first day of employment and annually thereafter.You must meet time in grade requirements no later than 30 calendar days after the closing date of this announcement.
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.
You must meet time in grade requirements no later than 30 calendar days after the closing date of this announcement.
Participation in the medical monitoring program is required.
You need a degree or combination of education and experience as described below to qualify for this position.
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 experience conducting emergency response actions under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) at hazardous waste sites and/or at emergency incidents involving oil or chemical spills
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 experience conducting emergency response actions under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) at hazardous waste sites and/or at emergency incidents involving oil or chemical spills; and negotiating with stakeholders to analyze and solve environmental issues.
Your answers to the online assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas:
Skill in responding to and evaluating hazardous waste site cleanup techniques and technologies.
Knowledge of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), the Superfund Reauthorization Act (SARA) and other federal, state, and local environmental regulations.
Ability to serve as a warranted Contracting Officer.
Skill in written communication.
Ability to perform activities related to health and environmental hazards.
Ability to provide assessments for environmental incidents.
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.
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A bachelor’s degree from an accredited or pre-accredited college or university in:
0401 - Life Scientist
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.
1301 - 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 with education equivalent to one of the majors listed that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science.
0819 - Environmental Engineer
You must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited or pre-accredited college or university in one of the following: you must meet either paragraph A or B:
Professional engineering degree from a school of engineering with at least one or more curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; or (2) include differential and integral calculus AND courses (advanced beyond first year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.
Combination of education AND experience-college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished: 1) a thorough knowledge of physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of 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: 1) Professional registration; 2) Written test-Evidence of having successfully passed the Engineer in Training exam or the written test required for professional registration; 3) Specified academic courses-Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering that included the courses specified in the basic requirements. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum as described in paragraph A; or 4) Related curriculum-Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or appropriate professional field provided applicant has 1 year professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance.
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Except in special circumstances, those new to the federal government will be hired at the starting salary (step 1) of the applicable grade range listed above.
This position is in the bargaining unit.
If you are selected, travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid by EPA. Any travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting to work in this position will be your responsibility.
Position has portable work and selectee may be authorized to telework after meeting eligibility requirements if approved by the supervisor/manager.
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 and an applicable score assigned.
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.
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.
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Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
Documents to be submitted online:
You should ensure your social security number, date of birth, and any other personal information are redacted.
- 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 (you must complete this online - it is not a document you need to upload).
- 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. NOTE: Official educational transcripts are not required at the time of application; however, if you are selected, you must provide official transcripts before you start work with EPA.
- 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.
- Current and Former Federal Employees: You are required to submit a Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) that includes position title, pay plan, occupational code, grade or level, and duty station. The SF-50 must also indicate the following (you may need to provide more than one SF-50):
Status Eligibility/Competitive Status - SF-50 must include appropriate tenure and position occupied. If you are a current temporary/term employee who previously held a status federal position, you need to submit your SF-50 which shows your eligibility to be considered. (NOTE: If you are a current EPA employee and provide an SF-50 that does not show eligibility, we will access your eOPF to verify your eligibility to be considered.) If your eligibility for consideration cannot be determined, your application will be rated ineligible.
Time-in-Grade - If you are applying for a higher grade, you must provide the SF-50 that shows the length of time in your current/highest grade (examples of appropriate SF-50s include promotions, within-grade/range increases, and SF-50s dated a year apart within the same grade/job).
- Current Federal Employees: You are required to submit your most recent completed annual performance appraisal, dated within the last 18 months (if it is not dated within the last 18 months, or you have not received a performance appraisal, you must upload a signed/dated explanation why). NOTE: You only need to upload the page that shows the overall rating and signature, not the entire document.
- If you are applying for a noncompetitive appointment, you'll need to submit additional documents to prove your eligibility to apply to this vacancy announcement. If you want to learn more about noncompetitive appointments, visit OPM's website:
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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.
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