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Vacancy Details

Grade: 11

Carefully read each question and all possible answers before selecting a response. Some questions will be used to screen out ineligible applicants. Applicant errors in responses will not be corrected. You are responsible for the accuracy of your application. Your application must describe your work and experience, in your own words. If you fail to provide requested information, or the information submitted is insufficient, you may lose consideration for the position.
1 You must have one year of specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-9 grade level, or meet the education requirements as described in the VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT. Do you meet the experience and/or education requirements for this position? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
NOTE: If you are using education to qualify, you must provide transcripts to receive consideration. Transcripts MUST be received in the announcing office by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.
Applicants applying for this position, MUST also possess the following Selective Factor. In the event you do not possess the Selective Factor, you will be found ineligible for the position.

Selective Factor: Applicants must possess one of the following certificates:

  • Institute of Hazardous Material Management (IHMM) - (Certified by Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM)
  • Institute of Hazardous Materials Managers (IHMM) - (Certified by Hazardous Materials Practitioner (CHMP),
  • National Registry of Environmental Professionals (NREP) - (Certified by Environmental Auditor or Certified by Environmental Systems Manager)
  • Board of Environmental, Health & Safety Auditor Certifications (BEAC) - (Certified by Professional Environmental Auditor (CPEA).
2 Do you meet the Selective Factor for this position? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes, I possess one of the required certifications for this position AND I have provided a current copy of the certification(s), and my resume clearly addresses this information.
  • No, I do not meet the Selective Factor for this position.
3 TIME-IN-GRADE REQUIREMENTS: All applicants must meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of the vacancy announcement. Select one of the following: Answer to this question is required
  • I am a GS/GL/GM employee.
    3.1 Select one of the following:
    • I am currently at the GS-11 grade level or higher, or was previously at the GS-11 grade level or higher.
    • I am currently at the GS/GL-10 grade level, and will be at the GS/GL-10 grade level for a total of 52 weeks by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.
    • I am currently a GS/GL-10 employee and I will not have 52 weeks at the GS/GL-10 grade level by the closing date of the vacancy announcement, however I was previously at the GS/GL-09 grade level for at least a total of 52 weeks.
    • I am currently at the GS/GL-09 grade level, and will be at the GS/GL-09 grade level for a total of 52 weeks by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.
    • I was previously at the GS/GL-10 grade level for at least a total of 52 weeks.
    • I was previously at the GS/GL-09 grade level for at least a total of 52 weeks.
    • I do not meet time-in-grade requirements because as a GS/GL-09 employee, I will not have 52 weeks at the GS/GL-09 or GS/GL-10 grade level by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.
    • I do not meet time-in-grade requirements because I am below the GS/GL-09 grade level.
  • I am a WS/WG employee and will be a WS/WG employee for at least the previous 52 weeks by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.
  • I am a WS/WG employee and have not been a WS/WG employee for at least the previous 52 weeks.
    3.1 If you have not been a WS/WG employee for at least the previous 52 weeks, select one of the following:
    • I was previously at the GS-11 or higher grade level.
    • I was previously at the GS/GL-10 grade level for 52 weeks.
    • I was previously at the GS/GL-09 grade level for 52 weeks.
    • I was previously at the GS/GL-09 or GS/GL-10 grade level for less than 52 weeks.
    • I was previously at a grade level below the GS/GL-09.
    • I was not previously in the GS/GL pay system.
    3.2 If you were not previously in the GS/GL pay plan, but were in another federal civilian pay plan, please provide your pay plan and salary information below. ( i.e., JS pay system, 44,500 per annum) Maximum length of 250 characters.
  • Other
    3.1 Please provide your salary information below. If you are a federal employee, include your pay plan, and grade or pay band. Maximum length of 250 characters.
DETERMINING YOUR NEED TO COMPETE FOR THIS POSITION: Please CAREFULLY read all of the information outlined below.
4 In order to determine your need to compete for this position, select the statement which best applies to you. Answer to this question is required
  • I am a GS/GL/GM employee. Some General Schedule (GS) and LEO (GL) applicants may be considered for selection without "competing" for this position (i.e., completing assessment questions, etc). Examples include applicants eligible for reassignment, changing to a lower grade, or repromoting to a grade previously held on a permanent basis.

    You do not need to compete for this job if you, on a permanent basis (SEE NOTE BELOW ON TEMPORARY PROMOTIONS), are a GS-11 or higher, or are in a job with a career ladder of GS-11, or are in a trainee position which may lead to a non-competitive promotion upon successful completion of a training program. You also would not compete if you were previously a GS-11 on a permanent basis or held a position with a career ladder of GS-11 and were not demoted for disciplinary reasons. You are encouraged to check with your local HR office if you are uncertain of your response to this question.

    What is a career ladder? A career ladder is the normal grade progression through which employees advance to reach the full performance level (top grade of the career ladder) of a particular occupation without having to apply for and compete with other employees. A career ladder consists of grades ranging from the lowest level of the position at which an employee can be hired, to the highest level, also known as the full performance level. For example, for a position that is announced at the GS/GL-5/7/9/11 grade levels, the top grade of the career ladder is GS-11. An employee who is selected at the GS/GL-7 grade level is eligible to receive career ladder promotions up to the GS-11 grade level without further competition.

    NOTE: If you have "competed" for a temporary promotion (i.e., completing assessment questions, etc), AND the vacancy announcement stated that the temporary promotion could be made permanent without further competition, you do not need to compete for this position. You must provide the promotion SF-50. Failure to do so will result in you being considered competitively.
    4.1 Do you meet the condition listed above?
    • Yes, I am currently at the GS-11 grade level or higher; or, the position I currently hold is a career ladder position which goes to the GS-11 grade level or higher without my having to compete; or, I am a trainee who has competed to the GS-11 grade level or higher.
    • Yes, I was previously at the GS-11 grade level or higher; or, I previously held a career ladder position which went to the GS-11 grade level without having to compete.
    • Yes, I have competed for a temporary promotion to the GS-11, AND the vacancy announcement stated that the temporary promotion could be made permanent without further competition. YOU MUST PROVIDE PROMOTION SF-50.
    • No, I am currently on a temporary promotion to the GS-11, not to exceed 120 days.
    • No, my current grade level is GS/GL-10 or lower.
    IF YOU ANSWERED 'YES' ABOVE, YOUR APPLICATION WILL BE PROCESSED AS AN EXCEPTION. IF YOU ANSWERED 'NO' ABOVE, YOU ARE A COMPETITIVE APPLICANT AND MUST ENSURE YOU COMPLETE THE ASSESSMENT QUESTIONS ON THE PREVIOUS SCREEN.
  • I am a WS/WG employee. For WS applicants to be considered for this position without competing (i.e., be eligible to be reassigned, changed to a lower grade or repromoted), WS EMPLOYEES MUST meet one of the conditions described below:

    • A) You must have been a WS employee for the preceding 52 weeks; AND Your current annual salary MUST BE equal to or greater than the representative rate identified in the remarks section of the vacancy announcement.

    • OR


    • B) If you are a WS employee, but have not been a WS employee for the preceding 52 weeks, THEN the career ladder of the position you held on a permanent basis as a GS/GL employee MUST BE equal to or greater than the GS-11 grade level.


    • OR


    • C) If you previously held, on a permanent basis, a position which went to the GS-11 grade level or higher.

    4.1 Do you meet any of the conditions listed above?
    • Yes, I have been a WS employee for the last 52 weeks; AND my current salary is equal to or greater than the representative rate of the position as indicated on the VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT.
    • Yes, I am a WS employee, but I have not been a WS employee for the last 52 weeks, and the position I held on a permanent basis as a GS/GL employee was a career ladder position which went to the GS-11 grade level or higher without my having to compete.
    • Yes, I have been in a position which went to the GS-11 grade level or higher, on a permanent basis.
    • No, I am a WS employee and do not meet any of the conditions listed above.
    IF YOU ANSWERED 'YES' ABOVE, YOUR APPLICATION WILL BE PROCESSED AS AN EXCEPTION. IF YOU ANSWERED 'NO' ABOVE, YOU ARE A COMPETITIVE APPLICANT AND MUST ENSURE YOU COMPLETE THE ASSESSMENT QUESTIONS ON THE PREVIOUS SCREEN.
  • I am a federal employee in a different pay plan.
  • I am applying under a special hiring authority (i.e., Veterans Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) or 30% or More Disabled Veterans). NOTE: This vacancy is not open to VEOA eligibles or 30% or more Disabled Veterans. You will not receive consideration for this position applying under either special hiring authority. If you want to be considered for this position you MUSTmake another selection choice.
ASSESSMENT QUESTIONS

LISTED BELOW ARE GROUPED STATEMENTS RELATING TO THE ASSESSMENTS/COMPETENCIES NECESSARY FOR THE POSITION. Read each question carefully and select the answer choice that best describes your experience.
5 Environmental Protection Specialist must possess the ability to effectively establish and maintain contacts regarding the Environmental programs with institution personnel, as well as with Regional and Central Office personnel on a regular basis. Contacts made by him/her also include vendors, suppliers, prospective vendors, other federal agency personnel, Local and State Environmental Protection Agencies, the local Environmental and Safety Protection Administrator, and others. He/she also has frequent and direct contacts with the inmate population, and through these contacts, may impact the inmate’s attitude and behavior patterns. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  • I have conducted training sessions for internal staff during scheduled meetings such as annual training or equivalent; and/or I have provided A&O to newly incarcerated inmates or new departmental staff; and/or I have presented recommendations and implementation plan to upper management as a result of environmental findings.
  • I have presented environmental training programs to agency safety professionals as well as institutional staff; and/or I have developed and facilitated training sessions on behalf of the organization to local emergency response teams such as the fire department and police department; and/or I have served as a resource person during national conferences or high profile presentations.
  • I have trained others in the proper mixture and application of various chemicals (such as cleaning supplies); and/or I have presented environmental Protection information at an informal gathering; and/or I have provided verbal instructions to a work detail regarding the recycling program, or other program involving environmental concerns.
  • None of the above.
6 Environmental Protection Specialist must be able to produce written documents in a clear and concise manner. He/she is responsible for independently preparing comprehensive reports, memorandums and documenting inspections and their respective corrective actions. He/she is also responsible for composing internal policies and procedures, and preparing correspondence related to environmental needs and programs, such as responses to internal and external organizations, and responding to various requests for information. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  • I have prepared and submitted monthly environmental reports to appropriate authority; and/or I have drafted a response to a request for information for upper management’s signature; and/or I have documented findings from a Program Review or comparable external audit.
  • I have prepared an incident report; and/or I have responded to an environmental related Cop-Out or issue; and/or I have prepared justification for the purchase of environmentally preferred safety related purchases.
  • I have prepared memorandums for internal distribution; and/or I have prepared flyers for departmental staff advertising environmental training opportunities; and/or I have assisted in documenting audit findings into an action plan for improvement or corrective action.
  • None of the above.
7 Environmental Protection Specialist is required to research, analyze and interpret information in order to develop, guide and provide advice on environmental issues/concerns impacting Bureau of Prison current or proposed operations. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  • I have conducted research on the Internet to maintain currency in established environmental laws, regulations and guidelines; and/or I have gathered information from federal, state and local environmental offices as directed by supervisor; and/or I have assisted in preparing environmental project files.
  • I have assisted in the analysis and development of environmental program objectives or procedures; and/or I have provided implementation recommendations in response to changes in policy or procedure; and/or I have researched and analyzed various sources of information to respond to general environmental related inquiry received.
  • I have recommended corrective action to address an environmental deviation from policy for management consideration; and/or I have assisted in developing corresponding environmental plans or programs; and/or I have researched and analyzed local and/or private environmental regulations and recommended revisions to current procedures.
  • None of the above.
8 Environmental Protection Specialist must possess comprehensive knowledge of the various procedures, concepts and practices in order to assist the agency in developing and implementing programs in Protection with federal, state, and local environmental regulations. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  • I have assembled material and data to be used/included with environmental briefing papers; and/or I have gathered updates of environmental regulations and drafted potential effects to agency programs; and/or I have participated on team site environmental inspections.
  • I have provided in/out environmental audit briefings to agency personnel when environmental related deficiencies occur; and/or I have recommended updates for environmental handbooks and manuals; and/or I have assisted with site inspections for Protection with environmental regulations.
  • I have reviewed material and data (i.e., environmental plans and permits, sampling and monitoring results) to make recommendations of applicability to briefing papers; and/or I have reviewed site inspection reports prepared by others to become familiar with process; and/or I have taken notes during team site inspections.
  • None of the above.

Grade: All Grades

This is a Federal job application system. Providing false information, documentation, creating fake IDs, or failing to answer all questions truthfully and completely may be grounds for not hiring, for disbarment from Federal employment or for dismissal after the applicant begins work. Falsifying a Federal job application, attempting to violate the privacy of others, or attempting to compromise the operation of this system may be punishable by fine or imprisonment (US Code, Title 18, section 1001). Applicants who provide inaccurate information within the application process may be removed from future consideration under this vacancy.
Carefully read the information listed below.

Bureau of Prisons Employees:

Your overall yearly performance evaluation will be considered based on current policy and/or procedures, typically most recent rating of record. If you do not have a performance rating, your overall rating should reflect Presumptive Successful or Achieved Results.

Other Status Applicants:

You must provide a copy of your latest yearly performance appraisal/evaluation. If you do not have a performance rating, your overall rating should reflect Presumptive Successful or Achieved Results.
NOTE: If you lack a performance appraisal due to a work related compensable injury or deployment to the uniformed service, you should report your most recent rating of record. Failure to submit all required information may result in a lowered score.
1 If you currently hold, or ever held, a civilian position in the Federal Government, what was your last yearly performance appraisal rating? NOTE: If you receive an updated yearly performance evaluation during the life of this vacancy announcement, you MUST update your response. Answer to this question is required
  • Outstanding
    1.1 Please enter the date of your Outstanding evaluation.
  • Excellent
    1.1 Please enter the date of your Excellent evaluation.
  • Successful, Presumptive Successful or Achieved Results
    1.1 Please enter the date of your Successful, Presumptive Successful or Achieved Results evaluation.
  • Minimally Satisfactory
  • Unacceptable or Unsatisfactory
  • Pass (not a BOP employee)
  • Fail (not a BOP employee)
  • None of the above. (not a BOP employee)
Table of Award Points

  • QSI (Quality Step Increase) or SSP (Sustained Superior Performance) - add 4 points
  • Special Act or Time-Off Award - add 2 points
  • Letter of Commendation (CEO level) - add 1 point
  • Suggestion Award - add 1 point
2 Using the table of points for the types of awards you received within the last 5 years of federal employment, calculate your total award points.
  • 0 point
  • 1 point
  • 2 points
  • 3 points
  • 4 points
  • 5 points
  • 6 points
  • 7 - 15 points
  • over 15 points
3 From the list below, please select the awards used to calculate your total award points.
  • QSI (Quality Step Increase)
  • SSP (Sustained Superior Performance)
  • Special Act Award
  • Time-Off Award
  • Letter of Commendation (CEO level)
  • Suggestion Award
4 Are you a current Bureau of Prisons (BOP) employee? Answer to this question is required
  • Yes
  • No
    4.1 BOP EMPLOYEES MUST enter a duty location for each position change within the past ten years of BOP employment. Title, Series, Grade and Location MUST be provided.

    Use the format below:
    • 10/12/2003 to Present; Unit Manager, GS-006-12; USP Correctional Facility
    • 5/25/2000 to 10/11/2003; Case Manager, GS-101-09; FCI Correctional Facility
    Maximum length of 5000 characters.
BOP EMPLOYEES are reminded to:
  • review their resume AND include all relevant experience for the position; and,
  • enter a duty location for each position change within the resume for at least the past five years of employment.