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"RTP-R3-MP-2019-0044" Vacancy Details

About

Announcement Number:
RTP-R3-MP-2019-0044
Hiring Agency:
Environmental Protection Agency
Position Title:
Life Scientist/Environmental Engineer/Physical Scientist (Remedial Project Manager (RPM))
Open Period:
05/22/2019 - 06/13/2019

Format MM/DD/YYYY

Series/Grade:
GS - 0401,0819,1301 13
Salary:
USD $96,089 - USD $124,913
Work Schedule:
Full-time -
Promotion Potential:
GS-13
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Philadelphia, PA, US
Telework Eligible:
Yes
For More Info:
Keith Hisle
800-433-9633
hisle.keith@epa.gov

Overview

Hiring Path:
• Internal to an agency (searchable on USAJOBS)
• Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
Who may apply:

Current permanent EPA Region 3 internal employees with competitive status and CTAP eligibles.
Security Clearance Required:
Not Required
Appointment Type
Permanent
Marketing:
About the Agency
Summary:

This position will be located in Region 3, Office of the Regional Administrator R3, Superfund and Emergency Management Division, Federal Facilities and Site Assessment Branch, Site Assessment Section, in Philadelphia, PA.  For more information on this office, visit their website: https://www.epa.gov/aboutepa/epa-region-3-mid-atlantic.

If selected, you must work at the location stated in this announcement.

Supervisory Position:
No
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
No

Duties

You will:

- Determine appropriate cleanup actions, methods, and tools for toxic and hazardous waste sites.


- Direct contractual work efforts in cases where EPA must assume the cleanup duties to assure that federal funds are properly expended and that contractors are utilized effectively and efficiently.


- Serve as a senior resource for complex site situations that involve toxic and hazardous waste cleanup.


- Participate in, lead, or monitor enforcement activities.


- Perform community relations activities within a public forum as a representative of the agency

You will spend less than 25% of your work time on contracts, grants/cooperative agreements, and/or interagency agreements.

Qualifications and Evaluations

Requirements:

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 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 will be required to obtain (before coming on board) and maintain a valid driver’s license and must be able to operate a Government-owned or leased motor vehicle.

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 may have limited exposure to hazardous materials.


This position requires the use of personal protective equipment (PPE).

Key Requirements:
  • Pre-employment physical is required and periodic physicals thereafter.
  • If you are selected, a pre-employment background check is required.
  • 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).
  • You may be required to travel 1 to 5 days per month.
  • Education Requirements:
    See Qualifications section.
    Evaluations:

    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.

    NOTE:  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.

    Qualifications:

    You need a degree or combination of education and experience as described below to qualify for this position.

    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.

    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:



    1. Professional registration as an engineer.

    2. Evidence of passing the Engineer-in-Training written test.

    3. Successful documented completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences as described by OPM.

    4. 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.


    Please review the OPM page on specifics about required curriculum and for more information on qualifications, please visit GS-800: All Professional Engineering Positions qualifications.

    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, 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:
    https://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-13 level, you need to have at least one year of full-time experience equivalent to the GS-12 level defined as directing and monitoring cleanup efforts for complex site situations that involve toxic and hazardous waste; and leading negotiation sessions with potentially responsible party (PRP) concerning all aspects of remedial cleanups.

    Your answers to the on-line assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas: 1) Knowledge of environmental laws, regulations, and statutes; 2) Ability to evaluate and utilize hazardous waste site cleanup techniques and technologies; 3) Knowledge of Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR), cost control procedures, and/or cost accounting record keeping and procedures; 4) Ability to establish goals and assess progress toward their achievement; 5) Knowledge of enforcement case development involving hazardous waste site investigation and remediation, fact-finding, and/or collection and preservation of evidence; 6) Skill in written communication; and 7) 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.

    Benefits and Other Info

    Benefits URL:
    Review our Benefits
    Agency Benefits:
    Benefits will not change for current permanent EPA employees.
    Other Information:

    Earth Day is every day at EPA!  At EPA, you can protect human health and the environment of all Americans, and you’ll discover that EPA is one great place to work!  We offer great benefits and work flexibilities, and our diverse workforce connects to more than just a career--we share a common passion to promote a cleaner, healthier environment.


    Are you a Displaced Federal Employee?  If so, please read the Required Documents section and visit the EPA website for additional information: EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures.

    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.

    If you have part-time work experience, read this:  EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures.

    This position is in the bargaining unit. 

    Position has portable work and selectee may be authorized to telework after meeting eligibility requirements if approved by the supervisor/manager.

    How to Apply

    How to Apply:

    You are strongly encouraged to read the entire announcement before you submit your application for this position.

    To begin the application process, click the Apply button to the right on this screen, follow the prompts to log-in/register, submit all required documents, and complete the assessment questionnaire.  To be considered, you must submit a complete application package by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on the day the announcement closes.

    All required supporting documents will be collected electronically via the USAJOBS document portfolio feature.

    If you cannot apply online, you must contact the Human Resources Office listed below for assistance no later than three business days prior to the closing date of this announcement.  You must provide complete application materials by the day the announcement closes.

    For detailed instructions to assist you in ensuring your application package is received, go to EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures.

    Required Documents:

    Documents to be submitted online:

    -- 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.
    -- Displaced Federal employees under 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 EPA Employees:  You are encouraged to submit a Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50).  If you fail to provide an SF-50, we will access your Federal employment records in eOPF to verify your eligibility to be considered.  If your eligibility for consideration cannot be determined, your application will be rated ineligible.

    If you want to know more about submitting documentation to our office, visit EPA's website:  EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures.

    Next Steps:

    You can track the progress of your application package via your USAJOBS account.  You will receive an acknowledgement from USAJOBS that your submission was successful once we have received your online occupational questionnaire, resume, and any supporting documentation.  You will be notified of the status of your application via your USAJOBS account after we conduct a qualification review of your complete application package.  You will be contacted if further evaluation or interviews are required.  Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempt to conceal information may disqualify you for employment consideration.  We may verify all information you provide in your resume and questionnaire responses through reference and/or background check, and/or verification of your education.  If you are selected, you will be contacted personally by the human resources office posting this announcement.