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Announcement Number:
R-OCSPP-MP-2019-0055
Hiring Agency:
Environmental Protection Agency
Position Title:
Biologist/Toxicologist/Physical Scientist/Chemist/Environmental Engineer
Open Period:
08/28/2019 - 09/11/2019

Format MM/DD/YYYY

Series/Grade:
GS - 0401,0415,1301,1320,0819 14
Salary:
USD $117,191 - USD $152,352
Work Schedule:
Full-time -
Promotion Potential:
GS-14
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Arlington, VA, US
Telework Eligible:
Yes
For More Info:
Chelsea Vaughn
800-433-9633
vaughn.chelsea@epa.gov

Overview

Hiring Path:
• Internal to an agency (searchable on USAJOBS)
• Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
Current permanent EPA internal employees in the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention/Office of Pesticide Programs with competitive status and CTAP eligibles.
Security Clearance Required:
Not Required
Appointment Type
Permanent
Marketing Statement:

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.

Summary:

This position is in the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, Office of Pesticide Programs, Antimicrobials Division, Risk Assessment and Science Support Branch.  If selected, you must work at the location stated in this announcement.  


About OCSPP: OCSPP


 

Supervisory Position:
No
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
No

Duties

You will: 


-Serve as a senior scientist, provide expert advice and assistance to scientists and officials on a broad range of difficult pesticide risk assessments and risk characterizations;


-Lead the branch in the performance of risk assessments and characterizations, using exposure and hazard data for pesticides with significant environmental risks;


-Evaluate highly complex laboratory and field studies, drawing and combining results into assessments and applying the results of these studies into risk characterizations that are useful to risk managers in understanding pesticide environmental and ecological risk;


-Serve on inter-program and inter-agency work groups and present the Program's positions on risk assessment/fate issues;


- Stay abreast of new scientific and technological advances in pesticides and related ecological and chemical contaminates.


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

Qualifications and Evaluations

Requirements:

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.


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.

Key Requirements:
  • 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 educational/degree requirements (see Qualifications section).
  • EPA and non-EPA applicants must submit transcripts/course listings.
  • You may be required to travel less than 25% of each month.
  • Education Requirements:

    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:



    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.


    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.


    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.


    Chemist


    You must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited or pre-accredited college or university in one of the following:  physical sciences, life sciences, or engineering that included 30 semester hours in chemistry, supplemented by course work in mathematics through differential and integral calculus, and at least 6 semester hours of physics; OR a combination of education and experience with education equivalent to one of the majors listed that included the described coursework.


    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.

    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.


    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-14 level, you need to have at least one year of full-time experience equivalent to the GS-13 level defined as leading a multidisciplinary scientific team, and overseeing the review and use of scientific data to assess risk.


    Your answers to the online assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas: 1) Skill in providing advice and assistance to scientists and senior management officials; 2) Skill in evaluating factors that influence hazard, fate and transport of pesticides in the environment; 3) Skill in evaluating complex laboratory and field studies; 4) Ability to lead a team; 5) Skill in applying findings, developments, and advancements to critical data evaluations and risk assessments; 6) Skill in written communication; 7) Skill in oral communication sufficient to communicate policies and scientific developments in pesticides related matters; 8) Ability to work on a team or task force.


    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.

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

    Benefits and Other Info

    Benefits URL:
    Review our Benefits
    Agency Benefits:

    Join EPA in protecting human health and the environment and enjoy many work life quality options!  Working for the EPA offers you a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.  To learn more about us, visit Life and Careers at EPA.

    Other Information:

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


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


    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.


    This position is in the bargaining unit.


     

    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.  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.
    -- 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.