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Announcement Number:
CI-R8-MP-2019-0028
Hiring Agency:
Environmental Protection Agency
Position Title:
Supervisory Life Scientist/Environmental Engineer/Physical Scientist
Open Period:
05/31/2019 - 06/13/2019

Format MM/DD/YYYY

Series/Grade:
GS - 0401,0819,1301 14
Salary:
USD $114,454 - USD $148,794
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Full-time/Permanent
Promotion Potential:
GS-14
Duty Location(s):
1
in
Denver, CO, US
Telework Eligible:
Yes
For More Info:
Twanita Augustine
513-569-7765
Augustine.Twanita@epa.gov

Overview

Hiring Path:
• Internal to an agency (searchable on USAJOBS)
• Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
If you are an EPA internal employee in the commuting area of Denver, CO, and are:
- Current permanent Region 8, EPA employee with competitive status; or
- EPA Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) eligible
Security Clearance Required:
Other
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.


http://www.epa.gov

Summary:

This position is located in Region 8, Air & Radiation Division, Air Permitting & Monitoring Branch.  For more information on this office, visit their website: Region 8


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

Supervisory Position:
Yes
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
No
Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

You may be required to travel 1 to 5 days per month

Duties

You will:

- Plan, organize and direct the activities of the organizational unit, ensuring that they comply with legal and regulatory requirements and meet customer needs.


- Exercise supervisory personnel management responsibilities.


- Represent the agency with a variety of functional area organizations.


- Oversee state and tribal ambient air monitoring and air quality permitting programs and issue air quality permits in Indian country, as needed. 

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.


If you are selected, you must complete (or have already completed) a 1-year supervisory or managerial probationary period.

Upon acceptance of an initial appointment to a supervisory or managerial position with the EPA, you agree to complete all elements of the EPA Successful Leaders Program.  This development program is designed to enhance leadership skills and abilities and meet the Agency's goal of providing new leaders with the skills and tools you need to be successful.  

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.
  • Education Requirements:

    A bachelor’s degree from an accredited or pre-accredited college or university in:


    0401 - General Natural Resources Management and Biological Sciences Series:


    A. Degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position. -OR-


    B. Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.


    0800 - Engineering Series:


    A. Degree: Engineering. To be acceptable, the program must: (1) lead to a bachelor’s degree in a school of engineering with at least one program accredited by ABET; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than 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. -OR-


    B. Combination of education and experience -- college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying 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 or licensure -- Current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), Engineer in Training (EIT)1, or licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE) by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions) are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration. For example, an applicant who attains registration through a State Board's eminence provision as a manufacturing engineer typically would be rated eligible only for manufacturing engineering positions.

    2. Written Test -- Evidence of having successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE)2 examination or any other written test required for professional registration by an engineering licensure board in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.

    3. Specified academic courses -- Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and that included the courses specified in the basic requirements under paragraph A. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of an engineering program as described in paragraph A.

    4. Related curriculum -- Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in an appropriate scientific field, e.g., engineering technology, physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a bachelor’s degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. Ordinarily there should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering-type experience, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions. (The above examples of related curricula are not all-inclusive.)


    1301 - General Physical Science Series:


    A. Degree: 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-


    B. Combination of education and experience -- education equivalent to one of the majors shown in A above 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:  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 experience planning, executing and overseeing highly complex projects; coordinating oversight and implementation of Clean Air Act air quality monitoring and permitting programs; and performing technical evaluations of air pollution control technologies.

    Your answers to the online assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas:


    1. Knowledge of concepts, principles, and practices of the Clean Air Act; permitting and air monitoring


    2. Knowledge of guidance related to the implementation of the rules and regulations under the Clean Air Act pertaining to ambient air monitoring and air quality permitting.  


    3. Ability to lead staff by evaluating work performance and giving advice, counsel and instruction.


    4. Skill in oral communication.


    5. Skill in written communication.


    6. Ability to advise and brief upper management on technical and policy issues pertaining to the Clean Air Act, as it relates to ambient air monitoring and air quality permitting.


    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:

    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.


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


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


    This position is not 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.
    -- 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.