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Physical Scientist

Company name
U.S Environmental Protection Agency

Salary
$112,021.00 to $145,629.00

Location
Washington, DC

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Open & closing dates

01/11/2018

to

01/20/2018

Salary

$112,021 to $145,629 per year

Pay scale & grade

GS 14

Work schedule

Full-time

Appointment type

Permanent

Location

1 vacancy in the following location:

Washington DC, DC

1 vacancy

Relocation expenses reimbursed

No

This job is open to

Federal employees

Current or former competitive service employees, including:

Merit promotion

Career Transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)

Transfer

Internal to an agency

This job is open to current employees of this agency.

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Announcement number

CI-OLEM-MP-2018-0009

Control number

488314000

Duties

Duties

Summary

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.

This position is located in Land and Emergency Management, Office of Emergency Management, Regulations Implementation Division, Washington D.C.

For more information, visit their website: www.epa.gov/olem

Learn more about this agency

Responsibilities

You will:

Provide aid to international organizations as a technical expert of recognized expertise, and attend meetings as necessary to represent EPA and the United States, serve as an EPA representative on senior technical advisor committees advocating the politics and interests of the Agency.

Work with federal, state and local officials, as well as the general public, on oil spill preparedness, prevention and response issues and develops policy statements and, implementation guidelines for nationwide application of complex scientific issues pertaining to oil spill.

Formulate technical approaches and apply current scientific techniques to evaluate oil spill prevention and response technologies, and to develop scientifically valid methods for assessing the benefits and risks of those technologies.

Serve as staff scientist for activities related to oil spill prevention and response, and understand the science and technical aspects of petroleum, food-based, and synthetic oils, the commercial blends of such oils, their manufacture, uses, and their physical-chemical characteristics.

Serve as a Contracting Officer Representative (COR) responsible for preparing acquisition documents, submitting technical direction, and reviewing progress reports submitted by the contractor on a contract, work assignment, and/or Interagency Agreement.

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

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be required to travel 1 to 5 days per month.

Supervisory status

No

Promotion Potential

14

Who May Apply

This job is open to…

Current permanent EPA internal employees in the Office of Land and Emergency Management with competitive status and CTAP eligibles.

Questions? This job is open to 2 groups.

Job family (Series)

1301 General Physical Science

Requirements

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

If you are selected, a pre-employment background check is required.

You must submit 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.

Pre-employment drug testing is required and random testing thereafter.

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.

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.

Qualifications

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

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 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.

In addition to the educational equirements, 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 conduct analysis and evaluations of oil spill prevention and response techniques.

Your answers to the on-line assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas:

Skill in oral communication to provide National expert advice to Senior Management on prevention preparedness and response.

Ability to interact with internal /external customers and advise on complex issues.

Skill in developing regulations and guidelines as they relate to environmental laws and research data on regulatory guidance actions for emergency planning.

Skill in solving complex problems as they relate to the oil spill prevention response and preparedness.

Knowledge of Physical and Chemical Characteristics of oils and their potential environmental impact.

Ability to prepare acquisition documents, engineer projects, and review reports.

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.

Education

Additional information

This position is in the bargaining unit.

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

Position has portable work and selectee may be eligible to telework

If you have part-time work experience, read this: 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.

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.

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.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Required Documents

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.

-- 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

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.

Benefits

Benefits

A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

Benefits for federal employees

Healthcare insurance

Pay and leave

Benefits will not change for current permanent EPA employees.

Review our benefits

Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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

Agency contact information

Lisa Harpe

Phone

513-569-7965

Fax

513-569-7826

Email

harpe.lisa@epa.gov

Address

Environmental Protection Agency

US Environmental Protection Agency

Human Resources Office

Cincinnati, Ohio

United States

Learn more about this agency

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.

Fair & Transparent

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job applicants

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when: An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.

An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.

An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations

or how to contact an agency.

Legal and regulatory guidance

Financial suitability

Social security number request

Privacy Act

Signature and false statements

Selective Service

New employee probationary period

Note: We cannot accept applications on behalf of Federal Agencies. Application instructions are listed within the Job Description.

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Company info

U.S Environmental Protection Agency
Website : http://www.epa.gov

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