Supervisory Environmental Engineer/Physical Scientist/Chemist
Environmental Protection Agency
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1 vacancy in the following location:
Fort Meade, MD
Yes as determined by agency policy
This position is in Region 3, Office of the Regional Administrator
R3, Lab Services and Applied Science Division, Laboratory Services
Branch, in Fort Meade, MD. If selected, you must work at the
location stated in this announcement. About: Region 3.
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\- Plan, organize, and direct the activities of the Laboratory
\- Exercise supervisory personnel management responsibilities.
\- Represent the Laboratory Services Branch and Agency with a
variety of functional area organizations.
You will spend 25-50% of your work time on contracts,
grants/cooperative agreements, and/or interagency agreements.
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1301 General Physical Science
- Engineers, Environmental
- Environmental Engineers
- If you are selected, a pre-employment background check is
- EPA and non-EPA applicants must submit transcripts/course
- You must submit a resume and required documents (see How to
- You may be required to travel 1 to 5 days each month.
- Pre-employment drug testing is required and random testing
- You must be a U.S. citizen.
investigation. Unless an appropriate background investigation is
already on record with the Office of Personnel Management, you must
undergo a background investigation.
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.
Participation in the medical monitoring program is required.
You will be required to obtain and maintain a top-secret security
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.
If you are selected, you must complete a one year probationary
Pre-employment physical is required and periodic physicals
In addition to the educational requirements, we are looking for at
least one year of specialized experience related to this position as
To qualify for the GS-15 level, you need to have at least one year
of full-time experience equivalent to the GS-14 level defined as
providing leadership, oversight or technical expertise of
environmental analysis and sampling in a laboratory setting;
coaching, mentoring or leading others; establishing and monitoring
performance measures to assess the effectiveness, efficiency, and
progress of a team.
Your answers to the online assessment will be used to evaluate your
competencies in the following areas: 1) Knowledge of the concepts,
principles, and practices of environmental analysis and sampling in
a laboratory setting; 2) Knowledge of guidance related to the
implementation of the rules and regulations under the Safe Drinking
Water Act, Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and
Liability Act (CERCLA), Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Resource
Conservation and Recovery Act, ISO Quality Standards and National
Environmental Laboratory Program (NELAP); 3) Ability to plan,
organize, and direct the functions of subordinate organizational
units; 4) Ability to mentor, motivate, and appraise staff; 5) Skill
in oral communication; and 6) Skill in written 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.
If you have part-time work experience, read this: EPA Announcement
Policies and Procedures.
A bachelor's degree from an accredited or pre-accredited college or
Environmental Engineer: All applicants must meet one of the
following requirements to qualify for consideration for an
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:
Professional registration as an engineer.
Evidence of Passing the Engineer-in-Training Written Test.
Successful documented completion of at least 60 semester hours of
courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences as
described by OPM.
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 -- education equivalent to one of the majors shown above
that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or
related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or
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.
This position is not 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.
EPA participates in E-Verify. E-Verify is an Internet based system
operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership
with the Social Security Administration (SSA) that enables
participating employers to electronically verify the employment
eligibility of their newly hired employees. For additional
information: EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures.
Position has portable work and selectee may be authorized to
telework after meeting eligibility requirements if approved by the
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
Except in special circumstances, those new to the federal government
will be hired at the starting salary (step 1) of the applicable
grade range listed above.
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