Life Scientist/Environmental Engineer/Physical Scientist

Environmental Protection Agency | Philadelphia, PA

Posted Date 11/07/2019

This position is in Region 3, Air and Radiation Division, Permits Branch.  If selected, you must work at the location stated in this announcement.  About Region 3:

You will:

- Prepare or review permits (issuance, reissuance, and modification) for routine treatment, storage and disposal facilities or sources;

- Provide technical support to state, local or tribal agencies regarding well-defined technical and scientific criteria and methods; pollution control requirements; and impacts of pollutants;

- Provide technical support in defense of technical and legal challenges to permits with Office of Regional Counsel (ORC);  

- Respond to permit inquiries;

When entering a Federal job at a grade level lower than the highest promotion potential level, you may be promoted to more complex duties and work more independently, as your career progresses.

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

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-11 level, you need to have at least one year of full-time experience equivalent to the GS-09 level defined as performing data analysis on scientific investigations/projects; and preparing permits for facilities (issuance, reissuance, and/or modification) - OR Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree; or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in the academic discipline as described below.

To qualify for the GS-12 level, you need to have at least one year of full-time experience equivalent to the GS-11 level defined as preparing permits for facilities (issuance, reissuance, and/or modification); and reviewing permits for technical, procedural and/or regulatory adequacy.

Your answers to the online assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas: 1) Knowledge of permit regulations and policies; 2) Ability to prepare permits (issuance, reissuance, and modification) for treatment, storage and/or disposal facilities or sources; 3) Skill in identifying and resolving pollutant discharge problems; 4) Skill in presenting technical/scientific data; and 5) 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.

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