Environmental Protection Agency Supervisory Biologist/Toxicologist/Physical Scientist/Chemist in Arlington, Virginia22204

Job Overview

Job Overview
Summary

About the Agency

This announcement has been amended to extend the closing date to 07/12/17.

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 the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, Office of Pesticides Programs, Health Effects Division, Risk Assessment Branch IV, Arlington, VA. For more information on this office, visit their website: https://www.epa.gov/aboutepa/about-office-chemical-safety-and-pollution-prevention-ocspp

Duties

You will:

  • Plan, organize, and direct the activities of Risk Assessment Branch (RAB) IV producing human health risk assessments and characterizing the overall risks to humans associated with the use of pesticides.

  • Collaborate with other Divisions to develop and maintain technical guidance for pesticide risk assessment.

  • Exercise supervisory personnel management responsibilities over RAB IV staff.

  • Represent the RAB IV and the Health Effects Division in a variety of Program and organizational areas.

Relocation Authorized
  • No

Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • If you are selected, a pre-employment background check is required.
  • You must submit resume and required documents. (See How to Apply)
  • EPA and non-EPA applicants must submit transcripts/course listings.
  • Position has educational/degree requirements. (See Qualifications Section)
  • You may be required to travel 1 to 5 days per month.
Qualifications

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

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.

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.

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 course work.

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: http://www.epa.gov/careers/epa-job-vacancy-announcements-policies-and-procedures

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-15 level, you need to have at least one year of full time experience equivalent to the GS-14 level defined as planning, organizing and directing a multidisciplinary team that evaluates and/or validates effects that pesticides have on humans and/or the environment; OR designing, directing, implementing and reporting on a scientific program that evaluates and/or validates effects that pesticides have on humans and/or the environment.

Your answers to the on-line assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas: 1) Ability to provide technical advice related to pesticide risk assessments/characterizations; 2) Knowledge of federal laws and regulations related to pesticides; 3) Ability to develop technical guidelines for pesticide risk assessments; 4) Skill in written communication; 5) Ability to set priorities for staff within an organization; 6) Skill in oral communication; 7) Skill in developing partnerships with external stakeholders.

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.

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.

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.

If you are selected, you will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Form prior to your first day of employment and annually thereafter.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

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 on-line 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.

BENEFITS

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Benefits will not change for current permanent EPA employees.

Other Information

This information is used to determine your qualifications for employment. The use of this information is authorized under Title 5 USC, Sections 3302 and 3361.

If you have part-time work experience, read this: http://www.epa.gov/careers/epa-job-vacancy-announcements-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.

Are you a Displaced Federal Employee? If so, please read the Required Documents and visit the EPA website for additional information: http://www.epa.gov/careers/epa-job-vacancy-announcements-policies-and-procedures

Position has portable work and selectee may be eligible to telework.

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/472440100. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.

Salary Range: $131,767.00 to $161,900.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0401, 0415, 1301, 1320-15/15

Promotion Potential: 15

Supervisory Status: Yes

Who May Apply: Current permanent EPA employees in the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention, Office of Pesticides Programs with competitive status and CTAP eligibles.

Control Number: 472440100

Job Announcement Number: R-OCSPP-MP-2017-0015