Environmental Protection Agency Interdisciplinary Environmental Engineer/Physical Scientist GS-0819/1301 - 13 in FEW vacancies District of Columbia, District Of Columbia

Environmental Protection Agency
  • FEW vacancies - District of Columbia, DC
Work Schedule is Full-time - Permanent

Opened Tuesday 10/18/2016 (3 day(s) ago)

** Closes Monday 10/24/2016 (3 day(s) away)

Job Overview

About the Agency

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. Discover how exciting safeguarding our natural resources and protecting human health can be. Find yourself at EPA.

This position is located in the Office of Air and Radiation, Office of Atmospheric Programs, Climate Change Division, in Washington, DC. For more information on this office, visit their website: http://www.epa.gov/oar/oap/

Except in special circumstances, a new GS employee will be hired at the step 1 of the applicable grade. One or more positions may be filled.


Assess technical information about methane emissions from the oil & gas industry, and make recommendations on the use of the information for estimating emissions at the facility and national level. Engage with external stakeholders in technical discussions about industry trends, technical advances, operating circumstances, and mitigation practices that impact methane emission rates. Communicate with industry, key stakeholders, and agency management about oil & gas emissions and emissions reductions activities. Lead briefings; prepare briefings materials, technical reports, correspondence, published documents, and other products for internal and external use. Review and contribute to EPA technical reports and other communications regarding emissions from the oil and gas sector. Provide technical support to EPA regulatory efforts in the oil & gas sector, as appropriate. Work with industry representatives to engage their participation in voluntary emission reduction efforts. Lead international activities in the oil & gas sector, including working directly with companies to support voluntary efforts through the Global Methane Initiative or the Climate & Clean Air Coalition Oil & GAS Methane Partnership. Implement EPA program to track progress through voluntary emission reductions and understand and analyze trends with regard to industry adoption of best practices and technologies. Manage the scope of work assignments issued against CCD contracts. Manage grants and interagency agreements in the most productive cost-effective manner. Monitor budget and performance of contracts, grants, and interagency agreements.

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

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).
  • You may be required to travel 1 to 5 days per month.
  • You must be a U.S. citizen.

Environmental Engineer

You must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited or pre-accredited college or university in one of the following: you must meet either paragraph A or B:

A. Professional engineering degree from (1) a school of engineering with at least one or more curriculum accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) as a professional engineering curriculum; or (2) include differential and integral calculus AND courses (advanced beyond 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 physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of 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; 2) Written test--Evidence of having successfully passed the Engineer in Training exam or the written test required for professional registration; 3) Specified academic courses--Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering that included the courses specified in the basic requirements. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of a professional engineering curriculum as described in paragraph A; or 4) Related curriculum--Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or appropriate professional field provided applicant has 1 year professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance.

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.

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-13 level, you need to have at least one year of full time experience equivalent to the GS-12 level defined as: 1) experience communicating with diverse groups including technical experts in government and industry on matters related to energy or the envrionment; 2) experience evaluating complex environmental and energy programs and issues; AND 3) experience analyzing communicating, or negotiating programs and policies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions at the international, Federal or state level; 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.

Your answers to the on-line assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas: knowledge of wide range of concepts, principles, and practices in monitoring greenhouse gas emissions or other pollutants from industrial facilities; ability to develop oil & gas refining, or petrochemical production; ability to evaluate greenhouse gas emissions trends; knowledge of greenhouse gas emissions monitoring technologies, methods, and approaches to calculate or estimate air emission; ability to lead projects in cooperation with varied stakeholders; ability to innovate and work independently and with teams; strong analytical capabilities to analyze data and statistic and interpret findings; knowledge of Clean Air Act regulations and EPA greenhouse gas voluntary program; knowledge of oil and gas operations, technologies, and industry practices preferred; ability to engage and coordinate a variety of stakeholders; ability to track program progress and adopt best practices and technologies; and knowledge of contract laws and policies.

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.

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 must complete a one year probationary period.

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

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.


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Other Information

This position is in the bargaining unit.

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

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).

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

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.

Salary Range: $92,145.00 to $119,794.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0819, 1301-13/13

Promotion Potential: 13

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: Any U.S. citizen may apply.

Control Number: 453643900

Job Announcement Number: LV-OAR-DE-2017-0007