<b>Duties</b><br /><br /><b>Summary</b><br /><br />This position is in the Office of Water (OW). About Office of Water (OW): https: www.epa.gov/aboutepa/about-office-water <br /><br />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.<br /><br />Learn more about this agency <br /><br /><b>Responsibilities</b><br /><br />You will:<br /><br />1. Serve as a Scientist in the Branch and assists the Branch Chief in the management of technical projects and programs including evaluations of innovative drinking water/ municipal wastewater technologies and contaminants.<br /><br />2. Provide engineering and technical assistance during the guidance and regulatory development process. Analyzes, reviews and evaluates engineering studies, technical and program documents related to implementation of Office Of Water programs and other programs that impact the drinking water/wastewater industry.<br /><br />3. Provide contract management support to the Branch as required. Develops the government's independent cost estimate identifying the level of effort required to complete the work assignments as necessary. Ensures that the Agency's policy on the use of multiple appropriations is complied with.<br /><br />4. Keep abreast of and informs senior management officials and others inside and outside of the Agency of new developments in technology and science relating to assigned program responsibilities.<br /><br /><b>Travel Required</b><br /><br />25% or less – You may be required to travel less than 25% per month<br /><br />Supervisory status <br /> No <br /><br />Promotion Potential <br /> 13 <br /><br /></li> <b>Requirements</b><br /><br /><b>Conditions of Employment</b><br /><br /><ul> <li>You must be a U.S. citizen.</li> <li>If you are selected, a pre-employment background check is required.</li> <li>You must submit a resume and required documents (see How to Apply section).</li> <li>Position has educational/degree requirements (see Qualifications section).</li> </ul> <br /><br />If you are selected, you must complete a one year probationary period.<br /><br />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.<br /><br />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.<br /><br /><b>Qualifications</b><br /><br />You need a degree or combination of education and experience as described below to qualify for this position.<br /><br />In addition to the educational requirements, we are looking for at least one year of specialized experience related to this position as described below:<br /><br />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 experience working on drinking water or wastewater issues (which may include: treatment, operations, management, regulatory development/implementation or oversight) and knowledge of the Safe Water Act (SDWA).<br /><br />Your answers to the online assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas: <br /><br />- Skill in serving as a technical authority on all aspects of planning, design, and construction of drinking water/waste water treatment works representing EPA Headquarters.<br /><br />- Ability to provide expert advice on the interpretation and implementation of technical policy directives and programs.<br /><br />- Ability to study and interpret new legislation, develop new program requirements, participate in seminars to disseminate new regulation and policy to agencies both inside and outside the Federal Government.<br /><br />- Skill in developing and revising EPA engineering standards and specifications as well as technical handbooks for guidance to engineering specialists involved in drinking water, storm water and wastewater programs.<br /><br />- Ability to provide consultative services concerning the full range of structural facilities and systems for specific Regions, States, grantees and others involved in OGWDW programs.<br /><br />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.<br /><br /><b>Education</b><br /><br />A bachelor's degree from an accredited or pre-accredited college or university in :<br /><br /><strong> 0800 – Engineering Series: </strong><br /> <li>Degree: Engineering. To be acceptable, the program must: (1) lead to a bachelor's degree in a school of engineering with at least one program accredited by ABET; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than 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-</li> <li>Combination of education and experience — college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying 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:</li> <li>Professional registration or licensure — Current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), Engineer in Training (EIT)1, or licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE) by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions) are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration. For example, an applicant who attains registration through a State Board's eminence provision as a manufacturing engineer typically would be rated eligible only for manufacturing engineering positions.</li> <li>Written Test — Evidence of having successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE)2 examination or any other written test required for professional registration by an engineering licensure board in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.</li> <li>Specified academic courses — Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and that included the courses specified in the basic requirements under paragraph A. The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of an engineering program as described in paragraph A.</li> <li>Related curriculum — Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in an appropriate scientific field, e.g., engineering technology, physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a bachelor's degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. Ordinarily there should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering-type experience, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions. (The above examples of related curricula are not all-inclusive.)</li> <br /><br /><b>Additional information</b><br /><br />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 <br /><br />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 .<br /><br />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.<br /><br />If you have part-time work experience, read this: EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures .<br /><br />Position has portable work and selectee may be authorized to telework after meeting eligibility requirements if approved by the supervisor/manager.<br /><br />This position is in the bargaining unit. <br /><br /><b>How You Will Be Evaluated</b><br /><br />You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.<br /><br />This position is being filled through the Office of Personnel Management's government-wide direct-hire authority. Under the provisions of the direct-hire authority, category rating, veterans' preference, and traditional rating and ranking of applicants do not apply. We will review your resume and required documents to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. All applicants who meet these requirements will be forwarded to the selecting official for further consideration. If you are referred for consideration, you may be subject to additional assessments.<br /><br /><b>To preview questions please click here .</b> <br /><br /><b>Background checks and security clearance</b><br /><br />Security clearance <br /> Other <br /><br />Drug test required <br /> No <br /><br /></li> <b>Required Documents</b><br /><br />Documents to be submitted online:<br /><br />–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.<br />–Responses to the online assessment questionnaire (you must complete this online – it is not a document you need to upload).<br />– 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. NOTE: Official educational transcripts are not required at the time of application; however, if you are selected, you must provide official transcripts before you start work with EPA.<br />–Veterans' Preference Documents – DD-214 Member 4 copy (or other copy indicating character of service), VA letter stating overall/combined disability rating (percentage), and SF-15, if applicable; active duty service members: submit certification from the armed forces documenting active duty dates, expected discharge/release date, campaign medals/badges, and character of service (a certification is any written document from the armed forces that certifies you are expected to be discharged/released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions within 120 days after you submit the certification).<br />–Displaced Federal employees under ICTAP/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.<br /><br />Additional information can be found on our website: EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures .<br /><br /><b>If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:</b><br /><br />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 . <br /><br />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.