Environmental Scientist
Nuclear Regulatory Commission 12 reviews - Rockville, MD

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The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is proud to be ranked as a BEST Place to Work in the Federal Government. We've earned our top ratings by creating a work environment rich in opportunity, diversity, leadership training, teamwork, and work life balance. Help guide our nation into the next generation of nuclear safety! Begin a challenging career with the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission where you can be part of a select group of professionals who protect people and the environment with the peaceful use of nuclear materials in medicine, industry and research. To find out more about the NRC, we invite you to visit us on the web at www.nrc.gov.

This position is located in the Office of Nuclear Reactor Regulation, Division of License Renewal, Environmental Review & Guidance Update Branch. The supervisor is Melanie Wong. This position is Bargaining Unit. Relocation expenses associated with interview and/or relocation will be paid.

Travel: Could include twice a year, 1 week at a time.
  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • This is a Drug Testing position.
  • Background investigation leading to a clearance is required for new hires.

DUTIES: As an Environmental Scientist you will provide technical and programmatic expertise, as well as project support to the Environmental Branches in NRR. You will conduct environmental review of nuclear power facility license renewals and extended power up rates. You will also serve as an environmental scientist in the Division of Licensing Renewal, the selectee will process and review license renewal applications for power reactor licenses in accordance with environmental requirements (10 CFR Part 51) and prepare environmental assessments, environmental impact statements, and supplements in support of operating reactor licensing activities. The selectee will rely on management directives, office instructions, rules, regulations, and procedures in carrying out assigned duties. The selectee will ensure that NRC's strategic objectives of protecting public health and safety and the environment, promoting national security, and providing regulatory actions that are effective, efficient, and open are considered in all efforts. Additionally, the selectee will be expected to function effectively with limited supervision or assistance from a supervisor.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: In order to qualify for this position, you must have at least one year of specialized experience at the next lower grade level in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector. Specialized experience includes experience that shows excellent technical and communications skills and a high level of knowledge of the National Environmental Policy Act, especially in the evaluation of impacts related to the operation of nuclear plants and the construction and operation of energy alternatives.

The ideal candidate for this position will demonstrate:

  • Knowledge of the National Environmental Policy Act and applicable regulations as they relates to nuclear power plant design, licensing, operation, inspection, and regulation of the nuclear power plant industry. Experience with environmental impact assessment should be demonstrated.
  • Ability to identify alternatives to the proposed action and evaluate the environmental impact of these alternatives associated with performing environmental reviews under the National Environmental Policy Act.
  • Demonstrated ability to establish effective working relationships with peers, co-workers, and various levels of management both inside and outside the agency.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage all aspects of a complex project including development, coordination, review, and scheduling.


    GG-0101: Degree- behavioral or social science; or related disciplines appropriate to the position.

    http://archive.opm.gov/qualifications/Standards/IORs/gs0100/0101a.htm OR

    GG-1301: Degree- 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.

    You must meet the qualifications for this position by no later than 30 calendar days after the closing date of this announcement and before placement in the position.

    HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: When the application process is complete, your application will be reviewed to determine if you meet the job requirements. You will be rated based on the information provided in your resume and responses to any vacancy questions to determine your level of knowledge, skill and ability related to the job requirements. If you are among the top candidates for this position, your application will be referred to the hiring manager.

    Your resume is the key means we have for evaluating your skills, knowledge, and abilities as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to submit a thorough resume that directly relates to this position.
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    BENEFITS: As an NRC employee you will enjoy excellent Federal Benefits, including: comprehensive health and life insurance plans; Flexible Spending Account Program for health and dependent care; Long Term Care Insurance; Dental and Vision Insurance; retirement savings and investment plan similar to 401(k) (Thrift Savings Plan); annual (vacation) and paid sick leave; family friendly leave policies; 10 paid holidays per year; transit benefits. This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees. http://www.usajobs.opm.gov/ei61.asp.

    OTHER INFORMATION: Individuals who are eligible for non-competitive appointment under an OPM special appointing authority may apply for consideration under a comparable NRC non-competitive appointing authority.

    The NRC provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process, please notify the Disability Program Coordinator at (301) 492-3981. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

    Selectees will be required to complete a "Declaration of Federal Employment", (OF-306), prior to being appointed to determine their suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation. False statements or responses on your resume or questionnaire can jeopardize your employment opportunity and subject you to disciplinary action, including removal from Federal service.

    A transferable security clearance from another agency or a background investigation leading to a clearance is required for all new hires. To begin work at the NRC without a security clearance, you must be granted a temporary waiver of the required clearance, referred to as a 145(b) waiver. To be eligible for a 145(b) waiver you will need a favorable education verification, reference, credit, and criminal history checks. If a wavier is granted, the successful completion of a background investigation and favorable adjudication is required for continued employment. If you have resided outside the U.S. for an extended period of time, the agency may not be able to (1) grant the 145(b) waiver where the required investigation cannot be completed in a timely manner, or (2) achieve timely completion of the background investigation required for a security clearance.

    The NRC is a zero tolerance agency with respect to illegal drug use. Individuals selected for this position will be subject to pre-appointment drug testing unless currently in a NRC position subject to random drug testing AND will be subject to random drug testing upon appointment to the NRC.

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