Industrial Hygienist (Recent Graduate)
Department of the Army - Washington, DC

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Civilian employees serve a vital role in supporting the Army mission. They provide the skills that are not readily available in the military, but crucial to support military operations. The Army integrates the talents and skills of its military and civilian members to form a Total Army.

About the Position:
Positions filled from this vacancy announcement are part of Department of Army's Civilian Management Training Program. Upon completion of this program, incumbents will be performing in mid-level managerial positions in a civilian capacity with the Department of Army.

This is a Career Program (CP) #12 position.

If selected for this position, a signed mobility agreement is a condition of employment. This agreement states that in order to be placed in the intern program, or upon graduation from the intern program, you may be assigned to any location, within the Department of Army and that you will move to the new duty location. Failure to relocate can be used as the basis for non-selection. Failure to relocate after appointment can be the basis for your removal from Federal service.

Applicants selected must attend a fifteen (15) week formal classroom assignment at Ft. Rucker, Alabama. They will report to the duty station listed above prior to the training and then return after the 15 weeks of training. The date of the training will be made known to the selectees after they come on board. Business travel expenses will be provided to selectees attending the training.

Regular and recurring survey work exposes the incumbent to operating machines/equipment, hazardous materials, high noise levels, dust and fumes. Protective clothing and equipment may be necessary.

The work requires regular and recurring physical exertion related to frequent inspections and surveys of work spaces and operations. Inspections require a significant amount of walking, standing, bending, crouching, climbing, stretching, or similar movements to inspect work spaces or construction projects. Incumbent may be required to lift moderately heavy objects.

Who May Apply:
Position(s) will be filled under the Department of the Army Recent Graduates Program.
The Department of the Army Recent Graduates Program affords developmental experiences in the Department of Army intended to promote possible careers in the civil service to individuals who have recently graduated from qualifying educational institutions or programs. Successful applicants are placed in a dynamic, developmental program with the potential to lead to a civil service career in the Federal Government.
After Program completion, Department of the Army Recent Graduates MAY be converted to a permanent position.
To be eligible for conversion to a permanent or term position, Recent Graduates must:

  • Successfully completed at least 1-year of continuous service in addition to all requirements of the Program.
  • Demonstrate successful job performance.
  • Meet the Office of Personnel Management’s qualifications for the position to which the Recent Graduate will be converted
To learn more, please visit: http://www.opm.gov/HiringReform/Pathways/program/graduates/ .

Department of the Army Recent Graduates Program Eligibles

Positions are open to:
•Recent graduates who have completed, within the previous two years, a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution.
•Veterans unable to apply within two years of receiving their degree, due to military service obligation, have as much as six years after degree completion to apply.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

A signed mobility agreement is required for all selectees.

Payment of moving expenses is authorized.

DUTIES:
This position is part of Department of Army's Civilian Management Training Program. Incumbent carries out limited assignments, in any area of the industrial hygiene program, selected to accomplish program objectives and to expand the incumbent's training and experience in the various phases of the program. Performs duties related to the identification and evaluation of conditions in the workplace which may adversely affect the health of employees which may include interpretting regulatory requirements and guidelines as applicable to different types of workplaces, evaluating work operations to quantify hazardous exposures using methods such as collecting noise data, air samples and ventiliation measurements, designing control strategies for health hazards, educating workers and supervisors on reducing workplace risks, and analyzing the effectiveness of control measures, such as ventilation systems or personal protective equipment.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:
BASIC REQUIREMENT:
A. Degree: Industrial hygiene; or a branch of engineering, physical science, or life science that included 12 semester hours in chemistry, including organic chemistry, and 18 additional semester hours of courses in any combination of chemistry, physics, engineering, health physics, environmental health, biostatistics, biology, physiology, toxicology, epidemiology, or industrial hygiene. Courses in history or teaching of chemistry are not acceptable.

OR

B. A combination of education and experience - at least 12 semester hours of course work in chemistry, including organic chemistry, and 18 additional semester hours as specified above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. Evaluation of education: All science or engineering courses offered in fulfillment of the above requirements must be acceptable for credit toward the completion of a standard 4-year professional curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in science or engineering at an accredited college or university. ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS FOR GS-7 LEVEL:

In addition to the basic entry qualification requirements above, applicants must have one of the following:

A. One year of specialized experience defined as experience that may have been obtained in the field, laboratory, engineering, or other environment if the work provided a means of obtaining a professional knowledge of the theory and application of the principles of industrial hygiene and closely related sciences such as physics and engineering controls. Such work may have involved experience in the following areas: the acquisition of quantitative and qualitative data, and the measurement of exposures for a variety of chemical, physical and biological stresses; the analysis of the data acquired and the prediction of probable effects of exposures on the health and well-being of workers; and the selection and recommendation of appropriate controls, including management, medical, engineering, education or training, and personal protective equipment.

OR
B. One full year of graduate level study, or possess a master's or higher degree, e.g., LL.B., J.D., LL.M., Ph.D., in a related field. Unless defined differently by the university, one full year of graduate level study equates to 18 semester hours or 27 quarter hours.

OR

C. Superior academic achievement. To qualify for superior academic achievement, you must have one of the following:

(1) A standing in the upper third of your college class or major subdivision (e.g. school of engineering) at the time you apply.
(2) A grade point average of B (2.95 on a 4.0 scale) or its equivalent for all courses completed; (a) at the time of application; or (b) during the last 2 years of your undergraduate curriculum.
(3) (a) B+ (3.5 on a 4.0 scale) or its equivalent for all courses completed in a qualifying major field of study, either: (a) at the time of application; or (b) during the last 2 years of your undergraduate curriculum.
(4) Election to membership in one of the national honorary scholastic societies (other than freshman societies) that meets the requirements of the Association of College Honor Society.

NOTE: If more than 10 percent of your undergraduate course work (credit hours) was taken on a pass/fail or similar basis, your claim for Superior Academic Achievement must be based on class standing or membership in an Honor Society.

OR

D. APPLICANTS COMBINING EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: Combinations of successfully completed graduate school education and experience may be used to meet total qualification requirements.
If you have some but not all of the experience or education described above, you may still qualify by combining the amount of creditable experience and education that you do have. To do so, convert each to a percentage and then add the percentages, the sum of which must equal at least 100%. For example, an applicant who has 6 months of professional experience (50% of the experience requirement) and at least 9 semester hours of creditable graduate work (50% of the education required) could satisfy the qualifications requirements at the GS-7 level.

• Only degrees from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education are acceptable to meet positive education requirements or to substitute education for experience.
• Foreign education must be evaluated for U.S. equivalency in order to be considered for this position. You must include documentation to support U.S. equivalency.

You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency (knowledge, skills, abilities) in the following areas:
Knowledge of industrial hygiene principlies, theories and practices.
Ability to assess and remediate risks in the workplace.
Ability to communicate orally.
Ability to work as part of a team.

Other Requirements:
• Must be able to obtain and maintain a secret security clearance.
• Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
• Direct Deposit of Pay is required.
• Must sign a mobility agreement if selected.
• One-year trial/probationary period required.
• You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship
• If selected, official college or university transcript must be submitted. However, if applying based on education, unofficial transcripts must be submitted at the time of application.
• Payment of moving expenses is authorized, subject to the provisions of the Joint Travel Regulations.
• Pre-employment drug testing is required.
• You will be required to pass a physical prior to appointment.
• Recent Graduates must sign a Participant Agreement with the Agency.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be reviewed to verify that you meet the basic eligibility and qualification requirements. Your responses to the questionnaire will be used to evaluate your relevant personal, educational, and work experiences. Only the most recently submitted resume will be considered.

Basis for Rating: Qualified candidates will be assigned to one of three quality categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified and Qualified. Veteran preference eligibles are listed ahead of non-preference eligibles within each quality category.

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP). The Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility, 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement, and 3) you are found well-qualified for this vacancy. Well-qualified is defined as meeting all of the minimum qualification standards and eligibility requirements as well as possessing skills that clearly exceed the minimum qualification requirements for the position. Under competitive delegated examining, an ICTAP eligible will be considered well-qualified if they attain an eligibility rating of 90 or higher, not including points for veterans' preference. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form. Information about ICTAP eligibility is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website at http://www.opm.gov/ctap/index.asp .

BENEFITS:
The Department of Defense offers excellent benefits programs some of which may include:
• Comprehensive health and life insurance
• Competitive salaries
• Generous retirement programs
• Paid holidays, sick leave, and vacation time
• Flexible work environment and alternate work schedules
• Paid employment related training and education
• Possible student loan repayment
• Payment of licenses, certification, and academic degrees as applicable
• Bonuses, incentives, and awards as appropriate for the job.

This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal Employees: http://www.usajobs.gov/ResourceCenter/Index/Interactive/Benefits#icc

OTHER INFORMATION:
• Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees.

• The Department of Defense (DoD) policy on employment of annuitants will be used in determining eligibility of annuitants. The DoD policy is available at http://www.cpms.osd.mil/ASSETS/E8AB932EA1E44617BAC7222922E42A62/DoDl140025-V300.pdf .

• In accordance with section 9902(h) of title 5, United States Code, annuitants reemployed in the Department of Defense shall receive full annuity and salary upon appointment. They shall not be eligible for retirement contributions, participation in the Thrift Savings Plan, or a supplemental or redetermined annuity for the reemployment period. Discontinued service retirement annuitants (i.e. retired under section 8336(d)(1) or 8416(b)(1)(A) of title 5, United States Code) appointed to the Department of Defense may elect to be subject to retirement provisions of the new appointment as appropriate. (See DoD instructions 1400.25, Volume 300, at http://www.dtic.mil/whs/directives .)

  • Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement.

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