Environmental Engineer, GS-0819-09/11
Environmental Protection Agency - Cincinnati, OH

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This position is located in the Office of Water, Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water, Standards and Risk Management Division, Technical Support Center located in Cincinnati, OH. For more information on this office, visit their website: http://water.epa.gov/
    KEY REQUIREMENTS
  • If you are selected, a pre-employment background check is required.
  • Position has educational/degree requirements. (See Qualifications Section)
  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • You must submit resume and required documents(See How to Apply)
  • Position has portable work and selectee may be eligible to telework.
  • You may be required to travel 1 to 5 days per month.

DUTIES: You will:

--Evaluate drinking water systems ( in the plant and/or distribution system) to assess performance relative to optimization goals for disinfection by products (DBPs), microbial contaminants, and maintaining free and total chlorine residuals in the distribution system.

--Obtain utility cooperation for field studies, organizing data and managing data collection, sampling logistics and analyzing resulting data.

--Participate in technical assistance programs at water treatment systems which address factors that limit the system's ability to meet the optimization performance goals (e.g., Performance-Based Training modules, Comprehensive Technical Assistance (CTA) Programs).

--Participate in seminars and workshops to federal, state, and local water treatment system engineers, scientists, and water system operators on the principals and practices of the water treatment and distribution system optimization programs including: the Composite Correction Program, Comprehensive Performance Evaluations, Performance-Based Training, and Regional/State Area wide Optimization Programs (AWOPs).

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

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: 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-09 level, you need to have at least one year of full
time experience defined as experience planning field environmental studies AND experience with water or waste water treatment.

OR

master's or equivalent graduate degree; or 2 full years of
progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in
the academic discipline as described below.

To qualify for the GS-11 level, you need to have at least one year of full
time experience defined as experience conducting field environmental studies AND experience with water or waste water treatment.

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 drinking water treatment plant and distribution systems; Knowledge of drinking water quality, including contaminants (DBPs, microbial) and disinfectant residuals; Skill in obtaining utility cooperation for field studies and manage data collection, sampling logistics and analyze resulting data; Ability to work well with others; Knowledge of technical assistance programs for drinking water systems, such as Performance-Based Training and CTA programs; Skill in working with drinking water operators; Ability to communicate technical information and assist with teaching technical concepts to others; Ability to communicate orally; Ability to communicate in writing; Knowledge of state drinking water programs and staff; Ability to plan and conduct water treatment or distribution system special studies focused on water quality; Ability to analyze water quality samples; Ability to summarize study findings and share results with others.

A bachelor's degree from an accredited or pre-accredited college or university in Degree: professional engineering. To be acceptable, the curriculum must: (1) be in a school of engineering with at least one 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 (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

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 professional 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:
  • Professional registration -- Current registration as a professional engineer 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.

  • Written Test -- Evidence of having successfully passed the Engineer-in-Training (EIT) examination, or the written test required for professional registration, which is administered by the Boards of Engineering Examiners in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico.

    Applicants who have passed the EIT examination and have completed all the requirements for either (a) a bachelor's degree in engineering technology (BET) from an accredited college of university that included 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences, or (b) a BET from a program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) may be rated eligible for certain engineering positions at GS-5. Eligibility is limited to positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of the engineering technology program. Applicants for positions that involve highly technical research, development, or similar functions requiring an advanced level of competence in basic science must meet the basic requirements in paragraph A.

    Because of the diversity in kind and quality of BET programs, graduates of other BET programs are required to complete at least 1 year of additional education or highly technical work experience of such nature as to provide reasonable assurance of the possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for professional engineering competence. The adequacy of this background must be demonstrated by passing the EIT examination.

  • Specified academic courses -- Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses 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.

  • Related curriculum -- Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field, e.g., physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a 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.)

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://epa.gov/ohr/ezhire/vacancy_requirements.htm

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.

If you are selected, you must complete a one year probationary period.

This position is designated as Low 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.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: We will review your resume and required documents to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your resume must address the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed in the Qualifications Section. If you meet basic qualification requirements, your application will be further evaluated based on your answers to the on-line assessment. Your responses to the on-line assessment will be used to measure the degree to which your background matches the requirements for the position. You are being evaluated under the category rating method which means, if you are determined to be qualified, you will be placed into the Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified Category.

We will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses on the assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. We will evaluate your qualifications and eligibility and notify you if you meet minimum qualification requirements.

NOTE: We do not require a separate statement responding to the competencies, also referred to as Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs). However, your resume should clearly show possession of these competencies.
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BENEFITS: Join EPA in protecting human health and the environment and enjoy many work life quality options! Working for the EPA offers you a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. The following Web addresses are provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees. To find out more visit
Benefits . To learn more about us, visit Life and Careers at EPA .

OTHER INFORMATION: This position is in the bargaining unit.

Are you a Displaced Federal Employee? If so, please read the Required Documents and visit the EPA website for additional information http://epa.gov/ohr/ezhire/vacancy_requirements.htm .

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://epa.gov/ohr/ezhire/vacancy_requirements.htm .

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 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.

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