Environmental Protection Agency


- ##### Open & closing dates

08/26/2019 to 09/05/2019

- ##### Service


- ##### Pay scale & grade

GS 11

- ##### Salary

$71,593 to $93,077 per year

- ##### Appointment type


- ##### Work schedule



1 vacancy in the following location:


Edison, NJ

##### Relocation expenses reimbursed


##### Telework eligible

Yes as determined by agency policy

- Duties

### Summary

This position is in Region 2, Laboratory Services and Applied
Science Division, Laboratory Branch, Organic and Inorganic Chemistry
Section, in Edison, NJ. If selected, you must work at the location
stated in this announcement. About Region 2.

Learn more about this agency

### Responsibilities

At the entry level of this position, you will:

- Prepare, analyze, and evaluate environmental samples for the
determination of contaminants and chemical parameters;

- Interpret and evaluate data to determine its significance;

- Implement and adhere to Laboratory Quality Control system

- Modify and validate methods;

- Provide technical assistance based on the analysis of
environmental samples.

When entering a Federal job at a grade level lower than the highest
promotion potential level, you may be promoted to more complex
duties and work more independently, as your career progresses.

##### Supervisory status


##### Promotion Potential


- #### Job family (Series)

1320 Chemistry

#### Similar jobs

- Chemists

- Requirements

### Conditions of Employment

- If you are selected, a pre-employment background check is
- You must submit a resume and required documents (see How to
Apply section).
- You may be required to travel occasionally.
- EPA and non-EPA applicants must submit transcripts/course
- You must be a U.S. citizen.
- Pre-employment physical is required and periodic physicals

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.

Participation in the medical monitoring program is required.

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

You will be required to lift moderately heavy items.

### Qualifications

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-11 level, you need to have at least one year
of full-time experience equivalent to the GS-09 level defined as
preparing instrumental analysis of samples for the measurement of
inorganic contaminants/analytes in a laboratory - 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: 1) Knowledge of chemical
contaminants and parameters; 2) Skill in using laboratory
instruments (e.g. Inductively Coupled Plasma Atomic Emission
Spectrometer, Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer) and
scientific equipment; 3) Knowledge of chemistry-based quality
control procedures and requirements; 4) Knowledge of federal, state,
local, and/or tribal environmental regulations, policies, and
requirements associated with inspection, enforcement and
compliance; 5) Skill in written communication; and 6) Skill in oral

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.

If you have part-time work experience, read this: EPA Announcement
Policies and Procedures.

### Education

A bachelor's degree from an accredited or pre-accredited college or
university in:

Chemist: You must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited or
pre-accredited college or university in one of the following:
physical sciences, life sciences, or engineering that included 30
semester hours in chemistry, supplemented by course work in
mathematics through differential and integral calculus, and at least
6 semester hours of physics; OR a combination of education and
experience -- including at least 30 semester hours in chemistry,
supplemented by mathematics through differential and integral
calculus, and at least 6 semester hours of physics, plus appropriate
experience or additional education.

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: EPA Announcement Policies and

### Additional information

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.

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.

Position has portable work and selectee may be authorized to
telework after meeting eligibility requirements if approved by the

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.

This position is in the bargaining unit.

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.

### How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the
qualifications above.

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.

**To preview questions please click here.**

### Background checks and security clearance

##### Security clearance

Not Required

##### Drug test required


- Required Documents

Documents to be submitted online:

--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.
--Responses to the online assessment questionnaire (you must
complete this online - it is not a document you need to upload).
--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.
--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).
--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

Additional information can be found on our website: EPA
Announcement Policies and Procedures.

#### If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

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.

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.

- 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. To learn
more about us, visit Life and Careers at EPA.

Review our benefits

- How to Apply

You are strongly encouraged to read the entire announcement before
you submit your application for this position.

To begin the application process, click the Apply button to the
right on this screen, follow the prompts to log-in/register, submit
all required documents, and complete the assessment questionnaire.
To be considered, you must submit a complete application package by
11:59 PM Eastern Time on the day the announcement closes.

All required supporting documents will be collected electronically
via the USAJOBS document portfolio feature.

If you cannot apply online, you must contact the Human Resources
Office listed below for assistance no later than three business days
prior to the closing date of this announcement. You must provide
complete application materials by the day the announcement closes.

For detailed instructions to assist you in ensuring your application
package is received, go to EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures.

### Agency contact information

### Keith Hisle

##### Phone


##### Fax


##### Email

##### Address

Environmental Protection Agency
US Environmental Protection Agency
Human Resources Management Division
109 T.W. Alexander Drive, MD C639-02
Research Triangle Pk, North Carolina 27711
United States

Learn more about this agency

### Next steps

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
online 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

- Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent.
Please read the following guidance.

### Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on
the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and
gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual
orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age,
membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental
status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

- Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) for federal employees & job

### Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants
with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable
accommodation for any part of the application process should follow
the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part
of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the
hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable
accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work
environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an
individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties
or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide
reasonable accommodations when:

- An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an
equal opportunity to apply for a job.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform
the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive
equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and
office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the
application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are
considered on a case-by-case basis.

Learn more about disability employment and reasonable accommodations
or how to contact an agency.

#### Legal and regulatory guidance

- Financial suitability
- Social security number request
- Privacy Act
- Signature and false statements
- Selective Service
- New employee probationary period

This job originated on For the full announcement and to
apply, visit Only resumes
submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed
at will be considered.
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* The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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