Life Scientist/Toxicologist/Physical Scientist
Environmental Protection Agency
- ##### Open & closing dates
08/23/2019 to 09/06/2019
- ##### Service
- ##### Pay scale & grade
GS 12 - 13
- ##### Salary
$85,810 to $132,649 per year
- ##### Appointment type
- ##### Work schedule
1 vacancy in the following location:
Edison, NJ 1 vacancy
##### Relocation expenses reimbursed
##### Telework eligible
Yes as determined by agency policy
This position is in Office of Land & Emergency Management, Office of
Superfund Remediation & Technology Innovation, Technology Innovation
and Field Services Division (TIFSD), Emergency Response Team (ERT).
If selected, you must work at the location stated in this
announcement. About Office of Land & Emergency Management: EPA
Office of Land & Emergency Management and Environmental Response
Team: EPA Environmental Response Team
Learn more about this agency
At the entry level of this position, you will:
- Serve as a technical expert in the field of toxicology as it
relates human health risk assessment and risk analysis for
environmental programs; responsible for administering and
resolving complex program and project issues that require a
broad understanding of the problems associated with human health
risk assessment and its application in risk management decision
making, hazardous waste site cleanup, and chemical and
biological agent response.
- Serve as a technical expert on human health risk assessment by
evaluating risks to hazardous wastes and materials as well as
any breakdown compounds that may occur during response
operations; and developing, analyzing and modeling of exposure
assumptions for adults, children, and other sensitive
sub-populations who might ingest, inhale, or come into contact
with contaminants found at uncontrolled hazardous waste sites
and environmental emergencies.
- Develop and implement novel and advanced scientific approaches
in the areas of health and safety protocols, risk analysis, and
determining appropriate levels of cleanup for Superfund response
- Interpret results of environmental investigations and prepare
complete reports of each study, including discussions of new
approaches, techniques, or technology uses, and draw conclusions
after considering validity and reliability of results, including
the value of the study to overall National program needs.
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.
You will spend less than 25% of your work time on contracts,
grants/cooperative agreements, and/or interagency agreements.
### Travel Required
Occasional travel - You may be required to travel up to 50% of each
##### Supervisory status
##### Promotion Potential
- #### Job family (Series)
0401 General Natural Resources Management And Biological Sciences
1301 General Physical Science
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### Conditions of Employment
- If you are selected, a pre-employment background check is
- You must submit a resume and required documents (see How to
- Pre-employment drug testing is required and random testing
- Position has educational/degree requirements (see Qualifications
- EPA and non-EPA applicants must submit transcripts/course
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.
Participation in the medical monitoring program is required.
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.
You must meet time in grade requirements no later than 30 calendar
days after the closing date of this announcement.
This position requires the use of personal protective equipment
You may have limited exposure to hazardous materials.
You will be required to lift items weighing up to 50 pounds.
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
To qualify for the GS-12 level, you need to have at least one year
of full-time experience equivalent to the GS-11 level defined as
assisting or conducting human health risk assessments for hazardous
wastes and other toxic substances from exposures to contaminated
media. The ability to assist in projects, reports, manuscripts or
publications in the scientific literature that involved human health
risk assessment and toxicity studies.
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 conducting human health risk assessments for hazardous
wastes and other toxic substances from exposures to contaminated
media. Developing and/or assisting in projects, reports, manuscripts
or publications in the scientific literature that involved human
health risk assessment and toxicity studies.
Your answers to the online assessment will be used to evaluate your
competencies in the following areas:
1. Knowledge to inform and advise Remedial Program Managers (RPMs),
On-Scene Coordinators (OSCs) and other EPA, federal agency,
state personnel and other professionals on human health risk
2. Ability to explain complex concepts to technical and
non-technical clients and audiences.
3. Skills in sampling, assessment, treatment, decontamination and
cleanup, removal, and remedial activities to address chemical,
biological, and radiological hazards at contaminated sites and
during a response to environmental emergencies, oil spills, or
4. Knowledge of human health risk assessment process and techniques
especially as they pertain to environmental exposures associated
with hazardous substances and other contaminants.
5. Knowledge of toxicology studies and methods and ability to apply
this knowledge at hazardous waste sites to conduct field
investigative procedures or analyses supporting remediation.
6. Ability to conduct research to identify new approaches and
procedures applicable to human health risk assessment and
health-protective cleanup levels for hazardous waste sites and
7. Ability to analyze and critically review environmental data
and/or reports on risk assessment science, human toxicology, and
contaminated media for use in human health risk assessment and
8. Ability to convey orally expert advice on environmental data
collection and management and the results of environmental
studies and to convey written expert advice on environmental
data collection and management and the results of environmental
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.
**A bachelor's degree from an accredited or pre-accredited college
or university in:**
**Toxicology Series, 0415:**
Degree: toxicology; or an appropriate discipline of the biological,
medical, or veterinary sciences that included at least 30 semester
hours in chemistry, biochemistry, or physiology, and 12 semester
hours in toxicology.
**Biological Sciences - 0401**
A bachelor's degree from an accredited or pre-accredited college or
university in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource
management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the
position OR Courses equivalent to a major, as shown above, plus
appropriate experience or additional education.
**General Physical Science - 1301**
A bachelor's degree from an accredited or pre-accredited college or
university in 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 **OR** a combination of education and
experience with education equivalent to one of the majors
shown above that included at least 24 semester hours in physical
science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate
experience or additional education.
### 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.
If you have part-time work experience, read this: EPA Announcement
Policies and Procedures.
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.
This position is in the bargaining unit.
Position has portable work and selectee may be authorized to
telework after meeting eligibility requirements if approved by the
### How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the
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
online assessment. Your responses to the online assessment will be
used to measure the degree to which your background matches the
requirements for the position and an applicable score assigned.
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. If you are referred for consideration, you may be
subject to additional assessments.
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
**To preview questions please click here.**
### Background checks and security clearance
##### Security clearance
##### 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
--Current and Former Federal Employees: You are required to submit
a Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) indicating your status
eligibility. This SF-50 should include your Position Title, Pay
Plan, Occupational Code, and Grade or Level. If you are a current
temporary/term employee who previously held a status Federal
position, you need to submit your SF-50 which shows your eligibility
to be considered. If your eligibility for consideration cannot be
determined, your application will be rated ineligible.
--Current EPA Employees: You are encouraged to submit a
Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50). If you fail to provide an
SF-50, we will access your Federal employment records in eOPF to
verify your eligibility to be considered. If your eligibility for
consideration cannot be determined, your application will be rated
--If you are applying for a noncompetitive appointment, you'll need
to submit additional documents to prove your eligibility to apply to
this vacancy announcement. If you want to learn more about
noncompetitive appointments, visit OPM's website: Special
If you want to know more about submitting documentation to our
office, visit EPA's 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.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a
comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your
family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to
make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal
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
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold
and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent.
Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific
- 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
### Da'Lin Fisher
Environmental Protection Agency
US Environmental Protection Agency
Human Resources Office
26 West Martin Luther King Drive
Cincinnati, Ohio 45268
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
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Please read the following guidance.
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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
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membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental
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### Reasonable Accommodation Policy
Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants
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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
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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.
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equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and
You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the
application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are
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- New employee probationary period
This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to
apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/543597300. Only resumes
submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed
at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
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