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Salary: $81,451 (Step 01) to $105,890 (Step 10); NOTE: First time hires to the Federal Government are typically hired at the Step 01.
Open to current or former Federal employees: RES-2019-0162
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As a Chemist within the National Water Quality Laboratory (NWQL), some of your specific duties will include:
Serves as technical expert for analytical methods in the assigned chemistry section; developing, adapting and evaluating methods that detect, identify, and quantify chemical substances in water, soil, rock, vegetation, animal tissues, and mixtures of the above. Applies statistical Quality Assurance/Quality Control techniques to evaluation analytical data and sample preparation steps.
Prepares water, suspended sediment, sediment and tissue samples for the analysis of environmental contaminants. Troubleshoots sample preparations procedures and analytical instrument systems to correct routine, complex and unique and difficult problems.
Independently performs custom analysis on samples including minor and significant modifications including sample preparations, adds additional analyses to existing methods and performs Quality Control and interpretation of complex analytical data.
Prepares and/or provides oversight of custom proposals with the assigned area. Works with section chemists and customers to develop proposals that meet the needs of the customer and the lab. Plans and directs the scheduling of staff for the preparation and/or analyses of environmental samples to meet laboratory objectives. Provides feedback to lab managers on section performance.
Prepares written reports, open file reports, technical memoranda, data tabulations, descriptions of standard procedures, stating techniques, results and conclusions.
The work involves regular and recurring exposure to irritant chemicals. Special safety precautions are required and the chemist must use protective clothing and gear.
Occasional travel - Overnight travel of up to 5 nights per month may be required.
Help Requirements Conditions of Employment
Applicants must be U.S. Citizens.
Suitable for Federal employment, as determined by background investigation.
Selectee may be subject to serving a one-year probationary period.
Selectee subject to successful completion of a pre-employment medical exam.
More requirements are listed under Qualifications and Other Information.
Are There Any Special Requirements For This Position?
Because this position requires travel for official business, the selectee will be required to apply for a charge card within 30 calendar days of appointment. Individuals who have delinquent account balances from a previous Government charge card will be required to satisfy their existing obligation before a new card can be issued.
A background investigation will be required for this position. Continued employment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.
Throughout the recruitment and hiring process we will be communicating with you via email; therefore, it is imperative that the email address you provide when applying for this vacancy remains active. Should your email address change, please notify the point of contact identified in the vacancy announcement as soon as possible so that we can update our system.
For information on basic qualifications, which includes information on whether you may substitute education for specialized experience, please click on the following: https://www.usgs.gov/about/organization/science-support/human-capital/chemist-gs-1320
In addition to the basic education requirement stated above, the applicant must have one year of appropriate professional experience in chemistry that is equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal service. Examples of such experience include independently performing the full range of chemical analyses and tests. Receives samples or analytical requests that consist primarily of difficult or unusual chemical problems. Determines approach and methods to use. This work typically involves conventional methods & techniques though it requires going beyond clear precedents, and requires adapting methods to the problems at hand and interpreting findings in terms of their scientific significance. At this level, Chemists have a very good knowledge of the principles of chemistry and their application, and the ability to independently perform scientific work of considerable difficulty.
You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements for the position by the closing date of the announcement.
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.
Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the above requirements. You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. For more information on how foreign education is evaluated, visit: http://www.usgs.gov/ohr/oars/quals/foreign.html.
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