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Physical Scientist/ Environmental Engineer

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Environmental Protection Agency Boston , MA 02108

Posted 2 months ago



Earth Day is every day at EPA! At EPA, you can protect human health and the environment of all Americans, and youll discover that EPA is one great place to work!

We offer great benefits and work flexibilities, and our diverse workforce connects to more than just a career--we share a common passion to promote a cleaner, healthier environment. Discover how exciting safeguarding our natural resources and protecting human health can be. Find yourself at EPA.


At the entry level of this position, you will:

  • Communicate policy and procedural guidelines to state, local, and tribal air agencies, and work with them to coordinate regulations, required revisions to State Implementation Plans (SIPs), and source specific SIP actions;
  • Assist in the evaluation of state submitted SIP revisions for technical, procedural, and regulatory compliance with Clean Air Act (CAA) requirements;
  • Participate in providing technical assistance on control measures and strategies to meet the requirements of the CAA related to National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) and other control Programs;
  • Participate in providing administrative assistance in the development and processing of SIPs;
  • Assist in providing technical and programmatic assistance to a project officer for designated grants or cooperative agreements.

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 25% of your work time on contracts, grants/cooperative agreements, and/or interagency agreements.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


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Conditions of Employment

Position has educational/degree requirements (see Qualifications section).
You must meet all Recent Graduates program requirements by the closing date
If you are selected, a written participant agreement must be signed.
You must submit a resume and required documents (see How to Apply section).
You may be required to travel 1 to 5 days per month.
You must be a U.S. citizen.

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.
If you are selected, the entire period served under the Recent Graduates program will be a trial period.
You will be required to obtain (before coming on board) and maintain a valid drivers license and must be able to operate a Government-owned or leased motor vehicle.


In addition to the eligibility requirements for Recent Graduates program, this position has specific educational requirements in order to qualify as described below:
You need a degree or combination of education and experience as described below to qualify for this position.

Environmental Engineer: All applicants must meet one of the following requirements to qualify for consideration for an engineering position:
Successful completion of a professional engineering degree at an accredited university or college OR
Have a combination of college level education or training AND technical experience that has furnished you with (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 as an engineer.
Evidence of Passing the Engineer-in-Training Written Test.
Successful documented completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences as described by OPM.
Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field and at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance.
Please review the OPM page on specifics about required curriculum and for more information on qualifications, please visit .

Physical Scientist: You must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited or pre-accredited college or university in one of the following: 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 -- 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.

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: .
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-07 level, you need to have at least one year of full-time experience equivalent to the GS-05 level defined as providing general guidance and advice on environmental issues, and assisting in the review of scientific or technical documents; OR 1 full year of graduate level education; or superior academic achievement degree in the academic discipline as described below.

Your answers to the online assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas: 1) Knowledge of environmental laws and regulations; 2) Knowledge of air qualify programs and air pollution control technologies; 3) Ability to review and evaluate programs; 4) Skill in written communication; 5) Ability to interpret environmental regulations and policy; 6) Ability to collaborate with external stakeholders to provide advice; 7) Ability to evaluate grant commitments; 8) Skill in managing projects.
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.


See Qualifications section.

Additional information

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 is a Recent Graduates position in the Pathways program. This program provides individuals who have completed a qualifying associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational, or technical degree or certificate with an entry-level developmental experience with the potential to lead to a career in the Federal government after successfully completing the program. More information about the Recent Graduates program can be found at .

This position is located in Region 1, Office of Ecosystem Protection, Air Programs Branch, Climate and Energy Unit, Boston, MA. For more information on this office, visit their website:

If selected, you must work at the location stated in this announcement.

Your salary will be based on the grade level for which you are selected and the duty location of the position.
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: .
This position is in the bargaining unit.
Upon completion of the developmental program, you may be noncompetitively converted to a term or permanent position without further competition.
Position has portable work and selectee may be authorized to telework after meeting eligibility requirements if approved by the supervisor/manager.
If you have part-time work experience, read this: .
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.
Earth Day is every day at EPA! At EPA, you can protect human health and the environment of all Americans, and youll discover that EPA is one great place to work!

We offer great benefits and work flexibilities, and our diverse workforce connects to more than just a career--we share a common passion to promote a cleaner, healthier environment. Discover how exciting safeguarding our natural resources and protecting human health can be. Find yourself at EPA.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

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. 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. 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 Knowledges, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs). However, your resume should clearly show possession of these competencies.
To preview questions please .

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 will not make assumptions regarding your experience.

-- Responses to the online assessment questionnaire.

-- 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. Required to submit documentation from the school showing completion of degree within the preceding two years.

-- 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).

Additional information can be found on our website: .

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 .
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.

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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