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Supervisory Life Scientist/Environmental Engineer/Physical Scientist (Division Director)

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US Government Other Agencies And Independent Organizations Durham , NC 27701

Posted 3 months ago

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At EPA, you can protect human health and the environment of all Americans! 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.

This position is located in the Office of Research and Development, National Risk Management Research Laboratory, Air and Energy Management Division, Immediate Office in Durham, NC. For more information on this office, visit their website.

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You will:

  • Plan, organize, and direct the activities of the Air and Energy Management Division (AEMD);

  • Exercise supervisory personnel management responsibilities;

  • Represent the organizational unit and Agency with a variety of functional area organizations.

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

Supervisory status


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  • Job family (Series)
    0819 Environmental Engineering
    1301 General Physical Science
    0401 General Natural Resources Management And Biological Sciences

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HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment

  • If you are selected, a pre-employment background check is required.

  • Position has educational/degree requirements (see Qualifications section).

  • EPA and non-EPA applicants must submit transcripts/course listings.

  • You must submit a resume and required documents (see How to Apply section).

  • This is a temporary position (see Other Information on assignment limits).

  • You may be required to travel 1 to 5 days per month.

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

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.

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, you must complete (or have already completed) a 1-year supervisory or managerial probationary period.

Upon acceptance of an initial appointment to a supervisory or managerial position with the EPA, you agree to complete all elements of the EPA Successful Leaders Program. This development program is designed to enhance leadership skills and abilities and meet the Agency's goal of providing new leaders with the skills and tools you need to be successful.

You must meet time in grade requirements no later than 30 calendar days after the closing date of this announcement.


You need a degree or combination of education and experience as described below to qualify for this position.

Life Scientist: You must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited or pre-accredited college or university in one of the following: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position; OR a combination of education and experience with courses equivalent to a major, as listed.

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 GS-800: All Professional Engineering Positions qualifications.

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 with education equivalent to one of the majors listed 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: EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures.

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-15 level, you need to have at least one year of full-time experience equivalent to the GS-14 level defined as providing leadership, oversight or technical expertise for a scientific project or program in Air quality management for major emission sectors (e.g., mobile, energy, combustion); coaching, mentoring or leading others; establishing and monitoring performance measures to assess the effectiveness, efficiency, and progress of a team.

Your answers to the online assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas: 1) Knowledge of the concepts, principles, and practices of Air quality management for major emission sectors (e.g., mobile, energy, combustion); 2) Knowledge of guidance related to the implementation of the rules and regulations under the Clean Air Act; 3) Ability to plan, organize, and direct the functions of subordinate organizational units; 4) Ability to mentor, motivate, and appraise staff; 5) Skill in oral communication; 6) Skill in written communication.

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.


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Supervisory Life Scientist/Environmental Engineer/Physical Scientist (Division Director)

Expired Job

US Government Other Agencies And Independent Organizations