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On-Scene Coordinator - GS-07 or GS-09

About U.S. EPA - Region 8

Earth Day is every day at EPA! At EPA, you can protect human health and the environment for all Americans, and you’ll 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. Position located in EPA's Region 8, Superfund and Emergency Management Division, Response Section. Selection will be made without discrimination for non-merit reasons such as race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, handicapping condition, marital status, sexual orientation, or political affiliation.


If selected, you must work at the location stated in this announcement. At the entry level of this position, you will:

  • Respond on an emergency basis to release of oil or hazardous materials.
  • Serve as a warranted contracting officer.
  • Conduct official investigations and inspections pursuant to federal laws administered by the US EPA for fund-led and enforcement-led removal responses.
  • Assist senior On-Scene Coordinators with responsibility for assessing the nature of reported environmental incidents and determine appropriate response.
  • Perform necessary community relations and coordination activities.
  • Perform planning, prevention, and preparedness activities related to health and environmental hazards resulting from releases of biological or chemical agents.
  • Monitor removal responses for situations that involve hazardous waste.
  • You will spend less than 10% of your work time on contracts, grants/cooperative agreements, and/or interagency agreements.
  • Promotion potential to GS13. Note - 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.


  • Returned Peace Corps Volunteers with active NCE.
  • Degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, engineering, or related disciplines appropriate to the position; or (2) combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to the majors above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.
  • Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

In addition to the educational requirements, we are looking for at least one year of specialized experience related to this position as described below:

  • Knowledge of Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), the Superfund Amendments and Reauthorization Act (SARA), and other federal, state, and local environmental regulations.
  • Skill in evaluating and utilizing hazardous waste site cleanup techniques and technologies.
  • Ability to provide technical support for environmental emergency and uncontrolled hazardous waste site response.
  • Knowledge of basic techniques for hazardous waste site investigation, fact-finding, and collection and preservation of evidence for civil or criminal prosecution.
  • Skill in written communication.
  • Skill in oral communication.
  • Ability to contribute to the development of planning, prevention and/or preparedness activities concerning release of hazardous agents.
  • Knowledge of the Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR).

Application instructions

To qualify for the GS-09 level, you need to have:

  • at least one year of full-time experience equivalent to the GS-07 level defined as assisting in responding to accidental or deliberate hazardous chemical or biological spill; assist in assessing an environmental incident to determine the appropriate response.
  • OR master's or equivalent graduate degree; or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in the academic discipline as described above.
  • OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Email your resume, cover letter, professional references, and proof of NCE to Kerry Guy, Supervisor, Response Section, ([email protected]).Your cover letter should state the position for which you wish to be considered. -RPCVs can use their signed Description of Service (DOS) document as proof of NCE. The DOS should include the dates of training, swearing-in, service end date, and a Director signature.

Before responding to this announcement, please review the RPCV Career Link Terms of Use [PDF]. The Peace Corps is not able to confirm the legitimacy of every position posted to the jobs board and we ask everyone to use caution when contacting and/or sharing information with any organization while seeking employment. If you believe an announcement has violated the Peace Corps Terms of Use, please contact [email protected].

Equal Opportunity Employment

The posting employer has certified that this announcement complies with Peace Corps’ Equal Opportunity Employment policy:

The Peace Corps is committed to providing equal opportunity to all employees, Volunteers, and applicants for employment and volunteer service. Peace Corps policy prohibits discrimination and harassment because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age (40 or over), disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, parental status, political affiliation, union membership, genetic information, or history of participation in the Equal Employment Opportunity process, grievance procedure, or any authorized complaint procedure.

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