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Physical Scientist/Life Scientist GS-1301/0401-9/11

About U.S Environmental Protection Agency

Earth Day is every day at EPA! At EPA, you can protect human health and the environment of 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. Discover how exciting safeguarding our natural resources and protecting human health can be. Find yourself at EPA.


EPA’s Brownfields Program provides grants and technical assistance to communities, states, Tribes, and others to assess, safely clean up and sustainably reuse contaminated properties. The program also provides resources and technical assistance to various types of community partners interested in acquiring, assessing, cleaning up and redeveloping brownfield properties.

At the entry level of this position, you will:

  • Provide technical assistance, advice, training, and resources for communities to assess, clean up, and plan for the reuse of Brownfields.
  • Prepare documentation for grants, cooperative agreements, interagency agreements, and/or contracts to assess and clean up hazardous substances and/or petroleum at less complex brownfields sites.
  • Conduct outreach and community involvement activities within EPA and with other entities to promote the assessment, cleanup, and economic and/or sustainable revitalization of Brownfields sites.
  • Assist senior staff in advising on implementing program policies and priorities through the national grant competition process, participation in work groups, and measurement of program results.

You will spend about 75% of your work time on contracts, grants/cooperative agreements, and/or interagency agreements.

You will spend about 25% on providing technical assistance and building partnerships with current and/or prospective recipients.


To qualify for the GS-11 level:

  • you need to have at least one year of full-time experience equivalent to a GS-9 defined as applying knowledge of environmental site assessment or concepts to provide technical assistance and familiarity of with the regulations under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act
  • - OR Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree; or 3 full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree.

To qualify for a Bio/Physical/Life Scientist Position in the 0401/1301 series, the following education requirements exist:

  • Life Scientist:
    • You must have a bachelor's or higher 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 a combination of education and experience with courses equivalent to a major, as listed.
  • Physical Scientist:
    • You must have a bachelor's or higher 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 listed that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science.

Note: Education and experience may be combined for all grade levels to meet minimum eligibility requirements.

Additional Skills

Well organized individual with some experience in the field of environmental engineering or environmental science.

Quick learner

Skill in written and oral communication

Eligibility to qualify for federal government positions at the GS-9/11 level.

Application instructions

Please send a cover letter, resume showing relevant skills and experiences, and educational background to Melisa Devincenzi, Section Supervisor, Brownfields & Revitalization Branch, U.S. EPA, Region 8 at [email protected] no later than Friday, July 26, 2024.

Note: Your cover letter should clearly indicate the position for which you wish to be considered. 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.

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