Biologist

Environmental Protection Agency (Office of Water)

About the organization

The mission of the EPA is to protect human health and the environment. The Office of Water (OW) ensures drinking water is safe, and restores and maintains oceans, watersheds, and their aquatic ecosystems to protect human health, support economic and recreational activities, and provide healthy habitat for fish, plants and wildlife.

This position sits within the Health and Ecological Criteria Division (HECD) located in the Office of Science and Technology, Office of Water, which is responsible for ensuring that sound scientific criteria serves as the basis for all Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act decisions. HECD articulates goals for the nation's water resources through development and refinement of risk and/ or hazard, assessment methodologies for human health and the aquatic environment. HECD also represents OW in scientific and technical forums and is responsible for adherence to EPA scientific policies.

Duties

This is a career ladder position with non-competitive promotion potential to GS-13.

Duties Include:

• Conducts in depth review and analysis of data supporting qualitative and quantitative estimates of health effects from various chemical substances and other environmental contaminants (i.e., microbiologicals) to develop scientifically defensible health assessment documents that reflect current scientific principles and risk assessment methodologies.
• Provides guidance and technical assistance to Regions, States, Tribes, and other stakeholders for the interpretation and implementation of human health effects assessments or water quality criteria.
• Demonstrates the ability to analyze and interpret scientific data in the identification of adverse effects associated with exposures, to select assessment approaches and methods, and to develop quantitative dose-response relationships. Develops periodic briefings for management and supports development of technical and policy background material for developing proposed regulations, standards, and criteria.
• May serve as a contact for Agency personnel with external stakeholders and the public interested in the development of water quality criteria.
• Serves as a project officer and prepares, initiates, and supervises the execution of contracts and contract plans for professional services essential to criteria development and technical assistance.

Qualifications

Basic Education Requirement: In order to qualify for this position you need to have a degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position. You may also qualify if you have course work equivalent to a major, as shown above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

In addition to the basic education requirement:

• Knowledge of human health risk assessment or toxicology or a related field (i.e., biology, public health, environmental sciences, etc.)
• Experience analyzing, interpreting, and evaluating biological sciences data

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

We will need to confirm your Non-Competitive Eligibility status for this position. If interested, please email your resume to Colleen Flaherty at [email protected]

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