Chemist

Environmental Protection Agency

About the organization

The Office of Water ensures drinking water is safe, & restores and maintains oceans, watersheds, and their aquatic ecosystems to protect human health, support economic & recreational activities, & provide healthy habitat for fish, plants & wildlife. This position sits in the Engineering and Analysis Division of the Office of Science and Technology, which has the responsibility for developing, proposing & promulgating effluent limitations, guidelines, new source performance standards, & pretreatment standards for industrial point source discharges; assuring the adequacy and validity of scientific, economic, & technical data & findings used as support for the effluent limitations & standards; gathering, developing, & analyzing data & background information basic to the annual review & periodic revisions of the limitations and standards; & developing technical information required by the judicial review of effluent limitations, guidelines, & pretreatment standards.

Duties

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

Duties Include:

• Serves as one of the Agency’s technical advisors and consultants on a project or projects of national scope involving major complex policy and technical issues of national concern.
• Responsible, with technical direction from senior EAD chemists, for conducting or reviewing analytical method development supporting the activities and decisions of EAD and the Office of Science and Technology (OST), developing methodological advances as necessary, and ensuring that all analyses are sound and within the bounds of acceptable quality control and quality assurance criteria.
• The incumbent is integral to the integrity of EAD’s data collection and analysis and is responsible for conducting, with consultation from senior EAD Chemists, the planning, and analytical method development and validation activities necessary to support the actions of (OST).
• Ensures that other offices within the Agency and parties from outside of the Federal government are involved in the development of analyses and research as appropriate.
• Represents the Agency, EAD and OST in speeches or meetings with other EPA offices, industry, other Federal agencies, state and local government, Congress and the public.
• Writes background and briefing papers and presents briefings to management and external groups.

Qualifications

Basic Education Requirement: In order to qualify for this position you need to have a degree in physical sciences, life sciences, or engineering that included 30 semester hours in chemistry, supplemented by course work in mathematics through differential and integral calculus, and at least 6 semester hours of physics. You may also qualify if you have course work equivalent to a major as shown in above, including at least 30 semester hours in chemistry, supplemented by mathematics through differential and integral calculus, and at least 6 semester hours of physics, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

in addition to the basic education requirement:

• Knowledge of analytical chemistry, common laboratory practices, and environmental laboratory data packages
• Ability to compile and interpret engineering or laboratory data and information as a means to develop policy and regulations.

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

We will need to confirm your Non-Competitive Eligibility for this position. If interested, please email your resume to Brian D'Amico at [email protected]

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