Environmental Engineer/Physical Scientist

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Land and Emergency Management, Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery

About the organization

What We Do
The mission of EPA’s ORCR is to protect human health and the environment by ensuring responsible national management of hazardous and nonhazardous waste. ORCR implements the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act. Our goals are to:
•conserve resources by reducing waste;
•prevent future waste disposal problems by enforcing regulations; and
•clean up areas where waste may have spilled, leaked, or been improperly disposed.
Programs and Projects Managed by ORCR
•Hazardous waste, including recycling, corrective action (cleanups) and household hazardous waste
•Municipal solid waste
•Sustainable Materials Management
•Reduce, Reuse, Recycle


The Program Implementation and Information Division (PIID) in the Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery is seeking new engineers and scientists to train in the field of hazardous waste management and polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) clean up and disposal. Specifically, candidates will join senior EPA employees in implementing programs aimed at cleaning up contaminated sites and ensuring protective and enforceable permits for treatment, storage, and disposal facilities to prevent future contamination. Candidates will have an opportunity to apply their engineering/science backgrounds to developing environmental policy, guidance, tools, and training for states, industry, and the public. For more information about the specific programs, please see EPA’s websites, PCB Program: www.epa.gov/pcbs, Hazardous Waste Permitting Program: https://www.epa.gov/hwpermitting, Corrective Action (Clean-up) Program: https://www.epa.gov/hw/learn-about-corrective-action.


Degree or combination of education and experience. Physical Scientists: Bachelor's or higher degree from an accredited or pre-accredited college/university: 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 Engineers: Must meet one of the following requirements to qualify:
• Successful completion of a professional engineering degree at an accredited university/college OR
• 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
• At least one year of specialized experience related to this position
GS-07 Bachelor degree and one year of full-time experience equivalent to the GS-05 level; GS-09 Master degree and one year of full-time experience equivalent to the GS-07 level; GS-11 level, you need to have one year of full-time experience equivalent to the GS-09 level OR Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree; or 3 full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree in the academic discipline, OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.


$48,670 - $93,638

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

Cover letter, full resume, transcript (if degree is required) & peace corps letter.

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