Environmental Policy Analyst (GS 7-9)

US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA)

About the organization

This position is in the Air Quality Policy Division located in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. AQPD develops regulations, policies, and strategies for integrated air quality management in coordination with numerous other EPA offices of various disciplines. AQPD is responsible for developing national regulations, policies, and guidance, and providing policy analysis and technical assistance, to implement significant and complex Clean Air Act (CAA) programs involving the national ambient air quality standards (NAAQS) and associated programs. In addition, AQPD is responsible for national oversight of state construction and operating permit programs. As part of this work, AQPD provides technical and policy assistance on a variety of nationally significant air quality management issues related to NAAQS implementation and stationary source permitting to EPA Regional Offices, state and local air agencies, the regulated community, and other key stakeholders.


We are seeking a motivated individual to join the Air Quality Policy Division (AQPD) team located in the Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (OAQPS) within the Office of Air and Radiation. The job duties include providing technical and policy support to other EPA offices such as regional EPA offices, as well as external stakeholders, in the implementation of regulations, policies, and guidelines that affect the Clean Air Act’s NAAQS-related air quality programs. This includes reviewing written work products such as rulemaking documents, litigation materials, briefing materials, state implementation plans, petitions for redesignation, and designation requests, among other documents.

The employee will assist in technical, policy, and legal reviews of state and local air program plans to attain and maintain air quality and meet greenhouse gas reduction targets, comply with regional haze obligations, and/or reduce interstate transport of air pollution. These reviews are coordinated with the Office of General Counsel and EPA regional offices and must be based on sound technical, policy, and legal grounds (in coordination with the Office of General Counsel), which includes information and feedback from other EPA Headquarters and Regional offices, other Federal agencies, state and local air pollution control agencies, and/or other stakeholders.


• Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, to gain cooperation from others through tact, courtesy, and diplomacy.
• Skills in preparing and presenting basic policy, technical, and/or legal material to both specialists and non-specialists.
• Knowledge and ability to analyze and interpret technical, policy, and legal information pertaining to pollution control to provide recommendations and assistance to federal, state, and/or local pollution control professionals, as well as internal and external stakeholders.

To qualify for the GS-07 level, you need to have at least one year of full-time experience equivalent to the GS-05 level defined as conducting policy analysis or preparing written analysis of policy options addressing public sector issues.

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 conducting environmental or public policy analysis; or preparing written analysis of policy options addressing public sector issues.

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

Resume: clearly state your experience related to this position as described in the Duties Section and Qualifications Required Section. In describing your experience, you need to be clear and specific. Please include three professional references on your resume.

College transcripts: if qualifying for this position based on education or a combination of experience and education, you are required to submit either unofficial transcripts or a list of courses that includes school(s) attended, school address, course title, grades earned, completion dates, department, and quarter or semester hours earned.

Description/Certification of Service (DOS): Documentation of your training start date; sworn in date; service end date; and a Director signature.

If selected, you may apply for telework. This flexibility is not guaranteed and will be determined in accordance with EPA policy. This is not a remote position.

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