Environmental Protection Specialist GS-0028-7, 9 with promotion potential to GS-13 (2 positions)

US Environmental Protection Agency

About the organization

Earth Day is every day at EPA! Come work in EPA's Office of Underground Storage Tanks!

Approximately 552,000 underground storage tanks (USTs) nationwide store petroleum or hazardous substances at gas stations and other facilities. The greatest potential threat from a leaking UST is contamination of groundwater, the source of drinking water for nearly half of all Americans. EPA works with its state, territorial, tribal, and industry partners to prevent and clean up releases from underground storage tanks (USTs). Left unattended, releases can contaminate soil, groundwater, surface water, or indoor air. EPA is developing and implementing strategies that advance cleaning up stalled or legacy UST releases, as well as recently identified releases. Currently there are approximately 64,000 LUST sites that have not reached cleanup completed status and there are 5,000-6,000 new releases each year. Preventing and cleaning up UST releases protects our environment and the public.


The mission of the Cleanup and Revitalization Division is to reduce the backlog of leaking underground storage tank (LUST) sites by increasing the number and pace of cleanups annually. Activities performed by the environmental protection specialist may include working with partners to identify and address technical, financial, and process barriers to completing cleanups; participating on workgroups and drafting/reviewing technical guidance on site assessment and cleanup technologies; collaborating with EPA’s Office of Research and Development on tanks related research; exploring opportunities and incentives for the cleanup and redevelopment of old, abandoned gas stations; servings as a liaison to states and EPA Regional Offices. Also, OUST is the direct implementing authority for the tanks program in Indian country and the Division supports cleanup related aspects of that work.


• Strong writing, communication, and collaboration skills.
• Sound technical and organizational skills, analytical ability, good judgment, detail oriented, and strong operational focus.
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a diverse group of colleagues across all levels of the organization.
• Strong skills in prioritization, planning, multi-tasking, and time management.
• Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
• Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in written and/or verbal form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.
• Eligibility to qualify for federal government positions.
• Commitment to public service.

SPECIFIC QUALIFICATIONS: An undergraduate or graduate degree in geology, hydrology, or environmental engineering and experience with environmental cleanup preferred but not required.


GS-7 (~$47,000) OR GS-9 (~$57,500)

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

email resume to Will Anderson if interested

For more information on the tanks program go to https://www.epa.gov/ust

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