Environmental Scientist/Life Scientist/Engineer GS-1301/0401/0819

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

About the organization

About the Agency:
Earth Day is every day at EPA! At EPA, you can protect human health and the environment of all Americans, and you’ll discover that EPA is one great place to work! We offer great benefits and work flexibilities, and our diverse workforce connects to more than just a career--we share a common passion to promote a cleaner, healthier environment.


At the entry level of this position, you will:

• Perform duties related to environmental engineering, physical science, or life science to support environmental protection work in a program area (air, water, waste, etc); a functional area (enforcement, compliance, permitting, etc); or a cross media effort (environmental justice, etc).
• Determine the adequacy and accuracy of data and processes, proper preservation and collection of samples and specimens and provide technical assistance where applicable.
• Provide assistance to other engineers and scientists within the immediate organization by researching technical aspects of environmental laws and regulations.
• Analyze data and prepare reports regarding state, local or tribal implementation of environmental protection programs.


This position is designated as Low Risk and requires a background investigation. Unless an
appropriate background investigation is already on record with the Office of Personnel
Management, you must undergo a background investigation.

You must be a U.S. citizen.

Position has education requirements

You must meet all Recent Grad. program requirements by the closing date. If you are selected, a written participant agreement must be signed.

In addition to the eligibility requirements for the Recent Graduates program, this position has
specific educational requirements in order to qualify as described in the OPM Classification standard guidance found at: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/#url=Group-Standards

In addition to the educational requirements, we are looking for at least one year of specialized experience related to this position as described below:
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 providing general guidance and advice on environmental issues, and/or assisting in the review of scientific/technical documents; and/or collecting technical/scientific data OR 1 full year of graduate level education or superior academic achievement (Superior Academic Achievement Definition) degree in the academic
discipline as described below OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.


GS-07 to GS-12 (depending on qualifications) Promotion potential to GS-12.

Application instructions

Email your resume, cover letter, professional references, and proof of NCE to Joshua Fowler, Human Resources Officer at the EPA Region 8 Office in Denver, Colorado (fowler.[email protected]).
Proof of NCE includes:
• The Peace Corps Volunteer can use signed Description of Svc document as proof of NCE.
• If the Volunteer does not have their Description of Service document, they create an RPCV Portal account and requests their Description of Service. For detailed procedures, please visit www.peacecorps.gov/certify.
• If the Description of Service is on-file, the Volunteer will receive the document through the RPCV at www.peacecorps.gov/countries.

NOTE: Your cover letter should clearly indicate the position for which you wish to be considered.
Selection will be made without discrimination for non-merit reasons such as race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, handicapping condition, marital status, sexual orientation, or political affiliation.

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Equal Opportunity Employment

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