Life Scientist/Environmental Engineer/Physical Scientist (Enforcement Officer/Inspector) GS-07/09, FPL: GS-12

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (Region 3)

About the organization

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. Discover how exciting safeguarding our natural resources and protecting human health can be. Find yourself at EPA. This position is located in Region 3, Enforcement and Compliance Assurance Division, in Philadelphia, PA.

For more information on this office, visit their website: This is a developmental position. Except in special circumstances, those new to the federal government will be hired at the starting salary (step 1) of the applicable grade range listed above.


The Enforcement & Compliance Assurance division is responsible for developing and implementing Region 3 enforcement and compliance assurance programs and statutes EPA administers in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, the District of Columbia and Region 3 Tribes.

As an Enforcement Officer/Inspector you will:
• Conduct inspections and investigations of regulated facilities for compliance with applicable regulations, permits, or other federal requirements;
• Provide technical assistance on analytical methods, sampling techniques, etc., related to specific program areas, functions, or activities;
• Participate in enforcement activities and recommend enforcement actions based upon inspection findings and current EPA enforcement policies;
• Provide regulatory compliance assistance to well-established facilities during inspections, investigations, and compliance assistance visits;
• Provide assistance to regional personnel, other federal, state, local, to tribal agencies, industry representatives, concerned public citizens on the technical aspects of EPA laws and regulations.


Life Scientist, 0401:
A. Degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position. -OR-
B. Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

Environmental Engineer, 0819:
Visit this link for Environmental Engineer qualifications:

Physical Scientist, 1301:
A. Degree: physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics. -OR-
B. Combination of education and experience -- education equivalent to one of the majors shown in A above that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

To qualify for the GS-07 level, you need to have completed one full academic year of graduate level education; or a bachelor’s degree with superior academic achievement.

This position requires a background investigation. If you are selected, you are required to serve a one year probationary period. All candidates must have NCE (non-competitive eligibiliy).


GS-07 ($47,484/year) or GS-09 ($58,803/year) DOE | Promotion Potential to GS-12 ($84,231-$109,505/year)

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

Completed applications packages can be e-mailed to [email protected] with subject line: "ECAD Applicant." Please include the following documents in your application:

1. Resume

2. Cover letter.

3. College transcripts - you may submit an unofficial college transcript.

4. Description of Service (DOS) – Documenting your training start date; sworn in date; service end date; and a Director signature. DOS must show valid noncompetitive eligibility (NCE). Valid NCE is defined as NCE earned within the last year. NCE extensions may be granted for NCE earned within the last 3 years for those who, following Peace Corps service, joined the military, pursued a graduate degree, or were involved in another form of public service the agency deems extension-worthy.

If you are selected, you must provide official educational transcripts before you start work with EPA.

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