Environmental Protection Specialist (Field Technician)

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This position is located in Region 7, Superfund Division, Special Emphasis Remedial Branch, Fenton, Missouri.
Occasional travel to the Regional Office in Lenexa, Kansas will be required. The position requires the incumbent to work at various Superfund sites near Park Hills, Missouri.
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If you are selected, a pre-employment background check is required. You must submit resume and required documents (see How to Apply). Pre-employment physical is required and periodic physicals thereafter. You must be a U.S. citizen. Position has portable work and selectee may be eligible to telework. You may have limited exposure to hazardous materials. At the entry level of this position, you will:
Conduct field oversight of contractors performing environmental characterization, cleanup, and construction activities at Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Superfund sites.
Review contrasts and ensure contractor compliance with all contracting requirements. Serve as a Contracting Officer's Representative (COR) on multiple contracts.
Provide support to Remedial Project Managers. Attend meetings, plan/scope field activities, estimate cost/time associated with field activities, and review contractor submittals.
Communicate with Remedial Project Managers, Contracting Officers, and contractors. Make recommendations to resolve problems, propose approaches, and/or take some course of action which promotes accomplishment of program objectives.
When entering a Federal job at a grade level lower than the highest promotion potential level, you may be promoted to more complex duties and work more independently, as your career progresses.
You will spend less than 25% of your work time on contracts, grants/cooperative agreements, and/or interagency agreements.
If you are selected, you must complete a one year probationary period.
This position is designated as Moderate 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.
If you are selected, you will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Form prior to your first day of employment and annually thereafter. We will review your resume and required documents to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your resume must address the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed in the Qualifications Section. If you meet basic qualification requirements, your application will be further evaluated based on your answers to the on-line assessment. Your responses to the on-line assessment will be used to measure the degree to which your background matches the requirements for the position. You are being evaluated under the category rating method which means, if you are determined to be qualified, you will be placed into the Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified Category.
We will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses on the assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. We will evaluate your qualifications and eligibility and notify you if you meet minimum qualification requirements.
NOTE: We do not require a separate statement responding to the competencies, also referred to as Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs). However, your resume should clearly show possession of these competencies.
To preview questions please click here. You do not need a degree to qualify for this position.
We are looking for at least one year of specialized experience related to this position as described below:
To qualify for the GS-09 level, you need to have at least one year of full time experience defined as experience with work on environmental sites; working with contracts or contractors; working with team members to solve problems and improve service; OR master's or equivalent graduate degree; OR 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; OR LL.B. or J.D., if related.
Graduate Education: Education at the graduate level in an accredited college or university must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work.
Your answers to the on-line assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas:
1. Ability to oversee contracted environmental work in a field setting.
2. Knowledge of environmental fieldwork construction principles, concepts, practices, methods, and techniques.
3. Skill in contract management and oversight.
4. Ability to maintain and promote effective working relationships.
5. Skill in written communication.
6. Ability to mediate resolutions.
7. Ability to effectively communicate.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
You are strongly encouraged to read the entire announcement before you submit your application for this position.
To begin the application process, click the Apply On-line button to the right on this screen, follow the prompts to log-in/register, submit all required documents, and complete the assessment questionnaire. To be considered, you must submit a complete application package by 11:59 PM Eastern time on the closing date of this announcement.
All required supporting documents will be collected electronically via the USAJOBS document portfolio feature.
If you cannot apply on-line, you must contact the Human Resources Office listed to the right for assistance no later than three business days prior to the closing date of this announcement. You must provide complete application materials by the closing date of this announcement.
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Documents to be submitted on-line:
Resume clearly stating 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. We may not make assumptions regarding your experience.
Responses to the on-line assessment questionnaire.
College transcript(s) - if qualifying for this position based on education or a combination of experience and education, you are required to submit either an unofficial transcript(s) or a list of courses that includes school(s) attended, school address(es), course title, grades earned, completion dates, department, and quarter or semester hours earned. If you earned your degree in a foreign country, you must provide an U.S. equivalency evaluation of your education by a private U.S. organization (credential evaluation service). It is the applicant's responsibility to provide documentation or proof that he or she has met the applicable eductional provisions described.
Veterans' Preference Documents - DD-214 Member 4 copy, VA Letter, and SF-15, if applicable; active duty military submit statement of service from commanding officer documenting dates of active duty and any campaign medals/badges; include character of service.
Displaced Federal employees under ICTAP/CTAP - copy of your most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility, and your most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, tenure, and duty station.
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You can track the progress of your application package via your USAJOBS account. You will receive an acknowledgement from USAJOBS that your submission was successful, once we have received your on-line occupational questionnaire, resume and any supporting documentation. You will be notified of the status of your application via your USAJOBS account after we conduct a qualification review of your complete application package. You will be contacted if further evaluation or interviews are required. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempt to conceal information may disqualify you for employment consideration. We may verify all information you provide in your resume and questionnaire responses, through reference and/or background check, and/or verification of your education. If you are selected, you will be contacted personally by the human resources office posting this announcement. Join EPA in protecting human health and the environment and enjoy many work life quality options! Working for the EPA offers you a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. To learn more about us, visit Life and Careers at EPA. This position is in the bargaining unit.
Are you a Displaced Federal Employee? If so, please read the Required Documents and visit the EPA website for additional information .
EPA participates in e-Verify. E-Verify is an Internet based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA) that enables participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees. For additional information .
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If you are selected, travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid by EPA . Any travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting to work in this position will be your responsibility.

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