Environmental Engineer

Naval Research Laboratory, D.C
Jul 06, 2022
Jul 14, 2022
Full Time

  • You will provide invaluable technical support to NRL's scientific and engineering community, most of whom hold advanced degrees and many of whom are recognized experts in their respective fields.
  • You will lead and/or coordinate team in various research study activities as assigned and will conduct pollution prevention assessments in laboratories and facility shops.
  • You will be responsible for all assigned facets of the Environmental Protection Program.
  • You will be responsible for preparing documentation alongside research biologists and legal staff for contributions to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) while considering associated protection laws .
  • You will review inspection reports and self-monitoring reports for the activity, conduct preliminary investigations, and notify Laboratory Management of noncompliance cases and steps/timeframes needed to correct violations.
  • You will review blueprints, schematic diagrams and engineering plans of proposed construction or alteration of industrial, research, recreational, administrative and other facilities from an environmental perspective.
  • You will provide support for the Resource, Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) hazardous waste permit by providing technical analysis to determine how to reduce the amount and toxicity of waste.
  • You will respond to requests from other agencies (State, Federal or Congressional) concerning environmental compliance issues.
  • You will develop new or revised guidance material for Lab-wide use in various forms pertinent to policy, procedures, methods and technical criteria for the development of plans for the repair, modification or construction of NRL facilities.
  • You will plan, organize, direct, and monitor work of contractors.


Conditions of Employment

  • Must be a US Citizen.
  • Must be determined suitable for federal employment.
  • Must participate in the direct deposit pay program.
  • New employees to the Department of the Navy will be required to successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit e-verify.gov
  • Within the Department of Defense (DoD), the appointment of retired military members within 180 days immediately following retirement date to a civilian position is subject to the provisions of 5 United States Code 3326.
  • Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • Per the preliminary nationwide injunction on E.O. 14043, COVID-19 vaccinations will not be implemented or enforced. For more information on vaccine status and workplace safety protocol requirements see Additional Information below.
  • You will be required to obtain and maintain an interim and/or final security clearance prior to entrance on duty. Failure to obtain and maintain the required level of clearance may result in the withdrawal of a job offer or removal.
  • This position is considered Key/Non-Combat Essential. You will be required to provide immediate and continuing support of the expeditionary requirements in other than combat or combat support situations.


You will serve as an Environmental Engineer in the Research and Development Services, Code 353600 within the NAVAL RESEARCH LABORATORY.

In addition to the Basic Education Requirements for this position, your resume must also demonstrate at least one year of specialized Engineering experience equivalent to the NP-02 (GS-05/10) level performing some or all of the following duties: 1) providing technical support and guidance to the scientific and engineering personnel; 2) conducting studies or inspections of facilities to determine compliance/ noncompliance with State and Federal environmental laws and regulations; 3) reviewing blueprints, schematics and engineering plans of proposed facilities construction or alteration to assess environmental impact; 4) Analyzing, identifying, and testing oils, fluids, and potential contaminants in air, soil, and water for samples and situations that require method modification and development; 5) assisting in the development of guidance material such as regulations, technical manuals, circulars, etc.; and 6) providing overall planning, direction and execution of an Environmental Protection Program.

Additional qualification information can be found from the following Office of Personnel Management website: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0800/all-professional-engineering-positions-0800/

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (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.


Applicants must meet the following basic education requirements of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualifications Standards Manual:

Successful completion of a professional engineering degree. To be acceptable, the program must: (1) lead to a bachelor's degree (or higher) in a school of engineering with at least one program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET); or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics. Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of the position.


Current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), Engineer in Training (EIT), or licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE) by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions) are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration For more information about EI and EIT registration requirements, please visit the National Society of Professional Engineers website at: http://www.nspe.org


Evidence of having successfully passed the Fundamentals of Engineering (FE) examination or any other written test required for professional registration by an engineering licensure board in the various States, the District of Columbia, Guam, and Puerto Rico The FE examination is not administered by the U. S. Office of Personnel Management. For more information, please visit: http://www.nspe.org/Licensure/ HowtoGetLicensed/index.html.


Successful completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences and in engineering that included the courses specified in the basic requirements under paragraph A (above). The courses must be fully acceptable toward meeting the requirements of an engineering program as described in paragraph A (above)


Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in an appropriate scientific field, e.g., engineering technology, physics, chemistry, architecture, computer science, mathematics, hydrology, or geology, may be accepted in lieu of a bachelor's degree in engineering, provided the applicant has had at least one year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance. Ordinarily, there should be either an established plan of intensive training to develop professional engineering competence, or several years of prior professional engineering-type experience, e.g., in interdisciplinary positions.


Applicants must meet the following positive education qualifications requirements of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Qualifications Standards Manual: Applicants must possess

Substitution of Education for Experience:

A Master's or equivalent graduate degree, if related, can be used to meet the minimum qualifications for this position. Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work;


A combination of experience and education as described above that equates to one year of experience may also meet the minimum qualification requirements

Additional information

COVID VACCINATION INFORMATION: To comply with the recent preliminary nationwide injunction on Executive Order 14043, Requiring Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination for Federal Employees, the Department of the Navy is not taking any action to implement or enforce the COVID-19 vaccination requirement. New hires will need to provide their vaccination status as well as comply with workplace safety protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine.

This position is covered by the Department of Defense Priority Placement Program.

Several vacancies may be filled.

This position is eligible for part time, substantial or ad-hoc telework at the discretion of management.

Certain incentives (such as Recruitment, Relocation or Student Loan Repayment) may be authorized to eligible selectees.

A relocation incentive is generally a single payment intended to offset some of the relocation costs experienced by the selectee. A relocation incentive may be authorized.

A tentative offer of employment will be rescinded if the selectee fails to meet the pre-employment requirements, including failure to report to any of the scheduled appointments.

Federal annuitant information: The selection of an annuitant is subject to the Department of Defense and Department of the Navy policy on the employment of annuitants. Policy information may be found at: http://www.secnav.navy.mil/donhr/Documents/CivilianJobs/FedCivAnnuitants.pdf .

Veteran's preference does not apply when selecting individuals under this specific hiring authority. However, if you claim veteran's preference, you will be required to submit supporting documentation with your application as described in the Required Documents section below.