Washington D.C.
Jul 17, 2017
Aug 02, 2017
Full Time

About the Agency

The mission of the Architect of the Capitol (AOC) is to serve Congress and the Supreme Court, preserve America's Capitol and inspire memorable experiences. Under the leadership of Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA, LEED AP, the roles and responsibilities of the Architect of the Capitol cover an expansive and diverse portfolio. The AOC is responsible for the maintenance, operation, development and preservation of 17.4 million square feet of buildings and more than 553 acres of land throughout Capitol Hill. The AOC provides a welcoming and educational environment for millions of visitors through the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center and the US Botanic Garden. The AOC also provides professional expertise on the preservation of architectural and artistic elements entrusted to its care. Learn more at


The AOC prides itself on its Core Values of Teamwork, Integrity, Pride and Professionalism.

The PROFESSIONALISM and INTEGRITY of each AOC employee demonstrates our dedication to providing quality services and our commitment to holding ourselves to the highest standards.

We recognize that we do our best work through TEAMWORK, each of us lending our individual strengths and talents to the greater goal of the entire team. We respect each other and rely on each other in our efforts to make the AOC a center of excellence.

We take great PRIDE in what we do and in the honor of serving Congress, the Supreme Court, and the American people each and every day.

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  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • You must be able to pass a drug test.
  • Your resume and question responses must demonstrate the job-related KSAs.
  • You must meet the definition of specialized experience.
  • You must meet the United States Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) qualification requirements (including specialized experience and/or educational requirements) for the advertised position. You must meet all eligibility and qualifications requirements by the closing date of the job announcement. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review on the OPM web site at

    Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level.

    Candidates for the GS-13 grade level must have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service.

    Specialized experience for this position must demonstrate the following:

    (1) Planning, developing, organizing, administering, evaluating and coordinating a comprehensive environment and occupational health, data surveillance and analysis, and food safety program.

    (2) Performing work site analysis, hazard prevention and control.

    (3) Performing incident and complaint investigations and reporting, process analysis to identify critical failures, and development of corrective and monitoring procedures ensuring compliance.

    (4) Performing risk assessments of hazardous processes, determining risk severity and making recommendations to minimize risk.

    (5) Communicating effectively to implement training, performing inspection and investigation, create reports and facilitate meetings.


    Q - Nonsensitive


    The Architect of the Capitol (AOC), Office of Attending Physician is recruiting for an Environmental Health Specialist responsible for conducting inspections of food service facilities, swimming pools, hair salons, and healthcare facilities for compliance with applicable laws and regulations of public health significance. The ideal candidate will be a FDA Certified Food Safety Inspection Officer or a REHS/RS with 5+ years’ experience, be reliable, adaptable, and capable to work independently and/or with a group.


    Performance of On-Site Inspections: Conducts inspections of food service facilities for the purpose of preventing the occurrence or transmission of disease and to ensure compliance with applicable public health regulations. Prepares inspection reports for review by the Safety and Occupational Health Manager which are distributed to the food service managers, officers of Congress, Congressional committees and their representatives who oversee food service facilities. Collect environmental samples for laboratory analysis in response to possible foodborne or waterborne disease investigations. Monitors the work of pest control contractors in food service facilities to ensure that pests of public health significance are controlled and that pesticides are used in an environmentally sound manner. Monitors water quality for the Capitol complex through the collection of samples for laboratory analysis, interpreting results and recommending corrective actions in accordance to applicable regulations. Conducts inspections of various facilities whose operation might impact the health of the public such as ice production, hairdressing, fitness, recycling, and waste disposal facilities. Identifies potential safety and occupational health hazards and recommends remediation solutions.

    Dissemination of Safety and Occupational Health Policies: Evaluates the effectiveness of food service workers in personal hygiene and food service procedures and sanitation. Evaluates the agencies facilities for compliance to national standards and internal policies. Arranges for continuing training in the various fields of environmental health.

    Establishment and Implementation of Program Evaluation Standards and Criteria: Through conduct of inspections, ensures compliance with health and safety program requirements. Identifies and resolves any program element requiring remedial action. The incumbent must adhere to safety rules, regulations, and standard operating procedures. The employee must utilize knowledge of and must comply with all EPA, FDA, OSHA, and CDC safety rules and regulations to ensure that work progresses in a safe manner. Provides or receives training, either on-the-job or through classroom settings to ensure that all safety practices and equipment are fully utilized. Uses required Persona Protective Equipment, PPE.

    Safety and Occupational Program Management: Assists the Safety and Occupational Health Manager with investigations of indoor air quality concerns and in management of program design to prevent problems associated with indoor environments. Facilitates communication among building occupants, recommends corrective actions and evaluates the effectiveness of air quality recommendations. Conducts an infectious disease screening program of food service, hairdressing and fitness facility employees. Performs epidemiological investigations upon receiving reports of infectious disease outbreaks. Assists the Safety and Occupational Health Manager with a variety of administrative responsibilities including compiling information for reports, drafting reports, and memorandum, responding to inquiries and information requests, maintaining filing systems and producing required forms.

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