Social Scientist (Environmental)
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 meet time in grade requirements no later than 30 calendar days after the closing date of this announcement.
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-12 level, you need to have at least one year of full-time experience equivalent to the GS-11 level defined as: (1) experience reviewing and interpreting the Clean Air Act, general environmental principles, and other federal environmental policy and guidance related to air quality standards and implementation of air quality standards; (2) experience in computer systems, including data systems and the manipulation and presentation of data; AND (3) experience reviewing, analyzing, or implementing regulatory actions based on the knowledge of the Clean Air Act and Clean Air Act Programs.
Your answers to the online assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas: knowledge in the regulations, policies programs, systems and tools related to Clean Air Act Title IV; knowledge and skills in principles and practices of science in environmental planning to serve as a technical authority in the development of regulations, policies, tools concerning the implementation of Title IV CAA and CSAPR; knowledge in reviewing state and federal implementation plans to attain and maintain national ambient air quality standards and achieve regional visibility improvement; skills in analytical and evaluate methods used in legal analysis and economic analysis; ability to evaluate and interpret applicable technical, scientific, policy and legal information associated with Title IV, CSAPR; ability to analyze and interpret technical, policy and legal information pertaining to pollution control and provide authoritative advice and assistance to clients and stakeholders; ability to plan organize, and direct team efforts focused on the evaluation implementation and/or resolution of complex ambient and point source air pollution control policy and technical challenges, and ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
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 must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited or pre-accredited college or university in one of the following: behavioral or social science, or related disciplines appropriate to the position; OR a combination of education and experience with courses equivalent to a major as listed; OR Four years of experience that demonstrate you have acquired knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major as listed.
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Position has portable work and selectee may be authorized to telework after meeting eligibility requirements if approved by the supervisor/manager.
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.
This position is not in the bargaining unit.
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
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 online assessment. Your responses to the online assessment will be used to measure the degree to which your background matches the requirements for the position and an applicable score assigned.
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. If you are referred for consideration, you may be subject to additional assessments.
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.
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