Industrial Hygienist

Washington, D.C
Jan 20, 2021
Jan 28, 2021
Full Time


THIS IS NOT A FULL-TIME TELEWORK POSITION. You will be expected to report to the U.S. General Services Administration, Public Buildings Service, Facilities Management and Special Programs Division, Safety & Environmental Fire Protection Branch, 1800 F Street, NW, Washington, DC.

This Office serves the public's interest and supporting customer's missions by providing environmental stewardship, compliance assurance, risk management, safe and healthful workplaces, and financial accountability.

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As an Industrial Hygienist, you will be responsible for coordinating, integrating, facilitating, reporting, and promoting many environmentally-related activities undertaken within the National Capital Region (NCR).

An Industrial Hygienist:
  • Serves as an agency expert and provides coordination for all National Capital Region environmental programs in the areas of: procurement and acquisitions, standards and specification review, hazardous and regulated waste remediation (asbestos, lead based paint, and PCBs), underground storage and above ground storage tanks management Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC), environmental liabilities, Title V air permitting, Clean Water Act (CWA), Emergency Planning & Community Right-To-Know Act (EPCRA), indoor air quality, refrigerant management, solid waste management, and drinking water regulations.
  • Serves as the primary point of contact with external organizations on environmental issues, including other Federal, State, and municipal government agencies.
  • Serves as both assessor and facilitator with and among the Regional Services and Staff Offices, and ensures that inter- and intra- Service and Staff Office communication about environmental issues are timely and effective.
  • Serves as the Regional Environmental Manager (REM) for the OMB accounting for environmental liabilities reporting.
  • Creates an awareness and outreach program for the private sector to facilitate markets for environmentally preferable and recycled products and services, promote new technologies, improve awareness about Federal efforts in this area, and expedite agency efforts to procure environmentally preferable products and services. Establishes incentives, provides guidance, and coordinates educational programs for agency employees. Coordinates the development of standard agency reports required by E.O. 13101.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel to meetings and training purposes.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • US Citizens and National (Residents of American Samoa and Swains Island)
  • Meet all eligibility criteria within 30 days of the closing date
  • Register with Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/1959

If selected, you must meet the following conditions:
  • Receive authorization from OPM on any job offer you receive, if you are or were (within the last 5 years) a political Schedule A, Schedule C or Non-Career SES employee in the Executive Branch.
  • Serve a one year probationary period, if required.
  • Undergo and pass a background investigation (Tier 2 investigation level).
  • Have your identity and work status eligibility verified if you are not a GSA employee. We will use the Department of Homeland Security's e-Verify system for this. Any discrepancies must be resolved as a condition of continued employment.


For each job on your resume, provide:
  • the exact dates you held each job (from month/year to month/year)
  • number of hours per week you worked (if part time).

If you have volunteered your service through a National Service program (e.g., Peace Corps, Americorps), we encourage you to apply and include this experience on your resume.

For a brief video on creating a Federal resume, click here .

The GS-13 salary range starts at $103,690 per year.

If you are a new federal employee, your starting salary will likely be set at the Step 1 of the grade for which you are selected.

All candidates for Industrial Hygienist positions must meet the following Basic Eligibility Requirements:

A) a bachelor's or graduate/higher level degree in industrial hygiene, occupational health sciences, occupational and environmental health, toxicology, safety sciences, or related science. --OR--

B) a bachelor's degree in a branch of engineering, physical science, or life science that included 12 semester hours in chemistry, including organic chemistry, and 18 additional semester hours of courses in any combination of chemistry, physics, engineering, health physics, environmental health, biostatistics, biology, physiology, toxicology, epidemiology, or industrial hygiene (courses in the history or teaching of chemistry are not acceptable). For engineering degrees to be acceptable, the curriculum must be in a school of engineering with at least one curriculum accredited by the ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) as a professional engineering curriculum. --OR--

C) a certification from the American Board of Industrial Hygiene (ABIH).

In addition to the basic requirements stated above, applicants must meet specialized experience requirements in order to be qualified for this position.

To qualify, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level or higher in the Federal service.

Do you have one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience in providing technical guidance and recommendations on: hazardous and regulated waste remediation (asbestos, lead based paint, and PCBs) underground storage and above ground storage tanks management, Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure (SPCC), environmental liabilities, Title V air permitting, Clean Water Act (CWA), Emergency Planning & Community Right-To-Know Act (EPCRA), indoor air quality, refrigerant management, solid waste management, and drinking water regulations; monitoring and documenting program compliance with Federal, state, and local environmental laws, regulations, and other mandates, and supplying data and preparing responses for Federal, state, and municipal government agencies reporting requirements.


Note: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit:

Additional information

Bargaining Unit status: This position is covered by a bargaining unit (1213).

Relocation-related expenses are not approved and will be your responsibility.

Travel expenses associated with interviews may be approved. Determinations will be made on a case-by-case basis.

On a case-by-case basis, the following incentives may be approved:

· Recruitment incentive if you are new to the federal government

· Relocation incentive if you are a current federal employee

· Credit toward vacation leave if you are new to the federal government

Additional vacancies may be filled from this announcement as needed; through other means; or not at all.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

We will use a method called Category Rating to assess your application. Here's how it will work:
  • You will be scored on the questions you answer during the application process, which will measure your possession of the following competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities:
  • Knowledge of Federal, state, and local environmental laws and regulations, documentation and rulemaking processes.
  • Knowledge of a broad array of environmental initiatives and programs.
  • Skills in oral and written communication.
    • Your answers to the questions will be used to place you in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified [If the use of 4 categories is justified, adjust verbiage].
    • We will verify your answers to the questions in your resume. If your resume doesn't support your answers, we may lower your score, which could place you in a lower category.
    • Within each category, veterans will receive selection priority over non-veterans.

    Additional assessments may be used, and, if so, you will be provided with further instructions.

    If you are eligible under Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan or GSA's Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP/CTAP) , you must receive a score of 85 or higher to receive priority.

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Drug test required

    Position sensitivity and risk
    Moderate Risk (MR)

    Trust determination process

    Required Documents

    ALL required documents must be submitted before the closing date. Review the following list to determine what you need to submit.

    If you are claiming veterans' preference:
    Copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD-214 that shows the dates of your active duty service. If selected, a DD-214 showing your type of discharge (member 4 copy) will be required prior to appointment.
    (b) If you are claiming 10-point preference or derived preference (a spouse, widow or widower, or parent of a deceased or disabled veteran), submit both of the following in addition to the DD-214: (1) completed SF-15 form; and (2) proof of your entitlement (refer to SF-15 for complete list).

    If you are active duty military - Certification on a letterhead from your military branch that includes your rank, character of service (must be under honorable conditions) & military service dates including discharge/release date (must be no later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted).

    If you are ICTAP / CTAP eligible - submit a, b, and c: (a) proof of eligibility including agency notice; (b) SF-50, and (c) most recent performance appraisal.

    Current or Former Political Appointees: Submit SF-50.

    College transcripts: If you are using some or all of your college education to meet qualification requirements for this position, you must submit a photocopy of your college transcript(s). If selected, an official transcript will be required prior to appointment. For education completed outside the United States, also submit a valid foreign credential evaluation that substantiates possession of the required education.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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