Environmental Protection Specialist

Washington, D.C
Jan 13, 2022
Jan 20, 2022
Full Time

You will:
  • Serve as Agency national expert in developing, reviewing, evaluating and implementing national guidance on water policies.
  • Advise senior leadership on complex matters related to the drinking water treatment and developing, reviewing, evaluating and implementing national guidance on water policies.
  • Provide technical assistance to Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water (OGWDW), other EPA offices and Regions, inter-office task forces and workgroups, other federal agencies, states, water systems, private-sector engineers and others.
  • Serve as Contract Officer Representative.
  • Routinely prepare quality written documents and deliver briefings and presentations of environmental policies, scientific issues, programs, team activities, and other information.

You will spend less than 25% of your work time on contracts, grants/cooperative agreements, and/or interagency agreements.


Conditions of Employment

  • You must submit a resume and required documents--see How to Apply section.
  • You must be a U.S. citizen.

As required by Executive Order 14043, if you are selected, you will be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination by 11/22/21, or before onboarding with the agency if after 11/22/21, except in limited circumstances. For information about COVID-19 workplace safety at EPA, as well as resources and health and safety guidance, visit COVID-19 Safe Federal Workplace .

If you are selected, you will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure form within 30 days of your first day of employment and annually thereafter.

If you are selected, you may be required to complete a one-year probationary period.

You must meet time in grade requirements no later than 30 calendar days after the closing date of this announcement.

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. All conditions of the pre-employment security process must be met before an official letter of employment can be issued with a report for duty date.


We are looking for at least one year of specialized experience related to this position as described below:

To qualify for the GS-14 level, you need to have at least one year of full-time experience equivalent to the GS-13 level defined as experience at the federal, state, or local level implementing provisions of the Safe Drinking Water Act and/or national water policies; analyzing complex issues, identifying problems, evaluating alternatives, and making recommendations that lead to the resolution of complex programmatic issues; leading engagements and collaboration.

Your answers to the online assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas:
  • Knowledge of and experience with Federal, State, and local laws and regulations, documentation and reporting requirements, and lawmaking or rule making processes to make decisions or recommendations significantly changing, interpreting, or expanding important agency/national water policies and programs.
  • Knowledge of advanced concepts in the areas of water treatment and distribution.
  • Ability to brief senior managers on complex, and sensitive issues and interpretations of the Safe Drinking Water Act.
  • Skill in data analysis
  • Ability to communicate and interact on a technical basis with drinking water stakeholders, other technical experts within EPA, states, and contract support staff.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and external stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of grants and contracts sufficient to serve as a Work Assignment Manager and/or Project Officer.
  • Ability to manage projects from concept to completion.
  • Ability to communicate orally.
  • Ability to communicate through 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.

If you have part-time work experience, read this: EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures .


This job does not have an education qualification requirement.

Additional information

This position is in the bargaining unit.

Are you a Displaced Federal Employee? If so, please read the Required Documents section and visit the EPA website for additional information: EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are core values at EPA. Our excellence can only be fully realized by staff who share our commitment to these values. Successful candidates are committed to advancing equity and inclusion in the Agency's workplace and mission. We encourage applications from candidates with a variety of personal experiences, values, and worldviews that arise from differences of culture and circumstance. At EPA, diversity is a vital element in bringing a balance of perspectives to bear on every challenge we face. We are committed to creating a diverse workforce because we know that the individual strengths and abilities of our employees make us a stronger organization. The more inclusive our employee base is, the greater the variety of ideas that are generated, and the more representative we are of the nation we serve. To learn more about how EPA values and supports our diverse workforce, visit Equal Opportunity Employment at EPA .

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: EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures .

Although the Service type indicated in the Overview section is Competitive, you may be appointed as Excepted Service based on your eligibility to be hired under certain appointing authorities.

Except in special circumstances, those new to the federal government will be hired at the starting salary (step 1) of the applicable grade range listed in the Overview section.

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.