Environmental Protection Specialist (Compliance)

Department of Energy - Folsom, CA (30+ days ago)4.0


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      Where would I be working?
      Western Area Power Administration

      Sierra Nevada Region

      114 Parkshore Drive, Folsom, CA. 95630

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      Responsibilities
      • Responsible for compliance with various Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) hazardous and toxic materials management programs.
      • Identifies existing non-compliance issues and recommends solutions to bring the activity into compliance with environmental regulations.
      • Responsible for managing the pollution prevention and materials recycling programs.
      • Tracks and runs models to ensure diesel fleets meet CARB air emissions regulations and SF6 gas emissions remain under the CARB regulated emissions limits.
      • Researches new hazardous waste and air regulations identifying methods to maintain compliance with new hazardous waste, CARB and local air districts requirements.
      Above duties are at the GS-11 level. For the lower grade level, incumbent will perform a wide range of tasks described in the above duties, but at a lower level of work designed to further develop and refine the knowledge and skills of the incumbent. Assignments will typically combine productive work with on-going training and instruction. Supervision received at the lower level will be closer with oversight and review being provided more frequently.

      Travel Required 25% or less - Overnight travel may be required 1-3 nights per month.

      Supervisory status No

      Promotion Potential 12

      Who May Apply This job is open to… All U.S. Citizens

      Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

    • Job family (Series) 0028 Environmental Protection Specialist

    • Requirements Requirements Conditions of Employment
      • You must be a United States Citizen.
      • This employer participates in the e-Verify program.
      • See "Other Information" section regarding Selective Service requirements
      N/A

      Qualifications You must meet all the qualification and eligibility requirements for the position by the closing date of the announcement. You may review the qualification requirements here.

      SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

      A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service.

      For the GS-09:

      One year of specialized experience at the GS-7 level. Specialized experience is experience assisting in the management of hazardous wastes, supporting facility environmental regulatory agency inspections, and assisting with waste spill cleanups/responses.

      OR

      Education: Master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in a field which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of the position, such as: Biological Science with a high emphasis on environmental.

      OR

      Combination of Education and Experience: A combination of education and experience may be used to qualify for this position as long as the computed percentage of the requirements is at least 100%. To compute the percentage of the requirements, divide your total months of experience by 12. Then divide the total number of completed graduate semester hours (or equivalent) beyond the first year (total graduate semester hours minus 18) by 18. Add the two percentages.

      For the GS-11:

      One year of specialized experience at the GS-9 level. Specialized experience is experience in interpreting new environmental compliance regulations, managing hazardous wastes, conducting facility inspections and coordinating with regulatory agencies, leading spill responses/cleanups; and assuring compliance with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) diesel equipment regulations and the CARB sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) gas regulations.

      OR

      Education: Ph.D or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in a field which demonstrates the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work of the position, such as: Biological Science with a high emphasis on environmental.

      OR

      Combination of Education and Experience: A combination of education and experience may be used to qualify for this position as long as the computed percentage of the requirements is at least 100%. To compute the percentage of the requirements, divide your total months of experience by 12. Then divide the total number of completed graduate semester hours (or equivalent) beyond the second year (total graduate semester hours minus 36) by 18. Add the two percentages.

      Application and resume should demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs). Do not provide a separate narrative written statement. Rather, you must describe in your application how your past work experience demonstrates that you possess the KSAs identified below. Cite specific examples of employment or experience contained in your resume and describe how this experience has prepared you to successfully perform the duties of this position. DO NOT write "see resume" in your application!

      GS-9:
    • Knowledge of the one of the disciplines related to environmental protection such as chemistry, hydrogeology, biology, etc., sufficient to effectively assist in an environmental compliance program.
    • Knowledge of environmental compliance programs sufficient to manage complex work across geographically diverse areas.
    • Knowledge of federal and California state environmental compliance regulations.
    • Knowledge of the chemistry of hazardous and toxic materials sufficient to determine the fate of pollutants in the environment and apply appropriate protection to humans and the environment.
    • Ability to assist in complying with CARB air regulations involving diesel equipment/truck fleets and SF6 gas emissions from electrical breakers.
    • Ability to assist in effective communications with field crews, office staff, federal regulatory agencies, state regulatory agencies and local regulatory agencies.
    • GS-11:
    • Practical knowledge of one of the disciplines related to environmental protection such as chemistry, hydrogeology, biology, etc., sufficient to properly identify and collect data to solve environmental compliance problems where potentially no precedence exists.
    • Knowledge of environmental compliance programs sufficient to manage complex work across geographically diverse areas.
    • Knowledge of federal and California state environmental compliance regulations.
    • Knowledge of the chemistry of hazardous and toxic materials sufficient to determine the fate of pollutants in the environment and apply appropriate protection to humans and the environment.
    • In-depth knowledge of CARB air regulations involving diesel equipment/truck fleets and SF6 gas emissions from electrical breakers sufficient to manage truck fleets and SF6 gas emissions inventories.
    • Experienced and skilled in effectively communicating with field crews, office staff, federal regulatory agencies, state regulatory agencies and local regulatory agencies.
    • "Experience" refers to paid and unpaid experience. Examples of qualifying unpaid experience may include: volunteer work done through National Service programs (such as Peace Corps and AmeriCorps); as well as work for other community-based philanthropic and social organizations. 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.

      CTAP/ICTAP candidates: To be considered "well qualified" you must meet all of the requirements as described in this section.

      You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

      Education If you are qualifying on education, education must be obtained from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

      Foreign education must be reviewed by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For special instructions pertaining to foreign education and a list of organizations that can evaluate foreign education, see the Department of Education website.

      Additional information
      • More than one selection may be made from this vacancy announcement.
      • Some positions may require completion of a probationary period of up to 1 (one) year.
      • All males born after December 31, 1959 must abide by laws regarding Selective Service registration. To learn more about this law, visit the Selective Service web page, Who Must Register . If you are not registered and don't have an approved exemption, you will not be eligible for employment with the Federal government.
      • If selected for this position, your appointment is contingent upon completion of OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment, during the pre-employment process.
      • If selected, you will be required to complete a questionnaire and are subject to a criminal background check to determine suitability for Federal employment before appointment.
      • If selection is made at a lower grade, promotion up to the full performance level may be made without further competition. However, promotion(s) will depend on the performance of the incumbent and are not guaranteed.

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

      The Department of Energy uses an application tracking system to evaluate the responses you provide in the applicant assessment questionnaire to place you into an initial quality category via OPM's Category Rating procedures. Then, the HR Office and/or Subject Matter Expert (SME) will conduct a quality review of your application and supporting documentation to ensure you have been placed into the appropriate quality category.

      Your application is rated based on the extent and quality of your experience, education (when applicable), and training as described in your resume and applicant assessment. Your credentials are measured against the established duties of the position at the grade level(s) being advertised.

      The quality categories are usually defined as "Best Qualified", "Well Qualified", and "Qualified", although they may differ slightly based on individual agency policy.

      If you are eligible for career transition assistance plans such as ICTAP or CTAP, you must meet the definition of "well qualified" which is defined as having a score of 85 or better.

      If you are a Veteran Preference eligible candidate, you will be listed at the top of whichever quality category your rating places you in. CP/CPS veterans are placed at the top of the highest category for all positions except professional and scientific positions at GS-9 and higher.

      If your resume is incomplete or does not support the responses you provided in your online questionnaire, or if you fail to submit all required documentation before the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted accordingly.

      Selecting Official may check references on those applicants referred for consideration.
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    • Required Documents Required Documents ALL APPLICANTS: You must submit a resume supporting your specialized experience and responses to the online questionnaire.
      • Your resume should list all work experience (paid and unpaid); you should list the full name and address of the each employer.
      • Your experience listing should show the start and end dates (include month, day, and year); you must also list the average number of hours per week that you worked.
      • Your resume should also include any education and training you have completed (list the program title, subject area, number of hours completed, and completion date).
      • For more information about what to include in your resume, please view this USAJOBS Resume Tutorial video on YouTube.
      • Most DOE offices will allow you to submit a resume in the format of your choice (as an attached document or as a USAJOBS Resume Builder format). However, some offices may require the USAJOBS resume format. You will be notified at the time you click 'Apply Online' which is required.
      • It is important that you are complete and thorough in your resume. If any of the above information is not included in your resume, we may not be able to fully credit you for your experience.
      If specific educational requirements are indicated for this vacancy: Documentation verifying your educational claims which can include unofficial transcripts or any report listing institution, course title, credits earned and final grade. Please see the Education section for more information.

      Displaced Federal employees: You will need to submit documentation verifying your involuntary separation and CTAP/ICTAP status. Please see the OPM Guide to Career Transition for more information.

      Veterans: veteran eligibility documentation (DD-214, VA Letter, Standard Form (SF) 15 as applicable). Please note: If you are a veteran who has not yet been discharged, you may provide a statement of intent to discharge from your agency which will allow you to apply under the (Veterans Opportunity to Work) VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011 .

      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.

    • Benefits Benefits A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits .

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