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Environmental Protection Agency Life Scientist/Environmental Engineer/Physical Scientist in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


This position is in Region 3, Water Division, State Assistance and Partnerships Branch, Infrastructure and Assistance Section.

If selected, you must work at the location stated in this announcement. About Region 3:R3.


You will:

-Work collaboratively with the National Program Manager to develop and implement plans and program-specific policies to carry out technical, fiduciary and/or environmentally sound solutions to water infrastructure problems;

  • As Regional Coordinator, provide oversight and technical direction to the​Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) program;

-Serve as a Financial Analyst of the State’s/Grantee’s SRF Programs, analyzing the financial heath and sustainability of loan fund programs;

-Serve as a Project Officer for DWSRF grants.

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


Conditions of Employment

If you are selected, a pre-employment background check is required.

Position has education requirements--see Qualifications/Education section.

You must submit a resume and required documents--see How to Apply section.

EPA and non-EPA applicants must submit transcripts/course listings.

You may be required to travel less than 25% of each month.

You may have limited exposure to hazardous materials.

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.

This position requires the use of personal protective equipment (PPE).

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 High 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.


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-13 level, you need to have at least one year of full-time experience equivalent to the GS-12 level defined as providing technical direction and/or oversight for aSafe Drinking Water program and grants/interagency agreements.Your answers to the online assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas: 1)Knowledge of the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), and other federal environmental laws, regulations, and policies pertaining to State Revolving Fund (SRF) programs, 2)Skill in written communication; 3) Knowledge of SRF programs and policies sufficient to serve as a senior advisor to internal management, States, Tribes, and/or local governments; 4)Skill in oral communication sufficient to provide programmatic advice on SRF requirements; 5)Knowledge of SRF Programs sufficient to provide technical information and guidance on both a regional and national level; 6)Knowledge of grants administration rules, regulations, policies, practices, and/or activities sufficient to serve as a Project Officer.

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.


You need a degree or combination of education and experience as described below to qualify for this position.

Life Science:You must have a bachelor's or higher degree from an accredited or pre-accredited college or university in one of the following: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position; OR a combination of education and experience with courses equivalent to a major, as listed.Environmental Engineer: All applicants must meet one of the following requirements to qualify for consideration for an engineering position:Successful completion of a professional engineering degree at an accredited university or college OR Have a combination of college level education or training AND technical experience that has furnished you with (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying professional engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following:1. Professional registration as an engineer.2. Evidence of Passing the Engineer-in-Training Written Test.3. Successful documented completion of at least 60 semester hours of courses in the physical, mathematical, and engineering sciences as described by OPM.4. Successful completion of a curriculum leading to a bachelor's degree in engineering technology or in an appropriate professional field and at least 1 year of professional engineering experience acquired under professional engineering supervision and guidance.Please review the OPM page on specifics about required curriculum and for more information on qualifications, please visit GS-800: All Professional Engineering Positions qualifications.Physical Science: You must have a bachelor's or higher degree from an accredited or pre-accredited college or university in one of the following: physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics; OR a combination of education and experience with education equivalent to one of the majors listed that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

For information about accreditation requirements, visit EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures.

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.

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.

Position has portable work and selectee may be authorized to telework after meeting eligibility requirements if approved by the supervisor/manager.