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Environmental Protection Agency Geologist in Denver, Colorado


This position is in Laboratory Services and Applied Science Division, Technical Assistance Branch. If selected, you must work at the location stated in this announcement. About Region 8:


You will: Conduct expert-level scientific analyses and data interpretation for a broad range of Regional and Agency-wide programs and initiatives.

Provide specific and expert knowledge of the assigned scientific discipline as it applies to the characterization and remediation of groundwater contamination.

Provide expert technical assistance to states, local governments, tribes and other Federal agencies in the assigned field of study.

Represent the Team and Region 8 States in national work-group activities influencing the direction taken on national regulations, policies and budgets


Conditions of Employment

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

You must be a U.S. citizen.

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

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

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

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

Participation in the medical monitoring program is required.

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.


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 demonstrating knowledge of program principles and procedures applicable to groundwater characterization and monitoring methods, mapping, well sampling and development; evaluating complex hydrogeologic processes governing contaminant fate and transport; evaluating groundwater remedy performance; preparing and reviewing documents and reports to provide technical/ scientific information related to water monitoring and geological data analysis.Your answers to the online assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas: Knowledge of the agency's scientific-related programs sufficient to advise agency officials on scientific/technical and policy matters and to coordinate efforts of headquarters or regional scientists.

Knowledge of professional science and/or engineering principles and practices relating to groundwater contaminants and their movement.

Knowledge of the agency's scientific-related programs, to coordinate efforts of headquarters or regional scientists in developing, testing, and implementing program and product enhancements.

Skill in verbal communication to provide effective verbal instructions, make verbal presentations to internal and external groups and public meetings.

Skill in written communication to elicit cooperation from diverse audiences, and to write scientific papers. 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.A bachelor’s or higher degree from an accredited or pre-accredited college or university

Geologist 1350

You must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited or pre-accredited college or university in one of the following: Degree: geology, plus 20 additional semester hours in any combination of mathematics, physics, chemistry, biological science, structural, chemical, civil, mining or petroleum engineering, computer science, planetary geology, comparative planetology, geophysics, meteorology, hydrology, oceanography, physical geography, marine geology, and cartography; OR a combination of education and experience with education equivalent to one of the majors listed that included the described course work.

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

Additional Information

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

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.

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 in the bargaining unit.

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 above.