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Department Of Energy Physical Scientist in Golden, Colorado


Located in the Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Environment, Safety and Health Office (ESHO), Golden Colorado Field office providing oversight in environmental compliance.


As aPhysical Scientist, you will: Serve as a recognized technical expert in the areas of(a) environmental management systems, (b) ecological monitoring and compliance, (c) cultural resources management, (d) drinking water protection, (e) air quality protection, (f) surface water quality protection, (g) groundwater quality protection, (h) wastewater discharges, (i) hazardous waste management and minimization, and (j) hazardous materials.

Develop written plans and schedules for oversight considering program performance, maturity, and overall risk.

Document and analyze data to assess contractor programs identifying trends and compliance issues and making recommendation for correction; recommending contractor performance expectations and providing evaluation input.

Provides subject matter expertise in chemistry, hazardous materials, and hazardous waste in the design of test scenarios.

Manage and service permits held by the contractor ensuring they are implemented and current.


Conditions of Employment

You must be a United States Citizen.

This employer participates in the e-Verify program.

Males must abide by Selective Service registration requirements.

Resume and question responses must be submitted online.

Subject to satisfactory security and suitability determinations.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS: This position may be included within a bargaining unit.

Work occasionally requires travel away from the normal duty station.

Selection made under this announcement will be processed as a new appointment to the Civil Service

Status and Non-Status applicants from outside DOE selected for this position are required to serve a mandatory one (1) year probationary period. A DOE career status employee selected for this position may be required to serve a new one (1) year probationary period, pursuant to 5 CFR 315.802.

This is a public Trust Position.



Specialized for the GS-13 level of this position is defined as:

A qualified candidate’s online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-12) in the Federal service.

Specialized experience for this position is defined as: managing technical issues related to the Clean Air Act (CAA), or conducting compliance activities related to air quality licenses and/or permits. Your 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! Mastery of advanced concepts, principles, and practices of physical sciences or biological sciences (to include general science, environmental science, geology, biology, botany, archeology, hydrology, and/or chemistry) sufficient to serve as a technical expert in assigned area(s). Skill applying advanced techniques required for planning, coordinating, and executing projects which provide technical information and assistance having a wide diversity of needs and ability to identify, analyze and resolve related problems. Skill in developing high quality technical written policy, plans, and regulations. Extensive skill in gathering, assembling, correlating, and analyzing facts; drawing sound conclusions; and making recommendations regarding contractor programs and performance. Advanced knowledge of Federal and/or state environmental regulatory requirements, and the ability to analyze and assess the impact of these requirements on Federally-funded activities. Ability to monitor compliance with required licenses or permits and ensure they are implemented and current. "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.

The unofficial transcripts must be legible and include your name, major, school name/location, course title/number, date completed, grade and number of credits earned.



This announcement has a positive education requirement. You must provide transcripts with your application to receive consideration.

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.



A. Degree: 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.


B. Combination of education and experience -- education equivalent to one of the majors shown in A above that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

In addition to meeting the "Basic Requirements" described above, applicants must also have at least one year of specialized experience, equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service.

Additional Information

The U.S. Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. New employees to the Department of Energy will be required to successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit

Veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, please visit the links at the bottom of this page or visit the FedsHireVets website.

If you believe that you are eligible for the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), please visit the OPM ICTAP/CTAP website for more information. In order to be considered under the ICTAP program, your application must score within the pre-established "well qualified" category as stated in the Qualifications section.

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.

Many positions require successful completion of a background investigation.

All males born after December 31st 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. EEO Policy: Accommodation Policy: Information: Service Registration: TELEWORK MAY BE APPROVED BASED ON AGENCY POLICY