Environmental Engineer - Environmental Protection Agency

LOCATION: Multiple Locations

CLOSING DATE: May 23, 2022


JOB #: 18739

POSTED: May 16, 2022



This position is in Region 10.

The location will be determined after a selection has been made for this position; if selected, you must work at one of the locations stated in this announcement. Salary will be based on the grade level for which you are selected and the duty location.

About Region 10: R10


At the entry level of this position, you will:

  • Prepare or review permits (issuance, reissuance, and modification) for moderately complex treatment, storage and disposal facilities or sources.
  • Provide technical support to state, local or tribal agencies regarding technical and scientific criteria and methods; implementation of pollution control requirements; and impacts of pollutants.
  • Provide technical support in defense of technical and legal challenges to permits with Office of Regional Counsel (ORC).
  • Respond to permit inquiries.

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

When entering a Federal job at a grade level lower than the highest promotion potential level, you may be promoted to more complex duties and work more independently, as your career progresses.  NOTE:  Career ladder promotions are not automatic, and all eligibility and qualifications requirements must be met in order to progress to the next grade level.

One or more positions may be filled (in the organization advertised and/or in other organizations).



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-11 level, you need to have at least one year of full-time experience equivalent to the GS-09 level defined as performing data analysis on scientific investigations/projects; and preparing permits for facilities (issuance, reissuance, and/or modification)
- OR Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree; or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in the academic discipline as described below
- OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.

To qualify for the GS-12 level, you need to have at least one year of full-time experience equivalent to the GS-11 level defined as preparing permits for facilities (issuance, reissuance, and/or modification); and reviewing permits for technical, procedural and/or regulatory adequacy.

Your application package will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas: 

  • Knowledge of professional engineering and/or scientific concepts, principles, and practices to prepare permits (issuance, reissuance, and modification) for treatment, storage and disposal facilities or sources.
  • Knowledge of pollution-control technology or models to develop permits which mitigate impacts and ensure protection of the environment.
  • Skill in identifying and resolving pollutant discharge problems.
  • Knowledge of environmental permit regulations and agency policies.
  • Skill in presenting technical/scientific information to a variety of individuals and groups including state, local, or tribal agency officials, and private citizens from communities negatively impacted by release of chemicals or other pollutants.
  • Skill in writing public notices, comments on technical documents, and permit guidance or policies.

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 in:

0800 - Engineering Series:

A. Degree: Engineering. To be acceptable, the program must: (1) lead to a bachelor’s degree in a school of engineering with at least one program accredited by ABET; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics. -OR-

B. Combination of education and experience -- college-level education, training,How to Apply:

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