Environmental Protection Specialist (GEMS Coordinator)
To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 05/29/2020. Time-In-Grade Requirement: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-11 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-9. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. If the most recent SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you possess one-year time-in-grade, as required by the announcement. In this instance, you must provide an additional SF-50 that clearly demonstrates one-year time-in-grade. Note: Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment. Applicants must have successfully completed an undergraduate or higher degree in biological science, environmental health, or a related discipline from an accredited college or university. You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below: Specialized Experience: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-09 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: Specialized knowledge of the principles, practices, and methods of program or administrative work relating to environmental protection program. This knowledge entails an understanding of environmental laws and regulations, knowledge of how to plan, organize, implement, and evaluate of environmental programs, practical knowledge of environmental sciences and related disciplines, and the relationship between environmental factors and human health and well-being; and practical knowledge of important historic and natural resources and the relationship between the preservation and management of these resources and environmental protection. Also requires a knowledge and understanding of program principles and procedures, applying the knowledge, and solving complex problems to a range of duties in one or more program or functional area pertaining to environmental protection. The employee is required to process the knowledge of statutes, regulations, and precedent decisions governing environmental operations sufficient to plan, implement, or monitor environmental programs and services. OR, Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related, Education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. TRANSCRIPTS MUST BE SUBMITTED. OR, Combination: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at this level. You must have an combination of specialized experience and education as described above, which meets the total qualification requirement for the GS-11 grade level. You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position: Customer Service Planning and Evaluating Technical Competence 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; religions; 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. Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment. Physical Requirements: The work requires the employee to carry a good deal of equipment (in excess of 45 pounds) and involves walking, standing (for prolonged periods of time), bending, climbing or crawling during surveys. For more information on these qualification standards, please visit the United States Office of Personnel Management's website at https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/.