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Various positions | The Office of Water | Washington, DC

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Life Scientist, Physical Scientist

At the entry level of this position, you will:

– Conduct analyses of issues in chemistry, biology, ecology, physical science, and other disciplines related to aquatic environments and the development and/or review of standards or permits.

– Serve as a liaison and point of contact for Regions, stakeholders, or states on regulatory or national program issues that raise issues of first impression, deviate from national guidance or policy, or necessitate direct analytical or implementation support on a wide range of science and
policy issues related to oceans, coasts, or freshwater environments, including wetlands.

– Participate in workgroups of scientific, economic, legal and policy personnel assigned to produce products such as regulations, permits, promulgations, letters, guidance documents, or national implementation documents.

– Develop oral and written reports and briefings for EPA managers, senior executives, and policy makers concerning elements of the ocean, coastal, or wetland programs for distribution within and outside of EPA.

– Serve as extramural project officer or work assignment manager for scientific support work performed under contract or under assistance agreements including cooperative agreements and grants.

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), if appropriate to the position.

Program Analyst

At the entry level of this position, you will:

  • Use standard program evaluation techniques to analyze information to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of program operations.
  • Develop and apply analytical approaches, methodology, concepts and techniques to plan and carry out studies/projects to assist the organization in program planning, measurement, or progress evaluation.
  • Examine current or proposed policies, laws, regulations or administrative procedures to assist in determining potential impact and developing associated recommendations.
  • Gather and evaluate programmatic data to assist in developing recurring or special reports, preparing executive briefings and similar materials for use by management in carrying out and reporting on program accomplishments.

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

One or more positions may be filled (in the organization advertised and/or in other organizations), if appropriate to the position.

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.

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