U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Interdisciplinary (Civil Engineer/Environmental Engineer/Geologist) in Concord, Massachusetts
Summary This is a Direct Hire Authority (DHA) solicitation utilizing the DHA for Certain Personnel of the DoD Workforce to recruit and appoint qualified candidates to positions in the competitive service. *Applications will be accepted through 26 October 2022. Announcement MAY CLOSE EARLIER if all available vacancies have been filled prior to 26 October 2022. *The 1st Cut-Off date for receipt and referral of applicants to be considered for vacant positions will be 11 May, 2022. Responsibilities The position is located in the Geology Section, Geo-Environmental Engineering Branch. The Incumbent is responsible for providing hydrogeologic support to hazardous waste site remedial investigations, feasibility studies, and remedial designs, involving complex groundwater problems. This includes: support of the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) National Superfund Program, Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC), the Department of Defense (DOD) Environmental Restoration Program (DERP) and other missions as assigned. The Incumbent serves as a Senior Project Hydrogeologist/Groundwater Modeler as part of an interdisciplinary team supporting the Project Manager by advising on technical matters and supporting contract administration. Prepare groundwater reports showing contaminant distribution, trends, and transport mechanisms using text, charts, figures, and software tools such as MODFLOW and GIS. Use MODFLOW-based numerical groundwater models and analytical solutions to evaluate plume capture and cleanup times. Utilize varied tools to assess contaminant fate and transport in complex settings. Provide input to design of groundwater remediation systems. Provide hydrogeologic support to engineering geology applications on Civil Works projects. Serve as a liaison with practitioners across USACE, and state and federal agencies, to develop, share, and improve methods and tools to address complex and unprecedented groundwater problems. Mentor and/or instruct other scientists/engineers, and project managers on subject matters related to hydrogeology and groundwater modeling. Requirements Conditions of Employment Qualifications Who May Apply: US Citizens In order to qualify, you must meet the education and experience requirements described below. 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). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application. Additional information about transcripts is in this document. Education Requirements: All applicants must meet one of the following education requirements: Basic Requirement for the Civil Engineering 0810 Series, and Environmental Engineering 0819 Series: Please refer to the General Schedule Qualification Standards Basic Requirements for All Professional Engineering Positions Series for education requirements. (NOTE: Applicants MUST submit/upload a copy of the transcripts with the application package. For application purposes, unofficial transcripts are acceptable.) Basic Requirement for the Geologist 1350 Series: A. Degree: Bachelor's degree (or higher degree) in 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 B. Combination of Education and Experience: Course work as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. (Note: Acceptable experience may have been gained through geological field or laboratory work that provided a means of obtaining professional knowledge of the theory and application of the principles of geology and closely related sciences, e.g., geophysics, geochemistry, or hydrology. Such work generally must have involved making close observations, taking samples, handling various types of instruments and equipment, assembling geologic data from source materials, and analyzing and reporting findings orally and in writing. In some situations, professional scientific experience in other fields may be accepted in part as professional geological experience. Such experience must have been preceded by appropriate education in geology or by professional geological experience, and must have contributed directly and significantly to the applicant's professional geological competence. To receive credit for geological experience obtained in positions that are not full-time professional geological positions, the applicant is responsible for indicating clearly the actual time or percentage of time devoted to geologic duties within such positions, and for giving adequate descriptions of the geologic functions.) In addition to meeting the basic requirement above, to qualify for this position you must also meet the qualification requirements listed below: Specialized Experience Requirements: GS-13: One year of specialized experience includes MEETING THE FOLLOWING: 1) Utilize MODFLOW-based numerical models and analytical solutions to solve contaminated groundwater problems; and MEETING THREE OF THE FOLLOWING : 2) work on hazardous waste site remedial investigations, feasibility studies, and/or remedial designs; 3) characterize nature and/or extent of contamination; 4) develop hydrogeologic conceptual site models; 5) write groundwater reports; 6) Assess contaminant fate and/or transport; and 7) provide input to contaminated groundwater remediation systems. This definition of specialized experience is typical of work performed at the next lower grade/level position in the federal service (GS-12). "For this job, you must meet the qualification requirement using experience alone--no substitution of education for experience is permitted". Education FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html Additional Information Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration. You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship. Two year trial/probationary period may be required. Direct Deposit of Pay is required. Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees. If you have retired from federal service and you are interested in employment as a reemployed annuitant, see the information in the Reemployed Annuitant information sheet. This is a Career Program (CP) - #18 position. Multiple positions may be filled from this announcement. Salary includes applicable locality pay or Local Market Supplement. When you perform a Civilian Permanent Change of Station (PCS) with the government, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) considers the majority of your entitlements to be taxable. Visit https://www.dfas.mil/civilianemployees/civrelo/Civilian-Moving-Expenses-Tax-Deduction/ for more information. If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic form, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Application. Permanent Change of Station (PCS) allowances may be authorized, subject to the provisions of the Joint Travel Regulations and an agency determination that a PCS move is in the Government Interest. Due to COVID-19, the agency is currently in an expanded telework posture. If selected, you may be expected to temporarily telework, even if your home is located outside the local commuting area. Once employees are permitted to return to the office, you will be expected to report to the duty station listed on this announcement within a designated time frame identified by the organization. At that time, you may be eligible to request to continue to telework one or more days a pay period depending upon the terms of the agency's telework policy. Information may be requested regarding the vaccination status of selectees for the purposes of implementing workplace safety protocols. For more information, visit https://www.saferfederalworkforce.gov/faq/vaccinations/.