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JOB ALERT!!!  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 8 office is seeking to fill a Life Scientist/Microbiologist, GS-0401/0403-09 (Full Performance Level GS-12) position located in the Office of Technical & Management Services, Golden Laboratory, 16194 West 45th Drive, Golden, CO  80403. Relocation support is not authorized.  EPA is ONLY accepting resumes from qualified veterans that are eligible under the Schedule A, 30%+ disabled veterans, or Veterans Recruitment Appointment (VRA) non-competitive hiring authority. For more information on veteran hiring authorities, please visit:


Job Opportunity

EPA is looking for highly motivated candidates at the GS-09 level to join the Region 8 Laboratory team.


Position Description

Provide biological analytical support to EPA programs.  Prepares reports of analytical results.  Regional samples are consistently analyzed to allow project completion within agreed upon time period.  Analytical reports are completed at least one week before due date to allow for QC review.  Communication with client is maintained in a reasonable manner and due date delays are discussed.  Reports will be technically/scientifically accurate. Reports will be prepared using a government supplied equipment and in accordance with lab guidelines/direction as to style and format. Any unusual results and/or problem areas are clearly and fully explained.  Deviations/omissions/exceptions/failures will be documented in the case narrative.  Maintains instruments to achieve maximum precision, accuracy and productivity, complies with analytical QC requirements, and follows health and safety procedures. Always performs required/necessary preventive maintenance functions on own initiative.  Performs required operator maintenance.  Diagnoses equipment malfunctions and demonstrates a good understanding of equipment operation.  Ensures that instruments achieve required detection limits. Follows required QC procedures to validate analytical results. Employees shall use safety and personal protective equipment. They shall attend and participate in safety and health training/activities, environmental compliance training/activities, and environmental management training/activities. Employees shall utilize appropriate engineering controls and the latest available technology to reduce hazardous exposures to the lowest levels practical.  Employees shall stay in compliance and current with the laboratory Chemical Hygiene Plan and all related standard operation procedures.







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To Apply

BS in biology or microbiology or higher.  At least 1 year experience at a GS-7 Chemist.  Team oriented scientist to work in a fast paced environmental laboratory.  Good communication skills, scientific background a must, and willing to learn and develop new analytical techniques.


Life Scientist GS-0401:

  1. Degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.


  1. Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

Microbiologist GS-0403

  1. Degree: microbiology; or biology, chemistry, or basic medical science that included at least 20 semester hours in microbiology and other subjects related to the study of microorganisms, and 20 semester hours in the physical and mathematical sciences combining course work in organic chemistry or biochemistry, physics, and college algebra, or their equivalent.


  1. Combination of education and experience: courses equivalent to a major in microbiology, biology, chemistry, or basic medical science that included courses as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.


Email your resume, Cover Letter, professional references, and proof of NCE to Mark Burkhardt, Hiring Official at the EPA Region 8 Laboratory in Golden, Colorado ( by COB December 9, 2016.

Note:  Your cover letter should clearly indicate the position for which you wish to be considered. Please ensure the content of your resume adequately addresses the qualification requirements of the position as listed in the solicitation announcement.

Selection will be made without discrimination for non-merit reasons such as race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, handicapping condition, marital status, sexual orientation, or political affiliation.

  • U.S. Office of Personnel Management
  • Department of Defense
  • Department of Labor
  • Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Department of Homeland Security
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