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JOB ALERT!!!  The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 8 office is seeking to fill an Environmental Scientist, GS-1301-09 (Full Performance Level GS-12) position located in the Office of Water Protection, Clean Water Program, Water Quality or Watershed Restoration and Protection Units, Denver, CO. 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 Office of Water Protection in Denver, CO.

Position Description

The TMDL or Total Maximum Daily Load program is an important tool used to protect and restore the water quality our Region 8 streams, rivers, and lakes. A TMDL serves as a planning tool and potential starting point for restoration or protection activities with the ultimate goal of attaining or maintaining water quality. The R8 TMDL program, working with our Non-Point Source Pollution program, is working with agriculture and our federal/state partners to identify voluntary Best Management Practices to improve water quality.  As a member of the TMDL/NPS Team, you will have the opportunity to develop TMDLs, work with states to oversee their TMDL development, partner with states and stakeholders to implement a watershed improvement plan, and conduct limited field sampling with the eventual goal of improving water quality for public health and the environment.  Creative problem solving and a strong motivation to protect the environment are keys to success in this program.

Specific duties include:

Assists States in developing TMDL’s to meet National/Regional program objectives. Coordinates negotiation of State TMDL within established timeframes.

In partnership with State, identifies BMPs to address NPS pollutant sources.

Work with state and local watershed groups to implement improvement plans

Work with several of the 27 tribal nations in Region 8 to develop strong water quality improvement and protection programs

Grant Project Officer and Contracting Officer duties

Works effectively with subordinates, peers and superiors.


Experience in reviewing water quality data, and a familiarity with related disciplines such as biology, chemistry, soil science, and surface water hydrology.

• Ability to research, analyze, interpret, evaluate, and carry out difficult but conventional assignments.

• Knowledge of federal regulations including the Safe Drinking Water Act, the Clean Water Act and the National Environmental Policy Act.

• Skill in managing projects and tasks;

• Prepares decision documents and other work that clearly communicates EPA's position and analysis.

• Ability to develop partnerships with local watershed groups, tribes, agriculture, and local stakeholders.

Highly motivated in developing and implement creative and effective solutions to improve and protect water quality.

• Skill in communicating both orally and in writing with technical personnel, State, and local officials and other EPA staff.

Two years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a masters’ degree or masters’ or equivalent graduate degree plus 1 year specialized experience equivalent to at least GS-07.

Basic Requirements:

1. Degree: physical science, engineering, or mathematics that included 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science such as mechanics, dynamics, properties of materials, and electronics.

or 2. Combination of education and experience -- education equivalent to one of the majors shown in A above that included at least 24 semester hours in physical science and/or related engineering science, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

* In addition to meeting the basic entry qualification requirements, applicants must have specialized experience and/or directly related education.


Earth Day is every day at EPA! At EPA, you can protect human health and the environment of all Americans, and you’ll discover that EPA is one great place to work! We offer great benefits and work flexibilities, and our diverse workforce connects to more than just a career--we share a common passion to promote a cleaner, healthier environment.

To Apply

Please send resume, DD-214, Schedule A letter and/or VA letter indicating 30% or more service connected disability, AND supporting documents (please redact social security numbers) to: by December 15, 2016

Note:  Your cover letter should clearly indicate the position for which you wish to be considered.

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.

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