Department Of Energy Environmental Scientist, General Engineer, or Physical Scientist in Oak Ridge, Tennessee

Job Overview

Job Overview

About the Agency

A successful candidate in this position will serve as a Project or Program Manager responsible for the oversight, planning, and execution of environmental cleanup capital operating projects.


As a Project or Program Manager, you will:

  1. Provide overall technical management and coordination of project activities.
  2. Recommend acceptance, modification, or rejection of regulatory and project documents submitted by the contractors for environmental management activities.
  3. Monitor contractor cost, schedule, and technical performance and compliance with contract requirements.
  4. Evaluate projects for change based on independent analysis of the technical aspects of and justification for achieving project objectives by revising project efforts.
  5. Serve as an expert on assigned projects.
Supervisory Status


Promotion Potential


Travel Required
  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional travel may be required.
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Who May Apply
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Job Requirements

Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • You must be a United States Citizen.
  • This employer participates in the e-Verify program.
  • Males must abide by Selective Service registration requirements.
  • Must pass a pre-employment drug test and random testing after appointment.
  • Subject to satisfactory security and suitability determinations.
  • Resume and question responses must be submitted online.


A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level (GS-12) in the Federal service.

Specialized experience for this position is defined as:

  • Experience defining objectives, scope, cost, and schedule of environmental management projects.
  • Experience performing independent analyses of project and preparing recommendations for change (e.g., acceleration, redirection, curtailment, or cancellation).
  • Experience preparing and presenting reports and briefings on the status of activities, issues, problems, recommendations, and related matters.
  • Experience serving as organizational contact with regulatory agencies in negotiation on environmental management programs relative to regulatory agreements, permits, or technical issues. Your application and resume should demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs). Do not provide a separate narrative written statement. Rather, you must describe in your application how your past work experience demonstrates that you possess the KSAs identified below. Cite specific examples of employment or experience contained in your resume and describe how this experience has prepared you to successfully perform the duties of this position. DO NOT write "see resume" in your application.

Professional knowledge of engineering, physical, or environmental science theories, principles, and techniques;

  1. Mastery of, and skill in applying, expertise in advanced engineering and/or related physical or environmental sciences principles;
  2. Knowledge of the range of applicable laws, policies, regulations, and precedents applicable to manage and oversee project activities;
  3. Knowledge of government contractual policies, rules, regulations, relationships and administrative processes sufficient to develop and procure services and studies; and
  4. Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing. "Experience" refers to paid and unpaid experience. Examples of qualifying unpaid experience may include: volunteer work done through National Service programs (such as Peace Corps and AmeriCorps); as well as work for other community-based philanthropic and social organizations. 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.

You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

CTAP/ICTAP candidates: To be considered "well qualified" you must meet all of the requirements as described in this section.


This vacancy specifically states that certain educational requirements must be met (also known as a "positive educational requirement"). You must provide documentation supporting any education claims in your application. Education must be obtained from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

To qualify for the Environmental Scientist, GS-0401, series, you must meet the educational requirements found here:

To qualify for the General Engineer, GS-0801, series, you must meet the educational requirements found here:

To qualify for the Physical Scientist, GS-1301, series, you must meet the educational requirements found here:

Education must be obtained from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Foreign education must be reviewed by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For special instructions pertaining to foreign education and a list of organizations that can evaluate foreign education, see* the Department of Education website.*


You must meet all qualification requirements outlined on this vacancy announcement by the closing date.

Time-in-Grade: Current Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement to receive consideration.

Security Clearance

Q - Sensitive

Additional Information

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

When the announcement closes, your application will be automatically evaluated and rated by the system. A quality review of your on-line application and supporting documents will be conducted by the HR Office before your rating becomes final; this quality review will be based on the extent and quality of your experience, education and training as it relates to the duties of this position. Qualified candidates will be assigned a score between 70 and 100 depending on their possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required for the vacancy. In most instances, only the three highest scoring candidates will be referred for further consideration. Your on-line responses must be supported by the information you provide in your on-line resume.

Note: if we determine that you have rated yourself higher than what is supportable in your resume, or if your resume is incomplete, you may be rated ineligible, not qualified, or your score may be lowered.


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Other Information
  • The U.S. Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
  • Veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, please visit the links at the bottom of this page or visit the FedsHireVets website.
  • If you believe that you are eligible for the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), please visit the OPM ICTAP/CTAP website for more information. In order to be considered under the ICTAP program, your application must score within the pre-established "well qualified" category as stated in the Qualifications section.
  • More than one selection may be made from this vacancy announcement.
  • Some positions may require completion of a probationary period of up to 1 (one) year.
  • Many positions require successful completion of a background investigation.
  • All males born after December 31st 1959 must abide by laws regarding Selective Service registration. To learn more about this law, visit the Selective Service web page, Who Must Register. If you are not registered and don't have an approved exemption, you will not be eligible for employment with the Federal government.
  • This position in included in the bargaining unit represented by the Office and Professional Employees International Union.
  • This position is included in the Department of Energy's Technical Qualification Program (TQP). The selectee will be required to meet core, position, and site specific technical qualification standards within a reasonable period of time (typically from 12 to 18 months) from the date of placement in the position. EEO Policy: Reasonable Accommodation Policy: Veterans Information: Telework: Selective Service Registration:

This job originated on For the full announcement and to apply, visit Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at will be considered.

Open & closing dates: 2017-07-17 to 2017-07-26

Salary: $85,816 to $111,560 / per year

Pay scale & grade: GS 13

Series: 0401 General Natural Resources Management And Biological Sciences 0801 General Engineering 1301 General Physical Science

Appointment type: Permanent This position does not have promotion potential.

Work schedule: Full Time

Job announcement number: SE-17-EO-00005-MP

Control number: 474609100