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Environmental Protect Specialist

Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration, Albany, NY, United States
Employer Description
OUR MISSION: To fulfill President Lincoln's promise "To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan" - by serving and honoring the men and women who are America's Veterans. How would you like to become a part of a team providing compassionate care to Veterans?
Job Description
The Environmental Protection Specialist position is located within the Safety Department at the VA Medical Center in Albany, New York. Environmental Protection Specialists play a central role in planning and administering environmental programs.
Job Requirements
Preferred Experience : Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM) Current RCRA Hazardous Wast and DOT Training. To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 02/11/2021. Time in Grade Requirements for GS 9 :Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-9 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-07. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. Note: Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment. You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below: Specialized Experience GS 9: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-07 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: providing technical expertise for the design, modification, operation and maintenance of facilities to ensure compliance with environmental regulations; knowledge of regulations pertaining to OSHA and EPA; knowledge of the laws pertaining to storage/disposal of hazardous wastes and medical wastes; providing oversight and technical assistance on a range of environmental activities; conducting training on environmental management systems; advising management on how environmental policies/ procedures will affect operations; conducting audits, inspections and surveys of environmental programs; and measuring the effectiveness of environmental programs and recommending modifications to meet changing requirements. OR Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have a masters or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in a related field of study. This education must have been obtained at an accredited college or university. One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent one (1) year of full-time study. If that information cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours will be considered as satisfying the 1 year of full-time study requirement. Time-In-Grade Requirement for GS 11: Applicants who are current Federal employees and have held a GS grade any time in the past 52 weeks must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement. For a GS-11 position you must have served 52 weeks at the GS-09. The grade may have been in any occupation, but must have been held in the Federal service. An SF-50 that shows your time-in-grade eligibility must be submitted with your application materials. Note: Time-In-Grade requirements also apply to former Federal employees applying for reinstatement as well as current employees applying for Veterans Employment Opportunities Act of 1998 (VEOA) appointment. You may qualify based on your experience and/or education as described below: Specialized Experience GS 11: You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade GS-09 in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization. Examples of specialized experience would typically include, but are not limited to: providing technical expertise for the design, modification, operation and maintenance of facilities to ensure compliance with environmental regulations; knowledge of regulations pertaining to OSHA and EPA; knowledge of the laws pertaining to storage/disposal of hazardous wastes and medical wastes; providing oversight and technical assistance on a range of environmental activities; conducting training on environmental management systems; advising management on how environmental policies/ procedures will affect operations; conducting audits, inspections and surveys of environmental programs; and measuring the effectiveness of environmental programs and recommending modifications to meet changing requirements. OR, Education: Applicants may substitute education for the required experience. To qualify based on education for this grade level you must have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in a related field of study. This education must have been obtained at an accredited college or university. One year of full-time graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that the school attended has determined to represent one (1) year of full-time study. If that information cannot be obtained from the school, 18 semester hours will be considered as satisfying the 1 year of full-time study requirement. OR Combination: Applicants may also combine education and experience to qualify at this level. You must have an combination of specialized experience and education beyond baccalaureate level in a field of study directed related to the position. You will be rated on the following Competencies for this position:

ComplianceEnvironmental EngineeringPlanning and EvaluatingTechnical Competence 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; religions; spiritual; community; student; social). 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. Note: A full year of work is considered to be 35-40 hours of work per week. Part-time experience will be credited on the basis of time actually spent in appropriate activities. Applicants wishing to receive credit for such experience must indicate clearly the nature of their duties and responsibilities in each position and the number of hours a week spent in such employment. Physical Requirements: The work includes frequent audits of waste storage areas and involves a good deal of walking, standing, bending, and climbing. During audits and inspections, there is regular exposure to all of the hazards and discomforts to which the workers are subjected. This may include toxic chemicals, physical stresses, and safety hazards. The employee must use a variety of protective equipment and clothing. Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process.

For more information and to apply go to https://www.usajobs.gov:443/GetJob/ViewDetails/582110100

JOB DETAILS
POSTED
25 January 2021
CLOSES
11 February 2021
JOB TYPE
Full-Time
ANNUAL SALARY (US Dollars)
44410 – 85448
INDUSTRY / FIELD
Environmental Sciences