• U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Chicago, IL, USA
  • Jul 18, 2018
Full time Biology - Ecology Environmental Science - Engineering Remediation - Brownfields - CERCLA

Job Description


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.  Discover how exciting safeguarding our natural resources and protecting human health can be.  Find yourself at EPA.

This position is located in Region 5, Superfund Division, Remedial Response Branch #1, Science & Quality Assurance Section in Chicago, IL.  For more information on this office, visit their website: Region 5

If selected, you must work at the location stated in this announcement.

Except in special circumstances, those new to the federal government will be hired at the starting salary (step 1) of the applicable grade range listed above.

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You will:

- Serve as a technical authority within the Program to provide ecological expertise for projects within the Superfund Division Removal and Remedial Programs. Consult with Remedial Project Managers (RPMs) and On-Scene Coordinators (OSCs) to provide advice on complex ecological problems at sites; and advising Agency decision makers concerning the appropriate course of action at sites. Advising RPMs and OSCs on proper scopes of work for site ecological investigations. 

- Plan, oversee and conduct ecological field investigations including biological tissue, soil, water and sediment sampling; wetlands assessments and delineations; sampling for toxicity testing; biological community surveys; site reconnaissance surveys to document ecological resources at a site and check for the presence of Federal threatened or endangered species or state species or plant communities of special concern. 

- Act as an Agency technical representative in enforcement negotiations with Potentially Responsible Parties (PRPs) to represent the Agency’s position regarding the ecological aspects of site investigations and clean-ups during negotiations with PRPs for site clean-ups.  

- Serve as the lead on ecological conditions in a variety of meetings held to discuss technical aspects of Action Memos, Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study (RI/FS) work plans, data presentations including ecological risk assessments, and screening of remedial alternatives. 

You will spend less than 25% of your work time on contracts, grants/cooperative agreements, and/or interagency agreements.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be required to travel 1 to 5 days per month.

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Job Level



Government- Federal


GS 12 Salary $81,071 to $105,392 per year