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Social Scientist (Environmental) - Washington, DC #7495259

Company: US Government Other Agencies and Independent Organizations

Date: 06/30/2020

City: Washington, DC

Employment type: Full-time

  • Duties




This position is in Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA), Office of Compliance (OC), Planning, Measures, and Oversight Division (PMOD), National Planning and Measures Branch (NPMB). If selected, you must work at the location stated in this announcement. About OECA: OECA Webpage

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You will:

  • Develop policy analyses, innovative tools, and documents that would advance EPA's ability to improve environmental compliance rates.
  • Provide technical, data and policy support to OECA and other EPA offices such as regional EPA offices, as well as external stakeholders, in the implementation of regulations, policies, and guidelines that affect EPA's enforcement and compliance assurance programs.
  • Support national program development by identifying, researching, designing and evaluating effective and innovative solutions for critical and complex enforcement and compliance assurance policy and regulatory issues.
  • Prepare and present various types of written documents and oral presentations on highly complex technical, legal and policy issues.

You will spend less than 25% of your work time on contracts, grants/co6operative agreements, and/or interagency agreements.

Travel Required

25% or less - You may be required to travel 25% or less of each month.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

0101 Social Science

  • Requirements



Conditions of Employment

  • If you are selected, a pre-employment background check is required.
  • You must submit a resume and required documents--see How to Apply section.
  • Position has education requirements--see Qualifications/Education section.
  • EPA and non-EPA applicants must submit transcripts/course listings.
  • You must be a U.S. citizen.

If you are selected, you will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure form within 30 days of your first day of employment and annually thereafter.

This position is designated as Moderate Risk and requires a background investigation. Unless an appropriate background investigation is already on record with the Office of Personnel Management, you must undergo a background investigation.

If you are selected, you may be required to complete a one-year probationary period.


In addition to the educational requirements, we are looking for at least one year of specialized experience related to this position as described below:

To qualify for the GS-13 level, you need to have at least one year of full-time experience equivalent to the GS-12 level defined as assessing health and environmental problems by applying quantitative analytical skills; conducting behavioral intervention studies in support of environmental protection or the public health; and preparing written analyses in support of environmental enforcement or compliance.

Your answers to the online assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas:

  • Knowledge in the concepts, principles, and practices of social sciences in environmental enforcement and compliance fields of study.
  • Ability to serve as a technical authority in the evaluation of regulation, policies, tools, and guidance concerning implementation of environmental studies.
  • Ability to evaluate regulations, policies, tools and guidance concerning implementation of environmental statutes.
  • Skill in conducting analyses and evaluating strategies for achieving environmental compliance.
  • Ability to plan, organize, and direct team efforts focused on complex environmental enforcement and compliance assurance challenges.
  • Knowledge of analytical and evaluative methods used in behavioral and social science analysis.
  • Ability to evaluate and interpret applicable technical, scientific, policy and legal information into guidelines and standards for enforcement policies.
  • Ability to communicate orally to deliver or participate in briefings, meetings and conferences.
  • Skill in written communication to develop policy and prepare analytic policy and program information.

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, religious, 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.

If you have part-time work experience, read this: EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures.


You need a degree or combination of education and experience as described below to qualify for this position.

A bachelor's degree from an accredited or pre-accredited college or university in behavioral or social science; or related disciplines appropriate to the position; OR a combination of education and experience that provided the applicant with knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field; OR four years of appropriate experience that demonstrated that the applicant has acquired knowledge of one or more of the behavioral or social sciences equivalent to a major in the field.

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