U.S. nationals: Hydrogeologist (Government Wide)

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Rockville, MD, USA 🇺🇸

Duties

Summary

This position is located in Office of Nuclear Materials Safety and Safeguards, Division of Decommissioning, Uranium Recovery and Waste Programs (DUWP), Uranium Recovery and Materials Decommissioning Branch (URMDB)
The supervisor is Bill Von Till
This  position is Bargaining Unit

This position is not subject to Confidential Financial Disclosure reporting requirements.

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Responsibilities

Serves as technical reviewer in the Uranium Recovery and Materials Decommissioning Branch. Is responsible for supporting oversight and inspection support of licensing facilities and the review of technical reports for licensed sites and new applications.  Assists in the development of guidance associated with uranium recovery and complex materials decommissioning facilities. May also serve as a project manager with oversight of health, safety, and environmental reviews of sites.

Travel Required: Occasional travel – Occasional travel, less than 10%

Supervisory status: No
Promotion Potential: 13

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship Required
  • This is a Drug Testing position.
  • Background investigation leading to a clearance is required for new hires.

You must meet the qualifications for this position by no later than 30 calendar days after the closing date of this announcement and before placement in the position.

Candidates must have a degree in physical or natural science, or engineering that included at least 30 semester hours in any combination of courses in hydrology, the physical sciences, geophysics, chemistry, engineering science, soils, mathematics, aquatic biology, atmospheric science, meteorology, geology, oceanography, or the management or conservation of water resources. The course work must have included at least 6 semester hours in calculus (including both differential and integral calculus), and at least 6 semester hours in physics. Calculus and physics, as described above, are requirements for all grade levels.

OR  Combination of education and experience — course work as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education

Qualifications

In order to qualify for this position, you must have at least one year of specialized experience at the next lower grade level in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector.  

And Ideal candidate should have:

 KNOWLEDGE OF PRINCIPLES, THEORIES, AND APPLIED PRACTICES OF HYDROGEOLOGY ASSOCIATED WITH GROUNDWATER MONITORING; AND GROUNDWATER FLOW, FATE, AND TRANSPORT OF CONTAMINANTS. Describe your specific applied experience or knowledge with either contaminated sites or groundwater monitoring sites, training, and education that demonstrates your knowledge, skills, and abilities of the principles of applied Hydrogeology. Describe the types of sites you worked with, and your role with those sites or your education and training to prepare you for those sites. Demonstrate how your experience would prepare you to review reports and applications associated with in-situ recovery and conventional uranium mill facilities, and complex materials decommissioning sites.

  1. ABILITY TO WORK EFFECTIVELY WITH AN INTERDISCIPLINARY TEAM OF SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS. (Example: Describe your experience working with a team of scientists or engineers in the review and oversight of contaminated sites, or provide examples of technical findings you prepared, and/or reached consensus opinions on, for a complex environmental, hydrogeologic or other investigation or analyses.)
  2. KNOWLEDGE OF PRINCIPLES, THEORIES, AND APPLIED PRACTICES OF GROUNDWATER REMEDIATION AS IT APPLIES TO GROUNDWATER CONTAMINATION SITES. Describe your specific applied experience with sites and groundwater remediation programs, training, and education that demonstrate your knowledge, skills, and abilities of the principles of applied groundwater remediation of leaks into the subsurface environment (i.e. chemicals, metals, radionuclides). Describe the types of sites you worked with, and your role with those sites. Demonstrate how your experience would prepare you to review reports and applications associated with in-situ recovery and conventional uranium mill facilities and complex materials decommissioning sites with an emphasis on groundwater restoration/remediation.
  3. ABILITY TO COMMUNICATE, BOTH ORALLY AND IN WRITING, COMPLEX TECHNICAL IDEAS, POSITIONS, RECOMMENDATIONS AND PROPOSALS BEFORE MANAGEMENT, LICENSEES, STATE AND FEDERAL AGENCY OFFICIALS, OR CLIENTS DEPENDING ON ONE’S EXPERIENCE. (EXAMPLE: Describe your experience, training and accomplishments that demonstrate your ability to communicate complex situations to these groups.)

Please ensure your resume addresses the ideal candidate description.

Specialized experience is defined as: Candidates must have experience that demonstrates a broad technical knowledge in groundwater characterization, monitoring, and remediation.  A description of how you possess the specialized experience as well as how you meet the qualifications desired in an ideal candidate should be addressed in your resume.

Education

  1. Degree: physical or natural science, or engineering that included at least 30 semester hours in any combination of courses in hydrology, the physical sciences, geophysics, chemistry, engineering science, soils, mathematics, aquatic biology, atmospheric science, meteorology, geology, oceanography, or the management or conservation of water resources. The course work must have included at least 6 semester hours in calculus (including both differential and integral calculus), and at least 6 semester hours in physics. Calculus and physics, as described above, are requirements for all grade levels.  OR
  2. Combination of education and experience — course work as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education.

Additional information

The NRC provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate.  Individuals with disabilities may contact the Selective Placement Coordinator for assistance with the application or hiring process via  [email protected]  Deaf applicants may contact the Disability Program Manager by calling the NRC videophone at 240-428-3217.

Individuals who are eligible for non-competitive appointment under an OPM special appointing authority may apply for consideration under a comparable NRC non-competitive appointing authority. Veterans, please visit:  http://www.fedshirevets.gov/

Selectee’s will be required to complete a “Declaration of Federal Employment”, (OF-306), prior to being appointed to determine their suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation.  False statements or responses on your resume or questionnaire can jeopardize your employment opportunity and subject you to disciplinary action, including removal from Federal service.

A transferable security clearance from another agency or a background investigation leading to a clearance is required for all new hires.  To begin work at the NRC without a security clearance, you must be granted a temporary waiver of the required clearance, referred to as a 145(b) waiver.  To be eligible for a 145(b) waiver you will need a favorable education verification, reference, credit, and criminal history checks.  If a wavier is granted, the successful completion of a background investigation and favorable adjudication is required for continued employment.  If you have resided outside the U.S. for an extended period of time, the agency may not be able to (1) grant the 145(b) waiver where the required investigation cannot be completed in a timely manner, or (2) achieve timely completion of the background investigation required for a security clearance.

The NRC is a zero tolerance agency with respect to illegal drug use.  Individuals selected for this position will be subject to pre-appointment drug testing unless currently in a NRC position subject to random drug testing AND will be subject to random drug testing upon appointment to the NRC.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

When the application process is complete, your application will be reviewed to determine if you meet the job requirements.  You will be rated based on the information provided in your resume and responses to any vacancy questions to determine your level of knowledge, skill and ability related to the job requirements.  If you are among the top candidates for this position, your application will be referred to the hiring manager.

Your resume is the key means we have for evaluating your skills, knowledge, and abilities as they relate to this position.  Therefore, we encourage you to submit a thorough resume that directly relates to this position.
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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance: L Access Authorization
Drug test required: Yes
Position sensitivity and risk: Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk
Trust determination process: National security

Required Documents

List of supplemental material that may be applicable:

If you are a NRC employee you are required to submit your most recent Rating of Record (Performance Appraisal) or a statement saying that one is not available.

If you are a current/reinstatement eligible Federal employee with status (Tenure Group 1 or 2), you will be considered under our merit promotion procedures and must submit a copy of your most recent SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) to verify competitive status or reinstatement eligibility.  

Veterans’ Preference documentation, if applicable (e.g. DD-214 Member Copy 4 showing type of discharge/character of service; Current Active Duty members must submit a certification of expected discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions dated within 120 days; SF-15 Form and related documentation; VA letter.)  You can find additional information about Veterans’ Preference at http://www.fedshirevets.gov/.

If you are applying for a position that requires a college degree, you must submit your College Transcripts.

All supplemental documents will now be collected electronically and should be submitted before the closing date of this vacancy announcement.  You have three choices for submitting your supplemental documents:

1.  Use the “USAJoBs” feature to download documents from your USAJOBs portfolio; or
2.  use the “Upload” feature to upload documents directly from your computer.  The following types of documents can be uploaded:  .gif, .jpeg, .png, .rtf, .pdf, and .doc; or
3. use the “Fax” feature to print the Fax Cover Sheet and fax it, along with your supplemental documents to 1-571-258-4052.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

Benefits

A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Opens in a new windowLearn more about federal benefits.

As an NRC employee you will enjoy excellent Federal Benefits, including: comprehensive health and life insurance plans; Flexible Spending Account Program for health and dependent care; Long Term Care Insurance; Dental and Vision Insurance; retirement savings and investment plan similar to 401(k)  (Thrift Savings Plan); annual (vacation) and paid sick leave; family friendly leave policies; 10 paid holidays per year; transit benefits.  This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees.  https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Pay_and_Benefits

Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

How to Apply

We strongly encourage you to read the entire announcement before you submit your application for this position.

Your application for this vacancy must be received online via the USAJOBS application system BEFORE 11:59 pm Eastern Time on the closing date of this announcement. If you fail to submit a complete online application, you will not be considered for this position.

The NRC requires that applicants submit resumes built using the USAJOBS Resume Builder tool. The Resume Builder tool is activated upon selecting “Build New Resume” under the “Resumes” section of your USAJOBS account.

Resumes uploaded to your USAJOBS jobseeker account that have not been built using the USAJOBS Resume Builder tool WILL NOT be accepted and you WILL NOT be allowed to further advance through the NRC application process.

To ensure you are using the correct resume type when applying to our vacancies, please make sure that the resume you are using during the application process is listed with a format type of “USAJOBS Resume” and a source type of “Built with USAJOBS Resume Builder. Verifying this information on your USAJOBS resume before applying will ensure the successful submission of your application to the NRC job vacancy.

Paper applications will not be accepted unless hardship circumstances can be demonstrated. Requests for extensions WILL NOT be granted. If applying online poses a hardship for you, the Human Resources Specialist listed on the announcement will provide assistance to ensure that applications are submitted online by the closing date. Applicants must contact the Human Resources Specialist during business hours BEFORE the closing date of the announcement and speak to someone who can provide assistance for your online submission.

You must answer any job specific vacancy questions. You will be rated based on your responses to any vacancy questions and especially the information provided in your resume. Breadth, recency, and length of experience in the field; training, awards, and commendations; past and current performance; and community or outside professional activities will be considered to determine your level of knowledge, skill or ability for this position. Abbreviated responses to the vacancy questions, such as “significant experience” or “see resume” do not provide enough information and should not be used. You will not be considered for this position if you leave any of the vacancy questions unanswered.
To begin the application process, select the “Apply On-line” button to the right on this screen. Then follow the prompts to login/register, submit all required supplemental documents, and complete the application process.

Agency contact information

 Lindsey Redden

Phone: 301-287-0519
TDD: 240-428-3817
Fax: 301-287-9344
Email: [email protected]
Website: https://www.nrc.gov
Address

NUCLEAR REGULATORY COMMISSION
US Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Office of the Chief Human Capital Officer
Attn: Lindsey Redden, Mail Stop TWFN 2A77
Washington, District of Columbia 20555
United States

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Next steps

You may check the status of your application at any time after the announcement closes by logging onto USAJOBs and selecting “Application Status.”


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