Environmental Engineer

  • Job Reference: 397242249-2
  • Date Posted: 14 October 2021
  • Employer: Department of Veterans Affairs
  • Location: Chillicothe, Ohio
  • Salary: On Application
  • Sector: Engineering and Technical
  • Job Type: Permanent

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The incumbent is an Environmental Engineer functioning as the Green Environmental Management Systems (GEMS) Program Manager, organizationally situated in the Office of Safety and Occupational Health Service at the Chillicothe VA Medical Center.

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The GEMS Program Manager serves to apply environmental science and technology knowledge and experience to demonstrate and relationships between the operation of the VA Medical Center with human health, ecosystems, environmental media, and natural resources to ensure environmental regulatory compliance, pollution prevention, waste minimization, energy conservation and sustainability. Duties of the position include, but are not limited to:

Environmental Engineering duties (40%):

* Advices and collaborates with facilities management, planners, hazardous waste technicians, engineers, and other specialists, and experts in law and business to address air permitting, infectious waste, water discharge, hazardous waste, pollution prevention and other environmental challenges at the medical center and associated clinics to ensure sustainable compliance with environmental regulations and Veteran Health Administration (VHA) environmental and sustainability policies and directives.
* Inspects facilities and programs to evaluate operational effectiveness of pollution control methods such as engineering controls to ensure compliance with environmental regulations using methods established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or Best Available Control Technology (BACT), Generally Available Control Technology (GACT) or other control technologies.
* Advices how expansion, modifications, closures of existing facilities and infrastructure and new construction of structures and infrastructure will affect the environment, provide information that will minimize adverse impacts to human health and the environment and reduce the Medical Center's vulnerability.
* Conducts environmental investigations and remediation reports for submission to regulatory agencies using established protocols.
* The GEMS Program Manager provides technical expertise for the design, modification, operation, and maintenance of VA Medical Center facilities and infrastructure to ensure compliance with environmental regulations and laws.
* Designs or supervises the design of systems, processes, or equipment for control, management, or remediation of water, air, or soil quality using BACT/GACT.
* Obtains, updates, or maintains plans permits, or standard operating procedures for environmental compliance.
* Develop and present to senior leadership of the Medical Center, budgetary information related to environmental programs.
* Monitors and measures progress or environmental improvements programs.
* Informs medical center management, VISN, employees, and other interested parties of environmental concerns and challenges that are surfaced by medical center operations.
* Develops project objectives and targets (quality indicators) and reports to medical center management on progress in attainment of those goals.
* Acts as a COTR to request bids from suppliers or consultants.
* Assesses the existing or potential environmental impact of land use projects on air water or land including National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) applicability evaluations.

GEMS Program Manager duties (40%):

* The Environmental Engineer serves as the Chillicothe VA Medical Center (VAMC) Green Environmental Management Systems (GEMS) Program Manager is the key member (chair) of the VAMC GEMS Committee responsible for coordinating the development and implementation of the VA GEMS across VAMC organizational elements.
* Coordinates the integration of energy initiatives with the Energy Engineer within the frame work of the GEMS program.
* Conducts internal annual gap analysis of GEMS at VAMC in preparation for evaluation by VISN 10. Reviews implementation of GEMS policy and procedures and reports the status to supervisor.
* Interprets new or revised technical or management guidance material provided by VHA organizations, regulatory and advisory agencies.
* Verifies that hazardous chemicals are handled, stored, and disposed of in accordance with local, state and Federal regulations.
* Directs the installation and operation of environmental monitoring devices and supervises the related data collection.

Minor duties (20%):

* Provides back-up for the facility Occupational Safety and Health Manager as needed.
* Develops medical center specific spill contingency plans or methods.
* Develops and presents environmental compliance training and orientation sessions

for education fairs, TMS, etc.
* Prepares hazardous waste manifests and identifies land disposal restrictions. Assesses, sorts, characterizes and packs known and unknown materials.
* Manage computer programs and databases to enhance management of environmental programs.

Work Schedule: 0730:AM to 04:00PM OR 08:00AM to 04:30PM (Monday through Friday)

Compressed/Flexible: Not Authorized

Telework: Available

Virtual: This is not a virtual position.

Position Description/PD#: Environmental Engineer/PD913980

Relocation/Recruitment Incentives: Not Authorized

Permanent Change of Station (PCS): Not Authorized

Financial Disclosure Report: Not required

Travel Required

Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


* Job family (Series)

0819 Environmental Engineering

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Conditions of Employment

* You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this job
* All applicants tentatively selected for VA employment in a testing designated position are subject to urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment. Applicants who refuse to be tested will be denied employment with VA.
* Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959
* You may be required to serve a probationary period
* Subject to background/security investigation
* Selected applicants will be required to complete an online onboarding process
* Participation in the seasonal influenza and Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Vaccination programs are requirements for all Department of Veterans Affairs Health Care Personnel (HCP)


To qualify for this position, applicants must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement, 10/18/2021.

Time-In-Grade Requirement: 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. If the most recent SF-50 has an effective date within the past year, it may not clearly demonstrate you possess one-year time-in-grade, as required by the announcement. In this instance, you must provide an additional SF-50 that clearly demonstrates one-year time-in-grade.

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 s described below:

Basic Requirements:

A. Degree: Engineering.To be acceptable, the program must: (1) lead to a bachelor's degree in a school of engineering with at least one program accredited by ABET; or (2) include differential and integral calculus and courses (more advanced than first-year physics and chemistry) in five of the following seven areas of engineering science or physics: (a) statics, dynamics; (b) strength of materials (stress-strain relationships); (c) fluid mechanics, hydraulics; (d) thermodynamics; (e) electrical fields and circuits; (f) nature and properties of materials (relating particle and aggregate structure to properties); and (g) any other comparable area of fundamental engineering science or physics, such as optics, heat transfer, soil mechanics, or electronics.OR

B. Combination of education and experience -- college-level education, training, and/or technical experience that furnished (1) a thorough knowledge of the physical and mathematical sciences underlying engineering, and (2) a good understanding, both theoretical and practical, of the engineering sciences and techniques and their applications to one of the branches of engineering. The adequacy of such background must be demonstrated by one of the following:

* 1. Professional registration or licensure -- Current registration as an Engineer Intern (EI), Engineer in Training (EIT)1, or licensure as a Professional Engineer (PE) by any State, the District of Columbia, Guam, or Puerto Rico. Absent other means of qualifying under this standard, those applicants who achieved such registration by means other than written test (e.g., State grandfather or eminence provisions) are eligible only for positions that are within or closely related to the specialty field of their registration. For example..... click apply for full job details