Environmental Health Specialist (Pathways Recent Graduate)

Indian Health Service - Department of Health And Human Services

To qualify for this position, your resume must state sufficient experience and/or education, to perform the duties of the specific position for which you are applying. 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; social). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer and part time experience. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week. BASIC REQUIREMENT(S):
Education: Bachelor’s or graduate/higher level degree: major study in an academic field related to the medical field, health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of the position. This degree must be from an educational program from an accrediting body recognized by National Environmental Health Accreditation Council https://www.nehspac.org/about-ehac/accredited-programs-ehac-undergraduate-programs/ at the time the degree was obtained. Must submit transcripts. In addition to the Basic Requirements, you must also meet the Minimum Qualifications stated below. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
GS-0601-07:
Your resume must demonstrate at least one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-05 grade level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector performing the following type of work and/or tasks: Utilizing the Environmental Health references, guidelines, policies, regulations, precedents, in conducting work activity and apply these resources appropriately to specific cases or problems; working with word processing, spreadsheets, database and PowerPoint presentation, statistical analysis, GIS and other software used in the environmental health field; possess the basic understanding of biology, microbiology, chemistry and scientific methods and be able to apply that knowledge to public health issues; compiling and presenting scientific & public health material to community leaders and the general public in an effective manner; and planning and carrying out work activities, this skill would be demonstrated through current or past work activity or by completion of advanced course work culminating in a degree; OR Completion of one (1) year of graduate-level education OR superior academic achievement (SAA) in a field that is directly related to the work of this position (see below for SAA): (Class Standing (Upper third of graduating class), OR G.P.A. – (3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 (“B” or better) 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 (“B” or better) as recorded on their official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; OR 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 (“B+” or better) based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum (Transcripts are required for this option), OR Election to membership in a national scholastic honor society – These honor societies are listed by the Association of College Honor Societies. OR Possess a combination of education and experience that when combined, fully meet the minimum qualifications for this position. The total percentage equals at least 100 percent to qualify for the GS-07 grade level. Only education in excess of a 4-year course of study leading to a bachelor’s degree major study in an academic field related to the medical field, health sciences or allied sciences appropriate to the work of the position may be used to qualify applicants for positions at grades GS-7 when using the combination option. (Transcripts are required for this option) MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
GS-0601-09:
Your resume must demonstrate at least one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 grade level in the Federal service obtained in either the private or public sector performing the following type of work and/or tasks; Independently conducting environmental health facility surveys, special environmental health investigations, developing effective environmental health training resources, and conducting environmental health/injury prevention data analysis are required elements; working knowledge of Environmental Health practices for professional registration from a recognized entity like National Environmental Health Association (NEHA); working with the policies and procedures of the Division of Environmental Health Services; utilizing the Environmental Health references, guidelines, policies, regulations, precedents in conducting work activity and apply these resources appropriately to specific cases or problems; and working with word processing, spreadsheets, database and PowerPoint presentation, statistical analysis, GIS and other software used in the environmental health field; OR Completion of two (2) years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a master’s degree or master’s equivalent graduate degree, in a field that is directly related to the work of this position. OR A combination of education and experience that when combined fully meet the minimum qualifications for this position. RECENT GRADUATE PROGRAM ELIGIBILITY: To meet the program requirements, you must have obtained a qualifying degree to include an Associates, Bachelor’s, Master’s, Professional, or Doctorate degree from a qualifying educational institution, within the previous two years. Preference eligible veterans, who were precluded from applying due to their military service obligation, begin their two year eligibility period upon release or discharge from active duty. Eligibility for these veterans cannot exceed six years from the date on which the degree or certification was completed; OR Individuals who will obtain a qualifying Associates, Bachelor’s, Master’s, Professional, Doctorate, Vocational or Technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution within 90 days from the date of the close of this announcement may meet the program requirements. Applicants must provide proof of degree conferral prior to appointment. Pathways Participant Agreement: All Recent Graduates are required to sign the Pathways Program Participant Agreement which outlines program requirements and non-competitive conversion eligibility. Successful completion of the Registered Sanitarian/Registered Environmental Health Specialist professional credential exam is preferred upon entry. Candidates must be able to obtain this credential within two years of accepting the position. Time In Grade
Federal employees in the competitive service are also subject to the Time-In-Grade Requirements: Merit Promotion (status) candidates must have completed one year of service at the next lower grade level. Time-In-Grade provisions do not apply under the Excepted Service Examining Plan (ESEP). You must meet all qualification requirements within the closing date of the announcement.
The three (3) Environmental Health Specialist (Pathways Recent Graduate) positions are located in AZ and NV. The incumbents are placed in a dynamic two (2)-year developmental program in the excepted service designed to lead to a career in the Federal government. At the successful conclusion of this program, the agency may non-competitively convert individuals to term or permanent positions in the competitive service at the discretion of the agency and is neither guaranteed nor implied.