Information Technology Specialist, GS-2210-09

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Individuals who completed a qualifying associates/bachelors/masters/professional/doctorate/vocational/technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution or technical education program within the preceding 2-years.
NOTE: This announcement will remain open through 11:59 PM Eastern time on the day the 75th application is received (all applications received on that day will be considered), or 11:59 PM Eastern time on the closing date, whichever comes first. Permanent Full-Time - Recent Graduates This is a Recent Graduates position in the Pathways Program. This program provides an entry-level developmental experience with the potential to lead a career in the Federal Government after successfully completing the Program. Upon completion of the developmental program, Recent Graduate appointees may be non-competitively converted to a term or permanent position without further competition.
More information about the Recent Graduates Program can be found here: and /
Your salary will be based on the grade level for which you are selected and the duty station of the position.
This position is located in the Office of Solid Waste and Emergency Response, Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery, Program Implementation and Information Division, Information Collection and Analysis Branch in Arlington, VA.
For more information on this office, visit their website: If you are selected, a pre-employment background check is required. You must submit resume and required documents(See How to Apply) Position has portable work and selectee may be eligible to telework. You may be required to travel 1 to 5 days per month. You must meet all Recent Graduate program requirements by the closing date. You must be a U.S. citizen. At the entry level of this position, you will:
Serve as Team Member for the design, development and implementation of software releases and upgrades for one of EPA's national information systems, RCRA Info, which supports the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act.
Perform Software Development Life-Cycle (SDLC) duties in support of RCRA Info Data entry and reporting systems, including new releases and software patches.
Program in SQL and JAVA to create new application software and maintain or upgrade existing application software.
Provide assistance to non-technical personnel from the national user community in the retrieval and use of data contained within the national system.
When entering a Federal job at a grade level lower than the highest promotion potential level, you may be promoted to more complex duties and work more independently, as your career progresses.
You will spend less than 25% of your work time on contracts, grants/cooperative agreements, and/or interagency agreements. If you are selected, you will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Form prior to 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. We will review your resume and required documents to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your resume must address the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed in the Qualifications Section. If you meet basic qualification requirements, your application will be further evaluated based on your answers to the on-line assessment. Your responses to the on-line assessment will be used to measure the degree to which your background matches the requirements for the position. You are being evaluated under the category rating method which means, if you are determined to be qualified, you will be placed into the "Gold", "Silver", or "Bronze" Category.
We will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses on the assessment questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. We will evaluate your qualifications and eligibility and notify you if you meet minimum qualification requirements.
NOTE: We do not require a separate statement responding to the competencies, also referred to as Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs). However, your resume should clearly show possession of these competencies.
To preview questions please click here. You must have IT-related experience demonstrating each of the four competencies listed here:
1) Attention to Detail - Is thorough when performing work and conscientious about attending to detail.
2) Customer Service - Works with clients and customers (that is, any individuals who use or receive the services or products that your work unit produces, including the general public, individuals who work in the agency, other agencies, or organizations outside the Government) to assess their needs, provide information or assistance, resolve their problems, or satisfy their expectations; knows about available products and services; is committed to providing quality products and services.
3) Oral Communication - Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.
4) Problem Solving - Identifies problems; determines accuracy and relevance of information; uses sound judgment to generate and evaluate alternatives, and to make recommendations.
You do not need a degree to qualify for this position.
We are looking for at least one year of specialized experience related to this position as described below:
To qualify for the GS-09 level, you need to have at least one year of full time experience defined as designing, developing and implementing software releases; performing software development life-cycle dutie and working with SQL and JAVA.
A master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in an academic discipline related to this position.
Your answers to the on-line assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas:
Ability to work iwth individuals and groups to resolve problems or issues.
Skill in using project management tools.
Ability to perform system life-cycle duties.
Skill in the use of SQL and JAVA programming languages.
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.
As part of the application process, you are required to submit college transcripts or a list of courses as described in the Required Documents section of this announcement. However, if you are selected, you must provide official educational transcripts before you start work with the EPA. More information on verification of education can be found here:
If you are selected, the entire period served under the Recent Graduates Program will be a trial period.
You are strongly encouraged to read the entire announcement before you
submit your application for this position.
To begin the application process, click the Apply On-line button to the
right on this screen, follow the prompts to log-in/register, submit all
required documents, and complete the assessment questionnaire. To be
considered, you must submit a complete application package by 11:59 PM
Eastern time on the closing date of this announcement.
All required supporting documents will be collected electronically via the
USA Jobs document portfolio feature.
If you cannot apply on-line, you must contact the Human Resources Office
listed to the right for assistance no later than three business days prior
to the closing date of this announcement. You must provide complete
application materials by the closing date of this announcement.
For detailed instructions to assist you in ensuring your application package is received, go to
. Documents to be submitted on-line:
Resume clearly stating your experience related to this position as described in the Duties Section and Qualifications Required Section. In describing your experience, you need to be clear and specific. We may not make assumptions regarding your experience.
Responses to the on-line assessment questionnaire.
College transcripts - if qualifying for this position based on education or a combination of experience and education, you are required to submit either unofficial transcripts or a list of courses that includes school(s) attended, school address, course title, grades earned, completion dates, department, and quarter or semester hours earned. Required to submit documentation from the school showing completion of degree within the preceding two years.
Preference eligible veterans unable to apply within two years of receiving their degree due to military service obligation may apply up to six years after degree or certification.
Veterans' Preference Documents - DD-214 Member 4 copy, VA Letter, and SF-15, if applicable; active duty military submit statement of service from commanding officer documenting dates of active duty and any campaign medals/badges; include character of service. Vow Act Certification of Release or Discharge from Active Duty--A "certification" is any written document from the armed forces that certifies the service member is expected to be discharged or released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after the date the certification is signed.
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You can track the progress of your application package via your USAJobs account. You will receive an acknowledgement from USAJobs that your submission was successful, once we have received your on-line occupational questionnaire, resume and any supporting documentation. You will be notified of the status of your application via your USAJobs Account after we conduct a qualification review of your complete application package. You will be contacted if further evaluation or interviews are required. Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempt to conceal information may disqualify you for employment consideration. We may verify all information you provide in your resume and questionnaire responses, through reference and/or background check, and/or verification of your education. If you are selected, you will be contacted personally by the human resources office posting this announcement. This information is used to determine your qualifications for employment. The use of this information is authorized under Title 5 USC, Sections 3302 and 3361.
The EPA participates in e-Verify. E-Verify is an Internet based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA) that enables participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees. For additional information visit .
This position is in the bargaining unit.
If you are selected, travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid by EPA. Any travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting to work in this position will be your responsibility.
If you are selected, your appointment may be extended beyond the initial not-to-exceed date to a maximum of two years. Recent graduate appointees may be non-competitively converted to a term or permanent position without further competition.
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