La Crosse, Wisconsin
GS-12 Salary: $73,375 to $95,388; GS-13 Salary: $87,252 to $113,428
Nov 08, 2018
Dec 08, 2018
Announcement Number: DEN-2019-0023
Field of specialization
Biochemical, Biological, Environmental
Job Type
Full time



Announcement Number: DEN-2019-0023

Hiring Agency: INTERIOR, Geological Survey

Position Title: CHEMIST, GS-1320-12/13 (CNS-PERM-DIRECT HIRE)

Open Period: 11/14/2018 - 11/28/2018

This vacancy is limited to a certain number of applicants and may close before the close date listed here if that limit is reached.

Series/Grade: GS - 1320A 12/13

Salary: (USD) $73,375 - (USD) $113,428

Promotion Potential: GS-13

Duty Location(s):

FEW Vacancies in

For More Info:

Oluwabukola Alimi


La Crosse, WI, US


Hiring Path:  Open to the public

Security Clearance Required: Not Applicable

Appointment Type: Permanent

Appointment Type Details: Permanent

Marketing: About the Agency


What General Information Do I Need To Know About This Position?

The government-wide direct hire authority for Chemist, GS-1320-12/13 is being used to fill this position.

GS-12 Salary: $73,375 (Step 01) to $95,388 (Step 10); GS-13 Salary: $87,252 (Step 01) to $113,428(Step 10); NOTE: First time hires to the Federal Government are typically hired at the Step 01.

This position being advertised concurrently with the following announcements: Open to current or former Federal employees: DEN-2019-0024

Supervisory Position: Yes

Relocation Expenses Reimbursed: Yes

Relocation expenses will be paid.

Travel Required: Occasional Travel

Overnight travel of 1-3 nights per month may be required.


As a Chemist within the Upper Midwest Environmental Sciences Center, some of your specific duties will


- Supervise (less than 25% of work time) and oversee the work conducted by an interdisciplinary team of biologists and chemists.

- Conceive, design, and implement complex field and laboratory scientific projects that require a series of comprehensive and conceptually related phases.

- Develop novel methods to extract, isolate, identify, and quantify chemicals in complex matrices.

- Compile scientific data, interpret complex scientific data, and provide comprehensive scientific reports to the Great Lakes Fishery Commission.

- Actively participate in national and international meetings to present scientific data to inform the Great Lakes Fishery Commission.

- Physical Demands: When working in an office or laboratory, the Chemist implements light to moderate physical ability, average agility, and average dexterity. When conducting infrequent field work, the Chemist encounters some physical exertion such as walking over wet, rough, uneven, or rocky surfaces, bending, crouching, stooping, stretching, and reaching.

- Work Environment: A major portion of the Chemist’s work occurs in an office and laboratory setting. The offices and laboratories are adequately lighted, heated, and ventilated. A minor portion of the Chemist’s work occurs in the field. While in the field, variations in temperature, wind and precipitation may be encountered. When working in the laboratory and the field, use of special protective gear (e.g. laboratory coat, safety glasses, and respirator) may be required.

Qualifications and Evaluations


This vacancy is limited to the first 100 applications received and will close at midnight Eastern Time on the day this application limit is reached regardless of the closing date specified in this vacancy announcement. Any application received prior to midnight Eastern Time of the day the application limit is reached will be accepted and considered. You are strongly encouraged to submit all required supporting documents at the time of application should the vacancy close earlier than stated in this announcement due to the applicant limit being reached. Supporting documents will not be accepted once the vacancy announcement closes.

Are There Any Special Requirements For This Position?

Because this position requires travel for official business, the selectee will be required to apply for a charge card within 30 calendar days of appointment. Individuals who have delinquent account balances from a previous Government charge card will be required to satisfy their existing obligation before a new card can be issued.

A background investigation will be required for this position. Continued employment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.

Throughout the recruitment and hiring process we will be communicating with you via email; therefore, it is imperative that the email address you provide when applying for this vacancy remains active. Should your email address change, please notify the point of contact identified in the vacancy announcement as soon as possible so that we can update our system.

Key Requirements:

Applicants must be U.S. Citizens.

Suitable for Federal employment, as determined by background investigation.

Selectee may be subject to serving a one-year probationary period.

Selectee may be subject to serving a 1 year supervisory probationary period

Position requires completion of a medical examination at federal expense.

More requirements are listed under Qualifications and Other Information.

Education Requirements:

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.

Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the above requirements. You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. For more information on how foreign education is evaluated, visit:


--Basis of Rating: The government-wide direct hire authority for Chemist, GS-1320-12/13 is being used to fill this position. All applicants who meet the eligibility requirements and minimum qualification requirements will be referred for consideration.


For information on basic qualifications, which includes information on whether you may substitute education for specialized experience, please click on the following: In addition to the basic education requirements, you must have 1-year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service.

For GS-12: Examples of specialized experience include (1) Compiling, reviewing, summarizing, and contextualizing chemistry and toxicology data in support of integrated pest management decisions. (2) Leading and facilitating multi-agency collaboration on procedures for integrated pest management program delivery. (3) Working collaboratively with fisheries management agencies via membership and participation in task force(s), board(s), or other established collaborative groups responsible for informing integrated pest management decisions. (4) Conducting, compiling, reviewing, and summarizing science or editing and submitting materials to federal and state agencies in support of aquatic pesticide labelling, registration, and permitting. Must have a working knowledge of pesticide registration processes.

For GS-13: Examples of specialized experience include those listed as the GS-12 above and - (1) Lead scientist in an aquatic invasive species management program. Must have experience leading interdisciplinary (including chemistry, toxicology, hydrology, risk assessment) projects related to integrated pest management of aquatic invasive species. (2) Leading interdisciplinary teams responsible for collecting scientific (chemistry, toxicology, hydrology) data to support or deliver aquatic integrated pest management programs.

You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements for the position by the closing date of the announcement.

Benefits and Other Info

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Agency Benefits:

USGS has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval. The official worksite for the selectee is the duty station identified in this vacancy announcement. The selectee will typically report to this duty location on a regular and recurring weekly basis.

For additional information on our internal telework policy, please reference the Department of the Interior Telework Handbook at:

Working for the U.S. Geological Survey offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; health, life, dental, vision, and long term care insurance, flexible spending accounts, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.

Other Information:

Applicants who include vulgar, offensive, or inappropriate language or information in their application package will be ineligible for further consideration for this position.

Identification of promotion potential in this announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee selected at some future date. Promotion will depend upon administrative approval and the continuing need for and performance of higher-level duties.

Under Executive Order 11935, only United States citizens and nationals (residents of American Samoa and Swains Island) may compete for civil service jobs. Agencies are permitted to hire non-citizens only in very limited circumstances where there are no qualified citizens available for the position.

USGS employees are subject to Title 43, USC Section 31(a) and may not: (a) have any personal, private, direct or indirect interest in lands or mineral wealth of lands under survey; (b) have any substantial personal, private, direct or indirect interests in any private mining or mineral enterprise doing business with the United States; or (c) execute surveys or examinations for private parties or corporations.

The application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine qualifications for employment, and is authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361.

DOI uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit


How to Apply

How to Apply:

--Applications for this vacancy must be received on-line via USAJOBS BEFORE midnight Eastern Time (Washington, D.C. time) on the closing date of this announcement. If you fail to submit a complete online resume, you will not be considered for this position. Requests for extensions will not be granted. Most libraries, employment offices, and all USGS personnel offices can provide access to the Internet.

If applying online poses a hardship for you, you must speak to someone in the Servicing Human Resources Office listed on this announcement PRIOR TO THE CLOSING DATE for assistance.

--Instructions for Applying Online for this Vacancy Announcement: 1) Click the blue "Apply Online" button. 2)If you are not a registered USAJOBS user, please create a new account and follow the instructions to complete your application process. If you are a registered user, login to access your existing USAJOBS profile. 3)As a registered user, select a stored resume and select one or more of your stored documents to attach to your application. 4)Check the "Certification" box and click the "Apply for this position now!" button located at the bottom of the screen. 5)Address the eligibility questions as well as the questionnaire containing questions and/or task statements that address the knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies for this vacancy. 6)Submit required documents using one of the available methods listed below. 7) If you experience technical difficulties during the online application process, please contact the USAJOBS helpdesk.

Required Documents:

--This position requires specific educational course work to qualify. You are required to provide all unofficial transcripts (undergraduate, graduate, etc.) or list of course work, which includes semester hours earned and grade received, by the closing date of this announcement or you will be disqualified from further consideration. This proof may be faxed, document uploaded, or hand delivered to the servicing Human Resources Office (see "Required Documents" and/or "Contact Information"). Please ensure that all documentation is legible.

--If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, the Servicing Human Resources Office must receive proof by the closing date of this announcement that you meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330 Subpart F for CTAP and 5 CFR 330 Subpart G for ICTAP or you will not receive priority consideration. This includes a copy of the agency notice, your most recent Performance Rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location. Required documents may be faxed, uploaded, or hand delivered to the servicing Human Resources Office (see "Contact Information"). If you are a CTAP or ICTAP eligible, you will be considered well qualified if you: (1) meet the minimum qualification requirements listed in the vacancy announcement; and (2) possess the knowledge, skills, abilities, and/or competencies that exceed the minimum qualification requirements, as determined by a review of at least one subject matter expert, ensuring that you’re likely to be able to satisfactorily perform the duties of the position upon entry. For more information on CTAP/ICTAP please click here.

--Required documents may be: 1) faxed to the Agency Contact (see "Contact Information") 2)uploaded directly from your desktop 3)uploaded directly from your USAJOBS stored attachments 4)hand delivered to the servicing Human Resources Office (see 'Contact Information').

--Auto-Requested Fax: allows you to submit required documentation that will be electronically displayed along with your resume.

Next Steps:

--We expect to make a selection within 30-45 days of the closing date of this announcement. You will be notified via email of the outcome. You can also go to "My Account" within USAJOBS to review your Application Status.