Environmental Protection Specialist (Open to both U.S. Citizens and Federal Employees)

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Washington, D.C
May 14, 2022
May 22, 2022
Full Time

The Environmental Protection Specialist:
  • Provides and implements policy guidance, consultative assistance, and staff coordination in one or more of the following areas: advising on rulemakings to establish new or revised safety regulations covering pipeline and hazardous materials safety; advising on the potential environmental impacts of a special permit or approval that waives an existing regulatory requirement; participating in the environmental reviews for grant proposals; implementing procedures for compliance with NEPA; and other ad hoc environmental policy questions as they arise.
  • Develops and coordinates guidance, assistance, techniques, and cooperation on the consideration of various environmental and ecological factors associated with the development and implementation of PHMSA's regulations relating to pipeline safety and hazardous materials safety, including the potential review and analysis associated with the disbursement of grant funding, and decisions to issue special permits, approvals, or waivers.
  • Analyzes and assesses the potential implications of PHMSA actions on technical areas which include wetlands, water quality, ecological, biological, and physical relationships of plant and animal life, vegetation management, watershed protection, the ecosystem approach, historical and cultural preservation, and other related environmental elements. Communicates and explains PHMSA's environmentally focused laws, regulations, and policies to other agencies and to the public. Provides leadership in conflict resolution in the areas of environmental protection and environmental justice.
  • Analyzes and interprets the potential implications of new regulations, waivers, approvals, and grant decisions. The work is principally focused on NEPA, but also involves other related environmental compliance laws.
  • Implements efforts to improve effective consideration of environmental and ecological principles in the grant process and the waiver and approval process.

The ideal candidate will be expected to serve as a technical expert in environmental policy and analysis. The candidate will have extensive knowledge of NEPA and other related environmental laws. The candidate must be able to develop work products, such as environmental assessments, that will support PHMSA's decision-making and provide technical direction and guidance related to environmental review activities.


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S.Citizen and eligible for consideration.
  • You must meet specialized experience to qualify.
  • Required documents must be submitted by the closing date.
  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date.

  • SELECTIVE SERVICE: Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for the Selective Service.
  • PCS/RELOCATION/RECRUITMENT: Permanent Change of Station (PCS), Relocation, and Recruitment Incentive authorization varies by position/selection.
  • PROBATIONARY PERIOD: You must complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).
  • TIME-IN-GRADE: Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade in the competitive or excepted service in the executive branch to satisfy time-in-grade restrictions contained in 5 CFR 300, Subpart F.
  • DEU REQUIREMENTS: Applicants selected under delegated examining procedures may be required to successfully complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).


To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must meet the specialized experience requirements.

To qualify for the Grade 14, you must have at least one year of experience equal or equivalent to the GS-13, it must include:
  • Experience providing technical, procedural and policy guidance specifically related to the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) and other environmental compliance legislation.
  • Experience implementing approvals for special regulatory permits.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs): Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:
  • Environmental Engineering: Knowledge of the concepts, principles, theories, and methods to protect and improve the quality of the environment and its resources; and to monitor, control, abate, and prevent pollutants.
  • Public Policy - Knowledge of functions, principles, methods, and techniques of public planning, including those related to community planning, outdoor recreation planning, and natural resource management, such as demand forecasting, environmental impact analysis, financial forecasting, and land use planning and zoning.
  • Standards - Knowledge of standards that either are compliant with or derived from established standards or guidelines.

For all types of consideration, 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.

For additional information about applying to Federal positions, please click on the following link: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-policies/#url=e4

All applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

Additional information


This is not a Bargaining unit position.

COVID VACCINATION: If selected, you will be required to provide information regarding your COVID-19 vaccination status for the purposes of implementing workplace safety protocols, such as protocols related to masking, physical distancing, testing, travel, and quarantine.

This announcement may be used to fill additional positions if similar vacancies occur within 90 days of the issue date of the referral certificate.