Environmental Protection Specialist

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Jan 21, 2023
Closes
Jan 29, 2023
Hours
Full Time
Duties

The duties of the position at the GS-11 grade level consist of the following:

The individual will provide assistance ensuring the agency's compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and related environmental laws and managing environmental and historic reviews for freight rail projects.

The duties of the position at the higher grade levels consist of the following:
  • Ensures the agency's compliance with NEPA and related environmental laws and regulations.
  • Applies the agency's implementing regulations and federal statutes and guidelines to environmental and historic preservation analysis.
  • Manages complex environmental and historic preservation reviews, using tools and databases such as Excel and Arc GIS.
  • Reviews and verifies the general accuracy of environmental data prepared by third-party contractors and others.
  • Drafts and edits environmental documents such as environmental assessments and environmental impact statements.
  • Communicates effectively both orally and in writing, complying with the Federal Plain Language Guidelines.
  • Prepares environmental and cultural resource correspondence in response to public and agency inquiries.


Requirements

Conditions of Employment


Conditions of Employment
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • All qualification requirements must be met at the time of submission. Please Note: Your application package will not receive consideration if it lacks any of the required documents under the "Required Documents" tab.
  • Probationary Period: One-year probationary period may be required.
  • Required to participate in the direct deposit program.
  • Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See http://www.sss.gov/
  • Background Suitability Investigation: Continued employment is contingent upon satisfactory completion of a background investigation and the granting of a Federal suitability or security clearance. If selected, you may be offered tentative employment until the background investigation has been fully adjudicated.
  • Applicants who have held a General Schedule (GS) position within the last 52 weeks must meet the Time-in-Grade Requirement, which is 52 weeks of Federal Service at the next lower grade.


Qualifications

GS-11
To be qualified for this position at the GS-11 grade level, you must demonstrate in your resume one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 level of Federal service such as experience assisting in an agency's compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA); assisting in managing environmental reviews under NEPA; and writing various documents such as environmental assessments and environmental impact statements.

OR

Ph.D. or 3 full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree.

OR

A combination of education and experience are qualifying for this grade level.
Please ensure you upload transcripts if you are using education to substitute experience at the GS-11 grade level (See Required Documents section of this job announcement).

Specialized Experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position typically in or directly related to the Environmental Protection Specialist and is equivalent to the work performed at the next lower grade level.

GS-12
To be qualified for this position at the GS-12 grade level, you must demonstrate in your resume one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level of Federal service such as experience assisting in an agency's compliance with the NEPA and related environmental laws; assisting in managing environmental reviews; and writing various documents such as environmental assessments environmental impact statements. There is no substitution of education for specialized experience at the GS-12 grade level.

GS-13
To be qualified for this position at the GS-13 grade level, you must demonstrate in your resume one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level of Federal service such as managing environmental reviews under NEPA and related environmental laws; preparing and reviewing environmental documents, and experience working with Federal, State, and/or other organizations to resolve complex environmental issues/problems. There is no substitution of education for specialized experience at the GS-13 grade level.

GS-14
To be qualified for this position at the GS-14 grade level, you must demonstrate in your resume one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level of Federal service such as experience managing complex and environmental reviews, preparing and reviewing environmental documents and coordinating with government agencies or organizations on environmental assessments or environmental impact statements. There is no substitution of education for specialized experience at the GS-14 grade level.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES (KSAs): Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies as follow:
  • Environmental Laws, Regulations, and Guidelines
  • Written Communication
  • Technical Competence

*Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (i.e Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations. 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

To qualify for this position at the GS-11 level you must have completed the following educational requirements.

Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree

OR

3 full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree

OR

A combination of education and experience are qualifying for this grade level. You MUST provide transcripts to support your educational claims (unofficial transcripts are acceptable). All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement. Refer to the Required Document section regarding all materials submission.

As mentioned previously, in the Qualifications section, there are no educational substitutions at the GS-12, 13, or 14 levels.

Additional information

For qualifications determinations, it is recommended that applicants include their months, years, and hours worked per week for each employment listed on their resume. If a determination is not able to be made about the length of your creditable experience for qualification requirements, you will be removed from consideration.

DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE: PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE.
All answers provided in the on-line process must be substantiated by a resume. If, upon review, it is determined that your resume and/or supporting documents do not support your answer choices, your application may be removed from consideration.
Once the application process is complete, a review of the resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the assessment questionnaire to determine if you are qualified for this job. If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your rating may be lowered to more accurately reflect the submitted documentation.

This announcement may be used to fill one or more vacancies.

This position is eligible for telework in accordance with STB's telework policy.

A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. In addition, the Surface Transportation Board (STB) has work/life-balance flexibilities that may be right for you.

We offer: Flexible Work Schedule options: Two flexible work schedules, the Flexitour Option and the Compressed Work Schedule. Employees on the Flexitour may schedule fixed arrival and departure times around established core hours and work 8 hours plus a 30-minute unpaid lunch period. Employees on the Compressed Work Schedule may work 8 9-hour work days and one 8-hour day (plus the 30-minute unpaid lunch period) in each biweekly pay period and receive one scheduled day off; OR may work 4 10-hour days (plus the 30-minute unpaid lunch period) with one week day off each week;

Fitness Center: STB employees, at no cost, have access to the fitness center conveniently located in the building; and

A monthly transit subsidy for a portion of your commuting costs to help defray the commuting costs of employees who use mass transportation, including commuter bus, Metrorail or Metrobus, or commuter rail systems.