Environmental Protection Specialist

Sterling, Virginia
Feb 02, 2023
Feb 07, 2023
Full Time



This is a temporary assignment not to exceed 120 days but may be extended at management's discretion.
The selectee will be given a temporary promotion, if eligible, or be placed on a lateral detail if already serving at the advertised grade level on a permanent basis. If selected from outside of the sponsoring bureau, the employee might not have return rights to their former position. This position may be made permanent without further competition.

This position is located within the United States Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Office of Renewable Energy Programs, Environment Branch for Renewable Energy Programs. This position will either be located in Sterling, Virginia or at a virtual location.

As a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Coordinator in the Environment Branch for Renewable Energy (EBRE), you will have the opportunity to work with multidisciplinary teams of scientists and professionals to support the development of offshore renewable energy on the Outer Continental Shelf.

At the full performance level (GS-14) the major duties of this position include, but are not limited to the following:
1.Coordinating all aspects of the preparation, review and publication of environmental impact statements (EISs), environmental assessments (EAs), and Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA) consistency determinations and certificates, or other environmental compliance documents.
2. In the case of contracted environmental compliance documents, preparing statements of work, reviewing/tracking the project's progress, serving as a Contracting Officer's Representative, and serving on Technical Evaluation Panel.
3. Leading multidisciplinary teams of bureau scientists in the preparation and review of EISs, EAs, and other environmental compliance documents as well as input into planning and leasing activities.
4. Arranging and conducting public scoping meetings, public hearings, and information meetings.
5. Serving as OREP's Environmental Lead for one or more Atlantic States through all phases of renewable energy development.
6. Developing procedures and guidance for other OREP NEPA coordinators.
7. Providing guidance, instructions and critical review for EBRE's subject matter experts.
8. Representing BOEM at professional meetings, Intergovernmental Task Forces and committees involving Federal, State, or private agencies and individuals where expertise of subject matter is required.

The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.

The salary information listed below is for Sterling, Virginia. If you are selected for a virtual location, your salary will be set for the location in which you live.

Salary Information: GS-14 Step 1: $132,368.00 - GS-14, Step 10: $172,075.00 per annum.

First time hires to the Federal government normally start at the lower salary range of the grade level.

This vacancy may be used to fill additional positions as vacancies become available.


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • You will be subject to a background/suitability investigation/determination.
  • You will be required to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit.
  • You must submit ALL required documents and a completed questionnaire.
  • 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/.
  • You will need to file a financial disclosure report.

  • Qualifications

    Minimum Qualification Requirements:
    To qualify for this position you must meet the specialized experience for the series to which you are applying.

    Specialized Experience
    To qualify for the GS-14, you must possess at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level in the Federal service, or comparable experience not gained through Federal service. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Specialized experience is defined as demonstrated experience: 1): Preparing Environmental Assessments and/or Environmental Impact Statements under the National Environmental Policy Act or consistency determinations under the Coastal Zone Management Act; 2): Coordinating with and reviewing the work of environmental subject matter experts or an interdisciplinary team;3): Coordinating with other Federal agencies under Title 41 of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act or equivalent statute or order; and 4): Serving as a technical expert providing information to management and leadership on environmental statutes, laws, regulations, executive orders, and related implementation guidance.

    Must meet all.

    Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions and is available at OPM's website: https://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/indexes/num-ndx.asp

    All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

    Merit Promotion candidates must also meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of the vacancy announcement.

    Additional 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.

    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.

    Important Note: All Department of the Interior (DOI) employees are subject to the conflict of interest restrictions imposed upon all employees of the Executive Branch of the Federal Government and may be required to file a Financial Disclosure Report. In addition, DOI employees, GS-15 and above, who work in the Office of the Secretary; along with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) employees (at ALL grade levels), are further restricted concerning their interests in Federal lands and resources administered or controlled by the Department of the Interior. This includes holding stock in energy corporations which lease Federal lands (e.g.: oil, gas, coal, alternative energy resources, etc.). If you have any such investments you should contact the DOI, BOEM or BSEE Ethics Office before accepting employment. DOI employees are held to the highest level of integrity. Employees must be objective and impartial in the performance of their work. All potential issues (e.g.: work-related interactions with friends, family members, or previous employers) must be disclosed at the time of application or during the interview process.

    NOTICE: This employer participates in E-Verify and will utilize your Form I-9 information to confirm you are authorized to work in the U.S.A preliminary background check must be completed before a new employee can begin work with the U.S. Department of the Interior. The preliminary background check consists of a search of Office of Personnel Management and Department of Defense background investigation files and an FBI National Criminal History Fingerprint Check; it may take up to 3 weeks to complete. If selected for this position, you will be extended a tentative offer of employment pending a satisfactory background check. Current Federal employees or individuals with an existing completed background investigation may not be required to undergo another background check; these will be handled on a case-by-case basis in coordination with the Bureau security office.