Program Specialist (Environmental Response), GS-0301-09

Washington, D.C
Jun 02, 2023
Jun 09, 2023
Full Time

The National Response Center (NRC) is a congressionally mandated 24/7 call center. As a Program Specialist (Environmental Response) within the NRC, this position serves as the sole federal point of contact for the reporting of all pollution, railroad and port security incidents occurring in the United States and its territories. Requires extensive operation of telephone systems in collecting, evaluating, updating and disseminating incident information. The NRC works to enhance environmental quality by providing stakeholder agencies with timely communication of pollution incidents within their respective jurisdictions.

Being a Coast Guard civilian makes you a valuable member of the CG team. Typical work assignments include:
  • Overseeing and monitoring the receipt and dissemination of environmental pollution, security/suspicious activity, and railroad incident reports anywhere in the U.S. and its territories.
  • Analyzing and disseminating incident information and reports for incidents that have an adverse impact on the environment, critical infrastructure, or national security.
  • Working jointly with other watch standers to ensure the implementation of all newly revised regulations or procedures and when appropriate, deviating from these regulations to meet unusual circumstances or unprecedented events.
  • Utilizing telecommunications programs and data systems to ensure timely and accurate notifications to federal, state, local, and tribal entities that have jurisdiction respective to the incident location.
  • Reviewing and analyzing other watch standers incident reports to ensure regulatory compliance, accuracy, and quality control.


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Must be able to obtain NRC Duty Officer Certification within 12 months.
  • The position requires a valid state driver's license.
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for Selective Service.
  • A final offer of employment is contingent upon a negative drug test result.
  • This position requires a rotating shift, 7 days per week, 24 hours per day.
  • This position requires a National Agency Check with Inquiries (NACI).

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


To qualify for the GS-09 level, applicants must have at least one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 level in the Federal service.

Specialized experience includes:
  • Preparing correspondence (letters, memos, e-mails, etc.) related to a variety of environmental, emergency response and/or maritime incidents;
  • Collecting and analyzing data related to environmental pollution, security/suspicious activity, and railroad incidents.
  • Monitoring and coordinating responses related to environmental threats, maritime security, and railroad incidents.


Master's or equivalent graduate degree, or 2 full years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree, or LL.B. or J.D., if related


Combination of specialized experience and graduate level education that meets 100% of the qualification requirements for this position.

Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular ability, skill, and knowledge to successfully perform the duties of this position and is typically in or related to this line of work.

National Service Experience (i.e., volunteer experience): 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.

The Office of Personnel management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule, C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.


This position does not have a positive education requirement. If you are including education on your resume, report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. See Required Documents section for detail.

FOREIGN EDUCATION: Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet Federal qualification requirements if you can show that your foreign education is comparable to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence with your application. See Recognition of Foreign Qualifications click here

Additional information

Applicants will be required to complete questions contained on the Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) at the time a tentative job offer is made. Certain responses on the form could pose a problem with suitability for employment determinations.

If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete/make updates to the OF-306 and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application, prior to entry on duty.

False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after beginning work, or imprisonment.

DHS uses e-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about e-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities at click here

Recruitment incentives may be authorized.

All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit.

The Department of Homeland Security encourages persons with disabilities to apply, to include persons with intellectual, severe physical or psychiatric disabilities, as defined by 5 CFR § 213.3102(u), and/or Disabled Veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30 percent or more as defined by 5 CFR § 315.707. Veterans , Peace Corps / VISTA volunteers , and persons with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not have to compete with the public for federal jobs. To determine your eligibility for non-competitive appointment and to understand the required documentation, click on the links above or contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement.

More than one (1) selection may be made from this announcement if additional identical vacancies in the same title, series, grade, and unit occur within 45 days from the date the certificate was issued.

If you need a reasonable accommodation for the application and hiring process, please contact 202-529-7259. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. Visit Reasonable Accommodation