Environmental Protection Specialist - GS - 0028 - 14 (Open to U.S. Citizens) BP

Washington D.C.
Oct 17, 2017
Oct 17, 2017
Full Time

This position is located in FRA’s Office Railroad Policy and Development in the Environmental and Corridor Planning Division at USDOT/FRA Headquarters. The selected individual will serve as a Senior Environmental Protection Specialist and is the national expert for FRA in historic preservation and cultural resources (including archaeology, historic architecture, cultural landscapes, and traditional cultural properties) as it relates to FRA’s programs, including grants and loans, and stewardship of FRA-owned historic properties. As such, the selected individual will also serve as the agency’s Federal Preservation Officer, as established by Section 110(c) of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), and is the authoritative advisor on a national basis within this area of special expertise and plays a major role in FRA for developing and promoting national policies and procedures regarding historic preservation and cultural resources and is responsible for coordinating FRA’s activities under the NHPA. This position is also responsible for policies, programs, and technical advice to improve transportation and environmental decision making following principles of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act.

The ideal candidate for this position is a senior-level technical expert and advisor on historic preservation and cultural resources in the context of federally-assisted infrastructure projects. The Ideal Candidate has transportation-related experience participating in NHPA Section 106, including Tribal, consultation and providing interpretation of and guidance regarding Federal laws and regulations related to historic preservation and cultural resources. This candidate would have earned a graduate degree in History, Archeology, Architecture, Architectural History or similar historic preservation-related field. The ideal candidate meets or exceeds the minimum education and experience identified in the Professional Qualifications Standards as part of the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards and Guidelines for Archeology and Historic Preservation.

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Occasional travel - Occasional travel is required for this position.

Relocation expenses reimbursed No

  • You must meet specialized experience to qualify.
  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date.
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  • Announcement also advertised U.S. Citizens: FRA.RPD-2017-0027.
  • May be used to fill similar positions within 60 days for this location.

    • SELECTIVE SERVICE: Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for the Selective Service.
    • GOVERNMENT TRAVEL CARD: This position involves travel. A government contractor-issued travel card will be issued and must be retained for official business only.
    • 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 to satisfy time-in-grade restrictions contained in 5 CFR 300, Subpart F

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

    To qualify for the GS-14, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equal or equivalent to the following:

    • Experience implementing and providing regulatory and policy interpretation of laws and regulations, including Section 106 of the NHPA, in order to achieve compliance with requirements related to historic preservation and cultural resources for federally-assisted infrastructure projects while preparing and reviewing Section 106 compliance documents such as National Register of Historic Places eligibility determinations, effects reports, Memoranda of Agreement, Programmatic Agreements, cultural resources survey reports, cultural resources sections of NEPA documents, etc.
    • Experience consulting with project sponsors, federal and state and local agencies, Native American tribes, historic preservation societies and organizations, property owners, and the public regarding the implementation of agency programs and projects and the consideration of effects to historic properties and cultural resources, including archaeology, historic architecture, cultural landscapes and/or traditional cultural properties, in the planning, location, design, construction, and/or operation of federally-assisted infrastructure projects and programs.
    • Experience developing or updating policy statements, guidelines, standards, manuals, templates, orders, directives, etc. for consideration of archaeology, historic architecture, historic engineering, traditional cultural properties, cultural landscapes, or other historic preservation-related considerations as they relate to infrastructure or transportation projects.
    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.

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

    Displaced employees may be eligible for ICTAP or CTAP priority consideration. For more information, please review the OPM Employee's Guide to Career Transition.

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