Environmental Protection Specialist

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington D.C.
Posted
Jul 24, 2018
Closes
Jul 24, 2018
Function
Administrative
Hours
Full Time
TRAVEL REQUIRED:

Occasional travel - May required overnight travel one day per month


RELOCATION AUTHORIZED:
Relocation expenses reimbursed No


KEY REQUIREMENTS:
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  • You must be a United States Citizen.
  • This employer participates in the e-Verify program.
  • See "Other Information" section regarding Selective Service requirements.
  • Resume and question responses must be submitted online.
  • A complete qualifications summary can be seen here :https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/#url=Group-Standards .

    The Department of Energy uses an application tracking system to evaluate the responses you provide in the applicant assessment questionnaire to place you into an initial quality category via OPM's Category Rating procedures. Then, the HR Office and/or Subject Matter Expert (SME) will conduct a quality review of your application and supporting documentation to ensure you have been placed into the appropriate quality category.

    Your application is rated based on the extent and quality of your experience, education (when applicable), and training as described in your resume and applicant assessment. Your credentials are measured against the established duties of the position at the grade level(s) being advertised.

    The quality categories are usually defined as "Best Qualified", "Well Qualified", and "Qualified", although they may differ slightly based on individual agency policy.

    If you are eligible for career transition assistance plans such as ICTAP or CTAP, you must meet the definition of "well qualified" which is defined as having a score of 85 or better.

    If you are a Veteran Preference eligible candidate, you will be listed at the top of whichever quality category your rating places you in. CP/CPS veterans are placed at the top of the highest category for all positions except professional and scientific positions at GS-9 and higher.

    If your resume is incomplete or does not support the responses you provided in your online questionnaire, or if you fail to submit all required documentation before the vacancy closes, you may be rated 'ineligible', 'not qualified', or your score may be adjusted accordingly.

    SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS

    GS-11:
    A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level, GS-09, in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position is defined as
    • Plan, develop, organize, administer, evaluate, and coordinate program activities to ensure the sites are in compliance with requirements found in applicable compliance agreements, consent orders, congressional legislation and direction National Environmental Policy Act analysis, DOE orders (including specifically 0435.1 and 450), grants, cooperative agreements, and agreements in principle, and other existing environmental regulations/agreements/polices, compiling and maintain current information on such compliance.
    • Provide staff guidance within the environmental programs to ensure consistent and effective and efficient implementation of Federal environmental requirements regarding generation, treatment, storage, packaging, transportation, and disposal of hazardous materials and wastes.
    • Develop and finalizes National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) environmental impact statements, assessments, and conclusions.
    • Interact internally and externally as an informed program advocate to resolve regulatory policy/compliance issues related to Section 3316 and DOE Order 435.1 implementation.
    • Conduct inspections of DOE site facilities and operations to ensure compliance with environmental laws and regulations.
    • Document results of all inspections and provids results to supervisor of area inspected, If deviations from environmental regulations or permits are noted, provides input to higher graded specialist for consultation with appropriate DOE organizations in developing procedures to correct violations or meet new program requirements.
    Your application and resume should demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs). Do not provide a separate narrative written statement. Rather, you must describe in your application how your past work experience demonstrates that you possess the KSAs identified below. Cite specific examples of employment or experience contained in your resume and describe how this experience has prepared you to successfully perform the duties of this position. DO NOT write "see resume" in your application!
    • Knowledge of environmental concepts, theories, practices, and techniques applicable to environmental protection sufficient to support the mission, goals, and objectives and to minimize adverse impacts or conflicts in execution.
    • Knowledge of environmental concepts and practices to the management, operations, maintenance, and modification of the hazards waste and administration of related programs sufficient to ensure environmental compliance with all Federal, State, and local statutory regulatory requirements.
    • Knowledge of evaluation and investigative techniques to ensure State and Federal regulations are complied with and prepare reports and documents related to environmental protection and enhancement.
    • Skill in effective oral and written communication to articulate actions taken as an environmental advocate negotiate compliance with environmental concerns and prepare technical environmental reports detailing compliance requirements, provide information and /or training to others.
    • Ability to prepare and conduct briefings, organize information, and to write succinctly and clearly.
    SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
    GS-12:
    A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level, GS-11, in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position is defined as
    • Ensure that the DOE sites are in compliance with requirements found in applicable compliance agreements, consent orders, Congressional legislation and directions, National Environmental Policy Act analysis, DOE orders (specifically 0435.1 and 0450) grants, cooperative agreements, and Agreements in Principle, and other existing environmental regulations/agreements/policies, compiling and maintaining current information on such compliance.
    • Develop project plans for each assigned program, outlines environmental policy, and identifies long and short term goals and objectives on compliance issues regarding generation, treatment, storage, packaging, transportation, and disposal of hazardous materials and waste.
    • Develop standards and guidance on compliance, regulatory analyses of EM risk reduction and cleanup program activities in terms of their adequacy in achieving DOE/EM objectives.
    • Conduct inspections of DOE site facilities and operations to ensure compliance with environmental laws and regulations.
    • Document results of all inspections and provides results to supervisor of area inspected, If deviations from environmental regulations or permits are noted, provides input to higher graded specialist for consultation with appropriate DOE organizations in developing procedures to correct violations or meet new program requirements.
    • Participate in the preparation of written plans and schedules, and provides input for setting milestones for accomplishing program goals. Incorporates federal, state and local regulatory requirements into program design implementation and evaluation efforts.
    • Prepare or provide input of reports and follow on findings for non-compliance and notices of violations. Communicate, articulate results, problem areas and project progress in writing or verbally as requested.
    • Participate in conferences, meetings, and other gatherings with senior officials of other agencies (including specially the Environmental Protection Agency and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission), Congressional Staff, State and local governmental officials, mangers, and policy makers from industry, public interest groups, and academia regarding environmental concerns related to assigned programs.
    • Organize, schedule, and administer supporting functions of appropriate meeting for discussion of environmental issues.
    Your application and resume should demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs). Do not provide a separate narrative written statement. Rather, you must describe in your application how your past work experience demonstrates that you possess the KSAs identified below. Cite specific examples of employment or experience contained in your resume and describe how this experience has prepared you to successfully perform the duties of this position.
    • Expert knowledge of environmental concepts, theories, practices, and techniques applicable to environmental protection sufficient to support the missions, goals, and objectives and to minimize adverse impacts or conflicts in execution.
    • Knowledge of environmental concepts and practices to the managements, operations, maintenance, and modification of the hazards waste and administration of related programs sufficient to ensure environmental compliance with all federal, state, and local statutory regulatory requirements.
    • Expert knowledge of evaluation and investigative techniques to ensure State and Federal regulations are complied with and prepare reports and documents related to environmental protection and enhancement.
    • Skilled in effective oral and written communication to articulate actions taken as an environmental advocate to negotiate compliance with environmental concerns and prepare technical environmental reports detailing compliance requirements, provide information and /or training to others.
    • Ability to prepare and conduct briefings, organize information and to write succinctly and clearly.
    CTAP/ICTAP candidates: To be considered "well qualified" you must meet all of the requirements as described in this section.

    You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

    Education

    GS-12:

    Education cannot be subsistuted for experience.

    GS-11:

    Successfully completed a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or at least three full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in a field related to the work of this position as described in the vacancy announcement. OR

    A combination of specialized experience and graduate education beyond the first two years of graduate study that together meet the requirements for this position.

    GS-09:

    I have successfully completed a masters or equivalent graduate degree or at least two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree in a field related to the work of this position as described in the vacancy announcement. OR

    I possess a combination of specialized experience and graduate education beyond the first two years of graduate study that together meet the requirements for this position

    EDUCATION:

    Education must be obtained from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Transcripts must be submitted by the closing date of this announcment.

    Foreign education must be reviewed by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For special instructions pertaining to foreign education and a list of organizations that can evaluate foreign education, see the Department of Education website.

    The U.S. Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

    • New employees to the Department of Energy will be required to successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit www.dhs.gov/E-Verify
    • Veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, please visit the links at the bottom of this page or visit the FedsHireVets website.
    • If you believe that you are eligible for the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), please visit the OPM ICTAP/CTAP website for more information. In order to be considered under the ICTAP program, your application must score within the pre-established "well qualified" category as stated in the Qualifications section.
    • More than one selection may be made from this vacancy announcement.
    • Some positions may require completion of a probationary period of up to 1 (one) year.
    • Many positions require successful completion of a background investigation.
    • All males born after December 31st 1959 must abide by laws regarding Selective Service registration. To learn more about this law, visit the Selective Service web page, Who Must Register. If you are not registered and don't have an approved exemption, you will not be eligible for employment with the Federal government.
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    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    The Department of Energy uses an application tracking system to evaluate the responses you provide in the applicant assessment questionnaire to place you into an initial quality category via OPM's Category Rating procedures. Then, the HR Office and/or Subject Matter Expert (SME) will conduct a quality review of your application and supporting documentation to ensure you have been placed into the appropriate quality category.

    The quality categories are usually defined as "Best Qualified", "Well Qualified", and "Qualified", although they may differ slightly based on individual agency policy.

    If you are eligible for career transition assistance plans such as ICTAP or CTAP, you must meet the definition of "well qualified" which is defined as having a score of 85 or better.

    If you are a Veteran Preference eligible candidate, you will be listed at the top of whichever quality category your rating places you in, except for Professional and Scientific positions up to the GS-09

    SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS
    GS-09:
    A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level, GS-07, in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position is defined as

    • Develop standards and guidance on compliance, regulatory analyses of EM risk reduction and cleanup program activities in terms of their adequacy in achieving DOE/EM objectives.
    • Conduct inspections of DOE site facilities and operations to ensure compliance with environmental laws and regulations.
    • Document results of all inspections and provids results to supervisor of area inspected, If deviations from environmental regulations or permits are noted, provides input to higher graded specialist for consultation with appropriate DOE organizations in developing procedures to correct violations or meet new program requirements.
    Your application and resume should demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs). Do not provide a separate narrative written statement. Rather, you must describe in your application how your past work experience demonstrates that you possess the KSAs identified below. Cite specific examples of employment or experience contained in your resume and describe how this experience has prepared you to successfully perform the duties of this position. DO NOT write "see resume" in your application!
    • Knowledge of established principles, concepts, and methods of environmental protection work, applying this knowledge in activities where the regulatory framework is well established and defines, and there are conventional procedures and techniques that apply to most situations and encountered and can be carried out with techniques that apply to most situations and encountered and can be carried out with minor modifications or for which SME advice is available for input and guidance.
    • Knowledge of laws, regulations, policies, and procedures related environment protection to interpret and explain the reason and purposes for applying corrective/preventive measures and procedures.
    • Knowledge of policies, organizations, operations, work practices, and environmental parameters of regulated industries, Federal agencies, states, or other entities to provide information, evaluate compliance and recommend changes and control measures.

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