Supervisory Environmental Protection Specialist

Washington, D.C
Jul 17, 2019
Jul 23, 2019
Full Time


This position is located in the Office of Strategic Infrastructure, Environmental Management Division (EMD), at NASA Headquarters. EMD provides functional leadership, policy, oversight and coordination for NASA institutional and programmatic environmental issues directed toward enabling the NASA mission, assisting Centers, advancing environmental stewardship, and ensuring environmental regulatory compliance.
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  • Do you have a strong desire to lead, inspire and develop people? Do you want your career to leave an enduring impact on others? Do you have a passion for exploration? If you answered yes, we want you!
  • This position provides environmental technical and administrative direction to the EMD employees performing the work and functions of the organization.
  • Plans, manages, and coordinates overall EMD effort in environmental projects in unexplored areas where there is little or no theory so new techniques and approaches are needed to achieve and maintain regulatory compliance.
  • Resolves difficult and complex technical, project management, and organizational problems using innovative and original approaches. Establishes Agency level policy, procedural requirements, and guidance on environmental regulations and directives.
  • Manages overall EMD efforts toward the development, evaluation, and improvement of environmental planning and reporting documents and standards for the Agency.
  • Supports the development and ongoing revisions to the Division's implementation and risk management plans.
  • As a technical authority, evaluates and oversees all EMD efforts regarding highly complex high-technology projects/programs and associated documents for compliance with program requirements.
  • As a recognized expert, provides advice and guidance on policy matters related to meeting environmental regulatory documentation requirements in the most challenging cases, often involving high-technology programs/projects.
  • Serves as an authority in a program or project area characterized by work in unexplored environmental areas that require attaining a difficult balance between technical, regulatory, and management requirements.
  • Provides expert environmental technical recommendations, advice, and guidance regarding the applicability, interpretation, and enforcement of complex environmental laws, regulations and policies at the local, state and federal levels.
  • Ensures application of the latest state-of-the-art technology in missions or programs by relying on previous experience and keeping abreast of current developments in related technology fields.

Travel Required

50% or less - Travel may be required for training or other work-related duties

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • Position subject to pre-employment background investigation
  • Selectee must complete a financial disclosure statement
  • A one-year probationary period may be required
  • Occasional travel may be required
  • A one year supervisory probationary period may be required.


The following competencies are desired of all applicants interested in a Supervisory position at NASA.

1. Manage projects
2. Managing People
3. Communication Skills
4. Interpersonal Skills


Applicant must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade (GS-14), which
has equipped the applicant with the particular competencies needed to successfully perform the duties of the
position described above.

Specialized experience is defined as experience in the following skill sets:

Skill Set 1: Leading and managing people and organizations in the execution of environmental management functions to include actively leading and managing organizational change; AND

Skill Set 2: Developing and implementing agency, or equivalent, level programs and policies in the areas of
environmental management and compliance.

Your resume must fully support how you meet specialized experience in order to be found qualified for this


There are no education requirements for this position.

Additional information

At NASA, the key to our success is our people. We recognize the vital role that supervisors play to empower our diverse workforce to achieve our shared goals. At NASA, supervisors must have a unique combination of technical competence, individual energy, and the ability to connect with and motivate others. In return, we offer a range of missions and people to support, where you'll have the opportunity to contribute to work that matters while helping us create and sustain an environment that fosters connection, engagement, teamwork and innovation. Together, we are part of something bigger than ourselves.

This position is being announced in conjunction with vacancy announcement number HQ19D0028, open to all U.S. Citizens and U.S. Nationals.

Current Federal employees must meet time in grade and three months after competitive appointment restrictions by the closing date of the announcement.

As identical vacancies are identified, additional selections may be made.

Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) must be well qualified for the position to receive consideration for special priority selection. See 'How You Will Be Evaluated' for definition of well qualified. Federal employees seeking CTAP/ICTAP consideration must indicate their eligibility when applying for a position. The USAJOBS resume asks you to identify your ICTAP eligibility; the NASA Supplemental Information asks you to identify your CTAP eligibility. If you are selected for the position, you must be prepared to submit proof that you meet the requirements for CTAP/ICTAP. This includes a copy of the agency notice, a copy of their most recent Performance Rating and a copy of their most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location.

Qualified NASA term employees who have term conversion eligibility under the NASA Flexibility Act of 2004 will be referred and considered equally with other NASA permanent employees under internal competitive placement procedures.

Your USAJOBS account asks you to assign a name to each of your resumes. When you apply to a NASA position, we will show you the text of the resume you have submitted, but we do not maintain the name you have assigned to that resume. If you wish to keep track of that information, we recommend you make note of it at the time you apply.

Fair Employment Opportunities for Applicants
NASA Credit for National Service

The payment of relocation expenses is not authorized.

How You Will Be Evaluated

You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

Resumes will be rated by an automated system (Resumix) that matches the competencies extracted from the candidate's resume to the competencies identified by the selecting official for the position. Candidates will be evaluated on the competencies they possess that are directly related to the duties of the job, as described in the announcement. Candidates should refer to NASA's Applicant Guide for assistance in developing a complete resume, as NASA will not accept separate KSA statements.

Qualified candidates will be assigned to one of three quality levels based on the degree to which their competencies meet the duties required. A human resources specialist will validate the qualifications of those candidates eligible to be referred to the selecting official. For the purpose of the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) and the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), candidates rated in the top quality level are considered well-qualified.

Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required

Required Documents

To receive consideration, you must submit a resume and answer NASA-specific questions. The NASA questions appear after you submit your resume and are transferred to the NASA web site. If you successfully apply, USAJOBS will show your application status as 'Received'. If your status is 'Application Status Not Available', you have not successfully applied. Do not rely on a USAJOBS email to confirm successful application. Only an email from NASA confirms a successful application.

NASA's application process has been specifically developed to ensure that we only ask you for the information we absolutely need to evaluate your qualifications and eligibility. In order to apply for this position, you only need to submit your resume and answer the screening questions and supplemental information. No additional documentation is accepted at the time of application. (For example you need not submit narrative 'KSA' statements; they are not required and will not be evaluated.) In this way we allow you to focus on preparing a resume that best describes your background and abilities. For assistance in preparing your resume, consult the Applicant Guide . Nothing further is required until requested by the Human Resources Office. At that point, we may ask you to submit documentation to support statements made in your resume. For example, we may ask you to provide academic transcripts or proof of Federal employment status. If you are claiming veterans' preference, we may ask you to submit proof of veterans preference (DD-214, and, if claiming 10-point preference, SF-15 plus proof required by that form). If you fail to provide the required documents within the stated time period, we may withdraw a job offer and/or remove you from further consideration.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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