Environmental Protection Specialist

Washington, D.C
Aug 18, 2019
Aug 22, 2019
Full Time


This position is part of the Office of the Secretary, Office of Facilities and Administrative Service. The incumbent will be responsible for serving as the Senior Environmental Protection Specialist for the Main Interior Building (MIB) in Washington, D.C.
Learn more about this agency


  • Serves as the senior Environmental Program Management Specialist, with responsibility for advising and recommending on policies, plans, standards, and procedures.
  • Plans and organizes an environmental program. Planning requires conceiving and developing program elements; organizing involves the coordination of related environmental activities through the development of appropriate organizational structures.
  • Leads and controls an environmental program by initiating and interpreting program goals, setting of program priorities, review of the content of internal and external communications, and correction of program deficiencies.
  • Inspects facilities, cites legal violations, makes recommendations, and ensures that hazardous conditions are minimized or eliminated.
  • Evaluates environmental program to ensure goals are being met. Program evaluation is concerned with the collection, analysis, and utilization of data related to program accomplishment to determine areas where improvements are needed.
  • Manages and/or oversees the collection of environmental related data either quarterly, semi-annually, or annually and generates necessary reports for associated Offices and other agencies.
  • Interprets and applies standards issued by other regulatory agencies.
  • Advises senior leadership and facilities management of environmental requirements, standards, and procedures. Prepares or oversees correspondence required to resolve potentially controversial related problems.

Travel Required

Not required

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential


Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Suitable for Federal employment, determined by background investigation.
  • Direct Deposit of pay is required.
  • Selective Service registration required for male applicants, unless exempt.


Only experience and education obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.

Applicants must meet the following specialized experience requirements, education, or a combination of education and experience listed below.

Specialized experience is that which has equipped the applicant with the competencies to successfully perform the duties of the position, and that which is typically in or related to the position to be filled.

GS-11 Qualifications: Must possess one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 level in the federal service that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of this position. Specialized experience at the GS-11 for this position includes four or more of the following: experience protecting or improving environmental quality, controlling pollution, remedying environmental damage, or ensuring compliance with various environmental laws and regulations within a facility; experience applying various local, state and federal rules, regulations and laws related to the storage, handling, and disposal requirements of hazardous materials and waste; experience developing and presenting training on environmental related topics; experience managing a facility's EPA Spill Prevention Control and Countermeasure Plan; experience with HAZWOPER, RCRA and DOT HAZMAT packing and shipping program requirements; and experience performing environmental, safety and health compliance inspections that includes evaluations of HazMat, HazWaste, or universal waste storage areas for a facility.

This must be documented in your resume to receive credit.

In addition to the specialized experience requirement, applicant must provide proof that they possess one or more of the following certifications.
  • Registered Environmental Manger (REM).
  • Certified Environmental Profession (CEP).
  • Certified Environmental Trainer (CET).
  • Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM)
  • If you do not provide proof of one of the certifications above, you will be removed from consideration.

    Education or a combination of education and experience may substitute for the specialized experience requirement:
    GS-11: A Ph. D or equivalent doctoral degree, or three full years of progressively higher level graduate studies leading to such a degree or LL.M, if related. Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to perform the duties of the position.

    A written test is not required.

    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). You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


    If qualifying based on EDUCATION you MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims. Unless otherwise stated: (1) official or unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course. All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.

    Only education from institutions which are accredited or preaccredited/candidate for accreditation may be used to meet education requirements.

    FOREIGN EDUCATION: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

    Additional information

    Telework Suitability:
    The duties of this position are suitable for occasional telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval and if they meet the eligibility criterion in the 2010 Telework Act.

    Stipulations of Employment:
    Selection may require completion of a 1-year probationary period.

    Work Schedule:
    This position requires a fixed work schedule; flexible work schedules will not be authorized.

    Miscellaneous :
    DOI uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, please visit http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify .

    If you are unable to apply online or need to fax a document you do not have in electronic for, view the following link for information regarding an Alternate Applications: help.usastaffing.gov/Apply/index.php?title=Alternate_Application_Information

    This position is being advertised concurrently with vacancy announcement #OFAS-19-MP-10565762JS using Merit Promotion (MP) procedures. If interested, refer to that announcement to determine if you meet DE requirements and can apply to that announcement. NOTE: You must apply separately to each announcement in order to be considered under both.

    This vacancy announcement may be used to fill similar positions within 90 days.

    If selection is made below the full performance level, promotion up to the full performance level may be made without further competition. However, promotion(s) will depend on the performance of the incumbent and are not guaranteed.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    Once the application process is complete, qualified candidates will be assigned to a quality category. The category assignment is a measure of the degree in which your background matches the competencies required for this position. The categories for this announcement are defined as: Best-Qualified and Qualified. Your resume and supporting documentation will then be used to determine if you are qualified for this job. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. If you are found to be among the top candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration.

    Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):

    • Oral Communication
    • Problem Solving
    • Technical Competency - Program Management
    • Written Communication

    The Category Rating Process does not add veterans' preference points or apply the "rule of three," but protects the rights of veterans by placing them ahead of non-preference eligible within each category. Preference eligibles who meet the minimum qualification requirements and who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10 percent must be listed in the highest quality category (except in the case of scientific or professional positions at the GS-09 level or higher).

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Not Required

    Drug test required

    Position sensitivity and risk
    Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

    Trust determination process

    Required Documents

    To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:
    1. Your Resume listing work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment mm/yy and duties performed.
    2. Applicants must provide a copy of one or more of the following certifications.
    • Registered Environmental Manger (REM).
    • Certified Environmental Profession (CEP).
    • Certified Environmental Trainer (CET)
    • Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM)
    3. Other supporting documents:
    • College transcript(s), if qualifying based on education or if this position has a basic education requirement
    • Veterans' Preference documentation, if applicable (e.g. DD-214 Member Copy 4 showing type of discharge/character of service, SF-15 Form and related documentation, VA letter, etc.)
    • Career Transition Assistance Program/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program Documentation, if applicable (e.g. Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; and most recent performance appraisal.)
    • Cover Letter, optional
    If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If applicable, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form. Failure to provide this documentation may result in a non preference determination. For more information on veterans' preference (see https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/veterans-employment-initiative/vet-guide/ ).

    Do not submit photographs with your application package. Documents with photographs may not be seen by hiring officials - you must remove your image from any badges, licenses, etc.

    Do not upload Adobe portfolio documents. Adobe portfolio documents are not viewable by our agency's staffing offices.

    It is your responsibility to ensure all required documents have been submitted prior to the closing date of the announcement.

    Career Transition Assistance Programs: These programs apply to employees who have been involuntarily separated from a Federal service position within the competitive service or Federal service employees whose positions have been deemed surplus or no longer needed. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: 1) meet CTAP or ICTAP eligibility criteria; 2) be rated well-qualified for the position with a score of 85 or above; and 3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility. For more information: http://www.opm.gov/rif/employee_guides/career_transition.asp .

    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.

    Similar jobs