Environmental Protection Specialist

Washington, D.C
Aug 23, 2019
Aug 31, 2019
Full Time


This vacancy may be used to fill additional positions as vacancies become available.

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This position is located in the Department of the Interior, Office of the Secretary, Office of Environmental Policy and Compliance located in Washington, DC. The Office provides coordinated national and regional leadership for development of environmental policy and program evaluation for a wide variety of Executive Orders, regulations, and environmental statutes, including the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

The incumbent will serve as the National Coordinator for the Natural Cultural Resource Recovery Support Function (NCR RSF), provide leadership, direction, coordinated policy development and guidance in fulfilling the Offices' responsibilities for the Natural and Cultural Resources Disaster Recovery; and provide staff support to interagency environmental efforts related to the functions of Military Legacy Site remediation and Pre-Acquisition Environmental Site Assessments.

At the full performance level GS-14 the major duties of this position include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Serves as the senior NCR RSF specialist and the national lead and expert for budget, policy and oversight of DOI's NCR RSF program.
  • Facilitates the appointment of NCR RSF Field Coordinators for each FEMA Joint Field Office (JFO) or other operations center, as appropriate and provides coordination at the national level.
  • Identifies and coordinates NCR RSF-specific missions with Primary Agencies and Supporting Organizations and helps ensure coordination with DOI's bureaus and offices.
  • Maintains and updates NCR guidance documents, NCR RSF Field Coordinator Standard Operating Procedure (SOP), training materials, and NCR RSF website.
  • Assists activated Federal Disaster Recovery Coordinators to support coordination and communication among Federal agencies and corresponding local, State, Tribal, Territorial, and Insular Area governments, Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs), and private sector partners throughout the multiple phases of a disaster.
  • Oversees and complies with the tasking element of the FEMA Mission Assignment (MA) including tracking and reporting spending projections as requested by FEMA and maintaining financial records provided by the NCR RSF Field Coordinator. Work with FEMA to generate an NCR RSF budget during the development of an MA or Interagency Agreement (IAA).

  • The Office of the Secretary has determined that the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.

    Salary Information
    GS-14: $117,191.00 to $152,352.00 per annum. First time hires to the Federal government normally start at the lower salary range of the grade level.

    This vacancy is also announced as OS-6010-19-IB-147(DEU) for those applicants who wish to apply and be considered under competitive examining procedures.

    NOTE: It is a requirement of this position that the incumbent holds a valid driver's license. Use of a rental vehicle may be required.

    Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid. All travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the sole responsibility of the selected employee.

    Security Clearance Required: You will be required to obtain and maintain a Public Trust Background Investigation if you are selected and hired for this position.

    This is a permanent, full-time, career/career conditional appointment.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Travel may be required 1 to 5 nights per quarter.

    Supervisory status

    Promotion Potential


    Conditions of Employment

    • You will be subject to a background/suitability investigation/determination
    • You will be required to have federal payments made by Direct Deposit.
    • You must submit ALL required documents and a completed questionnaire.
    • You must be a U.S. Citizen.

    Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service system, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See http://www.sss.gov/ .


    To qualify for this position you must meet the Specialized Experience for the grade to which you are applying.


    Specialized Experience: To qualify at the GS-14 grade level, you must have at least one FULL year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-13 grade level in the Federal service, or comparable experience not gained through Federal service.. Specialized experience is experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. Specialized experience is defined as experience: 1. Providing technical advice and guidance to an agency or organization regarding natural or cultural disaster recovery efforts including the ability to articulate how policy decisions are made in any phase of the disaster cycle that could potentially affect disaster recovery in impacted areas. 2. Applying knowledge of the organization, capabilities and authorities of Federal agencies, and State and local government offices that are involved with emergency response, recovery, and rehabilitation programs to prepare useful planning, budgetary, and policy documents and properly employ available assets when needed. 3. Exercising tact and judgment in dealing with senior level personnel from Federal, State, and local agencies and organizations to resolve issues and concerns including those generated by, or of potential interest to, any of these organizations.

    **Applicants must meet all 3 of the specialized experience statements defined above. **

    Note:At the GS-14 level you maynotsubstitute education for experience.

    Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualification Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions and is available at OPM's website: https://www.opm.gov/qualifications/standards/indexes/num-ndx.asp

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

    Merit Promotion candidates must also meet Time-in-Grade requirements by the closing date of the announcement.


    There is no education substitution for specialized experience for this position.

    Additional information

    Applicants who include vulgar, offensive, or inappropriate language or information in their application package will be ineligible for further consideration for this position.

    Identification of promotion potential in this announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee selected at some future date. Promotion will depend upon administrative approval and the continuing need for and performance of higher-level duties.

    The application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine qualifications for employment, and is authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361.

    Important Note: All Department of the Interior (DOI) employees are subject to the conflict of interest restrictions imposed upon all employees of the Executive Branch of the Federal Government and may be required to file a Financial Disclosure Report. In addition, DOI employees, GS-15 and above, who work in the Office of the Secretary; along with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE) employees (at ALL grade levels), are further restricted concerning their interests in Federal lands and resources administered or controlled by the Department of the Interior. This includes holding stock in energy corporations which lease Federal lands (e.g.: oil, gas, coal, alternative energy resources, etc.). If you have any such investments you should contact the DOI, BOEM or BSEE Ethics Office before accepting employment. DOI employees are held to the highest level of integrity. Employees must be objective and impartial in the performance of their work. All potential issues (e.g.: work-related interactions with friends, family members, or previous employers) must be disclosed at the time of application or during the interview process.

    NOTICE: This employer participates in E-Verify and will utilize your Form I-9 information to confirm you are authorized to work in the U.S.

    A preliminary background check must be completed before a new employee can begin work with the U.S. Department of the Interior. The preliminary background check consists of a search of Office of Personnel Management and Department of Defense background investigation files and an FBI National Criminal History Fingerprint Check; it may take up to 3 weeks to complete. If selected for this position, you will be extended a tentative offer of employment pending a satisfactory background check. Current Federal employees or individuals with an existing completed background investigation may not be required to undergo another background check; these will be handled on a case-by-case basis in coordination with the Bureau security office.

    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, we will review your application to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume, supporting documentation and responses to the online questionnaire will be made. Your responses to the online assessment will be used to measure the degree to which your background matches the requirements for this position. However, your resume must support your responses to the scored occupational questionnaire, or your score may be lowered. The best qualified candidates will be identified for referral to the hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.

    Your answers to the on-line assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas:

    1. Natural Resources: Must have advanced understanding of natural and cultural resources to provide leadership, direction, coordinate policy development, and guidance for the National Disaster and Recovery Framework.

    2. Program Management - Apply leadership and coordination techniques to the field of environmental and cultural resource recovery, environmental management and policy development.

    3. Interpersonal Communication - Influence, motivate, and query others in an appropriate manner; adapts work style to a variety of situations.

    To preview questions please click here .

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Drug test required

    Required Documents

    Your resume must contain information sufficient to make a valid determination that you fully meet the specialized experience requirements as stated in this vacancy announcement and OPM qualification standards for each grade level(s) for which you are applying. It is strongly recommended that you use the USAJobs Resume Builder as it was designed to ensure that your resume includes the standard information needed. The Resume Builder is available at https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/How_to_create_your_resume

    Your application package must include: (1) Resume showing relevant experience as written in your own words.(2) Completed online Assessment Questionnaire; (3) Your most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, tenure, and duty station; and a past SF-50 showing your highest FPL position; (4) College transcript (if applicable) for verification of qualifying education. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable; (5)Certificates, license, etc. (if applicable); (6) Form DD-214 OR VA letter and Standard Form 15, if eligible under VEOA or VRA; (7) Proof of eligibility if applying under a special appointing authority;(8) Current or former Government employees are strongly encouraged to submit a recent performance appraisal.

    NOTE: Applicants claiming veterans preference (TP, CP, CPS) must submit a copy of your DD-214, "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty," (Member 4 copy is preferred), showing the dates of active duty, type of discharge, and character of service (must be honorable); OR acceptable proof of verification of your preference (i.e., official document, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs, or from a branch of the Armed Forces, certifying that the veterans total combined serviced-connected disability rating is 10% or more).

    You will find additional information on the following topics: (1) e-Verify; (2) Selective Service; (3) CTAP/ICTAP; (4) Education - accreditation; (5) Foreign education; (6) Veterans preference; (7) Special appointing authority documentation; and more can be found on our web site: https://www.bsee.gov/careers/usajobs-assistance OR http://www.boem.gov/USAJobs-Assistance/ .

    If you are claiming CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, you must submit proof by the closing date of the announcement that you meet the requirements of 5 CFR 330.605(a) for CTAP and 5 CFR 330.704 for ICTAP or you will not receive priority consideration. The proof includes a copy of the agency notice, your most recent Performance Rating, and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty station. To be considered well-qualified and exercise selection priority for this vacancy, you must earn a minimum score of 85 or above (prior to the assignment of veteran's preference) on the rating criteria for this position.

    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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