Environmental Protection Specialist

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Washington, D.C
Posted
Apr 22, 2021
Closes
Apr 24, 2021
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

The Department of the Interior is devoted to protecting and preserving the natural resources of this great nation, including National Parks, Landmarks, and the well-being of communities, including those of Native American, Alaska Natives and affiliated Islanders.

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

This position is in the Department of the Interior, Office of the Secretary, Office of Environmental Policy and Compliance (OEPC), Environmental Response and Recovery Team (ERR Team) located in Washington, DC.

This position serves as the National Coordinator for the interagency environmental efforts related to functions of Emergency Support Functions - ESF #11 NCH- Protection of Natural and Cultural Resources and Historic Properties (NCH) providing the leadership, direction, and coordinated policy development and guidance in fulfilling the Offices' responsibilities for the Natural and Cultural Resources and Historic Properties Response. The position serves as OEPC's emergency management coordinator in order to provide mission program support to the OEPC.

At the full performance level (GS-14) the major duties of this position include but are not limited to the following:
  • Serves as the national lead for DOI's support of ESF#1 Subject matter expert and senior specialist responsible for coordinating the protection of NCH, budget, policy and operational oversight of DOI's ESF#11 Program.
  • Serves as an administrative and technical expert in the areas relevant to the National Response Framework, and legislative mandates for the protection of natural and cultural resources and historic properties, including during response and recovery from all-hazards incidents.
  • Serves as a nationally recognized and respected authority and spokesperson on a diverse range of complex issues related to interagency disaster response coordination. Develops, promotes and defends initiatives undertaken to support DOI, FEMA, the National Response Framework, and Government-wide goals and objectives associated with ongoing and future interagency response coordination.
  • Serves as the OEPC lead staff and coordinator of activities affecting Continuity of Operations (COOP) and ensuring OEPC's mission essential functions are met and carried out. Duties include oversight of Office guidance, related policy coordination, tests, training, and exercises.
  • Serves as COOP and emergency management liaison to the DOI's Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and represent OEPC on the DOI's Emergency Management Council. Serve on ad-hoc committees and review panels convened by OEM to write, develop, review, and promulgate policy related to emergency management for the Department.
  • The Office of Environmental Policy and Compliance has determined that the duties of this position are suitable for telework and the selectee may be allowed to telework with supervisor approval.

    Salary Range Information:
    GS-13: $103,690 - $134,798 per annum
    GS-14: $122,530 - $159,286 per annum
    First time hires to the federal government typically start at the beginning salary in the range for their respective grade level.

    This vacancy is also announced as OS-6010-21-KS-097(DEU) for those applicants who wish to apply and be considered under Competitive Examining procedures.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

    Supervisory status
    No

    Promotion Potential
    14

    Requirements

    Conditions of Employment

    • You must be a U.S. Citizen
    • 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
    • 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/.


    Qualifications

    Minimum Qualification Requirements:

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

    Specialized Experience:


    To qualify for the GS-13, you must possess at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 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 work of the position to be filled. Specialized experience is defined as demonstrated experience: (must meet all to qualify)
  • Assisting in projects and programs related to natural and cultural resources, emergency management programs and environmental missions.
  • Applying knowledge of the Disaster Response and Recovery program objectives and the Emergency Management program objectives as required by the applicable national contingence and continuity of operations.
  • Applying policies and procedures for assessing and mitigating the impacts of disasters on natural and cultural or historic resources.
  • Researching, interpreting, and advising on policies and procedures related to disaster response and recovery and Continuity of Operations.
  • To qualify for the GS-14, you must possess 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 work of the position to be filled. Specialized experience is defined as demonstrated experience: (must meet all to qualify)
  • Leading, developing, advancing, and implementing projects and programs related to natural and cultural resources, emergency management programs, and environmental missions.
  • Communicating and coordinating Disaster Response and Recovery program objectives and the Emergency Management program objectives.
  • Applying policies and procedures for assessing and mitigating the impacts of disasters on natural, cultural or historic resources.
  • Reviewing, developing, and coordinating policy and plans related to disaster response and recovery and Continuity of Operations.
  • 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.

    Education

    Education: If this position requires specific educational course work to qualify, or you are qualifying based in whole or part on education, you are required to provide transcripts as proof of meeting the requirements.

    Foreign Education: Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the specific educational requirements as stated above. You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. For more information on how foreign education is evaluated, visit: http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-policies/#url=e4

    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: Regulations and Guidance: Knowledge of legislation, regulations, departmental policy, agency policy and directives. Analytical: Skill and ability to analyze data and provide solutions to environmental issues. Interpersonal Skills Develops and maintains effective relationships with others; may include effectively dealing with individuals who are difficult, hostile, or distressed; relates well to people from varied backgrounds and different situations; is sensitive to cultural diversity, race, gender, disabilities, and other individual differences. Technical Competence: 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 Response Framework. DUE WEIGHT
    Please submit 1) a copy of your most recent performance appraisal/evaluation and 2) a list of any awards (e.g. superior performance awards, special act or achievement awards, quality step increase, etc.) you received in the last 5 years. Any performance appraisal/evaluation and award documentation you provide will be forwarded to the selecting official. The selecting official will review this documentation and give it due weight consideration during the overall selection process.

    If you do not have your most recent performance appraisal/evaluation, please submit a statement as to why it is not available. Please indicate if any prior performance appraisals/evaluations were at an acceptable level.

    To preview the assessment questionnaire click: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/11084231

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance
    Other

    Drug test required
    Yes

    Position sensitivity and risk
    Noncritical-Sensitive (NCS)/Moderate Risk

    Trust determination process
    Credentialing , Suitability/Fitness , National security

    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) SF-50's showing (1) your highest FPL, and (2) most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, tenure, and duty station. Please note that all SF-50's submitted must show that you are a status candidate or eligible under this announcement. Please refer to the eligibility in the online questionnaire for more information; (3) College transcript (if applicable) for verification of qualifying education. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable; (4) Certificates, license, etc. (if applicable); (5) Form DD-214 OR VA letter and Standard Form 15, if eligible under VEOA or VRA; (6) Proof of eligibility if applying under a special appointing authority; (7) Current or former Government employees are strongly encouraged to submit a recent performance appraisal.

    NOTE: Applicants claiming eligibility under VEOA or VRA, 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).

    NOTE: Applicants claiming eligibility based on 30% or more service connected disability, you are required to submit documentation that is indicated on the SF-15 as 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 30% 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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