Environmental Protections Specialist (StormWater)

Washington, D.C
May 04, 2021
May 11, 2021
Full Time


As an Environmental Protection Specialist you will develop and implement regional policies and procedures as well as Federal, State, and local regulatory compliance requirements governing the Regional Stormwater Program.

Position Location: General Services Administration (GSA), Public Buildings Service (PBS), National Capital Region (NCR), Office of Facilities Management (OFM) Washington, DC.

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  • Support building managers and contracting officer representatives by providing technical direction to ensure that operation & maintenance, landscape, and other applicable contracts comply with all applicable local, state, and federal stormwater requirements. Provide technical support to facility, project and contracts managers as well as asset managers and other budgetary staff in their efforts to address identified BMP maintenance and repairs for scopes outside those covered in existing maintenance contracts.
  • Oversee the proper construction of new BMPs as well as the installation and maintenance of erosion and sediment control practices and approved removal of erosion and sediment controls (E&SCs). Confirm project teams are prepared to call for all required regulatory inspections in advance of project start. Bring O&M, landscape and other service contracts (new and existing) into compliance with stormwater regulations. Develops GSA's National Computerized Maintenance Management System (NCMMS) job plans for BMP types.
  • Identify and organizes training offered by vendors specific to the maintenance of their own unique equipment or practices for the benefit of facility managers and their maintenance contractors. Conduct annual inspections of the region's BMPs to determine where additional maintenance or repair work is required to support design function and comply with regulatory requirements. Assist in the development of technical scope language and cost estimates for the maintenance and repair work needed.
  • Assist with site commissioning and the facilitation the transfer of BMP documentation, training of BMOs and O&M contractors. Aid in the development of a program focused on key personnel obtaining applicable certification credentials through training offered by jurisdictional regulatory agencies. Aid a higher-grade staff member and develops, schedules, and conducts formal training programs in the stormwater management discipline for use by customer service centers, project management teams, and facilities management personnel. Disseminate information concerning new and improved techniques for the design, construction, and maintenance of BMPs as well as changes in or updates to jurisdictional and federal stormwater regulations. Provide technical input on what commissioning agents should be documenting for stormwater and E&SC elements, reviews commissioning reports when they are generated and tracks follow up required to address identified issues.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Travel may be required for scheduled, work related meetings, training, and conferences.

Supervisory status

Promotion Potential
12 - Full performance Level GS-12


Conditions of Employment

  • US Citizenship or National (Residents of American Samoa and Swains Island)
  • Meet all eligibility criteria within 30 days of the closing date
  • Register with Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/1959

If selected, you must meet the following conditions:
  • Receive authorization from OPM on any job offer you receive, if you are or were (within the last 5 years) a political Schedule A, Schedule C or Non-Career SES employee in the Executive Branch.
  • Serve a one year probationary period, if required.
  • Undergo and pass a background investigation (Tier 2 investigation level).
  • Have your identity and work status eligibility verified if you are not a GSA employee. We will use the Department of Homeland Security's e-Verify system for this. Any discrepancies must be resolved as a condition of continued employment.
  • You may encounter exposure to any number of the following conditions for the purposes performing inspections and analysis of site conditions: inclement weather and mud traversing through woods and vegetation where ticks and mosquitoes are common climbing ladders to reach roofs through roof hatches removal of manhole covers with tools of the trade kneeling, bending and crouching to inspect underground, surface and roof level stormwater management devices and storm drain system components.


For each job on your resume, provide:
  • the exact dates you held each job (from month/year to month/year)
  • number of hours per week you worked (if part time).

NOTE: Qualifications are based on length and level of experience. Therefore, in addition to describing duties performed, applicants must provide the exact dates of each period of employment (from month/year to month/year) and the number of hours per week if part time. Qualification determinations cannot be made when resumes do not include the required information, so failure to provide this information may result in disqualification.

If you have volunteered your service through a National Service program (e.g., Peace Corps, Americorps), we encourage you to apply and include this experience on your resume.

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The GS-11 salary range starts at $72,750.00per year.

The GS-12 salary range starts at $87,198.00 per year.

If you are a new federal employee, your starting salary will likely be set at the Step 1 of the grade for which you are selected.


GS-11 This is a career ladder position to the full performance level of the GS-12

You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 in the Federal service. Specialized experience is experience assisting with specialized stormwater inspection and maintenance requirements for stormwater management equipment and assisting with annual inspections to determine where additional maintenance or repair work is required to support design function and comply with regulatory requirements. OR a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related or a combination of related graduate level education and appropriate experience that together meet the qualification requirements of this position.


You must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 in the Federal service. Specialized experience is experience providing technical guidance and recommendations on storm water management policies and programs; and monitoring and documenting program compliance with Federal, state, and/or local environmental laws, regulations, and other mandates regarding environmental/storm water management?

Preferred Education :

A four-year college degree is desired for this position with an emphasis on a degree in civil engineering, environmental engineering, water resources engineering or hydrology


Note: If you are using foreign education to meet qualification requirements, you must send a Certificate of Foreign Equivalency with your transcript in order to receive credit for that education. For further information, visit: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

Additional information

Bargaining Unit status: NFFE

If you are selected at a grade lower than the full performance level, you may be promoted up to that grade level without having to re-apply or compete against other applicants.

Recruitment/Relocation Incentive

On a case-by-case basis, the following incentives may be approved:

· Recruitment incentive if you are new to the federal government

· Relocation incentive if you are a current federal employee

· Credit toward vacation leave if you are new to the federal government

Additional vacancies may be filled from this announcement as needed; through other means; or not at all.

We are currently filling one vacancy, but additional vacancies may be filled as needed. Additional vacancies may be filled through this announcement in this or other GSA organizations within the same commuting area.

If you are eligible under Merit Promotion, you may also apply under Vacancy Announcement #21PBSC337DDDE. You must apply separately to each announcement to be considered for both.

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

We will use a method called Category Rating to assess your application. Here's how it will work:
  • You will be scored on the questions you answer during the application process, which will measure your possession of the following competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities:
  • Skill in interpersonal relations and in written and oral communications required to explain technical guidelines, negotiate requirements and conduct training.
  • Skill and experience in overseeing, reviewing and evaluating stormwater best management practice installations, and identifying opportunities for stormwater management in heavily urbanized sites.
  • Knowledge of qualitative and quantitative techniques to analyze the effectiveness and efficiency of assigned programs, specifically management objectives and issues relevant to organizational goals.
  • Knowledge of Federal laws and regulations, Executive Orders and agency directives pertaining to the designated program area(s) which include stormwater regulations of EPA, the District of Columbia, the State of Maryland and the State of Virginia
  • Your answers to the questions will be used to place you in one of three categories: Best Qualified, Well Qualified, or Qualified
  • We will verify your answers to the questions in your resume. If your resume doesn't support your answers, we may lower your score, which could place you in a lower category.
  • Within each category, veterans will receive selection priority over non-veterans.

Additional assessments may be used, and, if so, you will be provided with further instructions. If you are eligible under Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan or GSA's Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP/CTAP) , you must receive a score of 85 or higher to receive priority.

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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance

Drug test required

Position sensitivity and risk
Moderate Risk (MR)

Trust determination process

Required Documents

ALL required documents must be submitted before the closing date. Review the following list to determine what you need to submit.
  • If you are claiming veterans' preference:
  • Copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD-214 that shows the dates of your active duty service. If selected, a DD-214 showing your type of discharge (member 4 copy) will be required prior to appointment.
  • If you are claiming 10-point preference or derived preference (a spouse, widow or widower, or parent of a deceased or disabled veteran), submit both of the following in addition to the DD-214: (1)completed SF-15 form; and (2) proof of your entitlement (refer to SF-15 for complete list).
  • If you are active duty military- Certification on a letterhead from your military branch that includes your rank, character of service (must be under honorable conditions) & military service dates including discharge/release date (must be no later than 120 days after the date the certification is submitted).
  • If you are ICTAP / CTAP eligible - submit a, b, and c: (a) proof of eligibility including agency notice; (b) SF-50, and (c) most recent performance appraisal.
  • Current or Former Political Appointees: Submit SF-50.
  • College transcripts: If you are using some or all of your college education to meet qualification requirements for this position, you must submit a photocopy of your college transcript(s). If selected, an official transcript will be required prior to appointment. For education completed outside the United States, also submit a valid foreign credential evaluation that substantiates possession of the required education.

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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