Environmental Protection Specialist

bureau of land management in Carlsbad, NM

  • Industry: Scientific Research - Environmental Science
  • Type: Full Time
  • Compensation: $111,996.67 - 196,820.00 / Year*
position filled


The basic duties below are described at the full performance level GS-11. At less-than-full-performance level, the incumbent will be assigned various tasks on an on-the-job training basis, with the difficulty of the tasks and degree of independent performance increasing gradually, as the incumbent becomes better trained, and demonstrates the ability to assume greater responsibility. At the full performance level, the Environmental Protection Specialist provides technical advice and assistance to managers, Conducts studies and surveys to identify problems, recommends modifications to operations, and develops environmental documentation in relation to assigned projects and sites. Other duties include assuring the conduct of on-site surveillance of environmental hazardous waste disposal processes; ensuring compliance with applicable regulations, etc..; evaluating surface protection and management program goals and objectives; and providing project support documentation and preliminary studies which lead to the approval or disapproval of projects that may have a surface disturbing impact. The specialist also develops and recommends and implements plans to accomplish program surface protection goals and modifies policies and procedures to comply with changes to applicable laws and regulations.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - 5 days per month

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential



Conditions of Employment

  • U.S. Citizenship is required;
  • Be sure to read the "How to Apply" and "Required Documents" Sections;
  • You cannot hold an active real estate license; nor can you
  • have an interest or hold stocks in firms with interest in Federal Land;
  • Direct Deposit Required;
  • Security Clearance/Background Investigation is required.
  • If you are qualifying based off of education you will need to clearly state your undergraduate/graduate degree(s) and submit your college transcripts or a listing of your college courses that includes hours and grades.


    Specialized Experience Requirements:
    In order to be rated as qualified for this position, we must be able to determine that you meet the specialized experience requirement - please be sure to include this information in your resume. To be creditable, this experience must have been equivalent in difficulty and complexity to the next lower grade of the position to be filled:

    Specialized experience for the GS-07 : 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-05 level in Environmental Protection Specialist work. At this level, work assignments are diverse, limited in complexity & selected to provide experience & training. Examples of specialized experience include the application of environmental and surface protection requirements such as inspection of surface disturbing activities to ensure compliance with applicable laws, regulations, policy, permits and conditions of approval; OR have 1 year of graduate education leading to a master`s degree in a directly related field. Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work; OR meet the requirements for Superior Academic Achievement (S.A.A.) See OPM Quals Standard-General Policies E(4)(f); OR have an equivalent combination of the type and level of experience and education described above.

    Specialized experience for the GS-09 : 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-07 level in Environmental Protection Specialist work. At this level, recurring assignments that are independently performed are more difficult & complex than those performed at the lower grade level. Examples of specialized experience include: exercising judgment and a broad perspective in applying a thorough knowledge of the principles, concepts, and practices relating to environmental protection programs; OR 2 years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to a master`s degree or master`s or equivalent graduate degree in a directly related field of study. Such education must demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work; OR have an equivalent combination of the type and level of experience and education described above.

    Specialized experience for the GS-11 : 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-09 level in Environmental Protection Specialist work. Examples of specialized experience includes: work involving use of policies, organizational processes, operations, work practices, and environmental parameters of regulated industries and Federal agencies, States, or other entities sufficient to obtain information, evaluate compliance, and recommend necessary changes to control measures and best management practices; OR have 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 have an equivalent combination of the type and level of experience and education described above.

    You must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement. Federal employees in the competitive service are also subject to the Time-In-Grade requirement.


    Additional information

    SELECTIVE SERVICE: Male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must certify that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. To register or verify your registration go to the .

    May require completion of a 1 year probationary period.

    Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP): CTAP provides eligible surplus and displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is available from OPM's Career Transition Resources website at or . If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration or that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) This vacancy is within your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility; 2) You apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) You are found well qualified for this vacancy. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of CTAP/ICTAP eligibility, or a copy of your separation personnel action form.

    CTAP and ICTAP eligibles will be considered well qualified if they receive a minimum score of 90 based on the rating criteria used for this position.

    Reemployment Priority List (RPL): The RPL is the mechanism agencies use to give reemployment consideration to their former competitive service employees separated by a RIF or who have fully recovered from a compensable injury after more than one year. If you are currently on a Reemployment Priority List, you may be given priority consideration.

    BLM may use certain incentives, currently offered by the Federal government, to attract high quality applicants.

    This position is not eligible for Telework.

    Government facilities are required to provide a smoke free environment for their employees. Smoking will be permitted only in designated areas.

    Physical Demands: The individual in this position performs work in an office setting, however, considerable field work is required to gather data, conduct evaluations and meet with industry operators. The individual may be required to walk or ride vehicles over rough terrain, perform duties that require recurring bending, crouching, stooping, reaching or lifting. Work may also include lifting of moderately heavy items, such as equipment and samples.

    Work Environment:The incumbent works in an office setting, however, field work is required to complete projects. The employee may be exposed to discomfort from harsh weather. The incumbent may subjected to hostile wildlife, chemical and physical hazards.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    Upon receipt of your complete application package, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. Your rating will be based on your responses to the Job Specific Questionnaire and the information stated in your resume. If qualified, your score may range from 70-100 points. In addition, interviews may be conducted for this position. The interviews may be conducted on a pass/fail basis or may be scored. The job specific questions relate to the following knowledge, skills and abilities required to do the work of this position:

    - Thorough knowledge of a wide range of natural resource and environmental protection and analysis concepts, principles, and procedures involved with hazardous materials cleanup and management and oil, gas, and minerals operations.

    - Thorough knowledge of Federal, State, and local environmental laws and regulations including regulations, manuals, guidelines, and procedures utilized in the management of Federal lands. The specialist must apply a knowledge of some the following regulations and guidance: Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act (CWA), Non Point Discharge Elimination System (NPDES), Above Ground Storage Tank (AST), Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA), Oil Pollution Act (OPA), Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act (EPCRA), Hazard Communication Program (HAZCOM), Waste Minimization, Recycling, and Pollution Prevention programs.

    - Ability to analyze projected impacts of surface disturbing operations to make detailed recommendations for the restoration of abandoned mines and hazardous material sites.

    - The specialist must have a thorough knowledge of new procedures and approaches of surface protection and reclamation technologies.

    - The specialist must have the ability to use automated equipment for word processing, database input and workload tracking.

    VEOA Selectees at the GS-07 level who meet basic eligibility requirements will be referred for the Administrative Careers with America (ACWA) examination administered under authorities of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM). It is expected that this test will be conducted within two weeks of the closing date of this announcement. Applicants who score 90 or above on the test will be referred to the selecting official. Applicants will be responsible for providing their own means of transportation and travel to take the test.

    Required Documents

    Resumes must show relevant experience and other information. Your resume must list your education and work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week and salary information. Your resume will be used to validate your responses to the assessment tool(s). You are welcome to submit a cover letter (optional). If you wish to do so, include it with your resume.

    In addition to the online application (resume and responses to the questionnaire), you are required to submit the following forms:

    Copy of Transcripts or a list of college courses that include hours and grades from an accredited U.S. college/university. If your degree is from a Foreign Institution .

    Former PLC Member: Submit a copy of your Certificate of Eligibility for Noncompetitive Hiring along with a copy of your PLC Participant Verification Work Hours Sheet.

    Applicants eligible under PL-114-47, Land Management Workforce Flexibility Act (LMWFA) must submit documentation verifying (a) initial selection under competitive examining procedures to a land management agency under a time-limited appointment in the competitive service , (b) service under this initial appointment, or in conjunction with subsequent competitive service time-limited appointments, to a land management agency was for a period of 24 months without a break in service of two or more years, and (c) performance was evaluated as being at an acceptable level for the entire applicable period(s). Required documentation includes first and last SF-50 (Notification of Personnel Action) for each appointment verifying the Position Occupied code (Block 34) is 1-Competitive Service, AND documentation of successful performance for each appointment. Applicants are encouraged to combine all required documents into one or more files and scan for uploading into the application. Each file must not exceed 3MB. Grouping documents into files will simplify the application process. Failure to submit required documentation will result in loss of consideration.

    Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) eligibles: documentation verifying your CTAP/ICTAP eligibility - this includes a copy of the agency notice and your most recent SF-50 noting current position, grade level and duty location.

    Current and former federal career and career-conditional employees: submit a copy of your recent (non award) SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, or equivalent document that verifies tenure (block 24, code 1 or 2) and Competitive Status (block 34, code 1).

    If you are applying for this position based on eligibility under other noncompetitive special appointing authorities, you MUST submit proof of this eligibility.

    You may submit your documents either via Auto-Requested Fax or by uploading your documents from your USAJOBS Profile.

    Auto-Requested Fax: allows you to submit required documentation that will be electronically displayed along with your resume. The opportunity to do this will be provided during the application process by a pop-up message option to generate an auto-requested fax cover sheet.

    UPLOADING DOCUMENTS: Instead of faxing your documents you may use the uploading procedures thru Applicant Manager. Do not use both options.

    Hard copy paper supplemental documents, submitted without prior Human Resources approval, will be considered as an incomplete application.

    Required documentation must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, on the closing date of this announcement.

    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 .

    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.


    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. .

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

    How to Apply

    Next steps

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    Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

    The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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    Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

    A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

    Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
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  • You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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    * Estimated salary