Environmental Protection Specialist


: $115,560.00 - $161,890.00 /year *

Employment Type

: Full-Time


: Mining/Extraction

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Duties SummaryThe 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.Responsibilities This position is located within the Department of the Interior, Office of the Secretary, Office of the Assistant Secretary-Policy, Management and Budget (PMB), Office of Environmental Policy and Compliance in Washington, DC. The Office oversees the Department's compliance with environmental statutes, handles crosscutting environmental matters for the Department, and provides environmental and policy advice to the Assistant Secretary PMB and other members of the Secretariat. At the full performance level GS-14, the major duties of this position include, but are not limited to the following: (1) Serves as expert advisor regarding the completeness, accuracy, objectivity, feasibility, and/or legislative soundness on a variety of Departmental environmental proposals (in particular major infrastructure projects) impacting the natural resources, established goals, and objectives of the Department. (2) Performs quantitative/qualitative analysis, reviewing and recommending revisions and/or proposing approaches or strategies on NEPA processes and/or documents, environmental regulations, policy, guidance, and other environmental review processes and related documents. (3) Serves as an administrative, analytical and technical expert in the environmental review of projects impacting natural or cultural resources, particularly for major infrastructure projects. (4) Analyzes, evaluates, and recommends courses of action regarding environmental review of projects and other environmentally related proposals both within the Department and those submitted to the Department from other Federal agencies, State, or local governments, assessing how they affect the Department's jurisdiction, goals, and objectives within established timetables. (5) Acquires and analyzes information about environmental issues, clarifies and disseminates Departmental information, provides guidance on natural resources impacts and authorizations from various Federal activities, and recommends the best course of action in the implementation of regulation and policy affecting the Department's responsibilities, ensuring timetables are met. (6) Coordinates with management, other technical specialists, officials, and experts to obtain necessary information and develop chains of communication and/or work out solutions regarding complex proposals and projects impacting natural resources under the Department's control. (7) Develops recommended Departmental positions and prepares decision memos and briefing information for signature by the Office Director and/or other Secretarial officials. Supports Department in monitoring and meeting performance accountability objectives under FAST-41 and EO 13807. (8) Reviews project input and ensures the Department meets timetable commitments and speaks with 'one voice' by facilitating and mediating between bureaus and other agencies to reach an agreed upon recommendation and elevating issues for resolution when necessary. (9) Represents the Department on inter-agency committees, teams, working groups, etc., assigned to develop or further policy initiatives and/or projects of national importance, especially major infrastructure projects. Performs other duties as assigned. The Office of the Secretary, 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 Information GS-14: $121,316.00 to $157,709.00 per annum. First time hires to the Federal government normally start at the lower salary range of the grade level. This vacancy may be used to fill additional positions as vacancies become available. Travel RequiredOccasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position. Occasional travel 1-5 nights per month. Supervisory status No Promotion Potential 14 Requirements Conditions of EmploymentYou must be a U.S. CitizenYou will be subject to a background/suitability investigation/determinationYou will be required to have federal payments made by Direct DepositYou must submit ALL required documents and a completed questionnaireSelective 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 Qualifications Minimum Qualification Requirements: To qualify for this position you must meet the Specialized Experience for the series to which you are applying. Specialized Experience To qualify for the GS-14, you must possess at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 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 in or related to the work of the position to be filled. Specialized experience is defined as demonstrated experience: 1. Experience in developing, implementing, and interpreting Federal environmental laws, regulations, policies, and procedures related to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to review and evaluate complex and sensitive environmental issues, programs, and proposed projects; 2. Experience in providing policy guidance pertaining to Federal environmental issues and resolving problems of major significance to agency/organization environmental programs; 3. Experience in collaborating with staff and management on environmental issues and policy development and advising senior level officials on technical and/or policy guidance pertaining to environmental issues, including NEPA, other environmental analysis and review processes, and monitoring and reporting on their implementation; and, 4. Experience in solving problems that relate to environmental programs and in implementing environmental compliance programs for Federal, State and/or local governments or organizations. You must meet all four to be found qualified. 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: 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 There is no positive education requirement for this position. Education can not be substituted for specialized experience for this position. Additional informationApplicants 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.Read more How You Will Be EvaluatedYou 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: Written Communication: Writes in a clear, concise, organized, and convincing manner for the intended audience. Analytical: Identifies rules, principles, or relationships that explain facts, data, or other information; analyzes information and makes correct inferences to draw accurate conclusions. Interpersonal Skills: Influences, motivates, and queries others in an appropriate manner; adapts work styles to a variety of situations. Regulations and Guidance: Knowledge of Federal environmental law, regulations, policies and directives. 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: Read moreBackground checks and security clearanceSecurity clearance Other Drug test required No Position sensitivity and riskModerate Risk (MR)Trust determination processCredentialing, Suitability/FitnessThis job is open to Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL) Federal employees who meet the definition of a 'surplus' or 'displaced' employee. Family of overseas employees Family members of a federal employee or uniformed service member who is, or was, working overseas. Federal employees - Competitive service Current or former competitive service federal employees. Federal employees - Excepted service Current excepted service federal employees. Individuals with disabilities Land & base management Certain current or former term or temporary federal employees of a land or base management agency. Military spouses Peace Corps & AmeriCorps Vista Special authorities Individuals eligible under a special authority not listed above, but defined in the federal hiring regulations. Veterans Clarification from the agency This is a Merit Promotion announcement for Government employees and those who are eligible under the hiring paths listed. For further clarification please click here: Location1 vacancy in the following location:Washington, DC Washington, DC Relocation expenses reimbursed No Telework eligible Yes as determined by agency policy Overview Open & closing dates Opening and closing dates05/15/2020 to 05/29/2020 Service Competitive Pay scale & grade GS 14 Salary $121,316 to $157,709 per year Appointment type Permanent Work schedule Full-Time
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