Environmental Protection Specialist

FEMA

United States

Full time

Jul 28

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Summary


The ideal candidate for this position will have experience leading and managing environmental compliance programs.This position starts at a salary of $103,690 (GS-13). Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of the Mount Weather Emergency Operations Center (MWEOC) team within FEMA.


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Responsibilities


The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling on those who want to help protect American interests and secure our Nation. DHS Components work collectively to prevent terrorism; secure borders and our transportation systems; protect the President and other dignitaries; enforce and administer immigration laws; safeguard cyberspace; and ensure resilience to disasters. We achieve these vital missions through a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.


When disaster strikes, America looks to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Now FEMA looks to you. Join our team and use your talent to support Americans in their times of greatest need. FEMA prepares the nation for all hazards and manages Federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. We foster innovation, reward performance and creativity, and provide challenges on a routine basis with a well-skilled, knowledgeable, high performance workforce. Please visit www.fema.gov for additional information.


In this position, you will serve an Environmental Protection Specialist responsible for managing environmental compliance programs relative to the MWEOC facility. Typical assignments include:

  • Providing specialized technical services to ensure compliance with National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) by review or preparation of environmental documents that include Categorical Exclusions (CATEX), Environmental Assessments (EA) and/or Environmental Impact Statements (EIS), Findings of No Significant Impact (FONSI) and Records of Decisions (ROD). Developing organizational plans, budgets, and fund control methods to carry out the Environmental, Safety, Occupational Health and Sustainability mission.
  • Managing and providing technical support for the facility: environmental permits (e.g., air, storm water, and wastewater), environmental planning, identification and cleanup of contamination, air emissions, natural resources preservation, pollution prevention, hazardous waste disposal, spill prevention, storm water, wastewater management, and fuel storage tanks.
  • Providing problem consultation and compliance services for facility operation, construction, maintenance, and repair activities while serving as the technical expert and primary contact with other FEMA organizations, other Federal agencies and the Commonwealth of Virginia to assure proper, timely and consistent compliance with environmental laws and regulations.
  • Managing budget requests, customer support, property management, and record-keeping information requests; performing work involving the review and analysis of technical and/or administrative issues, surveys and projects; reviewing new or revised policy directives, regulation and program materials from Federal and State agencies, developing procedural guidelines or instructions for implementation and compliance by FEMA facilities including MWEOC; identifying specific or potential impacts of proposed policies and regulations on facility operations and capabilities.
  • Interacting directly with other Federal departments/agencies and State regulators to fulfill compliance obligations as well as participating in public review of NEPA documents and inquiries from congressional representatives and the general public on environmental related questions and concerns.

All MWEOC staff have emergency assignments and are considered deployed in place. Exercises and activations are planned and unplanned, and may require long hours, nights, weekends and holidays.


All MWEOC employees are: (1) required to use a government-issued electronic device (to include cellular phones); (2) subject to recall during emergency situations; and (3) required to perform work in locations both above and below ground.


EMERGENCY ASSIGNMENT: Every FEMA employee has regular and recurring emergency management responsibilities, though not every position requires routine deployment to disaster sites. All positions are subject to recall around the clock for emergency management operations, which may require irregular work hours, work at locations other than the official duty station, and may include duties other than those specified in the employee's official position description. Travel requirements in support of emergency operations may be extensive in nature (weeks to months), with little advance notice, and may require employees to relocate to emergency sites with physically austere and operationally challenging conditions.


Travel Required


Occasional travel - This position may require minimal non-emergency travel up to 5% .


Supervisory status


No


Promotion Potential


13


The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling on those who want to help protect American interests and secure our Nation. DHS Components work collectively to prevent terrorism; secure borders and our transportation systems; protect the President and other dignitaries; enforce and administer immigration laws; safeguard cyberspace; and ensure resilience to disasters. We achieve these vital missions through a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.


When disaster strikes, America looks to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Now FEMA looks to you. Join our team and use your talent to support Americans in their times of greatest need. FEMA prepares the nation for all hazards and manages Federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. We foster innovation, reward performance and creativity, and provide challenges on a routine basis with a well-skilled, knowledgeable, high performance workforce. Please visit www.fema.gov for additional information.


In this position, you will serve an Environmental Protection Specialist responsible for managing environmental compliance programs relative to the MWEOC facility. Typical assignments include:

  • Providing specialized technical services to ensure compliance with National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) by review or preparation of environmental documents that include Categorical Exclusions (CATEX), Environmental Assessments (EA) and/or Environmental Impact Statements (EIS), Findings of No Significant Impact (FONSI) and Records of Decisions (ROD). Developing organizational plans, budgets, and fund control methods to carry out the Environmental, Safety, Occupational Health and Sustainability mission.
  • Managing and providing technical support for the facility: environmental permits (e.g., air, storm water, and wastewater), environmental planning, identification and cleanup of contamination, air emissions, natural resources preservation, pollution prevention, hazardous waste disposal, spill prevention, storm water, wastewater management, and fuel storage tanks.
  • Providing problem consultation and compliance services for facility operation, construction, maintenance, and repair activities while serving as the technical expert and primary contact with other FEMA organizations, other Federal agencies and the Commonwealth of Virginia to assure proper, timely and consistent compliance with environmental laws and regulations.
  • Managing budget requests, customer support, property management, and record-keeping information requests; performing work involving the review and analysis of technical and/or administrative issues, surveys and projects; reviewing new or revised policy directives, regulation and program materials from Federal and State agencies, developing procedural guidelines or instructions for implementation and compliance by FEMA facilities including MWEOC; identifying specific or potential impacts of proposed policies and regulations on facility operations and capabilities.
  • Interacting directly with other Federal departments/agencies and State regulators to fulfill compliance obligations as well as participating in public review of NEPA documents and inquiries from congressional representatives and the general public on environmental related questions and concerns.

All MWEOC staff have emergency assignments and are considered deployed in place. Exercises and activations are planned and unplanned, and may require long hours, nights, weekends and holidays.


All MWEOC employees are: (1) required to use a government-issued electronic device (to include cellular phones); (2) subject to recall during emergency situations; and (3) required to perform work in locations both above and below ground.


EMERGENCY ASSIGNMENT: Every FEMA employee has regular and recurring emergency management responsibilities, though not every position requires routine deployment to disaster sites. All positions are subject to recall around the clock for emergency management operations, which may require irregular work hours, work at locations other than the official duty station, and may include duties other than those specified in the employee's official position description. Travel requirements in support of emergency operations may be extensive in nature (weeks to months), with little advance notice, and may require employees to relocate to emergency sites with physically austere and operationally challenging conditions.


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Requirements


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
  • You must successfully pass a background investigation.
  • Selective Service registration required.
  • You must be able to obtain and maintain a Government credit card.
  • Please review "Other Information" section for additional key requirements.

To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo, successfully pass, and maintain a background investigation for a TOP SECRET clearance as a condition of placement into this position. This may include a credit check after initial job qualifications are determined, a review of financial issues, such as delinquency in the payment of debts, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs (please visit: Mythbuster on Federal Hiring Policies for additional information). For more information on background investigations for Federal jobs please visit OPM Investigations.


Please ensure you meet the qualification requirements described below.


Qualifications


The qualification requirements listed below must be met within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.


You qualify for this position at the GS-13 level (starting salary $103,690) if you possess the following: One full year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade (GS-12) in the Federal Service. This experience may have been gained in the federal government, a state or local government, a non-profit organization, the private sector, or as a volunteer; however, your resume must clearly describe at least one year of specialized experience. Specialized experience for this position includes:

  • Planning and evaluating environmental safety programs for program offices to ensure compliance with laws and regulations AND;
  • Managing environmental policies and regulations, consultation services and impact statements for the operations and capabilities of a facility AND;
  • Planning various administrative requirements for budget, environmental safety record keeping information requests and providing customer support for a facility.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional, philanthropic, religious, spiritual, community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.


NOTE: Qualifications are based on breadth/level of experience. In addition to describing duties performed, applicants must provide the exact dates of each period of employment (from MM/YY to MM/YY) and the number of hours worked per week if part time. As qualification determinations cannot be made when resumes do not include the required information, failure to provide this information may result in disqualification. Applicants are encouraged to use the USAJOBS Resume Builder to develop their federal resume. For a brief video on How to Create a Federal Resume, click here.




Current or former FEMA Reservists/DAE employees: To accurately credit your experience for these intermittent positions, make sure to list the dates (from MM/YY to MM/YY) of each deployment, along with the job title and specific duties you were responsible for during each deployment. Failure to provide this information may result in disqualification.


The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.


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Additional information

  • This position has been identified as a Testing Designated Position (TDP) because of its security, public health, and/or public safety sensitivity, you are subject to random drug testing under FEMA's Drug-Free Workplace Plan (DWP). Refusal to be tested will result in disciplinary action up to and including removal from federal service.
  • If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete an Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment, and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application, prior to entry on duty. False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after beginning work, fine, or imprisonment.
  • DHS uses E-verify, an internet based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities.
  • This announcement may be used to fill one or more vacancies.
  • A one year probationary period is required for new Federal competitive service employees and new supervisors and managers.
  • If selected for this position, and you have not previously completed these requirements, you are subject to (1) completion of a 2 day onboarding program at your primary duty location; and, (2) completion of a subsequent, multiple day orientation program within 90-120 days of hire at a location to be determined. Travel associated with the orientation portion of this requirement may be at FEMA’s expense.
  • The Department of Homeland Security encourages persons with disabilities to apply, to include persons with intellectual, severe physical or psychiatric disabilities, as defined by 5 CFR
  • 213.3102(u), and/or Disabled Veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30 percent or more as defined by 5 CFR
  • 315.707. Veterans, Peace Corps/VISTA volunteers, and persons with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not have to compete with the public for federal jobs. To determine your eligibility for non-competitive appointment and to understand the required documentation, click on the links above or contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement.
  • Applying to this announcement certifies that you give permission for DHS to share your application with others in DHS for similar positions.
  • This is a Bargaining Unit position.
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  • How You Will Be Evaluated

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

  • We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the minimum qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, we will use your responses to the job questionnaire to place you in one of three categories based on your experience, education, and training. The competencies or knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to perform this job are:
  • Technical Proficiency
  • Communication
  • Customer Service
  • Representing the Agency
  • Teamwork and Cooperation
  • If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be placed in one of the following categories:
  • Best-Qualified: Applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrate high proficiency in all of the critical competencies, including all Selective Placement Factors (SPF), and appropriate Quality Ranking Factors (QRF) as determined by the job analysis.
  • Well-Qualified: Applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrates acceptable proficiency in all of the critical competencies, including all SPF’s and appropriate QRFs as determined by the job analysis.
  • Qualified: Applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrate basic proficiency in most of the critical competencies, including all SPFs and appropriate QRFs as determined by the job analysis.
  • If you are best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview.

  • Veterans: Qualified veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% are listed in the best-qualified category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level, or higher. This position is not considered scientific/professional. Other 10-point preference eligibles and veterans with 5-point preference who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements are placed above non-preference eligibles within the category in which they qualify. View information on veterans' preference.

  • Interagency/Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP/CTAP) Eligibles: If you have never worked for the federal government, you are not ICTAP/CTAP eligible. View information about ICTAP/CTAP eligibility on OPM’s Career Transition Resources website. To receive selection priority for this position, you must: 1) meet eligibility criteria for CTAP or ICTAP; 2) be rated well-qualified for the position; and, 3) submit the appropriate documentation to support your CTAP or ICTAP eligibility (see “Required Documents” section of this announcement). Well-Qualified is defined as those applicants whose experience clearly exceed the minimum qualification requirements for the position and demonstrates acceptable proficiency in all critical competencies, Selective Placement Factors and Quality Ranking Factors as determined by the job analysis



  • Interview Requirement: Interviews may be required for this position. Failure to complete the interview may result in removal from consideration.

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  • Background checks and security clearance

  • Security clearance

  • Top Secret

  • Drug test required

  • Yes

  • Position sensitivity and risk

  • Critical-Sensitive (CS)/High Risk

  • Trust determination process

  • National security


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