You will be responsible for providing technical guidance concerning all Federal-aid Highway Program environmental programs, activities, and analyses within a State or, as a shared resource in multiple States.
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As an Environmental Protection Specialist you will:
Assist in assuring that environmental programs, studies, and documents on Federal-aid highway projects comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act, Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, archeology, noise impacts, Presidential Executive Orders, and other Federal environmental laws and requirements.
Provide guidance and technical assistance to the FHWA Division Office, State DOT, State and local transportation partners, Tribal Governments, and Federal resource and regulatory agencies, and participate in process reviews related to the environmental aspects of all program areas.
Represent the Division Office and serve as a technical advisor on FHWA policy, laws, regulations, Executive Orders, and directives related to NEPA and FHWA's project development process.
Advise FHWA stakeholders and Federal and State partner agencies on Federal responsibilities and the requirements of NEPA, the Council on Environmental Quality regulations (40 CFR 1500-1508), and FHWA regulations, policies, and guidance.
Ensure environmental laws are addressed and integrated into the NEPA decision-making process.
Provide feedback on environmental documents and studies.
Collaborate with and advises stakeholders of special environmental concerns such as those related to context sensitivity, environmental justice, community impact assessments, wetlands, cultural resources, Section 4(f), biological resources, ecosystems, hazardous wastes and brownfields, greenhouse gas emissions, project level air quality conformity and global climate change, and highway traffic noise.
Conduct field reviews to resolve complex environmental issues/problems and provides technical assistance to the Division Office's transportation customers.
Review and/or coordinate the review of NEPA documents and other environmental documentation within the Division Office to ensure compliance with requirements.
Provide technical assistance to resolve program and project-specific issues.
Conduct program and process reviews of Federal-aid projects to ensure that Federal requirements and environmental commitments are achieved.
Ideal candidate: Federal-aid Highway environmental activities within Connecticut. You will assure that environmental studies on Federal-aid highway projects comply with National Environmental Policy Act, Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act, Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, and other Federal requirements. You work on environmental activities with FHWA staff, State and local transportation partners, Tribal Governments, and other Federal agencies.
Occasional travel - Some travel is required.
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0028 Environmental Protection Specialist
HelpRequirements Conditions of Employment
You must meet specialized experience to qualify.
Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date.
Review Required Documents Section as documents are required by closing date
Announcement also advertised Status & VEOA Applicants: FHWA.FO-2018-0315.
This position is eligible for telework.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must meet either the education or specialized experience requirements for the grade at which you are requesting consideration.
To qualify on for the GS-11 on Experience, you must have at least one year of experience equal or equivalent to the GS-09, it must include BOTH OF THE FOLLOWING:
Experience applying environmental standards, methods, and practices to assure full implementation of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and other environmental laws, regulations or policy (such as Section 4(f) of the DOT Act, Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, laws concerning archeology, endangered species, noise impacts, project level Air Quality conformity determinations, or Executive Orders).
Experience preparing and reviewing environmental documents including, but not limited to Environmental Impact Statements (EIS), Environmental Assessments (EA), Categorical Exclusions (CE), Environmental Assessments, Purpose and Needs Statements, Alternative Analyses, etc.
To qualify for the GS-11 on Education alone, you must have:
3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.
You can also qualify based on a combination of higher level graduate education and experience.
To qualify on for the GS-12 on Experience (in addition to the GS-11), you must have at least one year of experience equal or equivalent to the GS-11, it must include ALL of the following:
You cannot qualify on education at this level, you must have experience.
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.
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Students enrolled in a qualifying degree program can apply if the anticipated graduation date is within six months of closing date of the announcement. Graduation transcript must be received before start date.
Other applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
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