FHWA’s Office of Natural Environment (HEPN) is accepting applications for an Environmental Protection Specialist (GS-0028-13/14) on the Resilience Team. As an agency expert in climate change resilience, the incumbent will play a key role in furthering the agency’s climate resilience goals. The application window closes on May 15,

As an Environmental Protection Specialist on the Resilience Team, you will:

  • Take part in efforts to shape agency policies and goals to advance the understanding of transportation and climate resiliency.
  • Support implementation of climate resilience in agency programs and practices, including through cooperation with FHWA Division Offices.
  • Support the new PROTECT Discretionary Grant Program
  • Identify, prioritize, and develop resiliency research needs and lead efforts with other Federal, State, and environmental/resource agencies to identify additional research needs and to foster appropriate interagency involvement in the development, funding, and implementation of research proposals.
  • Serve as a liaison to other FHWA offices on climate and extreme event resiliency issues in areas that may include economic analysis, planning, project development, engineering, design, asset management, and operations.
  • Direct and take part in training and technical assistance efforts by FHWA in surface transportation climate resilience.

The ideal candidate for this position is a highly motivated professional with experience in transportation and climate resilience.  The ideal candidate also has experience in cost-benefit or other economic analysis approaches or a strong technical capacity and willingness to learn, ability to communicate effectively in both written and oral formats, and experience in one or more of the following: transportation project development, program management, transportation planning, or civil (transportation) or environmental engineering.

To qualify for the Environmental Protection Specialist position, candidates must also have experience:

  • applying environmental standards, methods, and practices to assure full implementation of environmental laws, regulations, and policies; AND
  • preparing and reviewing environmental documents; AND
  • planning, leading, and managing multiple full-cycle environmental-related projects or overseeing the environmental regulatory process or policy related activities.

Please refer to the USAJobs announcement for information on education and experience requirements for the Environmental Protection Specialist job series. Your resume must contain sufficiently detailed information for us to make a qualification determination.

This position is not remote and is located at FHWA Headquarters in Washington, D.C.  Relocation expenses are authorized.

The Direct Hire authority will be used to fill this vacancy and we will be accepting applications through May 15, 2023.  To apply, either:

  1. Complete an application under the Environmental Protection Specialist – DIRECT HIRE announcement on USAJobs.  Please also send an email to Becky Lupes indicating your interest in being considered (Rebecca.Lupes@dot.gov). Be sure to select Washington, D.C. as the location and GS-13 and/or GS-14 as the grade. OR
  2. Send a complete application package to include a sufficiently detailed resume and SF-50 (if applicable) directly to Becky Lupes at Rebecca.Lupes@dot.gov with the subject line “Application: Resilience Team.”

Ensure that your resume contains specific information such as position titles, beginning and ending dates of employment for each position, average number of hours worked per week, and if the position is/was in the federal government, you should provide the position series and grade level.

If you are a federal applicant, you must include SF-50(s) that verifies your highest competitive grade, full performance level, and eligibility as a federal applicant.

  • Do not submit an award SF-50 as these do not verify grade or eligibility.
  • For consideration for a promotion, Box 4 of the SF-50 must show a date that is at least 52 weeks before the closing date. We recommend submitting your last promotion SF-50 or within-grade increase SF-50.

If you have any questions about the Resilience Team or would like to discuss this opportunity, please contact Becky Lupes, Resilience Team Leader in FHWA’s Office of Natural Environment at Rebecca.lupes@dot.gov or 202-366-7808.