Overview

The Office of Planning, Environment, and Realty (Office of Natural Environment) is recruiting for multiple Environmental Protection Specialists (GS-13/14) positions. The duty location is Washington, DC, but we are also advertising under FHWA’s Alternative Duty Location Program.  The vacancy announcements opened today, Thursday, May 5, 2022, and close on Monday, May 16, 2022.

We are seeking senior professionals to advance innovative strategies for addressing climate change and building resilient and sustainable transportation systems that are cost-effective, long-lasting, and efficient.  The selected individuals will join an excellent team of resiliency, energy, and environmental specialists and will focus on multi-disciplinary issues regarding climate change, extreme weather, and natural disaster resiliency.

The vacancy announcements can be found at:

As an Environmental Protection Specialist, you will:

  • Provide expert advice on climate change resilience on a program-wide level and for large significant transportation projects.
  • Serve as a liaison to other FHWA offices on climate resilience issues in areas that may include transportation planning, project development, hydraulics and hydrology, engineering design, asset management, and risk assessment.
  • Research, interpret, effectively communicate, promote, and provide advice on agency policies, procedures, regulations, and guidance; identify and determine relevant interagency technical/policy issues warranting coordination.
  • Maintain continuous expert knowledge of authorization legislation and other statutory regulatory requirements as well as relevant policies and procedures of other Federal agencies as they affect climate change resilience and the Federal-aid and Federal lands highway programs; analyze, interpret and make recommendations on both proposed and enacted legislation.
  • Plan, develop, and implement programs for mitigating or adapting to climate change, extreme weather and natural disasters through the appropriate application of transportation policies, methods and procedures; plan and develop programs for developing sustainable highways, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and implementing alternative fuel infrastructure and programs.
  • Serve as a Contracting Officer’s Technical Representative in support of the FHWA research program. Perform various contract management and accounting functions in conjunction with the research program, including the development of statements of work, evaluation of vendor proposals, completion of procurement requests, and managing the day-to-day activities of contractors.

The ideal candidate is a senior professional seeking to advance innovative strategies for building and maintaining climate-resilient and sustainable transportation systems that are cost-effective, long-lasting, and efficient.

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S.Citizen and eligible for consideration.
  • You must meet specialized experience to qualify.
  • Required documents must be submitted by the closing date.
  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:

  • SELECTIVE SERVICE: Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for the Selective Service.
  • GOVERNMENT TRAVEL CARD: This position involves travel.  A government contractor-issued travel card will be issued and must be retained for official business only.
  • PCS/RELOCATION/RECRUITMENT: Permanent Change of Station (PCS), Relocation, and Recruitment Incentive authorization varies by position/selection.
  • PROBATIONARY PERIOD: You must complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).
  • TIME-IN-GRADE: Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade in the competitive or excepted service in the executive branch to satisfy time-in-grade restrictions contained in 5 CFR 300, Subpart F.
  • DEU REQUIREMENTS: Applicants selected under delegated examining procedures may be required to successfully complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).

Qualifications

To determine which grade(s) you may be eligible for, review the following grade specific details before applying. You will be asked related questions as part of your application, but you also need to verify how you meet this specialized experience in your resume or you may be deemed ineligible.

To qualify for the Grade 13, you must have at least one year of experience equal or equivalent to the GS-12, it must include:

  • Experience assisting in policy and program development related to transportation infrastructure adaptation and resilience to climate change, extreme weather and natural disasters; AND
  • Experience applying policies and procedures for assessing and mitigating the impacts of climate change, extreme weather and natural disasters on transportation infrastructure; AND
  • Experience researching, interpreting, effectively communicating, and providing advice on policies and procedures related to infrastructure resilience and sustainability of highways and transportation systems.

You cannot substitute education for specialized experience at this grade level.

To qualify for the Grade 14, you must have at least one year of experience equal or equivalent to the GS-13, it must include:

  • Experience developing, advancing, and implementing policies and programs related to transportation infrastructure adaptation and resilience to climate change, extreme weather and natural disasters; AND
  • Experience developing and advancing policies and procedures for assessing and mitigating the impacts of climate change, extreme weather and natural disasters on transportation infrastructure; AND
  • Experience researching, interpreting, effectively communicating, and providing advice on policies and procedures related to infrastructure resilience and sustainability of highways and transportation systems.

You cannot substitute education for specialized experience at this grade level.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES (KSAs): Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:

  1. TECHNICAL KNOWLEDGE – Knowledge of transportation planning, legislation, regulations and guidance.
  2. PROGRAM ANALYSIS, DEVELOPMENT, RESEARCH – Knowledge of transportation planning practices and analysis.
  3. COMMUNICATION – Written/Oral/Presentation
  4. COMMUNICATION – Representing an organization/interpersonal

For all types of consideration, 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.

All applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.