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Job Opening: Environmental Protection Specialist


Position: Environmental Protection Specialist
Company: Department of Homeland Security
Location: Boston MA US


    • Summary
      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
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      The ideal candidate will have experience with environmental compliance requirements on declared disasters and experience completing environmental compliance reviews. This position starts at a salary of $94,520 (GS-13). Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of the Region One team within FEMA.

      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.

      In this position, you will serve as an expert level analyst and advisor capable of completing complex environmental compliance reviews and providing technical assistance to colleagues and internal and external stakeholders. Typical assignments include:

      • Managing highly-complex projects and facilitate often unprecedented resolutions with multiple stakeholders.
      • Completing non-disaster and disaster program environmental compliance reviews.
      • Reviewing, drafting or finalizing agreement documents, standard operating procedures, policy, guidance, resources or tools, especially those related to streamlining EHP compliance reviews.
      • Conducting training and outreach to internal and external stakeholders.
      • Participating in emergency response or recovery operations as needed.

      Travel Required
      25% or less – This position may require non-emergency travel (20%)

      Supervisory status

      Promotion Potential

      Who May Apply
      This job is open to…

      • U.S. citizens
      • Status candidates
        may also apply under FEMA-18-JLS-185605-MP.
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        common definitions
        of terms found in this announcement.

      This announcement will close at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on Tuesday, 01/02/2018.

      Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

    • Job family (Series)
      0028 Environmental Protection Specialist

    • 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.

      You qualify for this position at the GS-13 level (starting salary $94,520) if you possess the following

      One full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level that demonstrates the following: 1) Experience in the development of programmatic agreements with state and tribal historic preservation officers and memorandums of agreement with stakeholders to resolve adverse effects to historic properties in conformance with requirements of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA); and 2) Experience managing, directing or developing NHPA and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) compliance documents on a Presidentially declared disaster.

      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 provides valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

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

      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

      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.


      Additional information

      • 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 forPublic Trust clearance as a condition of placement into this position. This may include a credit check after initial job qualifications are determined (
        ), 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.
        For more information on background investigations for Federal jobs please visit the OPM website at
      • 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
        , including your rights and responsibilities.
      • This announcement may be used to fill one or more vacancies.
      • All candidates must be able to deploy with little or no advance notice to anywhere in the United States and its territories for an extended period of time.
      • A one year probationary period is required for new Federal competitive service employees and new supervisors and managers.
      • If selected for this position you will be required to attend a one week Emergency Manager Orientation in Leesburg, VA, or another location to be determined within the continental United States. Travel is at FEMA’s expense and will occur from Sunday to Saturday.
      • 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 documentation that is required, click on the links above or contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement.
      • This is a Non-Bargaining Unit position.

      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 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 SPFs 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.

      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) Eligibles
      : If you have never worked for the federal government, you are not ICTAP eligible. View information about
      ICTAP eligibility
      on OPM’s Career Transition Resources website. To be considered eligible under ICTAP, you must be placed in the “well-qualified” category for this position, as described above. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement.

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      Background checks and security clearance
      Security clearance
      Public Trust – Background Investigation

  • Required Documents
    Required Documents

  • Your resume.
  • Your responses to the job questionnaire

    You will be directed to the online job questionnaire once you begin the application process for this position.
  • Are you a veteran?
    Submit Member Copy 4 of your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) or other acceptable documentation (i.e., a letter from your Command reflecting rank, dates of service, and type of discharge), which verifies veteran’s status and type of discharge prior to the closing date of this announcement. Those applying for 10-Point preference may fill out the
    and/or provide documentation that demonstrates preference eligibility. If applying based on eligibility under the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act, you must submit certification from the Armed Forces that you will be discharged or released from active duty service under honorable conditions, within 120 days after the certification is submitted by the applicant. This must indicate your dates of service, expected release dates, your rank, and confirm that you will be separated under honorable or general conditions. View more
    veterans’ information
  • Are you claiming
    special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)?

    • a copy of your agency notice,
    • a copy of your most recent performance rating, and
    • a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, noting your current position, grade level, and duty location
  • Are you a current or former federal employee?
    Submit a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action.
  • Are you a current or former political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee?
    Submit a copy of your applicable SF-50, along with a statement that provides the following information regarding your most recent political appointment:

    • Position Title
    • Type of Appointment (Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee)

    • Beginning and ending dates of appointment
  • If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from
    schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

  • Benefits
    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

    • Benefits for federal employees
    • Healthcare insurance
    • Pay and leave

    Review our benefits

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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