Environmental Protection Specialist

District of Columbia Government

Washington, D.C., United States 🇺🇸

The mission of the Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) is to protect and restore the environment, conserve natural resources, and improve the quality of life in the District of Columbia. As the nation’s capital city, the District will become a model of environmental protection and sustainable environmental practices. In partnership with other District agencies, the federal government, business groups, non-profit organizations, and residents, the department will help instill environmental awareness through innovation and best practices.

This position is located in the Floodplains, Wetlands, and Groundwater (FWG) Branch of the Regulatory Review Division (RRD) within the Natural Resources Administration (NRA) in the Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE). The FWG Branch implements the District’s regulations for development in floodplains and manages programs to reduce flood risk in the District. Other construction permitting programs implemented by the Branch and/or RRD include wetlands, wells and soil borings, stormwater management, erosion and sediment control, and Green Area Ratio.

The selected candidate will serve in the FWG Branch and will assist in the Branch’s flood risk mitigation efforts.  These efforts broadly managing projects/grants and applying for grants to reduce flood risk in the community, coordinating interagency efforts to increase the District’s resilience to flooding, and assisting with the development of an integrated flood model for the city.  The selected candidate will assist in DOEE’s flood risk mitigation efforts by managing projects/grants to plan for and construct living shorelines, floodwalls, levees, blue-green infrastructure, or other projects/grants that would decrease flood risk at a neighborhood scale.  The selected candidate will also assist in applying for grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and other institutions. The selected candidate will assist in the development of the District’s first ever integrated flood model that will map interior/inland flooding that occurs as a result of cloudbursts.  Duties include helping to manage the contract, providing progress updates to DOEE staff, the Executive Office of the Mayor and the public, working with District agencies and other stakeholders in obtaining data and preparing Memorandums of Understanding for data sharing, and providing recommendations on how to use the model results to determine locations for infrastructure improvements that meet flood risk reduction and other District goals.  Work on this project will also include guiding the contractor in the development of floodshed management plans to build flood risk reducing infrastructure in neighborhoods. The selected candidate will assist in the development of new programs and interagency efforts to increase resilience of District residents to flooding.  Duties include researching best practices, making recommendations for new program ideas and funding sources, preparing memos and presentations for DOEE senior staff and other District agencies, and helping to implement these new programs. New programs could include subsidies of flood insurance for low income families, financial incentive programs to offset the cost of flood proofing vulnerable homes, and other programs that will make individual families and structures more resilient to floods.

The selected candidate may assist in reviewing permit applications for compliance with the District’s Flood Hazard Rules and providing recommendations to the lead floodplain reviewer. This may also include responding to questions from customers and other stakeholders about the District’s Flood Hazard Rules, flood protection and flood resistant design, Flood Insurance Rate Maps, and processes for applying for and obtaining DOEE floodplain approval. The selected candidate may also work with the lead floodplain reviewer to refine permitting workflow between DOEE and Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) during floodplain review and provide research and recommendations to the lead floodplain reviewer on new guidance provided by Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).  The selected candidate may also assist with implementation of new Flood Hazard Rules.

Specialized experience is experience which is directly related to the position and has equipped the individual with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.  To be creditable, the incumbent must possess at least one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression.