US nationals: Environmental Protection Specialist via USAjobs

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)

Chicago, IL, United States 🇺🇸

Summary

About the Agency

When disaster strikes, America looks to FEMA. Now FEMA looks to you. Join our team and use your talent to support Americans in their times of greatest need. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (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 www.fema.gov for additional information.

This position is located in the Mitigation Division; Region V, Regional Offices, Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). In this position you will assist Region V; and the State of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin; and applicants with statutory required environmental and historic preservation reviews, regulatory consultations, compliance, public outreach, and technical assistance for Public Assistance and Hazard Mitigation Grant Programs (HMGP), and other projects and disaster declarations. This position starts at a salary of $64,992 (IC-11). Apply today for this exciting opportunity to become a member of the Environmental and Historic Preservation Group within FEMA!

Promotion Potential: Future promotions will be dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and administrative approval.

EMERGENCY ASSIGNMENT: 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.

This position is being announced under FEMA’s Cadre of On-call Response/Recovery Employee (CORE) Program. This is a temporary appointment in the Excepted Service, not to exceed 2 years, with the option to extend based on workload and funding availability. Veterans Preference does not apply to the CORE selection process.

Duties

Typical duties include:

  • Initial review, program/applicant/sub-applicant coordination, compliance document development and approval recommendations for FEMA RV disaster related actions;
  • Preparing and completing legally binding and defensible environmental compliance and environmental review documents, including Categorical Exclusions (CATEXs) Environmental Assessments (EAs) and supporting documents for proposed Agency funded projects;
  • Providing technical assistance in negotiation, preparation, and administration of grants and agreements, interpreting the impact of new laws and regulations, and carrying out or assisting with special assignments;
  • Management of EHP component of some disaster operations with oversight from Regional Environmental Officer and Deputy Regional Environmental Officer;
  • Coordinating, supervising, and completing historic preservation reviews and preparing Memoranda of Understanding (MOU), Programmatic Agreement, and correspondence with applicants, states and State Historic Preservation Officers for compliance with the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA)

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • Occasional non-emergency travel may be required.

Relocation Authorized

  • No

Job Requirements

Key Requirements

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to be considered for this position.
  • You must successfully pass a background investigation.
  • Travel will be required.
  • You must be able to obtain and maintain a Government credit card.
  • Selective service registration is required for males born after 12/31/59.

Qualifications

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

You qualify for this position at the IC-11 level if you possess the following:

One full year of specialized experience equivalent to the IC-09 level in federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes 1) reviewing and interpreting environmental and historic preservation policies, law, regulations, and guideline; 2) assisting in performing investigations, inspections, involving diverse aspects of environmental protection; 3) making recommendations for revising standard methods to improve or extend environmental administration and/or management systems.

OR

Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.M., if related

OR

Combination of education and experience

You qualify for this position at the IC-12 level if you possess the following:

One full year of specialized experience equivalent to the IC-11 level in federal service. Specialized experience for this position includes 1) solving complex problems with program and or functional areas such as archaeology, (geology, pedology (soil sciences), climatology, meteorology, hydrology, ecology, botany, zoology, economics, sociology natural resource management waste and pollution management; 2) performing investigations, inspections, involving diverse aspects of environmental protection; 3) revising standard methods to improve or extend environmental administration and/or management systems; and 4) citing Federal laws and statues including NEPA, the Clean Water Act, Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act, Endangered Species Act, Coastal Barrier Resources Act, Coastal Zone management Act,E. O. 11593 Cultural Environment, National Historic Preservation Act, et. al.

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

Your application must show that you meet all requirements for this position. You may be found “not qualified” if you do not possess the minimum competencies required for the position.

Security Clearance

Public Trust – Background Investigation


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