U.S. citizens: Environmental Protection Specialist

District of Columbia Government
Washington, DC, United States
Position Type: 
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Experience Level: 
Entry Level (0-2 Years)
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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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 Water Resources Protection and Mitigation Branch of the Regulatory Review Division (RRD) within the Natural Resources Administration (NRA) in the Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE). The Water Resources Branch implements the District’s regulations for well construction, completion, abandonment, and registration, in addition to other programs. Other construction permitting programs implemented by the Branch and/or RRD include wetlands, floodplain, stormwater management, erosion and sediment control, and Green Area Ratio. RRD is also responsible for off-site mitigation programs that provide compliance options for regulated development, including wetland mitigation and the Stormwater Retention Credit (SRC) Trading Program. In addition to its regulatory functions, RRD manages DOEE’s SRC Price Lock Program, which is designed to scale up construction of runoff-reducing green infrastructure (GI) in priority areas that maximize benefits for District waterbodies. RRD also implements the District’s RiverSmart Rewards stormwater fee discount program, which provides a discount on stormwater impervious fees to property owners who have installed GI.


This position will serve in the Water Resources Protection and Mitigation Branch and will be located in RRD’s office space at the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA). The position will be on the front line of working with applicants for well construction permits, including reviewing construction applications, completion reports, and abandonment reports. The position also includes responding to questions from customers and other stakeholders about the District’s well regulations, related requirements, and processes for applying for and obtaining DOEE approval. The position will collaborate with other DOEE staff, including other RRD staff at DCRA and Branch staff who conduct well reviews and are located at DOEE’s headquarters office. The position will contribute to the development of guidance documents related to well construction, completion, abandonment, and registration and collaborate with other staff on business process development and improvement, data tracking, and other initiatives. As necessary, the position may visit sites to evaluate compliance with the conditions of approved plans.


Must possess at least one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the CS-11 grade level. Specialized experience is experience which is in or directly related to the line of work of the position and has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.

Bachelor's Degree preferred in Engineering, Civil, Environmental, and Water Resources or other related field AND at least one to three (1–3) years of relevant training and/or work experience that demonstrate equivalent to the CS-12 grade level in the District of Columbia government service.

Applicants for this position must have a high level of expertise related to well design and construction and the protection of groundwater, as well as related interactions with soil. It is also preferable for applicants to have experience with permitting review procedures and business processes. The candidate should also have strong written and oral communication skills and a strong understanding of the perspective of stakeholders in the development and environmental communities, as well as federal regulators and the general public.


A valid Driver’s License is required.


Work is in a controlled environment and requires following basic safety precautions.




This position is a 13 month Career Service Term Appointment (CS).