U.S. nationals: Environmental Protection Specialist
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 Regulatory Review Division (RRD) of the Natural Resources Administration (NRA) in the Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE). RRD implements multiple water resources construction permitting programs, including for wetland and other waterbody impacts, wells, stormwater management, erosion and sediment control, floodplain, 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.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
This position will serve in the Water Resources Protection and Mitigation Branch, leading the wetlands permitting and monitoring programs. The individual selected for this position will review applications for permits and water quality certifications (under Section 401 of the Clean Water Act) related to wetland and other waterbody impacts, coordinating as necessary with related programs in DOEE, as well as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The position also includes responding to questions from customers and other stakeholders about the District’s wetland and stream regulations, the related requirements, and processes for applying for and obtaining DOEE approval. The position will collaborate with other DOEE staff, including other RRD staff who conduct related reviews. As necessary, the position may visit sites to evaluate compliance with the conditions of approved plans.
The position will lead the ongoing creation and implementation of regulations that DOEE is currently developing for protection of the District’s wetlands and streams, with the objectives of establishing a regulatory framework that is environmentally protective and also has clear requirements and processes for obtaining permits. This will include contributing to the regulations; developing guidance for applicants on the requirements and process to obtain DOEE approval; coordinating with stakeholders; developing and implementing business processes for receiving, reviewing, and tracking applications and site monitoring results; and coordinating with DOEE inspectors, as appropriate, to ensure compliance.
The position will also lead projects, in coordination with other DOEE divisions, to research and analyze issues related to wetlands and streams that may provide findings that enable effective adaptive management of the wetland and stream program.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EDUCATION
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 the protection and identification of wetlands and streams. Applicants must also 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.
LICENSE AND CERTIFICATION
A valid Driver’s License is required.
Work is in a controlled environment and requires following basic safety precautions.
OTHER SIGNIFICANT FACTS
This position is a 13 month Career Service Term Appointment (CS).