U.S. nationals: Supervisory Environmental Protection Specialist

District of Columbia Government

Washington, DC, US


The Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE), Natural Resources Administration, Watershed Protection Division (WPD) seeks a highly qualified candidate for the position of Supervisory Environmental Protection Specialist, Partnering and Environmental Conservation Branch.  This position is located in the Department of Energy and Environment, Natural Resources Administration, Watershed Protection Division.  The mission of the Watershed Protection Division is to conserve the soil and water resources of the District of Columbia and protect its watersheds from nonpoint source pollution. 

The incumbent in this position serves as the Chief of the Partnering and Environmental Conservation Branch, with responsibility for the day-to-day operation and administration of the branch.  The Branch Chief has the authority and responsibility to determine and recommend policies, plans, goals, organization and courses of action to commit available resources; to coordinate programs; and to represent the Department in dealing with others.  The Branch Chief provides supervision and a high level of technical assistance and direction to environmental protection specialists, engineers, scientists, technicians, and administrative staff and interns, ranging in grades  CS-06 through CS-13, by developing, planning, coordinating, and enforcing District of Columbia laws, regulations, goals, objectives, and federal mandates governing the protection of the environment.  The incumbent independently plans, designs, and supervises environmental programs and projects.  Specifically, the incumbent budgets and manages the Anacostia River Clean Up and Protection Fund (Bag Bill) revenues and their expenditures, oversees the functions of inspection and enforcement of Styrofoam and disposable food service ware legislation, coal tar and high PAH sealant restrictions, and the Anacostia River Clean Up and Protection (Bag Law). The incumbent also manages the environmental education and pollution prevention programs of the division.  The incumbent manages sub-grants and contracts and oversees staff members who undertake planning efforts; implement projects to improve watersheds and water quality; encourage watershed stewardship; and conduct environmental outreach and pollution prevention. The branch chief coordinates closely with and acts as a liaison to other DOEE branches and divisions, other District of Columbia Government agencies, as well as regional and federal agencies.


The incumbent in this position serves as the Chief of the Partnering and Environmental Conservation Branch, with responsibility for the day-to-day operation and administration of the Branch. This includes the assignment and review of work, utilization of personnel to accomplish work objectives and to develop increased capabilities of employees, rating employee performance in accord with established standards, recommending personnel actions, interviewing and selecting new employees, approving leave, investigating complaints and resolving differences between employees, providing for professional development and training, and giving such other guidance as needed to ensure the expeditious accomplishment of work and the development and maintenance of competent staff.

The incumbent prepares and/or supervises the preparation of federal grant applications, and all necessary grant reports and paperwork, as well as the preparation of memoranda of understanding, cooperative agreements, and contracts to support the branch’s objectives as needed.  Specifically, the incumbent develops, coordinates and tracks memoranda of understanding with sister agencies to carry out activities related to municipal separate storm sewer system permit requirements; The incumbent represents, either directly or through superiors, the District of Columbia as a member or alternate on various boards and committees, including the boards and committees established by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, the Chesapeake Bay Program, the Interstate Potomac River Basin Commission, and similar interagency and inter-jurisdictional bodies, providing technical and policy guidance and leadership. Incumbent specifically coordinates the District of Columbia’s activities related to the EPA Chesapeake Bay Program by staffing boards and steering committees, overseeing District representation on Bay goal teams, committees and workgroups, and aiding in reporting District progress on milestones and pollutant load reductions.


Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four year-college or university in a relevant field, plus at least two (2) years of relevant work experience preferred; OR any combination of at least six (6) years of relevant work experience, education, or training. One (1) year specialized experience equivalent to at least CS-13.

Mastery of the principles, theories, and methodologies associated with watershed protection, environmental education and pollution prevention in an urban jurisdiction. Superior, in depth knowledge of related fields, including biology, environmental science, ecology, and environmental and urban planning.  Expert knowledge, experience, and/or ability to effectively manage, supervise, and program in order to direct and oversee a major office within the District of Columbia Government. Adept in applicable federal and District legislation, regulations, policies, and procedures.  Expert knowledge of grant and contracting procedures sufficient to monitor program grants and contracts and to prepare grant applications, contracts, agreements, work plans, and reports.  Superior ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing to a variety of audiences, including local, state, regional, and federal agency officials, technical staff, and organizations and individuals regarding the development, implementation, and enforcement of the District’s laws protecting human health and the environment.


Incumbent must possess and maintain a valid driver’s license.


Work is primarily performed in a normal office setting.

Promotion Potential  



This position is a Management Supervisory Service (MSS) At-Will Appointment.  All MSS appointments serve at the pleasure of the appointing authority and may be terminated at any time with or without cause.

This position is not covered under a collective bargaining unit.