Environmental Protection Specialist

Washington, DC, US

Job Summary:
Serves as an Environmental Protection Specialist in the Planning & Restoration Branch, Watershed Protection Division, Natural Resources Administration, Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE),
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 non-point source pollution.  The incumbent serves as an environmental specialist with responsibilities for executing District of Columbia federal grant projects for the Division.  The incumbent should have an understanding of urban non-point pollution, lot-level stormwater management techniques, the ability to work in a team and with diverse stakeholders, and the ability to communicate with citizens and educate them about non-point source pollution and stormwater runoff.  Knowledge of hydrology, green infrastructure techniques, and marketing is useful.
At a CS-09 Level, the position requires: interaction with homeowners conducting stormwater audits, explaining techniques to control non-point source pollution, effectively communicating the benefits of lot-level stormwater practices, assessing properties and suggesting the appropriate best management practice, and information into a GIS-based tracking system.
Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
Assists in developing, preparing, and implementing Standard Operating Procedures, Quality Assurance Project Plans, and similar quality control measures relating to specific environmental disciplines.
Implements sampling and analysis plans; collects and analyzes environmental data and information; and creates and maintains databases and records relating to findings, conclusions, and decisions.
Reviews policy recommendations and technical proposals on environmental and natural resource issues that are unusually controversial, precedent-setting, or very costly.
Provides evaluation of findings to determine the existence and extent of environmental hazards. Assists in revising plans and control techniques to deal with environmental hazards.
Interprets District and federal statutes, regulations, and guidelines for a specific environmental discipline. Has practical knowledge of other environmental programs that may be affected and can interact with them to a meaningful degree.
Reviews environmental policies, regulations, guidelines, procedures, and forms.
Reviews applications for various approvals and permits, including plans, permits, registrations, certifications, and licenses, and determines whether to approve or deny the same, in accordance with established scientific and regulatory standards, criteria, and procedures.
Assists in implementing an inspectional, sampling, investigatory, and enforcement program relating to specialized scientific and technical practices relating to one of the above environmental programs to protect human health and the environment from the adverse effects of pollution.
Prepares inspectional and investigatory reports from facts and information gathered during field inspections and records review, and maintains database of findings, conclusions, and decisions.
Reviews, analyzes, and evaluates sampling data and inspectional cases for sufficiency of documentation and supporting evidence. Refers conclusions to supervisor for assistance in making enforcement or corrective action decisions.
Processes a wide range of enforcement actions, including notices of violation, stop work orders and site directives, compliance and cease and desist orders, and civil infraction notices, and serves as a witness in administrative and judicial proceedings.
Reviews site assessments and corrective action plans for contaminated sites, including review of sampling and analysis plans, site investigations, feasibility studies, removal and remedial actions, monitoring plans, records of decision, clearance reports, operation and maintenance plans, and institutional controls to address indoor and ambient air quality, soils, surface water, groundwater, and sediment quality. Identifies deficiencies in information or interpretation, and seeks additional information, clarification, and corrections from responsible parties or their consultants.
Sets up educational and technical displays, and prepares charts, graphs, statistical tables, and other aids for use by Department officials in conferences and community programs, and for reports and studies. Makes presentations to the public and the regulated community on environmental and natural resource issues and concerns.
Performs other related duties as assigned.
Collective Bargaining Unit (Union):
This position is in the collective bargaining unit represented by AFGE Local 2725 and you may be required to pay an agency service fee through direct payroll deduction.
Duration of Appointment:
Career Term Service – (Not to exceed 13 months)
Vacancy: One (1)
Practical knowledge of District and federal environmental and natural resource laws, regulations, principles, concepts, practices, methods, techniques and documentation and reporting requirements, and lawmaking and rulemaking processes related to the appropriate environmental or natural resource specialty.
Knowledge and skill in using accepted practices, technology, and methods in the development of environmental and natural resource management and restoration practices, regulatory guidance, compliance assurance and enforcement activities, and public education and outreach activities.
Ability to provide factual information concerning natural resources or environmental quality in on-site inspections, analysis of results, and development of conclusions and recommendations.
Ability to work on a team in a planned and coordinated effort.
Knowledge of effective oral and written communication. Ability to employ accepted methods in collecting and storing samples, calibrating equipment, reviewing and processing licenses, permits, etc.
Licensures, Certifications and other requirements:
Incumbent is required to possess a valid driver’s license.
May be subject to criminal background and traffic record checks, as well as random drug and alcohol testing.
May be subject to medical surveillance program designation due to potential exposure to hazardous environments.
Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering, Physical, Environmental or Biological Science, or other related field or equivalent combination of relevant education and work experience.
Work Experience:
1 to 3 years
Work Environment:
Work is performed in an office setting and field environment. During inspections and/or investigations, there is exposure to potential as well as known toxic or hazardous chemicals in industrial situations where environmental conditions cannot be controlled. The work involves the carrying of sampling and monitoring equipment; and climbing over containers of hazardous materials.