U.S. nationals: Environmental Protection Specialist

District of Columbia Government
Washington, DC, United States
Position Type: 
Full-Time
Organization Type: 
Government
Experience Level: 
Entry Level (0-2 Years)

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JOB SUMMARY

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). In collaboration with other divisions of DOEE, RRD plans to establish a comprehensive wetland monitoring program and implement a new regulatory framework for permitting projects with wetland or stream impacts. The wetland and stream permitting program would be an addition to the multiple water resources construction permitting programs implemented by RRD, including 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 and stream mitigation and the Stormwater Retention Credit Trading Program. This position is located in the Regulatory Review Division (RRD) of the Natural Resources Administration (NRA) in the Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE). In collaboration with other divisions of DOEE, RRD plans to establish a comprehensive wetland monitoring program and implement a new regulatory framework for permitting projects with wetland or stream impacts. The wetland and stream permitting program would be an addition to the multiple water resources construction permitting programs implemented by RRD, including 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 and stream mitigation and the Stormwater Retention Credit Trading Program.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

This position will support the wetland program within the Water Resources Protection and Mitigation Branch. The wetland program’s goal is to achieve no net loss and eventual net gain of wetland acreage and functions in the District of Columbia. The selected candidate will assist with the development of a wetland monitoring program, ongoing creation of a wetland program, and implementation of regulations that will protect the District’s wetlands and streams. DOEE’s wetland monitoring program will be relied upon to inform regulatory decisions, track net loss or gain, set restoration goals, and alert the Inspection and Enforcement Division to violations. Duties will include researching existing state-wide monitoring programs; developing or selecting a monitoring methodology appropriate for an entirely urban watershed; establishing a monitoring schedule; field work to complete comprehensive functional assessments, monitoring events, and jurisdictional determinations; maintaining the District’s wetland registry geodatabase; contributing to the development of stream and wetland regulations; coordinating with stakeholders; and coordinating with DOEE inspectors, as appropriate, to ensure compliance.

In addition to work on developing a comprehensive monitoring program, the selected candidate will eventually be on the front line of reviewing applications and working with applicants who seek water quality certifications (as required by Section 401 of the Clean Water Act) and District wetland and stream permits. The selected candidate will also respond 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 selected candidate will collaborate with other DOEE staff, including other RRD staff who conduct related reviews. As necessary, the selected candidate may visit sites to evaluate compliance with the conditions of approved plans.

QUALIFICATIONS AND EDUCATION

Must possess at least one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the CS-10 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.

Applicants for this position must have a high level of expertise related to the field delineation, monitoring, and functional assessments 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.

WORKING CONDITIONS/ENVIRONMENT

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

PROMOTION POTENTIAL

None.

OTHER SIGNIFICANT FACTS

This position is a Career Service 13-month Term Appointment. This position is covered under a collecting bargaining agreement.

Incumbent is required to possess a valid driver's license.

THIS POSITION REQUIRES A PRE-EMPOYMENT CRIMINAL BACKGROUND CHECK.

The District of Columbia Government is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, matriculation, physical handicap, or political affiliation.