Environmental Protection Specialist

Washington, DC, US

Job Summary:

This position is located in the Department of Energy and  Environment, Natural Resources Administration, Water Quality Division, Monitoring and Assessment Branch.  The incumbent serves as an Environmental Protection Specialist and a member of the interdisciplinary scientific monitoring team that is working to protect and restore the quality of the District of Columbia’s water resources
Duties and Responsibilities:

Collection of samples of river water, wastewater, river sediment, and biological samples during all seasons of the year. 

Performance of chemical analyses on river water, wastewater, river sediment, and biological samples .
Identification of species of phytoplankton, invertebrates, crustaceans, shellfish, fish, waterfowl and other organisms in the field and in the laboratory.
Implementation of quality assurance procedures as part of all monitoring related procedures.
Data review and data interpretation using various softwares.
Preparation of monitoring program reports, monitoring and quality assurance manuals, SOPs, and sections of reports for other elements of the Division. 
Field investigation and special water pollution control projects in conjunction with other elements of the Division.

Collective Bargaining Unit:
This position is covered under a collective unit represented by AFGE Local 2725 and you may be required to pay an agency services fee through direct payroll deduction.
Duration of Appointment:
Career Service Term – (Not To Exceed 13 Month)
Number of Vacancies:
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 required to provide 24-hour standby coverage in the event of an environmental emergency.
May be subject to medical surveillance program designation due to potential exposure to hazardous environments.
Bachelor’s Degree in area related to program supported such as Engineering, Physical, Environmental or Biological Science, or other related field, or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience
Work Experience:
1 to 3 years
Work Environment:
Work is in a controlled environment and involves some exposure to moderate risk of accident and requires following basic safety precautions.
Other Significant Facts:
An employee serving under a term appointment shall not acquire permanent status on the basis of the term appointment, and shall not be converted to a regular Career Service appointment without further completion, unless eligible for reinstatement.