US nationals: Environmental Protection Specialists

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

Springfield, VA, US

Source: External Applicants Only
Open: 2017-04-17
Closed: 2017-04-29
Band: 04
Location: Springfield, VA
Cover Letter
Applicants are NOT required to submit a cover letter. The entire cover letter cannot exceed the specified limits provided in the Cover Letter field (3,000 characters). Pages exceeding this limit will not be considered. THE COVER LETTER IS RECOMMENDED BUT IS NOT REQUIRED FOR EMPLOYMENT CONSIDERATION WITH THE NATIONAL GEOSPATIAL-INTELLIGENCE AGENCY.
Title, PP, Series, Band
Environmental Protection Specialists
Pay Band, Salary Range – Ext
Band 04   $94,796 – $145,629
Permanent Change in Station
PERMANENT CHANGE IN STATION: PCS expenses are not authorized.
NGA Marketing Message
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), the World Leader in Geospatial Intelligence. 

Imagine being able to identify anything on, above, or beneath the Earth’s surface and display that information visually to provide a meaningful foundation for decision-making to ensure the safety of the world. That’s the job of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. 

We analyze imagery and data from many sources and incorporate it into visual displays of essential information for use in national defense, homeland security, and safety of navigation. 

Central to the success of our mission are the extraordinary talents and skills of our teams of analysts and other professionals. We need the best minds to provide the information edge, continuing NGA’s role as the premier provider of Geospatial Intelligence worldwide.

Know the Earth… Show the Way… Understand the World

Assignment Description
ASSIGNMENT DESCRIPTION: Environmental Protection Specialists promote a pollution-free, sustainable environment by ensuring Agency compliance with Federal, state, and local environmental regulations, laws, and relevant best practices. They interpret these laws and regulations and develop associated policy, guidance, and metrics. They manage and implement air pollution, wastewater, hazardous waste, community right-to-know, environmental impact, sustainability, and other related programs.
Promotion Opportunity
PROMOTION OPPORTUNITY: Promotion opportunities allow applicants at all band levels to be considered.  Qualifications for NGA positions do not include specific time-in-band requirements.  NGA will emphasize quality of experience, rather than duration, and assess how the quality of the experience demonstrates possession of the knowledge, skills, abilities, and competencies necessary for successful job performance in the NGA occupational structure.
Additional Information
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: The Environmental Protection Specialist (EPS) for the Facilities Program Division (SIOF) serves as the Agency Environmental Program Lead ensuring NGA’s compliance and adherence to all applicable federal, state, and local environmental regulations and directives. The EPS is NGA’s senior expert to interpret Federal Laws, Executive Orders, State, Local, DOD, IC, and NGA regulations and guidance and ensure NGA’s complete, timely, and compliant execution and implementation of requirements. The EPS will complete all reports, briefings, documents, and submissions in accordance with established guidelines and schedules and ensure timely, accurate and complete information with minimal supervision. The EPS is expected to keep C/SIOF and the ESOH-ES Branch Chief advised per direction and self-initiate apprising them of urgent or mission-critical information within soonest feasible timing upon discovery.

The EPS will: issue environmental guidance and directives and consult with General Counsel and senior leaders on potential regulatory enforcement actions; manage environmental project planning; evaluate and documents significant projects for environmental impact; maintain oversight of BOS-E and BOS-W contract actions for Environmental compliance; oversee environmental compliance programs including hazardous material/waste management, air and water quality, under and above ground storage tank management, pollution prevention, and spill control; and, collaborate with USG and IC counterparts to improve environmental tracking and reporting tools.

Qualifications Mandatory
MANDATORY QUALIFICATION CRITERIA: For this particular job, applicants must meet all competencies reflected under the Mandatory Qualification Criteria to include education (if required). Online resumes must demonstrate qualification by providing specific examples and associated results, in response to the announcement’s mandatory criteria specified in this vacancy announcement:

1) Demonstrated experience in developing, coordinating, and implementing environmental policy and strategic planning documents, procedures, standards, and risk management guidelines;
2) Demonstrated experience in the execution of environmental programs, to include monitoring compliance with federal, state and local regulations;
3) Demonstrated experience/knowledge of environmental regulations at the federal, state, and local levels;
4) Demonstrated ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing with co-workers, leadership, customers, mission partners, and state and/or local government officials on matters of policy, regulatory enforcement and environmental program implementation;
5) Demonstrated experience with standard contracting regulations, practices, and procedures;
6) Demonstrated performance exhibiting strong ethics, values, and leading by example.

EDUCATION REQUIREMENT: A. Education: Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Conservation and Natural Resources, Environmental Resources, or a related discipline. -OR- B. Combination of Education and Experience: A combination of education in any area listed in option A and experience that demonstrates the ability to successfully perform the tasks associated with this work. As a rule, every 30 semester (45 quarter) hours of college work is equivalent to one year of experience. Candidates should show that their combination of education and experience totals 4 years. -OR- C. Experience: A minimum of 6 years of experience in interpreting or implementing environmental laws and regulations, developing environmental policy, or in a related area of work.

Qualifications Desirable
DESIRABLE QUALIFICATION CRITERIA: In addition to the mandatory qualifications, experience in the following is desired:

1. Certifications: Cert Prof Environ Auditor; Hazardous Materials Certificate; Professional Engineer (PE); Certification in Environmental Engineering; and/or, Qualified Environmental Professional;
2. DAWIA Certification in Facility Engineering or Program Management;
3. Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Conservation and Natural Resources, Environmental Resources, or a related discipline.

Special Info External
– Direct Deposit Required
– Two Year Probationary Period
– U.S. Citizenship Required
– Position Subject to Drug Testing
– Security Clearance Required
– Top Secret
– Sensitive Compartmented Information
– Polygraph Test Required
Physical/Environmental Req
ENVIRONMENTAL REQUIREMENT: Working outside and inside; Working around excessive noise, intermittent; Exposure to silica, asbestos, etc; Exposure to fumes, smoke, or gases; Working around solvents (degreasing agents); Working around grease and oils; Working around radiant energy; Working around slippery or uneven walking surfaces; Working around machinery with moving parts; Working around moving objects or vehicles; Working below ground; Working alone.
Applicant Evaluation Process
APPLICANT EVALUATION PROCESS: Applicants will be evaluated for this job opportunity in three stages:

1) All applicants will be evaluated using the Mandatory Qualification Criteria,
2) Qualified applicants will then be evaluated by an expert or panel of experts using a combination of qualification criteria to determine the best-qualified candidates,
3) Best-qualified applicants may then be further evaluated through an interview process.

Applicants are encouraged to carefully review the Assignment Description, Additional Information Provided By the Selecting Official, and the Qualification Requirements; and then construct their resumes to highlight their most relevant and significant experience and education for this job opportunity. This description should include examples that detail the level and complexity of the performed work. Applicants are encouraged to provide any education information referenced in the announcement. If education is listed as a mandatory requirement, only degrees obtained from an institution accredited by an accrediting organization recognized by the Secretary, US Department of Education will be accepted. 

As a condition of employment at NGA, persons being considered for employment must meet NGA fitness for employment standards.

In accordance with section 9902(h) of title 5, United States Code, annuitants reemployed in the Department of Defense shall receive full annuity and salary upon appointment. They shall not be eligible for retirement contributions, participation in the Thrift Savings Plan, or a supplemental or redetermined annuity for the reemployment period. Discontinued service retirement annuitants (i.e., retired under section 8336(d)(1) or 8414(b)(1)(A) of title 5, United States Code) appointed to the Department of Defense may elect to be subject to retirement provisions of the new appointment as appropriate. (See DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 300, at

All candidates will be considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, disability, or sexual orientation.

NGA provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applications will only be accepted online. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us at [email protected] The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis.

DCIPS Statement
NGA utilizes all processes and procedures of the Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS). Non-executive NGA employees are assigned to five distinct pay bands based on the type and scope of work performed. The employee’s base salary is established within their assigned pay band based on their unique qualifications. A performance pay process is conducted each year to determine a potential base pay salary increase and/or bonus. An employee’s annual performance evaluation is a key factor in the performance pay process. Promotions may be conducted during the annual pay for performance process or throughout the year via the Assignment Opportunity Notices (AON).  Employees on term or temporary appointments are not eligible to apply for internal assignment opportunity notices.

This position is a DCIPS position in the Excepted Service under 10 U.S.C. 1601.  DoD Components with DCIPS positions apply Veterans’ Preference to preference eligible candidates as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 USC, in accordance with the procedures provided in DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 2005, DCIPS Employment and Placement. If you are an external applicant claiming veterans’ preference, as defined by Section 2108 of Title 5 U.S.C., you must self-identify your eligibility in our ERecruit application.

This position is funded by the National Intelligence Program (NIP).

Pay is only part of the compensation you will earn working for the Federal Government. We offer a broad array of benefits programs and family friendly flexibilities to meet the needs of you and your family. Here are some of the highlights:

You may participate in the Federal Employees Health Benefits program, with costs shared with your employer. You are also eligible for Flexible Spending Accounts, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance and Life Insurance Coverage.  Additionally, Long-Term Care Insurance is offered and carries into your retirement.

Additional information and further details can be located at OPM’s website,

New employees are automatically covered by the Federal Employees Retirement System-Revised Annuity Employees (FERS-RAE). If you are transferring from another agency and covered by CSRS or FERS, you may continue in this program. Additional details can be found at:

Federal employees are entitled to at least 13 days of vacation leave as well as 13 days of sick leave each year. Depending on years of service, employees can earn up to 26 days of vacation leave each year. In addition, Federal employees get 10 days paid holiday each year. This allows employees time to spend with their families and to pursue their own individual interests and avocations. More information can be found at:

In addition to federal benefits, NGA employees are also eligible for a suite of benefits offered only to the Intelligence Community (IC).  The Compass Rose Benefits Group (CRBG) offers insurance products and services to all IC civilian employees. Compass Rose benefits include:  Term Life Insurance, Group Accident Plan, Income Replacement, and Long Term Care Insurance.  For more information on this highly-restricted opportunity, please visit the Compass Rose website:

How To Apply
Application submission involves applying using NGA’s on-line application process. Application Instructions can be found by visiting:

All announcements close at 7:59PM EDT on the closing date listed. Be sure to complete and submit your application by that time in order to be considered.


What To Expect Next
After visiting and applying via NGA’s on-line application process, applicants can follow their status via that same NGA on-line application functionality. Several other topics relating to what is involved in the hiring process and how long it takes can be found by visiting and choosing Frequently Asked Questions.
Special Requirements
You must be able to obtain and retain a Top Secret security clearance with access to Sensitive Compartmented Information. In addition, you are subject to a Counterintelligence Polygraph examination in order to maintain access to Top Secret information. All employees are subject to a periodic examination on a random basis in order to determine continued eligibility. Refusal to take the examination may result in denial of access to Top Secret information, SAP, and/or unescorted access to SCIFs.

Employees with SCI access and who are under NGA cognizance are required to submit a Security Financial Disclosure Report, SF-714, on an annual basis in order to determine continued eligibility. Failure to comply may negatively impact continued access to Top Secret information, Information Systems, SAP, and/or unescorted access to SCIFs.