Environmental Protection Specialist

Washington, DC, US

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. This position serves as an Environmental Protection Specialist in the Planning and Restoration Branch, Watershed Protection Division, Natural Resources Administration, Department of Energy and Environment.  The incumbent serves as an environmental specialist with responsibilities for executing District of Columbia and federal grant projects for the Division.  The incumbent should have an understanding of urban nonpoint pollution, stormwater management treatments, the ability to work in a team and with a diverse group of partners, and the ability to communicate with citizens and educate them about nonpoint source pollution and stormwater runoff.  Reporting on federal grants is one component of this position.  Knowledge of hydrology, green infrastructure techniques, and marketing is useful.This position requires; interaction with homeowners conducting stormwater audits, interacting with the public to explain techniques to control nonpoint source pollution, effectively communicating the benefits of lot-level stormwater practices, assessing various situations and suggesting the appropriate best management practice, and entering information into a GIS-based tracking system.

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- 1 (One)


Knowledge of the principles, concepts, practices, methods, and techniques related to the appropriate environmental or natural resource program, including specialized knowledge of one or more of the environmental sciences or related fields (for example, biology, ecology, urban forestry, chemistry, radiation physics, geology, soils science, hydrogeology, hydrology, limnology, environmental policy, environmental engineering, real property functions, statistics, environmental law, environmental economics, or environmental or natural resources education) sufficient to perform the full range of duties involved and to apply new developments and theories to major problems not susceptible to treatment by accepted methods.
Knowledge of related fields such as health sciences, occupational health and safety, toxicology, and environmental epidemiology, especially the effects and impacts of pollution on the environment and people, for judging the seriousness of violations and determining the best method of correcting violations and / or cleaning up contaminated sites.
Knowledge of District and federal environmental and natural resource laws and regulations, 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 
Required to possess a valid driver’s license.

Bachelor’s Degree – Bachelor’s Degree in area related to program supported or an equivalent combination of education and/or experience

Work Experience 
3 to 5 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. Positions relating to water quality or fisheries and wildlife may require walking over rough terrain, in and near the water, as well as riding in and operating boats. Since conditions and materials at each site may present a physical or health hazard, caution must be exercised. The work requires a wide range of safety precautions such as use of safety glasses, hard hats, protective clothing, respirators, and life jackets. Participation in ongoing health and safety training is required as mandated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s promulgated standards.

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.