The Environmental Policy Section in the Resources, Science and Industry Division (RSI) of the Congressional Research Service (CRS) is seeking an Analyst in Environmental Policy. The analyst will conduct analyses that inform congressional deliberations on environmental policy and science related to environmental remediation and mine reclamation policy. The ideal candidate will have knowledge of the history, trends, and current status of environmental policy with an emphasis on environmental remediation and mine reclamation policy, as well as interrelationships with other key disciplines such as the physical or biological sciences, engineering, administrative law, public finance and financial assurance, and/or policy disciplines.
This position requires the ability to utilize analytical methods and techniques to analyze policy issues for the U.S. Congress. Applicants should be comfortable with quantitative approaches in research and familiar with environmental policy and science related to environmental remediation and mine reclamation policies. Strong writing and presentation skills, including the ability to synthesize complex analyses into easy-to-understand language for a non-technical audience, are required.
Analyst duties include preparing objective, non-partisan analytical studies and descriptive background reports on issues of national significance; providing personal consultation and assistance to congressional committees, Members, and staff on public policy issues throughout the legislative process; and participating in or coordinating team research projects and seminars. The employee is also expected to develop over time the skills necessary to provide public policy and legislative analysis and consultation to congressional committees, Members, and staff at increasingly sophisticated levels.
CRS works exclusively for the United States Congress, providing policy and legal analysis to committees and Members of both the House and Senate, regardless of party affiliation. As a legislative branch agency within the Library of Congress, CRS has been a valued and respected resource on Capitol Hill for more than a century.
CRS is well known for analysis that is authoritative, confidential, objective, and nonpartisan. Its highest priority is to ensure that Congress has immediate access to the nation’s best thinking on public policy issues of interest to its Members and Committees.
- Prepares a variety of descriptive and background reports, memoranda, and written materials on subjects or public policy issues within the employee’s area of professional knowledge to support congressional decision making.
- Participates in planning, organizing, and coordinating group research efforts.
- Through personal consultation, assists committees, Members, and staff with consideration of legislative issues by providing information and analysis, and applying professional subject-area knowledge.
- Participates in CRS seminars, workshops, and/or outreach programs for committees, Members, and staff.
- Locates and provides information requested by Members and committees of Congress or their staff.
Applicants must have had progressively responsible experience and training sufficient in scope and quality to furnish them with an acceptable level of the following knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the position without more than normal supervision.
- Knowledge of environmental policy**
- Ability to analyze public policy issues**
- Ability to write in a public policy context**
- Ability to convey analysis and information orally through briefings, consultations and other presentations
- Ability to work collaboratively with others
- Ability to exercise objectivity in all phases of analysis and consultation
- Ability to communicate effectively other than in writing
How You Will Be Evaluated
The Library of Congress evaluates applicants through an applicant questionnaire and a structured interview. Applicants may also be screened for some jobs through licensing, certification, and/or education requirements, a narrative/application review, and/or a preliminary telephone interview.
The knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) that are marked with a double asterisk (**) in the vacancy announcement and the applicant questionnaire are considered the most critical for a position. To be considered for final selection, applicants must demonstrate fully acceptable experience in these designated KSAs in the narrative/application review, preliminary telephone and/or full structured interview.