US nationals: Foreign Service Environment Officer via USAJOBS

Washington, DC, United States 🇺🇸

Job Overview


About the Agency

USAID’s work in development joins diplomacy and defense as one of the three key pillars of our nation’s foreign policy. USAID Foreign Service Officers are accorded diplomatic status when posted overseas and travel on diplomatic passports when they are based in Washington and undertake short term assignments in other countries. Our work supports long-term economic growth and trade; environment and global climate change; agriculture and food security; education and training; democracy, human rights and governance; global health; gender equality and women’s empowerment: science, technology and innovation; and global partnerships and humanitarian assistance. We operate in more than 100 countries in five regions of the world: Sub-Saharan Africa; Asia; the Middle East; Latin America and the Caribbean; and Europe and Eurasia.

USAID works in close partnership with the governments and people in those countries, as well as with private voluntary organizations, universities, American businesses, other governments, international organizations, trade and professional associations, faith-based organizations, and other U.S. government agencies. Our Foreign Service Officers work alongside Civil Service employees and contracted staff in our offices in Washington, DC and overseas. USAID offers generous federal benefits that include health and life insurance; annual, sick and home leave; contributory government pension system; and while serving overseas, government-provided housing, shipment of household effects, and other support. To learn more about USAID and our current job opportunities, please go to


Serves as a technical leader and expert in strategic planning exercises and the design of programs that maximize environmental benefits to achieve optimal economic and social development.

Translates strategies, analyses, and program concepts into functional statements of work (including budget estimates) for award of contracts, cooperative agreements, grants and inter-agency agreements that deliver environmentally sound technical services to local governments, civil society organizations, and other USAID development partners.

Manages assistance instruments, and contracts to achieve development objectives of the program while providing effective financial oversight and environmental soundness.

Serves as a liaison with host-country government and non-government counterparts, other USAID offices, bilateral and multilateral donors, other USG agencies, NGOs, and the private sector to coordinate and communicate environmental program or project activities in furtherance of USG foreign assistance goals.

Leads or oversees the development of appropriate environmental impact assessments and their monitoring and mitigation plans. Provides expert advice to non-environmental officers and managers in USAID and its partner agencies and organizations who are undertaking and implementing such assessments.

Develops and implements performance monitoring systems and indicators at the strategic, sector, and activity levels for environmental programs.

Negotiates with host country and US government officials, community organizations, universities, NGOs, and other USAID partners on what needs to be done and how best to accomplish it within a limited budget, and within the framework of the US foreign assistance program and the context of American foreign policy.

Conducts assessments and evaluations of programs to determine development impact and return on investment.

Provides reports and communication to Washington to assist the Agency in reporting on annual performance and telling the story of the results of USAID’s environmental programs.

Job Requirements

Key Requirements

  • Must be U.S. citizens.
  • Must have worldwide availability.
  • Must submit an official or unofficial copy of transcripts.
  • Must be between 18 and 59 years old at time of application.
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with the Selective Service.
  • Must meet all requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


Education & Experience: FS-05: Applicant must have at least one environment graduate degree at either the Master’s, Juris Doctor (J.D.), Doctorate (Ph.D. or S.J.D.), or Doctor (M.D. or D.V.M.) level, plus at least two (2) years of relevant professional experience that includes a minimum of one (1) year overseas experience. Both the advanced degree and the experience must be in an environmental functional area directly related to the position.

Examples of acceptable degrees include environmental sciences; environmental management; climate change; natural resources management (such as forestry, wildlife, wild lands or parks management, marine fisheries, coastal resources management); clean energy; water resources management; biology or ecology; environmental law and regulation; environmental engineering; environmental medicine or health; wildlife veterinary medicine; environmental economics; or sustainable urban or regional planning. Other technical or general degrees with some environmental course work are not acceptable – the degree must be one of the above listed disciplines or equivalent.

The applicant’s advanced degree must be from a fully accredited US university or college. An advanced degree from a foreign university or college may be considered by the evaluation panel, but only if the applicant provides a certificate of equivalency to a US degree from an accredited equivalency determining organization such as one of the members of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. Whether the degree is from a fully accredited US school, or a foreign school with an equivalency certificate, the evaluation panel will consider the overall quality and applicability of each degree as one of its factors in evaluating candidates. Foreign Service environment officers need a strong technical foundation as they grow into world class technical experts and leaders.

The applicant’s advanced degree in one of these disciplines must have been awarded prior to the required minimum professional level relevant work experience integrating environment into sustainable economic and social development programs.

Relevant diverse experience includes: (1) working and living in a foreign country, nation, territory, or tribe or (2) working and living in an economically disadvantaged community in the United States. The experience in (1) and (2) above must have been achieved by the close of the announcement date. The experience must be for a minimum of one year. The applicant will need to demonstrate the diverse experience is relevant to the Environment Officer‘s duties as stated in this announcement. The applicant should consider stating whether the experience required the learning or using of a foreign language; whether the experience resulted in the applicant encountering new and or different cultures and practices; and whether the applicant coordinated and engaged with external partners and local counterparts or conducted public outreach and communications.”

Volunteer experience. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

A copy of unofficial transcripts relevant to your demonstrated qualifications for this position must be provided by no later than the closing date. Failure to do so will result in the application being eliminated from consideration. If we are unable to determine that you meet the required education, you will be found ineligible for further consideration.

To be used in meeting qualification requirements, a college or university degree generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools which meet these criteria, please refer to the Database of Accreditation of Post- Secondary Institutions and Programs.

Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence when applying. Click on the link for a list of accredited organizations ( recognized as specializing in interpretation of foreign education credentials.


Environmental Management – Knowledge and experience in integrating environmental soundness to economic and social development in developing countries.

Environmental Law, Regulation, & Compliance – Knowledge and application of laws, regulations, statutes, and conventions that control and reduce the impact of human activity on the environment.

Climate Change & Clean Energy – Identifying drivers of and adapting to changes in the climate system and developing solutions for clean and sustainable energy use that reduce climate impact.

Sustainable Water Management – The management of water resources that address current and future needs and take into account political, economic, social, technological, and environmental influences and considerations.

Forestry and Biodiversity – Creating, managing, and conserving forests and associated resources in a sustainable manner to meet desired goals while developing and maintaining healthy and diverse ecosystems.

Sustainable Urban Development – The technical and political knowledge and skills to provide environmental services in urban areas, such as the design, preservation, and control of land and other resources.

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