Environmental Analysis (Specialist; Antarctica)
JOB DESCRIPTION: Responsible for the implementation of National Science Foundation (NSF) environmental protection programs under the regulatory framework of the U.S. Antarctic Conservation Act and the Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty. Assists or leads in the preparation of documentation for assessing environmental impact (EIA); mitigating environmental impacts; environmental policy development and implementation; proposal reviews; environmental permitting; land use planning and habitat conservation; environmental monitoring programs, such as audits, inspections, water quality analysis, and/or soil sampling analysis; technical reports based on the interpretation of data, observations, and current regulations regarding inspection findings and recommendations for corrective action.
External interface is frequently required with the NSF and other international Antarctic programs, officers and scientists, and/or other U.S. federal agencies or institutions. This position requires both political and technical environmental project/program management skills.
Deployment to McMurdo Station, Palmer Station, and/or South Pole Station, Antarctica may be required of this position at the discretion of management, usually annually or bi-annually for periods of three weeks to four months.
This is a part-time temporary position.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Interprets applicable laws, regulations, policies and guidance for a wide variety of environmental issues related to science and operations.
- Assures the technical adequacy of plans, assessments, analyses, and recommendations submitted to the NSF. Oversees and provides technical guidance for complex, controversial, or politically sensitive projects or programs.
- Regularly reviews scientific and operational projects proposed for Antarctica for potential environmental impact. This includes scheduling inter-agency meetings, recording comments, initiating responses and systematically ensuring that EIA requirements are met.
- Prepares environmental documentation, including Records of Environmental Review and Initial Environmental Evaluations, to meet the requirements and guidelines of the NSF, Antarctic Treaty (1959/1961) and Protocol on Environmental Protection (1991/1998) implemented by US Federal Law in the Antarctic Conservation Act of 1978, as amended by the Antarctic Science and Tourism Conservation Act (ASTCA, 1996), also referred to as the Antarctic Conservation Act of 1978, as amended, 16 U.S.C. § 2401 et seq (ACA).
- Assists with the revision of Antarctic Specially Managed Area (ASMA) and Antarctic Specially Protected Area (ASPA) management plans.
- Employees and contractors may, in the course of performing their official duties, have access to a wide variety of personal identifiable and sensitive information (PII/SI) electronically and in hard copy. Personal and sensitive data including Social Security numbers, date and place of birth, demographic data, home addresses/telephone numbers/personal email addresses, passport numbers, bank account numbers, performance reviews, reviewer identity tied to performance reviews, unfunded proposals, proprietary parts of funded proposals, and other similar information should be protected according to Federal regulations and United States Antarctic Program policy, and only disclosed in accordance with the United States Antarctic program requirements.
- Performs other duties as required.
Typically requires BS and 4 - 8 years of prior relevant experience or MS in Environmental Science or other related science or engineering field with 2 - 6 years of prior relevant experience. PhD in Environmental Policy or Environmental Management and/or Science (Geology, Biology, Chemistry) and/or Environmental Engineering is preferred.
EXPERIENCE: Minimum of two of diverse experience in environmental protection, environmental management systems, environmental policy, execution of environmental science grants, or environmental consulting. Current knowledge of the Antarctic Conservation Act and Protocol on Environmental Protection to the Antarctic Treaty preferred. Current knowledge of various EPA regulations are required, including the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), Clean Water Act (CWA), National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES), Oil Pollution Act (OPA), the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and/or Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasures (SPCC) regulations. Working knowledge of standard sampling and analysis procedures for soil, drinking water, and wastewater is required. Excellent written and verbal communication skills are required.
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