Environmental Protection Specialist (Watershed Protection)

Washington, DC, US


The mission of the Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) is to protect and restore the environment, conserve natural resources, and improve the quality of life in the District of Columbia. As the nation’s capital city, the District will become a model of environmental protection and sustainable environmental practices. In partnership with other District agencies, the federal government, business groups, non-profit organizations, and residents, the department will help instill environmental awareness through innovation and best practices.

The incumbent will serve as an Environmental Protection Specialist leading efforts to promote environmental education, community engagement and equity in the Partnering and Environmental Conservation Branch, Watershed Protection Division, Natural Resources Administration, Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE).  The mission of the Partnering and Environmental Conservation Branch is to cultivate partnerships through engagement, education, and financial, technical and compliance assistance to achieve the District’s clean water goals and support community priorities.


Specifically, the incumbent will coordinate and manage resources to support environmental education in the District. The incumbent will also implement strategies to promote equity and engage residents, community organizations, businesses, faith-based institutions, and other stakeholders in watershed restoration efforts.

Duties of the incumbent will include: developing strategies to better align environmental education programs with student and teacher needs and priorities; managing environmental education and citizen stewardship grants; coordinating with the Office of the State Superintendent, District of Columbia Public Schools, DC Public Charter School Board, and other District agencies to deliver environmental education programs; building partnerships with community-based organizations to better align watershed restoration goals with community priorities; incorporating genuine engagement particularly among under-represented communities into watershed planning; advising DOEE staff on equitable engagement; and representing the District on regional working groups.


This position requires one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the grade 9 level in the District of Columbia government.

The incumbent should have experience with education; planning and execution of community engagement campaigns; and working with under-represented populations. The incumbent should demonstrate the ability to work in a team and with a diverse group of partners; facilitate conversations on the environment, race and equity; carefully manage grant expenditures and deliverables; manage competing priorities; develop strategies that address multiple objectives; and communicate clearly in writing and verbally.

At a CS-11 level, the position requires interacting with teachers, school administrators, government personnel, residents, community and environmental organizations, and other stakeholders to gather and share information; assessing the effectiveness and equity of environmental education, restoration, outreach and engagement efforts; and developing and implementing strategies to improve program delivery.


Work is in a controlled environment and requires following basic safety precautions.


This position is a union 13-month Career Service Term Appointment (CS). Collective Bargaining Agreement is in line with AFGE 2725 Union.