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Announcement Number:
FHWA.RC-2018-0021
Hiring Agency:
DOT, FEDERAL HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION
Position Title:
Environmental Protection Specialist
Open Period:
10/09/2018 - 10/22/2018

Format MM/DD/YYYY

Series/Grade:
GS - 0028 14
Salary:
USD $103,106 - USD $161,817
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Full Time -
Promotion Potential:
GS-14
Duty Location(s):
1 Vacancy in

Location Negotiable After Selection, US, US
Telework Eligible:
No
For More Info:
Automated Staffing Office
000-000-0000
TRANSJOBS@dot.gov

Overview

Hiring Path:
• Open to the public
Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
Open to All U.S. Citizens
1 vacancy will be filled from this announcement. The position is a remote work position and the official duty location will be identified at time of hire.
Security Clearance Required:
Public Trust - Background Investigation
Appointment Type
Permanent
Appointment Type Details:
Permanent
Marketing Statement:

Please see the Agency benefits section.

Summary:

The position is on the Environment, Air Quality and Realty Technical Service Team of the FHWA Resource Center. Incumbent is an expert in technical areas such as transportation conformity; National Environmental Policy Act; Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program; and transportation sector energy consumption, CO2 emissions and resilience to climate change. 


 

Supervisory Position:
No
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
No
Travel Required:
50% or less

Some travel is required.

Duties

As an Environmetal Protection Specialist, you will:



  • Provide expert analysis and interpretation of extremely complex data, policy, legislation, and regulations; environmental procedures, requirements, technological advancements and/or approaches specific to air quality related environmental laws.

  • Coordinate with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other entities on complex model development related to EPA emission and dispersion models and the California Air Resources Board emission model and demonstrates a proficiency in the use of these models for analyzing transportation plans, programs and projects.

  • Develop procedures and standards which facilitate accomplishment of the program and technical assistance role of the Resource Center.

  • Represent the Resource Center Environment, Air Quality and Realty Technical Service team as a technically authoritative expert.

  • Identify and pursue new partnerships, marketing approaches, and customer participation, negotiating complex and/or innovative technological, program, resource, and operational relationships. 


The ideal candidate for this position is a senior-level specialist participating on a multidisciplinary team providing expert technical guidance, advice, assistance and training in Environment and Air Quality programs. This is an excellent opportunity to join the Federal Highway Administration and work in the Resource Center’s Environment, Air Quality and Realty Technical Services Team to advance the strategic goals and objectives of the Federal Highway Administration and meet the challenges of advancing the best transportation system in the world. We offer an excellent benefits package and alternative work schedules.

Qualifications and Evaluations

Requirements:

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:



  • SELECTIVE SERVICE: Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for the Selective Service.

  • GOVERNMENT TRAVEL CARD: This position involves travel. A government contractor-issued travel card will be issued and must be retained for official business only.

  • DEU REQUIREMENTS: Applicants selected under delegated examining procedures may be required to successfully complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).

  • Due to the remote work nature of this position, must have access to high speed internet meeting current Agency standards from chosen work location and sign a remote work agreement.


 


 

Key Requirements:
  • You must meet specialized experience to qualify.
  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date
  • Provide all required documents by closing date
  • Announcement also advertised Merit Promotion:  FHWA.RC-2018-0020.
  • Education Requirements:
    Evaluations:

    DESCRIBING YOUR EXPERIENCE: PLEASE BE CLEAR AND SPECIFIC. WE WILL NOT MAKE ASSUMPTIONS REGARDING YOUR EXPERIENCE. If your resume/ application does not support your questionnaire answers, we will not allow credit for your response(s). Your resume must contain sufficiently detailed information upon which to make a qualification determination. Please ensure that your resume contains specific information such as position titles, beginning and ending dates of employment for each position, average number of hours worked per week, and if the position is/was in the Federal government, you should provide the position series and grade level.


    If you meet the qualification requirements, your application will be placed in one of four categories: Platinum, Gold, Silver or Bronze, which is based upon your responses to the vacancy questions. Within these categories, applicants eligible for veteran's preference that have provided supporting documents will receive selection priority over non-veterans.  The top-rated applications will be reviewed for the quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the position. If your resume does not support the specialized experience or if your application does not support your answers to the Vacancy Specific Questions, your final rating may be modified and/or you may be disqualified from consideration.



    Your application will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the position. The answers you select in the on-line process must be substantiated in your application package.  If upon review, it is determined that your described work history, competencies, and/or supporting documents do not support your answer choices, your application may be updated or you may not be referred to the selecting official. Please ensure that your work history provides enough details to support your answers. The Automated Staffing Office is ultimately responsible for determining your final rating.

    Qualifications:

    To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must meet the specialized experience requirements.


    TO QUALIFY FOR THE GS-14, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equal or equivalent to the GS-13, it must include:



    • Experience instructing others in transportation-related air quality modeling and analytical procedures.

    • Experience instructing others in providing analysis of transportation projects/programs and demonstrating compliance with applicable laws, regulations, policies, and technical guidance.

    • Experience instructing others in providing technical assistance, training and technology deployment related to transportation and air quality modeling.

    • Experience instructing others in communicating technical information to audiences.


     


    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.

    For additional information about applying to Federal positions, please click on the following link:  https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-policies/#url=e4


    Other applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

    Benefits and Other Info

    Benefits URL:
    Review our Benefits
    Agency Benefits:

    Real solutions to meet genuine challenges. Innovative ideas to take on growing realities. That's the Federal Highway Administration - Leaders in Paving the Way on the Road to Success

    The Department of Transportation (DOT) is ranked #4 in the 2017 best places to work in the Federal Government!

    Other Information:

    PLEASE NOTE: This announcement is for a remote work position and duty location will vary. The difference in salary is determined by the locality pay in each location. Salaries for all areas are available on the OPM website at: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/salaries-wages/2018/general-schedule/


    Displaced employees may be eligible for ICTAP or CTAP priority consideration. For more information, please review the OPM Employee's Guide to Career Transition.

    EEO STATEMENT:
    The Department of Transportation (DOT) maintains a model federal work environment that is free of discrimination. DOT ensures equal employment opportunity for employees and applicants for employment, regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), genetic information, age, disability, sexual orientation, or protected activity.


    This vacancy may be used to fill similar positions within 90 days for these locations.

    How to Apply

    How to Apply:
    You must submit a complete application package (including resume, vacancy questions and supporting documents) no later than midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.
    • To begin, click the "Apply Online" button on the job announcement posting.
    • Follow the directions to register, submit all required documents and complete the assessment questionnaire.
    • You may review your saved application(s) at https://my.usajobs.gov.
    If you are having difficulty applying online, please contact the DOT Automated Staffing Office via email us at Transjobs@dot.gov
    Required Documents:

    ALL Applicants must provide a resume that fully supports the required specialized experience and was created within USA Jobs Resume Builder and respond to the vacancy questions by the closing date of the vacancy. 

    The following is a list of documents that are only required based on the type of position and consideration for which you are applying.  


    TRANSCRIPTS - Transcripts are REQUIRED if there is a stated education requirement for the series OR if you are substituting education for experience. The transcripts need not be official, but must show that you meet the stated education requirements, including specific major or class requirements. 



    • If you are applying to an engineering position and are qualifying based on possessing a current Professional Engineer (PE) license, or passing the Engineer in Training (EIT) exam, please provide a copy of PE license or written documented proof of passing the EIT.

    • If you have previously held a government position in the same series as this position, you may be able to provide an SF-50 showing that you have already qualified and worked in the federal service in this series.  



    VETERANS: Your last DD214, Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, that shows the type of discharge and all dates of active duty is required to verify your eligibility.  It need not be official.



    • If you are applying to a vacancy opened to all US Citizens under category rating and wish to be considered as a preference eligible, you need to submit a copy of your DD214.

    • If you are claiming preference eligibility as a disabled veteran, you must submit proof of entitlement of this preference which is normally a valid letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability.  An SF-15 is desired, but not required.

    • If you are applying to a vacancy opened Status and you are requesting consideration under Veteran's Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) (https://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/shav/#veoa), you need to provide a copy of your last DD214, which verifies your military service dates, reason for separation, OR certification of separation that shows a discharge date within 120 days of the closing of this announcement, and eligibility for consideration under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act.


    NON COMPETITIVE APPLICANTS: If requesting concurrent consideration for Non-competitive (NC) appointment eligibility,  you must provide the appropriate SPECIAL APPOINTING AUTHORITY DOCUMENTS, such as PCS orders (military spouse) describing move & marriage certificate; letter from VA or DD214 describing 100% disability of spouse; letter from State Vocational Office certifying disability (schedule A), etc. For more information, visit military spouse NC appointments or Persons with Disabilities NC appointments.

    DISPLACED EMPLOYEES: If requesting consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency CTAP program (ICTAP), you must meet the well qualified standards for this vacancy (meeting minimum requirements for position and scoring at least an 85 or falling in the Gold Category)  and provide all of the following documents:  



    • your most recent performance appraisal,

    • the proof of eligibility letter from the Agency, and

    • your most current SF-50, displaying current series and grade.


      

    Failure to submit any of the required documents by the closing date of the vacancy will result in your removal from consideration for this position. Please review your application prior to final submission and ensure you have submitted all appropriate documents. Uploading documents to USAJobs does NOT ensure inclusion with your application to our system.  You must verify that the documents are in the system with your application prior to final submission.

    Next Steps:
    You may check your application status by logging into your USAJOBS account. Within two weeks of the closing date, your application will be reviewed and rated. Ratings will be determined based on the documents and information received by the closing date. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration. If you are selected for an interview, the hiring manager will contact you directly. Once a hiring decision is made, we will notify all applicants of their final status.