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Announcement Number:
FEMA-17-TJ-169574-DE
Hiring Agency:
FEMA - Federal Emergency Management Agency
Position Title:
Environmental Protection Specialist
Open Period:
07/25/2017 - 08/03/2017

Format MM/DD/YYYY


This vacancy is limited to a certain number of applicants and may close before the close date listed here if that limit is reached.
Series/Grade:
GS - 0028 09/11
Salary:
USD $53,575 - USD $84,263
Work Schedule:
Full-time - Full Time
Promotion Potential:
GS-12
Duty Location(s):
1
in
Philadelphia, PA, US
Telework Eligible:
No
For More Info:
Tameika L. Jones
212-680-8594
tameika.jones@fema.dhs.gov

Overview

Who May Apply/Clarification From the Agency:
This announcement will close at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) Friday, 8/4/2017 OR at 11:59 p.m. ET on the date the 200th application is received, whichever comes first.
Security Clearance Required:
Public Trust - Background Investigation
Appointment Type
Term appt, NTE 4 yrs
Appointment Type Details:
Temporary (Term) This is a 4 year term appointment
Marketing Statement:
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling on those who want to help protect American interests and secure our Nation. DHS Components work collectively to prevent terrorism; secure borders and our transportation systems; protect the President and other dignitaries; enforce and administer immigration laws; safeguard cyberspace; and ensure resilience to disasters. We achieve these vital missions through a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.
Summary:
When disaster strikes, America looks to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Now FEMA looks to you. Join our team and use your talent to support Americans in their times of greatest need. FEMA prepares the nation for all hazards and manages Federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. We foster innovation, reward performance and creativity, and provide challenges on a routine basis with a well-skilled, knowledgeable, high performance workforce. Please visit www.fema.gov for additional information.

The ideal candidate will have experience working with environmental and historic preservation compliance requirements for federally funded projects; and specific experience with preparation of NEPA and National Historic Preservation Act Section 106 compliance documents. This position starts at a salary of $53,575 (GS-9) or $64,820 (GS-11) with promotion potential to the $77,694  (GS-12). Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of the Region 3 team within FEMA.

Promotion Potential: Future promotions will be dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and administrative approval.

EMERGENCY ASSIGNMENT: Every FEMA employee has regular and recurring emergency management responsibilities, though not every position requires routine deployment to disaster sites. All positions are subject to recall around the clock for emergency management operations, which may require irregular work hours, work at locations other than the official duty station, and may include duties other than those specified in the employee's official position description. Travel requirements in support of emergency operations may be extensive in nature (weeks to months), with little advance notice, and may require employees to relocate to emergency sites with physically austere and operationally challenging conditions.
Supervisory Position:
No
Relocation Expenses Reimbursed:
No
Travel Required:
Occasional Travel

Occasional non-emergency travel may be required

Duties

In this position, you will use all practical means and measures to protect, restore and enhance the quality of the environment, to avoid or minimize adverse impacts to the environment and comply with environmental planning and historic preservation responsibilities in order to attain the objectives of: a) helping communities reduce the impact that disasters and emergency management decisions and operations have on the nation’s natural and cultural resources; b) preserving historic, cultural and natural aspects of national heritage and maintaining, wherever possible, an environment that supports diversity and variety of individual choice; c) achieving a balance between resource use and development within the sustained carrying capacity of the ecosystem involved. Typical assignments include:

  • Serving as a program specialist and management advisor on the performance of Environmental / Historic Preservation (EHP) program work relating to environmental planning/historic preservation regulations, e.g., ensure compliance with environmental laws and regulations, or prevent / mitigate adverse impact to environmental and historic resources as a result of agency program implementation.
  • Exercising seasoned judgment and providing advice to agency officials and to other environmental protection specialists regarding the suite of environmental policy and historic preservation requirements including but not limited to historic preservation studies, environmental assessments and impact statements, and developing historic preservation or environmental policy guidance documents.
  • Serving as a representative in working groups and committees, presenting results of significant analytical studies, developing position papers for presentation to decision makers, participating on panels or in seminars concerning assigned subject area, or other similar representation functions.
  • Proposing plans that are well-developed and account for potential difficulties with alternative solutions and approaches, particularly as part of the Unified Federal Review (UFR) process implementation within regional / field EHP operations.
  • Providing technical advice and assistance and making recommendations to senior management staff and regional/field EHP staff regarding improvement of environmental programs both within FEMA.

Qualifications and Evaluations

Requirements:
You qualify for this position at the GS-9 level (starting salary $53,575) if you possess the following:
One full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 level that demonstrates the following: 1) experience drafting documentation for inclusion in consultations under National Historic Preservation Act Section 106 and supporting the development of National Environmental Policy Act documents, or 2) performing work with historic preservation compliance requirements on a presidentially declared disaster.

Or Master's or equivalent graduate degree; or Two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree, or LL.B. or J.D., if related.

Or Combination of education and experience

You qualify for this position at the GS-11 level (starting salary $64,820) if you possess the following:
One full year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-9 level that demonstrates the following: 1) experience assisting with drafting documentation for adverse effect consultations under National Historic Preservation Act Section 106 and participating in the development of National Environmental Policy Act documents, and 2) performing work with historic preservation compliance requirements on a presidentially declared disaster.

Or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree; or Three full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; or LL.M., if related.

Or Combination of education and 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 provides valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Key Requirements:
  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
  • You must successfully pass a background investigation.
  • Selective Service registration required.
  • Please review "Other Information" section for additional key requirements.
  • Education Requirements:
    Evaluations:
     

     

    We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the minimum qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, we will use your responses to the job questionnaire to place you in one of three categories based on your experience, education and training. The competencies needed to perform this job are:
    • Technical Proficiency
    • Communication
    • Customer Service
    • Representing the Agency
    • Teamwork and Cooperation
    If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be placed in one of the following categories:
    1. Best Qualified: Applicants possessing experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrate high proficiency in all of the critical competencies, including all Selective Placement Factors (SPF) and appropriate Quality Ranking Factors (QRF) as determined by the job analysis.
    2. Well Qualified: Applicants possessing experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrates acceptable proficiency in all of the critical competencies, including all SPFs and appropriate QRFs as determined by the job analysis.
    3. Qualified: Applicants possessing experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrate basic proficiency in most of the critical competencies, including all SPFs and appropriate QRFs as determined by the job analysis.
    If you are best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. 

    Veterans:  Qualified veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% are listed in the best-qualified category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level, or higher.  This position is or is not considered scientific/professional.  Other 10-point preference eligibles and veterans with 5-point preference who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements are placed above non-preference eligibles within the category in which they qualify.  View information on veterans' preference.

    Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) Eligibles: If you have never worked for the federal government, you are not ICTAP eligible. View information about ICTAP eligibility on OPM’s Career Transition Resources website. To be considered eligible under ICTAP, you must be placed in the "well-qualified" category for this position, as described above. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed under the required documents section of this announcement.
    Qualifications:
    The qualification requirements listed below must be met within 30 days of the closing date of this announcement.

    NOTE: Qualifications are based on breadth/level of experience. In addition to describing duties performed, applicants must provide the exact dates of each period of employment (from MM/YY to MM/YY) and the number of hours worked per week if part time. As qualification determinations cannot be made when resumes do not include the required information, failure to provide this information may result in disqualification. Applicants are encouraged to use the USAJOBS Resume Builder to develop their federal resume. For a brief video on How to Create a Federal Resume, click here.

    Current or former FEMA Reservists/DAE employees: To accurately credit your experience for these intermittent positions, make sure to list the dates (from MM/YY to MM/YY) of each deployment, along with the job title and specific duties you were responsible for during each deployment.  Failure to provide this information may result in disqualification.

    The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees.  If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office. 

    Benefits and Other Info

    Benefits:
    DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities. For more information, go to the DHS Careers website and select “Benefits.” Disabled veteran leave will be available to any Federal employee hired on or after November 5, 2016, who is a veteran with a service-connected disability rating of 30 percent or more.
    Other Information:
    • To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully pass a background investigation for Public Trust as a condition of placement into this position. This may include a credit check after initial job qualifications are determined (Mythbuster), a review of financial issues such as delinquency in the payment of debts, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs. For more information on background investigations for Federal jobs please visit the OPM website at https://www.opm.gov/investigations/background-investigations/.
    • If you receive a conditional offer of employment for this position, you will be required to complete an Optional Form 306, Declaration for Federal Employment, and to sign and certify the accuracy of all information in your application, prior to entry on duty. False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after beginning work, fine, or imprisonment.
    • DHS uses E-verify, an internet based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities.
    • This announcement may be used to fill one or more vacancies.
    • All candidates must be able to deploy with little or no advance notice to anywhere in the United States and its territories for an extended period of time.
    • A one year probationary period is required for new Federal competitive service employees and new supervisors and managers.
    • If selected for this position you will be required to attend a two week Emergency Manager Orientation (EMO) in Anniston, AL or Emmitsburg, MD. Travel is at FEMA’s expense and will occur from Sunday to Friday.
    • Veterans, Peace Corps/VISTA volunteers, and persons with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not have to compete with the public for federal jobs. To determine your eligibility for non-competitive appointment and to understand the documentation that is required, click on the links above or contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement.
    • This is a Bargaining Unit position.
    • This term appointment may be extended up to a maximum total period of 4 years or terminated at any time at management discretion. Selection does not confer eligibility to be promoted or reassigned to other positions or to be non-competitively converted to a career-conditional appointment.

    How to Apply

    How to Apply:
    To begin your online application, click the Apply Online button and follow the prompts to register or sign into USAJOBS, take the online questionnaire, and submit the required documents. See Required Documents section for more detail.

    We strongly encourage you to apply online. If you cannot apply online or do not have access to the internet (e.g., applicant experiencing documented system issues, applicant does not have access to the internet, etc.), you may be able to submit a paper application and the required forms.  To do so, please contact the Human Resources Specialist listed in the Agency Contact Information prior to the close of this announcement.
    Required Documents:
    1. Your resume
    2. Your responses to the job questionnaire
    3. Are you qualifying based on education? Submit a copy of your college transcript (unofficial is acceptable) or a list of coursework with hours completed. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet Federal qualification requirements if you can show that your foreign education is comparable to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States. For example, specific courses accepted for college-level credit by an accredited U.S. college or university, or foreign education evaluated by an organization recognized for accreditation by the Department of Education as education equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. college or university. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence with your application. See Recognition of Foreign Qualifications for more information. 
    4. Are you a veteran? Submit Member Copy 4 of your DD-214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) or other acceptable documentation (i.e., a letter from your Command reflecting rank, dates of service, and type of discharge), which verifies veteran’s status and type of discharge prior to the closing date of this announcement. Those applying for 10-Point preference may fill out the SF-15 and/or provide documentation that demonstrates preference eligibility. If applying based on eligibility under the Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act, you must submit certification from the Armed Forces that you will be discharged or released from active duty service under honorable conditions, within 120 days after the certification is submitted by the applicant. This must indicate your dates of service, expected release dates, your rank, and confirm that you will be separated under honorable or general conditions. View more veterans' information.
    5. Are you claiming special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)?  Submit: 
      • a copy of your agency notice,
      • a copy of your most recent performance rating, and
      • a copy of your most recent SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, noting your current position, grade level, and duty location
    6. Are you a current or former political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee? Submit a copy of your applicable SF-50, along with a statement that provides the following information regarding your most recent
      political appointment:
      • Position Title
      • Type of Appointment (Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee)
      • Agency
      • Beginning and ending dates of appointment
    Next Steps:
    Once you submit your application, we will assess your experience and training, identify the best qualified applicants, and refer those applications to the hiring manager for further consideration and interviews. We will notify you by email after each of these steps has been completed. We expect to make a tentative job offer within 30 days after the deadline for applications. If you are selected, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

    View more information on applying for federal employment.

    Any offers of employment made pursuant to this announcement will be consistent with all applicable authorities, including Presidential Memoranda, Executive Orders. interpretive U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) and U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) guidance, and Office of Management and Budget plans and policies concerning hiring.  These authorities are subject to change.

    Applying to this announcement certifies that you give permission to share your application with others in DHS for similar positions.