Skip to main content Skip to footer site map
This Position Is No Longer Available

Job Title:  Environmental Protection Specialist
Department:  Department Of Homeland Security
Agency:  Federal Law Enforcement Training Center
Job Announcement Number:  FLETC-FTD-2013-0022

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$81,823.00 to $106,369.00 / Per Year
Thursday, March 21, 2013 to Tuesday, April 09, 2013
Permanent position. - Work schedule is full-time.
1 vacancy - Charleston, SC, US  View Map

All U.S. Citizens

For definitions of terms used in this announcement click here.

This position is also open to Status candidates under announcement number FLETC-FTD-2013-0023.



Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling. DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

"We Train Those Who Protect Our Homeland." The Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) is a unique inter-agency organization that prepares the next generation of law enforcement officers to meet the nation's most pressing security challenges. To see an informational video and learn more about the FLETC's vital Homeland Security Mission, please click here.

This position is located in the Charleston Administration Division, Office of Charleston Operations (CHS), Field Training Directorate, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Charleston, South Carolina. The incumbent is responsible for formulating plans and policy, direct, coordinate, and evaluate a large scale complex Environmental Program and an Occupational Safety and Health Program.

Applicable relocation expenses will not be paid.


  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.
  • You must successfully pass a background investigation.
  • You must be able and willing to travel.


Back to top

As an Environmental Protection Specialist you will serve as an environmental expert on environmental areas that are of a high profile at the FLETC CHS, including hazardous waste water and air management, natural resources and contaminated site remediation (environmental restoration).  Typical assignments include:

  • Being directly responsible for all of the environmental contracts.
  • Conducting formal and informal environmental compliance audits.
  • Analyzing environmental data.
  • Evaluating facilities and/or activities on a continuing basis.
  • Identifying and resolving deficiencies and improving compliance relative to applicable environmental laws, regulations and practices.
  • Planning, formulating, developing, conducting, managing, performing, directing, coordinating, and evaluating an Occupational Safety and Health Program.


Back to top

All applicants must meet the qualification requirements listed below by the closing date of this announcement.

For the GS-13 grade level:

Applicants must possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in the Federal service, directing, evaluating, and formulating plans and policies for a large scale, complex environmental and safety/occupational health program that encompasses environmental protection related to noise hazards and lead exposure hazards, motor vehicle maintenance/repair facilities, and hazardous materials storage/management including explosives and/or construction.



We will review your résumé and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements described in this announcement.  If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education and training will be evaluated in addition to the online job questionnaire that is based on the following competencies needed to perform this job:

1. Program principles, concepts, practices, methods, and techniques of environmental protection and safety related policies and programs.

2. Application of the laws, regulations and policies related to the protection and management of natural resources, and the development of comprehensive environmental protection and safety related policies and programs.

3. Communicating effectively both orally and in writing.

If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be placed in one of the following categories:

Best Qualified: This is the highest category and will be used for candidates who possess the type and quality of experience that substantially exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrates high proficiency in all of the critical competencies.

Well-Qualified: This is the next lower category and will be used for candidates who possess the type and quality of experience that exceeds the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrates acceptable proficiency in all of the critical competencies.

Qualified: This is the lowest category and will be used for candidates who possess the type and quality of experience that meets the minimum qualifications of the position and demonstrates basic proficiency in most of the critical competencies.

If you are determined best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview.

Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles:  If you have never worked for the Federal government, you are not CTAP/ICTAP eligible.  Information about ICTAP or CTAP eligibility can be found by clicking to access OPM’s Career Transition Resources website.  To be considered well qualified under CTAP/ ICTAP, you must be placed in the best 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.

Veterans:  Preference eligible non-compensable veterans who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements are placed above non-preference eligibles within the category in which they qualify.  Preference eligible compensable 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, professional at the GS-09 grade level, or higher.  For information on veterans’ preference, please click here

To preview questions please click here.


Back to top

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 and select “benefits.”


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 suitability as a condition of placement into this position.  Continued employment is contingent upon favorable adjudication of periodic reinvestigations.  This may include 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.

Veterans, Peace Corps/VISTA volunteers, and individuals 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 and need more information, please click on the links above to determine your eligibility and to understand the documentation that would be required with your application. 

Physical Demands: Work within the office is sedentary; however, incumbent must be mobile and agile in order to physically perform inspections of both indoor and outdoor areas.  Such inspections could involve crawling around, over, and under equipment, exposure to excessive heat or cold, and/or exposure to unsafe/ unhealthy conditions.  Incumbent must be able and willing to travel.  The incumbent will be required to monitor training exercises involving automobiles operating at high speeds and performing intricate maneuvers.  The requirements of the environmental specialist’s function require a substantial amount of physical effort, especially when performing collateral safety duties.  Incumbent must be available for frequent off-duty responses to emergencies and unusual circumstances when necessary.

Work Environment: Work is performed in an office setting and in the field. There is regular and recurring exposure to moderate discomforts and unpleasantness such as high noise levels, operating machinery, high temperatures, wet conditions and irritants, hazardous materials to include chemicals, flammable liquids, explosive ranges and storage areas, acid fumes, compressed gases of a dangerous nature, and toxic waste, construction hazards, and hazards associated with indoor and outdoor weapons firing ranges.  Some activities may require incumbent to wear personal protective equipment which is hot, bulky, and uncomfortable.

All employees are required to participate in the Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer DD/EFT for salary payments.


Back to top

Your application must be received by 11:59 pm ET on the closing date.  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, you may contact the Human Capital Help Desk at  OR by calling (912) 267-2289 between the hours of 7:30 am and 4:30 pm ET (excluding Federal holidays) prior to the closing date of this announcement to receive assistance.


  1. Your résumé
  2. Are you a veteran?  You must submit Member Copy 4 of your DD 214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) and/or documentation of service connected disability.  Applicants who are active duty service members and apply for federal employment shall be considered for competitive service positions and granted tentative veterans’ preference status when they submit a certification, in lieu of a DD-214, when applying for a federal job.  Click for more veterans’ information.
  3. Are you claiming special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (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.


Sandra Pierson
Phone: 575-748-0504
Fax: 571-258-4052
TDD: 575-748-0504
Agency Information:
1131 Chapel Crossing Road
Glynco, GA
Fax: 571-258-4052


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.  You will receive an e-mail letting you know your application was received.  Your status will also be updated on USAJOBS throughout the process.  To check your status, log on to your USAJOBS account, click on “Application Status,” and then click “More Information.”  We expect to make a final selection within 60 days after the deadline for applications.  If you are selected, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.

For more information on applying for Federal employment, please click here.

Back to top
EEO Policy Statement | Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement | Veterans Information | Legal and Regulatory Guidance