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Job Title:Environmental Protection Specialist GS-0028-13/14 (Open to all U.S.Citizens) SB

Department:Department Of Transportation

Agency:Federal Highway Administration

Job Announcement Number:FHWA.HEP-2013-0023

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$89,033.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year


Monday, April 22, 2013 to Wednesday, May 01, 2013




Full Time - - Permanent




Few vacancies in the following location:
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Applications will be accepted from any U.S. citizen. A separate job announcement is being advertised for applicants eligible for status consideration. Current and former status employees and veterans who qualify under VEOA are encouraged to also apply to announcement: FHWA.HEP-2013-0022


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The candidate serves as a Senior Environmental Protection Specialist with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) in the Office of Environment, Planning, and Realty (HEP), Office of Project Development and Environmental Review (HEPE).  The Office of HEPE is organized into three teams:    

  • The Program/Policy Development Team:  This team coordinates and manages the Office Research Funds and Policy activities; conducts strategic planning and performance management; and facilitates and directs Federal Agency, National Organization Stakeholders, and FHWA/DOT inter-office coordination on initiatives and emerging issues. 
  • The Project Development Team:  This team is the focal point for oversight and management of activities that provides policy direction and guidance to our FHWA field offices, State DOTs and local partners in carrying out our responsibilities under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and related environmental laws, as well as, for technical assistance in project related environmental streamlining, stewardship, and interdisciplinary decision-making.   
  • The Project Mitigation Team:  This team is responsible for the development of FHWA policies, regulations, procedures, and guidelines and the delivery of technical assistance related to natural resource protection and consideration of ecological impacts in the transportation decision-making process.   

While this vacancy is within the Project Development Team, to address operational needs and provide the broadest career-development opportunities, the Office operates in a matrix organizational model with employee assignments, including activities of all teams, as well as often requiring interaction with teams from other Offices with HEP and the Agency.  Consistent with this position description, the incumbent may be assigned to other teams as necessary to support HEPE operational needs.


The ideal candidate is a mid to senior level expert with experience in leading and providing technical advice related to transportation planning and project development, travel demand, land use, air quality, and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process.  The candidate should have experience applying planning or environmental requirements of transportation related Federal laws, government regulations and Executive Orders.


  • You must be a U.S. citizen and meet specialized experience
  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date
  • Provide all required documents by closing date
  • Position is telework eligible
  • Announcement may be used to fill similar positions within 30 days
  • Announcement also advertised to status applicants: FHWA.HEP-2013-0022


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As a Environmetal Protection Specialist, you will:

  • Lead in the development and advancement of complex environmental streamlining initiatives. Leads national level interagency and inter-organizational efforts and activities and programs, policies and projects to advance integrated transportation and resource agency planning.
  • Perform as a senior-level Environmental Protection Specialist responsible for policies, programs, and technical advice to improve transportation and environmental planning and NEPA principles and processes. 
  • Serve as an authoritative focal point for interpreting and applying the requirements of Federal legislation and directives relating to the integration of transportation and environmental decision-making; balancing the considerations of plan and project concepts, costs, need and social, economic and environmental factors.
  • Develop and interpret national policies, procedures, standards, and guidelines to State and local agencies, and FHWA Division Offices for implementation of legislative requirements and Executive Orders related to the NEPA process.
  • Research, promote, and lead the development of national policies and procedure related to transportation and provides authoritative advice and interpretation of agency policies, procedures regulations and guidance.  The candidate identifies and determines relevant interagency technical/policy issues warranting legal review and coordination, and facilitates successful joint agency resolution.



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To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must meet the experience qualifications for the grade at which you are requesting consideration.


Experience as a coordinator or lead in at least 2 or  more of the following:

  • Experience in the NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) regulatory requirements. 
  • Experience in planning or environmental requirements of transportation related Federal laws, government regulations, and Executive Orders. 
  • Experience with transportation and environmental research management and coordination activities. 
  • Experience in assessing issues and/or recommending remedies for environmental activities related to project development, planning and environmental linkages, and sustainability.
  • Experience in interagency coordination.
  • Experience developing and applying new techniques and methods to evaluate transportation projects or system alternatives. 
  • Experience leading and providing technical advice on the national level interagency/ interorganizational efforts and activities related to transportation planning, travel demand, land use, and air quality in the context of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process.
Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for the Selective Service.
  • You must complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).
  • Government Travel Card - You must be able to obtain and retain a Government contractor-issued travel card to be used for official business as a condition of employment. If unable to obtain and/or retain a card, you may be subject to removal. Those who fail to meet this condition of employment will have our offer of employment rescinded.


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.

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Benefits include health and life insurance, annual and sick leave, and retirement benefits. Explore the major benefits offered to most Federal Employees here. This position is telework eligible.


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


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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.
  • Follow the directions to register, submit all required documents and complete the assessment questionnaire.
  • You may review your saved application(s) at
If you are having difficulty applying online, send an email to or call us at (202)366-1298.


The following documents must be provided by the close date:

  • RESUME - Showing relevant experience and education and fully supporting the required specialized experience.
  • VETERANS - In order to be considered as a preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD214. Your DD214 need not be official but must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty. 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.
  • SPECIAL APPOINTING AUTHORITY DOCUMENTS - If requesting concurrent consideration for Non-competitive (NC) appointment eligibility (e.g. military spouse or persons with disabilities), you must provide appropriate supporting documentation such as PCS orders describing move & marriage certificate; letter from VA or DD214 describing 100% disability of spouse; letter from State Vocational Office certifying disability, etc. For more information, visit military spouse NC appointments or Persons with Disabilities NC appointments. Documents are only required if requesting non-competitive consideration.
  • DISPLACED EMPLOYEE PLACEMENT DOCUMENTS - Only required if requesting priority consideration under CTAP/ICTAP. You must submit ALL of the following: (1) your most recent performance appraisal, (2) the proof of eligibility letter from the Agency, and (3) your most current SF-50, displaying current series and grade. In addition, you must meet the well qualified standards for this vacancy (falling in the Gold Category).

by the closing date of the vacancy will result in your removal from consideration for this position.


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Phone: 202-366-1298
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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.

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