Job Overview


This opportunity is also open to those who are interested in a full-time work schedule (40 hours a week) under announcement OGC-2013-0006.

If you are intrigued by the idea of working at a unique federal agency that has a tremendous impact on the funding and advancement of science, engineering and education, then the National Science Foundation is the place for you. In addition to funding research in traditional academic areas, NSF also supports innovative ideas, novel collaborations and numerous projects that may seem like science fiction today, but become the reality of tomorrow.

NSF has the advantages of a small agency environment that fosters collaboration, creativity and opportunities to contribute to major agency-wide projects. Consistently ranked by its employees as one of the top federal agencies in managing its workforce, NSF maintains a creative, flexible, and collegial atmosphere and is respected in both the federal and scientific arenas for its work in promoting science, technology, education and best management practices. Join our team at one of the best places to work in the federal government and use your knowledge and imagination to keep NSF at the frontier of discovery! More about NSF. This position is located in the Office of the General Counsel (OGC), National Science Foundation (NSF). The General Counsel serves as the chief legal adviser and advocate for the Director, and the National Science Foundation, in general. The General Counsel and OGC are responsible for the entire range of legal issues at the Foundation.


The primary purpose of this position is to serve as one of NSF's environmental compliance experts and to ensure that the assigned NSF programs satisfy legal responsibilities with respect to compliance with applicable environmental statutes and regulations.


Works with NSF Program Officers and NSF awardees to ensure NSF's legal responsibilities comply with the National Environmental Policy Act, the National Historic Preservation Act, the Endangered Species Act, and other applicable federal environmental statutes and regulations, including NSF's regulations at 45 CFR Part 640.

Serves as a Contracting Officer's Technical Representative (COTR) to ensure preparation of Environmental Assessments (EA) and Environmental Impact Statements (EIS) satisfy legal responsibilities and compliance with applicable environmental regulations.

Serves as the chief point of contact to the NSF assigned programs for environmental compliance guidance and support to ensure consistent policy and technical assistance and training is provided to NSF Program Officers and other staff.

Provides environmental review of NSF funded projects and, consistent with NSF's regulations at 45 C.F.R. Part 640, makes determinations on environmental compliance with applicable statutes and regulations to ensure a streamlined, legally-sufficient, and consistent approach to environmental compliance throughout the NSF.

Communicates orally and in writing regarding environmental compliance matters, including conducting briefings, giving oral presentations at conferences and writing reports and letters.

Works within the agency and outside of the agency to find ways to streamline and manage programmatic approaches to environmental compliance by participating in interagency collaboration efforts to determine similar agency activities for which NSF can work jointly with other federal agencies to carry-out environmental compliance responsibilities with the goal of saving the resources of the agencies involved.