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Job Title:Environmental Protection Specialist, GS-0028-12/13/14 MP

Agency:National Science Foundation

Job Announcement Number:OGC-2013-0009

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$74,872.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, June 10, 2013 to Monday, July 01, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0028-12/14

POSITION INFORMATION:

Part-time (approximately 20 hours per week). - Permanent. A fixed work schedule will be established for the candidate(s) selected.

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

14

DUTY LOCATIONS:

FEW vacancies - Arlington, VA, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

Current or former Fed employees with competitive status obtained through a permanent Federal competitive service appointment OR individuals with eligibility for noncompetitive special appointing authority OR veterans eligible under the Veterans Employment Opportunities Act.

JOB SUMMARY:

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.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • US citizenship.
  • Background investigation.
  • Preview questions at bottom of Qualifications & Evaluations--see tab above.

DUTIES:

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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.

Specifically:

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.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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To qualify at the GS-12 level, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-11 level in federal service serving as an environmental compliance expert. Examples include: ensuring compliance with agency/organizational environmental compliance policies; completing an initial review of Environmental Assessments and Environmental Impact Statements prepared by contractors; and drafting correspondence, presentations and/or materials for training on environmental compliance matters.

To qualify at the GS-13 level, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-12 level in federal service serving as an environmental compliance expert. Examples include: interpreting environmental laws; recommending environmental compliance policies; reviewing Environmental Assessments and Environmental Impact Statements prepared by contractors; preparing documentation of categorical exclusions; and developing presentations on environmental compliance matters.

To qualify at the GS-14 level, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-13 level in federal service serving as an environmental compliance expert. Examples include: interpreting & ensuring compliance with environmental laws; developing environmental compliance policies; completing thorough reviews of Environmental Assessments and Environmental Impact Statements prepared by contractors; preparing documentation of categorical exclusions; and making environmental compliance presentations.


Education may enhance skills required for this position; however, no substitution of education for specialized experience may be made at this level.

You must meet eligibility and qualification requirements within 30 days of the closing date. You must answer all job-related questions in the NSF eRecruit questionnaire. All online applicants must provide a valid email address. If your email address is inaccurate or your mailbox is full or blocked, you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position. This position is in the bargaining unit.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

Ratings will be assigned based on your responses to the occupational questionnaire. In some cases, additional assessment processes may be used. Review your resume and responses carefully. Responses that are not fully supported by the information in your application package may result in adjustments to your score. A Human Resources Representative will validate the qualifications of those candidates eligible to be referred to the selecting official. Applicants eligible for selection preference under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) must meet the agency definition of "well qualified." At NSF, this means a score of 90.0 or higher. In the merit promotion selection process, due weight will be given to incentive awards and performance appraisals.
To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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A GREAT LOCATION! The National Science Foundation is conveniently located one block from the Ballston Metro Station, a few blocks from Routes 66 and 50, and about three miles from downtown Washington. Employees may rent parking spaces in the building garage. There are many shops and restaurants within easy walking distance.

Employees receive the Federal benefits package however, part-time employees under permanent appointments are eligible on a prorated basis. Also, annual and sick leave will be earned on a prorated basis depending on the number of hours worked per pay period. You can find additional information about Part-time benefits. If selected, specific leave and benefit coverage and limitations will be determined.

NSF offers:
Pre-tax parking
Public transportation subsidy
Child Development Center on site
Child care subsidy
Flexible working hours
Telecommuting
Physical Fitness Facility on site
NSF Federal Credit Union on site
Health Services Unit on site
Employee Assistance Program



OTHER INFORMATION:

Relocation expenses will not be paid. For additional information on the NSF eRecruit system, please visit our NSF eRecruit Applicant Guide. This announcement may be used to fill like positions in other organizations within the National Science Foundation.

HOW TO APPLY:

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Your application should be submitted online and must be completed and all required documents successfully faxed (or uploaded) before 11:59 PM Eastern time on the closing date. You must answer all of the job-related questions to ensure full consideration for this position. For more detailed information, please review our NSF eRecruit Applicant Guide. If you do not have internet access or if you have questions, please contact the Human Resources Representative listed in the vacancy announcement. WARNING! Applications submitted online must have a valid email address. If your email address is inaccurate or your mailbox is full or blocked, you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

NOTE: THE AUTOMATED APPLICATION TOOL IDENTIFIES A NUMBER OF DOCUMENTS THAT MUST BE SUBMITTED FOR THIS POSITION BUT ARE NOT ACTUALLY REQUIRED.  THE DOCUMENTS DESCRIBED BELOW ARE THE ONLY ONES REQUIRED FOR THIS JOB. ALL OTHER DOCUMENTS LISTED ARE OPTIONAL.

If you are an NSF employee in a permanent, competitive service position or you are an NSF employee who is reinstatement eligible based on prior Federal permanent, competitive service, you need not submit documents to confirm status.

If you are not an NSF employee as described above, but you are eligible under merit promotion, under a noncompetitive special appointing authority, under an interchange agreement, or
similar authority, you will be required to submit supporting documentation. This will typically require the submission of one or more of the following documents:

1. Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) or comparable federal agency form if you are a current or former permanent federal civil service employee.
2. DD-214 (Member-4 copy); and if applicable, the Department of Veterans Affairs Notice of Compensable Disability Rating from applicants requesting consideration under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA), Veteran Recruitment Act (VRA), or the disabled veterans appointing authority.
3. Schedule A Certification – from applicants requesting consideration under the Schedule A appointing authority for disabled applicants.
4. Other – Documentation which verifies you are eligible to be appointed to a permanent position in the federal competitive civil service.

If you are requesting special employment consideration under the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) you must submit documentation provided by your current or former employing agency verifying your eligibility for that program.

All faxing/uploading must be completed before 11:59 PM Eastern time on the vacancy closing date. If you are faxing your information, please use extreme care in dialing the fax number to assure we receive your information.  You will receive an email confirmation of receipt of your faxed/uploaded document(s).

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Bonnie Beavers
Phone: 703-292-8319
Fax: 703-292-7478
TDD: 703-292-8044
Email: bbeavers@nsf.gov
Agency Information:
NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
4201 Wilson Blvd
Room 315
Arlington, VA
22230
US
Fax: 703-292-7478

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

You may check the status of your application at any time on the USAJOBS website.

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Job Announcement Number:

OGC-2013-0009

Control Number:

345202200