Job Overview


The Federal Railroad Administration’s mission is to enable the safe, reliable, and efficient movement of people and goods for a strong America, now and in the future.
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) promulgates and enforces rail safety regulations; consolidates government support of rail transportation activities; administers financial assistance programs; conducts research and development in support of improved railroad safety and efficiency, and national transportation policy, including improved intercity passenger service.

FRA is committed to fostering a diverse, highly skilled workforce capable of meeting or exceeding our strategic goals with efficiency, innovation, and a constant focus on better serving our customers.
Do you like identifying problems, analyzing facts, and making recommendations; are you a good communicator; would you like to make a difference in the railroad industry, if so, then this job is for you!
The position is located in the Environment and Systems Planning Division, Office of Passenger and Freight Programs, Office of Railroad Policy and Development (RDP), Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). You will provide technical assistance and expert advice for the Office of Railroad and Policy Development, to other FRA and Department of Transportation (DOT) offices, and to states on strategic planning, professional principles and practices of environmental assessment, environmental protection, historic preservation and project development planning requirements and key competencies associated with intercity passenger and freight rail improvements in the United States.
The ideal candidate for this position is a mid-career professional who is experienced in leading others in the application of federal environmental laws for transportation infrastructure investment programs, including the national environmental policy act, Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation (DOT) Act, and the national historic preservation act.
This position may be eligible for regular telework (at least 1 day per pay period), ad hoc telework (on a supervisor approved intermittent basis) or emergency telework in accordance with FRA’s Telework Policy (FRA Order 3600.3b) and implementation plans.
PLEASE NOTE: A writing sample will be requested from applicants who are determined as qualified and referred to the
selecting official.

This announcement has been extended until Oct. 11, 2013.


The Lead Environmental Protection Specialist:

  • Plans, directs, coordinates and participates in Division activities, providing project management, administrative and technical and strategic guidance to professional and administrative employees and technical assistance to potential recipients of FRA program assistance.
  • Provides leadership on teams and within the Division in the planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of intercity passenger and freight rail programs and projects related to environmental policy and compliance.
  • Provides technical direction and leadership to other specialists responsible for environmental review and assists the Division Chief in balancing the environmental review workload among team members. May also serve as a Contracting Officer's Technical representative (COTR) on a variety of contracts, with authority to monitor and provide technical and programmatic direction to contractors.
  • Coordinates and manages work on complex environmental reviews, integrating input from individuals and organizations that are interested in and/or affected by FRA programs, including preparing and supervising the preparation of a variety of environmental documents required by the National Environmental Policy Act and related laws by contractors.
  • Conducts comprehensive technical reviews of proposed intercity passenger rail proposals and develops a recommended position for FRA including understanding and applying the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and related laws for proposed rail projects and plans.