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Job Title:Lead Environmental Protection Specialist - GS - 0028 - 14 (Open to Status and VEOA Applicants) - BP

Department:Department Of Transportation

Agency:Federal Railroad Administration

Job Announcement Number:FRA.RPD-2013-0035

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$105,211.00 to $136,771.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Friday, September 20, 2013 to Friday, October 11, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0028-14

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

14

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington, DC, USView Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

  • Current or former federal employees with status OR
  • Veterans eligible under VEOA
If you are NOT a status employee or VEOA eligible, you may wish to apply under announcement FRA.RPD-2013-0036, which is open to all U.S. Citizens.

JOB SUMMARY:

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.

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a status candidate and meet specialized experience.
  • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date.
  • Position may be eligible for Telework, see Benefits & Other Info Tab.
  • Travel and transportation expenses will not be paid.
  • Announcement also advertised to U.S. Citizens: FRA.RPD-2013-0036.
  • Announcement may be used to fill similar positions within 30 days.

DUTIES:

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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.

 


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must meet the specialized experience requirements.

LEVEL To qualify, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equal or equivalent to the following:
GRADE 14
  • Experience providing technical advice and leadership on environmental issues.
  • Experience evaluating a variety of environmental policy and planning issues related to transportation programs.
  • Experience preparing and reviewing Environmental Impact Statements (EISs) and Environmental Assessments (EAs).
Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


 
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:

  • UNITED STATES CITIZENSHIP IS REQUIRED: Proof of citizenship will be required to be shown upon appointment.
  • SELECTIVE SERVICE: Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for the Selective Service.
  • PROBATIONARY PERIOD: 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.
  • TRAVEL AND TRANSPORTATION EXPENSES: Will not be paid.
  • SENIORITY RIGHTS - LEAVES OF ABSENCE - RE-EMPLOYMENT RIGHTS:  The FRA has determined that seniority rights, leaves of absence, and reemployment rights from prior railroad employment generally constitute an actual or an appearance of a conflict of interest. New employees may be required to divest themselves of such rights immediately upon hire if these rights are determined to constitute an actual or appearance of a conflict of interest. If new employees are permitted to retain such rights, which is generally the case for Railroad Safety positions, the rights must be divested at the end of the one year probationary period which begins with the date of appointment. Divestiture is a requisite to continued employment with the Federal Railroad Administration. No waivers will be granted of the divestiture requirement. Pursuant to 5 C.F.R. Parts 2635.403 and 6001.104, all FRA employees (or spouses or minor children of FRA employees) are specifically prohibited from holding railroad stock (including shares of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. which owns 100% of BNSF), whether held outright, in an IRA, or in a 401(k) or other plan. (Employees may hold a mutual fund which invests in railroad stocks, so long as the mutual fund does not invest more than 30% of its assets in such prohibited investments.) Employees having a prohibited financial interest must divest themselves of railroad stock within 90 days after their appointment to their positions. Neither the rule against holding railroad stock, nor the divestiture period, is in any way affected by the existence of re-employment rights which employees might have with railroad companies. Nor is there any monetary threshold for applicability of the rule against ownership of railroad stock; all dollar amounts are prohibited.
  • TIME-IN-GRADE: Federal applicants must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade to satisfy time-in-grade requirements contained in 5 CFR 300, Subpart F.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

The Automated Staffing Office is ultimately responsible for determining your final rating. Please ensure that your resume and application provide enough detail to support your answers to the Vacancy Specific Questions. Your application will be rated on the extent and quality of your experience, education and training relevant to the position. Your answers to the Vacancy Specific questions, your self-determined rating, resume and supporting documentation are reviewed. If your resume and supporting documents do not support your answers to the Vacancy Specific Questions, your final rating may be modified.
To preview questions please click here.


BENEFITS:

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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 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. 


OTHER INFORMATION:

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

HOW TO APPLY:

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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 https://my.usajobs.gov.
If you are having difficulty applying online, send an email to transjobs@dot.gov or call us at (202)366-1298.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

The following documents must be provided by the close date:
  • RESUME - Showing relevant experience and education and fully supporting the required specialized experience.
  • COMPLETED QUESTIONNAIRE.
  • SF-50 - Which verifies grade, full performance level of position, and eligibility for consideration as a status applicant
  • DD214 - Verifying military service and eligibility for consideration under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act.
  • 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 (meeting minimum requirements for position and scoring at least an 85).
Failure to submit any of the required documents by the closing date of the vacancy will result in your removal from consideration for this position.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Automated Staffing Office
Phone: 202-366-1298
Fax: 571-258-4052
Email: TRANSJOBS@dot.gov
Agency Information:
DOT, FEDERAL RAILROAD ADMINISTRATION
Submit Application and Documents Online
1200 New Jersey Ave SE / HAHR - 50
Washington, DC
20590
US
Fax: 571-258-4052

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

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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Job Announcement Number:

FRA.RPD-2013-0035

Control Number:

352063200