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Job Title:Environmental Protection Specialist - GS - 0028 - 11/12/13 (Open to U.S. Citizens) - ARC

Department:Department Of Transportation

Agency:Federal Railroad Administration

Job Announcement Number:FRA.RPD-2013-0040

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$62,467.00 to $115,742.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Monday, October 21, 2013 to Thursday, November 14, 2013

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0028-11/13

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

13

DUTY LOCATIONS:

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

WHO MAY APPLY:

Applications will be accepted from any U.S. Citizen.
This job is also 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: FRA.RPD-2013-0039.

JOB SUMMARY:

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is responsible for ensuring safety of the Nation's passenger and freight rail operations and infrastructure by promoting safe, efficient and accessible rail transportation. The mission and focus of FRA has grown to include the design and management of an unprecedented investment in the creation of a nationwide passenger rail network. FRA is providing leadership for the creation of a more balanced transportation system, transforming the way Americans travel.

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has major responsibility to implement this vision through passenger and freight rail programs. FRA has critical hiring needs to meet these growing mission requirements and to prepare our partners and stakeholders. Join our growing team and help FRA develop, improve, and deploy high-performance passenger rail and freight service to transform and revitalize our nation's rail system.
 
The ideal candidate for this position is a mid-level career professional who is experienced in applying National Environmental Policy Act, environmental sustainability policy, and related laws and regulations to transportation infrastructure projects.  A background working with a range of regulations is preferable, such as the National Historic Preservation Act; U.S. Department of Transportation Act, Section 4(f); Title 23, Statewide and Metropolitan Planning Regulations; Clean Air Act as amended; and Executive Order 12898 on Environmental Justice.

PLEASE NOTE: A writing sample may be requested from applicants who are determined as qualified and referred to the selecting official

 

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen and meet specialized experience to qualify.
  • 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.
  • The announcement is also advertised merit promotion: FRA.RPD-2013-0039.
  • Announcement may be used to fill similar positions within 30 days.

DUTIES:

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The Environmental Protection Specialist: 

  • Manage a portfolio of environmental reviews for railroad transportation projects. Review and prepare comments on draft environmental documents prepared by other agencies. Prepare and supervise preparation by contractors of a variety of environmental documents required by the National Environmental Policy Act and related laws.
  • Support activities of the Office of Passenger and Freight Programs that may include: providing technical assistance to states, railroads and other entities planning rail projects or services, administer in grants and loans to Amtrak and other railroads or State and local governments; assessing the financial and operating conditions of railroads; and processing applications for financial assistance under grant programs and the Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing Program. Coordinate with state, local and other Federal agencies to ensure successful completion of projects including required agreements and permits.
  • Provides advice to grantees in the preparation of passenger (including high-speed) and freight rail planning, service analysis, and investment strategies as well as the development of passenger and freight railroad plans and programs for presentation to high level State or local officials and/or industry or community forums.  
  • Represent FRA in State and local rail planning meetings, site visits, and public hearings with State and local partners, private industry partners and the public. Work individually or with higher-graded staff on projects and serve as a team member for most assignments. Work with environment team to advance policies and practices that support a systematic interdisciplinary approach to environmental planning.


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must meet either the education or specialized experience requirements for the grade at which you are requesting consideration.

LEVEL
To qualify on Education, you must have:

To qualify on Experience, you must have one year of specialized experience equal or equivalent to the following:

GRADE 11

3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree OR Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree.
  • Experience with the Federal environmental process to include the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process, Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, AND environmental sustainability including global climate change and energy related policies.

 

You can also qualify based on a combination of education and experience.
 

GRADE 12

There is no education substitute.
  • Experience assisting in the preparation of routine environmental documents required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and related laws.
  • Experience assisting with environmental impact analysis in such areas as the National Historic Preservation Act; US DOT Transportation Act, Section 4(f); Title 23, Statewide and Metropolitan Planning regulations; Clean Air Act as amended and Executive Order 12898 on Environmental Justice.

GRADE 13

There is no education substitute.
  • Experience evaluating environmental aspects of transportation programs.
  • Experience preparing Environmental Impact Statements.
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.
  • 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 EXPENSES: Travel and transportation expenses will be paid if the selection results in a promotion OR for a geographical reassignment if the FRA selectee occupies a position at the same grade level that has significantly different duties from that of this position vacancy. Travel and transportation expenses will not be paid if a candidate outside the FRA is selected OR a FRA employee accepts a change to the lower grade that results in a geographical reassignment for this position vacancy
  • 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. If selected, you will be subject to the Standards of Ethical Conduct applicable to all executive branch employees. Selectees will be required to complete a new entrant confidential financial disclosure report (Office of Government Ethics Form 450) within 30 days of hire (except if hired between Nov.15 and Dec.31). Thereafter, selectees will be required to annually file a confidential financial disclosure report by Feb.15 of each year, pursuant to instructions issued in early January.
  • DEU REQUIREMENTS: Applicants selected under delegated examining procedures may be required to successfully complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).  

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

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.
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 is telework eligible.

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 closing date:
  • RESUME - Showing relevant experience and education and fully supporting the required specialized experience.
  • COMPLETED QUESTIONNAIRE.
  • TRANSCRIPTS (FOR THE GS-09 AND GS-11): If you are SUBSTITUTING EDUCATION FOR EXPERIENCE, you must submit a copy of your college transcript.
  • VETERANS: In order to be considered as preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, DD214. Your DD-214 must show the type of discharge and dates of active duty.  If you are claiming compensably disabled preference eligible, you must submit a copy of your DD214; an Application for 10-point Veteran's Preference,  SF15; and the proof of entitlement of this preference which is normally an official statement, dated 1991 or later, from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability. Without this documentation, you will not receive veteran's preference.  Additional information on veterans' preference is available in the Vet's Guide at: http://www.fedshirevets.gov/hire/hrp/vetguide/index.aspx
  • SPECIAL APPOINTING AUTHORITY DOCUMENTS: If requesting concurrent consideration for: http://www.opm.gov/hr_practitioners/lawsregulations/appointingauthorities/index.asp#AppointmentsLeading Noncompetitive  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 http://www.fedshirevets.gov/hire/hrp/qaspouse/index.aspx military spouse NC appointments or http://www.opm.gov/disability/PeopleWithDisabilities.asp" 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 http://www.opm.gov/ctap/ CTAP/ICTAP</A>.  You must submit ALL of the FOLLOWING: your most recent performance appraisal, the proof of eligibility letter from the Agency and your most current SF-50, displaying current series and grade.  To receive priority consideration, you MUST be deemed well qualified for this vacancy (falling in the Gold Category).
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-2013-0040

Control Number:

353559300