Job Overview


Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career?  If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling. DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

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This position starts at a salary of $92,259.00 (GS-13). Apply for this exciting opportunity to become a member of the Region II, Sandy Recovery Office team within FEMA.

EMERGENCY ASSIGNMENT: Every FEMA employee has regular and recurring emergency management responsibilities, though not every position requires routine deployment to disaster sites. All positions are subject to recall around the clock for emergency management operations, which may require irregular work hours, work at locations other than the official duty station, and may include duties other than those specified in the employee's official position description. Travel requirements in support of emergency operations may be extensive in nature (weeks to months), with little advance notice, and may require employees to relocate to emergency sites with physically austere and operationally challenging conditions.

This position is being announced under FEMA's CORE Program (Cadre of On-call Response/Recovery employees).  These positions are authorized under P.L. 93-288 to perform temporary disaster work and are funded from the Disaster Relief Fund.  Appointments are excepted service, temporary appointments.  This is a 2 year temporary appointment in the Excepted Service. 


This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security, (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency, (FEMA), region II, Sandy Recovery Office.  The incumbent will serve as the Environmental Planning and Historic Preservation (EHP) Branch Director, also known as EHP Advisor.  The primary duties include developing and implementing EHP action plans based on the Sandy Recovery office priorities, managing and supervising staff and coordinating with disaster assistance programs to ensure EHP compliance.  The incumbent will also coordinate with multiple external stakeholder agencies and the public to ensure EHP compliance and in support of National Disaster Recovery Framework partnership.

  • The incumbent is responsible for the implementation of applicable federal environmental/historic laws, including the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act, the National Historic Preservation Act, Archeological Resources Preservation Act, Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act and Executive Orders (EO) 11988, 11990, and 12898, as they pertain FEMA's disaster programs, including Public Assistance, Individual Assistance, and Hazard Mitigation Grant Programs, as well as National Disaster Recovery Framework.
  • Reviews, analyzes, and recommends modifications of projects, plans, and/or programs developed by tribal, State, and local governments and subgrantees to implement various provisions required for environmental/historic preservation compliance requirements.
  • Analyzes draft and final environmental/historic preservation review documents and works with program and regional staff to refine documentation.
  • Develops legally binding and defensible compliance actions, negotiates, streamlined review procedures, consultation documentation and agreements.
  • Identifies the specific need for EHP expertise in the disaster recovery operation, acquires the appropriate resources either within FEMA, through technical assistance contracts, or other means, and manages and supervises those resources for performance.
  • Coordinates and consults with multiple external stakeholder agencies such as SHPO, USFWS, NOAA-NMFS, NYSDEC, NYSOEM, NYSHCR, NYCHRO, NYCDEP, EPA, USACE, Tribal nations and the public to ensure EHP compliance and in support of natural and cultural resource support functions of the NDRF.