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Job Title:Environmental Protection Specialist

Department:Department Of Housing And Urban Development

Agency:Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development

Job Announcement Number:DE14-230-MRz

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$72,391.00 to $94,108.00 / Per Year


Monday, June 09, 2014 to Monday, June 16, 2014




Full-Time - Permanent




1 vacancy in the following location(s):
Atlanta, GA View Map
Milwaukee, WI View Map


U.S. citizens; no prior Federal experience is required. Current permanent Federal employees with competitive status, former Federal employees who have reinstatement eligibility, and individuals who are eligible under special appointing authorities may wish to apply under MP14-229-MRz.

The salary listed is for the 2014 General Schedule Base pay.  For a complete listing of 2014 Locality Pay Tables by geographic areas, click here.


Not Applicable




About the Agency

Our mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD is working to strengthen the housing market to bolster the economy and protect consumers; meet the need for quality affordable rental homes; utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; build inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination; and transforming the way HUD does business. 

These positions are located in the Office of Community Planning and Development, Milwaukee, WI and Atlanta, GA. 

The Milwaukee Field Office is located at 310 West Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 1380, Milwaukee, WI 53203-2289.

The Atlanta Regional Office is located at Five Points Plaza Bldg, 40 Marietta Street, Atlanta, GA 30303.

Key Information: 

  • Relocation expenses will not be paid.
  • One or more selections may be made using this vacancy announcement.
  • HUD offers alternative and flexible work schedules.
  • Recruitment Incentive may be offered.  


  • Occasional Travel
  • Some travel is required.


  • No


  • You must be US Citizen to apply for this position.
  • You must successfully pass a background investigation.
  • Selective Service Registration if you are a male born after 12/31/1959.


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The following are the duties of this position at the GS-13 level.

As an Environmental Protection Specialist, you will:

  • Informs, interprets for and advises Housing, Public Housing, Native American Programs, and CPD program staff on all policy and procedural requirements to be followed in carrying out HUD's responsibilities under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966 , environment sections of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974, regulations and guidelines of Council on Historic Preservation, Executive Orders, HUD regulations and issuance's, and other HUD and Federal authorities related to the environment, including wetlands, noise, coastal zones, aquifers, air and water quality, floodplain management, endangered species, and historic and archaeological preservation.
  • Identifies training needs and trains program staff and staff of responsible entities who assume 24CFR Part 58 environmental review responsibilities on the techniques of preparation of environmental assessments and grantee Environmental Review Records.
  • Monitors recipients and responsible entities to ensure compliance with NEPA and special environmental requirements.


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Minimum Qualification Requirement:
You must have one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the GS-12 grade level in the Federal service. Experience for this position includes experience with environmental compliance review impact analyses of physical development activities under the National Environmental Policy Act or counter part state statues and related federal environmental review laws such as the National Historic Preservation Act, Wetlands and Floodplain Executive Orders, etc.  This experience must include representing an organization in matters relating to controversial program activities, independently resolving technically complex, high-priority issues and serving as spokesperson for environmental compliance concerns.  

Notes: The experience may have been gained in either the public or private sector. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis. The education generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Foreign education must be evaluated by a credential agency.

There is no substitute for education at this grade level.

In order for your application to be considered, you must meet the requirements listed above within 30 days of the closing date.


Human Resources will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the minimum qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) will be rated based on your responses to the online questionnaire.

The KSAs for this position are: 
1. Technical Competence
2. Writing
3. Self-Management
4. Oral Communication
5. Teamwork

If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be placed into one of the following categories:

  1. Best Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a superior level of all evaluation criteria.
  2. Better Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of the evaluation criteria.
  3. Qualified (Good): Applicants possessing the basic qualifications with general knowledge, skills and abilities.  
Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligible: If you have never worked for the Federal government, you are not CTAP/ICTAP eligible. Information about CTAP or ICTAP eligibility can be found by visiting OPMs Career Transition Resources. To be considered qualified under CTAP/ICTAP; you must meet all eligibility requirements, submit required documentation, and earn a score of 85 or better to receive selection priority.
If you are best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview.
We recommend that you preview the online questions for this announcement before you start the application process.   

To preview questions please click here.


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  • We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
  • This is a bargaining designated position.
  • If you are retired from the Federal Government and are selected for this vacancy, your retirement annuity may be offset from your pay.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT: If selected for this position, you will be required to:
  • Complete a one-year probationary period (unless already completed).
  • Submit to a drug test prior to your appointment and random drug testing while you occupy the position.
  • Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment.
  • If you are a male applicant born after December 31,1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
  • Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
  • Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9. Federal law requires verification of the identify and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.
  • Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel.
  • File a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report within 30 days of appointment and annually from then on.
  • Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA): Non-exempt  
  • Successfully complete a background investigation. Failure to meet these requirements will be grounds for termination. 
HUD employees are prohibited under Section 7501.104, 5 Code of Federal Regulations from directly or indirectly owning, acquiring, or receiving: Federal Housing Authority debentures or certificate of claim; Financial interest in a project, including any single family dwelling or unit subsidized by HUD, or which is subject to a note or mortgage insured by HUD; Section 8 subsidies to or on behalf of a tenant of property you, your spouse, or a dependent child owns. 


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The following instructions outline our application process. You must complete this application process and submit any required documents by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. We are available to assist you during business hours (normally 7:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. (ET), Monday - Friday). If applying online poses a hardship, please contact us by noon ET on the announcement's closing date. If you are experiencing system issues with your application, please contact the Help Desk at  or at 866-656-6831 and/or the USAJobs Help Desk.  If you are unable to apply online, please contact the HR Specialist listed in the 'Agency Contact Info' section of the Vacancy Announcement.  
Step 1 - Create or Upload a resume with USAJOBSWe suggest previewing the online questions that you will answer. (Preview is available in the Qualifications and Evaluation section of announcement). You need to ensure your resume supports your responses to these questions.

Step 2 - Apply Online.  Click "Apply Online." You will be directed to USAJOBS where you must select a resume. If you have documents uploaded to USAJOBS, you may select those you wish to submit as well. After selecting a resume (and documents, if applicable), click "Apply for this position now!" and follow the prompts to register (if you haven't already done so), answer the online questions, and submit all required documents. You will have the opportunity to submit documents via three different options: 1.) Download from USAJOBS, 2.) Upload from your computer, or 3.) Fax. You can update your application or documents anytime while the announcement is open. To do so, log into your USAJOBS account and click on "Application Status." Click on the position title, and then select "Apply Online" to continue. 


  • Resume:  A resume describing your job-related qualifications is required and must be in English.  It must contain your full name, address, phone number, the last four digits of your Social Security Number, a detailed description of your duties and the dates you performed them (MM/DD/YY), as well as your work schedule and salary.
  • Completed online self-assessment questionnaire.
  • Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) eligibility:  You must submit a separate notice; SF-50; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; or a Military Department of National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456. Information about ICTAP or CTAP eligibility can be found at OPMs Career Transition Resources
  • Veterans Preference:  To apply veteran's preference you must submit the following proof of eligibility:
  1. Five Point Preference:  DD Form 214 showing dates you served, type of discharge, and any campaign badges or expeditionary medals you may have earned.
  2. Ten Point Preference:  DD Form 214, as described above, and supporting documentation as listed on the Standard Form 15 (application for 10-Point Veteran's Preference).  An Application for 10-Point Veterans Preference visit OPM Forms SF-15.
  3. If you are currently serving on active duty.  A statement of service from your unit identifying the branch of service, period(s) of service, campaign badges or expeditionary medals earned, and the date you will be separated or be on approved terminal leave.  If selected for this position, your preference will be verified using your separation DD Form 214, as described above.  For more information about Veteran's Preference, please visit OPMs Veterans Services - VetGuide


Mandy Rinne
Phone: 678-732-2385
Fax: 000-000-0000
TDD: 202-708-1455
Agency Information:
Assistant Secretary for CPD
451 7th Street S.W.
Washington, DC
Fax: 000-000-0000


Once the job announcement has closed, Human Resources will assess your experience and training, identifying the best qualified applicants, and refer those applications to the hiring manager for further consideration and/or interviews. You may check the status of your application for this position at any time by logging onto the USAJOBS "My Account" tab and clicking on "Application Status". In order to receive status change notification emails through USAJOBS, the appropriate "Notification Settings" must be activated in your USAJOBS "My Account" profile.  If you provide an email address that is inaccurate, or if your mailbox is full or blocked (e.g., spam blocker), you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position.  Please notify us if your contact information changes after the closing date of the announcement.

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