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    The employee serves as a professional specialist for FHWA in highway traffic noise and its relationship to the transportation program. This position is assigned to the Air Quality, Transportation Conformity, and Noise Team within the Office of Natural Environment, Office of Planning, Environment, and Realty. The specialist uses expert knowledge in areas that involve and relate to the highway traffic noise aspects of transportation environmental-related matters of Title 23, U.S.C, and transportation programs. The specialist is responsible for providing technical guidance and policy interpretation on the development of national policies, procedures, and techniques for mitigating transportation-related noise impacts and for providing assistance in the interpretation of FHWA policies, procedures, and regulations. The specialist also is responsible for providing technical assistance on the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) as related to highway traffic noise.

    The ideal candidate for the GS-12 is a professional with general experience in assisting the development of environmental policy and is familiar with NEPA. The candidate should have working experience of FHWA’s noise regulations and policy and has experience with noise and air quality modeling tools and techniques.

    The ideal candidate for the GS-13 is a senior professional with in-depth experience in NEPA and hands-on experience in the development and implementation of environmental policies and programs especially in the implementation, interpretation and assessment of FHWA’s noise regulations. The candidate should have experience with noise and air quality modeling tools and techniques.

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    As an Environmental Protection Specialist, you will

    • Serve as staff specialist in the Office of Planning, Environment, and Realty and to other Headquarters Offices involved in the implementation of FHWA highway programs to ensure that adequate consideration is given to noise in the planning, location, design, construction, and operation of highways.
    • Provides technical assistance and consultation to FHWA headquarters and field offices, State Departments of Transportation, local officials, general public and other local, State, and Federal agencies in interpreting and implementing Federal legislation, regulation and directives related to FHWA noise program.
    • Develop and recommend highway traffic noise research requirements for use within FHWA and State highway agencies. Provides technical advice to develop and promote programs to motivate other agencies, industry, and the public to achieve measures which will reduce motor vehicle noise emission levels and which will reduce overall traffic noise from motor vehicle operations on highways Coordinate and shares research results on current developments to advance the science of the highway traffic noise field. The specialist serves as the Contracting Officers Technical Representative to oversee the conduct of research projects and evaluates the results and implications of the projects with respect to overall objectives and incorporates the results when feasible.
    • Provide technical assistance in specific problem areas and questions related to highway traffic noise via telephone, electronic mail, written correspondence, and by field visits. This includes congressional correspondence and correspondence from the general public Prepare reports, manuals, correspondence, briefing papers, graphic presentations, and recommendations for action by officials of FHWA and the Office of the Secretary of Transportation.
    • Maintain technical knowledge of environmental legislation, regulations, as well as the policies and procedures of other DOT modal administration (such as FAA and FTA) and other Federal agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency and the Council on Environmental Quality as they affect noise and the highway program.
    • Assist in the formulation of policy statements, guidelines, standards, manuals, and directives in cooperation with professionals of other disciplines for consideration of social, economic, and environmental impacts related to noise. Provides technical assistance to ensure States noise policies consistent with Federal noise legislation and regulations.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Occasional travel will be required.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    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: FHWA.HEP-2017-0029.

    Questions? This job is open to 3 groups.

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