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    The position is located in the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Resource Center, Environment, Air Quality and Realty Technical Service Team. The purpose of this position is to lead or perform professional, research, or scientific work as a technical expert in FHWA policy and assessment of the effects of highways and interactions between natural resources, wetlands, water, threatened and endangered species, habitat, fish and wildlife, and ecosystems.  Incumbent serves as a technical expert for FHWA in the professional field of ecology or related biological, physical, environmental, and chemical disciplines that make up ecological science and natural resource management.Work is conducted nationwide through key business practices such as technical assistance, training, technology deployment and interagency coordination at the Federal, State, regional, and local levels in support of the Resource Center and customers across the nation including FHWA Headquarters, Division Offices, and State Departments of Transportation.

    The ideal candidate for this position is a professional with experience in the field of ecology or natural sciences and is looking for a new challenge. This is an excellent opportunity to work with the Federal Highway Administration’s Resource Center Environment, Air Quality and Realty Technical Service Team to advance the strategic goals and objectives of the FHWA and meet the challenges of advancing the best transportation system in the world. We offer an excellent benefits package and alternative work schedules.

    PLEASE NOTE: This announcement is for a remote work position and duty location will vary. The difference in salary is determined by the locality pay in each location. Salaries for all areas are available on the OPM website at: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/salaries-wages/2018/general-schedule/

    This vacancy may be used to fill similar positions within 90 days for these locations.

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    As an Ecologist, you will:

    • Provide professional expertise in the science of ecology and natural resource management to carry out the functions of the Resource Center with respect to environmental effects relevant to highways and interactions with natural resources and ecosystems.
    • Serve as technical expert for the Resource Center, FHWA Headquarters, Division Offices and State DOTs involved in the implementation of highway programs to ensure that adequate consideration is given to natural resources.
    • Identify the need for, prepare, and deliver sessions, courses and workshops on topics relevant to natural resources including but not limited to: wetlands, fish and wildlife, water resources and water quality, threatened and endangered species, wildlife habitats, ecosystem restoration and mitigation and ecological functions and interaction with a focus on internal and external customers.
    • Provide coordination and technical expertise with professionals and officials within a broad range of governmental and public agencies at the local, state, regional, and Federal levels; and can include non-profit organizations, professional associations, and public interest groups; educational institutions, private industry and the general public.
    • Lead or participate in teams of transportation and environmental professionals and practitioners charged with exploration of issues, problem-solving, implementation efforts or equivalent topics.

    Travel Required

    50% or less - Position requires less than 50% travel.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    • Applications accepted from all U.S. Citizens


    Questions? This job is open to 1 group.

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    0408 Ecology

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