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    You will serve as a staff professional in the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Office of Environment, Planning, and Realty (HEP), Office of Project Development and Environmental Review (HEPE). You will serve as an Ecologist on the Project Mitigation Team. You will also apply ecological expertise to work assignments on the interrelationship of plants and animals with their environment and water quality issues as they pertain to the highway program.

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    As an Ecologist, you will:

    • Provide expertise and knowledge of natural resources, the highway program, and the science of ecology to carry out functions of the Office of Project Development and Environmental Review with respect to the ecological impacts of highways. Incumbent provides assistance to other professionals in the Office of Planning, Environment, and Realty and to other offices in Headquarters and the field involved in the planning and implementation of FHWA programs to ensure that adequate consideration is given to wetlands, vegetation management, threatened and endangered species, natural habitats, and other ecological resources.
    • Review Environmental Impact Statements (EISs), Environmental Assessments, Categorical Exclusions, and Section 4(f) Evaluations for Federal-aid transportation projects or actions. The incumbent provides comments and recommendations regarding such documents.  Responsibilities may include preparation of necessary program and project correspondence. 
    • Review legislation proposed in Congress and Executive agency initiatives concerning ecological resources: e., wetlands, vegetation management and invasive species, natural habitat, endangered species, etc. that could affect the programs of FHWA.  Such duties would include preparation of written comments and recommendations for the agency and briefing materials for use by senior FHWA officials.
    • Assist in the preparation of procedures, and guidance necessary to insure agency compliance with requirements affecting ecological resources such as, wetlands, invasive species, water quality, and threatened and endangered species.
    • Initiate ecological research efforts for FHWA, including preparation of the program and technical justification necessary to begin the work. Serves as panel member for the review of contract Requests for Proposals.  Serves as agency representative and resource for wetland, water quality and other ecological research projects conducted by other Federal agencies, States, the National Cooperative Highway Research Program, or similar organizations.
    • Represent FHWA at conferences and other technical meetings on ecological and natural environmental topics. Speaks before audiences on technical subjects related to wetlands, water quality, endangered species, habitat restoration and other related ecological topics.

    The ideal candidate is a transportation leader or expert in natural resources, with specialized experience in the ecological impacts of highways, especially as the impacts pertain to Federal- aid and Federal Lands Highways.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Some travel will be required.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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    0408 Ecology

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