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    The position is in the Office of Office of Project Development and Environmental Review (HEPE) and serves as the Project Mitigation Team Leader. The team coordinates and manages the office research funds; is responsible for the development of FHWA policies, regulations, procedures, and guidelines and the delivery of technical assistance related to natural resource protection and consideration of ecological impacts in the transportation decision-making process.

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    As a Lead Environmental Protection Specialist you will:

    • Serves as national expert and advisor, providing leadership in the development, interpretation, and revision of environmental and ecological factors associated with Federal-aid highway program policies, procedures, and criteria; develops program emphasis, goals, and objectives, and the most effective methods for executing office programs.
    • Lead efforts to develop guidance, training, and assistance on the identification and analysis of ecological and environmental factors during the planning, design, construction, and operation of highways in the areas of responsibility assigned to the team. Provide national expertise on ecological and environmental protection issues and lead effort to develop FHWA’s nationwide environmental activities.
    • Lead effort to formulate and support training seminars and technical assistance workshops for state highway and FHWA professionals concerning the principles, practices, and methods for effectively determining and addressing those environmental and ecological factors for which the team has responsibility.
    • Provide national senior technical, procedural, and policy expertise within HEPE related to subject areas considered under the NEPA process. Furnish recommendations on alternative methods to mitigate or minimize environmental and ecosystem impacts.
    • Collaborate on the identification of areas of needed research, implementation, and demonstration projects relating to environmental quality and ecological concepts. Coordinate the initiation of these projects, through liaison with FHWA’s research offices, the Office of the Secretary of DOT, Transportation Research Board, and others. This may also include coordination with international groups such as PIARC (the World Road Association) subcommittees. Ensure that research funds are obligated in a timely manner and that funded projects advance as planned and contribute to and support national priorities. This may include developing scopes of work, reviewing competitive proposals, and serving as Contracting Officer Representative (COR) to ensure quality deliverables and fiscal management as well as efforts associated with outreach and implementation of research deliverables.
    • Maintain top-level contact and coordinates FHWA environmental and ecological program activities with other agencies. Oversee and provide the interface between environmental quality and the ecosystem approach aspects of the Federal-aid highway program and the activities and programs of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of Interior, and other Federal agencies for the assigned areas of responsibility of the Division Office. Serve as a focal point in the Office of Planning, Environment, and Realty for coordination with the Chief Counsel’s Office and other FHWA units on environmental and ecological technical, legal, and policy matters requiring resolution.

    The ideal candidate for this position is a senior level professional and technical expert that provides leadership, coordination, and guidance to FHWA headquarters and field offices, and stakeholders on environmental and ecological issues related to surface transportation programs and legislation. The candidate should have expert knowledge of state-of-practice in biological, ecological, historical, and cultural functional areas, as related to transportation issues and experience developing Agency-wide policies, strong analytical and communication skills, and experience working on multi-disciplinary teams.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Some travel is required for this position.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/613275100. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.