🔗Environmental Protection Specialist
Website Federal Railroad Administration
The position may be filled in either Sacramento, CA or Washington, DC.
The position is located in the Office of Railroad Policy and Development (RPD), Office of Environment and Project Engineering Division, in the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) in Washington, DC. The Office is primarily focused on improving railroad safety, efficiency and capacity through financial assistance, planning, research, development, and the application of innovative technologies.
At the full performance level of an Environmental Protection Specialist, you will:
- Perform and manage environmental reviews under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for FRA grant programs and actions. Ensure that environmental policy and compliance obligations are satisfied in the planning, developing, and implementing intercity passenger and freight rail programs. Participate on behalf of FRA on Departmental committees, initiatives, and studies related to environmental and energy policy issues.
- Support activities of the Office of Railroad Policy and Development that may include: providing technical assistance to states, railroads and other entities planning rail projects or services, administering grants and loans to Amtrak and other railroads or State and local governments, and assessing the project readiness of rail applications for FRA and DOT grant programs.
- Monitor developments in environmental policy, intercity passenger rail, and freight rail and supports FRA teams performing operating, financial, and policy analyses to assess strategic options for the continued provision of railroad service in the United States.
- Review and prepare comments on draft environmental documents prepared by other agencies. Represent FRA in State and local rail planning meetings, site visits, and public hearings with State and local partners, private industry partners and the public. Work individually or with higher-graded staff on projects and may serve as a team member on some projects.
- Advise grantees in the preparation of passenger (including high-speed) rail planning, service analysis, and investments. Review project documentation and provide guidance to grantees both orally and in writing.
The ideal candidate for this position is a mid-level career professional who is experienced in applying National Environmental Policy Act, environmental sustainability policy, and related laws and regulations to transportation infrastructure projects. A background working with a range of regulations is preferable, such as the National Historic Preservation Act; U.S. Department of Transportation Act, Section 4(f); Title 23, Environmental Regulations; Clean Air Act as amended; and Executive Order 12898 on Environmental Justice.
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