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🔗Environmental Protection Specialist

  • Full Time
  • Washington D.C., DC, USA
  • June 28, 2021
  • Department: Environment and Project Engineering Division
  • Salary ($): $87,198 - $134,798
  • Job Summary: Full job posting is located online:
  • Job Qualifications:

    Conditions of Employment
    You must be a U.S.Citizen and eligible for consideration.
    You must meet specialized experience to qualify.
    Required documents must be submitted by the closing date.
    Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date.
    Additional conditions are listed on the posting.


    To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must meet the specialized experience qualifications for the grade at which you are requesting consideration.

    To qualify for the Grade 12, you must have at least one year of experience equal or equivalent to the GS-11 it must include:

    • Experience assisting in the preparation of routine environmental documents required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and related laws.
    • Experience assisting with environmental impact analysis in such areas as the National Historic Preservation Act; US DOT Transportation Act, Section 4(f); Title 23, Environmental regulations; Clean Air Act as amended and Executive Order 12898 on Environmental justice.

    To qualify for the Grade 13, you must have at least one year of experience equal or equivalent to the GS-12, it must include:

    • Experience evaluating environmental aspects of transportation infrastructure project impacts in such areas as the National Historic Preservation Act Section 4(f); Title 23, Environmental regulations; Clean Air Act as amended and Executive Order 12898 on Environmental justice.
    • Experience leading the preparation of Environmental Impact Statements, Environmental Assessments, and related laws as required by NEPA.

    Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs): Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:

    • Environmental Assessment – Comprehensive Knowledge of the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and related laws such as the National Historic Preservation Act; US DOT Transportation Act, Section 4(f); Title 23, Environmental regulations; Clean Air Act as amended and Executive Order 12898 on Environmental Justice.
    • Oral Communication – Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.
    • Customer Service – Works with clients and customers (that is, any individuals who use or receive the services or products that your work unit produces, including the general public, individuals who work in the agency, other agencies, or organizations outside the Government) to assess their needs, provide information or assistance, resolve their problems, or satisfy their expectations; knows about available products and services; is committed to providing quality products and services.

    For all types of consideration, experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social).  Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment.  You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

  • How to Apply:

    You must submit a complete application package (including resume, vacancy questions and supporting documents) no later than 11:59 (EST) on the closing date of the announcement.

    All directions on the application process and link to apply are located here:

    To begin, click the “Apply Online” button on the job announcement posting.
    Follow the directions to register, submit all required documents and complete the assessment questionnaire.

    You may review your saved application(s) at

    If you have difficulty applying online, please contact the DOT Automated Staffing Office via email at:

  • Application Email:
  • Application URL:
  • Application Address: DOT, Federal Railroad Administration Submit Application and Documents Online 1200 New Jersey Ave SE / HAHR - 50 Washington, District of Columbia 20590 United States

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.

  • NCPE Internships: Eligibility & How to Apply


    To be eligible, applicants must be currently enrolled in a degree-seeking academic program or recently graduated (within the past 12 months). Interns are not eligible to work more than 1200 hours total in this program; previous interns must stay within this overall limit. The length of an internship can vary from 10 to 30 weeks if full time (400 to 1200 hours total) or longer if on a part-time schedule. If selected, the exact starting date will be determined by you and the NPS supervisor. Stipends are paid at $15.00 per hour unless otherwise listed.

    The successful candidate is responsible for finding and paying for travel to and housing at the internship location; some exceptions apply. The supervising National Park Service (NPS) office may be able to assist in locating housing but it is ultimately up to the individual accepting the internship to find accommodation.

    Also be aware that, due to Government-wide security requirements, a background check will be required if you are selected for a position. This will include providing information about recent housing and employment history. The position supervisor will have more information about these requirements and procedures at the time of hiring. You may direct any questions to NCPE's Internship Program Director, Julee Johnson, at

    Please note that interns are not NCPE or NPS employees. Stipends are academic awards and taxes are not withheld, nor are social security contributions made on your behalf. These funds may be taxable, however, so consult a tax preparation professional if you have questions.

    How to Apply

    You may review NCPE's internship opportunities during the Summer and Winter application rounds without registering. Use the search function to find listings by location, keyword, or area of interest/category. Once you identify one or more positions of interest, there is a 3-step application process.

    Step 1: Click on the Apply for Job button, then select Universal Application. Click on Register to create a User Account, which requires a username and email. A link will be sent to you from; click on it to create a password – a strong, multi-character password is suggested. You will be instructed to Log In to Preservenet using your user name or email and password, which will take you back to the Universal Application.

    Step 2: The Universal Application is required to apply for all NCPE internships. You fill out this form only once. In addition to contact information, educational status, work history, and experience, it requires two attachments: (1) the 2 most recent years of academic transcripts. These may be unofficial transcripts if official versions are unavailable. PDF only. (2) a resume or CV (curriculum vitae). Please limit to a maximum of 4 pages; 2 pages preferred. May be .doc, .docx or PDF. The form may be saved as a draft and completed later; use the link provided to return to the form.

    Step 3: Once you submit the Universal Application, you may browse and apply for NCPE internships using the link provided. Complete the application process by clicking on the Apply for job button found at each internship listing and upload the required Essay. Use the essay to explain why you are applying for an internship, including how your interest areas will benefit the National Park Service (NPS) and how the internship will further your studies and career goals. Be as specific as possible; there is a 400-word maximum length. Submit the essay to finish the application for that position. You may apply for a maximum of 6 internships during this application round.

    Once the deadline for submission has passed, NPS supervisors will review the applications and may contact candidates for a phone interview. Candidates who are not selected will be notified. Please allow about 4 weeks after the deadline before inquiring about the status of your application.

Logging in with a Registered User Account and completing the Universal Application is required to apply for NCPE Internships. Please visit the Universal Application page to register for an account and complete the form. After logging in and completing the form, refreshing this listing will display the Job Application to apply online.

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