Environmental Specialists

  • FEMA
  • Austin, TX, United States
  • Sep 13, 2017
Temporary Cultural Resources Environmental Planning - NEPA Watershed/Stormwater Wetlands/Coastlines/Floodplains Wildlife/Endangered Species

Job Description

Job Description

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) of the Department of Homeland Security is seeking a limited number of applicants for jobs in Austin, TX. 

All candidates should possess strong computer, communication, interpersonal, and customer service skills. Eighteen years of age and US Citizenship is required. Selected candidates will be required to complete a background investigation which includes finger printing. Employer is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Salaries are comparable to local pay rates.

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.

FEMA Region VI is hiring Environmental Specialists for temporary duties. The Environmental Specialist will provide technical support as a member of the Environmental and Historic Preservation team reviewing FEMA funded projects for compliance with applicable environmental and historic preservation laws, regulations and executive orders, including, among others: Endangered Species Act, National Historic Preservation Act, Clean Water Act, Coastal Zone Management Act, Coastal Barrier Resources Act, and Executive Orders 11988 (Floodplains), 11990 (Wetlands), and 12898 (Environmental Justice).

This is a TEMPORARY position and it may be terminated at any time for any reason. 

You may be required to work 10-12 hour a day 7 days a week.

4 openings. Austin, Texas. 
Job Posting ID 8563876 Creation Date Sep 06, 2017
Employer Posting No 0018 Closing Date Sep 29, 2017

• BA or BS in Biology, Natural Resource Management, Historic Preservation, Architecture, Environmental Planning, Ecology, Environmental Science or Studies, Marine Biology, or a related discipline or four (4) years of experience working in a technical position in the field or related discipline. 

Relevant Experience Required:
• Experienced professionals with a background in/as a Biologist, a Historic Preservation Specialist, an Environmental Planner or an Environmental Science or Studies. Prior career work experience could be in public service or private consulting. Prior FEMA experience is not required yet preferred.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
• The Environmental Specialist will be responsible for conducting Environmental and Historic Preservation compliance reviews with minimal supervision. Strong understanding of NEPA and NHPA. Knowledge of Environmental Laws and Executive Orders and Historic Preservation Laws are desirable.
• The candidate must be able to work independently, possess strong communication skills, and be able to handle a stressful work environment. 
• The candidate should possess strong computer, interpersonal, and customer service skills, including Microsoft Office and Google Earth.

Job Requirements

Occupation Environmental Engineering Technicians
Minimum Experience and Education  4 yrs   and Bachelors Degree

- OR -

Occupation Environmental Scientists and Specialists, Including Health 
Minimum Experience and Education  4 yrs and Bachelors Degree

Additional Requirements

Basic Computer Skills

  • EMail Software (Outlook, Thunderbird, etc)
  • Personal Computers
  • Spreadsheet Software (Calc, Excel, etc)
  • Word Processing Software (Word, WordPerfect, etc)


  • English; Fluency - Good (Read, Write, Speak)

Submit resume to FEMA-DR4223TX-LOCALHIRES@fema.dhs.gov Subject line must read: Job ID-018-Environmental Specialist-Austin 

Resume MUST contain your current and/or former job information, including employer’s name, address, phone and dates of employment (month and year).

You must provide two forms of ID: such as a VALID Driver License, Social Security Card, Birth Certificate etc. or Passport. (We will not accept if expired.)

Local Hire employees are eligible for the following benefits:
• Health insurance for individual or family coverage - Employer contribution is 75% of premium
• Ability to earn 4 hours of paid Sick Leave per pay period
• Holiday pay 
• Worker’s Compensation

A Local Hire appointment does not entitle you to federal civilian status.
Eighteen years of age and US CITIZENSHIP REQUIRED. . 
Direct deposit of salary is a condition of employment.
Salaries are comparable to local prevailing wages: Pay Between $22.00 / HR and $27.00 / HR

Additional Workweek Details This is a TEMPORARY position and it may be terminated at any time for any reason. A Local Hire appointment does not entitle you to federal civilian status.


  • Medical/Health Insurance Plan
  • Sick Leave

Veterans Only -No
Federal Contractor- No
Eagle Ford Shale Job- No
Is this job related to Hurricane Harvey Clean-up/Restoration? Yes

FEMA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. FEMA has a 'zero tolerance' discrimination policy and is committed to nondiscrimination in hiring, assignment, management of the Joint Field Office, guidance to the State, presentations to the public, and the provision of disaster assistance. This commitment specifically includes sensitivity to providing reasonable accommodation for people with a disability and a clear statement that any appearance of sexual harassment will not be tolerated in FEMA. 

Closing Date Sep 29, 2017 


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Pay Between $22.00 / HR and $27.00 / HR