You will be responsible for assisting in and providing technical guidance concerning all Federal-aid Highway Program environmental programs, activities, and analyses within a State or, as a shared resource in multiple States. You will assist in assuring that environmental programs, studies, and documents on Federal-aid highway projects comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Section 4(f) of the Department of Transportation Act, Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, archeology, noise impacts, Presidential Executive Orders, and other Federal environmental laws and requirements. You will also provide guidance and technical assistance to the FHWA Division Office, State DOT, State and local transportation partners, Tribal Governments, and Federal resource and regulatory agencies, and participate in process reviews related to the environmental aspects of all program areas.
The ideal candidate for this position is an entry level to mid-career employee with experience implementing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and/or other environmental laws, regulations, or policy.
This vacancy may be used to fill similar positions within 90 days for this location.
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As an Environmental Protection Specialist you will:
- Represent the Division Office and serve as a technical advisor on FHWA policy, laws, regulations, Executive Orders, and directives related to NEPA and FHWA’s project development process.
- Advise FHWA stakeholders and Federal and State partner agencies on Federal responsibilities and the requirements of NEPA, the Council on Environmental Quality regulations (40 CFR 1500-1508), and FHWA regulations, policies, and guidance.
- Ensure environmental laws are addressed and integrated into the NEPA decision-making process.
- Provide feedback on environmental documents and studies.
- Collaborate with and advises stakeholders of special environmental concerns such as those related to context sensitivity, environmental justice, community impact assessments, wetlands, cultural resources, Section 4(f), biological resources, ecosystems, hazardous wastes and brownfields, greenhouse gas emissions, project level air quality conformity and global climate change, and highway traffic noise.
- Assist with the conduct of field reviews to resolve complex environmental issues/problems and provides technical assistance to the Division Office’s transportation customers.
- Review and/or coordinate the review of NEPA documents and other environmental documentation within the Division Office to ensure compliance with requirements.
- Provide technical assistance to resolve program and project-specific issues.
- Conduct program and process reviews of Federal-aid projects to ensure that Federal requirements and environmental commitments are achieved.
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$66,110 to $103,011 per year. Pay scale & grade GS 11 - 12.