Environmental Protection Specialist

  • Federal Highway Administration
  • Washington, DC, USA
  • Apr 17, 2018
Air Quality Environmental Planning - NEPA Environmental Science - Engineering

Job Description


This position serves as a member of the Project Mitigation Team in the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA’s) Office of Planning, Environment, and Realty (HEP), Office of Project Development and Environmental Review (HEPE) located in Washington DC. The Project Mitigation Team 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. 

As a staff professional, you will formulate policies, procedures, regulations, and guidelines, advise on program goals and objectives, and provide technical advice and guidance, and program oversight to FHWA field offices, State departments of transportation, local agencies, and consultants (during the development of project concepts, transportation facility location studies, and environmental documents) to ensure conformance to Federal requirements. 

Ideal Candidate Statement: At the full performance level, the ideal candidate is a well-qualified professional with extensive experience in environmental analysis, providing innovative recommendations for advancing projects and programs. The candidate has experience establishing and maintaining effective cooperative working relationships with key individuals in and outside the Federal government. The candidate is an expert in transportation planning and environmental issues, specifically pertaining to cutting-edge, complex initiatives and research to accelerate transportation project development.

This vacancy may be used to fill similar positions within 90 days for these locations.

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As an Environmetal Protection Specialist, you will:

  • Perform as a senior-level Environmental Protection Specialist responsible for policies, programs, and technical advice to improve transportation and environmental planning and NEPA principles and processes.
  • Lead national level interagency and inter-organizational efforts and activities and programs, policies and projects to advance integrated transportation and resource agency planning.
  • Evaluate and advise on how to secure compliance with environmental laws, and programs through permitting, audits, self-assessments and corrective measures.
  • Serve as a consultant and expert advisor to FHWA headquarters, executives, field offices, State highway departments, city officials, and other local State and Federal agencies. Represent FHWA on interagency committees responsible for activities directed toward improving mitigation and adaptation strategies.
  • Prepare and direct the preparation of reports, correspondence, briefing papers, graphic presentations and recommendations for action by officials of FHWA and the Office of the Secretary of Transportation.

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Job Level



Government- Federal


$96,970 to $148,967 per year Pay scale & grade GS 13 - 14