About the Position: Serves as Regulatory Permit Manager. Utilizes professional knowledge of natural, physical, and social sciences theories, practices, and methodologies, as they relate to the natural and human environment. The Regulatory Program ensures that the physical, biological and chemical integrity of the nation's water resources are improved and enhanced and regulated activities are in the best interest of the people, considering environmental, social, and economic concerns.
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- This is a DEVELOPMENTAL POSITION, GS-7 target GS-11. Only the GS-07 or GS-09 grade level will be selected from this vacancy announcement.
- Assignments will become progressively more difficult and will be under closer than normal supervision until the full-performance level of GS-11 is reached.
- At the full performance GS-11 incumbent will:
- Assist with the development and implementation of programmatic initiatives and requirements. Such initiatives and requirements may involve:
- Develop or re-evaluate General Permits. Participate in special programmatic initiatives which may result from interagency coordination efforts, special task groups, directives from higher authority, or District management.
- Assist Office of Counsel in preparation of litigation reports. Advise lower grade employees on procedural aspects of the regulatory program.
- Process permits by personally conducting the evaluation of applications for permits, and the modification of permits, for activities or work in waters of the United States. Evaluations may require most or all of the following:
- Provide advice to potential applicants/permittees concerning regulatory requirements. Determine appropriate type of authorization for proposed projects. Prepare detailed site evaluations to establish base environmental conditions.
- Coordinate proposed projects/modifications with the applicant/ permittee, their agent, consultants, and/or attorneys, the general public, elected officials. This may include preparing public notices and/or making preparations for public hearings.
- Analysis of the full range of public interest review (PIR) factors outlined in 33 CFR 320.4.
- Preparation or management of accurate and detailed documentation, e.g., environmental assessments (EAs) or Environmental Impact Statements (EISs), PIR and Section 404(b)(1) Guidelines analysis, correspondence and other types of documents as required.
- Identification of alternatives which satisfy project goals.
- Recommendation of issuance or denial of permits/ modifications, or conditions for issuance, and documentation of the weighing and balancing thought processes in a Statement of Findings (SOF) leading to the recommended decision.
- Review of site specific restoration/mitigation proposals using technical experience and judgment to determine the feasibility of proposals.
- Personally monitors compliance with permits and conducts the investigation of unauthorized work, developing and recommending resolution of enforcement actions.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position, up to 5%.
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