Environmental Protection Specialist
Government of the District of Columbia - Washington, DC

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"Pay Plan, Series & Grade: CS-028-11

Agency: District Department of the Environment (DDOE)

Environmental Protection Administration

Lead & Healthy Housing Division

Area of Consideration: Agency Only

Closing Date: December 17, 2012

Collective Bargaining Unit (Union): This position is in the collective bargaining unit represented by AFGE Local 3871 and you may be required to pay an agency service fee through direct payroll deduction.

Duration of Appointment: Term Appointment - Not to exceed 13 months

Number of Vacancies: One (1)

Opening date: December 5, 2012

Promotion Potential: No Promotional Potential. Time limited positions are not subject to Career Ladder promotions.

Salary Range: $54,633.00 - $70,437.00 per annual salary range

Duties

Brief Description of Duties:
The mission of DDOE is to protect and restore the environment, conserve natural resources, and improve the quality of life in he District of Columbia. As the nation's capital city, the District will become a model of environmental protection and sustainable environmental practices. In partnership with other District agencies.

The incumbent in this position will advise on or perform administrative, enforcement, or program work relating to environmental protection and natural resource conservation programs; for example, programs to protect or improve environmental quality, control pollution, investigate and clean up contaminated sites, remedy environmental damage, ensure compliance with environmental laws and regulations, or provide public outreach and education. This position requires specialized knowledge of the principles and methods of administering environmental protection and natural resource conservation programs, and the laws and regulations relating to environmental protection and natural resource conservation activities.Performs work in one or more of the following environmental programs: Underground Storage Tank Management; Hazardous and Solid Waste Management; Water Quality Protection; Air Quality Protection; Hazardous Materials, including Indoor Air Quality, Lead Hazard Control, Pesticides, and Asbestos; Erosion, Sedimentation, Storm Water, and Flood Control; Non-point Source Water Pollution Control and Watershed / Habitat Restoration; Contaminated Site Programs; Environmental Plan Review; and Environmental and Fisheries and Wildlife Resources Education and Outreach. Specifically:

Assists in planning, developing, preparing, and implementing Standard Operating Procedures, Quality Assurance Project Plans, and similar quality control measures relating to specific environmental disciplines.

Assists in preparing and reviewing policy recommendations and technical proposals on environmental and natural resources issues that are unusually controversial, precedent-setting, or very costly. Provides evaluation of findings to determine the existence and extent of environmental hazards.

Assists in developing and revising plans and control techniques to deal with environmental hazards.

Interprets District and federal statutes, regulations, and guidelines for a specific environmental discipline. Has professional knowledge of other environmental programs that may be affected and can interact with them to a meaningful degree.

Qualifications

Specialized Experience: Experience that equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the work of the position to be filled. To be creditable, at least one (1) year of specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization.

Basic Requirements: A minimum of a G.E.D. or High School Diploma with 1 year of relevant experience.

Ranking Factors

Ranking Factor #1:
Describe your experience, knowledge, ability and skill level in using FLIR infrared cameras designed to facilitate detecting underlying conditions that lead to paint surface failure? Discuss your experience in utilizing infrared data to support lead-based paint inspections and risk assessments. Detail your experience in creating custom reports.

Ranking Factor #2:
Describe your experience in researching various databases to facilitate documenting lead-based paint cases and their case management. This includes establishing SOPs and protocols for using various databases including DCRA's Acela database software.

Ranking Factor #3:
Describe your knowledge of Federal and DC Lead Laws, from the perspective of contractors, consultants, and residents. Explain the benefits to using research tools such as the Acela database.

Ranking Factor #4:
Detail your understanding and usage of Google Maps and other database resources that facilitate case management and permit the generation of quality inspection reports.

Conditions of Employment

Working Conditions:
Work is performed in an office setting and field environment. During inspections and / or investigations, there is exposure to potential as well as known toxic or hazardous chemicals in industrial situations where environmental conditions cannot be controlled. The work involves the carrying of sampling and monitoring equipment; and climbing over containers of hazardous materials. Positions relating to water quality or fisheries and wildlife may require walking over rough terrain, in and near the water, as well as riding in and operating boats. Since conditions and materials at each site may present a physical or health hazard, caution must be exercised. The work requires a wide range of safety precautions such as use of safety glasses, hard hats, protective clothing, respirators, and life jackets. Participation in ongoing health and safety training is required as mandated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's promulgated standards.

Physical Effort: The work within the office is sedentary. However, the work requires regular and recurring construction or inspections, investigations, or surveys in which there is considerable amount of walking, stooping, bending, and climbing, and may require carrying light equipment. The work may involve considerable risks and discomforts in physical surroundings or job situations, and compliance with health and safety regulations is required.

Other Significant Factors: A minimum of a G.E.D. or High School Diploma with 1 year of relevant experience is required.

Priority Consideration

Displaced Employee Priority Placement:
Eligibles for the District of Columbia's Displaced Employee Program (DEP) and Agency Reemployment Priority Placement Program (ARPP) will be given priority consideration for this position if found qualified.

Employment Benefits

Employee Benefits:
Selectee will be eligible for health and life insurance, annual (vacation) and sick leave and will be covered under the District of Columbia government's retirement plan. However, if selectee was previously employed in the District of Columbia government under an appointment for which he/she was eligible for Civil Service Retirement (CSR), contributions to CSR will resume upon re-employment.

Residency Requirement

A person applying for a position in the Career Service, Educational Service, Management Supervisory Service, an attorney position in the

Legal Service (series 905) other than in the Senior Executive Attorney Service (SEAS), who is a bona fide District resident AT THE TIME OF APPLICATION for the position, may be awarded a 10-point residency preference over non-District applicants, unless the person declines the preference points. If selected, the person shall be required

to present no less than 8 proofs of bona fide District residency and maintain such residency for 7 consecutive years from the effective date of the appointment. Failure to maintain bona fide

District residency for the 7-year period will result in forfeiture of employment.

Information to Applicants

Veterans Preference: Applicants claiming veterans preference must submit official proof at the time of application.

Drug-Free Workplace: Pursuant to the requirements of the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988, the individual selected to fill this position will, as a condition of employment, be required to notify his/her immediate supervisor, in writing, not later than five (5) days after conviction of or a plea of guilty to a violation of any criminal drug statute occurring in the workplace.

Other Information: Must be a certified risk assessor in the District of Columbia, or able to obtain such certification within 6 months from date of hire. Must remain certified as a risk assessor for the entire duration of employment under this position. Failure to maintain such certifications can result in ineligibility from the position.

How to Apply

Where to Apply (Judiciary Square): D.C. Department of Human Resources (DCHR) Job Center located in the South Lobby at 441 - 4th Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20001. All inquiries should be directed to HR Answers at (202) 442-9700.

Contact Information: All inquiries related to employment and job applications should be directed to Kenita Saunders-Romero, Management Liaison Specialist, at kenita.romero@dc.gov.

Closing Statement

Notice of Non-Discrimination: In accordance with the D.C. Human Rights Act of 1977, as amended, D.C. Official Code, Section 2-1401.01 et. seq., (Act) the District of Columbia does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived: race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, familial status, family responsibilities, matriculation, political affiliation, genetic information, disability, source of income, or place of residence or business. Sexual harassment is a form of sex discrimination which is also prohibited by the Act. In addition, harassment based on any of the above protected categories is prohibited by the Act. Discrimination in violation of the Act will not be tolerated. Violators will be subject to disciplinary action.

Job Offers: Official Job Offers are made by the Office of Human Resources Only.

Equal Opportunity Employer: All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, personal appearance, sexual orientation, family responsibilities, matriculation, physical handicap, or political affiliation.

EEO Statement: The District of Columbia Government is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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