Environmental Protection Specialist, GS-0028-13
Department Of Homeland Security - Elizabeth City, NC

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Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling. DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS.

Apply for this exciting position to support the CG missions of safeguarding our Nation's maritime interests in the heartland, in the ports, at sea, and around the globe.

For over two centuries the The U.S. Coast Guard has protected the maritime economy and the environment, we defend our maritime borders, and we save those in peril. This history has forged our character and purpose as America's Maritime Guardian - Always Ready for all hazards and all threats.

The vacancy is being concurrently advertised under merit promotion procedures for status applicants under announcement 13-1505-NE-AL-M. APPLICANTS WISHING TO BE CONSIDERED UNDER BOTH DELEGATED EXAMINING AND MERIT PROMOTION PROCEDURES MUST APPLY TO BOTH VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENTS.


This position is located in Aviation Logistics Command, Engineering Services Division, Airworthiness Sustainment Branch, Elizabeth City, North Carolina.
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • This position requires a National Agency Check with Inquires (NACI).
  • This position requires occasional travel.

DUTIES: You will be responsible for monitoring all environmental issues such as air quality, storm water, wastewater, recycling, pollution prevention, tank management, spill response and mitigation, material waste minimization, hazardous waste management, water pollution management and air pollution management in support of US Coast Guard (USCG), Engineering Services Division, Airworthiness Sustainment Branch, Elizabeth City, North Carolina.

Being a Coast Guard civilian makes you a valuable member of the Coast Guard Team. Typical work assignments include:

-Ensures compliance with federal, state, and local regulations, Department of Homeland Services, and United States Coast Guard Directives, including Air Quality, Resource Conservation Recovery Act tank monitoring program, and wastewater permits.

-Develops, coordinates, and presents training sessions and materials for Coast Guard military and civilian personnel.

-Establishes and maintains a system of processes and standards for pollution prevention.

-Conducts assessments, surveys, and daily inspections of space and environmentally sensitive processes, and prepare reports with recommendations.

-Participates on continuous process improvement teams and provide recommendations to eliminate environmental noncompliance.

-Monitor activities that generate hazardous waste and intervenes in processes which require immediate corrective action.

-Evaluates and manages environmental master plan, management systems and environmental compliance inspections.

-Oversees environmental reviews of projects, chemicals and equipment change requests for compliance with all environmental requirements.

-Provides technical assistance in the development of statements of work and prepares specifications involving hazardous material and waste, pollution control devices or environmental training.

QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED: Applicants must possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-12 level in the Federal Service. Specialized experience is experience that has equipped you with the particular ability, skill, and knowledge to successfully perform the duties of this position and is typically in or related to this line of work.

Examples includes: Explain/advise on resource conservation recovery act, the clean air act, and other environmental laws; conducting analysis; the ability to develop and manage an effective hazardous material/waste management program and air/water pollution programs; and develop, coordinate and present training sessions to personnel on emergency response, hazardous waste regulation, procedures, and requirements; and knowledge of chemicals utilized in an industrial complex.

This position does not have a positive education requirement.

If you are including education on your resume, report only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED: We will review your résumé and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, your experience, education and training will be rated using the on-line assessment to place you in one of three categories. The necessary Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities to perform this job are:

-Knowledge on environmental regulations, the clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, Resource Conservation Recovery Act, Oil Pollution Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act, Emergency Planning Community Right-to-know Act and Executive orders DHS Directives.

-Knowledge of Federal, State, and local laws and regulations, to ensure proper documentation and reporting requirements are sufficient to make decisions for changing, interpreting, and expanding environmental programs.

-Knowledge of program principles, concepts, practices methods and techniques to apply new developments and theories to complex issues.

If you meet the minimum qualifications, you will be placed in one of the following categories:

1. Best Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a superior level of all evaluation criteria.
2. Well Qualified: Applicants possessing a background that demonstrates a satisfactory level of the evaluation criteria.
3. Qualified: Applicants possessing the basic qualifications, with general knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Your resume and responses to the self-assessment questions are an integral part of the process for determining your qualifications for the position. Therefore, you must support your responses to the self-assessment questions by providing examples of past and present experience in your resume.

Veterans with 5-point preference who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements are placed above non-preference eligibles within the category in which they are qualified. Veterans who have a compensable service-connected disability of at least 10% are listed in the best qualified category, except when the position being filled is scientific or professional at the GS-09 grade level or higher. For information on veterans' preference, click here.

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BENEFITS: DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities. For more information, go to www.dhs.gov/careers and select "benefits."

OTHER INFORMATION: Please be aware that applicants will be required to complete questions contained on the Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) at the time a tentative job offer is made. If selected, at the time of appointment, selectees will be required to update the OF-306. Certain responses on the form could pose a problem with suitability for employment determinations e.g., an affirmative answer to a conviction of a felony.

If you are selected for this position, you will be subject to a determination of your suitability for Federal employment.

Males born after 12/31/59 and at least 18 years of age must be registered with the Selective Service System. Visit Selective Service Registration

Recruitment incentives may be authorized.

Moving expenses will not be paid.

All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.

All selectees are subject to an appropriate investigation.

For Veterans' preference eligibility, visit Veterans' Employment Resources

More than 1 selection may be made from this announcement if additional identical vacancies in the same title, series, grade, and unit occur within 90 days from the date the certificate was issued.

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

All qualified applicants will be considered regardless of political affiliation, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, or other non-merit factors.

USCG provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact 410-636-7227. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. Visit Reasonable Accommodation

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