Environmental Protection Specialist GS-0028-12
Department Of Homeland Security - Kansas City, MO

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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.

When disaster strikes, America looks to FEMA. Now FEMA looks to you. Join our team and use your talent to support Americans in their times of greatest need. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) prepares the nation for all hazards and manages Federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. We foster innovation, reward performance and creativity, and provide challenges on a routine basis with a well-skilled, knowledgeable, high performance workforce.

Who May Apply

All U.S. Citizens

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This position is ideal for an Environmental Protection Specialist under the supervision of the Regional Environmental Officer looking for an opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge of analyzing, evaluating, and resolving complex environmental and historic preservation planning and compliance issues. Apply for this opportunity to become a member of the Mitigation Division in the Region VII Kansas City Closeout Center located in Kansas City, MO.

PROMOTION POTENTIAL: Future promotions will be dependent on your ability to perform the duties at a higher level, the continuing need for an employee assigned to the higher level, and administrative approval.

This position is being announced under FEMA's CORE Program (Cadre of On-call Response/Recovery employees). These positions are authorized under P.L. 93-288 to perform temporary disaster work and are funded from the Disaster Relief Fund. Appointments are excepted service, temporary appointments. This is a 2 year temporary appointment in the Excepted Service.

EMERGENCY ASSIGNMENT: FEMA employees are subject to 24 hour on-call in the event of any emergency. This service may require irregular work hours, work at locations other than the official duty station, and may include duties other than those specified in the employee's official position description. Travel requirements in support of emergency operations may be extensive in nature (weeks to months), with little advance notice, and may require employees to relocate to emergency sites that require functioning under intense physical and mental stress.

Relocation expenses are not authorized for this position.


You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position.

You must be able to obtain a Public Trust, security clearance.

You may be required to undergo periodic drug testing.

Occasional travel may be required.

Direct Deposit is mandatory.

Males born after 12/31/59 - Selective Service Registration required.

This position is located in the Department of Homeland Security, (DHS), Federal Emergency Management Agency, (FEMA), Region VII Office, Mitigation Division, Environmental Planning and Historic Preservation Section (EHP). The incumbent is responsible for performing and overseeing FEMA environmental EO 1198 floodplain management and historic preservation compliance responsibilities and support Region VII and States to implement EHP compliance responsibilities for the FEMA grant program.

Ensure that all FEMA disaster programs' activities receive the appropriate level of environmental review as required by the National Environmental Policy Act and associated Laws, Executive Orders and regulations.

Perform data gathering and analysis; and intergaency coordination for program projects.

Review and comment on draft EHP review documents and work with program and regional staff to finalize legally-defensible EHP documents. Review and manage final EHP review documents.

Recommend changes in agency policy, regulations, and procedures to further streamline and expedite the agency's EHP review processes.

Assist with and provide technical and policy advice in consultations and negotiations for interagency EHP agreements with State, Tribal, and other Federal agencies.

Train Agency, State Tribal or local program stakeholders and provide technical assistance to facilitate consistent, legally competent application of agency policy nationwide.

You qualify for this position at the GS-12 level if you possess one of the following ::

One full year of specialized experience in the Federal government, other state, local or non-profit organization, or the private sector that is equivalent to at least a GS-11 that provides demonstrated technical experience in or directly related to fulfilling environmental and historic preservation planning and compliance for a wide range of construction project types.

The qualification requirements listed above must be met within 30 calendar days of the closing date of this announcement.

Background Investigation : To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully pass a background investigation for Public Trust as a condition of placement into this position. This may include a review of financial issues, such as delinquency, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.

All applicants will be evaluated based on responses to the Job Questionnaire for the announcement. Once the application process is complete, a review of your application will be made to ensure you meet the job requirements. To determine if you are qualified for this job, a review of your resume and supporting documentation will be made and compared against your responses to the occupational questionnaire.

If you are qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. To preview the Assessment Questionnaire, click the following link: View Assessment Questions

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.”


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