Environmental Protection Specialist

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  • United States, Albuquerque, NM View on Map
  • Post Date: June 18, 2020
  • Apply Before : July 18, 2020
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Job Description

    Duties

    Summary

    This position is part of the Education Facilities. As a Environmental Protection Specialist, responsible for all management and construction, renovation, demolition and decommissioning work on Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) assets comply with environmental laws, statutes, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidance and executive orders to protect and provide safe federal facilities, students and employees at Bureau operated and Tribally controlled grant schools and offices.

    Responsibilities

    As a Environmental Protection Specialist GS-0028-7/9/11/12, your typical work assignments may include the following under supervision:

    • Provide expertise and technical engineering support to address and remediate wide range of complex environmental projects.
    • Assess, remediate and monitor the existence of potential or actual releases of environmental contaminants at Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) owned facilities.
    • Plan and coordinate projects including: storage tanks, wastewater systems, water systems, water towers or wells; above-ground and under-ground storage tank management; and toxic substances management.
    • Perform assessments or inspections of facilities to ensure emergency planning and community right-to-know requirements, necessary to comply with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requirements.
    • Review and coordinate environmental projects, including operation and maintenance and rehabilitation.
    • Develop, implement, and oversee the following areas: water quality, water monitoring, water treatment for safe drinking water, hazardous material storage and handling, waste management, air quality, and asbestos and mold remediation.
    • Oversee environmental activities, recommend direction and coordinate projects concerning remediation, repairs, water supply, water deliveries, storage, financing, budgeting, and inspections.
    • Ensure compliance with Bureau policies and procedures and establish guidelines for operations and maintenance, environmental meetings, and special initiatives.
    • Coordinate environmental project reports and correspondence, including quarterly deferred maintenance reports, safety reports, and ensure they meet required submission schedules.
    • Develop and assist the Contracting Officer in negotiating contracts and agreements.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel – You may be expected to travel for this position.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    12

  • Job family (Series)

    0028 Environmental Protection Specialist

  • Requirements

    Requirements

    Conditions of Employment

    • US CITIZENSHIP REQUIRED
    • BACKGROUND SECURITY INVESTIGATION WILL BE REQUIRED FOR ALL NEW HIRES
    • APPOINTMENT MAY BE SUBJECT TO A 2 YR TRIAL OR 1 YR PROBATIONARY PERIOD
    • APPLICATIONS WILL ONLY BE ACCEPTED ONLINE
    • VALID STATE-ISSUED DRIVERS LICENSE IS REQUIRED
    • INCUMBENT WILL BE REQUIRED TO FILE AN OGE FORM 450
    • SELECTIVE SERVICE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR MALES BORN AFTER 12/31/1959

    Qualifications

    Applicants must meet the qualification requirements contained in the OPM Standards. For this position, they are listed below.

    MINIMUM QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:
    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, 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.

    FOR GS-07 GRADE LEVEL:
    One (1) year of specialized experience that equipped me with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of this position. This experience is related to the work of the position and equivalent to at least the GS-05 level in the Federal service that includes: address environmental compliance or remediation projects from assigned routine tasks or projects; provide assistance to help resolve routine issues for environmental projects; complete assigned projects or routine tasks within the environmental laws and statutes; assist in preparing project reports and correspondence; assist in selecting desirable firms, contractors or suppliers; assist in conducting briefings; assist with environmental site visits or inspections. OR

    Successfully completed one full year of appropriate graduate level education (18 semester hours, 27 quarter hours or equivalent) in a field of study directly related to the work of this position (You MUST submit a copy of your transcripts to support this response.) OR

    Superior Academic Achievement is based on one of the following: (1) Class standing – applicants must be in the upper third of the graduating class in the college, university, or major subdivision, such as the College of Liberal Arts or the School of Business Administration, based on completed courses; or (2) Grade-point average (G.P.A.)- Applicants must have a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher out of a possible 4.0 (“B” or better) as recorded on their official transcript, or as computed based on 4 years of education, or as computed based on courses completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum; or 3.5 or higher out of a possible 4.0 (“B+” or better) based on the average of the required courses completed in the major field or the required courses in the major field completed during the final 2 years of the curriculum: or (3) Election to membership in a national scholastic honor society. Membership in a freshman honor society cannot be used to meet the requirements of this provision. (You MUST submit a copy of your transcripts to support this response). OR

    Combination of graduate level education (as defined above) and specialized experience (as defined in A above) when combined together meets 100% of the total requirements for the position. To compute, divide your total months of qualifying experience by 12. Then divide your semester hours of graduate education beyond one year by 18. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100% to qualify.

    FOR GS-09 GRADE LEVEL:
    One (1) year of specialized experience that equipped me with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of this position. This experience is related to the work of the position and equivalent to at least the GS-07 level in the Federal service that includes: address environmental compliance and remediation projects from assigned routine tasks and projects; provide technical assistance on matters pertaining to environmental protection issues; conduct assigned project and tasks within the environmental laws and statutes; prepare project reports and correspondence for review; assist in developing scope of work for service contracts or agreements; conduct briefings to supervisor or management team on reports, findings or recommendations. OR

    Possess a Master’s or equivalent graduate degree; OR 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree OR LL.B or J.D., if related. OR

    Combination of graduate level education (as defined above) and specialized experience (as defined in A above) when combined together meets 100% of the total requirements for the position. To compute, divide your total months of qualifying experience by 12. Then divide your semester hours of graduate education beyond one year by 18. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100% to qualify.

    FOR GS-11 GRADE LEVEL:
    One (1) year of specialized experience that equipped me with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of this position. This experience is related to the work of the position and equivalent to at least the GS-09 level in the Federal service that includes: provide technical engineering support to address or remediate a wide range of environmental projects; assess, remediate or monitor environmental contaminants; experience applying principles, concepts, or practices relating to environmental protection programs; ensure compliance with the laws and regulations related to environmental protection activities; implement environmental control programs concerned with environmental protection, enhancement, or management of facilities or grounds; write environmental reports; develop or assist in negotiating service contracts or agreements; make oral presentations related to an environmental program; make field site visits to provide technical guidance or assistance to facility managers and management. OR

    Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree; OR 3 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree OR LL.M., if related. OR

    Combination of graduate level education (as defined above) and specialized experience (as defined in A above) when combined together meets 100% of the total requirements for the position. To compute, divide your total months of qualifying experience by 12. Then divide your semester hours of graduate education beyond one year by 18. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100% to qualify.

    FOR GS-12 GRADE LEVEL: One (1) year of specialized experience that equipped me with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of this position. This experience is related to the work of the position and equivalent to at least the GS-11 level in the Federal service that includes: provide expert and technical engineering support to address and remediate a wide range of complex environmental projects; assess, remediate and monitor environmental contaminants; experience applying principles, concepts, and practices relating to environmental protection programs; ensure compliance with the laws and regulations related to environmental protection activities; implement environmental control programs and policies concerned with environmental protection, enhancement, and management of facilities and grounds; write environmental reports; develop and assist in negotiating service contracts and agreements; make oral presentations related to an environmental program; make field site visits to provide technical guidance and assistance to facility managers and management.

    Only experience and education obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.

    Time-In-Grade Requirements: Merit Promotion (status) candidates must have completed one year (52 weeks) of service at the next lower grade level.

    Education

    EDUCATION: Transcripts MUST be uploaded and electronically linked from USAJOBS at the time you apply and MUST include identifying information to include School Name, Student Name, credit hours, major, and grade-point average or class ranking, degree and date awarded. All academic degrees and coursework must be completed at a college or university that has obtained accreditation or pre-accreditation status from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Applicants are responsible for providing documentation that the educational requirements have been met. To qualify based on education you must submit a legible copy of your transcripts. Official transcripts are required upon selection if you qualified based on education.

    Education must have been obtained from an accredited or pre-accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States.

    For further information on creditable education visit:
    http://www.ed.gov/admins/finaid/accred/index.html
    http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html

    Additional information

    CTAP/ICTAP: Department of the Interior (DOI) Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) procedures apply in filling this vacancy. 5 CFR 330, Career Transition Assistance for Surplus and Displaced Federal Employees requires the following order of selection for this position:
    a) At Bureau option, personnel actions listed in 5 CFR 330.606(b);
    b) Any well-qualified SSP candidate who applies within the local commuting area (Surplus and displaced employees will be given equal consideration);
    c) At Bureau option, personnel actions not subject to RPL;
    d) Qualified RPL candidates in the local commuting area;
    e) At Bureau discretion, any other former displaced well-qualified DOI employee, e.g. a well-qualified RPL candidate who applies from outside the local commuting area;
    f) Well-qualified ICTAP applicants in the local commuting area;
    g) Other outside applicants (other agencies, nonstatus, etc.);
    h) To be considered well-qualified, a CTAP/ICTAP applicant must meet the basic qualification requirements with a minimum score of 85 on the Assessment Questionnaire.

    If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans’ preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 (Member Copy 4) or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans’ preference, you must also submit an SF-15, “Application for 10-Point Veterans’ Preference” plus the proof required by that form.

    Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered or exempt from Selective Service.

    The Bureau of Indian Education has determined that the duties of this position are suitable scheduled, situational and for emergency telework.

    STATUS CANDIDATES: Consideration will be given to Non-Indian applicants (Status or Reinstatement eligibles) in the absence of a qualified Indian Preference eligible. Applicants not entitled to Indian or Veteran’s Preference must be Federal civilian employees with competitive status or former Federal civilian employees with reinstatement eligibility and must submit latest Notification of Personnel Action, SF-50B, as proof.

    VETERANS EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES ACT (VEOA): Preference eligibles may apply for permanent positions (career or career-conditional appointments) under merit promotion procedures for VEOA appointments; however, veteran’s preference is not a factor in these appointments. To be eligible for a VEOA appointment, a veteran must be a preference eligible OR veteran separated after 3 or more years of continuous active service performed under honorable conditions. Applicants must submit a copy of their DD-214 (Member Copy 4) for verification of eligibility. For more information about this program and to determine whether you are eligible, click here.

    FORMER FEDERAL EMPLOYEES: Former Federal Employees are required to indicate whether they received a Voluntary Separation Incentive Payment (VSIP) buyout in their previous employment with the Federal government, and are required to submit a copy of the applicable Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) regarding the VSIP. The majority of individuals, who accept reemployment with the Federal government within 5 years of receiving the VSIP amount, must repay the gross amount of the separation pay prior to reemployment.

    NOTE: Additional selections may be made from this announcement if identical vacancies occur within 90 days from the closing date.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    Once the announcement has closed, your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine if you meet the qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are minimally qualified, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the assessment questionnaire to determine your level of experience. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application package, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this position. If you are found to be among the top qualified candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration.

    Your qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies (knowledge, skills, abilities and other characteristics):

    • Contracting/Procurement
    • Planning and Evaluating
    • Safety Engineering
    • Technical Competence
    • Writing

    Note: If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you inflated your qualifications and or experience, your rating may be lowered to more accurately reflect the submitted documentation. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Providing inaccurate information on Federal documents could be grounds for non-selection or disciplinary action.

    Your application and resume should demonstrate that you possess the knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies required by the position. Do not provide a separate written narrative statement to the specialized experience in your resume. Rather, you must describe in your application how your past work experience demonstrates that you possess the knowledge, skills and abilities and competencies. Cite specific examples of employment or experience contained in your resume and describe how this experience has prepared you to successfully perform the duties of this position.

    If your resume includes a photograph or other inappropriate material or content, it will not be used to make eligibility and qualification determinations and you may not be considered for this vacancy. If your resume includes copy & paste or narrative responses instead of job duties performed, it could possibly result in removal from consideration for this vacancy.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Other

    Drug test required

    No

    Position sensitivity and risk

    Moderate Risk (MR)

    Trust determination process
  • Required Documents

    Required Documents

    To apply for this position, you must submit a complete Application Package which includes:

    1. Yourresume (must be current/updated and include the following):

    • Work Experience:
      • Position title
      • Dates of employment (include month/year)
      • Hours worked per week
      • Salary
      • Current supervisor’s name and telephone number
      • Duties (Please be specific and include any accomplishments)
      • Education
      • References (include complete name and telephone number)
        • Must be employer references for the last years of employment.
    • Most recent SF-50, “Notification of Personnel Action” showing you are/were in the competitive service and the highest grade or promotion potential held (if applying as a status candidate with current or former Federal Service)
    • DD-214 (member copy 4), SF-15 Form and VA letter, or certification of expected discharge or release from active duty from Veterans for consideration under Veteran hiring authorities
    • Noncompetitive appointment authority documentation, if applicable
    • Career Transition Assistance Program/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program Documentation, if applicable (e.g. Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal; SF-50 that documents the RIF separation action; and most recent performance appraisal.)?
    • College transcript(s): Copy of undergraduate education transcripts. Unofficial college transcripts are acceptable but official college transcripts will be required before entrance on duty.

    2. Other supporting documents:

    • Form BIA 4432, Verification of Indian Preference for Employment (required for claiming Indian Preference). The form must be completed by the appropriate official with the federally-recognized tribe where the applicant is enrolled as a member. No other form will be accepted.
    • OF-306 (Declaration of Federal Employment) sign and dated: https://www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/OF0306.pdf
    • Indian Children Protection Requirements: https://bie.edu/cs/groups/xbie/documents/collection/idc012837.pdf
    • Cover Letter, optional

    NOTE: Persons submitting incomplete applications will be given credit only for the information they provide. The applicant is responsible for submitting all required documentation in support of their application in order to receive full credit for their Indian preference, veteran preference, experience, training, and/or education. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION WILL NOT BE SOLICITED FROM THIS OFFICE.


    DRIVING REQUIREMENT (Required only at time of appointment): Incumbent may be required, as an incidental duty, to operate a government-owned or leased motor vehicle, in the performance of duties, therefore, a valid driver’s license is required. Incumbent must have a safe driving record within the three-year period immediately preceding submittal of GSA Form 3607 and be able to meet the safe driving requirements of the Bureau of Indian Education.

    FINANCIAL STATEMENT REQUIREMENTS (Required only at time of appointment): The candidate selected for this position must meet conflict of interest requirements of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (Standard Form 450, Executive Branch Confidential Financial Disclosure Report).

  • Benefits

    Benefits

    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.

    Review our benefits

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

Help

This job is open to

  • Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)

    Federal employees who meet the definition of a “surplus” or “displaced” employee.

  • Federal employees – Competitive service

    Current or former competitive service federal employees.

  • Federal employees – Excepted service

    Current excepted service federal employees.

  • Individuals with disabilities

  • Military spouses

  • Native Americans

    Native Americans or Alaskan Natives with a tribal affiliation.

  • Special authorities

    Individuals eligible under a special authority not listed above, but defined in the federal hiring regulations.

  • Veterans

Clarification from the agency

Indian Preference Eligibles/Current Status or Former Career Status Federal Employees with Reinstatement Eligibility/VEOA Eligibles

 

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