ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION SPECIALIST
US Department of Homeland Security
Laguna Niguel, CA
Duties
Summary
Organizational Location: This position is with the Department of Homeland Security, within U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Border Patrol, Program Management Division. This position will be filled in one of the following locations:

Laguna Niguel, CA
Washington D.C.

Responsibilities
Joining the Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Border Patrol will allow you to use your expertise in developing, coordinating and evaluating environmental planning strategies for complex projects to provide advisory and technical services to management regarding local environmental laws and regulations. Apply for this exciting opportunity to strengthen homeland security. This position starts at a salary of $88,704.00 (GS-13, Step 1) to $115,313.00 (GS-13, Step 10) with promotion potential to $115,313 (GS-13 Step 10).

Typical work assignment include:
Developing innovative solutions to complex environmental planning requirements supporting the construction of border walls and infrastructure across the southern U.S. border. Fostering and maintaining cooperative working relationships with internal and external stakeholders such as the PMO project managers, other subject matter experts within the PMO, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Federal land managers, state agencies, and tribal nations to ensure efficient and successful implementation of environmental requirements.
Developing, planning and managing environmental resource management projects and studies of broad scope and complexity associated with border infrastructure for the purpose of achieving and maintaining compliance with applicable state and federal regulations and DHS/CBP policies. Providing guidance and assisting CBP program managers on noncompliance situations and assisting with developing required environmental plans. Providing training and direct assistance to project managers and contractors regarding procedures and requirements to achieve and maintain compliance.
Keeping informed of Federal and state legislation, regulations, and guidelines as well as new DHS/CBP program requirements and court decisions affecting environmental resources. Reviewing new public laws, regulations and standards, to determine regulatory impact on current or future projects. Advising on interpretation of regulations impacting on CBP activities with potential for impacts to environmental resources.
Providing guidance on environmental budgets required for the program and individual projects. Leading and managing efforts of supporting agencies (such as the US Army Corps of Engineers) and supporting contractors to conduct required field surveys and develop required planning documents such as Environmental Assessments, Categorical Exclusions and Records of Environmental Consideration.
Serving as a Contracting Officer's Technical Representative (COR) for environmental studies, surveys, and design projects relating to environmental resource management.
Travel Required
50% or less - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
13

Job family (Series)
0028 Environmental Protection Specialist

Requirements

Requirements
Conditions of Employment
You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this position
Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with Selective Service
Primary U.S. residency for at least three of the last five years (additional details below)
You may be required to pass a background investigation and/or polygraph
CBP follows the DHS Drug-Free Workplace Plan for drug testing procedures
Qualifications
Experience: You qualify for the GS-13 grade level if you possess 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the next lower grade level, performing duties such as:
managing environmental programs
preparing environmental reports
resolving technical problems
planning objectives for assigned programs
establishing schedules
coordinating environmental policies and directives
providing direction to ensure environmental compliance

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

You must meet all qualification requirements, including education if applicable to this position, subject to verification at any stage of the application process by 10/25/2019.

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office.

Background Investigation: U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is a federal law enforcement agency that requires all applicants to undergo a thorough background investigation prior to employment in order to promote the agency's core values of vigilance, service to country, and integrity. During the screening and/or background investigation process, you will be asked questions regarding any felony criminal convictions or current felony charges, the use of illegal drugs (e.g., marijuana, cocaine, heroin, LSD, methamphetamines, ecstasy), and the use of non-prescribed controlled substances including any experimentation, possession, sale, receipt, manufacture, cultivation, production, transfer, shipping, trafficking, or distribution of controlled substances. For more information visit this link.

Residency: There is a residency requirement for all applicants not currently employed by CBP. Individuals are required to have physically resided in the United States or its protectorates (as declared under international law) for at least three of the last five years. If you do not meet the residency requirement and you have been physically located in a foreign location for more than two of the last five years, you may request an exception to determine if you are eligible for a residency wavier by meeting one or more of the following conditions:
Working for the U.S. Government as a federal civilian or as a member of the military
A dependent who was authorized to accompany a federal civilian or member of the military who was working for the U.S. government
Participation in a study abroad program sponsored by a U.S. affiliated college or university
Working as a contractor, intern, consultant or volunteer supporting the U.S. government
Probationary Period: All employees new to the federal government must serve a one year probationary period during the first year of his/her initial permanent federal appointment to determine fitness for continued employment. Current and former federal employees may be required to serve or complete a probationary period.

Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) Eligibles: If you have never worked for the Federal Government, you are not CTAP/ICTAP eligible. Information about ICTAP or CTAP eligibility can be found here. You must submit the supporting documents listed in the "Required Documents" section of this announcement. In addition, to be considered well qualified under CTAP/ICTAP, you must be placed in the Well-Qualified category for this position, as described in the How You Will Be Evaluated Section.
Education
Please see the Qualifications and Required Documents sections for more information if education is applicable to this position

Additional information
This position is covered under the bargaining unit.

CBP uses E-Verify, an internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify including your rights and responsibilities.

Every individual receives a fair opportunity throughout the federal recruitment and hiring process. Learn more here.

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The Department of Homeland Security encourages persons with disabilities to apply, to include persons with intellectual, severe physical or psychiatric disabilities, as defined by 5 CFR § 213.3102(u), and/or Disabled Veterans with a compensable service-connected disability of 30 percent or more as defined by 5 CFR § 315.707. Veterans, Peace Corps/VISTA volunteers, and persons with disabilities possess a wealth of unique talents, experiences, and competencies that can be invaluable to the DHS mission. If you are a member of one of these groups, you may not have to compete with the public for federal jobs. To determine your eligibility for non-competitive appointment and to understand the required documentation, click on the links above or contact the Servicing Human Resources Office listed at the bottom of this announcement.

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

We will review your resume and supporting documentation to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. If you meet the minimum qualifications, we will use an online self-assessment questionnaire to place you in one of three categories based on your experience, education and training. Your entire application package will then be reviewed. The final determination will be based on all the information provided in your application package.

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

Best Qualified: Applicants possessing knowledge, skills and abilities and/or competencies substantially exceeding the minimum requirements of the position.
Well-Qualified: Applicants possessing knowledge, skills and abilities and/or competencies clearly exceeding the minimum requirements of the position.
Qualified: Applicants possessing knowledge, skills and abilities and/or competencies meeting the minimum requirements of the position.
Veterans: 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. This position is not considered scientific/professional. Other 10 point preference eligibles and veterans with 5 point preference who meet the eligibility and qualification requirements are placed above non-preference eligibles within the category in which they qualify. For more information about veterans' preference visit this link.

If you are best qualified, you may be referred to the hiring manager for consideration and may be called for an interview. To preview the job questionnaire, see https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10630433

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and Other Characteristics (KSAOs): Candidates who meet the minimum qualification requirements are required to possess certain Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, or Other Characteristics (KSAOs) to successfully perform the functions of this position. Candidates will be asked to demonstrate their attainment of these KSAOs in their resume. The KSAOs are:
Knowledge of environmental laws, policies, processes and procedures to ensure compliance with such statues as the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Endangered Species Act, the National Historic Preservation Act, The Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, Resource Conservation and Recovery Act and associated Executive Orders
Knowledge of environmental issues related to large construction projects with complex issues related to controversial programs, endangered species habitats, multiple stakeholders, and a high degree of congressional interest
Ability to apply project management principles and practices to projects including negotiating, contracting, quality control, planning, budgeting and scheduling
Ability to develop, interpret, and analyze data to develop and submit sound recommendations and to make written or oral presentations on findings that result from studies. Ability to develop professional relationships with internal/external environmental groups.
Ability to assess a project's impact on the environment in order to protect surrounding habitats and natural resources. Knowledge and understanding of the definitions and analyses of hazardous waste and pollutants. Ability to develop, interpret, and analyze greenhouse gas data, strategic/operational sustainability performance plans.

Background checks and security clearance
Security clearance
Not Required

Drug test required
No

Required Documents

Required Documents
Your resume: A resume describing your job-related qualifications is required and will be used for the purpose of reviewing your qualifications and determining what training, if any, would be required when placed. A resume in English is required. It must contain your full legal name, address, phone number, complete work history including a detailed description of your duties, the dates you performed those duties (MM/DD/YY), your hours worked per week, job title, as well as series, grade, and salary (if applicable). NOTE: Resumes stored on USAJOBS will not automatically carry over to this announcement. You must upload your resume and any other applicable supporting documentation.
Your responses to the job questionnaire: https://apply.usastaffing.gov/ViewQuestionnaire/10630433
Are you claiming special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP)? You must submit a separation notice; your most recent SF-50 (noting your current position, grade level and duty location); a current (or last) performance rating of record of at least fully successful or equivalent; an agency certification that you cannot be placed after injury compensation has been terminated; an OPM notification that your disability annuity has been terminated; or a Military Department of National Guard Bureau notification that you are retired under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456.
Are you a veteran? To apply veterans' preference you must submit proof of eligibility as appropriate for your preference type:
Five Point Preference: Member Copy 4 of your DD 214 reflecting qualifying medal(s) or service period
Ten Point Preference: Member Copy 4 of your DD 214 and supporting documentation as listed on the Standard Form 15 (application for 10 Point Veterans' Preference). Submitting an SF-15 with your application is encouraged. Veterans with a service-connected disability must also submit a VA Disability Award letter dated 1991 or later, OR supporting documentation as listed in the SF-15
If you are currently serving on active duty, you must submit a written statement from the armed forces certifying your dates of service, rank, expected type of discharge, and anticipated date of separation. If you apply with a written statement at this stage, your preference will be verified by a Member Copy 4 of your DD 214 upon separation from the military.
For more information about veterans' preference visit this link.
Are you a current or former federal employee? If yes, it is recommended that you submit a copy of your SF-50(s) (Notification of Personnel Action) to support your experience.
Are you a current or former political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee? Submit a copy of your applicable SF-50, along with a statement that provides the following information regarding your most recent political appointment:
Position title
Type of appointment (Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES, or Presidential Appointee)
Agency
Beginning and ending dates of appointment
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