Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Supervisory Environmental Protection Specialist GS 15, US DOT Federal Railroad Administration

Location Negotiable/Remote

May be eligible for remote work, Permanent, Full Time
$131,178 – $170,532 per year
Closes March 3, 2023
Posted December 16, 2022


The position is located in the Office of Railroad Development (RRD), Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) You will serve as a Division Chief in one of three Environmental Program Management divisions in RRD. The mission of which is to oversee implementation of environmental laws and regulations in support of rail stakeholders preparing for, participating in, and implementing federal rail investment programs. See for full description, duties, qualifications, and how to apply.

Chief, Office of Environmental Program Management, Cultural Resources Division: Oversees cultural resources and preservation policy and project reviews, along with tribal and State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) partnerships, and compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act and related regulations, organized into: (i) Amtrak projects, (ii) mega/major project agreements, and (iii) national project support. Serves as FRA’s Federal Preservation Officer (FPO).

The Supervisory Environmental Protection Specialist

Directs a staff of environmental protection specialists that provide environmental oversight, training, and technical assistance in support of rail stakeholders preparing for, participating in, and implementing federal financial assistance programs, including meeting regulatory requirements related to the human and natural environment.

Oversees implementation of national environmental laws, including the National Environmental Policy Act, the National Historic Preservation Act, Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, Endangered Species Act, and Section 4(f) of the DOT Act,

Develops environmental compliance procedures and regulations and identifies opportunities to streamline environmental processes while ensuring effective integration of environmental stewardship with planning, engineering, project delivery and operations.

Works with other Divisions and Offices to ensure that environmental requirements are integrated with project development and financial assistance program rules.

Develops and promotes programmatic and project level approaches to accelerate, enhance, and integrate environmental decision making in transportation planning, programming, and projects.

Works with potential applicants, funding recipients and other stakeholders to ensure compliance with environmental requirements through training, one-on-one support, site visits, document reviews and communications tools.

The ideal candidate possesses a mastery understanding of the environmental review process for large-scale transportation projects, including advanced experience with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) or the National Historic Preservation Act. The candidate should also have experience managing multiple personnel and high-level stakeholder relationships, budgeting, business process improvement, office management and strategic planning, and require little to no training in administration of the environmental aspects of a complex transportation program. The ideal candidate should possess a high amount of energy, passion for the job, flexibility for change management, and be dedicated to achieving the organization’s goals.

Required Qualifications

U.S. citizenship required. See USAJOBS for detailed qualifications. To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must meet the specialized experience qualifications. To qualify for the Grade 15, you must have at least one year of specialized experience equal or equivalent to the GS-14, it must include:

Experience leading oversight of infrastructure projects related to the principles, concepts, and methods of environmental protection programs.

Experience leading the development and implementation of policy, training, and technical assistance on the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) or the National Historic Preservation Act for infrastructure projects.

Experience communicating with senior executives and stakeholders to include federal, state, and local officials to provide guidance, advocate, and represent an organization.

Experience planning, assigning, and establishing work priorities and deadlines for a staff and contractor team.

How to Apply

Applicants must apply through the USAJOBS portal, see for questionnaire and required documents.

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