Environmental Resource Specialist

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Department of Defense
United States Citizens Permanent Full Time Civilian employees serve a vital role in supporting the Army mission. They provide the skills that are not readily available in the military, but crucial to support military operations. The Army integrates the talents and skills of its military and civilian members to form a Total Army.
About the Position: This Environmental Resource Specialist position resides within the Evaluation Branch of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' New England District. The District is responsible for managing the Corps' civil works and military program responsibilities in the six New England states east of the Lake Champlain drainage basin including 13 major river basins and 6,100 miles of coastline and associated ports, harbors, and waterways. The New England District employs over 500 professional civilian employees, with the majority residing in the Concord, Massachusetts headquarters. The Evaluation Branch supports a wide range of Corps projects both within the District and within the broader North Atlantic Division with the performance of environmental, economic, and cultural resource studies. In this capacity, Evaluation Branch staff serve as a resource to District and Division project managers, planners, and operations staff. This Environmental Resource Specialist position would primarily support the New England District's Disposal Area Monitoring System (DAMOS) Program which provides monitoring and management of dredged material disposal sites from western Long Island Sound to Downeast Maine. Additional job responsibilities would include technical support to Superfund and other contaminated site remediation efforts as well as general ecological studies related to impact assessments and development of National Environmental Protection Act and related compliance documents.
Who May Apply: U.S. Citizens
Intergency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP)
Must be a U.S. Citizen Background Investigation Required Pre-Employment and Annual Physicals Required Financial Disclosure Requirement Required Valid State Driver's License Required
- Assist with the conduct of the Disposal Area Monitoring System Program including review of dredging projects, development of investigation plans, performance of data collection and analysis, reporting, and contractor and budget management ( 40% time for this position).
Provide technical support to Superfund and other contaminated site remediation efforts ( 20% time for this position).
Conduct ecological studies on wetlands, watersheds, estuaries, and coastal areas to assess potential or existing impacts of civil works projects ( 20% time for this position).
Assist in the development of National Environmental Protection Act and related compliance documents and maintain professional knowledge related to monitoring, measurement, and assessment techniques ( 20% time for this position).
In order to qualify, you must meet the basic education requirement and the specialized experience requirements described below. Your resume must clearly describe your relevant experience; if qualifying based on education, your transcripts will be required as part of your application. Additional information about transcripts is in this document.
You must meet the basic education requirement below:
A. A degree in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position(Note: You must attach a copy of your transcripts).
B. A combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education(Note: You must attach a copy of your transcripts).
In addition to meeting the basic educational requirement you must meet the required SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE .
To qualify at the GS-11 level, you must:
A. Have at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service which includes the following work experience: 1.) review and support of environmental permitting of dredging projects including environmental assessments and plans and specifications; 2.) development of investigation plans for remote sensing, imaging, and sediment/water collection; 3.) performance of boat-based monitoring and sediment/water collection; 4.) performance of monitoring and sampling at Superfund or other hazardous waste sites requiring conformance to Occupation Safety and Health Administration guidelines and the use of personal protective equipment; 5.) performance of ecological studies on wetlands, watersheds, uplands, estuaries, and coastal areas; 6.) analysis and management of large volumes of data using Microsoft Excel and Access as well as other related software; and 7.) authoring technical reports that involve interpretation of large volumes of data with discernment of trends, comparison with standards, and assessment of impacts. OR
B. Have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree or three (3) full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree, or completion of all requirements for an LL.M or J.D. degree, if related.(Note: You mustattach a copy of your transcripts.)OR
C. Have the specialized experience as described in A, but less than one year; and have more than 2 years but less than 3 years of education as described in B. Computed the percentage of the requirements that I meet, and the total is at least 100%. (To compute the percentage, divide the total months of qualifying experience by 12. Then divide your total semester hours of graduate level education by 18. Add the two percentages. The total percentage must equal at least 100% to qualify. (Note: You must attach a copy of your transcript).
To qualify for the GS-12 level, applicants must possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade/level (GS-11). Specialized experience is defined as work that involves the following: 1.) development of scopes of work and management/oversight of contractors performing field surveys, data analysis, and reporting; 2.) management of project budgets including labor, equipment, travel, and contractor costs; 3.) detailed analysis of data using ESRI ArcGIS including ArcINFO; 4.) authoring of complex technical reports requiring understanding of environmental acts and regulations and balanced treatment of potential project impacts and relevant risks; 5.) presentation of complex technical data at meetings and conferences with audiences of varying backgrounds; 6.) maintenance of knowledge of the most up-to-date techniques for coastal monitoring and sampling; and 7.) facilitation of meetings with participants/stakeholders with varied backgrounds and objectives.
You will be evaluated on the basis of your level of competency (knowledge, skills, abilities) in the following areas:
Knowledge of New England Coastal Systems
Ability to Perform Scientific Data Collection
Ability to Work Safely in Challenging Field Conditions
Skill in Using Computer Software for Data Management and Analysis
Ability to Communicate Effectively
Ability to Manage Projects and People
Some federal jobs allow you to substitute your education for the required specialized experience in order to qualify. For this job, you may qualify if your education meets the definitions below:
Qualifying education for GS-11: 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.
For GS-12 their is no substitution of education for specialized experience qualifying for this position.
Other Requirements: Clickhere for expanded definitions.
Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must complete a Pre-Employment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration.
You will be required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship.
One year trial/probationary period may be required.
Direct Deposit of Pay is Required.
The physical requirements of this position may include prolonged standing, bending, walking through rough and uneven terrain, climbing ladders; avoiding obstructions and carrying - moving objects up to 50 lbs without assistance.
The incumbent may be subjected to the hazards associated with working in and around wooded areas, lakes and rivers. All safety rules and regulations must be followed during the performance of work.
Government driver's license required to be obtained within 30 days of appointment.
May require exposure to inclement weather.
Your application package (resume, supporting documents, and responses to the questionnaire) will be used to determine your eligibility, qualifications, and quality ranking for this position. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.
Basis for Rating : Qualified candidates will be assigned to one of three quality categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified and Qualified. Veteran preference eligibles are listed ahead of non-preference eligibles within each quality category.
Best Qualified. Candidates in this category possess exceptional skills and experience to exceed well above the minimum requirements for the announced position.
Highly Qualified. Candidates in this category possess good skills and experience above the minimum requirements for the announced position.
Qualified. Candidates in this category meet the minimum experience requirements for the announced position.
Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP). If you are a Federal employee in the competitive service and your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority. See Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) for more information. Additional information about the program is on OPM's Career Transition Resources website.
To apply for this position, you must complete the online questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.
The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) onMonday, October 20, 2014 to receive consideration.
To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.
Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.
It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date.
To verify your application is complete, log intoyour USAJOBS account, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.
To return to an incomplete application, log intoyour USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement. You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete .
It is your responsibility to verify that information entered, uploaded, or faxed (i.e., resume) is complete, accurate, and submitted by the closing date. Uploaded documents may take up to one hour to clear the virus scan. Faxed documents must be completely transmitted by 11:59p.m. Eastern Standard Time on the closing date of the announcement.

The Department of the Army provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the servicing civilian personnel unit. Your requests for reasonable accommodation will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.

The documents you are required to submit vary based on whether or not you are eligible for preference in federal employment. A complete description of preference categories and the associated required documents is in theApplicant Checklist (External).
As described above, your complete application includes your resume, your responses to the online questionnaire, and documents which prove your eligibility to apply. If you fail to provide these documents, you will be marked as having an incomplete application package and you will not be considered any further.
Your resume :
Your resume may be submitted in any format.
If you submit more than one copy of your resume, only the most recent version will be reviewed. The latest timestamp will be used to determine which version of your resume is "most recent." It is your responsibility to check the status and timestamp of all documents you submit as part of your application.
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.
For qualifications determinations your resume must contain hours worked per week and the dates of employment (i.e., HRS per week and month/year to month/year or month/year to present). If your resume does not contain this information, your application will be marked as incomplete and you will not receive consideration for this position.
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements : You MUST submit a copy of your transcript if you want to substitute your education for experience. If you claim qualifications based on education, and do not submit a transcript, your education will not be used in making a qualification determination and you may be found "not qualified." See:Transcripts and Licenses
If you are unable to apply online or unable to upload your supporting documents follow the directions located at:Faxing Applications and Documents The Vacancy ID is1233467. You will need the questionnaire,View Occupational Questionnaire, to complete your faxed application

NOTE: Documents submitted as part of the application package, to include supplemental documents, may be shared beyond the Human Resources Office. Some supplemental documents such as military orders and marriage certificates may contain personal information for someone other than you. You may sanitize these documents to remove another person's personal information before you submit your application. You may be asked to provide an un-sanitized version of the documents if you are selected to confirm your eligibility.

If you provided an email address, you will receive an email message acknowledging receipt of your application. Your application package will be used to determine your eligibility, qualifications, and quality ranking for this position.
If you are determined to be ineligible or not qualified, your application will receive no further consideration.
The documents you submit must support your responses to the online questionnaire. If your application contradicts or does not support your questionnaire responses, you will receive a rating of "not qualified" or "incomplete application" and you will not receive further consideration for this job.
The Department of Defense offers an excellent benefits program. In addition to your take-home pay, your comprehensive compensation/benefits package will include most of the benefits described inthe USAJOBS Resource Center.
Selection is subject to restrictions resulting from Department of Defense referral system for displaced employees.
If you have retired from federal service and you are interested in employment as a reemployed annuitant, see the information in the Reemployed Annuitantinformation sheet.
You may claim military spouse preference, see the information in the Military Spouse Preference Under Delegated Examining Proceduresinformation sheet.
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