Environmental Protection Specialist
US Department of Transportation
 Memphis, TN
  • Duties




This position serves as an Environmental Protection Specialist for the Office of Airports (ARP), Memphis Airports District Office, Southern Region in support of the Airport Improvement Program (AIP).

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Performs multiple, varying and complex assignments under the limited directions of a manager, project/program manager, team leader or more experienced technical specialist. May act as a contributing specialist on large work activities or as a team leader for single or small work activities. Provides specialized technical services to ensure compliance with NEPA and other federal environmental laws for airport development and planning projects. These services include, but are not limited to: tracking and providing guidance on the environmental analysis, agency consultation, public involvement and preparation of environmental documents in accordance with NEPA and FAA requirements. These include Categorical Exclusions (CATEX), Environmental Assessments (EA) and/or Environmental Impact Statements (EIS). Participates in the development of Findings of No Significant Impact (FONSI) and Records of Decisions (ROD). Applies experience and advanced technical knowledge to accomplish assignments and to develop plans and techniques to improve programs and policies. Understands how his/her technical area interacts with or is affected by other disciplines and considers the objectives of the major subdivision and LOB/SOB when developing, integrating and implementing solutions to diverse, complex problems. Provides specialized technical services related to Airport Noise Compatibility Studies prepared pursuant to 14 CFR Part 150 and Notice and Approval of Airport Noise and Access Restriction prepared pursuant to 14 CFR Part 161. Assists in the preparation of Federal Register Notice, Records of Approval, and other documents. Provides recommendations to improve work processes. Provides technical input and guidance to Planners, Engineers, and airport sponsors in the development of Airport Capital Improvement Plans and Master plans to ensure compliance with NEPA and other environmental laws. Provides technical input and guidance to Part 139 inspectors and other lines of business to minimize environmental impacts while promoting airport/aviation safety. This includes participation in the development and review of Wildlife Hazard Assessments and Management Plans. Contacts are internal and external. May act as a key technical point of contact for assigned activities. Reviews and approves Scopes of Work, payment requests, grant applications and related project documents. Determines eligibility of work on projects involving environmental studies or assessments. Reviews and prepares correspondence including Congressional correspondence, briefing papers, approval letters and guidance to sponsors associated with all aspects of airport development. Participates in national teams to review current policy and guidance. Identifies and informs management of problems that require their attention. Often develops and recommends techniques to address problem situations. Resolves all but unique technical problems without the intervention of management or a more experienced technical specialist. Work is reviewed periodically, typically at major milestones and at completion, for technical compliance and alignment with the requirements of the project or other work activity. Performs other duties as assigned.

Travel Required

25% or less - The job may require up to 25% travel.

Supervisory status


Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

0028 Environmental Protection Specialist

  • Requirements



Conditions of Employment

  • US Citizenship is required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.
  • Must submit an SF50 (See Required Documents)


To qualify for this position all applicants must demonstrate in their application that you possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level. SPECIALIZED experience is experience which is in or directly related to the line of work of the position to be filled and has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. To be creditable, specialized experience must be at least equivalent to the next lower grade or band level in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization.

To qualify for this position at the FV-I or FG/GS-13 level, one year (52 weeks) of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade (FG/GS-12) or pay band level (FV-H). Examples of specialized experience include: Synthesizing the written work products across a wide variety of environmental disciplines; Editing technical documents, and writing for a wide audience so that complex issues can be conveyed to the general public; Overseeing the environmental regulatory process, including scoping, public participation and public notice and the ability to communicate this process to others.

Qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.

Eligible applicants meeting the minimum qualification requirements and selective factor(s), if applicable, may be further evaluated on the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA) listed in the announcement. Based on this evaluation, applicants will be placed in one of the following categories: score order, category grouping, or alphabetical and referred to the selecting official for consideration.

As a part of the Federal-Wide Hiring Reform Initiative (streamlining the hiring process), the FAA is committed to eliminating the use of the Knowledge, Skills and Ability (KSA) narratives from the initial application in the hiring process for all announcements. Therefore, as an applicant for this announcement, you are NOT required to provide a narrative response in the text box listed below each KSA.

In lieu of providing a KSA narrative response in the text box listed below each KSA, in your work history, please include information that provides specific examples of how you meet the response level or answer you chose for each KSA. Your work history examples should be specific and clearly reflect the highest level of ability. Your KSA answers will be evaluated further to validate whether the level that you selected is appropriate based on the work history and experience you provided.

In addition to the minimum qualifications, the following has been determined to be a selective factor for this position. This means possession of this criterion is part of the minimum qualifications and is essential to perform the duties and responsibilities of this position. Applicants who do not possess this criterion are ineligible for further consideration.

  • Candidate has recent and direct knowledge and experience in using FAA's two Environmental Orders 1050.1F, Environmental Impacts: Policies and Procedures July 16, 2015 and 5050.4B, NEPA Implementing Instructions for Airport Actions, updated July 21, 2006, and has served as the project manager for airport environmental impact statements (EISs) and airport environmental assessments (EAs).Project management experience should include responsibility for overall project completion, as well as coordination with federal, state, and local agencies. Recent experience considered shall be within the last 5 years.

IMPORTANT: Ensure that your work experience supports your Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA) answers. Your answers and associated work experience will be evaluated further to validate whether the answers that you selected are appropriate.


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