Environmental Protection Specialist (Grants Project Officer) - Environmental Protection Agency
This position is in Region 10.
The location will be determined after a selection has been made for the position; if selected, you must work at one of the locations stated in this announcement. The salary will be commensurate with the location.
About Region 10: Region 10
At the entry level of this position, you will:
- Serve as a primary EPA staff specialist to develop and implement stakeholder/EPA partnerships for environmental protection programs. Lead negotiation, facilitation, creation, and evaluation of specific arrangements.
- Review grant, cooperative agreement, and/or IAG activities related to the initiation, administration, and/or close out of more complex or difficult grants, cooperative agreements, and/or IAGS, including responsibility for monitoring performance.
- Participate as a staff member on ad hoc teams and projects. Prepare and review written materials; and make briefings and presentations to a variety of audiences. Review and respond to congressional inquiries and inquiries from the general public concerning the interpretation and application of new plans and policies designed to meet environmental program objectives.
- Serve as a technical specialist in providing advice and assistance to state, local and/or tribal governments and non-profits to help facilitate assigned environmental protection programs development within municipalities/towns/tribes.
You will spend more than 50% of your work time on contracts, grants/cooperative agreements, and/or interagency agreements.
When entering a Federal job at a grade level lower than the highest promotion potential level, you may be promoted to more complex duties and work more independently, as your career progresses. NOTE: Career ladder promotions are not automatic, and all eligibility and qualifications requirements must be met in order to progress to the next grade level.
We are looking for at least one year of specialized experience related to this position as described below:
To qualify for the GS-11 level, you need to have at least one year of full-time experience equivalent to the GS-09 level defined as: Reviewing grants, cooperative agreements, and/or interagency agreements; assisting projects managers on ad hoc teams; dealing with competing demands and priorities.
- 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., in an academic discipline related to this position
- OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.
To qualify for the GS-12 level, you need to have at least one year of full-time experience equivalent to the GS-11 level defined as: Serving as a technical/programmatic specialist in providing advice and assistance to state, local and/or tribal governments and non-profits; assisting project managers on ad hoc teams and special projects; reviewing grants, cooperative agreements, and/or interagency agreements.
Your answers to the online assessment will be used to evaluate your competencies in the following areas:
- Knowledge of applicable federal environmental statutes and regulations including Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), as amended by the Superfund Amendments Reauthorization Act (SARA), and the National Contingency Plan (NCP); other regulations as related to program activities and mission, such as Clean Water Act (CWA); Clean Air Act (CAA), etc.
- Knowledge of federal grants, cooperative agreements, and interagency agreements regulations, policies and procedures, sufficient to manage a variety of moderately complex long term grants and cooperative agreements.
- Skill in interpreting federal grants and cooperative agreement regulations and guidelines sufficient to provide technical guidance on complex issues to internal and program staff and external stakeholders.
- Skill in oral communication, sufficient to share information, and deliver briefings and presentations to a variety of audiences.
- Skill in written communication, sufficient to prepare materials for briefings and presentations in a variety of media and formats.
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.
If you have part-time work experience, read this: EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures.
This job does not have an education qualification requirement.