Environmental Protection Specialist - GS-0028-11/12/13

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The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Region 10 is currently recruiting for Environmental Protection Specialist located in Seattle, Washington to work on American Recovery Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Projects.

Dedicated to delivering results that matter to the American people, the FTA supports, improves, and promotes effective public transportation, the Nation's fastest growing mode of travel. Through the administration, management, and oversight of a $10 billion annual grant program, FTA supports the development and construction of subway, light rail, and bus systems to help communities provide travel choices; improve access to jobs and health care; drive economic growth; and protect the environment.

This is a TERM position Not-To-Exceed Two (2) years with a possible extension of up to 2 years. Selection under a TERM appointment does not confer competitive status in the Federal government. Completion of a one-year trial period may be required.

The enactment of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 has resulted in urgent critical hiring needs to meet mandated mission requirements. The act provides $8.4 billion for investments in transit to improve the quality of life for the American public. These investments include funds for: purchasing buses and equipment needed to increase public transportation and improve intermodal and transit facilities; modernizing existing transit systems; and new construction of projects, such as commuter light rail and bus rapid transit.

Through efficient administration, management, and oversight of this initiative, FTA will improve and promote effective public transportation. FTA supports the development and implementation of commuter rail, subway, light rail, ferry and bus systems to help communities provide travel choices; improve access to jobs and health care; drive economic growth; and protect the environment.

This position is located in the Office of Planning and Program Development which is in the Seattle, Washington Regional Office. This office is responsible for administering the agency's compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and related Federal laws during it's execution of the Federal transit program. Provisions of the following NEPA-related laws or their implementing regulations pertain to the FTA program; the Clean Air Act, the National Historic Preservation Act, the Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act, the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act, 49 U.S.C. Section 303 (protection of public lands), 49 U.S.C. Sections 5303-5305 (metropolitan and state-wide transportation planning), 49 U.S.C. Section 5324(b) (economic, social, and environmental interests), and other Federal environmental laws.

You will use your educational background and extensive experience in environmental planning, transportation planning, urban planning, architecture, environmental law, or the physical or environmental sciences, to provide leadership in: (1) guiding the environmental process of specific transit projects proposed by the FTA financial assistance such as the construction of transit facilities or new public transportation systems; (2) developing or assisting in the development, classification determination and implementing agency-wide policies and procedures related to the assessment and mitigation of the environmental or community impacts of transportation improvements; and (3) initiating and performing other duties of the office related to it's environmental activities, such as developing and managing environmental research projects, developing training courses and web site material, responding to correspondence dealing with environmental issues.

The ideal candidate for this position will be an experienced mid-career professional with environmental project management experience, who is a team player. This position is also good for a person who wants to be challenged, desires a professional career with the Federal government, excellent benefits and a competitive salary.

Applications will be accepted May 22 to June 5, 2009 on job announcement FTA.R10-2009-0004 by completing all the steps in the online application process through the USAJobs web site http://jobview.usajobs.gov/getjob.aspx?JobID=81132036&sort=rv,-dtex&jbf574=TD09&vw=d&re=134&FedEmp=N&FedPub=Y&caller=agency.aspx&AVSDM=2009-05-22%2000:03:00&rc=7&TabNum=5.

For further information, contact Region 10ís Linda Gehrke at (206) 220-4463 or email linda.gehrke@dot.gov.


/s/ Linda Gehrke for

R.F. Krochalis
Regional Administrator