Federal Railroad Administration Seeks Environmental Protection Specialist

Open & closing dates:  09/09/2019 to 09/23/2019
Service: Competitive
Pay scale & grade: GS 09 – 12
Salary: $57,510 to $108,422 per year
Appointment type: Term – Permanent
Work schedule: Full-Time 
Location: 1 vacancy in Washington, DC
Relocation expenses reimbursed: No
Telework eligible: Yes as determined by agency policy

Summary

FRA is committed to fostering a diverse, highly skilled workforce capable of meeting or exceeding our strategic goals with efficiency, innovation, and a constant focus on better serving our customers.

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) has major responsibility to implement this vision through passenger and freight rail programs.

Responsibilities

At the full performance level of an Environmental Protection Specialist, you will:

  • Provide technical assistance regarding compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act to external stakeholders such as states, local governments, Amtrak and other railroad companies, and other entities seeking financial assistance from FRA under grant programs and the Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing Program or requiring other approvals from FRA.
  • Advise applicants, grantees, and project sponsors, both orally and in writing, in the design of passenger and freight rail projects with regard to historic preservation considerations by reviewing project documentation, including scopes of work, design plans, and materials specifications. Review and provide comments on submittals from applicants, grantees, and project sponsors to ensure compliance with Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act.
  • Assist FRA staff with performing environmental reviews pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act and related laws to ensure that FRA’s environmental policy and compliance obligations are satisfied in the planning, development, and implementation of intercity passenger and freight rail projects and programs.
  • Assist in the development, updating, and/or delivery of guidance and training for FRA stakeholders related to historic preservation considerations and FRA’s responsibilities under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act. Assist with tracking and reporting of Section 106 compliance at the project level on a quarterly, annual, and/or as-needed basis.

The ideal candidate for this position is an individual who meets the Secretary of the Interior’s Professional Qualification Standards (as published in 36 CFR Part 61) in Historic Architecture and/or Architectural History. The ideal candidate also has experience applying the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties and evaluating properties for listing in the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP). Experience in applying or demonstrated knowledge of Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act with regard to federally-assisted projects is preferred, including experience preparing or reviewing Section 106 compliance documents such as NRHP eligibility determinations, assessment of effects reports, Memoranda of Agreement, and cultural resources sections of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documents.

For more information, or to apply, visit the official USAJOBS posting.