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NEPA Planner

Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Multiple Locations, AL, United States
Job Description

Summary

The position is responsible for performing work involved in Natural Resources Planning and Environmental law compliance, including the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

Information on specific locations where jobs are being filled and the dates when applications are due for these locations can be found at Forest Service website.

Responsibilities

  • Responsibilities listed below are at the full performance level.
  • Conduct environmental studies and evaluations concerning a variety of resources, such as social economic, land, air, water, timber, recreation, wildlife, fisheries, and/or additional special areas.
  • Ensure National Environmental Policy Act ( NEPA) documents are in conformance with applicable law, regulation, and policy.
  • Coordinate with natural resource specialists to obtain, compile and analyze information used in formulating specific components of program and project plans.
  • Instruct project staff on the plan standards and guidelines related to the unit natural resource management proposal.
  • Write environmental analyses, assessments, and environmental impact statements.
  • Prepare annual operating plans and/or budgets.
  • Develop, monitor, and maintain planning documents and action plan for all aspects of the program of work.

Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel with overnight lodging may be required for meetings, training, workshops, and field/site visits.

 

Job Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a US Citizen or US National.
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be Selective Service registered or exempt.
  • Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigation and/or fingerprint check.
  • Successful completion of one year probationary period, unless previously served.
  • Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial institution.
  • Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit https://www.e-verify.gov/.
  • The work regularly involves moderate risks or discomforts associated with working at field sites such as hot, cold, rainy, and snowy weather. Fieldwork requires special safety precautions and the use of safety equipment such as hard hats.
  • The work regularly requires some physical exertion such as long periods of standing; walking over rough, uneven, or rocky terrain; recurring bending, crouching, stooping, stretching.
  • The work regularly requires some physical exertion such as or reaching; or recurring moving, lifting and carrying of moderately heavy items.
  • Telework eligible - the hiring manager will make a determination based on the individual occupation on whether telework will be allowed.

Qualifications

In order to qualify, you must meet the eligibility and qualifications requirements as defined below by the date the certificate of eligible candidates is issued. For more information on the qualifications for this position, visit the Office of Personnel Management's General Schedule Qualification Standards.

Your application and resume must clearly show that you possess the experience requirements. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. Provide course descriptions as necessary.

Basic Requirement: General Natural Resources Management and Biological Science Series, 0401

Degree:
Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree that included a major field of study in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.

OR

Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in a major field of study that included 24 semester hours in course work in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position. Related course work generally refers to courses that may be accepted as part of the program major.

OR

Combination of education and experience that included 24 semester hours in course work in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position, AND experience sufficient to demonstrate that I possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform work in the occupation that is comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of a full 4-year course of study with a major in the appropriate field needed to perform the work of the occupation.

In addition to meeting the basic requirement, you must also possess experience and/or directly related education in the amounts listed below.

Specialized Experience Requirement:

For the GS-09 level: Applicants must have one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-7 grade level; OR a master's or equivalent graduate degree or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree or LL.B. or J.D., if related; OR an appropriate combination of specialized experience and education (only graduate education beyond 18 semester hours may be used to qualify applicants for this grade level). The education must have been obtained in an accredited college or university. Examples of specialized experience include: Assisted in natural resource management activities; participated in environmental assessments and drafting segments of environmental impact statements; assisted in the permit review process by performing field inspections and collecting and analyzing environmental data; assisted in planning one or more conventional environmental resources projects, such as construction, production, or reclamation initiatives and ensure compliance with environmental plans and stipulations.

For the GS-11 level: Applicants must have 3 years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to a Ph.D. degree or Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree (coursework directly related to position being filled); OR one year of specialized experience equivalent to at least the GS-9 level; OR an appropriate combination of specialized experience and graduate level education (beyond what is required for a master's degree, i.e., more than 36 semester hours leading to a Ph.D.). Examples of specialized experience include: Participated in natural resource management activities by making observations, gathering data, and reporting findings where information was used in environmental assessments and environmental impact statements; participated in the permit review process or identifying regulatory compliance issues and requirements by performing field inspections and collecting and analyzing environmental data; served as a project planner for one or more conventional environmental resources projects, such as construction, production or reclamation activities and ensure compliance with environmental plans and stipulations.

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.

To apply and learn more about the requirements for this position, visit the full posting.
 
 
JOB DETAILS
POSTED
23 April 2019
CLOSES
22 June 2019
JOB TYPE
Full-Time
REQUIRED EDUCATION
Bachelor's Degree
SALARY (USD)
Open
TITLE / ROLE
Researcher / Scientist
INDUSTRY / FIELD
Environmental Sciences