Job opening: Environmental Protection Specialist
Salary: $69 107 - 89 835 per year
Published at: Aug 11 2023
Employment Type: Full-time
This position is located in Grand Canyon National Park, in the Planning, Environment and Projects Division.
Manage all aspects of compliance processes and environmental documentation for the park.
Evaluate proposed projects, plans, and programs for potential environmental effects and ensure compliance with applicable policies and regulations.
Keep supervisor fully briefed and provide timely oral and written consultations to park managers on environmental compliance.
Facilitate interdisciplinary team reviews of projects, plans, and programs to develop environmental compliance documentation.
Provides or coordinates with other specialists in obtaining technical and policy analysis of complex external proposals potentially affecting parks and other areas of NPS jurisdiction and prepares comments on National Park Service position.
Term Project Descriptions:
Improve Potable Water Supply to lntercanyon and South Rim (AKA Transcanyon Waterline): This project replaces 12.5 mile-long transcanyon waterline, electrical line from Indian Garden pump station to Phantom Ranch, distribution systems at Phantom Ranch & Havasupai Gardens, & adds water treatment at Inner Canyon visitor areas. The new system will be capable of providing over 1 M gallons of potable water per day to inner canyon visitor areas & South Rim. The existing transcanyon waterline conveys water by gravity feed from Roaring Springs Cave, located approximately 3,200 feet below North Rim, to Havasupai Gardens Pump Station, located approximately 3,000 feet below South Rim. Water is pumped to South Rim. This project will be accomplished in two phases: Phase 1 includes construction of Water Treatment Plant on South Rim (funded in FY20); Phase 2 effort replaces of a portion of existing transcanyon waterline, upgrades electrical service between Phantom Ranch & Indian Garden, & renews or replaces to 50- to 90-year-old intake & distribution systems at Phantom Ranch & Indian Garden. This project is projected to have a 4-year duration, completing in 2027.
Construction of Support Facilities for Transcanyon Waterline Project (AKA Contractor Support & Helibase): Provide support to the project Improve Potable Water Supply to lntercanyon and South Rim, through the construction of contractor support facilities on south rim of Grand Canyon National Park. Work will include expansion of the current helibase field/deck and construction of a helibase operations building to support contracted helicopter operations, clearing and graveling of a construction material receiving/ assembly area, clearing and running utilities for contractor construction trailers and RV/temporary housing sites, and construction of a gravel 1,500 LF contractor access road from the park main entrance directly into the maintenance/helibase complex. This project is projected to have a 4-year duration, completing in 2027.
Replace Wastewater Plant at South Rim Village (a Great American Outdoors Act Legacy Restoration Fund Program): This project will replace the South Rim Wastewater Treatment Plant (plant). The existing plant, constructed in the 1970s, services al I visitor, resident staff housing, lodging, and support facilities at the Village South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Maintenance/repair work will be reduced by replacing the control and lab building, headworks, aeration basins, solids digesters, dewatering system, pumps, tertiary treatment, generator, piping systems, and SCADA system. The project will also include upgrading the new control building with modern code compliant HVAC and electrical systems, adding fire alarms and fire suppression systems throughout the facility, construction of an equalization basin, adding a receiving and processing system for vault toilet waste. This project is projected to have a 4-year duration, completing in 2026.
Rehabilitate the North Rim and Roaring Springs Utility Systems (a Great American Outdoors Act Legacy Restoration Fund program): Scope for this project includes the rehabilitation, repair, and replacement of elements of the North Rim & Roaring Springs utility systems (water, wastewater & electric). The project will be phased in subsequent funding years. Phase I focuses on the water system and associated appurtenances and support structures. Phase II focuses on the remaining utilities including wastewater, electrical and communication systems and their associated appurtenances and support structures. This project is projected to have a 5-year duration, completing in 2028.
All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement-08/25/2023-unless otherwise stated in this vacancy announcement.
Credit will be given for all appropriate qualifying experience. To receive credit for experience, your resume MUST clearly indicate the nature of the duties and responsibilities for each position, starting and ending dates of employment (month/year), and the resume must reflect full and/or part-time or total number of hours worked (i.e., work 40+ hours a week, rather than indicating full-time). If part-time, the hours must be annotated to be able to pro-rate the amount of qualified specialized experience.
To qualify for this position at the GS-11 grade level, you must possess at least one of the following minimum qualifications by close of the announcement:
EXPERIENCE: At least one full year of specialized experience comparable in scope and responsibility to the GS-09 grade level in the Federal service (obtained in either the public or private sectors). This experience includes activities such as: applying concepts and methods of environmental protection work; interpreting plans and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) laws, regulations, policies and guidance for land and resource management programs; providing advice to other National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) practitioners and park or regional leadership regarding the application of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) laws regulations, policies, and guidance to environmental compliance activities; reviewing environmental documents, including National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documents, to ensure legal sufficiency and compliance with applicable laws and regulations; working with public land resource values, issues, or controversies; and using computerized database systems to track projects, conduct public involvement, and analyze data. You must include hours per week worked.
EDUCATION: Successful completion of at least a Ph.D. or equivalent Doctoral Degree or at least three (3) years of progressively higher-level graduate education leading to such a degree in environmental science or a directly related field, or LL.M in environmental law that includes coursework which is directly related to the work of this position which demonstrates possession of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required. You must include transcripts.
Successful completion of a combination of education and experience as described above. To combine education and experience, first take graduate education in excess of the amount 2 full years of progressively higher-level graduate education (18 semester hours is equal to one year of graduate education). Then take the number of months of full-time experience and divide by 12 months. Add the percentages together. The total must equal at least 100 percent to qualify. For example, six (6) months of the specialized experience described (50% of the experience requirement), and 45 semester hours (9 semester hours beyond the first two years) of directly related graduate level college study as defined above in an accredited institution (50% of the qualifying education) equals 100 percent to qualify. You must include transcripts.
Volunteer Experience: 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.
Term Position Information:
This is a term position (more than 1 year) with an initial appointment expecting to last at least 13 months but may be extended up to a total of four years, or more based on any changes to regulations governing the number of years term appointments may last, without further competition. Term positions do not convey permanent status in the Federal service.
The National Park Service retains the right to extend the duration of this appointment after selection and/or appointment, based on changes to the regulation governing the number of years term appointments may last. This change, which may be made at the agency's sole discretion and without further competition, shall not be construed or interpreted as the granting of a right to a selectee or employee to such an extension. No extension to a term appointment shall be granted to a selectee/employee to an amount of time that exceeds the maximum number of years authorized under any present or current regulation, unless such regulation expressly allows such action.
To qualify based on education, you must submit a legible copy of transcripts from an accredited institution
with your name, school name, credit hours, course level, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking. Transcripts do not need to be official, but if you are selected for this position and you used your education to qualify, you must provide official transcripts before you begin work.
If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities
to meet qualification requirements, you must show that your education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university.
- Address Grand Canyon National Park
PO Box 129
20 South Entrance Road
Grand Canyon, AZ 86023
- Name: Carina Nicholas
- Email: [email protected]