National Environmental Policy Act Specialist, Andrews AFB, MD

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado
09 Jul 2018
End of advertisement period
06 Aug 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

CEMML is a research, education and service unit within the Warner College of Natural Resources at CSU. CEMML applies the latest and most appropriate science to promote the sustainable management of natural and cultural resources on Department of Defense (DOD) and other public lands. We provide technical support, conduct applied research, and offer career development and learning opportunities to support resource stewardship. We collaborate with our sponsors and within CSU to resolve complex environmental issues, leaving a legacy of science-based decisions that sustain our resources for future generations.

Position Summary

National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Specialist (Research Associate III Special) position is available with Colorado State University’s (CSU) Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands (CEMML) to provide program management support, surveillance, oversight, and technical expertise for the Air National Guard Readiness Center, Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, supporting the Air National Guard (ANG)’s NEPA programs in the 54 States and Territories to prepare, coordinate, and update NEPA documents for environmental projects, programs, policies, and management plans; evaluate, present, and discuss technical issues and applications with colleagues and representatives of other government agencies and organizations; and perform other NEPA duties related to Coastal Zone Management (CZM), noise studies, natural resources, wetland, and cultural resources.

The NEPA Specialist shall provide program management support; biological technical expertise; evaluation of natural resources studies and surveys; review of projects, studies, and surveys for regulatory compliance; as well as general database, GIS, GeoBase, and editorial support. This is a customer service oriented position, which is responsible for coordinating with ANG NEPA, Air Quality, Cultural Resources, and Civil Engineering programmers and managers, as well as installation personnel at more than 160 ANG installations to ensure NEPA compliance.

Required Job Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree in environmental planning, natural resources management, environmental management, or other related field is required, plus 5 or more years of post-graduate work experience demonstrating the knowledge, skills, and abilities working with NEPA requirements and procedures, and experience preparing EAs, EISs, and CATEX documents.
  • Extensive knowledge of DoD policies and processes related to NEPA, and military cultural in general.
  • Experience with NEPA requirements and procedures from initial scoping and project planning to ROD/FONSI and conclusion, with little to no supervision.
  • Have a thorough understanding of most standard computer programs, as well as proficiency in database management and SharePoint systems.
  • The successful candidate must have or be able to obtain a valid driver’s license.
  • The successful candidate must be eligible to work in the United States by proposed start date. CEMML will not provide visa sponsorship for this position

Preferred Job Qualifications

  • Highly qualified candidates will have a Master’s Degree in Environmental Planning, Natural Resources Management, Environmental Policy Management, or a related field.
  • Desired qualifications include experience working in a highly structured organization such as governmental agencies, the military, or corporations with clearly established lines of authority, procedures, and protocols is desirable.
  • Demonstrated experience acting with diplomacy and discretion at all organizational levels, work with a wide range of information, organize details, and meet deadlines is preferred.
  • Working knowledge of Air Force Instructions, directives, guidance and processes related to NEPA is highly desirable.
  • Personnel in this category will possess professional certifications in their perspective area of expertise (e.g., wetland identification and delineation, erosion and sediment control inspections, and professional natural resources management).
  • Prior experience with VEMO, Air Force eDash, and other DoD database management systems.
  • Previous experience at the GS-12 equivalent.
  • Project management and/or process management certification highly desirable (e.g. PmP, Learn Six Sigma, etc.)

Diversity Statement

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category NEPA Compliance Duty/Responsibility

Evaluate NEPA requests from ANG installations to include Categorical Exclusions (CATEX’s), Environmental Assessments (EA’s), and Environmental Impact Statements (EIS’s). Make recommendations that optimize project compliance with environmental laws and perform format conversions into formats and media type provided by the Government. Coordinate with Natural Resources, Cultural Resources, Air Quality, and other programs to ensure NEPA compliance.

Review files, project lists, and installation requirements to determine need for EA’s. Review of NEPA requests daily to ensure timely turnaround. Create tables and catalogs for the NGB/A4AM to be submitted monthly to the ANG NEPA Program Manager for CATEX’s, EA’s, and EIS specific goals. Prepare, coordinate, and update NEPA documents for environmental projects, programs, policies, and management plans. Create Standard Operating Procedures (SOP’s) for daily tasks conducted by NEPA staff.

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Job Duty Category Public Outreach Duty/Responsibility

Participate in outreach programming related to the ANG’s NEPA. These activities may include but are not limited to guiding field trips, speaking to military personnel, school groups and community organizations, and developing outreach materials. Participate in intra-agency conferences. Present and discuss technical issues and applications with colleagues and representatives of other agencies and organizations. Provide policy or guidance updates.

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Job Duty Category Virtual Environmental Management Office (VEMO) Support Duty/Responsibility

Participate in Virtual Environmental Management Office (VEMO) tasks. VEMO is ANG’s online Environmental Management System. Ensure documents and policies online are relevant and current, update website to reflect current NEPA news and announcements, update Air National Guard website monthly, maintain calendar of NEPA related events, and ensure all website links are accurate and relevant.

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Job Duty Category Training and Development Duty/Responsibility

Provide link and registration information for current and on-going NEPA training applicable to ANG staff through the Air Force or other organizations. Ensure ANG NEPA related training information is available to ANG employees via email, VEMO, SharePoint, and other viable means. Participate and help facilitate ANG NEPA training for ANG local staff and ANG Installations.

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Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications in the announcement to be considered for hire. Apply no later than July 23, 2018 for full consideration. Upload each of the items below individually as a Word Document (.doc), PDF (.pdf), or Rich Text Format (.rtf). Please note that incomplete applications cannot be considered. Please remove social security numbers and birthdates from application materials.

A complete application consists of:

  1. Statement of Qualifications (one-page letter addressing each qualification described in the announcement) uploaded in the ‘Cover Letter’ slot.
  2. Resume
  3. Transcripts (for each degree earned that is listed under qualifications) uploaded in the ‘Official Transcripts’ or ‘Unofficial Transcripts’ slot.
  4. Degree Conferral (copy of diploma if transcripts do not include confirmation that degree was awarded) uploaded in the ‘Other’ slot.
  5. References – please include within your application contact information for 3 professional references including at least one supervisor.

References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

Conditions of Employment Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Valid Driver’s License, Special Requirements/Other -

  • Candidate must be able to comply with all applicable regulations to obtain a Common Access Card (CAC). Furthermore, candidates are required at a minimum to complete a NACI/SF85 and successfully pass a federal background check to remain eligible for empl Search Contact EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant.

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Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.