Environmental Protection Specialist – U.S. Department of Transport


Open & closing dates
Opening and closing dates09/09/2020 to 09/24/2020


Pay scale & grade


$107,818 to $167,149 per yearThe salary listed above includes a 30.48% locality payment for the Washington, DC metropolitan area.
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Duties SummaryThis position is located in the Office of Policy, International Affairs, and Environment and serves as an Environmental Protection Specialist in the Noise Division of the Office of Environment and Energy. Performs multiple, varying and complex assignments under the minimal direction of a manager, project/program manager, or more experienced technical specialist. Acts as principal technical specialist or as a project manager or team leader for large work activities.ResponsibilitiesApplies experience and comprehensive technical knowledge applicable to assigned discipline, as well as an understanding of new technologies and methodologies, to solve complex problems and develop improved technical processes or systems. Considers the objectives of the major subdivision and LOB/SO when developing, integrating, and implementing solutions to diverse, complex problems. Assignments frequently require knowledge and experience working across functional and/or organizational lines. Performs noise modeling and proper steps of analysis for a comprehensive noise analysis that satisfies the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and 14 CFR Part 150 for FAA Federal actions at commercial service airports. Analyzes and prepares well documented data-driven recommendations for policies, programs and projects related to measuring, monitoring and modeling the environmental effects of commercial aviation noise for airport and airspace projects. Provides policy guidance and instructions to others for noise policy related to National Environmental Policy Act and part 150, including land use planning.Defines, organizes, and assigns resources to accomplish organizational objectives. Allocates resources to accomplish large work activities within established schedules. Incumbent leads interagency work groups on noise policy work and represents the FAA in external communications with respect to the noise policy. Manages research and development (R&D) programs related to characterizing aircraft engine noise, modeling aircraft noise and its effects on people and related issues pertaining to the operational performance of subsonic and supersonic transport aircraft. Draws on experience to solve unusual problems and may create new solutions and policy interpretations as the situation requires. Utilizes and provides input into the development of the FAA’s Aviation Environmental Design Tool (AEDT). Prepares technical documentation for project development and technical studies, and compile and analyze operational aircraft performance and engineering data pertinent to aviation performance and noise.Contacts are internal and external. Often represents FAA as a senior technical point of contact on projects, programs and other work activities. Communicates results to all levels internally (within an LOB/SO or across LOB’s/SO’s) and externally. Plays a lead role in drafting, reviewing, and editing reports or contractual documents for final approval prior to external distribution. Presents briefings to obtain consensus/approval on policies. Coordinates significant technical matters with representatives of external organizations. Broad policies and objectives provide general guidance for addressing issues, but allow considerable discretion to develop new and innovative approaches.Works independently with minimal management oversight, performs project management and analysis tasks; collaborates and coordinates with inter-intra government agency organizations and stakeholders in the aviation industry, and academia to accomplish work. Communicates technically complex information in a manner that is easy to understand by a diverse audience. Provides guidance to lower-level staff on how to solve difficult technical issues. Resolves all but unique technical problems without the intervention of management or a more experienced technical specialist. Develops plans, techniques, and policies to address current or anticipated problems and issues. Works with management to solve problems.Work is reviewed rarely, typically through status reports and at project completion, to ensure technical compliance and alignment with the requirements of the project or other work activity.Travel RequiredOccasional travel – The job may require travel from time- to-time, but not on a regular basis. The travel may be for training or other work-related duties.
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