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Western Area Power Administration Natural Resources Specialist in Phoenix, Arizona


(SeeFrequently Asked Questionsfor more information).Where would I be working?Western Area Power Administration Desert Southwest Region, Environment (G4000) Phoenix, AZ 85009

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The incumbent serves as the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Project Manager within the Construction and Design section. The NEPA Project Manager’s role is to manage and actively participate in the NEPA process by establishing a team, representing all necessary elements, to help plan and prepare NEPA Documents, develop a range of treatment measures that avoid, lesson or mitigate impacts; and oversee or implement the selected treatments.


Conditions of Employment

You must be a United States Citizen.

This employer participates in the e-Verify program.

See "Other Information" section regarding Selective Service requirements.



You must meet all the qualification and eligibility requirements for the position by the closing date of the announcement.

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS A qualified candidate's online application and resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position is defined as:

Experience performing, leading, or overseeing work in an environmental and natural resource field, specifically applying the provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to evaluate baseline environmental conditions; review project plans and designs; predict and analyze the effects of proposed actions on the environment; identify mitigation techniques and alternatives; and design environmental studies and investigations.

Examples: Conducting environmental/biological analyses; working with the US Fish and Wildlife in fulfilling Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act;

Identifying data gaps and analytical inconsistencies in and ensuring overall quality of environmental documents;

Identifying impacts on plant and wildlife resources and providing suggestions for avoidance and/or mitigation. Your application and resume should demonstrate that you possess the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs). Do not provide a separate narrative written statement. Rather, you must describe in your application how your past work experience demonstrates that you possess the KSAs identified below. Cite specific examples of employment or experience contained in your resume and describe how this experience has prepared you to successfully perform the duties of this position. DO NOT write "see resume" in your application! In-depth knowledge of and skill with satisfying NEPA’s process requirements, such as providing adequate notices and opportunities for the public to participate.

Knowledge of and seasoned experience with environmental management and protection legislation and regulations in order to properly evaluate baseline environmental conditions.

Knowledge of and seasoned experience with environmental management and protection legislation and regulations in order to properly evaluate baseline environmental conditions

Ability to effectively communicate technical information with all levels and types of organizations and audiences, both orally and in writing, through preparation and updating of websites, documents and reports for regulatory and public use, and making presentations at conferences and meetings.

Knowledge of various technical disciplines such as general science, mathematics, chemistry, biology, archaeology, and land use. "Experience" refers to paidandunpaid experience. Examples of qualifying unpaid experience may include: volunteer work done through National Service programs (such as Peace Corps and AmeriCorps); as well as work for other community-based philanthropic and social organizations. 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,includingvolunteer experience. You must meetallqualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.


This position has a positive education requirement. Degree: biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position. or Combination of education and experience: Courses equivalent to a major, as shown in A above, plus appropriate experience or additional education. If this vacancy specifically states that certain educational requirements must be met (also known as a "positive educational requirement"), you must provide documentation supporting any education claims in your application. Education must be obtained from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Foreign educationmust be reviewed by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For special instructions pertaining to foreign education and a list of organizations that can evaluate foreign education, seethe Department of Education website.

Additional Information

The U.S. Department of Energy fosters a diverse and inclusive workplace and is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, please visit the links at the bottom of this page or visit the FedsHireVets website.

If you believe that you are eligible for the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP), please visit the OPM ICTAP/CTAP website for more information. In order to be considered under the ICTAP program, your application must score within the pre-established "well qualified" category as stated in the Qualifications section.

More than one selection may be made from this vacancy announcement.

Some positions may require completion of a probationary period of up to 1 (one) year.

Many positions require successful completion of a background investigation.

All males born after December 31st 1959 must abide by laws regarding Selective Service registration. To learn more about this law, visit the Selective Service web page, Who Must Register. If you are not registered and don't have an approved exemption, you will not be eligible for employment with the Federal government.

The incumbent must be able to obtain and maintain the required DOE certification to serve as a Contracting Officer Representative. Incumbent is required to submit a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 450), upon entering the position and annually.

This position requires the ability to operate a Government vehicle. The incumbent must be able to obtain and maintain Defensive Drivers certification and have a valid state driver’s license. Defensive Driver’s Training will be completed upon employment.

Travel of up to 5-15% annually is required; with overnight travel of 1-6 days per month on average. EEO Policy: Reasonable Accommodation Policy: Veterans Information:

Selective Service Registration: