PATHWAYS RECENT GRADUATE- Environmental Protection Specialist,Federal Highway Administration,11-07-2018,USA Gov


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  • Open & closing dates

    11/07/2018 to 11/16/2018

    This job will close when we have received 100 applications which may be sooner than the closing date. Learn more
  • Service


  • Pay scale & grade

    GS 07 – 09

  • Salary

    $41,365 to $65,778 per year

  • Appointment type

    Recent Graduates – Recent Graduate – Excepted Service Appiontment for initial period.

  • Work schedule

    Full-Time – Full Time –


1 vacancy in the following locations:


    Lakewood, CO



    Washington DC, DC



    Springfield, IL



    Frankfort, KY


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    Saint Paul, MN



    San Juan, PR



    Providence, RI


Relocation expenses reimbursed

Relocation expenses are authorized for this position.

Telework eligible

Yes as determined by agency policy

This job is open to


    Recent graduates

    Individuals who have graduated from an accredited educational institute or certificate program within the last 2 years or 6 years for Veterans.


    The public

    U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.

Clarification from the agency

This position is part of the Pathways Program and is open to Recent Graduates Eligibles only.



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    This position is for RECENT GRADUATES.  For additional information regarding the Recent Graduates program visit: 

    Duty locations will vary.  The difference in salary is determined by the locality pay in each location.  Salaries for all areas are available on the OPM website at:
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    The Recent Graduates – Environmental Protection Specialist:

    The candidate participates in the FHWA’s 24-month Professional Development Program (PDP) with a focus on environmental policies and programs; air quality and transportation conformity; bicycle, pedestrian, trails and enhancements; noise; sustainable transport and climate change; the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA); and project development and mitigation. The candidate will train to serve as a policy and technical advisor on program-and project-related issues associated with the Federal-aid Highway Program. The candidate’s knowledge and guidance will be utilized internally and externally to ensure that State Department of Transportation (SDOT) develop and deliver Federal-aid transportation projects and programs appropriately while meeting social, economic, and environmental requirements.   During this developmental program, the employee will be expected to complete three major components including apprentice experience, developmental assignments, and a professional development academy. The apprentice experience will occur in one of FHWA’s offices which has agreed to develop and provide on-the- job training to the participant through a structured set of learning experiences described in the participant’s developmental plan.

    The ideal candidate has completed a Master’s degree in environmental planning or a related field within the last two years (veterans have up to six years) of the closing date of the announcement or are current graduate degree students, who are anticipating graduation in December 2018.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel – This position requires occasional travel.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    0028 Environmental Protection Specialist

  • Requirements

    Conditions of Employment

    • You must be a U.S. Citizen and meet Pathways Recent Graduate requirement.
    • Submit application and resume online by 11:59 PM EST on the closing date.
    • Review Required Documents Section as documents are required by closing date
    • Must meet Recent Grad requirements by closing date.


    Selected participants are on an excepted service appointment under the Recent Graduates Program and required to serve a one year trial period, and will be evaluated for conversion to a term or permanent appointment in the competitive service at the end of one year.

    Selective Service: Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for the Selective Service.

    Transcript: You must submit a transcript with your application.

    Suitability: Subject to a background/suitability investigation.


    • Must meet the eligibility requirements for the Recent Graduate Program.
    • Recent Graduates will enter a formal training program with a mentor and execute an Individual Development Plan outlining training requirements and program expectations.
    • Recent Graduates must receive at least 40 hours of formal training directly linked to their employment field.
    • Recent Graduates serve a trial period for the duration of their excepted service appointment.
    • Recent Graduates will be required to sign a Pathways Recent Graduate Participant Agreement.
    • If selected for this position, selectee is required to sign a service agreement to remain employed within Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) for a period of at least 2 years.
    • Applicants must provide documentation of completion within the previous 2 years of a qualifying, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution*.
    • Applicants must meet grade qualifications by start date.
    • Provide all required documents by the closing date of announcement.
    • Selectee is required to complete a Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) to determine suitability for federal employment and to authorize a background investigation.


    THIS POSITION HAS A MANDATORY EDUCATION REQUIREMENT. Applicants must meet all qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

    To meet the minimum qualifications for this position, you must meet the education requirement AND experience qualifications for the grade at which you are requesting consideration.

    For the GS-7, to qualify on Experience, you must have one year of specialized experience equal or equivalent to the 05, which includes the following:

    • Experience with environmental protection programs, including familiarity with environmental rule-making and regulations; compliance and enforcement; environmental considerations and documentation; preservation and environmental protection; environmental assessments; environmental compliance and Environmental Impact Statements (EIS’s) and NEPA.

    To qualify for the GS-07 on Education, you must have:

    • At least 1 year of graduate-level education OR superior academic achievement.

    You can also qualify based on a combination of graduate level education and experience. This must be fully supported by your resume and transcripts, provided with your application.

    For the GS-09, to qualify on Experience, you must have one year of specialized experience equal or equivalent to the GS-07, which includes following:

    • Experience in environmental protection programs, including reviewing the environmental rule-making and regulations; compliance and enforcement; environmental considerations and documentation; preservation and environmental protection; environmental assessments; environmental compliance and Environmental Impact Statements (EIS’s) and NEPA.

    To qualify for the GS-09 on Education, you must have:

    • Completion of two academic years of graduate level education; OR master’s or equivalent graduate degree (such as LL.B. or J.D. as specified in qualification standards or individual occupational requirements in a field directly related to the position being filled).

    You can also qualify based on a combination of education and experience.

    *Applicants must have obtained a qualifying associates, bachelors, master’s, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from a qualifying educational institution, within the previous 2 years unless military service interfered with a veterans eligibility to apply during that two year time frame. Veterans meeting the above exclusion may apply within 2 years of discharge or 6 years from the date of receipt of the degree whichever comes first.

    ( for information on crediting education.

    You must provide a copy of ALL of your college/vocational/technical transcript(s). See  “Required Documents” section for additional information.

    Applicants may refer to the U.S.Department of Education’s Institutional Accreditation System to determine whether their school/ program is accredited:

    Education completed outside of the United States must be deemed equivalent to that gained in conventional/accredited U.S. education programs to be acceptable for Federal employment. See OPM’s General Policies ( for information on crediting education.

    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.

    Accreditation: Only education from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education is acceptable to meet education requirements or to substitute for experience, if applicable. For additional information, please go to the Office of Personnel Management at and U.S. Department of Education website at

    Foreign Education: If your education was completed or is from foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the 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. For further information, visit:

    For additional information about applying to Federal positions, please click on the following link:

    For additional information about the Recent Graduates program, please click on the following link:

    Students enrolled in a degree program can apply if the anticipated graduation date is within 60 days of closing date of this announcement. Graduation transcript must be received before start date.



    College or university education — Educational course work may be at either the undergraduate or graduate level. Successful completion of graduate level courses will be accepted as evidence that an applicant also possesses the knowledge taught in courses at lower levels in the same field.


    Additional information

    MOBILITY AGREEMENT: Appointees will be required to sign a Mobility Agreement.  If you decline a position due to geographic location, you will receive no further consideration under this announcement. This agreement states that in order to be placed in the program, or upon graduation from the program, you may be assigned to any location, within the Federal Highway Administration and that you will move to the new duty location. Failure to relocate can be used as the basis for non- selection and failure to relocate after completion of the program can be the basis for your termination from the Federal service.

    This is a two year appointment in the excepted service which may lead to a term or permanent appointment in the competitive service but conversion is not guaranteed or promised.

    Recent Graduates will enter a formal training program with a mentor (assigned within 90 days of appointment) and an Individual Development Plan, executed within 45 days of the appointment, outlining training requirements and program expectations.

    Recent Graduates must receive at least 40 hours of formal training directly linked to their employment field.

    Recent graduates serve a trial period for the duration of their excepted service appointment.

    Recent graduates will be required to sign a Pathways Recent Graduate Participant Agreement.

    IMPORTANT: Applicants must be open to geographic mobility for developmental assignments and permanent placement relocation nationwide. If you decline a position due to geographic location, you will receive no further consideration under this announcement.

    This vacancy may be used to fill similar positions.

    EEO STATEMENT:  The Department of Transportation (DOT) maintains a model federal work environment that is free of discrimination. DOT ensures equal employment opportunity for employees and applicants for employment, regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), genetic information, age, disability, sexual orientation, or protected activity.

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    How You Will Be Evaluated

    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    For this announcement, all applicants will be reviewed to determine if they meet the basic qualifications for this position, specifically the educational and specialized experience requirements.

    Applicants will not be rated or ranked.

    All applications that are verified to meet the basic qualifications will be referred to the selecting official.

    All answers provided in the on-line process must be substantiated by a resume. If, upon review, it is determined that your resume and/or supporting documents do not support your answer choices, your application may be removed from consideration.

    Ultimately, the Automated Staffing Office is responsible for determining an applicant’s eligibility. Please ensure that your resume provide enough detail to support your answers to the Vacancy Specific Questions.

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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Public Trust – Background Investigation

    Drug test required


  • Required Documents

    ALL Applicants must provide a resume that fully supports the required specialized experience and was created within USA Jobs Resume Builder and respond to the vacancy questions by the closing date of the vacancy.

    The following is a list of documents that are only required based on the type of position and consideration for which you are applying.  Please review each of the following sections to determine which, if any, additional documents you need to provide with your application.

    TRANSCRIPTS – Transcripts are REQUIRED. The transcripts need not be official, but must show that you meet the stated education requirements, including specific major or class requirements.


    TRANSCRIPTS- You must submit a transcript with your application. The transcript may be an unofficial transcript at the time of application. However, you will need to provide an official transcript before you are given a final job offer.

    VETERANS: Your last DD214, Certificate of Release or Discharge From Active Duty, that shows the type of discharge and all dates of active duty is required to verify your eligibility.  It need not be official.

    • If you are applying to a vacancy opened to all US Citizens under category rating and wish to be considered as a preference eligible, you need to submit a copy of your DD214.
    • If you are claiming preference eligibility as a disabled veteran, you must submit proof of entitlement of this preference which is normally a valid letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs certifying to the present existence of the service-connected disability and indicating the percentage of your disability.  An SF-15 is desired, but not required.
    • If you are applying to a vacancy opened Status and you are requesting consideration under Veteran’s Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA) ( job/shav/#veoa), you need to provide a copy of your last DD214, which verifies your military service dates, reason for separation, OR certification of separation that shows a discharge date within 120 days of the closing of this announcement), and eligibility for consideration under the Veterans Employment Opportunity Act.

    NON COMPETITIVE APPLICANTS: If requesting concurrent consideration for Non-competitive (NC) appointment eligibility,  you must provide the appropriate SPECIAL APPOINTING AUTHORITY DOCUMENTS, such as PCS orders (military spouse) describing move & marriage certificate; letter from VA or DD214 describing 100% disability of spouse; letter from State Vocational Office certifying disability (schedule A), etc. For more information, visit military spouse NC appointments or Persons with Disabilities NC appointments.

    DISPLACED EMPLOYEES: If requesting consideration under the Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency CTAP program (ICTAP), you must meet the well qualified standards for this vacancy (meeting minimum requirements for position and scoring at least an 85 or falling in the Gold Category)  and provide all of the following documents:

    • Your most recent performance appraisal,
    • The proof of eligibility letter from the Agency, and
    • Your most current SF-50, displaying current series and grade.

    Failure to submit any of the required documents by the closing date of the vacancy will result in your removal from consideration for this position. Please review your application prior to final submission and ensure you have submitted all appropriate documents. Uploading documents to USAJobs does NOT ensure inclusion with your application to our system.  You must verify that the documents are in the system with your application prior to final submission.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from
    schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

  • Benefits

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    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

  • How to Apply

    You must submit a complete application package (including resume, vacancy questions and supporting documents) no later than midnight Eastern Time on the closing date of the announcement.

    To begin, click the “Apply Online” button on the job announcement posting.

    Follow the directions to register, submit all required documents and complete the assessment questionnaire.

    You may review your saved application(s) at

    If you are having difficulty applying online, please contact the DOT Automated Staffing Office via email at

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    1200 New Jersey Ave SE / HAHR – 50
    District of Columbia
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    Next steps

    You may check your application status by logging into (Select “My USAJOBS” and click “Applications”). Within two weeks of the closing date, a Human Resources Specialist will evaluate your application. Ratings will be determined based on the documents and information received by the closing date. The most highly qualified candidates are then referred to the hiring manager for further consideration in veteramn preference order. If you are selected for an interview, the hiring manager will contact you directly. Once the position is filled, we will notify all applicants of their final status.

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    Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

    The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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    Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

    A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

    Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

    • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
    • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
    • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

    You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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    • Financial suitability
    • Social security number request
    • Privacy Act
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    • Selective Service
    • New employee probationary period

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