Federal Aviation Administration Environmental Protection Specialist in Washington, District Of Columbia
This 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.
Applies 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.
Conditions of Employment
We are not accepting applications from noncitizens.
To qualify for this position you must demonstrate in your application that you possess at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the FV-I, FG/GS-13 level. This experience is typically related to the line of work of the position to be filled and which has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been at least equivalent to the next lower level in the normal line of progression for the occupation in the organization.Specialized experience is defined as: Experience managing the technical details of a research and development project related to aircraft noise and modeling sound propagation, identifying existing or potential performance deficiencies, and effectively communicating outcomes.You should include relevant examples of the specialized experience in your work history. Errors or omissions may impact your rating or may result in you not being considered.Eligible applicants meeting the minimum qualification requirements and/or selective placement factor(s) (SPF) may be further evaluated on the Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA) and/or Quality Ranking Factor (QRF) listed in the announcement. Based on this evaluation, applicants will be placed in one of the following categories: (1) score order; (2) category grouping; (3) alphabetical; or (4) priority grouping, and referred to the selecting official for selection consideration.Answer all questions to the best of your ability. DO NOT ASSUME THAT BECAUSE YOU HOLD, OR HAVE HELD THIS POSITION, YOU WILL AUTOMATICALLY BE FOUND ELIGIBLE. You may be asked to provide evidence or documentation that you have this type of experience later in the selection process. Your responses are subject to verification through job interviews, or any other information obtained during the application process. Any exaggeration of your experience or any attempt to conceal information can result in disqualification.Applicants who fail to demonstrate possession of any of the above criteria AND who do not provide the required documentation will receive no further consideration for this position.Applicants may be asked to verify information on your application for employment with the FAA.NOTE: Due to the Pandemic, and individual states with different phases of reopening, the selectee’s report date to the official duty station/facility may be delayed until such time as employee is allowed to report to the workplace. The person selected may telework up to the maximum extent possible, up to and including full time, until it is safe to relocate. All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of this vacancy announcement.SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR:In addition to the minimum qualifications, the following has been determined to be a selective factor for this position. This means possession of this criterion is part of the minimum qualifications and is essential to perform the duties and responsibilities of this position. Applicants who do not possess this criterion are ineligible for further consideration.SELECTIVE PLACEMENT FACTOR: Experience leading NEPA noise analysis and review of Civilian Federal actions associated with commercial service airport development and/or proposed airspace procedures. IMPORTANT: Ensure that your work experience supports your Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSA), and Other Factors answers. Your answers and associated work experience will be evaluated further to validate whether the answers that you selected are appropriate.
Education cannot be substituted for experience.
We may use this vacancy to fill other similar vacant positions.Position may be subject to a background investigation.A one-year probationary period may be required.The person selected for this position may be required to file a financial disclosure statement within 30 days of entry on duty. FAA policy limits certain outside employment and financial investments in aviation-related companies.Leave Enhancement: FAA organizations may offer enhanced annual leave accrual to newly appointed or reappointed employees. In order to receive consideration for such a benefit, applicants' prior non-Federal service or active duty uniformed service must directly relate to the duties of the position to which appointed. Granting enhanced annual leave is at the sole discretion of the hiring organization, and granting such benefit is not an entitlement nor guaranteed to any newly hired employee.NOTES:1. This position is covered by the FAA Core Compensation plan. Additional information about core compensation is available on the following website: http://jobs.faa.gov/FAACoreCompensation.htm.2. As a part of the Federal-Wide Hiring Reform Initiative (streamlining the hiring process), the FAA is committed to eliminating the use of Knowledge, Skills and Ability (KSA) narratives from the initial application in the hiring process for all announcements. Therefore, as an applicant, you are NOT required to provide a narrative response in the text box listed below each KSA.In lieu of providing a KSA narrative response in the text box listed below each KSA section, in your work history, please include information that provides specific examples of how you meet the response level or answer you chose for each KSA. Your work history examples should be specific and clearly reflect the highest level of ability. Your KSA answers will be evaluated further to validate whether the level that you selected is appropriate based on the work history and experience you provided. Your answers may be adjusted by a human resource specialist as appropriate.3. AFSCME Interview Criteria: Article 42, Section 13 states: If the selecting official decides to interview any employee on the selection list for a vacancy, then all who remain under consideration for the position at that point in the process must be interviewed. If the selection list is shortened to a best qualified list through a comparative process, then the best qualified list shall be considered to be the selection list. If it is determined that interviews are required and telephone interviews are not utilized, travel expenses incidental to these interviews will be paid in accordance with the Agency's travel regulations and this Agreement.4. This Level 1 (Low Risk) position requires favorable adjudication of a National Agency Check and Inquiries (NACI) background investigation prior to appointment.5. This announcement is also being advertised under VA #AWA-AEE-20-0015MP-69028. Please review both vacancy announcements before making application to determine your eligibility to apply. This is a bargaining unit position.Links to Important Information: Locality Pay , COLA