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NEPA Planner Full-time

at US Department of Agriculture in Wisconsin (Published at 20-05-2020)

    Duties

    Summary

    This position is located at the Regional 9, Planning, Appeals & Litigation office with duty at Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
    Responsible for performing work involved in Natural Resources Planning and Environmental law compliance, including the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).
    For additional information about the duties of this position, please contact Kevin Moody at Kevin.Moody@usda.gov or at 262-327-7387.


    Responsibilities

    • Responsibilities are listed at the full performance level.
    • Review and coordinate annual operating plans and budgets.
    • Conduct routine environmental studies and evaluations linking a variety of resources, such as social economics, land, air, water, timber, recreation, wildlife, fisheries, and/or special management areas.
    • Support Geographic Information Systems (GIS) specialists in identifying spatial information, assessing, interpreting and applying GIS data to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process.
    • Perform field reconnaissance to collect and analyze data needed for preparation of environmental documents.
    • Evaluate comments received from other federal, state, public agencies, tribes, etc. to determine how best to respond to their concerns in accordance with environmental laws, regulations and policies.
    • Review permits, contracts or work plans to ensure that the design criteria or mitigation specified in the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) decision have been incorporated into the implementing tool.
    • Lead interdisciplinary teams carrying out routine environmental studies and evaluations to determine the consequences of various actions or events, i.e., forest planning project, on the environment.
    • Advise unit staff officers of the different levels of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documentation based on information provided by the interdisciplinary teams.
    • Gather subject matter documents and include the required information in the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) source document.
    • Document environmental impacts on social, economic, environmental and other resources.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Travel may be expected for this position to attend training, meetings and conferences.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    9

  • Job family (Series)

    0401 General Natural Resources Management And Biological Sciences

  • Requirements

    Requirements

    Conditions of Employment

    • You must be a US Citizen or US National.
    • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be Selective Service registered or exempt.
    • Subject to satisfactory adjudication of background investigation and/or fingerprint check.
    • Successful completion of one year probationary period, unless previously served.
    • Per Public Law 104-134 all Federal employees are required to have federal payments made by direct deposit to their financial institution.
    • Successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit e-verify.gov

    Qualifications

    In order to qualify, you must meet the eligibility and qualifications requirements as defined below by the closing date of the announcement. For more information on the qualifications for this position, visit the Office of Personnel Management's General Schedule Qualification Standards.
    Your application and resume must clearly show that you possess the experience requirements. Transcripts must be provided for qualifications based on education. Provide course descriptions as necessary.
    Basic Requirement:
    GS-0401-07/09 Level: Successfully completed a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree that included a major field of study in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position.
    OR Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor's or higher degree in a major field of study that included 24 semester hours in course work in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position. Related course work generally refers to courses that may be accepted as part of the program major.
    OR Combination of education and experience that included 24 semester hours in course work in biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management, chemistry, or related disciplines appropriate to the position, AND experience sufficient to demonstrate that I possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform work in the occupation that is comparable to that normally acquired through the successful completion of a full 4-year course of study with a major in the appropriate field needed to perform the work of the occupation.
    In addition to meeting the basic requirement, you must also possess experience and/or directly related education in the amounts listed below.
    Specialized Experience Requirement:
    GS-07 Level: One year of specialized experience at the GS-05 grade level. Examples includes: Performing a variety of computations to prepare and summarize standard data for charts, graphs, and/or reports; assisted experienced biological professionals in studies where observation and conclusions were based on clear and distinct guidelines, such as followed a procedural guidebook in performing experiments while under direct supervision; preparing or assisted in the preparation of documents and visual aids such as data tables, slides, posters, brochures, progress reports, summaries of field or laboratory work, or draft portions of manuscripts; participating in operational or planning meetings to discuss program or project milestones or activities.
    GS-09 Level: One year of specialized experience at GS-07. Examples include: Assisted in natural resource management activities; Participated in environmental assessments and drafting segments of environmental impact statements; Assisted in the permit review process by performing field inspections and collecting and analyzing environmental data; Assisted in planning one or more conventional environmental resources projects, such as construction, production, or reclamation initiatives and ensured compliance with environmental plans and stipulations.
    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.
    TIME IN GRADE REQUIREMENT: If you are a current federal employee in the General Schedule (GS) pay plan and applying for a promotion opportunity, you must meet time-in-grade (TIG) requirements of 52 weeks of service at the next lower grade level in the normal line of progression for the position being filled. This requirement must be met by the closing date of this announcement.

    Education

    Additional information

    THIS POSITION IS OPEN TO CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PLAN (CTAP), USDA REEMPLOYMENT PRIORITY LIST (RPL), AND INTERAGENCY CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PLAN (ICTAP) ELIGIBLE CANDIDATES who meet the eligibility requirements for priority consideration. The following link provides information for determining if you meet these criteria: Career Transition Guidelines.
    VEOA candidates may also apply. Veterans who are preference eligible or who have been separated from the armed forces under honorable conditions after three years or more of continuous active service are eligible for consideration under the Veteran's Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA).

    How You Will Be Evaluated

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

    You will be evaluated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the experience, education, and training you described in your application package, as well as the responses to the Assessment Questionnaire to determine the degree to which you possess the knowledge, skills, abilities and competencies listed below:
    Public Planning: Knowledge of functions, principles, methods, and techniques of public planning, including those related to community planning, outdoor recreation planning, and natural resource management, such as demand forecasting, environmental impact analysis, financial forecasting, and land use planning and zoning.
    Technical Competency: Understands and appropriately applies procedures, requirements, regulations, and policies related to specialized expertise (for example, engineering, physical science, law, or accounting); maintains credibility with others on technical matters.
    Written Communication: Understands and appropriately applies procedures, requirements, regulations, and policies related to specialized expertise (for example, engineering, physical science, law, or accounting); maintains credibility with others on technical matters.
    Project Management: Applies principles, methods, or tools for developing, scheduling, coordinating, monitoring, evaluating, and managing projects and resources, including technical performance.
    Oral Communication: Expresses information (for example, ideas or facts) to individuals or groups effectively, taking into account the audience and nature of the information (for example, technical, sensitive, controversial); makes clear and convincing oral presentations; listens to others, attends to nonverbal cues, and responds appropriately.
    Your application, including the online Assessment Questionnaire, will be reviewed to determine if you meet (a) minimum qualification requirements and (b) the resume supports the answers provided to the job-specific questions. Your resume must clearly support your responses to all the questions addressing experience and education relevant to this position. Referral to the hiring manager will be based on the following:
    CTAP/ICTAP applicants who meet the basic minimum qualification requirements and are determined to be well qualified. Well qualified is defined as receiving a rating of at least 85 out of a possible 100 based on responses to the occupational questionnaire.
    RPL applicants who meet the basic minimum qualifications and have a rating of at least minimally successful on the most recent performance appraisal.
    VEOA applicants who meet the basic minimum qualification requirements and are determined to be among the best qualified. Best qualified is defined as receiving a rating of at least 91 out of a possible 100 based on responses to the occupational questionnaire.
    Note: If, after reviewing your resume and/or supporting documentation, a determination is made that you have inflated your qualifications and or experience, your rating may be lowered to more accurately reflect the submitted documentation. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating. Providing inaccurate information on Federal documents could be grounds for non-selection disciplinary action up to including removal from the Federal service.

    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Other

    Drug test required

    No

    Position sensitivity and risk

    Non-sensitive (NS)/Low Risk

    Trust determination process

    Credentialing, Suitability/Fitness

  • Required Documents

    Required Documents

    The following documents are required for your application to be complete. Our office cannot be responsible for incompatible software, illegible fax transmissions, delays in mail service, your system failure or downtime, etc. Encrypted and digitally signed documents will not be accepted. Failure to submit required, legible documents may result in loss of consideration.

    • Resume must include: 1) personal information; 2) education; 3) work experience including work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment; and title, series and grade if applicable; 4) supervisor's phone number, e-mail address for each work period listed, and whether we may contact for reference checks; and 5) other qualifications; and
    • College Transcripts if education is required for meeting basic qualifications and/or used as a substitute for specialized experience. An unofficial copy is sufficient; however, if selected, an official transcript will be required prior to entering on duty; and
    • Certification of Expected Separation, Reduction-In-Force Separation Notice, or Notice of Proposed Removal AND most recent performance evaluation AND SF-50 documenting separation or the most recent SF-50 if pending separation showing position title, series, grade and duty location; or
    • Worker's Compensation Separation: Agency certification of inability to place employee AND Notification of Separation OR Separation SF-50; or
    • Disability Annuity Termination: Notification from OPM of disability annuity termination AND Separation SF-50; or
    • Military Reserve or National Guard Technician Special Disability Retirement Annuity under 5 U.S.C. 8337(h) or 8456: Certification of special disability retirement annuity from the military or National Guard Bureau AND Separation SF-50.

    VEOA Required Documentation:
    • Resume must include: 1) personal information; 2) education; 3) work experience including work schedule, hours worked per week, dates of employment; and title, series and grade if applicable; 4) supervisor's phone number, e-mail address for each work period listed, and whether we may contact for reference checks; and 5) other qualifications; and
    • College Transcripts if education is required for meeting basic qualifications and/or used as a substitute for specialized experience (an unofficial copy is sufficient; however, if selected, an official transcript will be required prior to entering on duty); and
    • DD-214, Certificate of Release from Active Duty showing dates of service and type of discharge or if a current active duty member, certification of expected discharge or release from active duty under honorable conditions not later than 120 days after date the certification is signed; and
    • VA letter that shows percent of disability if claiming 10 pt. preference for a service connected disability.

    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

    Benefits

    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.

    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.


Help

This job is open to

  • Career transition (CTAP, ICTAP, RPL)

    Federal employees who meet the definition of a "surplus" or "displaced" employee.

  • Veterans

Clarification from the agency

This position is open to career transition assistance plan (CTAP), Reemployed Priority List (RPL), and Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) eligible candidates who meet the eligibility requirements for priority consideration. VEOA eligible candidates may also apply.



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