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Environmental Protection Specialist - USDOT

Chickasaw Nation Industries
Washington, Iowa, US
Closing date
Oct 8, 2022

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
Climate Change
Salary Type
Employment Type
Full time
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The Environmental Protection Specialist provides expert, authoritative advice and analysis on areas that involve coordinating and evaluating public policy on climate change affecting all aspects of transportation; legislative and regulatory proposals affecting these areas, conducting studies and analyses, researching and developing requirements, and drafting or reviewing guidance and policy statements related to climate change. The contractor supports the office's role as the focal point for the review and coordination of the Department's transportation policies, priorities, and objectives around climate change.


Essential duties and responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

Provides expertise on the development, coordination, and evaluation of climate policy affecting all aspects of transportation.

Provides support for developing and coordinating policies and programs related to climate policy within DOT, and in relation to other federal agencies.

Conducts reviews of case studies and reports on climate policy and proposals to determine the impact on proposed policy recommendations. Prepares briefings of policy recommendations for review, consideration, and approval by the Director and the Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy.

Conducts research on environmental issues in transportation; specifically, greenhouse gas emissions, reduction strategies, climate change impacts and consequences. Works with modal administrations to adopt innovative environmental partnerships.

Supports Departmental efforts on climate change to ensure consistency with existing environmental laws and regulations while exploring innovative new strategies for transportation project development and delivery.

Evaluates program functions, policy initiatives, and studies related to climate policy. The studies involve analyzing and formulating Departmental policies, plans, and guidelines related to climate policy affecting all aspects of transportation. The incumbent advises the Director and the Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy, the Under Secretary for Policy, and the Secretary regarding climate change and related policy issues affecting the transportation sector.

Analyzes and determines the application of appropriate domestic and international infrastructure legislation, regulations, policies, procedures, proposals, and technology in the transportation sector. Provides direction and/or advice to the Director on key decision points and helps to ensure that policy decisions, strategic plans and reports are accurate, timely, and adequately documented.

Possess mastery of the environmental protection field sufficient to serve as a subject matter expert.

Maintain comprehensive knowledge of environmental program requirements, federal policies, and procedures.

Exhibit expert skill in providing support of environmental programs to ensure compliance on a range of subject matter areas, to include air, water, and land pollution; noise pollution; hazardous waste management and disposal; environmental cleanup; National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documentation; environmental management research and development; Environmental Quality Awards; and environmental training.

Possess expert knowledge of a wide range of qualitative and quantitative methods to assess and improve the environmental program.

Demonstrate expert skill in designing and conducting strategic program studies, which may be characterized by very broad or changing parameters to function as technical authority for these programs.

Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, to convey complex information to a broad audience, including top-level agency officials.

Addresses customer concerns promptly and professionally.

Maintains a solid customer relationship, and assures customer satisfaction with the successful execution of the project(s). Interfaces with internal project teams, management, customers and suppliers. Maintains timely communications, and develops collaborative rapports with solutions-oriented approaches.

Implements industry best practices, project management tools and methodologies.

Responsible for aiding in own self-development by being available and receptive to all training made available by the company.

Plans daily activities within the guidelines of company policy, job description and supervisor's instruction in such a way as to maximize personal output.

Responsible for keeping own immediate work area in a neat and orderly condition to ensure safety of self and coworkers. Will report any unsafe conditions and/or practices to the appropriate supervisor and human resources. Will immediately correct any unsafe conditions to the best of own ability.

Promotes and encourages a culture of compliance with all applicable rules (federal, state, local, Federal Acquisition Regulations, Code of Federal Regulations, Prime Contract requirements, etc.) both for themselves, their employees, and the company as a whole. Fosters an environment in which they and their employees will report any violations or reasonably suspected violation of CNI policy, FAR, and/or CFR and are comfortable discussing the myriad compliance, conflict, FAR, CFR, etc. issues that arise during the performance of a government contract.


Bachelors of Science degree, and five (5) years applying progressively responsible and in-depth principles, concepts, and practices related to environmental impact on program activities; or equivalent combination education/experience.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to perform successfully the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this job. Work is primarily performed in an office environment. Regularly required to sit. Regularly required use hands to finger, handle, or feel, reach with hands and arms to handle objects and operate tools, computer and/or controls. Required to speak and hear. Occasionally required to stand, walk and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. Must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. Exposed to general office noise with computers printers and light traffic.

Responsible for the integration of CNI Core Competencies into daily functions, including: commitment to integrity, knowledge / quality of work, supporting financial goals of the company, initiative / motivation, cooperation / relationships, problem analysis / discretion, accomplishing goals through organization, positive oral / written communication skills, leadership abilities, commitment to Affirmative Action, reliability / dependability, flexibility and ownership / accountability of actions taken.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, age, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, or other legally protected status.


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