National Park Service Environmental Protection Specialist in Harrison, Arkansas

National Park Service
1 vacancy in the following location:
  • Harrison, AR
Work Schedule is Full Time - Term NTE 2 years

Opened Tuesday 10/18/2016 (3 day(s) ago)

** Closes Friday 11/4/2016 (14 day(s) away)

Job Overview

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WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: Open to all qualified United States Citizens


Full-timeTerm position not to exceed 2 years. This position can be extended up to 4 years depending on completion of the project and/or performance.

Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid.

All travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the sole responsibility of the selected employee.


This position is located in Buffalo National River, Harrison, Arkansas. The primary purpose of the position is to serve as the park's principal environmental compliance coordinator.

The incumbent in this position manages all aspects of compliance processes and environmental documentation for Buffalo National River, with the assistance of the park's NPHA specialists, including overseeing the preparation, internal review, and the public involvement and review process for all environmental compliance documents; reviews non-NPS environmental documents submitted for park review; collects environmental data, prepares environmental reports, evaluates proposals, and prepares environmental compliance documentation such as environmental assessments or environmental impact statements and, ensures documents are technically adequate and conform to NEPA, NHPA, and other laws as applicable; coordinates with DOI, Office of Environmental Policy and Compliance (OPEC); EPA, and other state and federal resource and regulatory agencies; and coordinates with subject matter experts in obtaining technical and policy analysis of complex proposals potentially affecting parks and other areas of NPS jurisdiction.

Area Information:

Established in 1972 as the country's first national river, Buffalo National River protects 135 miles of river from near its origin in the Boston Mountains to the confluence with the White River in Northwest Arkansas. Nearly 100,000 acres in size, roughly one third of the park's land base is designated wilderness. Heavily wooded and extremely rugged terrains are found throughout the park along with numerous hidden caves and waterfalls. There are over 100 miles of maintained trails for hiking and horseback use. There are two developed campgrounds and eight primitive campgrounds throughout the entire park. Of the two developed campgrounds, only one offers amenities such as water and electricity hook ups for visitors. There is one visitor center in each of the three districts, two of which are staffed and open to the public year round. Harrison has a population of approximately 14,000 people. Harrison offers K-12 schools, a community college, restaurants, shopping, groceries, a movie theatre, a performing arts theatre, a hospital, and specialized clinics. Rental properties are available, as well as homes to purchase within Harrison and Boone County. Harrison Chamber of Commerce website:

Travel Required
  • Not Required
Relocation Authorized
  • No
Job Requirements
Key Requirements
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to be eligible for the position.
  • You may be required to serve a probationary period

*All qualifications must be met by the closing date of this announcement, Friday, November 04, 2016. Qualifying experience may be obtained in the private or public sectors. *

For the GS-11*: Applicants must have one year of full-time specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level GS-09*in the Federal Government Service OR Ph.D or equivalent doctoral degree OR 3 full years of progressively higher graduate level education leading to such a degree.**

Specialized experience is that experience which provides the applicant with the knowledge, skills, and ability to perform successfully the duties of the position. Examples of specialized experience include: reviewing and analyzing publications, technical materials and proposed regulations to identify issues which might have a significant environmental impact on an organization; serving as a lead or member of an interdisciplinary team, collecting environmental data and preparing reports or documentation for environmental compliance such as environmental assessments or environmental impact statements; advising on or participating in CERCLA (Comprehensive Environmental Response Compensation and Liability Act), NRDA (Natural Resource Damage Assessment) and CWA (Clean Water Act) projects; preparing and presenting professional oral and written briefings, recommendations and submitting comments on controversial environmental issues; collecting and organizing environmental or resource information using computerized GIS (Geographical Information Systems) and databases for use in planning or resource impact assessment; attending and participating in environmental or resource meetings, workshops, investigations or hearings; planning and implementing an environmental or resource monitoring program such as water quality; or determining and preparing necessary environmental analysis.

Transcripts-To qualify using education, you must submit a legible copy of transcripts from an accredited institution which must include your name, school name, credit hours, major(s), and grade-point average or class ranking. (NOTE: Transcripts lacking the required information will not be considered.) Applicants can verify accreditation HERE

If you are selected for this position and you used education to qualify, you will be asked to provide official transcripts before you enter on duty.

You can receive credit for education received outside the United States if you provide evidence that it is comparable to an accredited education institution in the United States when you apply. For further information click HERE.

Requirements: •Applicants must possess a valid state driver's license. This position requires that you operate a government (or private) motor vehicle as part of your official duties. •Males born after December 31, 1959 must complete Pre-Appointment Certification Statement for Selective Service Registration •New employees of the Department of the Interior must identify a financial institution for direct deposit of net pay. •Favorable adjudicated background investigation and credit report •Wear a NPS uniform and comply with NPS uniform standards •Government housing not available

Security Clearance

Public Trust - Background Investigation

Additional Information
What To Expect Next

Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your rating and or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted.



Other Information

REMOVE this if it does not apply Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid. Any travel, transportation and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the responsibility of the selected employee.

Salary Range: $59,246.00 to $77,019.00 / Per Year

Series & Grade: GS-0028-11/11

Promotion Potential: 11

Supervisory Status: No

Who May Apply: United States Citizens

Control Number: 453524500

Job Announcement Number: MWC-OC-16-033C