Now Hiring: Environmental Protection Specialist

Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) – Pennsylvania Division Office

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Pennsylvania (PA) Division has an exciting career opportunity!  We are hiring an Environmental Protection Specialist GS-0028-11/12 to be located in our Division Office in Harrisburg, PA.


The PA Division Office is a dynamic work environment with a supportive and high-achieving multidisciplinary team. We have many innovative and challenging opportunities to showcase your talents and gain valuable work experiences that will position you well for future career advancement. We have excellent working relationships with key transportation stakeholders and industry members. Harrisburg is a great place to live with reasonable cost of living and key amenities (great schools, medical facilities and numerous recreational/historical/cultural activities). Harrisburg is conveniently located within a 2 hour drive of Philadelphia, Washington DC, Baltimore, MD, and Wilmington DE.


The FHWA develops and supports a workforce that reflects the diversity of our country. We strive to be a model of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility by removing barriers to equitable opportunity. To learn more, visit https://highways.dot.gov/about/about-fhwa.



As an Environmental Protection Specialist, you will:

  • Serve as a technical advisor on FHWA policy, laws, regulations, Executive Orders, and directives related to NEPA and FHWA's project development process.
  • Advise stakeholders and partner agencies on integrating the environmental and transportation planning processes and on other approaches to improve the linkages between planning and human and natural environmental issues.
  • Conduct field reviews to resolve complex environmental issues/problems and provides technical assistance to the Division Office's transportation customers regarding the environmental process for FHWA transportation projects.
  • Conduct program and process reviews of Federal-aid projects, including field reviews, to ensure that Federal requirements and environmental commitments are achieved.
  • Provide guidance and technical assistance to FHWA stakeholders on information that should be considered when analyzing natural, cultural, economic, and land use impacts of transportation projects.
  • Provide technical assistance on public involvement in the transportation decision-making process.


The ideal candidate for this position is a highly motivated person looking to expand their knowledge and experience in transportation project development, environmental program review and oversight, and stakeholder engagement. This candidate should have experience and/or higher education in the application of environmental standards, methods, and practices, as well as the preparation and review of environmental documents.


Position is eligible for Telework and occasional travel is required. Relocation expenses will be reimbursed. 


How to apply

We will be accepting applications through Friday April 28, 2023 from All U.S. Citizens under Direct Hire Authority per the notice at https://www.usajobs.gov/job/707387600.


You can apply by emailing the following required documents to [email protected]:


  • RESUME that fully supports the required specialized experience in mm/dd/yyyy format and acknowledges work schedule (full-time, part-time, seasonal, etc.).  Please read through the attached qualification requirements document to ensure your resume meets the experience requirements.
  • TRANSCRIPTS that need not be official at the time of application, but must show that you meet the stated education requirements, including specific major or class requirements (if applying using education to meet the qualifications).


Please note that your knowledge, skills, and abilities, along with your qualifications will be evaluated based upon the information you provide in your application.  Your resume should be more than a listing of your position description and responsibilities.  While it is important that you identify your major responsibilities, it is essential that you highlight your accomplishments and their impact.  A good rule of thumb is to use the “problem-action-results” format.  In addition, you should consider identifying your involvement in corporate activities, major presentations, leadership training, and personal and professional development.


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