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Bonneville Power Administration

Supervisory Environmental Protection Specialist, GS-0028-14

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Portland, Oregon
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US Citizens
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Permanent - No time limit
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Full Time

Agency Marketing Statement:

  • BPA has been powering people and careers for 75 years. We provide clean, emissions free electricity to the Pacific Northwest and maintain a high voltage transmission system to deliver that electricity. We are a leader in sustainability and environmental stewardship, promoting energy efficiency, renewable wind and hydropower, the smart grid, fish and wildlife protection and initiatives to address climate change. We are a visionary and innovative agency that values diversity and creativity and encourages continuous learning. We are located throughout the Pacific Northwest with opportunities in cities, smaller communities and in the field.

    BPA is a not-for-profit federal electric utility. Our high-voltage transmission grid comprises more than 15,000 miles of lines and associated substations in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana. BPA markets more than a third of the electricity consumed in the Pacific Northwest. The power is produced at 31 federal dams operated by the Army Corps of Engineers and Bureau of Reclamation and one nuclear plant in the Northwest and is sold to more than 140 Northwest utilities. BPA purchases power from seven wind projects and has more than 4,700 megawatts of wind interconnected to its transmission system.

    About the Environmental Planning and Analysis organization-Power/Policy Group. (Org Code: KEC)


  • Functional Statement:
    Environmental Planning and Analysis provides guidance and direction on the integration of environmental issues into BPA's business decision making. This function provides analysis and documentation of environmental compliance under a number of federal statutes, including the Endangered Species Act and the Clean Water Act; strategic planning on environmental issues; National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) decision integration; cultural resource review and management under the National Historic Preservation Act; collaboration and coordination on environmental issues with federal, state, tribal, and other partners and regulatory agencies; and other environmental client services for all parts of the agency in a cost effective manner.

    1. Environmental Planning Analysis is responsible for ensuring statutory/regulatory environmental compliance requirements are accomplished through appropriate biological, physical, and cultural investigations and social and economic analyses of all BPA decisions and undertakings, including projects and programs within the transmission, power, and fish and wildlife functions of BPA, as well as agency-wide policy and programmatic direction. This function involves coordination of environmental analysis, and building and sustaining collaborative and productive relationships with local, state, and federal agencies; tribes; nongovernmental entities; and the general public. This function documents environmental compliance through the preparation, publication, and distribution of appropriate NEPA analysis documents (Environmental Impact Statements (EISs), Environmental Assessments (EAs), etc.) and associated decision documents (Records of Decision (RODs), Findings of No Significant Impact (FONSIs), etc.), required consultations under federal laws such as the Endangered Species Act, the Clean Water Act, and the National Historic Preservation Act, and other compliance requirements. This function recommends appropriate mitigation; and coordinates with other groups to attain necessary permits and help guide implementation, effectiveness, and validation monitoring for environmentally sensitive efforts.

    2. Environmental Planning and Analysis provides guidance for meeting BPA's environmental obligations. The organization monitors emerging environmental issues and technologies that may potentially affect BPA business, set precedence, involve unique or unusual circumstances, or otherwise has regional or national significance, and coordinates BPA's position and direction in coordination with the Department of Energy (DOE), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ). In concert with other groups inside and outside BPA, this organization manages environmental policy development and develops strategies and guidance to help achieve BPA's goal of environmental stewardship.

    3. Environmental Planning and Analysis also manages BPA's cultural resources review and compliance, including developing policy, procedures, and guidance for agency compliance with Section 106 of the NHPA and other relevant statutes and guidelines.

    4. The Power and Policy group of the Environmental Planning and Analysis function is responsible for advising the Power Services organization of BPA on environmental analysis and compliance matters and undertaking environmental review and documentation for that organization; this group is also responsible for advising on BPA policy or other programmatic level strategies for environmental analysis and review.

    Applicants are responsible for reviewing the OTHER SIGNIFICANT FACTS section of the vacancy announcement. This section can be viewed by navigating to the Public Notice Vacancy Announcement link after you have logged in to the system.

    All United States citizens are eligible to apply. Candidates will be considered under a variety of appointing authorities including Delegated Examining, Merit Promotion, VRA, and VEOA (if applicable).



  • Accomplishes work related to the conceptualization, design, documentation, and management of environmental analysis and review pursuant to (NEPA) and other federal statutes, of BPA programs or projects, with a focus on projects and programs of BPA's Power Services organization, and broader program-wide or policy strategies of BPA.

    Provides advice and assistance to BPA organizations on matters relative to the development, execution, and monitoring of environmental protection policies, plans, and programs.
  • Supervises a group of employees performing work across a range of levels, from GS-9 to GS-14.

    Provides administrative and technical supervision necessary for accomplishing the work of the unit.

    Performs the administrative and human resource management functions relative to the staff supervised.

    Plans, schedules, and assigns work to subordinates. Establishes guidelines and performance expectations for staff members; provides feedback and periodically evaluates employee performance.
  • Provides advice, counsel, and/or instruction to staff members. Recommends or approves appointments, selections, or reassignments to positions appropriate to the selection authority delegated. Effects disciplinary measures as appropriate to the authority delegated in this area. Carries out Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) policies and program activities.

Contact Information:

Human Resources NHQ-1
503-230-3230 or 877-975-4275

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