A position as Environmental Management and Encroachment Advisor (Research Associate II, Special) is available with the Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands (CEMML). This position will support the Training Support Systems Division, Headquarters, Department of the Army (HQDA G-37/TRS) in Washington, D.C. working off-site from a home office location.
CEMML is a research, education and service unit within the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University (CSU). CEMML applies the latest and most appropriate science to promote the sustainable management of natural and cultural resources on Department of Defense (DoD) and other public lands. We provide technical support, conduct applied research, and offer career development and learning opportunities to support resource stewardship. We collaborate with our sponsors and within CSU to resolve complex environmental issues, leaving a legacy of science-based decisions that sustain our resources for future generations.
To learn more about CEMML’s contributions to land management, our mission, vision, and values, visit http://www.cemml.colostate.edu/.
The successful candidate will provide technical guidance for the Army’s Sustainable Range Program (SRP) to assist with developing integrated responses to Army environmental and training requirements. Primary responsibilities include:
• Review and analysis of environmental program policy for DoD, the Services, and other federal agencies to assess impacts on Army training activities.
• Analysis of Army environmental management practices, real estate actions, and military construction (MILCON) projects for training impacts.
• Coordination of feedback on programs and policies impacting the management of Army training lands.
Support will require that the employee commit to becoming familiar with Army training requirements, Army and DoD climate change activities, potential impacts of energy development initiatives, the basics of realty governance in DoD, and the various encroachment challenges encountered on Army installations. Incumbents will also provide support for the Sustainable Range Awareness (SRA) component of the Integrated Training Area Management program and SRP Outreach. The overarching Army management objective is the integration of the training and environmental program requirements for operational ranges and training lands in a manner that ensures fulfillment of Army mission requirements.
Specific responsibilities will include but are not limited to:
• Review, analysis, and input on Installation, Command, and Programmatic National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documentation for Army range and training land-focused MILCON and Operations and Maintenance (O&M) projects in order to support training or address potential training impacts. Communicate potential impacts and recommendations to G-37/TRS SRP staff.
• Review, analysis, and input on NEPA documentation for construction and energy development projects not associated with training infrastructure but occurring on or in proximity to Army installations in order to assess potential training impacts. Communicate potential impacts and recommendations to G-37/TRS SRP staff.
• Review and analysis of vendor energy development proposals originating in the OSD Energy Siting Clearinghouse to determine potential impacts on Army training activities. Coordinate with Command and Installation training staff to ensure all potential impacts have been identified, and provide impact assessments and recommendations to G-37/TRS SRP staff.
• Review and analysis of Army Compatible Use Buffer (ACUB) program proposals for feasibility and training value. In coordination with the Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management (OACSIM), prioritize installation ACUB proposals based on positive impacts on Army training capability, and route proposals through G-37/TRS for appropriate approvals.
• Participate in the Climate Change Working Groups of the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) and the Assistant Secretary of the Army – Installations, Environment, and Energy (ASA-IE&E), analyze impacts of policy proposals, and coordinate G-37/TRS response to policy and program proposals originating in these working groups.
• Participate in the Operational Noise Management Working Groups of the Army and the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD), analyze impacts of policy proposals, and coordinate G-37/TRS response to policy and program proposals originating in these working groups.
• Participate in the OSD and OACSIM Operational Range Assessment Programs (ORAP) and Working Groups, analyze impacts of policy proposals, and coordinate G-37/TRS response to policy and program proposals originating in these working groups.
• Function as G-37/TRS lead for development of the Army section of the DOD Sustainable Range Report to Congress (“366 Report”). Capture current Army training strategies, installation encroachment assessments, and current Army actions pertinent to sustaining of Army training capability.
• Based on encroachment challenges identified in the Army portions of the DoD Sustainable Ranges Report, coordinate the development of metrics for the Installation Status Report – Natural Infrastructure (ISR-NI) and adjudicate the comments provided towards development of the final metrics.
• Participate in the periodic meetings of the Southeast Regional Partnership for Planning and Sustainability (SERPAS), communicate Army training issues, and identify potential issues or actions that may require a G-37/TRS response.
• Participate in the periodic meetings of the OSD Sustainable Ranges Working Integrated Process Team (WIPT), communicate encroachment impacts on Army Training Ranges.
• Develop the SRP newsletter and articles for other Army and OSD newsletters to provide information to installation-level staff on potential impacts of energy development initiatives on Army training activities.
U.S. citizenship is required for this position, and candidates must be able to meet eligibility requirements for a DoD Common Access Card (CAC). Candidates must hold a minimum of a B.S. degree in a field related to environmental policy or management. This position also requires a minimum of two years of professional work experience with the management of environmental or military training-related issues on DoD installations, and demonstrated knowledge of federal and state environmental laws and regulations. Candidates must also possess excellent written and verbal communication skills, strong organizational skills, and the ability to effectively manage diverse and concurrent responsibilities. Proficiency with Microsoft Windows and Office software is also required.
Competitive candidates will have experience with review of NEPA and other environmental program documentation, and experience supporting military training activities at the Installation, Command, or Headquarters level. Possession of a current CAC is a plus.
Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications, with upper limits to approximate the equivalent of the federal GS-11 Step 5 salary for the locality in which the candidate will reside. Continuation of the position is dependent on the continued receipt of funding from the sponsor for technical support to the Army Sustainable Ranges program.
Colorado State University offers a generous benefits package including 24 days of paid vacation leave, tuition credits, excellent health insurance (including vision and dental), and retirement plans with 10% matching. For more information on Administrative Professional benefits, visit http://www.hrs.colostate.edu/benefits/.
Colorado State University is committed to providing a safe and productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we conduct background investigations for all final candidates being considered for employment. Background checks may include, but are not limited to, criminal history, national sex offender search and motor vehicle history.
Prospective candidates should apply online at https://warnercnr.colostate.edu/jobs/. Apply no later than November 2, 2014 for full consideration. Upload each of the items below individually as a Word Document (.doc), PDF (.pdf), or Rich Text Format (.rtf). Please note that incomplete applications cannot be considered. Please remove social security numbers and birthdates from application materials. A complete application consists of:
1) Statement of Qualifications (one page letter addressing each qualification described in announcement)
3) Transcripts (for each degree earned that is listed under qualifications)
4) Degree Conferral (copy of diploma if transcripts do not include confirmation that degree was awarded)
5) References (contact information for professional references, including at least one supervisor)
Colorado State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce, and complies with all federal and Colorado state laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.
Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Department's commitment to diversity and inclusion.
See a complete listing of open CEMML positions at http://www.cemml.colostate.edu.
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