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DCC Floodplain Specialist

Office of Environmental Planning and Historic Preservation
Various locations
Salary Range
$ 64,649-$ 84,049
Open 02/16/2021 to 12/16/2021
Job Description

When disaster strikes, America looks to FEMA. Now FEMA looks to you. Join our team and use your talent to support Americans in their times of greatest need. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) prepares the nation for all hazards and manages Federal response and recovery efforts following any national incident. We foster innovation, reward performance and creativity, and provide challenges on a routine basis with a well-skilled, knowledgeable, high performance workforce.

This position is being announced under FEMA's Cadre of On-call Response/Recovery Employee (CORE) Program. This is a temporary appointment in the Excepted Service, not to exceed 2 years, with the option to extend based on workload and funding availability. Veterans Preference does not apply to the CORE selection process.

The Environmental Planning and Historic Preservation Cadre (EHP) announces the hiring of EHP Environmental Floodplain Specialist (EFSP) position under FEMA's Core Program.


Key Requirements:
  • This position requires a Public Trust background investigation.
  • You must be a U.S. citizen or National to be considered for this position.
  • This position is 100% travel, and you will be required to travel up to, but not limited to 320+ days a year. When not deployed, your duty station will be your residence of record (ROR).
  • You must have completed a BA or Master’s degree program in related subject.
  • You must be able to obtain and maintain a Government credit card.
Special Physical Requirements:
  • Work is performed at a desk, walking, standing, bending, carrying light to medium objects, and in austere conditions.
  • You must be able to walk, stand, and sit, for extended periods.
  • You must be able to work in austere conditions and in undesirable locations.
  • Work may take place in undesirable conditions that include exposure to excessive heat, unhealthy environments, and extended hours.
  • You must be able to stay in temporary housing when deployed if necessary.
  • Housing accommodations may be limited and require stays in temporary structures without electricity.


  • Reviews and implements Executive Orders 11988: Floodplains and 11990: Wetlands, environmental and historic preservation laws, other executive orders, regulations, standards, policies, guidelines for FEMA funded activities, and the 8-step review process.
  • Determines the applicable level of National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) review and prepares related documents.
  • Serves as a technical specialist on floodplains and wetlands, providing advice and assistance to FEMA program staff, state emergency management staff, Tribal, state, local governments, and eligible private non-profit entities for development, execution, and monitoring of environmental and historic preservation requirements.
  • Performs or oversees program administration work, such as technical project monitoring and evaluations, to meet environmental and historic preservation responsibilities.
  • Analyzes a wide range of environmental and floodplain, scientific, technical, management, engineering, socio-economic, and legal issues.

Your resume must show that you meet requirements for this position. You may be found "not qualified" if you do not possess minimum competencies required for the position. To accurately credit your experience, please make sure to list the dates (from MM/DD/YY to MM/DD/YY), along with the job title, the number of hours worked per week if part time or intermittent, and specific duties you were responsible for during each deployment and/or employment.

To qualify for this position at the IC-11 level (starting at $64,649 per year), your resume must demonstrate at least one full year of specialized experience equivalent to the next IC-09 level in federal service. This experience may have been gained in the federal government, a state or local government, a non-profit organization, the private sector, or as a volunteer; however, your resume must clearly describe at least one year of the following specialized experience:

  1. Reviewing projects or programs to ensure compliance with environmental laws (i.e., the Endangered Species Act, National Historic Preservation Act, Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, Coastal Barrier Resources Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act and Executive Orders 11990 (Wetlands), 12898 (Environmental Justice), especially 11988 (Floodplains)/ 44 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 9 – Floodplain Management.
  2. Developing environmental documentation, reports, or plans,
  3. Reviewing and making technical comments on environmental documentation prepared by stakeholders
  4. Conveying floodplain management information, advice, and opinions to stakeholders and providing advice or guidance
  5. Collecting data (e.g., Flood Insurance Rate Maps, high-water mark determinations, and remote sensing documentation) to complete the eight-step process.
  6. Synthesizes information using EHP-related computer applications (e.g., ArcGIS, Google Earth, etc.)
Preferred Skills

Certified Floodplain Manager


Medical, Dental, Vision, Thrift Savings Plan (TSP), Retirement, and Life Insurance


All candidates must be able to deploy with little or no notice to anywhere in the United States and its territories for an extended period of time. Deployments may include working more than eight hours a day, or more than 40 hours in a given week, including weekends and holidays, and under stressful, physically demanding, and austere conditions. When activated and deployed, you serve in a federal travel status and are entitled to lodging, transportation and per diem reimbursements for authorized expenses in accordance with federal travel regulations.

  • All candidates MUST be willing to travel up to, but not limited to 320 plus days a year during the term of this appointment unless leave is authorized.
  • To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, FEMA requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully pass a background investigation for Public Trust as a condition of placement into this position. This may include a review of financial issues, such as delinquency, child support and/or tax obligations, as well as certain criminal offenses and illegal use or possession of drugs.
  • All candidates will be considered without regard to any non-merit reasons such as race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, lawful political affiliation, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, protected genetic information, parental status, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factors.
Application Deadline: 12/16/2021 5:00 PM
How to Apply: Click Here to Apply