Communications Specialist/Environmental Protection Specialist (GS 7-9)

US Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA)

About the organization

SPPD is one of the five Divisions within EPA’s Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (OAQPS). We are the Center of Excellence on stationary source air pollution, recognized for the leadership and expertise of its people. SPPD’s mission is to protect human health and the environment by providing clean air regulations that reduce emissions and health impacts from cancer-causing air pollutants from stationary sources such as power plants, paper mills, and lead smelting operations.

Collaborating across the Agency, SPPD leads the development of emissions control strategies that rely on a combination of market-driven technology and practices, alternative compliance options, and incentives to achieve public health and environmental goals. Working with state, tribal, and local regulators, industry, small businesses, communities, and other stakeholders, SPPD staff develop nationwide regulatory standards and policy guidance that protects human health and the environment.


We are seeking a motivated individual to join the Sector Policies and Programs Division (SPPD) communications team located in the Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards (OAQPS) within the Office of Air and Radiation (OAR). The SPPD communications staff leads communication planning for the SPPD immediate office, six SPPD industrial sector groups, and two cross-cutting groups. SPPD is responsible for protecting public health and the environment by leading the development of comprehensive and cost-effective emission reduction strategies and regulations governing air emissions from stationary sources, including technology and health-based standards and voluntary or non-regulatory initiatives.
This position provides a unique opportunity to work across SPPD, with the OAQPS Policy Analysis and Communications Staff (PACS), and other organizations, both internal and external to OAQPS, on a wide range of environmental issues. The SPPD communications team works in a fast-paced environment—the ability to prioritize tasks and work products will be key to success.

Job duties would include but are not limited to the following:
- Developing and editing internal and external communications materials, factsheets and Web content;
- Working closely with all levels of management to develop briefing materials;
- Facilitating logistics for public hearings;
- Creating talking points for all levels of management;
- Coordinating media inquiry responses; and
- Other tasks as necessary.


Skill in written communications. Ability to prepare reports, memorandums, briefings, letters, factsheets and other communications materials.
Skill in oral communications. Expert skill in active listening, requesting clarification and ask questions, and presenting information in a clear and concise manner.

To qualify for the GS-07 level, you need to have at least one year of full-time experience equivalent to the GS-05 level;
- OR 1 full year of graduate level education or superior academic achievement (Superior Academic Achievement Definition) degree in an academic discipline related to this position
- OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.

To qualify for the GS-09 level, you need to have at least one year of full-time experience equivalent to the GS-07 level;
- OR master's or equivalent graduate degree; or 2 full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree; or LL.B. or J.D., if related; degree in an academic discipline related to this position
- OR an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Application instructions

Contact email: [email protected]

Resume: clearly state your experience related to this position as described in the Duties Section and Qualifications Required Section. In describing your experience, you need to be clear and specific. We will not make assumptions regarding your experience. Please include three professional references on your resume.

College transcripts: if qualifying for this position based on education or a combination of experience and education, you are required to submit either unofficial transcripts or a list of courses that includes school(s) attended, school address, course title, grades earned, completion dates, department, and quarter or semester hours earned.

Description/Certification of Service (DOS): Documentation of your training start date; sworn in date; service end date; and a Director signature.

Note this position is eligible for telework as determined by Agency policy (it is not a remote position).

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