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NEPA Specialist (Silver Spring, MD)

compensation: Commensurate with experience.
employment type: full-time

Ocean Associates, Inc.
National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) Program Management Support

Ocean Associates, Inc. (OAI) is seeking two individuals to provide support to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), Office of Aquaculture. OAI supplies personnel support services on contract to government and industry clients for marine fisheries and protected species.


The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires federal agencies to incorporate into their decision-making processes and to carefully consider the impacts of their proposed actions on the environment. These agencies must also make their NEPA documents available to other federal agencies and to the public for review and comment. This is to ensure that the public has a role in the decision-making process and in implementing the decision.
The NMFS Office of Aquaculture (OAQ) requires contractor support to draft NEPA documents in support or NOAA’s aquaculture development mission. In particular, NEPA support is required to draft documents to support efforts to establish Aquaculture Opportunity Areas as required by Executive Order on Promoting American Seafood Competitiveness and Economic Growth.

Key tasks include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Develop NEPA documents and sections thereof to support marine aquaculture development, including establishing and implementing Aquaculture Opportunity Areas.
  • Review and provide expert advice and comments on draft NEPA documents written by others.
  • Coordinate with the Regional NEPA Coordinator and NOAA General Counsel on NEPA issues and document reviews. When providing comments on NEPA documents, the contractor shall follow the direction of the Regional NEPA Coordinator.
  • Advise and guide staff in NEPA document development for approval by management prior to implementation
  • Provide input to project teams on internal and external scoping, establishing parameters for baseline conditions, developing the purpose and need statement, adequate details for the alternatives descriptions, analysis tone and content, comparisons of effects to analyses under the No-action alternative, and addressing public comments.
  • Conduct internal scoping to assist in determining the appropriate level of NEPA analysis.
  • Provide advice and recommendations to OAQ leadership on NEPA matters, including final reviews of NEPA documents and recommendations for approval.
  • Attend, participate and provide updates for NEPA project meetings and NEPA Coordinator meetings.
  • Update monthly on progress, issues encountered, travel and recommendations.
Other duties
  • Draft NEPA documents, and sections thereof, in compliance with NEPA, NOAA NEPA Implementing Procedures (NAO 216-6A and its companion manual), Endangered Species Act, and/or Marine Mammal Protection Act. Project lead and NEPA Coordinator must review draft documents prior to finalization.
  • Provide draft and final NEPA documents to OAQ leadership
  • Provide written comments on draft NEPA documents to ensure they meet the requirements of NEPA, NOAA NEPA Implementing Procedures (NAO 216-6A and its companion manual).
  • Provide written input to Regional and Headquarters NEPA Coordinators on draft NEPA procedural documents.
  • Provide written updates on outcomes of NOAA, NMFS and Regional NEPA related meetings to Headquarters NEPA Coordinator within 1 week of meeting.
  • Provide written comments on draft letters to ensure compliance with NEPA and NOAA NEPA Implementing Procedures (NAO 216-6A and its companion manual). Due within 2 weeks of receiving draft letter.
  • Provide monthly progress reports to include, but not necessarily limiting to, the following: accomplishments, issues encountered, travel (including purpose, significant outcomes, actions items), recommendations, if applicable
Travel is anticipated.

Start Date: ASAP
Location: Work may be performed primarily offsite. (required to travel (to 2-4 days per month to the NMFS Headquarters, Office of Aquaculture, 1315 East-West Highway. 12th Floor, Silver Spring, MD 20910.
NOTE:Travel expenses to Silver Spring MD will not be reimbursed. Travel outside of Silver Spring may be required, which will be reimbursed.

Salary and Benefits: This is a full-time position with benefits. Salary commensurate with experience.

Minimum Required Knowledge and Experience
  • Minimum seven (7) years of experience preparing NEPA documents and ensuring NEPA compliance; advanced degrees or credentials
  • Knowledge of National Environmental Policy Act and Council on Environmental Quality regulations for implementing NEPA
  • Knowledge of one or more of the following statutes: Endangered Species Act, and Marine Mammal Protection Act
  • Experience preparing and/or reviewing categorical exclusions, environmental assessments, finding of no significant impacts, environmental impact statements (EISs), and/or record of decisions for actions taken under one or more of the following statutes: Endangered Species Act, and/ or Marine Mammal Protection Act to ensure compliance with NEPA
  • Experience providing advice on compliance with NEPA for actions taken under one or more of the following statutes: Endangered Species Act, or Marine Mammal Protection Act
  • Experience determining the level of NEPA analysis required for actions taken under one or more of the following statures: Endangered Species Act, or Marine Mammal Protection Act
  • Experience developing NEPA policies, templates, or guidance documents

If you are interested in being considered for this position, APPLY HERE, THROUGH OUR ADP WEB PORTAL.

Only qualified applicants that meet minimum experience or background requirements stated above need apply. When applying for this position you will be asked to upload your resume at the end of this online application.

Applicants should submit a resume that includes the following:
  • Cover letter that briefly describes how you meet the required and preferred qualifications listed.
  • Work history for past 10 years or since last full-time education.
  • Education.
  • Previous experience or training with similar requirements.
  • Three professional references.
  • Include your name in the document file name.
  • Upload your resume in readable, not scanned, PDF or Word format (PDF is preferred).
In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States, complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire, and successfully complete a federal government background check. Ocean Associates Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of any status or condition protected by applicable federal or state law.
OAI is a government contractor and is required by law to invite applicants to self-identify their race, gender, national origin, disability status and veteran status. OAI is required to use the information it collects as part of its future affirmative action efforts in hiring. The information is collected anonymously by computer and is not connected to your application. You will see a place to check certain boxes in OAI's online application. Even though the information is anonymous, self-identification is voluntary. You can always check the box that says you decline to self-identify.

Note: If you are not selected, your materials may be retained for present or future opportunities. We may use your resume in bidding on a project and if we are awarded the work we will contact you before seeking further applicants. If you do not wish us to retain or use your resume to seek work for you, please let us know in the "Notes" section on the second page of the online application.
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