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Program Support Specialist Environmental Project Planning

Fairhope AL

Requisition ID: 1285


Ocean Associates, Inc. / OAI Consulting (OAI) is seeking a Program Support Specialist with experience planning environmental restoration projects. The Program Support Specialist will support a Federal Agency’s Deepwater Horizon Gulf Restoration Office in all activities associated with restoration planning funded through the RESTORE Act, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund and National Resource Damage Assessment programs. This is a full time position.

Candidate must be able to start work in Fairhope, AL by the end of October 2019. Relocation costs will not be reimbursed.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Collect and analyze data to determine environmental conditions and restoration needs.

Create habitat management or restoration plans.

Oversee intrusion prevention, detection, continuous diagnostics and mitigation.

Provide consultation to Federal staff and partners within own specialty discipline.

Review existing environmental project designs.

Identify short- and long-term impacts of environmental restoration activities.

Conduct feasibility and cost-benefit studies for environmental restoration projects.

Notify regulatory or permitting agencies of deviations from implemented restoration plans.

Develop environmental restoration project schedules and budgets.

Prepare permit applications required for the implementation of environmental restoration projects.

Develop and communicate recommendations to maintain or restore environmental conditions.

Create diagrams to communicate environmental remediation planning using geographic information systems (GIS), computer-aided design (CAD), or other mapping or diagramming software.

Provide technical guidance, training, or assistance to personnel working in the field to restore habitats.

Provide technical direction on environmental planning to energy engineers, biologists, geologists or other professionals working to develop restoration plans or strategies.

Plan environmental studies to achieve compliance with environmental regulations in construction, modification, operation, acquisition, or divestiture of facilities such as power plants.

Inspect active restoration sites to ensure compliance with environmental or safety policies, standards or regulations.

Plan environmental restoration projects, using biological databases, environmental strategies, and planning software.

Identify environmental mitigation alternatives, ensuring compliance with applicable standards, laws, or regulations.

Create environmental models or simulations, using geographic information system (GIS) data and knowledge of particular ecosystems or ecological regions.

Conduct environmental impact studies to examine the ecological effects of pollutants, disease, human activities, nature and climate change.

Communicate findings of environmental studies or proposals for environmental remediation to other restoration professionals.

Develop natural resource management plans, using knowledge of environmental planning or state and federal environmental regulatory requirements.

Conduct site assessments to certify a habitat or to ascertain environmental damage or restoration needs.

Prepare contract deliverable reports.

Respond to data calls and provide input to requests for information and requests for proposals as directed.


Minimum Qualifications:

M.S. Degree in Engineering, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Oceanography or related field plus a minimum of five (5) years’ of experience directly related to this job description or B.S./B.A. Degree in Engineering, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Oceanography or related field plus a minimum of eight (8) years’ of experience directly related to this job description.

Experience planning environmental restoration projects along the U.S. Gulf Coast.

Demonstrated knowledge of the Oil Pollution Act (OPA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA), RESTORE Act, and National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund (NFWF GEBF).

Experience with ArcGis/spatial data applications.

Capable of passing a Federal Government background check.

Preference will be given to Certified Project Management Professionals (PMP).


Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Good organizational and planning skills

Good customer support and communication skills

Proven ability to pay close attention to detail

Ability to work independently but follow specific detailed instructions

Ability to interface with various levels of personnel in a multi-cultural, team- oriented environment


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.


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.

Posted October 1, 2019

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