Please note that there are two open positions and we encourage all applicants to apply for both. Both position announcements have a closing date of January 21, 2020. For more detailed information, please visit the District’s career website at https://careers.dc.gov and in the search area please enter 9350 and or 9351
The mission of the Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE) is to protect and restore the environment, conserve natural resources, and improve the quality of life in the District of Columbia. As the nation's capital city, the District will become a model of environmental protection and sustainable environmental practices. In partnership with other District agencies, the federal government, business groups, non-profit organizations, and residents, the department will help instill environmental awareness through innovation and best practices.
This position is located in the Water Resources Protection and Mitigation Branch of the Regulatory Review Division (RRD) within the Natural Resources Administration (NRA) in the Department of Energy and Environment (DOEE). The Water Resources Branch implements the District’s regulations for development in floodplains, and manages programs to reduce flood risk in the District. Other construction permitting programs implemented by the Branch and/or RRD include wetlands, wells and soil borings, stormwater management, erosion and sediment control, and Green Area Ratio. RRD is also responsible for off-site mitigation programs that provide compliance options for regulated development, including wetland mitigation and the Stormwater Retention Credit (SRC) Trading Program.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The selected candidate will serve in the Water Resources Protection and Mitigation Branch and will lead the Branch’s floodplain review efforts. This will include reviewing permit applications for compliance with the District’s Flood Hazard Rules, and responding to questions from customers and other stakeholders about the District’s Flood Hazard Rules, flood protection and flood resistant design, Flood Insurance Rate Maps, and processes for applying for and obtaining DOEE floodplain approval. As necessary, the selected candidate may visit sites to evaluate compliance with the conditions of approved plans.
The selected candidate will lead the Branch’s efforts to review updates and revisions to the community’s Digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM’s) which occur through remapping efforts such as Letters of Map Change (LOMC), Letters of Map Amendment (LOMA), Conditional Letters of Map Amendment (CLOMA), Letters of Map Revision Based on Fill (LOMR-F), and Conditional Letter of Map Revision Based on Fill (CLOMR-F).
The selected candidate will collaborate and coordinate with other DOEE staff, including other RRD staff, Branch staff, and staff at other agencies like the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA) who conduct related permitting reviews. The selected candidate will also provide guidance and training to junior staff performing floodplain review. The selected candidate will lead collaboration with DCRA and provide a high degree of technical expertise to refine the permitting workflow between DOEE and DCRA related to floodplain review. The selected candidate will also be responsible for coordinating with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and synthesizing new guidance into the District’s floodplain review processes.
The selected candidate will assist with implementation of new Flood Hazard Rules, working directly with stakeholders to address comments and concerns. The selected candidate will also
assist with the development of the District’s first ever integrated flood model that will map interior/inland flooding that occurs as a result of cloudbursts. The selected candidate may also assist with initiatives and grants management associated with flood risk mitigation projects.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EDUCATION
Must possess at least one (1) year of specialized experience equivalent to the CS-11 grade level.
Specialized experience is experience which is in or directly related to the line of work of the position and has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.
Applicants for this position must have a high level of expertise related to floodplain management and the construction permitting process, and experience working with hydraulic and hydrologic models. The candidate should also have excellent written and oral communication skills and a strong understanding of the perspective of stakeholders in the development and environmental communities, as well as federal regulators and the general public