Lead NEPA Specialist - 90286360 - Philadelphia

Date: Jan 8, 2021

Location: Philadelphia, PA, US, 19104

Company: Amtrak

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Position Summary
The Lead NEPA Specialist leads and directs activities necessary for Amtrak to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and related environmental regulations.  Responsibilities include developing regular submissions to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA); overseeing contractors performing NEPA compliance activities; participating in and providing guidance to project teams developing Environmental Impact Statements or Environmental Assessments; monitoring and coordinating Amtrak NEPA activities; providing consulting and training to Amtrak project managers; and acting as liaison to the FRA and other federal agencies regarding  NEPA compliance.    


Essential Functions

  • Provide regulatory and technical guidance and direction to Amtrak Project Managers on NEPA compliance requirements for Amtrak projects throughout the Amtrak system.
  • Stay current on NEPA-related laws and regulations applicable to Amtrak and advise on regulatory matters.
  • Take the lead in preparing and submitting monthly Categorical Exclusion Request to FRA
  • Develop Categorical Exclusion Worksheets in-house, and oversee environmental firms developing these documents, including scope development and deliverable review. 
  • Coordinate and communicate NEPA activities with FRA and other federal agencies.  
  • Develop scopes of work and lead/direct contractors performing NEPA compliance activities
  • Track progress of Amtrak NEPA activities on a project specific basis, including satisfaction of environmental commitments, and maintain tracking database
  • Lead development of Amtrak NEPA procedures manual.
  • Coordinate NEPA activities with several Amtrak departments, including Grants, Engineering and Finance
  • Review NEPA documents prepared by other entities for potential impact on Amtrak property, operations, or environmental responsibilities.
  • Work closely with Amtrak’s Senior Historic Preservation Specialist to resolve cultural resources issues as they relate to NEPA, as well as to establish joint procedures and conduct training, develop consultant scopes of work, and coordinate projects.
  • Perform other related duties as required.


Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree required or equivalent combination of training, education and relevant experience may be considered in lieu of a degree.
  • 6 years of relevant work experience required. 
  • Experience performing NEPA related services 
  • Experience in project management for NEPA services and demonstrated knowledge of NEPA process.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and leadership skills.  
  • Management of all phases of projects.
  • Knowledge of complex environmental regulations, policies and programs.  
  • Excellent administrative and organizational skills.
  • Experience in developing and delivering training programs.  
  • Experience in coordination of complex assignments with multiple departments. 
  • Experience in negotiation and serving as primary contact for regulators.
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently.  
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a dynamic environment with a range of stakeholders to meet NEPA compliance and project goals.


  • Degree in environmental sciences, engineering, or related science degree. Advanced degree in environmental science, engineering, business, sustainability or related preferred. 
  • 8+ years of relevant work experience preferred.
  • Professional environmental or engineering certification.  
  • Experience working with Environmental Management Systems, or similar systems.
  • Project management training and certification, or willingness to pursue this certification. 

Requisition ID:51137
Band Zone:C4 
Posting Location(s):Pennsylvania
Job Family/Function:Safety & Security 
Relocation Offered:No 
Travel Requirements:Up to 50% 
Recruiter Name:Andrea Highbloom 
Recruiter Email:Andrea.Highbloom@amtrak.com


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In accordance with DOT regulations (49 CFR section 40.25), Amtrak is required to obtain prior drug and alcohol testing records for applicants/employees intending to perform safety- sensitive duties for covered Department of Transportation positions.   If an applicant/employee refuses to provide written consent for Amtrak to obtain these records, he/she will not permitted to perform safety-sensitive functions.

Note that any education requirement listed above may be deemed satisfied if you have an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.

Amtrak is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and we welcome all to apply. We consider candidates regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability (including blindness), or veteran status.