What General Information About This Position?
Provides legal advice to various DOI bureaus, especially the Bureau of Land Management, the National Park Service, and the Fish and Wildlife Service, regarding compliance with the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) & the National Contingency Plan (NCP) in responding to the release or threat of release of hazardous substances on DOI-managed lands.
As an Attorney-Adviser with the Department of the Interior, Office of the Solicitor, Division of Land Resources, Branch of Environmental Compliance and Response, located in Washington, DC your specific duties will include:
- Providing legal services on all aspects of enforcement of and compliance with the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), including cost recovery.
- Counseling clients with respect to agency implementation of CERCLA response action
- Interpreting and applying applicable statutes, regulations, and policies to support legally defensible decision-making; articulating legal reasoning to support those decisions orally and in writing.
- Representing the Department of the Interior in negotiations and proceedings related to its actions in taking CERCLA response and enforcement action; and providing litigation support to the Department of Justice on these matters.
Conditions of Employment
- Applicants must be U.S. Citizens.
- Suitable for Federal employment, as determined by background investigation.
- Must be an active member of the bar.
- Selectee may be subject to serving a 2-year trial period.
- More requirements are listed under Qualifications and Other Information.
Are There Any Special Requirements For This Position?
- A background investigation will be required for this position. Continued employment will be subject to the applicant's successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure to successfully meet these requirements will be grounds for termination.
- Throughout the recruitment and hiring process we will be communicating with you via email; therefore, it is imperative that the email address you provide when applying for this vacancy remains active. Should your email address change, please notify the point of contact identified in the vacancy announcement as soon as possible so that we can update our system.
- Because this position requires travel for official business, the selectee will be required to apply for a charge card within 30 calendar days of appointment. Individuals who have delinquent account balances from a previous Government charge card will be required to satisfy their existing obligation before a new card can be issued.
- If selected for this position, you may be required to file one or more financial statements and/or a procurement integrity certification of compliance upon reporting and annually, some of which may be subject to public disclosure.
- In order to better assess your qualifications for this position, when preparing your resume please address your experience in or familiarity with the following subject matter areas and legal authorities: Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) and the National Contingency Plan (NCP), Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), state environmental laws, and federal land management statutes, such as the National Park Service Organic Act and the Fish and Wildlife Service Refuge Act.
- In addition, please address your experience in or familiarity with the following areas of legal work: researching and writing legal memoranda and opinions, and providing legal advice or recommendations to clients, judges, and/or senior attorneys; litigating in Federal court and preparing litigation documents as needed; evidentiary privileges and ediscovery, including familiarity with technology associated with the electronic search, retrieval, and review of documents; and, familiarity with Microsoft software applications (MS Word, Excel, etc,), Adobe Acrobat, Windows, and email clients.
Basic Qualification Requirements
- Applicants must be law school graduates with LL.B. or J.D. degrees AND must be an active member in good standing of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico bar.
- To qualify for a GS-13 applicants must possess at least 3-years of professional legal experience following law school graduation;
- To qualify for a GS-14 applicants must possess at least 4 ½ years of professional legal experience following law school graduation;
For any of the grades indicated above you can substitute one year of experience with any of the following:
- have a second professional law degree; OR
- meet any of the criteria indicated below:
- academic standing in top one-third of law school graduating class;
- graduation with academic honors;
- significant participation on the law school’s law review;
- significant participation in the law school’s moot court competition;
- significant participation in a clinical legal aid program;
- significant summer law office clerk experience; or
- other equivalent evidence of clearly superior achievement.
Candidates should have excellent oral communication, writing, research and analysis skills, and the ability to work effectively with other people, and exercise sound judgment.
All applicants must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements for the position by the closing date of the announcement.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g. Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
Education completed in colleges or universities outside the United States may be used to meet the above requirements. You must provide acceptable documentation that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. For more information on how foreign education is evaluated, visit: https://www.usgs.gov/about/organization/science-support/human-capital/how-foreign-education-evaluated-federal-jobs