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This position is located in the Office of General Counsel (OGC). OGC serves as the chief legal advisor to the Agency’s senior management and program offices, providing legal analysis and support on Agency rules and policies, guidance documents, permits, response actions, and legislation. OGC lawyers, together with attorneys in the Department of Justice, represent the Agency in court challenges to Agency actions, appeals of enforcement cases, and Supreme Court litigation.
Attorneys in OGC advise on issues relating to EPA’s statutory authorities and programs, including those under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act; the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act; the Clean Air Act; the Clean Water Act; the Toxic Substances Control Act; and the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act; issues arising under general statutes applicable to federal agencies; international instruments; and general issues of environmental and administrative law. These positions are located in Washington, D.C.
For more information on this office, visit their website: http://www2.epa.gov/aboutepa/about-office-general-counsel-ogc
These positions are in the excepted service. Selection under this appointment authority does not confer civil service competitive status; however, this position is covered for the purpose of federal retirement and benefits.
Except in special circumstances, those new to the federal government will be hired at the starting salary (step 1) of the applicable grade range listed above.
If you are selected, you will be expected to report to work as soon as practical, but no later than thirty (30) days from the date you receive a final job offer. Extension of this reporting requirement may be granted only under extraordinary circumstances.
At the entry level of this position, you will:
- Work under the general supervision of the Associate General Counsel, Office of General Counsel (OGC), and, as appropriate, under the guidance of one or more practice group leaders. Receive preliminary and established instructions as to methods of approach, source material available, and Agency policy and precedent.
- Provide advice and counseling in support of all EPA Headquarters program offices on a broad array of legal matters arising under environmental and general law issues.
- Act as legal counsel to EPA on issues and be responsible for representing EPA in proceedings filed before courts.
- Assist the U.S. Department of Justice in defending EPA in litigation filed against the Agency in federal courts.
- Conduct research of laws, legal opinions, and precedent cases for complex and difficult legal issues for which the legal issue researched is a segment of an extremely complex case.
- Analyze factual and legal issues presented to determine what further facts are needed and what legal sources are applicable.
- Initiate contacts with program officials and other persons having knowledge of the facts involved in the problem or case under study.
Who May Apply
This job is open to…Any U.S. citizen may apply
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Conditions Of Employment
- You must be a U.S. citizen
- If you are selected, a pre-employment background check is required
- You must submit resume and required documents (See How to Apply)
- You may be required to travel occasionally
QualificationsApplicant must have an LL.B. or J.D. degree from an accredited law school; must be admitted to practice before the highest court of a State, U.S. territory, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Pico; and must maintain active status as a member of the bar of one of these jurisdictions. Incumbent must have experience in providing legal advice and counsel at EPA, other federal, state or local agencies, or in private practice.
If you are selected, you must complete a one-year trial period.
The ideal candidate will possess a comprehensive knowledge and relevant experience in administrative and environmental law. A number, but not all, of these positions will focus on work under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), the Federal, Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA), and the Toxics Release Inventory provisions of the Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA). Please explain any specialized experience working under these statutes in your written statement of interest, if applicable.
If you are selected, you will be required to complete a Confidential Financial Disclosure Form prior to your first day of employment and annually thereafter.
This position is designated as a Moderate Risk and requires a background investigation. Unless an appropriate background is already on record with the Office of Personnel Management, you must undergo a background investigation.
These positions are in the bargaining unit.
EPA participates in e-Verify. E-Verify is an Internet based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA) that enables participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees. For additional information: http://www.epa.gov/careers/epa-job-vacancy-announcements-policies-and-procedures
If you have part-time work experience, read this: http://epa.gov/ohr/ezhire/vacancy_requirements.htm
If you are selected, travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid by EPA. Any travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting to work in this position will be your responsibility.
Position has portable work and selectee may be eligible to telework.
It is the policy of the Government not to deny employment simply because an individual has been unemployed or has had financial difficulties that have arisen through no fault of the individual. Information about an individual’s employment experience will be used only to determine the person’s qualifications and to assess his or her relative level of knowledge, skills, and abilities. Although an individual’s personal conduct may be relevant in any employment decision, including conduct during periods of unemployment or evidence of dishonesty in handling financial matters, financial difficulty that has arisen through no fault of the individual will generally not itself be the basis of an unfavorable suitability or fitness determination. For more information, visit https://hru.gov/Studio_Recruitment/tools/Mythbuster_on_Federal_Hiring_Policies.pdf .
How You Will Be Evaluated
Initially, you will be evaluated based on the information contained in your resume packet. If an interview is granted, you will be evaluated based on the responses you provide during an interview. In responding to interview questions, you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did and the outcome.
There is no numerical rating system for applying veteran’s preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Office of General Counsel considers veteran’s preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring.
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Background checks and security clearance
Documents to be submitted online:
- A resume, a written statement (no more than two single-spaced pages) specifically addressing your qualifications for this position, a writing sample of no more than ten pages, and the names and contact information of three professional references.
- Copy of bar certification
- Veterans' Preference Documents - DD-214 Member 4 copy (or other copy indicating character of service), VA letter stating overall/combined disability rating (percentage), and SF-15, if applicable; active duty service members: submit certification from the armed forces documenting active duty dates, expected discharge/release date, campaign medals/badges, and character of service (a certification is any written document from the armed forces that certifies you are expected to be discharged/released from active duty service in the armed forces under honorable conditions within 120 days after you submit the certification).
If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:
Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.
Join EPA in protecting human health and the environment and enjoy many work life quality options! Working for the EPA offers you a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. To learn more about us, visit Life and Careers at EPA.
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
How to Apply
Please completely read through this announcement before applying. Please do not mail in your information. All required documents must be uploaded to this job vacancy announcement by 11:59 p.m. on the closing date of the announcement.
Agency contact information
AddressEnvironmental Protection Agency
US Environmental Protection Agnecy
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20460
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- An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
- An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
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