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    Duties

    Summary

    This position is in Region 2, Office of Regional Counsel, New Jersey Superfund Branch.

    This work unit handles legal matters arising under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act ("CERCLA," also known as the "Superfund Law") in New Jersey.

    If selected, you must work at the location stated in this announcement.  

    About Region 2: https://www.epa.gov/aboutepa/epa-region-2

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    Responsibilities

    You will:

    - Provide legal advice to the EPA Superfund program office;

    - Perform legal research, prepare administrative orders, settlement documents, and other legal documents and provide policy recommendations;

    - Conduct negotiations;

    - Participate in litigation activities with Department of Justice on matters that have been referred for litigation.

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    11

  • Job family (Series)

    0904 Law Clerk

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    Requirements

    Conditions Of Employment

    • An LL.B. or J.D. is required.
    • If you are selected, a pre-employment background check is required.
    • You must submit a resume and required documents--see How to Apply section.
    • You may be required to travel less than 25% of each month.
    • You must be a U.S. citizen.

    This is an Excepted Service position. It is excluded from provisions of the Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP). Selection under this appointment authority does not confer civil service competitive status. However, this program is covered for the purposes of Federal retirement and benefits programs.

    An LL.B. or J.D. is required.

    This position is designated as Low Risk and requires a background investigation.  Unless an appropriate background investigation is already on record with the Office of Personnel Management, you must undergo a background investigation.  All conditions of the pre-employment security process must be met before an official letter of employment can be issued with a report for duty date.

    If you are selected, you must complete a one-year trial period.

    Qualifications

    In addition to the educational requirements, applicants must have a demonstrated interest in environmental law and/or environmental protection, shown through academic courses, internships or other experience; excellent written and oral communication skills; and a strong interest in public service, especially in the mission of EPA.

    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.

    If you have part-time work experience, read this:  EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures.

    Education

    You need a degree as described below to qualify for this position.

    An LL.B. or J.D. degree from a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA).

    As part of the application process, you are required to submit college transcripts, or a list of courses as described in the Required Documents section of this announcement.  However, if you are selected you must provide official educational transcripts before you start work with EPA.  More information on verification of education can be found here:  EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures.

    Additional information

    About the Office of Regional Counsel, Region 2: The Office of Regional Counsel (ORC) represents the Region in a wide variety of legal matters, including civil and administrative cases, regulatory and permit actions, government contracts, and employment matters. Often working with the Justice Department, EPA headquarters, and state environmental agency lawyers, this office assists in the enforcement of federal air, water, hazardous waste, toxics and pesticides laws throughout the Region. The office also manages the Freedom of Information (FOIA) response process. Criminal enforcement counsel assists U.S. Attorneys' offices in prosecuting environmental crimes.

    If you have questions about this position, contact Sarah Flanagan at flanagan.sarah@epa.gov.

    This position is 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:  EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures.

    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.

    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.

    Position has portable work and selectee may be authorized to telework after meeting eligibility requirements if approved by the supervisor/manager.

    One or more positions may be filled.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Traditional rating and ranking of applications does not apply to this vacancy. Applications will be evaluated against the basic qualifications. Qualified candidates will be referred for further consideration and may be subject to additional assessments.

    EPA considers veteran’s preference eligibility as a positive factor. Applicants who have veteran’s preference eligibility are encouraged to include their information in their cover letters or resumes and attach supporting documentation to substantiate their preference.

    Excepted service positions are not covered by regular civil service hiring procedures.


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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Not Required

    Drug test required

    No

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    Required Documents

    Documents to be submitted online:

    NOTE: You should ensure your social security number, date of birth, and any other personal information are redacted.

    --Resume clearly stating your experience related to this position as described in the Duties section and Qualifications section. In describing your experience, you need to be clear and specific. We may not make assumptions regarding your experience.

    --Responses to the online eligibility assessment questionnaire.

    --Law School Transcripts - required to submit either unofficial transcripts or a list of courses that includes school(s) attended, school address, course title, grades earned, completion dates, department, and quarter or semester hours earned.

    --Name, address, email address and telephone number of three (3) references. One needs to be a current or former employer.

    --Cover letter expressing your interest in the position. Additional information can be found on our website: EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures

    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.

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    Benefits

    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.

    https://www.epa.gov/careers/salaries-and-benefits

    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.

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    How to Apply

    You are strongly encouraged to read the entire announcement before you submit your application for this position.

    To begin the application process, click the Apply button to the right on this screen, follow the prompts to log-in/register, submit all required documents, and complete the assessment questionnaire.  To be considered, you must submit a complete application package by 11:59 PM Eastern Time on the day the announcement closes.

    All required supporting documents will be collected electronically via the USAJOBS document portfolio feature.

    If you cannot apply online, you must contact the Human Resources Office listed below for assistance no later than three business days prior to the closing date of this announcement.  You must provide complete application materials by the day the announcement closes.

    For detailed instructions to assist you in ensuring your application package is received, go to EPA Announcement Policies and Procedures.

    Agency contact information

    Meredith Pysnik

    Address

    Environmental Protection Agency
    US Environmental Protection Agency
    Human Resources Management Division
    109 T.W. Alexander Drive, MD C639-02
    Research Triangle Pk, North Carolina 27711
    United States
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    Next steps

    You can track the progress of your application package via your USAJOBS account.  You will receive an acknowledgement from USAJOBS that your submission was successful once we have received your online occupational questionnaire, resume, and any supporting documentation.  You will be notified of the status of your application via your USAJOBS account after we conduct a qualification review of your complete application package.  You will be contacted if further evaluation or interviews are required.  Any exaggeration of your experience, false statements, or attempt to conceal information may disqualify you for employment consideration.  We may verify all information you provide in your resume and questionnaire responses through reference and/or background check, and/or verification of your education.  If you are selected, you will be contacted personally by the human resources office posting this announcement.

Fair & Transparent

The Federal hiring process is setup to be fair and transparent. Please read the following guidance.

Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy And gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Reasonable Accommodation Policy

Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application process should follow the instructions in the job opportunity announcement. For any part of the remaining hiring process, applicants should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • 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.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Legal and regulatory guidance

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/579556100. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.