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Job Title:  Attorney - Advisor, GS-0905-13, KD-Exc Svc
Department:  Department Of The Interior
Agency:  Office of the Solicitor
Job Announcement Number:  SOL-2013-0004

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$81,823.00 to $106,369.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, November 27, 2012 to Monday, December 03, 2012
Excepted Appointment NTE 13-Months. Possibility of renewal contingent upon funding and performance. - Part-time, 20 hours per week but may increase up to 40 hours per week during periods of litigation.
1 vacancy - Boise, ID, US  View Map
United States Citizens


With an emphasis on high ethical standards, excellence in public service and the delivery of quality legal services, the Office of the Solicitor performs the legal work for the United States Department of the Interior, manages the Department's Ethics Office and resolves FOIA Appeals. With more than four hundred total employees, three hundred of which are attorneys licensed in forty states, the Office strives to provide sound legal services to fulfill the Department's diverse and wide-ranging mission.

Will Travel and Relocation Expenses be Paid? NO

What General Information Do I Need To Know About This Position?

This is an excepted appointment not-to-exceed 13-months, for which all qualified applicants, with or without Federal status, may apply and be considered.  This appointment may be extended for additional periods of time without further competition. 

Significant periods of overnight travel (up to 5 days at a time) will be required during out-of-state hearings/trials.


  • Applicants must be U.S. Citizens.
  • Suitable for Federal employment, as determined by background investigation.
  • Periods of overnight travel will be required during hearings/trials.
  • 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.


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As an Attorney-Advisor with the Department of the Interior, Office of the Solicitor, Pacific Northwest, Boise, Idaho Field Office, your specific duties will include:

  • Responsible for a legal workload that involves serving as agency counsel for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation before the Interior Board of Contract Appeals, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and the Merit System Protection Board.
  • May provide daily legal services to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation in the following legal areas: personnel, FOIA, Privacy Act, procurement, appropriations, real property (acquisition or disposal), and general law matters.
  • The legal work may require the selectee to be responsible for litigation reports, investigative reports, and legal arguments and briefs in connection with civil and administrative actions.
  • In U.S. District Court, Circuit Court, or the Court of Federal Claims, the Department of Justice will serve as trial or appellate attorney and the selectee will serve as agency counsel.


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Basic Qualification Requirements

Applicants must be law school graduates with LL.B. or J.D. degrees AND be admitted to the Bar.

Applicants must also meet one of the following:

--possess at least 1-year of professional legal experience following law school graduation; OR

--have a second professional law degree; OR

--meet any of the criteria indicated below:

(a) academic standing in top one-third of law school graduating class;

(b) graduation with academic honors;

(c) significant participation on the law school’s law review;

(d) significant participation in the law school’s moot court competition;

(e) significant participation in a clinical legal aid program;

(f) significant summer law office clerk experience; or

(g) other equivalent evidence of clearly superior achievement.


In addition to meeting the basic qualification requirements described above, applicants must also have the following additional years of professional legal experience for the grade level indicated:

--GS-13 = 2 years

Applicants must be an active member of a bar, in good standing, of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico bar. Selectee will be required to provide proof of bar membership during the pre-employment process.

You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements for the position by the closing date of the announcement.

If this position requires specific educational course work to qualify, or you are qualifying based in whole or part on education, you are required to provide all unofficial transcripts (undergraduate, graduate, etc.) or list of course work, which includes semester hours earned and grade received, by the closing date of this announcement. This proof may be faxed, document uploaded, or hand delivered to the servicing Human Resources Office (see "Required Documents" and/or "Contact Information"). Please ensure that all documentation is legible. If you are currently employed by the Federal government in the same occupational series as the advertised position, you are not required to submit transcripts at this time.

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:

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.


The information and materials you provide will be used to evaluate that you meet the basic qualification and eligibility requirements for this position. 

Basis of Rating:  Applicants will not be rated or ranked. All applicants that meet the basic eligibility and qualification requirements of the position will be referred to the selecting official for consideration.

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Working for the DOI, Office of the Solicitor offers 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. The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees. To find out more 

click here


Identification of promotion potential in this announcement does not constitute a commitment or an obligation on the part of management to promote the employee selected at some future date. Promotion will depend upon administrative approval and the continuing need for and performance of higher-level duties.

The application contains information subject to the Privacy Act (P.L. 93-579, 5 USC 552a). The information is used to determine qualifications for employment, and is authorized under Title 5, USC, Section 3302 and 3361.



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Applications (resume and application questions) for this vacancy must be received on-line via USAJOBS BEFORE midnight Eastern Time (Washington, D.C. time) on the closing date of this announcement. If you fail to submit a complete online resume, you will not be considered for this position. Requests for extensions will not be granted. Most libraries, employment offices, and all USGS personnel offices can provide access to the Internet. If applying online poses a hardship for you, you must speak to someone in the Servicing Human Resources Office listed on this announcement PRIOR TO THE CLOSING DATE for assistance.

Instructions for Applying Online for this Vacancy Announcement:

1) Click the blue "Apply Online" button.

2) If you are not a registered USAJOBS user, please create a new account and follow the instructions to complete your application process. If you are a registered user, login to access your existing USAJOBS profile.

3) As a registered user, select a stored resume and select one or more of your stored documents to attach to your application.

4) Check the "Certification" box and click the "Apply for this position now!" button located at the bottom of the screen.

5) Address the eligibility questions as well as the questionnaire containing questions and/or task statements that address the knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies for this vacancy.

6) Submit required documents using one of the available methods listed below.

7) If you experience technical difficulties during the online application process, please contact the USAJOBS helpdesk.


You must provide information in your resume regarding the state in which your active Bar membership is held.   

If you are claiming veterans' preference you must submit a copy of your DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, by the closing date of this announcement. If you are currently on active military duty, you must provide documentation (e.g., campaign document, award citation, etc.), that verifies entitlement to veterans preference and that your character of military service is honorable. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, in addition to the DD-214, you must submit documentation that supports your claim (e.g., an official statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces certifying the existence of a service-connected disability; or receipt of a Purple Heart). If you fail to submit any of the required documentation, you will not be granted veterans preference. Additional information on veterans' preference can be found in the VetGuide.

If you are applying for this position based on eligibility under a special appointing authority, the Servicing Human Resources Office must receive proof of eligibility by the closing date of this announcement.

Required documents may be:

1) faxed to the Agency Contact (see "Contact Information")

2) uploaded directly from your desktop

3) uploaded directly from your USAJOBS stored attachments 4)hand delivered to the servicing Human Resources Office (see 'Contact Information').

Auto-Requested Fax: allows you to submit required documentation that will be electronically displayed along with your resume.

For additional information on special appointing authorities, visit:


Sharon Benitez
Phone: 703-648-7462
Fax: 703-648-5200
Agency Information:
INTERIOR, Office of the Solicitor
12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, MS-157
Reston, VA
Fax: 703-648-5200


We expect to make a selection within 30-45 days of the closing date of this announcement. You will be notified via email of the outcome. You can also go to "My Account" within USAJOBS to review your Application Status.

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