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Job Title:  Student Trainee (Paralegal Specialist) Internship
Department:  Department Of Justice
Agency:  Offices, Boards and Divisions
Job Announcement Number:  ENRD-12-029-EXC

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

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$42,209.00 to $67,114.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, February 20, 2013 to Monday, February 25, 2013
Full Time - Internships NTE 1 year
1 vacancy in the following location:
Washington DC, DC United StatesView Map
Student/Internship Program Eligibles



Who May Apply:  U.S. Citizens or Nationals eligible under the Pathways Internship Program.


One or more positions may be filled using this vacancy. 


The U.S. Department of Justice's Environment and Natural Resources Division, Law and Policy Section is seeking a student who is attending evening classes in a graduate program to fill a full-time paid student aide position. The student aide will be assigned to projects in several substantive areas of the Division's work, and will also have the opportunity to obtain experience working with lawyers at one of the Nation's premier litigation organizations. Must be able to work 40 hours per week during standard working hours. A part-time law school student would have the ideal background for this position, but other types of student will also be considered.

The Environment and Natural Resources Division of the U.S. Department of Justice handles environmental and natural resources litigation on behalf of the United States in courts across the Nation. ENRD is a great place to work. ENRD has continued to rank among the top 5 federal subcomponents for the past five years in the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government survey, holding the #1 slot for three years consecutively. Our office is conveniently located near the Navy Memorial/Archives Metro, and ENRD offers a transit subsidy. A wide variety of shopping venues, the Verizon Center, museums, the National Mall, restaurants and coffee shops are all within walking distance. We also offer access to an onsite fitness center.

We place a high value on diversity of background, experience and cultural perspective, and encourage applications from all qualified individuals, including those from all racial and ethnic groups, women, LGBT individuals, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.


The Law and Policy Section advises and assists the Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division on legal and policy questions, particularly those that affect multiple sections in the Division. It handles the Division's response to legislative proposals and Congressional requests, the Division's comments on federal agency rulemakings, and amicus participation in cases of importance to the United States, as well as special litigation and other projects on behalf of Division leadership. LPS serves as the Division's ethics officer and counselor, alternative dispute resolution counselor, and liaison with state and local governments. The section also coordinates the Division's involvement in international legal matters, as well as the Division's FOIA and Privacy Act work.

For more information about the Environment and Natural Resources Division, visit:

This position is for a Student Trainee (Paralegal Specialist) Internship under the Pathways Program. Job opportunities can range from part-time to full-time positions and may last as long as you are a qualified and eligible student. This is an Internship - Temporary, Not-to-exceed 1 year position which may be extended in 2 year increments so long as eligibility requirements continue to be met.


  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • Resume and supporting documents (See How To Apply Section).
  • Must be at least 16 years old.
  • Selective Service registered.
  • Pre-employment background investigation required.
  • Must meet Student Intern Program requirements.


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As a Student Trainee (Paralegal Specialist) you will be performing the following duties:

• Managing the Division’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) docket, including drafting letters and memoranda related to FOIA requests and conducting analytical review of responsive documents.
• Collaborating with other parts of the Division and Department and with other agencies to process FOIA requests.
• Provide support in FOIA policy and appeals. 
• Provide general legal support to the attorneys in the Section.
• Performing cite-checking and, reviewing records and factual materials.
• Performing legal research and conveying analysis in writing. 
• Coordination of the Division's review of citizen litigation, including review of legal pleadings and drafting court filings.
• Tracking and analysis of environmental, natural resources, and Indian law-related legislation of interest.
• Assisting Section attorneys on a broad range of policy and litigation matters.
• Performing special projects.


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In order to qualify candidates must meet the program requirements and educational and/or experience listed below.

Program Requirements:

Be enrolled or formally accepted for enrollment as a full-time or part-time student into an accredited college or university* in a degree seeking program in a related field or other qualifying educational institution pursuing a qualifying degree or certificate. (See Education Requirements)

Must be in good academic standing.

If selected, must sign Student Pathways program agreement; furnish course registration information at the start of each school term; and provide verification of academic status (transcript) at the end of each academic term.

Must be able to complete required occupation related work experience (640 hours) prior to or concurrently with the completion of course requirements for the degree.

In addition to the program requirements listed above candidates must meet the minimum education and/or experience requirements to qualify for the 0999 series either at the GS-07 level:

A. Has a bachelor's degree and superior academic achievement. Completion of all requirements for a bachelor's degree and meet the Superior Academic Achievement Provisions: 1. Maintained a grade-point average of "B" (a GPA of 3.0 or higher) for all completed undergraduate courses, or those completed in the last two years of undergraduate study. 2. Maintained a grade-point average "B+" (a GPA of 3.5 or higher) for all courses in your major field of study, or those courses in your major completed in the last two years of undergraduate study. 3. Rank in the upper one-third of your class in the college, university, or major subdivision. 4. Be a member of a national honor society (other than freshman honor societies) recognized by the Association of College Honor Societies. Please submit a college transcript(s) showing your grade point average for all four years of undergraduate study, including all transferred courses. NOTE: GPA's are rounded to one decimal place. For example, 2.95 will round to 3.0 and 2.94 will round to 2.9. If more than 10 percent of your undergraduate course work (credit hours) were taken on a pass/fail or similar basis, your claim must be based on class standing or membership in an honor society.

B. Has one full year of graduate level study, or possesses a master's or higher degree, e.g., LL.B., J.D., LL.M., Ph.D, in a field that provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. Such fields include business administration, law, industrial management, industrial engineering, industrial psychology, public administration, political science, or government. Has one full year of graduate level study, or possesses a master's or higher degree, e.g., LL.B., J.D., LL.M., Ph.D, in a field that provided the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to do the work. Such fields include business administration, industrial management, industrial engineering, industrial psychology, public administration, political science, or government. GRADUATE EDUCATION: One academic year of graduate education is considered to be the number of credit hours that your graduate school has determined to represent one academic year of full-time study. Such study may have been performed on a full-time or part-time basis. If you cannot obtain your graduate school's definition of one year of graduate study, 18 semester hours (or 27 quarter hours) should be considered as satisfying the requirement for one year of full-time graduate study.

C. Has at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-5 grade level in the Federal Service performing most of the following duties: reviewing and summarizing information in a prescribed format on case precedents and decision; and experience performing legal research.

NOTE: Law students are preferred, but others will be considered.

The ideal candidate will have strong analytical, research, and writing skills; the ability to balance a diverse workload and set of priorities; and excellent judgment. Also desirable are interest in environmental, natural resources, Indian, and/or administrative law, a commitment to public service, a strong work ethic, ability to work on teams, ability to meet deadlines, organizational skills and attention to detail. Selection for employment will be based on factors including academic achievement, work experience, and clinical or other experience.

You MUST provide transcripts or other documentation to support your educational claims.  Unless otherwise stated: (1) unofficial transcripts are acceptable, or (2) you may submit a list with all of your courses, grades, semester, year, and credit for the course. All materials must be submitted by the closing date of the announcement.


Foreign Education: If you are using education completed in foreign colleges or universities to meet the qualification requirements, you must show that the education credentials have been evaluated by a private organization that specializes in interpretation of foreign education programs and such education has been deemed equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. education program; or full credit has been given for the courses at a U.S. accredited college or university. For further information, visit:


PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work. You must clearly identify the duties.


PATHWAYS PARTICIPANTS AGREEMENT: All interns are required to sign the Participant Agreement.


Only experience obtained by the closing date of this announcement will be considered.



Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement. If you are basically qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the Occupational Questionnaire. If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job. If it is determined you meet minimum qualification requirements, your application will then be placed in one of three grouping categories: Best Qualified, Highly Qualified, or Qualified. Within each of these groupings, applicants eligible for Veterans' Preference will receive selection priority over non-veteran preference eligibles. All CP/CPS preference eligibles that meet minimum qualification and eligibility requirements will be included in the "Best Qualified" grouping.

You will be rated on the following Competencies:
• Oral Communication
• Written Communication

• Legal Research and Analysis

• Legal Writing and Editing


For more information on the Pathways Program, please visit:


You will be rated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the experience you report demonstrating that you possess the knowledge, skills and abilities required. Paid or unpaid experience will be considered.


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Relocation expenses will not be paid.


There is no housing allowance authorized.


If selected, you will be eligible for annual and sick leave, and after one year of continuous service, you will be eligible to enroll in the health benefits program at full cost.


Selectees for this position are ineligible for life insurance, retirement (including the Thrift Savings Plan), long term care insurance, and within grade increases.


The position is available immediately, subject to approvals and security checks. Applicants must undergo and pass a full background investigation before entering on duty.  


Conditions of Employment:

1. Entrance on duty is contingent upon completion of a pre-employment security investigation.
2. DIRECT DEPOSIT: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.
3. All male applicants born after December 31, 1959, must have registered for the selective service (see ). If selected for this position, the applicant must sign a statement certifying his registration, or the applicant must demonstrate exempt status under the Selective Service Law.
4. Must be at least 16 years old.

Other Information:  

-Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP) The ICTAP provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority if: 1) this vacancy is within your ICTAP eligibility; 2) you apply under the instructions in this announcement; and 3) you are found well qualified for this vacancy. To be well qualified, you must satisfy all qualification requirements for the vacant position and rate equivalent to the Highly Qualified or better category using established category rating criteria. You must provide proof of eligibility with your application to receive selection priority. Such proof may include a copy of your written notification of ICTAP eligibility or a copy of your separation personnel action form. Additional information about ICTAP eligibility is at:


- If you are a veteran with preference eligibility and you are claiming 5-points veterans' preference, you must submit a copy of your DD-214 or other proof of eligibility. If you are claiming 10-point veterans' preference, you must also submit an SF-15, "Application for 10-Point Veterans' Preference" plus the proof required by that form.   For more information on veterans' preference see 

- The Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination because of color, race, religion, national origin, politics, marital status, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, or on the basis of personal favoritism. 

- The Department of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from persons with disabilities and is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department. 

- The Department provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the servicing specialist listed in the vacancy announcement. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

- In addition to applying through competitive procedures certain applicants with disabilities may be considered non-competitively under a Schedule A hiring authority. To qualify for employment under Schedule A, an applicant must provide proof of disability and certification of job readiness. As proof of disability and certification of job readiness, applicants may provide records, statement, or other appropriate information issued from a licensed medical professional (e.g., a physician or other medical professional duly certified by a State, the District of Columbia, or a U.S. territory to practice medicine); a licensed vocational rehabilitation specialist (i.e., State or private); or an Federal agency, State agency, or an agency of the District of Columbia or a U.S. territory that issues or provides disability benefits. Proof of disability and certification of job readiness must be included in the application package. For more information and proof required see

- The Pathways Program provides an opportunity for students to work while attending school. Students are appointed to a position not-to-exceed one year.

-There are multiple work schedules available for this vacancy including full-time, part-time and intermittent. At ENRD we strive to ensure your work schedule will not interfere with your academic schedule.


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Please submit your application package to the appropriate address listed below (via mail, email or hard copy):

To begin the process of applying to this position, you must submit your resume and any additional supporting documentation (i.e. DD-214, transcript) to  In the subject line of your email, indicate: Student Pathways Application for ENRD-12-029-EXC.  You must submit your application by the closing date of the announcement, Monday, February 25, 2013, at 5:00pm (EST). Applications received after the closing date will not be considered.

By U.S. Mail: U.S. Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division, P.O. Box 7611, Washington, DC. 20004  - & Hand Delivery: U.S. Department of Justice, Environment & Natural Resources Division, 601 D. Street, NW. Washington, DC.  20004 – Attn: Cynthia Barnes, Room 2232, Human Resources Specialist.

BY FAX:  (202) 305-4866. When faxing include a fax cover sheet which indicates: Student Pathways Application for ENRD-12-029-EXC.


Applicants must submit a resume that provides sufficient experience and or education, knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the duties of the position for which you are being considered.  Your resume is the primary means we have for evaluating your experience. Therefore, we encourage you to submit a thorough resume that directly relates to this position.   


To apply for this position, you must provide a complete Application Package which includes:

1. Your Résumé. (Please do not include photos)
2. Cover letter highlighting your interest in the position, and addressing in detail how you meet the qualifications - submit under the cover letter heading
3. Other supporting documents:

- Veterans Preference Documentation, if applicable
- College transcript(s) and/or enrollment forms, REQUIRED - submit under the transcripts heading

4. A writing sample (if available, a legal writing sample is helpful but not required).


Your resume MUST contain all information required for Federal employment. Your resume MUST include full employment information such as periods of employment, month and year position(s) started and ended, title of position(s), employer's name and address, hours worked, description of duties, etc. Failure to provide this information may result in you being ineligible for this position.


Cynthia Barnes
Phone: (202)353-2462
Fax: (202)305-4866
Agency Information:
US DOJ Environment and Natural Resources Division
PO Box 7611
Washington, DC
20044-0367 Fax: (202)305-4866


We will notify you of the outcome after each step of the recruitment process has been completed. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation as needed. We expect to make a final job offer within 80 days after the closing date of the announcement.

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