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An exciting opportunity is now available to be part of a team of attorneys with the NOAA General Counsel's Southwest Section in Long Beach, California. This office is responsible for advising NOAA regarding ocean fishery conservation and management as well as protection of threatened and endangered anadromous and marine species and marine mammals off the Pacific Coast, particularly California.  NOAA is a premier environmental agency located within the Department of Commerce and employs over 12,000 individuals nationwide.  The agency's mission is to conserve and manage coastal and marine resources and to understand and predict changes in the Earth's environment to meet the Nation's economic, social and environmental needs.  For more information see  The NOAA Office of the General Counsel employs approximately 114 attorneys nationwide who provide legal advice to the NOAA Under Secretary and the agency's constituent line offices.  The Southwest Section, located in Long Beach, California, is a unit of the NOAA Office of the General Counsel with 10 attorneys, a paralegal, and an administrative support professional.  For more information, see  Please do not apply to this position through USAJobs.  All documentation must be sent to for further consideration.


The attorney selected will be expected to provide legal advice to the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) on issues related to conservation and recovery of protected resources under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), the Federal Power Act, and related federal administrative laws.  For example, the attorney will provide legal advice on designation and release of experimental populations, listing determinations, consultations, permits, habitat conservation plans and fishway prescriptions and all supporting environmental analyses related to these actions.  The attorney will also provide advice regarding related statutes, including the Administrative Procedure Act (APA), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA), National Historical Preservation Act, and Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).  The attorney will coordinate with other lawyers, policy makers, and technical staff within NOAA and interact with other Federal agencies (e.g., Department of the Interior and Department of Justice), applicants, industry groups, public interest organizations.  The attorney will report to the Deputy Chief, Southwest Section.