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Unlock secrets in deep oceans, track rapidly moving storms, operate state-of-the-art environmental satellites, chart the Nation's waterways, formulate models to forecast climate trends, protect and preserve our living marine's all in a day's work at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)! Join a dedicated workforce committed to a vital mission: safeguarding the public, protecting natural resources, strengthening the economy. A career that makes a world of difference!

An exciting opportunity is now available to be part of a team of attorneys with the NOAA Office of the General Counsel's Natural Resources Section in, Silver Spring, MD.  The Natural Resources Section provides legal advice to the National Marine Fisheries Service and the National Ocean Service and seeks compensation from parties responsible for injuries to natural resources resulting from the release of hazardous substances, the discharge of oil as well as physical impacts (e.g., vessel groundings) in national marine sanctuaries.

The NOAA Office of the General Counsel is seeking an attorney to work primarily on restoration issues related to the April 2010 Deepwater Horizon platform in the Gulf of Mexico, and the resulting oil spill (DWH oil spill). This oil spill into the Gulf of Mexico has caused injury to fragile ecosystems of the Gulf Coast and has impacted human uses of those resources.

The attorney will be based in Silver Spring, MD and will travel to other NOAA locations or the Gulf region as necessary to support the demands of matters assigned. The position will be an initial term limited appointment of fourteen months with the possibility of extensions for a maximum tenure of 4 years.  The individual selected for this position will not be guaranteed a position with the NOAA Office of the General Counsel upon the expiration of the term of the appointment.

NOAA is a premiere 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 NOAA Office of the General Counsel's , Natural Resources Section has 17 attorneys, one paralegal and two support staff, located in Silver Spring, MD, St Petersburg, FL, Seattle, WA, Gloucester, MA and Long Beach, CA. For more information, see


Duties include representing NOAA in matters relating to its natural resource trustee responsibilities under the Oil Pollution Act and its implementing regulations. The position involves working with a team of NOAA scientists, natural resource economists and restoration experts to determine the types and amount of restoration necessary to address the injuries caused by the DWH oil spill. The duties of this position include, but are not limited to, assisting in implementation of early restoration for the DWH oil spill including review of documents for OPA and NEPA compliance; representing NOAA at trustee council meetings where restoration projects are considered and developed by trustees; assisting in the development of the long-term PEIS for DWH restoration; providing legal guidance to NOAA on the RESTORE Act; and assisting with restoration project specific legal issues such as access agreements, easements , etc.  The NOAA attorney would work closely with the U.S. Department of Justice, other federal and state natural resource trustees, NGOs, state and industry representatives. The NOAA attorney must take into account U.S. and NOAA policies during the development and implementation of natural resource restoration. For more information see www.darrp.noaa.govPlease do not apply to this position through USAJobs.  All documentation must be sent to for further consideration.