Job Overview


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 extraordinary opportunity is available to serve as an attorney advisor in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Office of the General Counsel.  The NOAA Office of the General Counsel employs approximately 110 attorneys at headquarters in the Washington, DC area and in six regional sections.  The Office provides legal advice to NOAA Administrator and NOAA program offices on a wide variety of legal issues including U.S. and International fisheries, marine mammals, endangered and threatened marine  species, preservation of coastal areas, marine sanctuaries, and licensing of commercial satellites.  NOAA is a premiere environmental agency located within the Department of Commerce and employs over 12,000 people 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
NOTE: Salary Range
GS-11 $ 62,467.00  -  $ 81,204.0
GS-12 $ 74,872.00  -  $ 97,333.00
GS-13 $ 89,033.00  -  $115,742.00
GS-14 $105,211.00 -  $136,771.00
GS-15 $123,758.00 -  $155,500.00


As an attorney-advisor in the Fisheries and Protected Resources Section, you will work closely with experienced biologists and fishery managers; In, among other things, developing and reviewing regulations, permits, and policies relating to the management and conservation of marine resources. The position requires interaction with other NOAA General Counsel Office attorneys, scientists, policy makers and technical staff, Department of Commerce officials, other Federal and state agency officials, members of the regulated community, and representatives of public interest organization.  It also involves active participation; In concert with U.S. Department of Justice attorneys, in defending NOAA in cases brought under  the Endangered Species Act, the Marine Mammal Protection  Act or the Magnuson Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act and other similar laws.

Travel Required

  • Not Required