Job Overview

Summary

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 resources...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 the 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 premier 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 www.noaa.gov.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Office of the General Counsel seeks an Attorney Advisor for the Enforcement Section, Juneau, Alaska, to join a national staff of employees who each year prosecute hundreds of violations of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, the National Marine Sanctuaries Act, the Marine Mammal Protection Act, the Endangered Species Act and other marine resource laws enforced by the Secretary of Commerce. 
Applicants please send your application material only to the email address: GCEnforcement.vacancy@noaa.gov or by mail to Octavia Saine, Executive Officer, NOAA Office of the General Counsel, Herbert C. Hoover Office Building, 14th & Constitution Ave., NW, Suite A100, Washington, DC 20230.

Duties

The Attorney Advisor will work together with other members of the Enforcement Section in the prosecution of violations of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, the National Marine Sanctuaries Act, the Marine Mammal Protection Act, the Endangered Species Act and other marine resource laws enforced by the Secretary of Commerce.  In addition to prosecuting cases and working closely with NOAA's investigative agents, the Enforcement Section provides guidance on legislative and regulatory issues with enforcement implications, works with the Department of Justice on appropriate cases, trains Coast Guard and NOAA investigators and works with the state and tribal law enforcement personnel.  The Enforcement Section also works closely with the Department of State to develop effective enforcement positions in the international arena to combat illegal fishing.  For additional information about the office, see http://www.gc.noaa.gov/enforce-office.html .