Job Overview

Summary

USDA provides leadership on food, agriculture, natural resources, rural development, nutrition, and related issues based on sound public policy, the best available science, and efficient management.  Our vision is to expand economic opportunity through innovation, helping rural America to thrive; to promote agriculture production sustainability that better nourishes Americans while also helping feed others throughout the world; and to preserve and conserve our Nation's natural resources through restored forests, improved watersheds, and healthy private working lands.

The Office of the General Counsel provides legal advice and services to all agencies of the United States Department of Agriculture in administering USDA programs and activities within the defined geographic area.

This position is located in the Office of the General Counsel (Offices physically located outside the Washington, DC, Headquarters).

Duties

 As a  Attorney Advisor (General), you will be responsible for the following:

  • Serving as counsel to officials and agencies within the Department of Agriculture including: Farm Service Agency, Rural Development, Forest Service, Food and Nutrition Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Risk Management Agency, etc.
  • As an advisor and consultant, dealing directly with agency officials and staff and providing a full array of legal services including research, negotiation, preparation and review of legal documents, administrative litigation, claims adjudication, and presentation of legal training and updates, as well as frequent informal advice and consultation.
  • Preparing pleadings for Federal, state or administrative tribunals; preparing exhibits and interviewing witnesses in preparation for trials of such matters; participating in prehearing conferences and negotiations; examining and cross-examining witnesses; and making legal arguments based on the relevant law and facts.