Job Overview


Are you interested in a rewarding and challenging career? Join the U.S. Department of Justice!!

Who May Be Considered: Applications will be accepted from all qualified individuals.

The mission of the Environment and Natural Resources Division is, through litigation in the federal and state courts, to safeguard and enhance the American environment; acquire and manage public lands and natural resources; and protect and manage Indian rights and property. With offices across the United States, the Division is the nation's environmental lawyer, and the largest environmental law firm in the country.  The Natural Resources Section is responsible for a broad and diverse docket of natural and cultural resource litigation ranging from challenges to the management of national treasures as Florida’s Everglades and the remnant old-growth forests of the Pacific Northwest, lawsuits to protect federal interests in the country’s vital water resources, to defense of the public fisc against claims by private property owners for alleged “takings” and by Native Americans for alleged trust breaches. By virtue of the Natural Resources Section’s responsibility for all litigation under the National Environmental Policy Act, the Section defends the decision-making processes of nearly every federal agency. 

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The incumbent serves as one of two Deputy Chiefs of the Natural Resources Section (NRS) and assists the Chief in managing a staff of approximately 80 attorneys and 30 support staff both in headquarters and in five field offices. The Section litigates cases arising from more than 80 different environmental and natural resource statutes, and numerous treaties, international agreements, interstate compacts and congressional referrals. The diverse and dynamic subject matter of the Section’s docket includes cases involving the National Forest Management Act, the National Park Service Organic Act, the Coastal Zone Management Act, the National Historic Preservation Act, the Archaeological Resources Protection Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, the National Marine Sanctuaries Act, the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act, and the National Trails System Act. The Section’s cases, many of them of first impression and significant media interest, involve the stewardship of our national parks, forests, rangelands, wildlife refuges, and offshore resources; the Nation’s trust relationship with Native Americans and Tribes; and vital federal programs ranging from nuclear materials management to military preparedness to energy policy and resource extraction. The Section handles cutting-edge litigation over Fifth Amendment takings claims and original actions in the U.S. Supreme Court to resolve boundary and water allocation disputes. The Section’s cases are tried throughout the United States and its possessions and territories in both state and federal court. The Section represents virtually every major federal agency.

Travel Required

  • 25% or Greater
  • Frequent travel may be required

Relocation Authorized

  • No