Skip to main content Skip to footer site map
This Position Is No Longer Available

Job Title:  Deputy Chief, Natural Resources Section
Department:  Department Of Justice
Agency:  Offices, Boards and Divisions
Job Announcement Number:  ENRD-14-001-EXC

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$120,749.00 to $181,500.00 / Per Year
Friday, January 24, 2014 to Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Full Time - Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location:
District of Columbia, DC View Map
All groups of qualified individuals
Public Trust - Background Investigation


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. 

For more information about the Environment and Natural Resources Division, visit the Justice Department’s website at: 


  • 25% or Greater
  • Frequent travel may be required


  • No


  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • You must complete a background investigation and drug test.
  • Selective Service Registration is required, as applicable.
  • You must submit your application by 5:00 (EST) on the closing date.
  • You must meet all minimum qualifications to be considered eligible.


Back to top

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.


Back to top

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is required by law to review the executive qualifications of each new career appointee to the Senior Executive Service (SES) prior to appointment. To be considered for this position, applicants must submit a written statement addressing the five (5) Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) listed below. (See 'HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED').


You must hold a J.D. degree, be an active member of a bar and you must be a U.S. citizen to qualify for this position.




You will be evaluated to determine if you meet the minimum qualifications required; and on the extent to which your application shows that you possess the knowledge, skills, and abilities associated with this position as defined below. When describing your knowledge, skills and abilities, please be sure to give examples and explain how often you used these skills, the complexity of the knowledge you possessed, the level of the people you interacted with, the sensitivity of the issues you handled, etc. 

You will be evaluated on the following Mandatory Technical Qualifications (MTQs): 

MTQ 1:  Demonstrated experience in the management of complex civil litigation, including the capacity to manage numerous matters simultaneously and the ability to adjust priorities.

MTQ 2:  Demonstrated ability to apply effective management techniques and leadership qualities in directing the activities of attorneys and legal support staff.

The following DESIRABLE QUALIFICATIONS (DQs) will be considered: 

DQ1:    Litigation experience involving:  federal natural resources law; federal environmental law; cultural resources law; Fifth Amendment takings; Indian law; tribal trust claims; or water law.

DQ2:     Experience working closely with senior level officials of federal agencies or United States Attorneys’ Offices. 

You will be evaluated on the following Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs): 

ECQ 1 - LEADING CHANGE  This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals.  Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.  Qualities within this ECQ are: creativity and innovation; external awareness; flexibility; resilience; strategic thinking; and vision. 

ECQ 2 - LEADING PEOPLE  This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals.  Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.  Qualities within this ECQ are: conflict management; leveraging diversity; developing others; and team building. 

ECQ 3 - RESULTS DRIVEN  This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations.  Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.  Qualities within this ECQ are: accountability; customer service; decisiveness; entrepreneurship; problem solving; and technical credibility. 

ECQ 4 - BUSINESS ACUMEN  This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.  Qualities within this ECQ are: financial management; human capital management; and technology management. 

ECQ 5 - BUILDING COALITIONS This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, State and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals.  Qualities within this ECQ are: partnering; political savvy; and influencing/negotiation.  Veterans' preference is not applicable to the Senior Executive Service.



Back to top

You may participate in the Federal Employees Health Benefits program, with costs shared with your employer. More info:

 Life insurance coverage is provided. More info:

 You will earn annual vacation leave. More info:

 You will earn sick leave. More info:

 You will be paid for federal holidays that fall within your regularly scheduled tour of duty. More info:





EEO Statement:
The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.
Reasonable Accommodation Statement:
Federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the hiring agency directly. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
Applicants eligible for veterans’ preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., the DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty and other supporting documentation) to their submissions. Although the “point” system is not used, per se, applicants eligible to claim 10-point preference must submit Standard Form (SF) 15, Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference, and submit the supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed (visit the OPM website, for a copy of SF 15, which lists the types of 10-point preferences and the required supporting document(s). Applicants should note that SF 15 requires supporting documentation associated with service-connected disabilities or receipt of nonservice-connected disability pensions to be dated 1991 or later except in the case of service members submitting official statements or retirement orders from a branch of the Armed Forces showing that his or her retirement was due to a permanent service-connected disability or that he/she was transferred to the permanent disability retired list (the statement or retirement orders must indicate that the disability is 10% or more).Schedule A: The Department of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from persons with disabilities and is firmly committed to satisfying its affirmative obligations under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 to ensure that persons with disabilities have every opportunity to be hired and advanced on the basis of merit within the Department.
NOTE: The Department of Justice also suggests eligible Schedule A applicants should submit their 



Back to top

Be certain that your application is received by 5:00 pm (EST) on Friday, February 21, 2014.


A resume, SF-50 and Performance Appraisal (for Federal employees), individual narrative statements for the mandatory technical qualifications and for each of the Executive Core Qualifications; you must e-mail this information so that it is received by the Director, Office of Human Resources, Environment and Natural Resources Division, by 5:00 pm (EST) Friday, February 21, 2014. 


Contact Information:
 Marcia Jordan-Burke
 Director, Office of Human Resources
 Phone: 202-616-3128


Cynthia Barnes
Phone: (202)353-2462
Agency Information:
Environment and Natural Resources Division
Human Resources Staff DOJ
601 D Street NW
Washington, DC


Once your complete application is received we will conduct an evaluation of all applicants’ qualifications. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration and possible interview. You will be notified of the outcome.



Back to top
EEO Policy Statement | Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement | Veterans Information | Legal and Regulatory Guidance