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Job Title:  Attorney-Adviser
Agency:  Environmental Protection Agency
Job Announcement Number:  RTP-OGC-OT-2014-0005

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$63,091.00 to $98,305.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, March 11, 2014 to Monday, March 24, 2014
Full-time - Permanent
3 vacancies - Washington DC, DC   View Map
Any U.S. citizen may apply.
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About the Agency

Earth Day is every day at EPA! Our diverse workforce connects to more than just a career—we share a common passion to promote a cleaner, healthier environment.  We consistently rank as one of the top Federal agencies in which to work, with great benefits and work flexibilities.  Find yourself at EPA.

This position is located in the Office of General Counsel (OGC).  OGC serves as the chief legal advisor to the Agency's senior management and program offices, providing legal analysis and support on Agency rules and policies, guidance documents, permits, response actions, and legislation.  OGC lawyers, together with attorneys in the Department of Justice, represent the Agency in court challenges to Agency actions, appeals of enforcement cases, and Supreme Court litigation.

Attorneys in OGC advise on issues relating to EPA's statutory authorities and programs, including those under the Comprehensive Environment Response, Compensation and Liability Act; the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act; the Clean Air Act; the Clean Water Act; the Toxic Substances Control Act; and the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act; issues arising under general statutes applicable to federal agencies; international instruments; and general issues of environmental and administrative law. These positions are located in Washington, DC.

For more information on this office, visit their website:

This position is in the excepted service. 
Selection under this appointment authority does not confer civil service competitive status.  However, this position is covered for the purpose of federal retirement and benefits.


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  • You must be a U.S. citizen.
  • If you are selected, a pre-employment background check is required.
  • Position has portable work and selectee may be eligible to telework.
  • You must submit resume and required documents(See How to Apply)


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Under the administrative supervision of the Associate General Counsel, at the entry level of this position, you will:

- Provide advice and counseling in support of all EPA Headquarters program offices on a broad array of legal matters arising under environmental and general law issues.

- Act as legal counsel to EPA on issues and be responsible for representing EPA in proceedings filed before the courts.

- Assist the U.S. Department of Justice in defending EPA in litigation filed against the Agency in federal courts.

When entering a Federal job at a grade level lower than the highest promotion potential level, you may be promoted to more complex duties and work more independently, as your career progresses.


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Applicant must have an LL.B. or J.D. degree from an accredited law school; must be admitted to practice before the highest court of a State, U.S. territory, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico; and must maintain active status as a member of the bar of one of these jurisdictions. Incumbent must have experience in providing legal advice and counsel at EPA, other federal, state or local agencies, or in private practice.
The ideal candidate must have current, relevant experience at the next lower grade level.  

If you are selected, you must complete a one year probationary period.

This position is designated as Moderate Risk and requires a background investigation.  Unless an appropriate background investigation is already on record with the Office of Personnel Management, you must undergo a background investigation.


Initially you will be evaluated based on the information contained in your resume packet. If an interview is granted, you will be evaluated based on the responses you provide during an interview. In responding to interview questions, you should be sure to cite specific examples of experience, explain exactly what you did and the outcome.
To preview questions please click here.


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You can review our benefits at:

Join EPA in protecting human health and the environment and enjoy many work life quality options!  Working for the EPA offers you a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.  To learn more about us, visit Life and Careers at EPA.


This following information is used to determine your qualifications for employment.  The use of this information is authorized under Title 5 USC, Sections 3302 and 3361.

Are you a Displaced Federal Employee?  If so, please read the Required Documents and visit the EPA website for additional information

 If you have part-time work experience, read this:  (

If you are selected, travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid by EPA.  Any travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting to work in this position will be your responsibility.
EPA participates in e-Verify.  E-Verify is an Internet based system operated by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in partnership with the Social Security Administration (SSA) that enables participating employers to electronically verify the employment eligibility of their newly hired employees. For additional information


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Please mail a resume, a written statement (no more than two single-spaced pages) specifically addressing your qualifications for this position, writing sample of no more than 10 pages and names of three professional references. This information should be mailed to Angela Perkins, Attorney Hiring Coordinator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of General Counsel, Mail Stop 2311A, 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20460.  For Fedex or UPS: 1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Room 4315N, Washington, DC 20004. Applications must be postmarked by the closing date of this announcement to receive consideration. Applications will not be considered if submitted via USAJOBS.


Documents to be submitted:
-Please send a resume, a written statement (no more than two single-spaced pages) specifically addressing your qualifications for this position, writing sample of no more than 10 pages and names of three professional references.
-Copy of bar certification.
-Veterans' Preference Documents - DD-214 Member 4 copy, VA Letter, and SF-15, if applicable; active duty military submit statement of service from commanding officer documenting dates of active duty and any campaign medals/badges; include character of service.
--Displaced Federal employees under ICTAP/CTAP - copy of your most recent performance appraisal, proof of eligibility, and your most current SF-50 noting position, grade level, tenure, and duty station.
Additional information can be found on our web site:


Deirdre Overbey
Phone: 800-433-9633
Fax: 919-541-0724
Agency Information:
Environmental Protection Agency
US Environmental Protection Agency
Human Resources Management Division
109 T.W. Alexander Drive, MD C639-02
Research Triangle Pk, NC
Fax: 919-541-0724


The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview. We expect to make a selection within 60 days of the closing date of this announcement. You will be notified of the outcome.

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