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Department:Department Of Justice

Agency:Offices, Boards and Divisions

Job Announcement Number:ENRD-14-020-MP

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$52,146.00 to $82,019.00 / Per Year


Wednesday, March 12, 2014 to Friday, September 12, 2014




Full Time - Permanent




Many vacancies in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map


Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles)


Public Trust - Background Investigation




NOTE:  All resumes received prior to the cut-off dates (April 12, 2014; May 12, 2014; June 12, 2014; July 12, 2014 and Aug. 12, 2014) will be considered. All resumes received after the cut-off date will receive consideration for the next cut off date until the vacancy closes.

These positions cover paralegal specialist positions in various Sections in the Environment & Natural Resources Division.  The primary purpose of these positions are to provide a variety of legal support to attorneys responsible for performing litigation and attorney advisory services.

ENRD is a great place to work.  ENRD has continued to be ranked on the top 15 federal sub-components for the past 5 years, and ranked #1 slot for 3 years in a row.  Our office is conveniently located near the Navy Memorial/Archieve Metro.  A wide variety of shopping venues, the Verizon Center, museums, the National Mall, restaurants and coffee shops are all within walking distance.  We also offer access to an onsite fitness center.



  • Not Required


  • No


  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • You must complete a background investigation.
  • Performance Apprisal issued within the last 12 months
  • Must be able to type at least 40 wpm


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Performs legal administration duties in connection with functions such as hearings, appeals, litigation, or advisory services.
Tracks proposed legislation and analyzes the legal impact of legislative developments and administrative and judicial decisions, opinions, determinations, and rulings on Section programs.
Assists in preparing government and expert witness for trial.
Reviews evidence gathered in specific cases and, as needed, prepares subpoenas for additional information required by the investigation. 
Prepares reports, exhibits, memoranda, and statistical analyses to be used in litigating cases.
Performs legal research of relevant statutes, case law, and precedents relating to proposed or pending litigation.
Drafts briefs, motions, memoranda, pleadings, affidavits, correspondence and other written material associated with case development, legal analysis, discovery, and settlement.
Prepares, processes, and analyzes a variety of legal documents.
Manages all phases of the electronic discovery process-identification, preservation, collection, processing, review, analysis, production and presentation.
Receives and analyzes motions, researches pertinent legal issues and prepares Government motions to be filed in court in connection with cases assigned to Department attorneys.
Responsible for electronic databases, converting hard copy documents into electronic documents.


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To qualify for the GS-9:  You must have at least one year of specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-7 Federal grade level.  Specialized experience includes:  utilizing automated legal databases to verify legal citations and statutory references; analyzing and organizing factual, legal and archival records; providing assistance to attorneys in preparation for hearings and/or trials; and creating and maintaining litigation databases for management of case materials OR; Education: two full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree OR;  LL.B or J.D., Ph.D or equivalent  doctoral degree. 


To qualify for the GS-11: You must have at least one year of specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-9 Federal grade level. Specialized experience includes: utilizing automated legal databases to verify legal citations and statutory references; analyzing and organizing factual, legal and archival records; providing assistance to attorneys in preparation for hearings and/or trials; creating and maintaining litigation database for management of case materials; drafting researching a variety of sources to verify, support or dispute case information; OR Education:  three full years of progressively higher level graduate education leading to such a degree OR;  LL.M if related.

Combination of Education and Experience: Equivalent combinations of successfully completed education and experience may be used to meet the experience requirements.

All academic degrees and coursework must be completed at a college or university that has obtained accreditation or pre-accreditation status from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.  For a list of schools that meet this criteria, see


You must meet the following basic qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.  This position requires a qualified typist with a minimum typing speed of 40 words per minute.  Candidates must indicate typing proficiency on their applications.   APPLICANTS WHO DO NOT INDICATE THEIR TYPING PROFICIENCY WILL BE INELIGIBLE FOR THIS POSITION.  This position requires office automation skills.  Some examples of office automation software include database management, and various word processing software packages (MS Office Suite, Excel, PowerPoint, Word) and database applications.


Your resume and supporting documentation will be used to determine whether you meet the job qualifications listed on this announcement.  If you are basically qualified for this job, your resume and supporting documentation will be compared to your responses on the online assessment questionnaire.  If you rate yourself higher than is supported by your application materials, your responses may be adjusted and/or you may be excluded from consideration for this job.  If you are found to be among the top candidates, you will be referred to the selecting official for employment consideration.

All applicants’ qualifications will be evaluated on the following competencies.  Your resume must demonstrate your ability to perform the following competencies:

Oral Communication
Written Communication
Legal Research
Database Management Systems
Information Management


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The Department of Justice offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation; sick leave; holidays; telework; life insurance; health benefits; and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.  This link provides an overview of the benefits currently offered to Federal employees:


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.

Diversity Statement:  We place a high value on diversity of background, experience and cultural perspective and encourage applications from all qualified individuals, including thos from all racial and ethnic groups, women, LGBT individuals, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

Schedule A:  The Deparment of Justice welcomes and encourages applications from persons with disabilities and firmily 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 advance on the basis of merit within the Department.  For addtional information:


Other Information:

Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP). The ICTAP provides eligible displaced Federal competitive service employees with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies.  If your agency has notified you in writing that you are a displaced employee eligible for ICTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority. Additional information about ICTAP eligibility is at:

The Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provides eligible surplus and displaced  competitive service employees in the Department of Justice with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies.  If your Department of Justice component has notified you in writing that you are a surplus or displaced employee eligible for CTAP consideration, you may receive selection priority. Additional information about CTAP eligibility is at:

 Veterans Employment Opportunity Act (VEOA): VEOA allows eligible veterans to apply and compete for positions announced under merit promotion procedures when the hiring agency is recruiting from outside its own workforce. To be eligible for a Veteran Employment Opportunities Act (VEOA) appointment, a veteran must be honorably separated and either a preference eligible or have substantially completed three (3) or more years of continuous active military service.  If you are applying for a Merit Promotion announcement and wish to be considered under the VEOA, you must submit a copy of the Member Copy 4 of your DD-214, in addition to any other required documents listed on this announcement.
Selective Service: All male applicant born after December 31, 1959,  must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or have been exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See

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.




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This vacancy is also being announced concurrently with vacancy annnouncement # ENRD-14-020-DEU under competitive examining procedures.  Please review that announcement to see if you are ligible to apply under those procedures.  NOTE:  Applicants must apply separately for each announcement.

You must apply through the USA Staffing on-line job application system at complete the occupational questionnaire and submit the documentation specified in the Required Documents section below.

 The complete Application Package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, September 12, 2014.

to receive consideration.

* To begin, click Apply Online to create a USAJOBS account or log in to your existing account. Follow the prompts to select your USAJOBS resume and/or other supporting documents and complete the occupational questionnaire.


* Click the Submit My Answers button to submit your application package.


* It is your responsibility to ensure your responses and appropriate documentation is submitted prior to the closing date. 


* To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account,, select the Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application.  Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process.


* To return to an incomplete application, log into your USAJOBS account and click Update Application in the vacancy announcement.  You must re-select your resume and/or other documents from your USAJOBS account or your application will be incomplete.



 ·  Resume showing relevant experience (cover letter optional).

·  SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, which shows career or career-conditional tenure. 

·  Veteran preference documentation, if applicable.

·  CTAP/ICTAP documentation, if applicable.

·  An unofficial college transcript (Note: If you are selected for this position, official transcript(s) will be required prior to your first day.) 

 Submitting Documents


You are encouraged to apply online.  Applying online will allow you to review and track the status of your application.  If you applied online and your application is complete, DO NOT fax the paper application (1203FX) as this will overwrite your prior online responses and may result in you being found ineligible.


To verify uploaded documents have been processed, please wait one hour to ensure they have cleared the virus scan. You can verify that your uploaded documents are attached to your application by checking the Details tab of your Application Manager account for this vacancy announcement.  Your documents will display under the Details tab in the Document area.

If you completed the occupational questionnaire online and are unable to upload supporting document(s), you may fax your supporting documents by following the procedures outlined below:

1. To fax your documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information.  The Vacancy ID is 1070956.

2. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.


If you cannot complete the Application Package online, you may fax all of your materials.  The complete application package must be submitted by 11:59 PM (EST) on Friday, September 12, 2014  to receive consideration.  Keep a copy of your fax confirmation in the event verification is needed.

To complete the occupational questionnaire and submit via fax:

1. Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire.

2. Print the 1203FX form, follow the instructions and provide your responses to the occupational questionnaire items

3. Fax the completed 1203FX form along with any supporting documents to 1-478-757-3144.  Your 1203FX will serve as a cover page for your fax transmission.


Faxed documents will take 2-3 business days to process. 


Faxed documents submitted with missing information will not be processed. The following will prevent your documents from being processed: 


Not using the special cover page mentioned above.


Missing, incomplete, or invalid Vacancy Identification Number


Missing or incomplete Social Security Number or name


Note: If you have documents in your Application Manager account from a previous vacancy announcement they can be opened, copied and saved then reused as an upload file for this vacancy. Uploading your documents will speed the processing of your application for this announcement.



Doris Powers
Phone: (202)514-0106
Agency Information:
Environment and Natural Resources Division
Human Resources Staff DOJ
601 D Street NW
Washington, DC


Once the online questionnaire is received you will receive an acknowledgement email that your submission was successful. After a review of your complete application is made you will be notified of your rating and or referral to the hiring official. If further evaluation or interviews are required you will be contacted. After making a tentative job offer, we will conduct a suitability/security background investigation.  We expect to make a final job offer within 80 days after the closing date of the announcement.



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