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Job Title:Trial Attorney

Department:Department Of Justice

Agency:Offices, Boards and Divisions

Job Announcement Number:ENRD-14-039-EXC

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.

SALARY RANGE:

$74,587.00 to $157,100.00 / Per Year

OPEN PERIOD:

Wednesday, June 18, 2014 to Tuesday, July 15, 2014

SERIES & GRADE:

GS-0905-12/15

POSITION INFORMATION:

Full Time - Permanent

PROMOTION POTENTIAL:

15

DUTY LOCATIONS:

1 vacancy in the following location:
Denver, CO View Map

WHO MAY APPLY:

United States Citizens

SECURITY CLEARANCE:

Public Trust - Background Investigation

SUPERVISORY STATUS:

No

JOB SUMMARY:

NOTE:  This vacancy announcement has been amended to extend the closing date.   

The Indian Resources Section, U.S. Department of Justice, Environment & Natural Resources Division, is seeking an experienced attorney for the position of Trial Attorney in Denver, CO. The Indian Resources Section represents the United States in its trust capacity in litigation pending in federal and state courts for the benefit of Indian tribes and individual Indians. These suits include seeking to establish tribal water rights, protecting treaty hunting and fishing rights, remedying trespasses on tribal lands, and establishing reservation boundaries and rights to land. The Indian Resource Section also defends the United States in legal challenges to agency programs designed to further tribal sovereignty, such as the Department of the Interior’s program for the acquisition of trust land for tribes. The litigation handled by the Indian Resources Section is of vital interest to Indian tribes and often addresses issues of first impression.

For more information about the Environment & Natural Resources Division, visit the Justice Department's web site at: http://www.usdoj.gov/enrd.

 

TRAVEL REQUIRED

  • Occasional Travel
  • Periodic regional travel is required to attend court and other litigation related matters.

RELOCATION AUTHORIZED

  • No

KEY REQUIREMENTS

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • You must undergo a background investigation.
  • Selective Service Registration is required, as applicable.
  • You may be subject to undergo a urinalysis for a drug test.
  • Resume and supporting documents (See the How to Apply Section).

DUTIES:

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The Denver Field Office handles Indian water rights litigation and negotiations. The position would almost exclusively involve Indian water rights matters which involve three primary components: affirmative litigation on behalf of Tribes to protect their water rights in state and federal court; lengthy settlement negotiations to determine if settlement of the tribal water rights is possible; and evaluation and litigation of non-Indian water rights that impact Tribal resources.

The position involves extensive contact with the client agency, the Department of the Interior, as well as court appearances, preliminary hearings and trials, preparation of briefs and other pleadings, and participation in negotiations.  


QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:

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Experience in litigation, in particular water rights litigation, and knowledge of Indian, administrative, and water law is essential. Applicants must 1) possess a J.D. degree; 2) be licensed and authorized to practice as an attorney under the laws of a State, territory, or the District of Columbia; 3) at least two years of post-J.D. legal experience, including civil litigation experience; 4) familiarity with Indian law; 5) an expertise in water law, or an advanced degree in a water rights related field.

 

Salary Information: Current salary and years of experience will determine the appropriate salary level.  The possible salary range is GS-12 ($74,587 - $96,960), GS-13 ($88,693 - $115,301), GS-14 ($104,809- $136,246) and GS-15 ($123,285 - 157,100) per annum.

 


 

HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:

You will be evaluated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the experience you report relative to this position. Paid or unpaid experience will be considered.


BENEFITS:

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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:   https://help.usajobs.gov/index.php/Pay_and_Benefits.

 



OTHER INFORMATION:

Department Policies: The U.S. Department of Justice is an Equal Opportunity/Reasonable Accommodation Employer. Except where otherwise provided by law, there will be no discrimination based on color, race, religion, national origin, politics, marital status, disability, age, sex, sexual orientation, status as a parent, membership or non-membership in an employee organization, or personal favoritism.

This agency provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the agency. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

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

It is the policy of the Department to achieve a drug-free workplace and persons selected for employment will be required to pass a drug test which screens for illegal drug use prior to final appointment. Employment is also contingent upon the completion and satisfactory adjudication of a background investigation. Applicants who hold dual citizenship in the U.S. and another country will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

There is no formal rating system for applying veterans’= preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of Justice considers veterans= preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring.  Applicants eligible for veterans preference are encouraged to include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., the DD 214 or other substantiating documents) to their submissions.

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 resumes to resume@benderconsult.com and reference “Federal Career Opportunities” in the subject line. For more information, visit the Bender Consulting Services website at www.benderconsult.com.



HOW TO APPLY:

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Submission Process and Deadline Date:  Applications must be received by July 15, 2014.

REQUIRED DOCUMENTS:

Applicants must email a current resume, cover letter, writing sample, and OF-306, Declaration for Federal Employment (found at this link: www.opm.gov/forms/pdf_fill/of0306.pdf) to:

Attn: Lorrin Dyer, (USDOJ, IRS)

Please reference vacancy announcement number ENRD-14-039-EXC

Email applications only, please to: ATTYAPPLY-IRS.ENRD@USDOJ.GOV

No telephone calls please.

AGENCY CONTACT INFO:

Sherry W. Harrison
Phone: (202)616-2678
Email: SHERRY.HARRISON2@USDOJ.GOV
Agency Information:
Environment and Natural Resources Division
Human Resources Staff DOJ
601 D Street NW
PH2232
Washington, DC
20004

WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:

You will be evaluated based on your qualifications for this position as evidenced by the experience you report relative to this position.  Paid or unpaid experience will be considered.

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Job Announcement Number:

ENRD-14-039-EXC

Control Number:

373037700