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Job Title:  Legal Assistant (Office Automation) [1178119]
Department:  Department Of Justice
Agency:  Offices, Boards and Divisions
Hiring Organization:  Environment and Natural Resources Division
Job Announcement Number:  ENRD-14-052-MP

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

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.
$47,212.00 to $61,377.00 / Per Year
Thursday, July 31, 2014 to Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Full Time - Agency Employees Only
2 vacancies in the following location:
Washington DC, DC View Map
Current ENRD employees with permanent status or reinstatement eligibility.
Public Trust - Background Investigation


The Environment and Natural Resources Division is a great place to work. ENRD has continued to rank among the top 15 federal sub-components for the past 5 years, and ranked #1 for 3 years in a row. Our office is conveniently located near the Navy Memorial/Archives 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.

This position is located in the Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD), Natural Resources Section (NRS), in Washington, DC. NRS handles a number of diverse issues ranging from litigation to protect our nation's resources and public lands against claims by private property owners for alleged "takings" and by Native Americans for alleged trust breaches. By virtue of our responsibility for all litigation under the National Environmental Policy Act, we defend the decision-making processes of almost every federal agency. Recent examples include litigation over agency decisions related to the gulf oil spill, renewable energy projects, and snowmobile use in national parks. Our attorneys practice in both Federal and State courts. NRS is the second largest section in the Division with approximately 80 attorneys who are assigned to one of five litigating teams.

To learn more about ENRD, visit us at 


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  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • You must complete a background investigation.
  • Selective Service Registration is required, as applicable.
  • You must maintain a bank account for direct deposit of salary.


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Provide assistance to Division attorneys by performing and coordinating a wide range of administrative and legal support tasks associated with ENRD litigation that include but are not limited to the following: 

  • Determine and maintain the status of court cases, close-out case files or systems of legal records, annotate indices and status records, compile workload and status reports, and locate and abstract data from files and records.
  • Retrieve and assemble exhibits, affidavits, legal documents, briefing books, and other materials in preparation of cases for trials or other projects.
  • Prepare court filings and tables of authorities, tables of contents, and indices.
  • Establish, coordinate, and maintain litigation case files which include pleadings, discovery documents, and correspondence.
  • Respond to inquiries and requests for information on cases from judges, court administrators, and the general public.
  • Research pleadings, briefs, and other legal documents and locate legal documents including discovery information by searching interrogatories, depositions, government documents, and requests for production of documents.
  • Review legal documents to ensure that case citations are in proper Blue Book format.
  • Retrieve cases and other documents from the law library or from electronic systems (e.g., Lexis, Westlaw, and other computer databases).


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To qualify for GS-8, you must have one year of specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-7 Federal grade level or above. SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE must include: application of legal regulations and procedures to coordinate all aspects of court/trial proceedings including court filings; establish and maintain litigation case files which include pleadings and discovery documents; and perform legal research including verifying case citations and preparing tables of authorities, tables of contents, and indices.

Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student; social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skill and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

This position requires a qualified typist with a minimum typing speed of 40 words per minute. If you do not self certify on the occupational questionnaire that you have the required typing proficiency, you will be rated ineligible for this position.

Your application must demonstrate your ability to perform the following competencies:

  • Legal, Government and Jurisprudence
  • Legal Research
  • Legal Writing
  • Database Management Systems
  • Oral Communication

Time in Grade: Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements (one year at the next lower grade) for consideration. You must meet all qualification requirements within 30 days after the closing date of this announcement.


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.

To preview questions, please click here: View Assessment Questions 


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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: .


The Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP) provides eligible surplus and displaced competitive service employees in the Department of Justice (DOJ) with selection priority over other candidates for competitive service vacancies. If your DOJ 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 can be found at: .

Selective Service: If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under the Selective Service Law. See

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.

Please Note: The Selecting Official may select additional candidates if more positions become available within 90 days after the HR office issues the selection certificate.


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To apply for this position, you must 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 Wednesday, August 13, 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 or eligibility.

-  Performance Appraisal issued within the last 12 months.

-  CTAP documentation, if applicable.

Your resume MUST include full employment information such as periods of employment with month/year started and ended, title of position(s), PT hours worked, and description of duties. If Federal employment, include the grade of the position(s).

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 supporting documents, you must use the following cover page and provide the required information. The Vacancy ID is 1178119. Fax your documents to 1-478-757-3144.
  2. 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 Wednesday, August 13, 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: A) Click the following link to view and print the occupational questionnaire View Occupational Questionnaire and B) 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.


Patty Evans
Phone: (202)514-4719
Agency Information:
ENRD Office of Human Resources
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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